Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program
A Mindfulness based approach to Stress Reduction and Stress Management
This program is designed to teach mind and body awareness techniques to help live with physical or psychological symptoms due to stress, pain, or illness. It is based on the methods of Jon Kabat-Zinn Ph.D., at the UMass. Medical Center and was also featured on the Bill Moyers’ special, “Healing and the Mind.”
Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating non-judgmental awareness in day-to-day life. Mindfulness develops the potential to experience each moment, no matter how difficult or intense, with serenity and clarity. Meditation can help you feel better, sleep better, increase your ability to cope with stressful situations, improve self-esteem, increase happiness, enhance productivity, and renew enthusiasm for life and work.
You can feel more alive and joyful and gain immediate access to powerful inner resources for health and healing.
THE MBSR PROGRAM CAN HELP IF YOU HAVE:
Anxiety and Panic
High Blood Pressure
Signs of Stress:
Job and Family Stress
Type A Behavior
Burn out/Low Productivity
Post Traumatic Stress
PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS REPORT LASTING BENEFITS:
*Increased self-awareness, trust, and acceptance
*More effective coping strategies
*Serenity in the face of difficulties
*More accepting attitude to life and challenges
*Decrease in chronic pain
*Lasting decreases in stress-related symptoms
*Significant decreases in anxiety and depression
*Improved concentration and creativity
*Improved immune system functioning
*Decreased symptoms secondary to cancer
*More sustained happiness
Outline of MBSR Program:
- Program is eight weeks long. (There is a prior two hour introductory session.)
- Participants meet for two and a half hours once a week and there is an all-day session in the sixth week.
- Participants practice with a 30 minute CD daily (mindfulness meditation or mindful yoga).
- Reading the course text: Full Catastrophe Living, by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook by Bob Stahl Ph.D.
Course Content: Each session will contain three components:
The experiential component takes place in the first one-and-a-half hours. It consists of forty-five minute instructional sitting exercises and a thirty minute mindful movement of yoga or walking. The object is to develop non-judgmental moment-to-moment awareness of the relationship between the body and mind and to acknowledge the physical sensations and mental or emotional feeling as they arise.
Through lectures and discussions, participants learn how habitual reactions to stress create anxiety, depression, and illness and learn how to change their response to stress.
The last hour is for group support. There will be time for personal sharing and questions. Each person will have an opportunity to discuss their daily practice.
Qualifications of the teacher, Melissa Sutor, MS, MA:
*Completion of the MBSR Professional Teacher Training with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and Saki Santorelli, Ph.D. of the U. Mass. Medical Center for Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (2010)
*Completion of MBSR Professional Teacher Training Practicum with Bob Stahl, Ph.D., Director of Awareness and Relaxation Training (2009)
*Study and Mentorship with Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., Mindfulness Professor and Researcher at Santa Clara University, Author, and Speaker (2008 - 2010)
*Mindfulness Teacher certification with Mindful Schools
*Mindful Educator Teacher certification with Mission Be
*Medical Qigong certification with Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
*Mindful Leader in the Family Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
*Personal daily mindfulness practices
*Masters degree in Counseling Psychology
MBSR groups offered at Kaiser Permanente in Wailuku, Maui
This is a Community Service program offered to local residents, Dates TBD
Private Individual, Couples, and Corporate Group Programs available now
Sliding Scale pricing depending on group size and financial situation:
Starting at $900 for full 8-week stress reduction program
Online MBSR course coming soon!
Offered by Melissa Sutor, MS, MA
Contact by Email
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From left to right - Rochelle McLaughlin, Director of Mindfulness at San Jose State University; Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; Melissa Sutor, MS, MA, Founder and Executive Director of Dragonfly Healing Center