“Breathworks methods could radically change your life for the better.”
– Prof. Lance McCracken, Professor of Behavioural Medicine, King’s College, London

About the Course

When the founder of Breathworks, Vidyamala Burch was 16, her life as a sporty teenager was cut short by a devastating spinal injury, leaving her with chronic pain and partial paraplegia. Over three decades, Vidyamala learned how to use mindfulness, compassion, and other techniques to manage her pain and health problems, as well as to create a rich and fulfilling life for herself. In 2000 she decided to share what she had learned, and the Breathworks Mindfulness for Health Course was born. It offers simple yet life-changing mindfulness skills, within a friendly group setting to anyone wanting to optimise their potential and get the most out of life.

The Techniques

Mindfulness for Health integrates mindfulness, compassion, a supportive mindful movement practice, and practical components from modern pain and medical condition management.
These techniques, backed with huge amounts of medical research, have helped thousands of people over the years.

“I realised what I did with my mind changed my experience of the pain in my body. We can use our minds to unwind that sensitivity. I have pain because my body is damaged and my nervous system experiences pain and my mind can either make it worse or better depending on what I do with my mind.”

Vidyamala Burch

Who is the course for?

Many people who have attended the Breathworks Mindfulness for Health Course report that their lives have been completely changed for the better by the course. If you think this course has a chance of increasing your quality of life, please get in touch and consider attending a course. Breathworks have helped people with conditions such as: chronic back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, post-operative pain, cancer, nervous disorders, MS, Parkinson’s disease, other types of non-specific pain, and many other conditions.

How is the Course Delivered?

The course is taught over an 8 week period, in a small group setting. Each lesson lasts for 2.5 hours. You will also be asked to do a daily practice at home which will start at 20 minutes a day and build to 40 minutes. You will also be asked to keep an activity diary during one week of the course.
If you are not able to attend a scheduled group class the course can also be taught on a one to one basis and classes can also be provided for a group of friends, associations or in a work place setting. Please get in touch for more information.

What will I get with the course?

  • 8-weeks of lessons – 20 hours of class time
  • A balance of teaching, questions and discussion, and guided meditation
  • Daily home meditation practice of 20 mins a day
  • Guided meditations CD / MP3 downloads
  • Two Mindfulness workbooks to support the course
  • Teaching and practices to help you develop mindfulness, calm, and resilience
  • A highly experienced mindfulness teacher to answer your questions and address difficulties every week with personalised advice.

What are the benefits of the minfulness?

Despite the fact that mindfulness has been practised for thousands of years in the East, it was Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn (1982) who first recognised the potential for a therapy in modern day clinical settings, finding that mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) could effectively reduce negative factors such as psychological distress in those living with chronic back pain. Since such discoveries, mindfulness has become an extremely popular topic for psychologists, with 674 scientific studies being published in 2015 alone. Studies have found mindfulness meditation to benefit a huge variety of health conditions, for example:

  • Improving mood and quality of life in chronic pain conditions, for example reducing levels of depression and anxiety.
  • Reducing physical pain and the emotional reaction to it, allowing individuals to change their relationship with their condition by living in harmony with their pain rather than trying to fight it.
  • Improving social functioning by strengthening relationships, improving sleep quality and decreasing the level of interference that pain has on daily activities
  • Re-establishing a sense of control by learning coping mechanisms and feeling empowered in knowing that individuals have a choice in response to pain and discomfort.

Please get in touch with any questions at all sue@plantingacorns.co.uk or call 07841 450657

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