Mindfullness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Mindfulness meditation, including the MBSR program, was inspired by Eastern teachings, particularly Buddhist philosophy. However, mindfulness meditation is not a religious practice. It is a secular and inclusive practice available to all human beings regardless of their belief system or religious affiliations
In 1979 Dr. John Kabat-Zinn founded the Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to treat people with chronic conditions who were not responding to conventional therapy. Many of the people in the stress reduction program began to benefit from practising mindfulness meditation. This sparked a growing interest and application of mindfulness ideas and practices in the medical world for the treatment of a variety of conditions in people both dealing with known illness and those without illness.
An eight week program, includes a 1 hour orientation, 3 hour class each week, plus one 7.0 hr all day silent retreat.
The MBSR program is for anyone who feels they can participate and benefit. Individuals may be referred by their physicians, other providers or refer themselves. The program can be taken complimentary to other medical treatments, preventatively or as tool to enhance health and wellbeing. Physicians and other providers (you may also refer yourself) may refer patients with conditions including:
- Chronic Pain
- Heart Disease
- Job or Family Stress
- GI Distress
- High Blood Pressure
- Psychological and Emotional stress
- HIV AIDS
- Pre-surgery prep and post-surgery recovery
MBSR is based on a growing body of scientific research. In fact, over the past 30 years the number of published studies on mindfulness practices has increased exponentially.
The research suggests that mindfulness plays a role in the treatment of pain, stress, anxiety, depressive issues, cancer and many others. It is shown to improve the immune system. It helps with emotional self-regulation. It has been shown to alter activation symmetries in the prefrontal cortex, a change which may increase positive affect and accelerate recovery from negative experiences.
For more information please download our MBSR Brochure.