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What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teaches meditation and basic body movement exercises such as yoga to cultivate awareness and reduce stress. MBSR is a group-based programme developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, The Centre for Mindfulness for populations with a wide range of physical and mental health problems. It has been extensively studied since the late 1970’s. The Centre for Mindfulness has been continuously delivering MBSR to patients within a large traditional American hospital for over 25 years. By now over 18,000 patients had completed the programme .

MBSR was created on the foundation of the ancient practice of mindfulness, which encourages being fully present in our lives with greater peace and ease. It is a practice that is useful for stress reduction and a greater sense of well-being.

Research indicates that people who participate in an MBSR course report an increased capacity to relax, increased self-esteem, greater energy and enthusiasm for life, improved ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations, reduced pain levels and/or improved ability to cope with pain that may not go away.

Typical reasons why people take the MBSR course:

  • Daily life stress
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain
  • High blood pressure and other heart conditions
  • GI distress
  • Chronic Illness
  • Insomnia
  • Grief and loss
  • Type A Behaviour
  • To enhance creativity

Read more about our 8-Week MBSR Mindfulness course 


The UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recently endorsed Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy(MBCT) as an effective treatment of prevention of relapse of depression.


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