MBSR is a course that helps participants draw on their own inner resources and actively engage in caring for themselves and finding greater balance, ease, and peace of mind.

The program was founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD at the Stress Reduction Clinic of UMass Medical School and described in his book Full Catastrophe Living. The technique was originally developed for use in hospitals with patients suffering from painful, chronic, or disabling conditions. It was found that following participation in an MBSR program, participants' levels of anxiety and depression decreased and their sense of well-being increased. Extensive research has shown that the Stress Reduction Program can be beneficial for anyone, regardless of state of health.

Research Evidence Suggests MBSR is helpful for:

  • immune system function

  • reducing anxiety

  • preventing relapse of depression

  • reducing negative emotions responding to stress

  • managing chronic pain

  • chronic health conditions including high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, heart disease, asthma, GI distress, and skin disorders.

  • effective coping with short and long-term stressful situations.

  • growth in the brain areas associated with learning, memory, focus, attention, emotional regulation, and empathy

  • enhancing compassion and altruism

  • reducing pregnancy-related anxiety (with relationships and communication)

  • professionals: coping with stress, connecting with patients, and reducing burnout-inducing negative emotions and anxiety.

  • Veterans and other sufferers of PTSD

  • obesity - increasing “mindfulness of eating”

  • general health and well-being through a focus on prevention and improved awareness of what's truly harmful and helpful. Research citations available on request.