School of Mind-Body Medicine Student Applies Mind-Body Approach with Major League Baseball Players and the Chronically Ill: Introducing Rowan Silverberg
Rowan Silverberg is a student in the master's program in Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine. She has been working in the field of Mind-Body Medicine for over 20 years. Since 2005, she has worked as a Mental Skills Coach for professional baseball players, teaching them how to leverage the mind-body connection, using meditation, breathing techniques, and yoga. She is also employed by a Fortune 500 Company, as a massage/yoga therapist in an on-site holistic primary care center, where she has worked since 1991. Patients she sees in the primary care center have a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions, ranging from neck and back pain to rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and migraines. In addition to her work in the clinic, she leads stress management presentations throughout the company and offers personal coaching.
Rowan loves her work, and feels that she is both skilled and knowledgeable. However, she was looking for something more, something that would stimulate her to broaden her intellectual horizons, as well as nourish her heart more deeply. After investigating a variety of excellent options for graduate study, she found Saybrook’s School of Mind-Body Medicine, and now couldn’t be happier with this program. The School of Mind-Body Medicine has an accomplished faculty, leaders in the field of mind-body medicine, who are dedicated to building strong relationships with students which support their personal and academic growth.
Studying at Saybrook has given Rowan access to cutting-edge work in the field of Mind-Body Medicine, and has helped her to understand how to put this knowledge into practice in her daily work. Now when she leads stress management presentations, she is able to back up the techniques she is using with the most current research, including data from neuroscience on how mindfulness practices affect brain structure and function, and information on the impact breath regulation has on heart rate variability, a key indicator of physical and mental health. Understanding this research helps her to articulate the mechanisms by which mind-body skills, such as meditation and breathing techniques, can make a significant positive difference in preventing diseases, which are caused or exacerbated by stress. Having this information right at her fingertips helps her to communicate more effectively. She is able to make a more powerful impact on both the minds and the hearts of the people she works with each day. Participation in Saybrook’s graduate program in Mind-Body Medicine has also given her an opportunity to clarify the specific directions she wants to take in her future work, in order to make greater personal contribution to this quickly expanding field.
From senior executives and major league pitchers, who want to be at the top of their game, to people suffering with chronic, debilitating illnesses, she is able to apply what she has learned at Saybrook in a way that makes a positive difference in the health, well-being, and success of the people she works with. She is now connected to a wonderful network of students and faculty. She considers them friends as well as colleagues, and with them can stretch her intellect, broaden her awareness, and most importantly, open her heart. This program is a dream come true for her. She considers herself fortunate to be a part of the Saybrook School of Mind-Body Medicine community.