“Three decades of scientific research evidence at UMAss and at medical centres all over the world suggest that MBSR can positively affect participants’ ability to manage medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live more fully”.
University of Mussachusettes
In 1979 the University of Mussachusettes Stress Reduction Clinic introduced mindfulness meditation into mainstream medicine. Since then tens of thousands of people have completed have taken the mindfulness based stress reduction course developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at Umass Stress Reduction Clinic. The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course is the most widely course world-wide to teach mindfulness. Most of the research evidence is linked to this course and its adaptations for specific groups and concerns. Other mindfulness-based programmes that are very similar are:
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Breathworks Mindfulness® for Stress
- Breathworks Mindfulness® for Pain and Illness
- Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC)
- Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP)
- Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-session course that is taught in a variety of settings in health care, social care, education and workplace wellbeing with great success.
The main aim of this programme is for participants to learn new ways of recognising and relating to thoughts, feelings, sensations, emotions and experiences. This intensive is aimed at beginners, who would like to use mindfulness to make different choices in life.
The sessions are very practical. In fact, most of the session is spent practicing mindfulness exercises and engaging in group discussions. During the course different aspects are explored. Some of the topics covered include: stressful situations, stressful communications, etc. Each session, and the associated home practices, will help participants to gain a better understanding of their own wellbeing in an experiential rather than a conceptualised way.