According to the American Medical Association, stress is the number one proxy killer accounting for 90% of chronic diseases around the world. Chronic stress can cause premature death from heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions. Stress can also affect memory and kill brain cells in the hippocampus region of the brain. The American Institute of Stress states that 120,000 individuals die per year as a result of work-related stress every year. Healthcare costs are currently at an all-time high at an average of $190 billion annually. Chronic stress is also directly linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung conditions, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.
The chronic diseases that you will study in this course are Addison's disease, alcoholism, Alzheimer's Disease, angina pectoris, anxiety, arrhythmia, arteriosclerosis, autoimmune disorders, burnout, Cancer, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic pain, chronic tension headaches, Coronary heart disease, coronary thrombosis, Cushing's Disease, decreased immune system, depression, diabetes, drug addiction, Fibromyalgia, hypertension, insomnia, Irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, osteoporosis, memory loss, nonallergic rhinitis, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Parkinson’s Disease, psychogenic gait disorder, rosacea, stroke, and tinnitus.
We strongly believe that Mind/Body Fitness Practitioners™ must look at each client as a whole person. The Comprehensive Client-Centered Approach™ is mastered by interweaving emotional intelligence, stress resilience, mind/body programs™, and stress management wellness prescriptions to help clients throughout many aspects of their lives.
Our Mind/Body Fitness Practitioner™ courses are the most comprehensive stress management courses for the health and fitness industry. You will have the skills and tools to successfully work with clients as part of the healthcare continuum. All of these techniques combined are important for the prevention of illness due to chronic stress such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and many other illnesses.
It is essential to stay up to date on how mind/body medicine is evolving so you can develop safe, customizable programs and classes for anyone you work with. You will also be giving clients the power of education by incorporating health promotion techniques into their programs to help them along their journey to better health and wellness.
Learn About Our Mind/Body Fitness Practitioner™ courses in more detail by scrolling down!
Welcome to the Stress Management Institute for Health and Fitness Professionals™! You are on your way to becoming a Mind/Body Fitness Practitioner™. The Mind/Body Fitness Practitioner™ is a new type of fitness/wellness professional that works within the medical fitness niche as part of the healthcare continuum to help individuals to prevent or manage chronic diseases due to stress. Our Mind/Body Medicine Specialist™, Holistic Group Fitness Instructor™, and Holistic Stress Management Consultant™ courses are our specializations within this niche.
Please note that the Mind/Body Medicine Specialist™ Course is for health and certified fitness professionals. The Holistic Group Fitness Instructor™ course is for certified group fitness instructors, and our Holistic Stress Management Consultant™ course is for anyone who would like to work with individuals by incorporating our R.E.L.A.X.™ program (Restoring Energy Levels and Xhilaration) into your fitness facility or place of employment.
Our R.E.L.A.X.™ program modalities Include stress management coaching, mind/body art™, Stress Management Exercise Prescription™, small group training, group fitness instruction, chronic disease self – management skill training, the Mind/Body Zone™ assessment, meditation, Shakti training, breathwork, aromatherapy, health behavior techniques, energy work, nutrition, over 30 chronic diseases that are either initiated or exacerbated by stress and aspects of traditional Chinese medicine that can be safely incorporated into one on one sessions, group fitness classes or small group training sessions with clients.
When the Mind/Body Medicine Specialist™ course was initially developed in 2014, the Stress Management Institute for Health and Fitness Professionals™ received tremendous interest from individuals who represent different professions. We then decided to create the Holistic Group Fitness Instructor™ and Holistic Stress Management Consultant™ courses to accommodate everyone, from group fitness instructors to counselors and everyone in between. We took the Mind/Body Medicine Specialist™ course and broke it down to ensure that everyone remains within their professional scope of practice.
According to the Stress Management Institute for Health and Fitness Professionals™, stress and the mind/body connection are very powerful and can involve the Mind/Body Chain™ or nervous, muscular, and skeletal system in Functional Meditative Movement™. (coined by the Stress Management Institute for Health and Fitness Professionals™) For example: When individuals undergo chronic stress, they will notice muscle imbalances due to posture, stiffness, and tightness, which will impede balance. The nervous system will release cortisol, which can increase blood pressure and decrease bone density, and the body becomes unbalanced in many other ways and must be brought back to homeostasis before an individual becomes chronically ill.
The Stress Management Institute for Health and Fitness Professionals™ has created the Mind/Body Medicine Specialist™, Holistic Group Fitness Instructor™, and the Holistic Stress Management Consultant™ specializations to work in conjunction with each other as well as the medical community to help their clients stave off chronic disease due to stress. These four components form the mind/body Medical Fitness continuum of care™ and the Client-Centered Approach in Fitness™ to help individuals find affordable solutions to cope with their stressors. The Mind/Body Medical Fitness Continuum of Care™ and the Client-Centered Approach In Fitness™, along with our R.E.L.A.X.™ program, form the cornerstone of a healthy body and mind to create a fertile ground to foster stress resilience and help prevent chronic disease due to stress. Our courses draw from eastern and western medicine aspects to form the eastern/western fitness approach™ that Mind/Body Fitness Practitioners™ can safely incorporate into their mind/body programs™. We have a more in-depth
explanation of each of our courses below.
Mind/Body Medicine Specialist™ Course
For Certified Health and Fitness Professionals
(Includes Stress Management Exercise Prescription™ for one-on-one- and small group training)
The Mind/Body Medicine Specialist™ works with clients in a fitness facility, corporate setting, or at their homes to provide Stress Management Exercise Prescriptions™ and mind/body programs™ for individuals who have severe, acute, and chronic stress. The individuals that you work with may or may not have a chronic disease due to stress. As a Mind/Body Medicine Specialist™, you are trying to decrease stress levels before an individual shows signs of wear and tear on the body and organs by incorporating stress management exercise guidelines and integrative wellness modalities™ into the client's Mind/Body programs™. If a client has a chronic disease due to stress, you are working with the client to decrease their stress levels before they experience a flare-up. The picture above demonstrates where we are trying to decrease stress levels in both scenarios.
Mind/Body Medicine Specialists™ will initiate our R.E.L.A.X.™ program by conducting a Mind/Body Zone™ assessment, which will enable you to analyze, assess, and classify individuals according to their fitness and stress levels. The assessment includes anthropometric measurements, a classic fitness assessment, filling out forms that will help you understand the client's quality of life, stress level, and DNA testing to give you a more in-depth look into the client's overall level of fitness and health. Please note that clients do not have to order a DNA kit to be part of our R.E.L.A.X.™ program.
As the Mind/Body Fitness Practitioner™, you would then work with your client to create a Mind/Body program™ which includes: Stress Management Exercise Prescription™, stress management coaching, mind/body art™, small group training, chronic disease self – management skill training, meditation, Shakti training, breathwork, aromatherapy, health behavior techniques, energy work, nutrition, aspects of traditional Chinese medicine that can be safely incorporated into one on one sessions, group fitness classes or small group training sessions with clients, AccuRolling™, NeuRoll Calm™ health promotion, somatic movement exercises that use meridian energy, Makka Ho Stretches, and much more. You will be using your new skillset within the personal training setting.
Holistic Group Fitness Instructor™ Course
For Certified Group Fitness Instructors
(Includes instruction on group fitness for stress management)
The Stress Management Institute for Health and Fitness Professionals™ has updated the group fitness instructor's role in the 21st century to meet the needs of today's society. Many times, individuals at a gym will only take group fitness classes. In this case, the group fitness instructor may be the only fitness professional the individual regularly comes into contact with. This is why we needed to evolve the Holistic Group Fitness Instructor™ into more of a practitioner role. This new generation of group fitness instructors is called upon to work more closely with Mind/Body Medicine Specialists™, Holistic Stress Management Consultants™, and the medical community. Holistic Group Fitness Instructors™ will offer our mind/body group fitness classes and other mind/body modalities to their class participants in either a group or private setting.
We have incorporated a Mind/Body Zone assessment™ so the Holistic group fitness instructor™ can better understand their class participant's quality of life and stress levels. We also give you access to some of the DNA tests through Toolbox Genomics so you can work with class participants on a deeper level. Only certified fitness professionals can conduct our full fitness assessment. Knowing your class participant's stress levels and disease history before taking classes can help you know how to create specialized classes for your students. Once you have this information, we teach you how to choose exercises and techniques that can specifically help each individual while instructing in a group or private setting.
Holistic Group Fitness Instructors™ will learn how to incorporate eastern and western modalities and techniques into their group classes and private sessions such as Mind/Body Myofascial Release™, AccuRolling™, Neuroll Calm™, Mindful Stretch™, health promotion, Mind/Body Art™, aromatherapy, and somatic exercises that use qi or energy that flows through the meridians of the body. The picture above demonstrates the meridians of the body and the flow of energy that may help to create homeostasis. The Holistic Group Fitness Instructor ™ will be using their new skill set within their group fitness classes and private sessions.
Holistic Stress Management Consultant™ course
For Anyone who would like to work with individuals who have acute, severe, or chronic stress.
(Does NOT include any exercise instruction)
The Holistic Stress Management Consultant™ plays an integral role in the Mind/Body Medical and Wellness Continuum of Care™ by working with clients outside of the fitness setting. As a practitioner, you are meeting with clients to help them prevent or cope with chronic disease due to stress by developing Mind/Body programs™, which include: stress management coaching, mind/body art™, aromatherapy, breathwork, meditation, energy work, chronic disease self-management training, Shakti training, health promotion, and behavior change. You will also learn how to host affordable retreats to retain clients you already have while marketing to new individuals.
The Holistic Stress Management Consultant™ will administer the Mind/Body Zone Assessment™ to better understand their client's quality of life and stress levels. We also give you access to some of the DNA tests through Toolbox Genomics so you can work with clients on a deeper level. Only certified fitness professionals can conduct our full fitness assessment.
As a practitioner, you can refer clients to certified fitness professionals and group fitness instructors to give them a well-rounded program. If you do not have a Mind/Body Fitness Practitioner™ to refer to you may give the fitness professional general recommendations on working with your client who is stressed. Please note that you must re-take the course that you chose every two years at a reduced fee as we update the information in the courses regularly.