Our mindful intervention programmes are all evidence based. Here is a small sample

of the wealth of academic studies...


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Improved performance at work

A 2015 integrative review of the effects of mindfulness in the workplace by Good et al has shown that thought processes, emotion, behaviour and physiology are affected, in turn improving performance, relationships and wellbeing.

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Reduced blood pressure

In a 2013 study of men and women diagnosed with borderline high blood pressure, Hughes et al found that mindful based techniques helped patients reduce their levels of blood pressure, preventing or delaying the need for drugs.

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Improved multitasking capability

In a 2012 research project specifically studying the effect of mindful techniques in the workplace, David Levy, and associates at Washington University, found that both working memory and focus improved, reducing the effect of stressful stimuli, thus increasing effective multitasking performance.

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An overview of the many benefits

This 2012 article published by the American Psychological Association presents a summary of the many benefits identified for practitioners of mindful techniques, including improvements in focus, reduction in emotional reactivity and an increase in quality of life.

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Increases in regional brain grey matter density

A 2011 study by Holzel et al demonstrated that mindful techniques produce measurable changes in the brain with increased grey matter concentration in brain regions involved in learning and memory processes, emotion regulation, self-referential processing and perspective taking.

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Improved working memory

A 2010 research project studied the effect of stress on working memory in US marines due to be deployed to Iraq. The study found that working memory was significantly improved for the group practising mindful techniques.

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Reduced stress, chronic pain and illness

Selected research studies by Jon Kabat-Zinn who largely contributed to the formation of mindfulness as it is now known in the western world. In 1979, when he was a researcher at Massachusetts Medical School, he adapted traditional meditation techniques to develop an 8 week programme called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) which is still widely taught today. He has carried out extensive research demonstrating the positive effect on stress, chronic pain and illness.

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Positive changes in metabolism, heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and brain chemistry

Herbert Benson, a cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and founder of the Mind-Body Medical Institute (now the Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital), has been a pioneer in Mind Body Medicine. In 1975, he reported that meditation induces a host of biochemical and physical changes in the body collectively referred to as the “relaxation response”, including changes in metabolism, heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and brain chemistry. His on-going research continues to prove the many health benefits of mindful wellbeing, including a 2008 study into genomic counter-stress changes, and a 2015 study supporting the use of mindful techniques to alleviate symptoms in the treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, depression, anxiety disorders, and in prevention in healthy adults and children.

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