Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is a program designed to teach people dealing with a wide range of conditions, including illness, chronic pain, or stress from their busy lives, how to take better care of themselves.
Participants may improve their health and begin to enjoy life more fully.
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The course offers intensive training in relaxation techniques, meditation, gentle Yoga-based stretching, lectures in various aspects of health and wellness, and supportive group discussions.
The emphasis on Mindfulness- which simply means paying attention in a non-judgemental
way to each moment, fosters a practical way to apply these methods in everyday life.
Students are referred by physicians, therapists, or self-referred.
Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a molecular biologist, created this program in 1979 at The University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
He collected ancient healing practices, translated them into modern western language and brought them right into the heart of a major hospital.
His goal was to utilize the Mind-Body connection in treating complex diseases.
1,400 physicians in Massachusetts refer patients to his program and over 20,000 patients have been helped.
There are now 300 programs at hospitals in the US, and it is taught in Canada, Europe and Asia.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction has been the subject of many clinical studies and has been found consistently to be an effective way to compliment traditional treatmentts.
It was featured on the Bill Moyers' PBS series Healing and the Mind, NBC's Dateline and ABC's Chronicle.
It is also the subject of Dr. Kabat-Zinn's best-selling books Full Catastrophe Living and Coming To Our Senses.
Join us in a life changing 8-week journey to restore a sense of balance, hope and well being to your life.
By learning a combination of ancient technologies and new approaches to working with stress, pain, chronic illness, and the challenges of everyday living, you can follow in the footsteps of the many students before you who have benefited from this course.