Mindfulness Courses for Pain & Physical Health Conditions
Mindfulness courses are offered to support people experiencing long-term physical health conditions such as chronic pain, ME, MS, fibromyalgia, diabetes and obesity. You can arrange a course on a one-to-one basis or for a small group of 2-4 people, including care-givers, friends and family members. The courses cost £40 per session on a one-to-one basis and £60 per session for a group of up to 4 people.
Mindfulness Course Information
This course aims to help you to gain a greater understanding of how to bring mindfulness into your daily life to help you to manage pain and chronic health conditions.
The mindfulness course for pain and physical health conditions involves 8 weekly sessions, each lasting 1 hour 15 minutes. Each week there are short mindfulness and compassion-based practices with time for reflection and discussion, as well as 10 minutes of daily home practice, if you choose. There is also an opportunity to learn how to pace yourself using a pacing diary.
- Reduced stress and anxiety levels
- Improved mood
- Greater capacity to cope with physical health conditions
- Improved sleep
- Renewed appreciation of positive things in life
- Greater sense of connection to others
- Sense of feeling supported
What happens ?
You’ll explore guided mindfulness practices to help you start to recognise unhelpful thought patterns that can interfere with healthy living. You’ll learn about our inbuilt negativity bias and how to work with this to rebalance life’s difficult moments.
Through mindfulness practice, you learn to notice reactive patterns to the pain or illness and by bringing patience, self-care and self-nurture you can learn to manage your response to life’s difficulties in a different way.
You’ll explore how to expand your awareness to notice pleasant moments and learn to really appreciate life’s simple pleasures. This can help you to come to terms with your situation, not by changing the condition itself but by changing your relationship to it.
Mindfulness can be practised at home, enabling you to feel more in charge of the choices you make regarding your health and wellbeing. Gradually, over time you can discover how to live well, even with a painful or long-term health condition.
You will explore a range of mindfulness practices to enable you to choose the ones which suit you best. You will be guided through mindfulness of the breath, the body scan practice as well as mindful movement involving gentle, slow movements either sitting, standing or lying down. The movements are suitable for all and can be easily adapted as necessary.
Home Practice/ Mindfulness in Daily Life
You are encouraged to undertake daily home practice lasting about 10 minutes each day to help you develop your awareness and explore new ways to respond to the challenges that you face. However there is no pressure to do this if you choose not to. The reason that daily home practice is encouraged is that research has shown that ongoing mindfulness can lead to changes in the brain, which support a shift in perspective. This can help you to develop new skills to allow you to bounce back from the difficult moments.
You will also be encouraged to notice your daily routines using a pacing diary, enabling you to become more aware of the activities that help or aggravate the symptoms. As you become more aware, you’ll learn how to make choices throughout the day, enabling you to rediscover a greater sense of balance and ease in daily life.
Who is the course suitable for?
The course is open to all adults over 18 years of age, on a self-referral basis. We welcome people with any physical health condition, including diabetes, chronic back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, post-operative pain, MS, Parkinson’s disease and other non-specific pain.
If being aware of your breath or noticing your thoughts and feelings may be very difficult for you, it may be better to wait before starting the course. If you are unsure whether this course is right for you, please feel free to call Wendy on 01606 556206 or 07795 243346.