Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is an evidence-based program with a burgeoning literature supporting its effectiveness in addressing a range of illnesses. These include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, binge eating, insomnia, chronic pain, psoriasis, Type 2 diabetes, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, ADHD, cancer, and heart disease.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a common form of complementary medicine addressing a variety of health problems, most of which commonly stem from stress. The course offers an 8-week intensive training based on well-known mind-body healing practices. Mindfulness practice is ideal for cultivating greater awareness of the unity of mind and body, as well as of the ways our unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can affect and sometimes undermine emotional and physical health.
The mind is known to be a factor in stress and stress-related disorders, and mindfulness has been shown to have a positive impact on a range of autonomic physiological processes, such as lowering blood pressure and reducing overall emotional reactivity. In addition to mindfulness practices, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction uses different forms of body movement, such as yoga and qigong, to help reverse muscle atrophy resulting from sedentary lifestyles, and this can particularly benefit those suffering from pain and chronic illnesses.
The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program was developed in the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979 and is now offered in over 200 medical facilities around the world. MBSR promotes active partnership in the concept of participatory medicine, in which patients/clients take responsibility for looking inward to tap their own resources for learning, growing, healing, and positive transformation.
# Of Classes: 8 classes offered weekly
Class Length: 2 hours. A 7-hour experiential workshop is conducted the 6th week of class
Format: Live, online program