Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Information for Patients

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight week, evidence-based course that was originally developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979 and has been taught worldwide for 30 years for a range of chronic pain and stress related health problems. Marelle has been facilitating MBSR in Adelaide for 5 years.

Interventions based on training in mindfulness skills are becoming increasingly popular and benefits range from improvements in immune function, reduction in pain and increased sense of ability to cope with a range of stressful situations. Mindfulness meditation is a type of attentional brain training that has its roots in Eastern philosophy and meditation practices, but has been adapted for use in healthcare and can be described as a way of developing the capacity to pay attention, in a particular way that helps to reduce the tendency to ruminate (dwell on, or get stuck in negative thinking) about pain and health problems.

What is involved?

  • Eight weekly 2.5 hour classes and a one full day retreat.
  • The classes are highly participatory, supportive and structured
  • Each session provides a range of activities, including:
    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga/movements (can be modified to accommodate pain or injury)
    • Group discussion and dialogue
    • Exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Daily home assignments
    • Home practice materials including meditation recordings delivered via an App that also tracks daily progress and a workbook

Participation in MBSR requires an ongoing commitment for the duration of the course. Participants will be asked to attend all classes, including the all day session and to practice daily for around 30 minutes.

Anyone interested in attending is invited to contact Marelle to determine your individual suitability. We can arrange a short interview by telephone.

If the full eight week course is not for you, for any reason, please enquire about individual sessions which are available at a time that suits you, right throughout the year.

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Who can benefit?

MBSR has benefited people reporting a range of conditions and concerns:

  • STRESS - related to work, school, financial, illness, ageing, pain
  • MEDICAL CONDITIONS - including chronic illness and pain, high blood pressure, arthritis, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and some skin conditions
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS - including anxiety, panic, mild depression, fatigue and sleep disturbances
  • PREVENTION AND WELLNESS - general health enhancement and wellness focussing on prevention and learning how to take good care of yourself and for feeling a greater sense of balance and ease

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