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.
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