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Holistic Medicine and Integrative Health

Holistic Care and Integrative Medicine Classes

Group Offerings

Group offerings are an opportunity for individuals living with the same medical challenges to come together to share, learn, and experience mind-body practices in a safe environment.  There are two opportunities for this; chronic pain management and chronic illness management.  These are not times when you will meet individually with your provider and discuss your care plan. Rather, the goal is to help you learn a holistic approach to your health. 

Before joining one of the groups, all individuals will participate in a group wellness session called Introduction to Wellness. 

What is Introduction to Wellness?

This is a one-time, 2-hour, group medical visit.  It is instead of a one-on-one meeting with a doctor and prepares people for the group classes.  At this visit, patients experience a sample of the topics and tools explored in in the class sessions such as meditation, nutrition, and group discussion.  All patients must participate in this class before starting a group. 

What is the Stronger Together - Chronic Pain Group?

This is a 7-week wellness-based group visit for patients with chronic pain. In these sessions, each of which is 2.5 hours, patients will learn about how yoga, acupuncture, mind-body stress reduction, and nutrition can help them better manage ongoing pain. An important part of these classes is developing each individual’s ability to better cope with their pain and help themselves heal. The tools learned can be used not only during the classes, but also at home in order to decrease pain and improve overall wellbeing. 

Living Vibrantly--Chronic Disease Group Visit

This is a 6-week group visit for people with chronic conditions such as depression, diabetes, hypertension, and chronic kidney disease. Each visit is 2 hours per week and teaches patients how to improve their sense of wellbeing. There is a strong focus on nutrition to decrease inflammation, the mind-body connection, and stress reduction. The tools learned can be used not only during the classes, but also at home in order to improve overall wellbeing. 

We offer the following classes to BMC patients and staff. If you would like more information on our upcoming groups please call 617.414.6264.

Healthy Steps

Easy exercise and movement program

1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
Moakley Building Lower Level
Drop-ins welcome! No cost.


Instructor: Tracey Burg

Cooking for Health, 3rd Tuesday of the month, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Diabetes Cooking Class, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
The Teaching Kitchen (across from food pantry)
Drop-ins welcome! No cost.
Teaching Kitchen Info


The Integrative Medicine Group Visits (IMGVs) program is an 8-week clinical program that combines Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR; see below for more information) with patient education and integrative medicine therapies. IMGVs take place in the Family Medicine clinic at Boston Medical Center.  Each week, a group of 8-10 patients meet for 2.5 hours in a group co-led by a family medicine physician and MBSR instructor. Patients practice MBSR with the instructor, discuss a health topic relevant to the group with the physician, and then participate in an integrative medicine activity like yoga, cooking, massage, or acupuncture. IMGVs incorporate time for individual patient care following the group visit. Additionally, a meal is served each week.

Mindfulness is:

  • paying attention.
  • being in the present moment without judgment.
  • developing greater awareness and acceptance.

Mindfulness offers:

  • A way of reducing stress.
  • An ability to be less reactive to a wide range of situations.
  • An ability to be present, to be fully awake to life.
  • A method for increasing concentration and focus.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction will teach you some simple ‘tools’ for everyday use. This is a practice that you can carry with you into every aspect of your life, both at home and at work.