Franklin Health Stress Reduction Program Offered
Openings remain: classes start January 24
December 4, 2012
Program instructors are Dr. Kathleen Hickey and physician assistant Tim Davis.
Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH) is once again offering its intensive eight-week, nine-session stress reduction program that is designed to teach participants scientifically proven practical skills to reduce stress and improve overall health and happiness. Program instructors are Dr. Kathleen Hickey and physician assistant Tim Davis.
“The course is designed for adults and the skills gained will help participants apply mindfulness practice to the many life stressors in everyday life,” said Dr. Kathleen Hickey. “Mindfulness means being completely in touch with the present moment in a non judgmental fashion. Several formal mindfulness practices will be taught including very basic yoga; however, no prior experience with yoga is necessary to take the class.”
The course is modeled after the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. It consists of eight 2.5–3 hour sessions and includes an all day silent retreat on a Saturday, March 2. Participants should be committed to performing one hour of daily practice and homework to learn and practice mindfulness meditation, Hatha yoga, and body scan.
A participant of the recently completed fall stress reduction program stated, “This class has been a great experience. I have gained a renewed sense of balance and community, a deeper level of relaxation, and an understanding of the forces that contribute to both stress and true relaxation.”
Anyone interested in the program is asked to complete the prescreening form that you can obtain from the FMH Education Department by calling 779-2381. Classes will start on Thursday, January 24.
The cost of the program is based on a sliding scale fee according to household income. The cost is: $150 for incomes less than $25,000; $250 for incomes $25,000–$50,000; and $350 for incomes greater than $50,000 per year. If you are unable to afford the cost of the course, ask about scholarships.
Accommodations will be made for participants with physical disabilities.
For additional information contact Lorri Brown in the FMH Education Department by calling 779-2381 or e-mailing email@example.com.
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