MINDFULNESS | WORKSHOP
Mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body approach to life that helps people relate effectively to their experiences. It involves paying attention to thoughts, feelings and body sensations in a way that can increase awareness, help us manage difficult experiences, and create space for wise choices.
Though rooted in ancient traditions of meditation, mindfulness has become the subject of increasing scientific attention in recent years, as a rapidly-expanding body of research is suggesting it can help people manage a range of physical and mental health problems, as well as promoting well-being generally. Research has consistently shown that programmes based on mindfulness (such as mindfulness-based stress reduction, and mindfulness-bsed cognitive therapy) can help people reduce their levels of stress, and mindfulness skills are now being used in medicine and mental health as well as in workplaces, schools and other community settings. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is now recommended in the NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines for treating recurrent depression.
Mindfulness programmes which teach simple meditation practices have also been shown to significantly reduce relapse rates among people prone to depression, as well as helping people manage a range of other health conditions, including chronic pain, anxiety, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, HIV, cancer, and sleep problems. It has been shown to improve immune system response and speed healing.
Mindfulness seems to be helpful for managing anger issues, addictive behaviours, and eating disorders, as well as improving creativity. Neuroscientific studies have shown that practising mindfulness appears to increase activation in the left prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain more associated with positive emotions and which is generally less active in people who are depressed.
However, it's not only people with a particular health problem who can benefit - mindfulness can help reduce stress and improve functioning in a whole range of life situations (eg in education, the workplace, at home) and help anyone live a happier, healthier, more engaged life. Research has shown that more mindful people have greater awareness, understanding and acceptance of their emotions, can pay attention and concentrate more easily, and recover from bad moods more quickly. They also enjoy more satisfying relationships.
Our intensive workshops provide an opportunity to work with leading members of Nikos Marinos Consultancy over the course of a highly structured session.
All workshops are carefully tailored to the individual needs of the group. Sessions are preceded by an orientation meeting to ensure your objectives are met.
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