Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

This structured meditation therapy program helps participants cultivate mindfulness, a mental practice that is proven to reduce stress and enhance overall well-being. This is achieved through awareness practices, including yoga, body scanning, breathing exercises and other techniques.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) therapy was developed in the late 1970s by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. It stemmed from Kabat-Zinn’s interest in combining elements of meditation and mindfulness with Western medicine.

Although this complementary therapy was initially designed to assist patients with chronic pain, MBSR has since expanded into a widely recognized meditation therapy program used to address various forms of stress.

Be present in the “here and now”

Central to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is the practice of mindfulness meditation. This involves paying attention to the present moment with openness and non-judgmental awareness. During MBSR, participants are guided through various meditation techniques to enhance awareness of thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surroundings. These techniques include gentle yoga exercises, focusing on breathing or on an object in the room, and body scanning.

Multiple benefits

As it promotes relaxation, reduces blood pressure, and enhances focus, MBSR is commonly used to help individuals with stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, sleep issues, hypertension, and attention disorders. It uses mindfulness meditation and yoga to teach enhanced emotional regulation and therefore better management of stressors. It’s a complementary approach, supporting conventional treatments for various conditions, fostering resilience, and cultivating a mindful outlook on life.

Better resilience in daily life

The MBSR program includes various stress reduction techniques and coping strategies, teaching participants how to respond to stressors with greater resilience, reducing the impact of stress on their mental and physical well-being. To achieve this, participants are shown how they can integrate mindfulness into their daily routines and foster a continuous state of awareness. This involves cultivating mindfulness during everyday activities such as eating, walking, or engaging in conversations.

Group support

MBSR is often conducted in a group setting. Group discussions and interactions provide a supportive environment for learning, allowing participants to share diverse perspectives, experiences, challenges, and insights with other people who are on the same journey to recovery. It helps to normalize individual struggles and reduce feelings of isolation. Moreover, participants find that the shared journey aspect of this treatment promotes greater accountability and commitment to the program.

Learning that enforces commitment

Everyone who participates in MBSR receives education about the science behind mindfulness and stress, creating an understanding of how these techniques directly impact the brain and overall health. This validates what you learn during the program, motivates engagement, and empowers individuals. Additionally, this knowledge helps to customize the approach to healing, encouraging long-term integration of healthy, mindful practices into daily life once the program has finished.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at Maui Recovery

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a fundamental element of our holistic healing philosophy at Maui Recovery.

It forms a crucial part of the personalized treatment plans we offer, providing practical skills to navigate life’s complexities. Our individualized approach facilitates self-discovery, offering tools to manage emotions and behaviors while nurturing resilience.

Under the guidance of our skilled therapists, clients partaking in our tailored MBSR sessions learn to cultivate resilience, handle stress, and enrich their lives through mindfulness. 

Undergoing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction therapy at Maui Recovery can serve as a catalyst for profound change, empowering you on your journey towards lasting recovery and personal development.

Why choose Maui Recovery

At Maui Recovery, nestled in the heart of Hawaii, our exceptional clinical team leads your journey as you step into recovery, offering the expertise and empathy crucial for your transformation.

In our idyllic oasis, ideal for healing, you’ll practice newfound skills and build connections in real time alongside a community of kindred spirits on similar paths.

With extensive experience and qualifications, our team of seasoned professionals – pioneers in holistic healing – become your unwavering support network and expertly tailor your care to meet your distinct challenges and goals.

At Maui Recovery we offer more than a treatment program; we offer a transformative, immersive journey with a clear focus on helping you to heal on all levels – physical, emotional, and spiritual.

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