Evidence-based research supports MBSR as an effective complement to traditional medical care in a myriad of conditions. Below is a partial listing of conditions that may benefit from the practice of mindfulness.
What is the history of MBSR
The MBSR Program was launched in 1979 at University of Massachusetts Medical School, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society™ (CFM) by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD.
Over 24,000 people have completed this evidence-based program in order to learn skillful ways to respond to stress, pain, and illness. This 8 week program offers participants a powerful integrative approach to cultivating inner resources which promote health, healing and well-being. Mindfulness is about getting off “auto pilot,” waking up, and being fully present to the richness of each moment of life.
Evidence-based research supports MBSR as an effective complement to traditional conventional medical care for a wide variety of medical and psychological conditions. Below is a partial listing of physical and psychological conditions that benefits of mindfulness practice.
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