Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a key part of the curriculum at Trails, helping students to expand their capacity to manage stress in a healthy way. Originally developed at UMASS Medical School by John Kabat-Zinn, a medical doctor interested in teaching mindfulness to individuals with chronic pain, MBSR has evolved into a globally recognized standard for teaching mindfulness techniques to improve overall mental health.
MBSR includes grounding techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing, mindful movement, and thought-stopping techniques to help students develop a deeper sense of control over their body, actions, and internal processes.
Our Daily Wellness Routine
Students are also regularly encouraged to tune into their senses, pause, and strengthen their mental capacity to be still and content without constant distractions. These mindfulness techniques are shared with both our students and parents, who can use it as a valuable parenting and coping strategy. Having learned these skills along with your child, you’ll have a common experience that will help to strengthen your relationship and foster healthy communication.
In addition to the MBSR curriculum, mindfulness and yoga are embedded into the daily routine of all Trails Carolina students. Mornings begin with a guided breathing exercise, and the day closes with a yoga flow and meditation preparing them for a night of restful sleep. This routine encourages students to carry these practices back to the home environment, which can be both grounding and rewarding.
Treating Trauma With Mindfulness
Yoga provides both physical and mental benefits to students. Research on trauma has shown that the impact of traumatic experiences are stored throughout one’s entire body (not just the mind). Yoga invites students to release this buried tension through flowing movements and focused breathing.
Therapeutic yoga sessions serve as a vehicle for students to stand up taller, feel comfortable in their bodies, and empower them to access tools that they have had within themselves all along.
This mind-body connection provides integral support to the traditional clinical modalities used at Trails.
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Trails saved my daughter’s life. Amanda is an amazing human and a brilliant therapist. I am so grateful to her, Science Steve, and the other wonderful people who could reach my daughter at a time when I could not.
Margot Lowman August 2022
Great life changing experience for our son. After becoming addicted to gaming during covid he was very depressed. At Trails he experienced the wilderness, Science Steve, learning survival skills and top notch therapy and support etc… I highly recommend! This gave our son and our family a renewed family bond full of love and excitement about his bright future.
Winnifred Wilson July 2022
Outstanding clinical work and superb staff! There’s a great culture at this company and it shows with how they engage with families/clients.
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