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Mind-Body Wellness: Complementary Care for Holistic Health

We recognize that your well-being is multifaceted, involving your physical, emotional, and mental wellness, and that you are more than the condition that brings you to Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare for services.

Mind-Body Wellness provides an interdisciplinary approach to acute and chronic conditions, combining yoga therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and nursing and other healthcare professionals, in order to increase your holistic health.

Alternative mind-body programs, primarily based in therapeutic yoga, complement traditional physical medicine approaches for people living with chronic and acute conditions. With an emphasis on integrating mind and body, these classes seek to increase your skills and tools in managing stress and symptoms related to your diagnosis, all within a supportive community.

No previous experience is required for any of these classes. Some classes may require a physician referral. Please see below for specific class information.

Research suggests that mind-body approaches are not only safe but can also:

  • Soothe and balance your nervous system and stress response
  • Improve sleep
  • Increase your perception of your quality of life
  • Improve your motor functions and balance
  • Lower blood pressure

Individual Sessions

Our staff are fully qualified to bring integrative care to your individual therapy. Whether you are recovering from an acute injury or living with a chronic condition or illness, our team members collaborate in order to provide the best possible care for holistic health. We are able to blend speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or yoga therapy with each other for optimal mind-body wellness. This approach is especially suitable for:

  • Neurological conditions like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and strokes
  • Vestibular issues, including IST/POTS
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Chronic pain
  • Persistent dizziness
  • Pelvic floor health
  • Cancer Please contact us if your condition is not listed to see how we might serve you.

Current Programs

Mindful Movements for Health and Resilience

This class is open to LifeStyleRx members or patients enrolled in Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare's cardiac and pulmonary rehab programs. Mindful Movements provides safe and supportive physical movement alongside mindfulness practices to reduce stress and encourage cardiovascular and pulmonary health. Led by Winter Brown, C-IAYT.

Mindful Movements, Heart Health for Life and Lung Health for Life Programs

In collaboration with Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare's cardiovascular or pulmonary rehab programs, Winter Brown leads 30-minute Mindful Movements sessions within these two programs. Enrollment in the cardiac or pulmonary rehab program is required.

A.R.I.S.E: Road to Recovery - Chronic Pain and Persistent Dizziness Classes

Education, support, and movement activities designed to help those experiencing daily chronic pain or persistent dizziness lead a full and satisfying life. This class is offered on a monthly basis; registration required. Cost of enrollment may be covered by insurance with a physician's referral. Participants will attend one class per week.

Yoga for Cancer

This gentle, mat-based yoga class offers movement and mind-body practices specifically for cancer patients and survivors and their caregivers. This class is free and open to the public regardless of where they receive care. All props will be provided.

For more information about our mind-wellness programs or individual classes, please contact the Physical and Sports Medicine Department at 925.373.4019.

Staff

Winter Brown, PhD, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, RPYT

Certified yoga therapist Winter Brown has been teaching since 2009. She holds a doctorate in Political Science from Duke University. She serves as a lead trainer in Dragonfly Yoga and Wellness' 300-Hour Teacher Training and founded its Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training. Winter strives to create caring and playful spaces that offer precise cueing, minimal hands-on adjustments, and choices and modifications so that yoga is both safe and inclusive. She combines movement, breath, and mindfulness in order to empower the healer within you.

Alexis Andrade, RYT 500

Alexis Andrade developed her appreciation for yoga practice at the age of 18. Each class she teaches incorporates functional and dynamic movement with mindful breathing techniques to provide a holistic yoga practice that meets people where they are at. Her kinesthetic knowledge is combined from 25 years of individual and team sports that include Brazilian jiu-jitsu, soccer, swimming, and running. Be prepared to laugh, move, and tap into your authentic self with a light-hearted practice that enhances mobility, promotes rest, manages daily stress, and builds connection with others.

Ben Boyd, DPTSc, PT

Ben graduated from the joint program at the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco State University (UCSF/SFSU) with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2002, returning in 2008 to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy Science degree. He received certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association in 2008. Ben teaches in the entry-level Physical Therapy program at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California and teaches continuing education courses internationally for rehabilitation professionals through the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute (NOI). He has been researching and teaching about nerve and musculoskeletal injuries since 2004 with a particular interest in understanding and treating pain. His clinical focus is on helping people who are suffering with ongoing, persistent pain. Ben is an advocate of a holistic, biopsychosocial approach for helping those suffering from ongoing pain. He is also interested in how we as individuals construct our own understandings about pain and how that influences our own experiences. Ben grew up in the East Bay and continues to enjoy the rich diversity of cultures, foods, events, and outdoor recreational activities that the Bay Area has to offer.

Areas of Expertise

  • Orthopedics
  • Chronic / ongoing, persistent pain
  • Nerve injuries / sensitivities

Elaine Brovont, MPA, Wellness Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer and Coach, Tai Chi-Qigong Instructor

Elaine Brovont uses exercise and mind body techniques to work around client impediments and challenges, including, but not limited to clients who present with Parkinson's, Arthritis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis and various respiratory and cardiac conditions. She is experienced in training individuals with diverse backgrounds and fitness levels. As a Tai Chi and Qigong instructor, she incorporates Tai Chi movement concepts for better balance in personal training and group classes.