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mindfulness-based stress reduction (mbsr)

Take a look at this Introduction to MBSR by UMass Medical School's Center for Mindfulness

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MBSR Research


Study Finds Mindfulness Meditation Offers Relief for Low-Back Pain

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). March 22, 2016.


Eight Weeks to a Better Brain: Meditation study shows changes associated with awareness, stress.  Harvard gazette. June 18, 2013.


Conquering Fear. Wall Street Journal article about mindfulness-based psychotherapy for fear, anxiety, depression, and other psychological issues. January 2, 2011


The benefits of meditation: MIT and Harvard neuroscientists explain why the practice helps tune out distractions and relieve pain. MIT News. May 5, 2011


Mindfulness meditation improves connections in the brain. Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School. April 8, 2011


How meditation may change the brain. New York Times article. January 28, 2011


A controlled study of the effect of a mindfulness-based stress reduction technique in women with multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia.”


Relationships between mindfulness practice and levels of mindfulness, medical and psychological symptoms and well-being in a mindfulness-based stress reduction program.” 

Journal of Clinical Psychology. 2009 Jun;65(6):613-26.

“An empirical study of the mechanisms of mindfulness in a mindfulness-based stress reduction program.” Carmody, J. Baer RA, LB Lykins E, Oledzki N.


Journal of American Medical Association. Commentary.  2008; 300(11):1350-1352.“Mindfulness in Medicine.” David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD; Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD


Journal of Clinical Psychology. 2012 Jan;68(1):117-31.“Effects of mindfulness based stress reduction on emotional experience and expression: a randomized controlled trial.” Robins CJ, Keng SL, Edblad AG, Brantley JG.


Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 2007 Nov;21(8):1038-49. Epub 2007 May 22.“One year pre-post intervention follow-up of psychological, immune, endocrine and blood pressure outcomes of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in breast and prostate cancer outpatients.” Carlson LE, Speca M, Faris P, Patel KD


BMC Complementary Alternative Medicine 2009 Jul 28; 9:24
Mindfulness for irritable bowel syndrome: protocol development for a controlled clinical trial. Gaylord SA, WhiteheadWE, Coble RS, Faurot KR, Palsson OS, Garland EL, Frey W, Mann, JD


Journal of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 2008 Apr;20(4):212-6.“Mindfulness-based stress reduction: a literature review and clinician’s guide.” Praissman S


Journal of Behavioral Medicine 2008 Feb;31(1):23-33. Epub 2007 Sep 25.“Relationships between mindfulness practice and levels of mindfulness, medical and psychological symptoms and well-being in a mindfulness-based stress reduction program.” Carmody J, Baer RA


International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 2005;12(4):278-85.
“Impact of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) on sleep, mood, stress and fatigue symptoms in cancer outpatients.” Carlson LE, Garland SN

IHS offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs modeled on the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This stress reduction program has been in existence since 1979 and was started at UMass Medical School by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. At the core, you will learn how to develop your own mindfulness practice through meditation, mindful movement and body based modalities.

Our instructor participated in CFM's professional training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli. Admission to this training program was limited to those with extensive professional experience, with a solid meditation practice.


The stress reduction program is an eight-week course designed to teach folks with a wide range of conditions how to take better care of themselves and participate fully in improving their health and quality of life.



health benefits of mbsr



People participate for reasons as diverse as... 


  • Stress — job, family or financial

  • Chronic pain and illness

  • Anxiety and panic

  • GI distress

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Fatigue

  • High blood pressure

  • Headaches



program schedule



The course schedule consists of eight weekly classes and one day-long silent retreat on a Saturday or Sunday. Morning or evening courses are available.


This highly participatory, practical course 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 assignments

  • Home practice audio (mp3) files and handouts


mbsr class participant

The course is challenging and life-affirming. Great care is taken to create a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging learning environment.


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