SVR has chosen to include mindfulness practice as a part of their professional services. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is an intensive training where clients learn to access and cultivate their natural capacity to actively engage in caring for themselves and find greater balance, ease, and peace of mind.
MSBR was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and has evolved into a common form of complementary medicine addressing a variety of health problems. For more information on studies and efficacy: http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction brings together mindfulness meditation and yoga. MSBR is an eight-week intensive training in mindfulness meditation, based on ancient healing practices, which meets on a weekly basis. Mindfulness practice is ideal for cultivating greater awareness of the unity of the mind and body, as well as of the ways the unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviours can undermine emotional, physical, and spiritual health. The mind is known to be a factor in stress and stress-related disorders, and meditation has shown to positively effect a range of autonomic physiological processes, such as lowering blood pressure and reducing overall arousal and emotional reactivity. In addition to mindfulness practices, MBSR uses yoga to help reverse the prevalence of disuse atrophy from our culture’s largely sedentary lifestyle, especially for those with pain and chronic illness. The program brings meditation and yoga together so that the virtues of both can be experienced simultaneously.