Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an educational program designed to cultivate greater mind/body awareness in order to help people with physical and/or psychological symptoms live more adaptive lives in the face of stress, pain and illness.
MBSR is based on the highly successful stress reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, in 1979 and featured in Bill Moyer’s PBS documentary series Healing and the Mind, Oprah, and NBC’s Dateline.
Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating non-judgmental awareness in daily life by paying attention, on purpose, moment-to-moment as your life unfolds.
MBSR courses are offered in the Greater Kansas City Area by Lisa Pinsker. There are ongoing MBSR programs in over 250 mainstream healthcare and academic medical centers around the country, including Stanford, Duke, Harvard as well as Scripp’s Center for Integrative Medicine and the Mayo Clinic.
Lisa Pinsker M.A.
MBSR course instructor, Lisa Pinsker, has completed training programs under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, through UMass Medical School and she received a BSE in Health Education and Biology from the University of Kansas. She earned an MA in Integrative Health Education from John F. Kennedy University in Northern California.
Having extensive experience in mind/body practices as both a practitioner and as an instructor, Lisa has worked in the area of mindfulness-based programs and services with a wide variety of public, patient and healthcare provider populations.
Lisa has been teaching mindfulness- based programs in Kansas City since 2007.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has evolved into a common form complementary medicine to facilitate healing in the medical management of a wide variety of health challenges.
Using relatively intensive training in a variety of mindfulness meditation practices as the foundation, mindfulness practice helps us to be more deeply present to our bodies, thoughts and feelings in a less judgmental and reactive way. Mindfulness practices are conducive to self-insight and facilitate the cultivation of deep states ofcalm in mind and body.
People participate for reasons as diverse as chronic pain, heart disease, cancer, headaches, anxiety and panic, GI distress, high blood pressure, asthma, sleep or eating disturbances, fibromyalgia, and substance abuse. High level stress, burnout or a desire to take a more proactive role in promoting one’s wellbeing are also common motivations for attending this course.
Over 25 years of published research indicate that the majority of people who complete the course consistently report and demonstrate these lasting benefits:
• decreased physical and psychological symptoms
• increased ability to relax and to cope with stressful situations
• reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
• strengthened immune response
• increase in brain activity associated with positive mood states