Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction was developed from 1979 onwards by Jon Kabat-Zinn in a general hospital in Massachusetts for patients whose suffering could not be adequately relieved by conventional treatment. He initially called his method simply stress reduction, because at that time it was controversial to introduce meditation, yoga or even mindfulness in mainstream medicine.
The MBSR course was valued very positively by participants. Although they often found no cure for their pain and physical problems, they learned a healthier way of dealing with these. Supported by an increasing amount of scientific publications, MBSR spread steadily throughout western society.
MBSR is offered widely nowadays for the alleviation and prevention of various stress-related health problems and to promote well-being and quality of life in general; not only in health care settings, but also in companies, in human development and coaching programs and in education.
Tension is who you think you should be.
Relaxation is who you are.