As one who has experienced mindfulness practice first hand, led by an experienced facilitator/teacher, I can only say it was a truly insightful process and remarkable in calming and relieving stress.
In a non-threatening way, Ann Marie Wright coaches participants through awareness of the breath, progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) and body mapping as a way of bringing an acute awareness of body sensations, particularly how it relates to thoughts. Body mapping is an unhurried and sequential attention to the superficial and deeper parts of the body.
There are so many sources of stress in the world today and few healthy ways of dealing with it. Some challenges bring acute anxiety and stress that affects not only our physiology but at times our coping ability.
Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) provides an effective approach to cope with all types of psychological stress, as well as chronic pain, depression and many other conditions. Indeed, MBSR has been shown to produce alterations in mental state and electroencephalogram changes that persist beyond the time of active meditation. Magnetic Resonance Imaging studies have also shown measurable cortical structural changes in the brains of those partaking in regular meditation practice (See: Lazar 2005, NeuroReport 2005; Holzel 2011, Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging).
The initial “Introduction to Mindfulness” series of four sessions is an introductory offer open to all interested. Future sessions will explore this as a way to reduce stress and improve outcomes for those undergoing fertility treatment, including IVF.
Reminder: The introductory sessions run each Thursday 5:00 – 6:00 pm, May 7 – May 28. Cost: $80 for all 4 sessions; $20 for each session. For more info or to register call 604-558-4886 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org