9/23/2011--Seattle, WA, USA..Carolyn McManus running the MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) program with out patients at the VA hospital in Seattle, WASH...Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program designed to teach a skill called mindfulness. MBSR teaches people practices they can use over the course of their life to reduce stress and promote health and wellness. Mindfulness is a term that refers to non-judgmental, present moment attention. With original roots based in Eastern traditions, the introduction of MBSR to allopathic medicine in the United States first occurred in 1979, when Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Today, there are over 250 hospitals nationwide offering stress reduction programs based on mindfulness...The VA Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR) serves as a complement to ongoing treatment for those suffering from chronic pain, stress, anxiety or depression. Many veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have also found the class to be of benefit. Veterans with severe physical limitations are also eligible. Participants learn how to play an active role in their own health as a result of participation in MBSR...©2011 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.