Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction programs

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The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program was developed in 1979 by  Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School,  and was designed to empower participants into taking an active role in  the management of their health and wellness.


This program gave rise to the present Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at UMass Medical School.  MBSR is now a well- established complementary medical program used by  medical centres, hospitals and clinics all over the world.

Mindscapes’ MBSR program

Mindscapes’ MBSR program is modeled after the MBSR program pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. It is an intensive program which trains participants in mindfulness, a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in our  lives, a way of taking charge of our lives and doing something for  ourselves that no one else can do for us — consciously and  systematically working with our own stress, pain, illness, and the  challenges and demands of everyday life.
 

Mindfulness is not something that we need to “get” or acquire. It is already within each of  us — a deep internal resource waiting to be released and used in the  service of learning, growing, and healing.


Emphasizing the principle  that “there is more right with you than there is wrong with you,” MBSR  is a life-affirming approach designed to teach participants how to  integrate and apply mindfulness in daily life,  as well as to the range  of challenges arising from medical and psychological conditions and life  stresses.


The group program consists of 7 weekly 3 hour classes. It is a highly participatory, practical course which includes:


  • •Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • •Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • •Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in daily life
  • •Individually tailored instruction
  • •Daily home assignments
  • •Home practice CDs, textbook, and a home practice binder (included)

Benefits

MBSR has a large and growing body of research supporting its usefulness in chronic health conditions to:

  • •  Achieve significant decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
  • •  Reduce pain levels and have a greater capacity to cope with chronic pain
  • •  Have greater energy and zest for life
  • •  Improve self-esteem
  • •  Cope more effectively with both short-term and long-term stressful situations

Individually-tailored Mindfulness Instruction.


If you are interested in taking an MBSR program but  prefer individual instruction, you will  have a program tailored  to your individual needs  and gain  flexibility in the scheduling of sessions. 


If you have already completed a group MBSR program and are interested in follow-up, these sessions are designed to help you  integrate your knowledge into day-to-day life as well as increase your skills in working  mindfully with issues of particular concern.

News

•Mindfulness meditation training changes brain structure in 8 weeksMassachusetts General Hospital news release: Jan. 2011  http://www.massgeneral.org/about/pressrelease.aspx?id=1329

Mental Stress Slows post-workout Recovery: Globe & Mail; August 27, 2012