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Mindfulness-based stress reduction

Benefits of mindfulness
Mindfulness-based stress reduction is not considered an alternative to mainstream medicine, but a complement to it – a highly effective complement. Practitioners have reported a number of benefits, such as a better ability to relax, an improved ability to cope with stressful situations, greater energy, and improved self-esteem. But the benefits are not just related to stress, Mindfulness-based stress reduction helps with a variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Chronic pain
  • Heart disease
  • Asthma
  • Skin disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbances

The mindfulness-based stress reduction program has also helped people realize an overall improvement in wellness as well as helping many to learn effective strategies for preventing future illness.Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness
Kabat-Zinn has a unique background both as professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts and as a practitioner of meditation, which have lent legitimacy to Mindfulness-based stress reduction, helping it to become the popular program that it is today.

The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society is within the University of Massachusetts Medical School. With the backing of a major university, Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues have developed a wide body of research that support mindfulness-based stress reduction’s efficacy.

With a strong focus on scientific investigation, the Center for Mindfulness has conducted a number of studies to test mindfulness-based stress reduction. “Since the inception of the Stress Reduction Clinic, Mindfulness-based stress reduction research at UMass and other academic medical centers has shown consistent, reliable, and reproducible demonstrations of major and clinically relevant reductions in medical diagnoses.”

The Center for Mindfulness has found that the majority of those who complete the eight-week mindfulness course report lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms. Mindfulness-based stress reduction – it’s effective and it’s backed by scientific research. No wonder it’s so popular.

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