The next session of RMH’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program starts on September 29th.
This program is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s work in the Stress Reduction Clinic and Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It consists of weekly evening classes from 6:30 to 9:00 for eight weeks beginning September 29, plus a day-long silent retreat on November 6.
MBSR has been in existence for over 30 years, and is now being taught extensively throughout North America and Europe. Tens of thousands of people have been helped through the MBSR program, and over 20 years of published research indicates that the majority of people who complete the course report:
- Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
- An increased ability to relax
- Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
- Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
- Improved self-esteem
- An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.
- People who may benefit form this program include those with:
- Chronic pain and illness
- Anxiety and panic
- Sleep disturbances
- High blood pressure
The program is a highly-participatory, practical course that includes:
- Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
- Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
- Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
- Individually tailored instruction
- Daily home-practice assignments
- Home practice CDs and a home practice manual
Please contact the facilitators or Elaine Dunaway at 540-689-7065 for more information.
Robert Kyler, MD
Steve Keffer, PhD