New Atlanta Mindful Center Addresses Growing Health Issues Posed by Stress, Technology,
24/7 access and Multi-tasking
Center Offers Enhanced Meditation and Mindful Programs, Workshops
ATLANTA June 9, 2014 – Atlanta-based mind-body wellness experts Angela and Dennis Buttimer have retooled their programs, services, and brand to meet the increasing need of clients seeking a more balanced life. The Atlanta Center for Mindfulness & Well-being, launched officially today, gives individual clients, businesses, educational, and healthcare organizations tailored sessions and facilitated workshops to address health risks associated with increased stress and the growing culture of 24/7 access to technology.
“There’s a reason why people are burning out more quickly than ever,” said Angela Buttimer, a licensed professional counselor and coach. “Our minds are not originally designed to multi-task, that’s what computer processors do. Yet, we have clients that tell us they sleep with a smartphone next to them, and spend the day and evening fielding communication from three or four electronic devices.”
As a result, up to 90% of people are reporting more stress than ever before, according to the Buttimers. Stress is not only a risk factor for chronic diseases, it also impacts productivity and wellness of employees. The World Health Organization estimates that stress costs American businesses $300 billion dollars a year. The rise in connectivity devices and 24/7 access to employees and an increasingly competitive workplace are creating a toxic level of stressed workers, according to a 2011 Global HR survey which reports that stress is the major cause of long-term absence.
The Buttimers, who have worked as health and wellness educators and coaches/counselors for more than 25 years, have long coached clients on mindfulness and meditation, but have seen both an increase in demand and need for these practices, which calm the mind and nervous system. Not only do they cite the growing research from institutions such as Harvard, Duke, and the National Institutes of Health, there has also been recent public awareness generated by popular names such as Arianna Huffington, ABC reporter Dan Harris, and CEOs.
“It’s a great gift that public figures and CEOs such as Aetna Chairman/CEO Mark Bertolini have touted their own personal transformation from mindfulness and meditation, as well as dramatic shifts in productivity and significant decreases in healthcare costs,” said Dennis Buttimer. “These are practices we have seen bring enormous benefit for decades in our work, but now there is an unprecedented need caused by the onslaught of technology that is increasingly common at work and home. We have developed new programs to work with clients and companies to empower them to stay more calm, more focused, and even fight depression and anxiety caused by constant stimulation.”
Specific techniques and programs employed by the Atlanta Center for Mindfulness & Well-being include individual sessions of coaching, counseling, meditation, and yoga. The Center has increased its facilitated workshops in their Buckhead offices to give clients a safe, serene environment to learn meditation and asks questions as beginners.
Mindfulness is a meditative practice which originates in Buddhism, but has gained worldwide popularity as a secular method to reduce negative mental/emotional states and increase a sense of calmness and well-being. Mindfulness practice is employed in psychology practices and hospitals to alleviate a variety of mental and physical conditions, including anxiety, depression and various addictions as well as cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses.
About The Atlanta Center for Mindfulness & Well-being
The Atlanta Center for Mindfulness & Well-being offers individuals and organizations customized sessions, trainings, workshops, meditation, yoga, and coaching to improve health and well-being. Started by wellness experts and authors Angela Buttimer, MS, NCC, RYT, LPC, and Dennis Buttimer, M.Ed., CEAP, RYT, the Center tailors programs to meet a variety of client needs. Clients include individuals of all ages, and companies and organizations including the Chapman Cancer Center at Piedmont Hospital, the Georgia Dept. of Education, Emory University, Georgia State University, and others. For more information, visit the Atlanta Center for Mindfulness & Well-Being. (www.acmwb.com).