Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was devised by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at The University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in the late 70’s. It is usually run as an 8-week structured group programme, teaching a range of both mindfulness and yoga activities, making it a unique therapeutic approach.
Initially, it was developed to help patients with a range of chronic health disorders including cancer, heart and respiratory disease, diabetes and chronic pain, as well as depression and anxiety. Since its inception though, MBSR has evolved, and now addresses a wide range of physical and emotional difficulties.
Over the course of the MBSR group programme, participants become more aware of the close link between the mind and body. This then allows them to change how they perceive and respond to everyday stressful situations in their lives. Their habitual reactions to stressful situations are challenged, allowing them to respond more effectively, that is, more mindfully, to stress and pain.
At Mindfulness Perth, Penelope uses the MBSR mindfulness elements extensively during the individual sessions.