Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course.

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. It is now taught worldwide in many different settings, from hospitals to community centres for a range of chronic pain and stress related health problems.

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. It has been adapted for use in healthcare and can be described as a way of developing the capacity to pay attention, particularly reducing the tendency to ruminate and over-think pain and health problems.

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

  • Stress including work, school, financial, illness, ageing, pain
  • Medical Conditions including chronic illness and pain, high blood pressure, cancer, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and some skin conditions
  • Psychological Distress including anxiety, panic, mild depression, fatigue and sleep disturbances
  • Prevention and Wellness including general health enhancement and wellness. This can be focused on learning how to take good care of yourself, as well as developing a greater sense of being connected to your body, balance and ease

What to expect from MBSR

A full Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course is comprised of eight weekly 2.5 hour classes and one full day retreat.

MBSR courses also run at varying times and dates throughout the year.

The classes are highly participatory, supportive and structured. Each session provides a range of activities, including:

1.      Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation
2.      Gentle stretching and mindful yoga/movements
3.      Group discussion and dialogue
4.      Exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
5.      Daily home assignments
6.      Home practice materials including CDs 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.

Is MBSR right for you?

This course is aimed at the general public and is not helpful or suitable for everyone. When you register for the course you will be asked a series of questions in the application form that will help us determine whether or not the course is likely to be safe and beneficial for you at this time.

In some circumstances we may suggest that you consider either waiting a while to take the course, or that you explore other options, including more specialist mindfulness-based programmes designed for people experiencing specific difficulties, or support from a GP or mental health professional.

This guide outlines some of the issues that we have found can limit or prevent people from benefiting from our public MBSR course: “MBSR -Is this the right course for me to attend”

Of course, everyone’s situation is slightly different, and we encourage you to speak to either to the course teacher, or your GP/psychologist/psychiatrist after reading the information below, you have any remaining concerns or questions about the suitability of the course for you.

Upcoming Course Dates

TERM 1 Starts: Wednesday 17th January 2018 6.30pm – 9.00pm (all day retreat on Saturday 24th February).

TERM 2 Starts: *Thursday 10th May 2018 9.30am – 11.30am (half day retreat on Saturday 16th June)

TERM 3 Starts: *Monday 20th August 2018

TERM 4 Starts: *Wednesday 17th October 2018 6.30pm – 9.00pm (all day retreat Saturday 24th November)

Duration: 8 weeks

Instructor: Marelle Wilson

Location: St Chad’s Church, corner of Cheltenham Place & Roseberry Ave, Cheltenham St, Highgate

* Subject to change closer to the date

How to Book

If you would like to register in an upcoming MBSR Course, you will need to do the following:

  1. Register online here
  2. Complete this online questionnaire, which helps us ensure the course is appropriate for you
  3. Attend a pre-course 1:1 assessment with Marelle. Once you have completed the online registration form and questionnaire, please contact us via 8373 5655 to book your 30 minute assessment in our clinic rooms at 5/259 Unley Road, Malvern.
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