House Calls

SPR 2018

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8 { spring 2018 } h o u s e c a l l s the buzz The 2012 National Health Interview Survey also found that 8% of U.S. adults—or 1 8 MILLION PE OPLE —practiced meditation in 2012. - N C C I H NOT ALL MEDITATION REQUIRES YOU TO SIT CROSS-LEGGED WITH YOUR EYES RELAXED (THOUGH SOME FORMS OF THE PRACTICE DO). TAI CHI, YOGA, AND QIGONG ARE EXAMPLES OF MOVING MEDITATION, WHICH SYNCHRONIZES BREATH WITH MOVEMENT. Studies show a regular meditation practice can help lower stress, improve focus, manage chronic pain, promote sleep, and even decrease blood pressure. A 2016 study by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) found that, among adults between the ages of 30 and 70 who suffered from CHRONIC BACK PAIN, receiving MEDITATION TRAINING along with standard care YIELDED GREATER IMPROVEMENT in symptoms than did medical care alone. –N C C I H According to data from the CDC's National Health Interview Survey, yoga was twice as prevalent among U.S. workers in 2012 (11 percent reported having a yoga practice) than a decade prior (six percent reported practicing yoga in 2002). – C D C There are 6 main forms of meditation: spiritual, mindfulness, movement, focused, visualization, and chanting. AS OF JANUARY 2017, HEADSPACE, A MEDITATION AND WELLNESS APP, HAD MORE THAN 11 MILLION DOWNLOADS, 400,000 PAYING SUBSCRIBERS, AND AN ESTIMATED VALUE OF $250 MILLION . – F O R B E S Meditation—or the practice of mentally concentrating on a singular object or thought to quiet and calm one's mind—is nothing new. According to Psychology Today, in Pakistan and northwest India, wall art depicting people sitting in meditation-like postures dates as far back as 5,000 to 3,500 BCE. In recent years, however, the practice has skyrocketed in popularity in the U.S. In fact, market research firm IBISWorld estimates that meditation and mindfulness training is a $1.1 billion industry in the U.S. MEDITATI N

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