The eight-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an empirically-supported 8-week psycho-educational course that teaches a variety of mindfulness practices as health intervention. It is also the first form of secular mindfulness course brought into the health setting by Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in the late 1970s.
It was first developed as a mean to help people, especially those suffering from serious health conditions such as chronic pain, psoriasis, cancer and heart diseases, cultivate greater awareness and wisdom, and to live each moment of their lives as fully as possible.
Extensive published research has demonstrated that the majority of people who completed the program experienced lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress. Sleep quality improves, blood pressure drops, worrying subsides, and there is greater ease and peace of mind. Since its inception, thousands of people have benefited from it.
Regular practice allows one to develop wisdom, including equanimity and mindful attention to everyday events. Refer to the background of Mindfulness for more information on its history and benefits.
Format: The MBSR course is conducted over eight weeks, with each session lasting approximately 2.5 hours. There is a mandatory all day retreat between the sixth and seventh week, as well as approximately 45 minutes of daily home practice (involving both formal and informal practices) between each session.
What is taught in the eight-week: The practice of MBSR involves relatively intensive formal practices involving focussing on the breath and body through meditation and gentle body stretching and movements to develop awareness of thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations and habitual tendencies that typically cause unhappiness. Informal practices are also taught to establish mindfulness into daily lives. There will also be group discussions and brief lectures on stress physiology. Home assignments, handouts and mindfulness audio files will be provided.
Watch the Introduction to MBSR Video here [by UMASS Center for Mindfulness]
Brief Overview of MBSR Research [by UMASS Center for Mindfulness]
FORMAL MBSR TRAINING
Companies may organize this for selected employees as a form of stress management program.
May be conducted at office premise (after work-hours)
8 Weeks x 2.5 hrs, including mandatory all-day retreat between the sixth and seventh week
Strong emphasis on experiential practice and group process
Home Practice: 45 mins a day
FORMAL MBSR TRAINING
Catered for individuals who wants to learn how mindfulness to help them respond more effectively to stress, pain, and illness.
Conducted at a conducive venue
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Mindfulness Introduction Talk:
A 45 to 60mins talk (which comes with short experiential practices) to introduce Mindfulness to anyone