MBSR is an acronym for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
It’s a structured 8-week course that teaches the necessary tools to better respond to the moment-to-moment pressures of work and life. MBSR was developed in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, at the UMASS Medical Center/Stress-Reduction Clinic and Center for Mindfulness.
This 8-week series (made up of an orientation session, eight 2.5 hr. weekly classes and one all-day session after the sixth week) is designed specifically for people who are experiencing stress in their daily lives and wish to promote healthy living. Since its inception, this powerful program has grown exponentially and is now taught in over 700 hospitals, clinics and wellness centers throughout the U.S.
Additionally, MBSR has made its way into corp America and is being woven into the fabric of employee wellness campaigns and benefits.
Participants are asked to commit to 8 weekly sessions, an all-day retreat after the 6th week, and light home practice.
MBSR consists of learning, practicing and integrating the formal and informal methods of mindfulness, including (but not limited to) the body scan, sitting meditation, gentle yoga and walking meditation.
Each session includes practice, discussion and group support and is designed to teach mind/body awareness; honing effective ways to skillfully respond to the pressures of physical and/or psychological stress, pain or illness.
If you’re ready to take better care of your self, manage stress, pain, illness or simply wish to discover a deeper sense of peace – and you’re willing to actively engage in your own health and well-being, I invite you to review the Course Overview PDF.