What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction?

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (often referred to as MBSR) is a program which was developed 35 years ago at the Centre for Mindfulness based in the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

It was initially developed to address a number of patients who had chronic pain and other medical conditions, who were having only limited success with traditional medical treatment.

It has now progressed to be used to treat "stress" in all it's guises. This includes physical and emotional pain as a result of the whole gamut of life challenges that most of us face - ill-health, ageing, grief and loss, disappointment, addiction, depression and anxiety - almost any circumstance which requires the ability to meet challenges with a degree of resilience and openess, rather than our often habitual struggle to make things other than they are.

MBSR is an eight week program, of 2.5 hours each week, with a full day of practice in Week seven.

Research has found that people who complete an MBSR course, experience sustainable benefits including:

  • Greater mental and physical wellbeing
  • Increase in immune response
  • Decreased rates of pain
  • Increased rates of physical healing
  • Increased resilience and emotional balance
  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Increased ability to focus