Mind–Body Patient Bedside Program
During your hospital stay at NYU Langone, we offer the Mind–Body Patient Bedside Program, a unique, evidenced-based, holistic program that has been shown to reduce pain and anxiety, as well as the effects of stress on the body. It often improves sleep as well.
These healing sessions are offered free of charge to patients at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and to pediatric patients at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital. All of our services are performed by professional, licensed healthcare providers.
To access services, talk with your nurse or doctor to get a referral, or contact our program directly at 212-263-5767.
The Mind–Body Patient Bedside Program includes:
Guided imagery teaches you how to use all five senses and your imagination to visualize a more relaxed and peaceful state of being. This technique can be used during procedures, treatments, and surgery to help ease anxiety.
Hypnosis triggers a deeply relaxed and highly focused state of concentration and attention that helps people cope with the physical and emotional components of pain.
Hypnosis has also been shown to ease anxiety before medical procedures, and alleviate headaches, hot flashes in breast cancer survivors, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and aid in smoking cessation. We can also teach you methods of self-hypnosis.
The ‘M’ Technique
The ‘M’ technique® is a gentle method of structured touch that works on skin receptors to promote relaxation and restful sleep. The ‘M’ technique® is suitable for the very fragile, the very young, and the elderly, as well as critically ill or dying patients.
Because the technique is completely choreographed, it is easily taught to caregivers to use with their loved ones.
Mindfulness meditation uses the breath to focus your mind, reduce stress, and control emotions. You learn to become aware of your thoughts and feelings, reducing your reactions to them and becoming less judgmental. This has been found to assist physical and emotional healing.
Meditation is used for a variety of conditions such as anxiety, pain, depression, stress, insomnia, and physical and emotional symptoms that accompany chronic illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Progressive muscle relaxation is achieved through either a muscle tightening and relaxation exercise, or with focused awareness on each part of the body. Relaxation techniques have been found to help ease a variety of conditions including insomnia, anxiety, and headaches, as well as the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and heart disease.
Reiki is an ancient, gentle, noninvasive, hands-on technique that facilitates deep relaxation. The practitioner places her or his hands on or close to your body in a series of positions. The goal is to release the flow of energy through your body that practitioners believe promotes the body’s ability to heal itself in order to decrease pain, ease muscle tension, and relieve insomnia.
Gentle focused breathing teaches you to use your breath to relax your body and mind. This reduces the harmful effects of stress.
Therapeutic Touch® is an evidenced-based energy therapy that is used to promote balance and wellbeing. Direct touch is not necessary for the treatment, but may be used.