SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, an approved provider for continuing education by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), has announced a new course offering: The Health Effects of Meditation.

The Health Effects of Meditation (2 contact hours; $20. Expiration date: Aug. 16, 2015.)

Course description: Meditation is a mind-body practice with many methods and variations that are all grounded in the silence and stillness of present-moment awareness. Evidence of meditation’s health effects has been well documented: the practice offers improvement in the symptoms of various disease conditions in addition to the experience of a deeper spiritual connection.

The goal of this course is to describe the health effects of meditation, including its psychological and physiological effects.

Learning objectives: Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Define meditation.
  • Describe the various anatomical functions of the brain.
  • Compare the characteristics of the four main electromagnetic brain waves.
  • Differentiate between methods of practicing meditation.
  • Describe the physiological effects of meditation.
  • Describe the psychological effects of meditation.
  • Discuss the effects of meditation on specific health conditions.
  • Explain contraindications to meditation.
  • Identify guidelines for practicing meditation.
  • Describe considerations before starting a meditation practice.

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions began in 1994 as a developer of more than 200 vocational, baccalaureate and master’s-level degree programs for schools and colleges. ALLEGRA quickly expanded, creating more than 300 online courses and content for more than 2,000 U.S. schools and colleges, customizing content for publishers, writing two highly successful books and achieving national endorsements for the quality of their work. ALLEGRA’s courses and certificates have been nationally accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and other accrediting agencies. For a complete list of courses, visit