Mind Body Stress Reduction

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an experiential learning program teaching you new skills for managing stress and pain. Learning occurs through the guided activities and the interactions of the participants with each other and with the teachers. You learn to recognize your own sensations, feelings and thoughts in times of difficulty. In that way the seeds of healing  and stress reduction can begin to take root.

We teach body centered skills to awaken awareness. The student does guided body scans, yoga and other meditative movements to learn how to listen deeply to the cues coming from the physical body in the present moment. The act of noticing or knowing what you are doing when you are doing it is awareness. Mindfulness is bringing the mind back to the present moment. Being present in the moment is central to reducing stress and managing pain.

The program runs for eight weeks with a full silent day after week six. The program is structured to give you the opportunity to experiment with new behaviors while having the support of a learning community. At the end of eight weeks most participants report that they have gained personal insights that allow them to modify their behavior to reduce stress and manage pain better.

This program follows the teaching guidelines established by The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The approach has been proven effective in numerous research studies. See www.umassmed.edu/cfm and click research to view the studies.

You may want to consider enrolling in the Mind Body Stress Reduction if you have:

Stress of any kind, work, family, financial, illness; or just feel out of control;

Medical conditions such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, asthma, skin conditions or other chronic conditions;

Psychological distress such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, sleep disorders or fatigue.

If your health is good and you wish to preserve and enhance your well being, you may also benefit from attending this program.

To enroll click here for the Center for Integrative Medicine's web site, or call 202-833-5055.

The program is offered 3-4 times a year on either Wednesday or Thursday evenings.
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