The term mind-body is used to describe practices, such as guided imagery
, relaxation techniques
, and hypnosis
, that involve self-responsibility and use the relationship between mind and body to promote health.
They are based on the concept that thoughts, mental images, and feelings can be major determinants of physical health.
Despite the use of bodily positions, yoga
(hatha yoga) is perhaps best considered a mind-body practice since it includes meditation and breathing exercises to achieve mental attitudes associated with health and healing. This category could also include Tai Chi
, an ancient form of meditative exercise originating in China that, though characterized by slow, smooth movements, has a strong mental component.
Center for Disease Control. Columbia University. Complementary and alternative medicine for serious illness. Definitions. 2009.