stress management


Along with diet, stress is a major contributor to many chronic medical problems manifesting as physical disease and mortality in our society.

Most people self-medicate with food, alcohol, cigarettes, shopping or other non-productive, even harmful behaviors. Millions more take medications in order to cope or “face the day” in a more “productive” fashion.

The practice of meditation, using breathing techniques, sometimes with gentle movements, is one of the most effective best-researched tools for stress management. This practice needs to be learned, and then put to use, like any new skill. But once learned, you can do it any time you have a few free minutes.

Stress reduction classes and techniques are an important part of the Nourish Health approach to alleviating chronic conditions without drugs and achieving life-long wellness in our high stress society.

As a MBSR™ Teacher In Training at UMass Medical School Center For Mindfulness Dr. Sigal uses Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in one-on-one work with patients, as appropriate. MBSR is highly respected within the medical community and backed up by extensive research. Offered as a complement to traditional medical and psychological treatments, not as a replacement, it is proven to be effective in helping to treat a variety of conditions rooted in both physical and psychological symptoms, while teaching participants to access and cultivate their natural capacity to actively engage in caring for oneself and find greater balance, ease and peace of mind.

As a trained MB-EAT™ Instuctor, Dr. Sigal teaches courses in Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training. The goal of this 12-week curriculum is to re-establish a healthy relationship with food, hunger and one’s own body, through targeted mindfulness exercises, which have been extensively researched and proven to effectively transform mal-adaptive eating behaviors (eating to alleviate stress, fatigue, boredom, anxiety etc.)

MB-EAT™ Course
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction