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What will I experience in an MBSR program?  

MBSR is a structured experiential and didactic program offered on an individual or group basis.  The course consists of eight weekly two hour classes and a half day intensive workshop.  MBSR can also be offered in modified time formats and tailored as well to the needs of organizations and businesses.  During the course you will learn to identify your own patterns of stress and reactivity and recognize that you have choices about how to respond.  This will free you to move in new directions.  You will experience:
  • mindfulness meditation
  • exercises to increase awareness in everyday life including home practicum
  • mindful movement
  • techniques to enhance interpersonal communication skills, group interaction, and individualized attention 

How will I benefit from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction?
  •      learn skills which will improve your ability to handle stress and stress related health conditions
  •     alleviate feeling chronically angry, rushed or overwhelmed
  •     respond effectively to stressful life situations (job, career, family relationships, illness or medical conditions)
  •     increase energy and productivity
  •     improve concentration, attentional focus, and insight
  •     increase physical and mental relaxation and ease
  •     create greater centeredness and peace of mind
  •     improve communication and interpersonal relationships
  •     reduce worrying about the future or obsessing about the past, enabling a clearer assessment of what is happening in the  present         
Achieving Relief
MBSR can work together with your regular health care to give you additional tools to respond to your health issues. Scientific research has shown that MBSR can increase your ability to meet the demands of, and cope with the following life and health conditions: 

     *  Gastrointestinal distress                                       * Headaches
      *  Heart Disease and Hypertension                         * Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain
      *  Sleep Disturbances                                                * Boredom and Restlessness
      *  Infertility                                                                 * Fatigue and Insomnia
      *  High Blood Pressure                                              * Anxiety and Panic
      *  Asthma and Respiratory Disorders                     * Dermatological conditions, e.g. Eczema and Psoriasis                                               
      *  Depression and Grief                                             *  Parenting issues
      *  Post traumatic stress                                            * Type A Behavior
      *  Job or Family Stress                                              *  Cancer and Immune Disorders
      *  Weight Management Concerns                           *  Irritable Bowel
The majority of participants report lasting decreases in both physical and psychological symptoms.  Pain levels decreased and people learned to cope better with both short- and long-term stressful situations.