"Whether you suffer with chronic pain or illness, treat those who suffer, or care for a loved one who does, the Breathworks methods could radically change your life for the better"
Professor Lance McCracken, King's College London and INPUT Pain Management Centre
The Breathworks Mindfulness for Health course teaches you Mindfulness skills to help you improve the quality of your life and your health.
Both the Breathworks Mindfulness courses will help you manage stress but the Mindfulness for Health course has been designed to be particularly helpful if you are also living with any form of physical pain, discomfort or difficulty. Being "in the present" can seem especially difficult if your present moment feels overwhelming due to pain, disability or fatigue. This course fully acknowledges this and will teach you the practices that will help you experience for yourself, whatever your difficulties, the benefits of living more of life one moment at a time.
There are a wide range of reasons that people attend the course ranging from back pain, insomnia and arthritis to chronic fatigue, cancer and MS. But there is no condition too minor nor too serious so long as, to get the most from the course, you are well enough to attend the whole course and do the daily practice at home (see below).
You will learn:
- How to manage pain, illness and fatigue in daily life
- How to breathe into the present moment and find choice
- Breath and body awareness
- Gentle mindful movement
- Mindfulness meditation practice, including cultivating kindliness towards yourself and empathy for others
Using simple methods, you will learn to notice your actions, thoughts and feelings in the present moment. You will learn to notice your unhelpful patterns and how these lead to more pain and difficulty. Mindfulness helps you see what is happening moment by moment, gives you the choice to change habits that increase suffering and offers the potential for a new way forward.
Please note these courses are not for people who are acutely ill or who wish to be passive recipients of support and advice, nor is it a substitute for professional therapy. If you are experiencing symptoms of mental illness (eg depression, anxiety, ptsd, bipolar disorder, psychosis) please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for advice about Mindfulness and mental health.
Home practice is a very important part of the course.
The benefits of Mindfulness cannot be felt without regular daily practice and so during the course you will be asked to do two 10 - 20 minute meditations every day using CDs or Mp3s of guided mindfulness meditation.
By the end of the course you will have a wide range of practices, both formal meditations and informal everyday mindfulness practices, built into your daily life to help sustain your wellbeing and manage your physical health. One of the key benefits of taking an 8-week course is to get the help, support and motivation necessary to make the daily commitment to practice that can make such a difference in the long-term.
After the Course
There is the opportunity to meet up with others who have taken a course either on a weekday evening once a week or a Sunday afternoon once a month. These groups provide an opportunity for longer periods of practice than we might be doing on our own and help support our ongoing practice by giving us the chance to share our experiences of Mindfulness. See "Events" page for details.