CHC’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (SRP) is an 8-week course with classes meeting once a week for 2 hours, at the Community Health Center of Meriden. The class is taught bilingually by Beth Roth, APRN, who has been teaching the SRP since 1993. Patients learn a variety of relaxation and meditation techniques including awareness of breathing, guided relaxation, gentle stretching, and walking meditation. Class members receive CDs for home meditation practice. To gain the most from the program, patients should be committed to attend all 8 classes, and to spend a half hour each day doing home meditation practice.
This program is ideal for patients living with anger management, headaches, asthma, heart disease, anxiety/panic attacks, high blood pressure, cancer, HIV infection and AIDS, chronic pain, sleep disorders, depression, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, stomach problems and irritable bowel syndrome, substance abuse recovery, or family/parenting stress.
“My diabetes and high blood pressure have improved. I learned how to relax, and I’m sleeping better at night. This course has really enhanced my life, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to have taken it. ”
“I’ve had a marvelous experience. Meditation is a useful tool to help me relax and cope better with my chronic disease. The Stress Reduction Program changed my life.”
“I’m a calmer person now, and I don’t have headaches and back pain like I used to. The Stress Reduction Program would be beneficial to everyone, to become a healthier and more peaceful person.”