Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a well-defined and systematic patient-centered educational approach, which uses relatively intensive training in mindfulness meditation to teach participants how to take better care of themselves and live healthier and more well adjusted lives.

The prototype of the program was developed at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of MA Medical Center over 30 years ago, under the leadership of Jon Kabat-Zinn.

As a MBSR Teacher-In-Training at UMass Medical Center Mind Body Institute, Dr. Mona Sigal teaches the MBSR-based curriculum as part of her lifestyle medicine practice and her responsibilities as a trainee.

What will taking an MBSR course do for you?

Through this MBSR course, you will learn skills that can increase your ability to:

  • Cope with stress, pain, and the challenges of everyday life
  • Deal with disturbing events with grace and composure
  • Be fully present and alive in this moment

MBSR is not a “cure” or a “quick fix” for serious medical conditions and should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment, however extensive clinical research indicates that mindfulness training can have a significant therapeutic effect for those experiencing stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, chronic pain, migraines, heart conditions, diabetes, cancer and other ailments. In addition, participants typically report feeling more alive, more “in-tune” with themselves and others.

If you want to know more…

You don’t really need to know more about mindfulness to get started with the MBSR course, but if you are interested, there is an information-packed 74-minute video by Jon Kabat-Zinn this is the link to the You Tube video titled “Mindfulness Stress Reduction and Healing”) that goes into much more detail including more about the research that validates the practice of mindfulness in terms of physical health and psychological well-being.

Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw
ourselves away and become something better.
It’s about befriending who we already are.
-Pema Chodron-

The importance of practice

This course is highly experiential and the daily practice is perhaps the most important component. You wouldn’t expect to learn to play tennis or the piano by reading a book about playing tennis or the piano, and learning a mindfulness practice is no different than any other skill that involves both mind and body. You know from your own experience in learning to play an instrument, or a sport, or any complex skill whatsoever, that practice is important.
Your body/mind is the most complex instrument in the universe. It takes time and practice to use it effectively and harmoniously.

Program Structure

The MBSR curriculum is an intensive, structured program, which revolves around experiential, participatory learning in a group format, which offers the optimal environment for this type of learning.

    • Group pre-program orientation and individual interview: participants who have registered for the course, meet with the instructor for a 2 hour orientation session. Individual interviews with participants last 5-10 minutes, and occur after the orientation session. These will be scheduled individually.
    • Eight weekly classes 2.5 hours in duration
    • Mindful (silent) retreat 6.5 hours

The program’s rich content includes among many other topics:

      • A wide array of “formal” and “informal” mindfulness meditation methods
      • Learning about physiology of stress, stress reactivity and response
      • A wide variety of daily home assignments for practice and self monitoring

Course Fee $315
For additional inquiries please email to info@NourishHealthForLife.com
Or call 978-717-5804

The Course is taught at the
Pain & Wellness Center – Cafeteria Conference Room
10 Centennial Drive
Peabody MA 01960

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