Mindfulness physical therapy, pain management, rehabilitation

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

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at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington
with Instructor and Program Coordinator Carolyn McManus, PT, MS, MA


The course was life changing and put me on a daily path of meditation, mindfulness and approaching situations with an open heart, as well as helping me navigate some difficult situations. Carolyn is a highly skilled teacher and facilitator. Being in her presence is like being wrapped in a cozy blanket. I didn’t want the course to end.” – Patti Gorman

Carolyn is taking a sabbatical from teaching MBSR through the spring of 2019 to focus her time and energy on training other physical therapy professionals. She continues to see patients individually in the Outpatient Rehab Department of Swedish Medical Center, Cherry Hill Campus. To make an appointment for individual physical therapy services with Carolyn, please call 206-320-2404.

Swedish Medical Center’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program is a course developed by Carolyn to help people with chronic pain and disease skillfully cope with their medical conditions and live more fully. It is modeled on the program created by Jon Kabat Zinn and described in Kabat Zinn’s book, Full Catastrophe Living. The group meets once a week for 2.5 hours for eight consecutive weeks. Mindfulness meditation and the application of mindfulness to daily life are the core program components. In addition, participants are introduced to gentle yoga, how to change unwanted thinking habits and to develop compassion for oneself and others. To assist the learning process, participants receive online guided meditation resources and weekly hand-outs with specific home program recommendations. Participants learn mindfulness not as a technique to use in times of stress, but as a way of life that continually enhances and enriches a person’s daily activities and capacity for love.

The mindfulness program and Carolyn’s wisdom gave me skills for living with more joy and less stress. It’s amazing how I can calm down in a stressful situation by breathing mindfully. I have learned to not worry about the past or what may come in the future, but to focus on the present moment. I can plan for tomorrow, but live today. This has helped not only my physical health, but also the relationships that matter in my life. My wife has noticed these changes and has commented on how much closer she feels to me. We both agree my new skills are a real gift to my children.” – Ron Smith