, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 394–401 | Cite as

The MBSR Body Scan in Clinical Practice

  • Samuel J. Dreeben
  • Michelle H. Mamberg
  • Paul Salmon

If one thing, O monks, is developed and cultivated, the body is calmed, the mind is calmed, discursive thoughts are quieted, and all wholesome states that partake of supreme knowledge reach fullness of development. What is that one thing? It is mindfulness directed to the body…

Anguttara Nikaya 2010, p. 9


The body scan is a somatically oriented, attention-focusing practice first introduced into clinical practice as part of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, the MBSR program brings together a range of techniques and practices unified by a common theme — that of cultivating mindfulness. Mindfulness is defined predominantly as moment-by-moment attention focused in the present, in a nonjudgmental manner (Kabat-Zinn 1990). Described as a “clinic, in the form of an 8-week course” (Kabat-Zinn 2003, p. 149), MBSR has been adapted for various clinical populations, including individuals with eating disorders (Kristeller and Hallett 1999...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel J. Dreeben
    • 1
  • Michelle H. Mamberg
    • 2
  • Paul Salmon
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychological and Brain SciencesUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyBridgewater State UniversityBridgewaterUSA

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