Center for Integrative Medicine Offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Shore Health System’s Center for Integrative Medicine is offering the popular Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program beginning in February.

A free introductory session is scheduled for Tuesday, February 2, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Center for Integrative Medicine, 607-B Dutchman’s Lane in Easton. Pre-registration is required.

The 8-week session begins on Tuesday, February 9 and runs through March 30 with an all day class on Saturday, March 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The class meets from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Memorial Hospital at Easton, Nick Rajacich Health Education Center at 219. S. Washington Street in Easton. The cost of the program is $300, which includes all materials and class sessions. Financial assistance is available.

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program is modeled after the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Facilitator Larissa Kitenko, PharmD, a clinical pharmacist for Shore Health System, is a graduate of Dr. Kabat-Zinn’s teacher training. She explains, “Mindfulness means paying attention, on purpose, to what is happening in the moment without getting lost in thoughts about the past or worries about the future.”

Kitenko tailors the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program for people experiencing the stress of chronic pain and illness, either as a patient, caregiver or healthcare professional. Participants will learn how to cope with their health and find peace of mind by working with the same stresses and pains that are the sources of their discomfort. Features of the course include guided exercises in mindfulness meditation practices; body awareness exercises; gentle yoga-style stretches; small group discussion; and home-based practice instructions.

For more information and to register call the Center for Integrative Medicine, 410-770-9400.