Centre for Integrated Healthcare

and Complementary Medicine


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is about being fully aware of whatever is happening in the present moment without judging it. It is a mind-body based approach that helps you change the way you think and feel about your experiences, especially stressful experiences. Mindfulness is a basic human quality, a way of learning to pay wise attention to whatever is happening in your life that allows you a greater sense of connection to your life inwardly and outwardly.


Although Buddhists and Yogis have been teaching these techniques for centuries, it is only relatively recently that their beneficial effects on people suffering with medical conditions are being recognised and becoming mainstream in our health service. You do not need to be religious or spiritual to practice Mindfulness - it is simply a way of training the mind and changing our neurological responses.



How can Mindfulness help?

Over recent years, Mindfulness has been scientifically tested and proven to help people deal with a vast number of psychological and physical conditions including:


 Addictive behaviour

 Adjustment disorders

 Allergic responses


 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME

 Chronic pain



 Eating disorders


 Functional illnesses


 Neurological conditions


 Relationship dysfunction

 Self esteem issues

 Work- related stress

Text Box: Our MBSR course is a structured programme, following the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn. It is for 8 consecutive weeks and consists of 2 hours attendance each week at York House, and home practice of a minimum of 1/2 hour every day. The home practice is very specific and you will be asked to listen to:
Body Scan CD
Meditation CD
Yoga CD
Loving Kindness Meditation CD
In addition you will also be given a folder containing all the handouts you will need for the course.
The cost of the course is 295 all inclusive.
We do have charitable funding available to subsidise attendance for patients with cancer and/or their carers. If you are registered with the Blackdown Practice, subsidised funding is also available.
Referrals can be also be made through your GP or Consultant.
We also run distance learning courses via Skype; please contact us for more details. 
Karen will chat to you for 10-20 minutes to give you further information and ensure that this is the right course for you.
The next courses are as follows:
Thursday February 24th 6-8pm for general public
Friday February 25th 10-12noon for general public
Friday February 25th 3-5pm for cancer patients and carers
Further information:
Information on Mindfulness can be accessed at www.bemindful.co.uk
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) acknowledges the effectiveness of MBSR programmes. 
Recommended reading:
Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
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