Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

Integrative Medicine

Understanding total health, not just of the body, but of the mind and the spirit, enhances the natural healing process allowing you to feel more empowered, have more energy and experience tranquility.


Community Education
Red Wing, MN In Person Virtual

This ongoing weekly class allows people to adapt the practices to make them comfortable for their bodies. The approach is therapeutic and emphasizes breath-focused movement to support the spine and focusing the mind. The class is appropriate for people of all ages and abilities, including beginners.

Each session will include a check-in, movement and breathing practices, and a guided relaxation practice.

Participants will learn tools to release tension, increase flexibility and core strength, improve posture and balance, and relax the mind and body. Participants register for six sessions to be used within nine weeks. Michele Hoffman, a Mayo Clinic Health System Integrative Medicine & Health certified yoga therapist, will teach the classes in person and virtual on Zoom.

Community Education
Red Wing, MN In Person

This ongoing weekly class includes a gentle movement practice, relaxation techniques and breathing practices to reduce pain, improve sleep, increase energy, restore balance, and improve your attitude and overall quality of life. The class is personalized to meet participant needs. For these yoga poses, participants will sit in a chair and stand using a chair for balance. This class may help people with chronic health conditions, such as pain, diabetes, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and arthritis.

Participants register for six sessions to be used within nine weeks. Michele Hoffman, a Mayo Clinic Health System Integrative Medicine & Health certified yoga therapist, will teach the classes in person.

From The Blog

Arlene Wellemeyer finds pain relief, balance through yoga

Arlene’s retirement was far from stress-free. Thanks to private and group yoga classes, she learned how to manage her pain and bring balance to her body and life.

August 19, 2022

Benefits of massage therapy

Massage is a great way to pamper yourself. It’s also used to treat some health conditions and restore function. If you’ve never tried it before, learn about the many physical and mental benefits.

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Mindfulness meditation: Improve your quality of life

Meditation is a simple, quick way to reduce stress that you can do wherever you are. Listen to audio files to mindfulness, breathing practices and meditation.

February 19, 2018

Supplements: What you need to know

You’ve been hit hard by your first cold of the season and stop by the store for supplies. Herbal supplements sound like healthy, natural choices for treating colds and addressing a host of other health concerns. But that’s not necessarily true.

January 18, 2018

On pins and needles: Just what is dry needling?

You may have heard of a treatment called dry needling and wondered what exactly it is or if it’s something that may be right for you.

January 26, 2017

Yoga therapy can help you heal, inside and out

Every Wednesday night, Gordy Wanshura rolls out his yoga mat on the floor of the Mayo Clinic Professional and Community Center in Red Wing. “If you’d have told me two years ago that I’d be doing yoga I never would have believed it,” says Wanshura. But that was before he had surgery to open up five blocked arteries leading to his heart.

April 17, 2015

Mindfulness and our mental health

Mindfulness meditation increasingly is included in the treatment of both physical and mental health conditions and is frequently mentioned in the news media, on the Internet and in health news circles. But what is mindfulness meditation, and how can it help us?

February 16, 2015

Massage therapy the right touch for hospice patient

For many hospice patients, the benefits of massage therapy are unknown and underutilized. One patient has become vocal in her advocacy of massage as a treatment in her battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

August 27, 2014

Reasons people don't get acupuncture

Acupuncture — the ancient Chinese medical practice that uses needles placed along specific points of the body to promote healing and restore internal functions — still conjures common misconceptions.

February 21, 2014