MBSR is an experiential learning program, intended to engage the mind and the body. The course is most often structured as a series of 8 weekly classes with an additional, longer, all-day session during the sixth week of the program (a total of nine sessions). The course is designed to accommodate nearly any adult, including those with serious illnesses, chronic pain, and physical limitations.
Each week, ideally on a daily basis, participants practice at home what they have been exploring in class. This home practice is an essential part of the course. It develops and strengthens one’s ability to experience mindful awareness in daily life and to access the strength and wisdom that lie within. Handouts, workbooks and audio CD’s will be provided to support this practice.
Reasons Why People Take a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course Include:
- Medical conditions such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia, heart disease, asthma, emphysema, gastrointestinal problems, cancer, sleep and skin disorders, and immune problems.
- Chronic and short-term stress due to work, life changes, family issues, and illness.
- Psychological and emotional concerns such as anxiety, phobias, panic, grief, and depression.
During the years this program has been offered at UMass Medical School and around the world, participants have reported benefits such as:
- Increased ability to relax
- Decrease in pain and increase in ability to cope with chronic pain
- Reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Improved overall health
- More energy and enthusiasm
- More self confidence
- Resilience in the face of health and life challenges
- Greater sense of compassion for self and others