Franklin Health Stress Reduction Program Starting in March

19 Feb 2015 4:45 PM | Deleted user


Franklin Health Stress Reduction Program Starting in March

Participants will learn to apply mindfulness practice to stressors



Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH) is once again offering its intensive 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 consists of eight consecutive 2.5–3 hour sessions and includes an all-day retreat on Saturday, April 25. 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 past participant 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 is available from the FMH Education Department by calling 779-2381 and attend the orientation session taking place on Thursday, March 5 at 6 p.m. in the hospital’s Bass Room. After attending the orientation, participants can decide if they would like to move forward with the complete course.


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. Anyone who is unable to afford the cost of the course should ask about available scholarships.


Accommodations will be made for participants with physical disabilities.


For additional information contact the FMH Education Department by calling 779-2381.

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