Breathworks Mindfulness for Health course

Pain & Fatigue Management

I regularly offer the Breathworks ‘Mindfulness for Health’ course as an 8 weeks, 2 hours a week live mindfulness course on Zoom, but it is also available to commission as an online or an in-person course in your workplace.

The course is designed to support and inspire adults living with pain, fatigue and other physical health conditions.

Each 2 hour Zoom session has a 15 minutes comfort break and you are welcome to turn your camera off and move around, lie down, sit or stand at any point in order to take care of yourself. We always begin and end with guided mindfulness meditations that support the teaching focus for that week, to ensure that your participation is a restful as well as a productive one. 

The course includes in-depth teaching on a series of key concepts and mindfulness practices, combined with modern pain and fatigue management techniques that you can gently incorporate into your every day activities.

Each week is supported by handouts and meditation recordings, providing you with a toolkit that you can continue to enjoy long after the course has finished.

Mindfulness for Health book and course

This Breathworks course is based on a unique meditation programme developed by Vidyamala Burch to help her cope with the severe pain of spinal injury.

The accompanying book was winner of Best Book (Popular Medicine) at the British Medical Association’s Book Awards 2014, and is recommended by the Reading Well Books on Prescription Scheme.

Taught at Breathworks in the UK and its affiliates around the world, this programme is backed up by ongoing research, and has already changed the lives of thousands of people.

Quantitative studies, including four randomised controlled trials (RCTs), have found Breathworks Mindfulness for Health participants reporting significant improvements following the course, including:  

Pain acceptance

Pain self-efficacy, ie confidence in performing activities while in pain 

Mindfulness

Quality of life

Psychological wellbeing

Positive outlook

Satisfaction with life

Vitality

Self-compassion

Pain intensity and severity

Pain interference

Pain unpleasantness

Pain catastrophising

Fatigue Severity

Fatigue Interference

Sleep Difficulties

Emotional distress

Anxiety and depressive symptoms

A study of past Mindfulness for Health participants found an increased ability to self-manage their condition, with positive changes in thinking and behaviour sustained as long as 9 years after completion of the course.  

Long.J. (2016) Starting Where I Am the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

In another study, Doran (2014) interviewed people 6 and 12 months after completing a Mindfulness for Health course. All had chosen the course to help with with persistent back pain. Themes in their experience included:

  • Able to respond to early warning signs of flare ups
  • Learning to live in harmony with pain rather than tighten around it
  • Increased self-compassion, including accepting pain and not blaming themselves for flare-ups 
  • Better quality of life despite the pain

A University of Manchester Human Pain Research Group study concluded:

“The Breathworks programme improved the mental well-being of patients and their sense of being able to control their pain symptoms. These improvements were related to changes in patterns of activity in brain regions involved with cognitive control and emotional regulation.

Mindfulness for Health course now available for booking

The next course is a gentle schedule to ease us into the New Year. Each Zoom call will be 7-9pm UK time on Mondays 24th & 31st January, 7th, 21st & 28th February, and 7th, 14th & 21st March 2022. The joy of Zoom means that you can join us from anywhere with a good internet connection.

If you are booking before 24th Dec 2021, please use the coupon code “peaceful” to enjoy a £20 discount off the advertised prices. You are welcome to gift the course to someone else who would like to attend ~ simply contact me for details as to how this can be arranged.

What will I learn?

  • Skills to ease the suffering associated with pain, fatigue and ill health
  • How to practice meditation 
  • How to include mindfulness and self-compassion in your daily life
  • Supportive mindful movement practices
  • Ways to improve concentration, focus and fatigue management
  • Tips from modern chronic pain management techniques, including pacing and learning how to break the ‘boom and bust’ cycle
  • The art of taking joy in simple pleasures, to create “stepping stones” of happiness in each day

Each week’s topic will be supported by resources such as handouts, videos and meditation recordings for you to explore in your own time, as well as templates for a reflective pacing diary that you can use to track your progress.

Who is the course suitable for?

No previous experience of mindfulness or meditation is required as the course is suitable for complete beginners, as well as more experienced mindfulness practitioners. 

Participating in a Mindfulness for Health course counts as pre-requisite for training with Breathworks and other mindfulness organisations such as the Mindfulness in Schools Project, so if you are living with, or have recovered from, pain, fatigue or illness and are thinking of training as a mindfulness teacher yourself, you are welcome to attend.

“Whether you suffer with chronic pain, treat those who suffer, or care for a loved one who does, the Breathworks methods could radically change your life for the better.”

Prof.Lance McCracken, Clinical Lead, Centre for Pain Services, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Professor of Behaviourial Medicine, King’s College London

The group will be limited to a maximum of 11 people to ensure that there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions, but please be aware that this is not a therapeutic space and no medical advice will be offered: the focus will be purely on how mindfulness can be used to support your physical and related mental wellbeing.

I’ve welcomed a huge variety of people onto my courses, ranging in age from their 20s to their 70s, all of them looking for a way to reduce their suffering from pain, fatigue, anxiety and a range of health conditions.

Katie’s personal experience

My own experience of using mindfulness to manage a challenging health condition began with my diagnosis of cancer in 2014, and was invaluable throughout my treatment in 2015.

Having first discovered mindfulness in 2001 and begun teaching it in 2011, I was so grateful to have an already well established practice that my recovery and subsequent all-clear inspired me to train as a Breathworks Mindfulness for Health teacher.

It would be wonderful if you were able to join me on the next available course, so that I can share not only the wonderful content with you, but also a heartfelt sense of what a transformative effect mindfulness can have in our lives.

Can’t see a date or time that suits you?

Please contact me to register your interest for the next available course, and let me know whether you would prefer a morning, afternoon or evening time.

Any Other Questions?

I always arrange a short Zoom call with every course participant before the course begins. This gives us an opportunity to get to know each other, so that you can ask any questions that you may have, and I can understand what you would like to gain from the course. Please do email me if you would like to arrange this call before you decide whether or not to book the course ~ there is no obligation at all!

My intention is to make the course as relaxed, welcoming and inspirational as possible, so if you have any particular requirements to support your learning, or are not yet familiar with Zoom, please don’t hesitate to let me know via katie@soulnutrition.org

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