STRESS MANAGEMENT is an integral part of maintaining good health. Many diseases seen today are related to high stress in people's lives. I offer an in-depth course of stress management, typically in classes but individual lessons are also available. The approach used is one developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. It is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Management Program. The Program is offered several times throughout the year and typically involves 6-8 sessions over a period of several months. Techniques and tools are practiced for several weeks in between classes to give individuals experience in applying and reinforcing what is learned. Near the end of the sessions a half-day retreat may be offered to help individuals further hone their skills. The key to reducing stress is learning to work with one's mind and emotions. You can learn how to maintain calmness and remain centered during times of high stress. Beneficial to individuals suffering from stress, chronic illness, anxiety, depression, grief, chronic pain, interpersonal/relationship issues, workplace stress, life transitions and many other issues.
Bill Torretti, M. Ed.
Mindfulness is one approach to dealing with stress. This approach is used to help one to develop calmness, objectivity and peace no matter what enters into one's life. It is an approach where people learn how to be with their strong, intense emotions, persistent worries that come up in the mind and all of the situations that press our buttons. People learn to cultivate a sense of calmness and peace, slowly increasing their practice of mindfulness to be able to stay present or be more mindful even when circumstance are generating a lot of stress. This requires a lot of practice. On a daily basis, exercising our mindfulness so that when stress comes into our lives we are able to see it for what it is and stay grounded in our own sense of calmness, peacefulness that we have developed over time. We learn that mindfulness is not just a technique to learn to deal with stress but it is a way of living that makes our lives, deeper, richer and more alive. Instead of living with reactions to our circumstance and just keeping our heads above water we allow ourselves to feel more deeply and respond from the depths of ourselves. Each day becomes an opportunity to live life to its fullest. Come and see how you can learn more about mindfulness and learn to live from a deeper part of yourself. It is an eye, ear and heart-opening experience as we truly learn to observe and take in things in a different way and respond in a way that is from our authentic self.