The Healthy CXO.

For Mark Bertolini, recovery is just a state of mind

Mar 11 2019 • Written by Smriti Mishra

~ Smriti Jha


After a skiing accident occurred in 2004, Bertolini was broken both physically and mentally. His neck broke in five places and ripped out the nerves that connected his left arm to the spinal cord and his career prospect nearly dwindled.  The conventional English medicine was not helping him much. To get a speedy recovery, Bertolini prepared his mind for Yoga and meditation along with Craniosacral therapy: hands-on healing modality.


Bartolini’s striving was soon rewarded with recovery and he was back at work as well.



“I started reading Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, went to retreats, learned some chanting, studied some Sanskrit, and I was, ‘This is like amazing”, says Mark Bertolini!

Yoga, meditation, healing therapy and, the learnings he gained after reading the holy books had purified his mind. And he thought to inculcate a wellness culture for his employees too.




Employee benefits program shaped by Bertolini to boost work productivity


Mark Bartolini’s as the CEO of his former company Aetna discovered that employees within his company were using Medicaid and food stamps. Also, they were stressed about making ends meet. Bertolini grabbed the nerve and began offering yoga, meditation, and other health benefits classes for employees.


Bertolini boasts how yoga not only brought more collaboration to the office, but it also prompted him to increase the minimum wage for his employees. He raised the minimum wage from $12 an hour to $16.


He has introduced many changes to his former healthcare company that has improved both workplace wellness culture and communication.


Recovery is a state of mind. It is not just a physical practice, and that if you get your mind in the right place, you can do almost anything you can managing pain, says Marc Bertolini!


Click on the video for Mark Bertolini’s insight on changing workplace and health care.

Video source: CBS This Morning

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