Body-mind techniques increase performance

A recent study shows that a short term (5 day) course in body-mind meditation training improved attention control and reduced stress in undergraduate students, compared to those students who undertook a relaxation training course. In addition, those people in the meditation course showed lower levels of anger, depression, anxiety and fatigue

Integrative body-mind training (IBMT) is an approach developed and studied in China.  This technique avoids struggles to control thought, relying instead on a state of restful alertness. The technique involves a high degree of body-mind awareness, while receiving instructions from a coach, who provides breath adjustment guidance and mental imagery while soothing music plays in the background.  The authors, Professor Posner and Professor Yi-Yuan Tang, note that the reason IBMT may be so effective during short-term application is because of its integrative nature.  ?IBMT is an easy, effective way for improvement in self-regulation in cognition, emotion and social behaviour?

The authors stress that further studies need to be carried out to fully test the findings of this small, short term study.  They also hope to carry out some brain imaging research. In addition to this, we need more cross cultural studies to see how this works for people in  western society.  To read this article click here