Course also includes an all-day silent retreat on a Saturday
Stress can be reduced by learning to be more present. Utilizing mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga, MBSR participants learn to tune in to their present experience and notice unhealthy reactions to stressful events. Once aware of unhealthy reactive patterns of behavior and their effects on the body, people can learn to choose more skillful ways of responding to stressful situations. Because MBSR teaches people how to successfully manage stressful situations and cope with physical and emotional pain, they become active participants in their own care. Being an active participant in their own care dramatically improves a person’s chances to heal and stay healthy both physically and psychologically.
“The ability to manage stress is paramount to good physical and psychological health. People who cannot manage stress effectively are more susceptible to complications from medical procedures, poor immune system functioning, an inability to cope with pain, and an impaired ability to heal and stay healthy.”
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, or MBSR, can help. MBSR started as the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, by Jon Kabat-Zinn over 35 years ago. Since then, the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and over 700 other hospitals worldwide have integrated Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction into their care programs as a complement to medical and behavioral treatment. Over 22,000 people have been through the MBSR program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center alone. The MBSR program itself has been proven to be effective for relief or reduction of symptoms related to chronic pain, cancer, job and family stress, addiction, depression, anxiety and panic, sleep disturbance, heart disease, auto immune disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, GI distress, high blood pressure, pre and post-surgery stress, organ transplant issues, psoriasis, non-specific lower back pain, fibromyalgia, poor self-esteem, and shyness.
The 8-week MBSR course is $395 and includes all course materials and supplies. For more information, the MBSR class schedule, and to register, visit www.Haelan-House.com/register
About Haelan House: Haelan House invites people to learn how to reduce stress and live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives through mindfulness. Cheryl Mills is a Qualified Teacher of MBSR who received her training to teach the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, Department of Medicine.