The Avera Center for MindBodySpirit will be offering a unique eight-week program for stress reduction. It will be taught by Michael R. McVay, MD, the medical director of the center. The approach that will be used is based on mindfulness-based stress reduction or MBSR.
Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge of your life, a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you. MBSR is designed to cultivate an increased awareness of all aspects of self, including body, mind and spirit. This program is designed for those facing stress, pain and illness in their lives. MBSR compliments, but does not replace other medical treatments. It is for anyone, well or ill, who seeks greater levels of health and wellbeing.
The program will help participants develop:
- An ability to cope more effectively with both short- and long-term stressful situation.
- An increased ability to relax.
- A greater energy and enthusiasm for life.
- Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms.
- Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away.
Classes will start on Monday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. and will run for eight weeks. Each class will last approximately two hours. To enroll or find out more, you may call the Avera Center for MindBodySpirit at 605-668-8751.