Simple Pathways to Health and Wellness

  • Angele McGrady
  • Donald Moss
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Abstract

Simple Pathways are user-friendly intervention strategies that can be delivered with relatively little training by the professional, and without the use of expensive instrumentation. In many cases the provider can acquire the techniques from written materials or brief instruction, and can teach clients to use the strategies for self-care. Other self-management techniques can be learned and utilized by lay persons on their own for enhancement of physical and psychological well-being. This chapter introduces the following interventions: Autogenic Training, thermal biofeedback, emotional journaling, heart rate variability biofeedback, audio-visual entrainment, mindfulness, and expressive dance. Psychoeducation is described as a component of Simple Pathways, aiding clients’ understanding of the rationale and procedure for the interventions. Each of these techniques is research based and has been shown to have significant therapeutic benefits for medical and emotional disorders. The self-regulation strategies that are discussed can be utilized to enhance self-efficacy and to reinforce the individual’s active role in maintaining wellness.

Keywords

low cost interventions Autogenic training journaling biofeedback audio-visual entrainment mindfulness expressive movement 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angele McGrady
    • 1
  • Donald Moss
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of ToledoToledoUSA
  2. 2.School of Mind-Body MedicineSaybrook UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

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