Insurers can save money if their members participate in a mind-body stress reduction program. At least that’s the preliminary conclusion from a recent study conducted by Aetna in which participants received complementary therapies focused on mindfulness meditation and yoga.

The mindfulness meditation-based program taught participants stress reduction techniques, effective management of work load and ways to prioritize tasks to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Participants in the therapeutic yoga-based program learned yoga postures, breathing techniques, guided relaxation and mental skills. The classes also provided coping strategies for dealing with stressful events and promoted use of home and office strategies for reducing stress through yoga. A control group of participants received no stress reduction assistance.
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