Vassar Brothers Medical Center hosts program to alleviate stress and pain

Posted: 3/26/2015

If stress and pain are taking control of your life, a program at Vassar Brothers Medical Center may help.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center will host the Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Reduction Program, an eight-week course facilitated by certified grief therapist Shelley Tatelbaum, the director and founder of the Center for Grief, Loss & Life Transition.

The program is designed to help people become more aware of their ability to reduce pain, work with their fears and anxieties and cope with stress. It is modeled after the Stress Reduction Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

“Mindfulness is the practice of observing one's habits, patterns and choices. We are then able to recognize what is serving us and what is causing our stress,” Tatelbaum said. “We will cultivate choice instead of automatic reactions which teach us how to respond rather than react.”

The sessions begin April 27 and will run from 7 to 9 p.m. each Monday through June 29 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, 45 Reade Place.

The cost of the program is $385 and includes materials. The program is free for Health Quest and affiliate staff.

There is limited seating. To register, call 845-471-5269.

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