Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a way of relating directly to the events in your life. You can learn to consciously and systematically work through your life experiences and to develop healthy and positive approaches to handling stressful challenges, whether they are physical, mental or emotional.
At the core of MBSR is the practice of Mindfulness, an ancient mind-body discipline. Mindfulness is paying attention to each moment, on purpose, with love and compassion, and without judgment.
What you will learn in the Mindfulness program
The MBSR program teaches participants how to practice Mindfulness, formally and informally. Additionally, students learn practical tools and skills for handling stress. They can adapt the various methods for relaxation for their individual needs. Gentle exercises to strengthen and condition the body as well as release tension are also part of the MBSR program.
Most importantly, MBSR provides a way to explore how the body and mind interact in the face of health and illness. The student can develop an increased capacity to face change and difficult times with greater ease, and consequently begin to take responsibility for his or her own health. Thus, one can gain a sense of greater balance, control over one’s circumstances and peace of mind.
Participation in the MBSR program will enable you to:
- Cope more effectively with short and long-term stresses
- Increase your ability to relax
- Achieve lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
- Reduce pain levels and enhance ability to cope with pain that may not go away
- Improve your ability to enjoy life.
Evidence Based Treatment for Stress, Pain and Illness
The MBSR program at Awakening Health is based on the acclaimed Stress Reduction Program founded in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. It is described in detail in Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness, by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Research confirms the effectiveness of MBSR to treat a wide variety of concerns.
Call Linda Oxford at Awakening Health Counseling for more information, to register for the next MBSR class. You can also schedule a private consultation – 248-930-0004.