Pain and illness


Gently transform the misery of

chronic pain and illness for

vitality and a richer quality of life


Mindfulness for health

children in monsoonPain, anxiety, stress and misery can be the result of physical chronic conditions and illness.  The huge personal benefits you can get from Breathworks mindfulness for health includes a tremendous sense of relief that there is a complimentary way to approach your dilemma.


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Focusing for pain and illness

Focusing-for-pain-and-IllnessFocusing can lead to dramatic changes in how you relate to pain or any chronic symptoms, bringing a measure of calm and grounded perspective.  Focusing, although not a direct cure, can help you facilitate a sense of deep inner nourishing, ease and relief, all the supports needed to provide a context for wellbeing.

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 Mindfulness for health

Is your life made miserable or challenging through persistent pain, illness or a stress related condition?

Learn how to

  • Vastly improve the quality of your life and your health
  • Manage pain, anxiety and stress
  • Find relief and vitality despite your condition
  • Develop loving kindness for comfort and soothing
  • Create ease and spaciousness around the condition
  • Practice ‘mindful movements’ for grounding and centring
  • Develop peace of  mind and choice through the breath
  • Practise the Mindfulness meditation
  • Increase an emotional resilience and outlook


Who is it for?

Mindfulness for Health is going to be a powerful support whatever condition you have (for example, cancer, MS, arthritis, nervous issues and many more conditions)

This course is also for care workers who support those who are suffering, equipping them with some great tools for managing pain and chronic health issues, and also for themselves to enable a more resilient and enjoyable work experience

The Breathworks approach to Mindfulness-Based Pain Management (MBPM) is the most comprehensive, in-depth, scientifically up-to-date and user-friendly approach to learning the how of living with chronic pain and reclaiming one’s life that I know of.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Earlier this year, a study conducted by Wake Forest Baptist University found that meditation could reduce pain intensity by 40 percent and pain unpleasantness by 57%. Morphine and other pain-relieving drugs typically show a pain reduction of 25%.

Video featuring Jon Kabat-Zinn on the development and benefits of Mindfulness

Focusing for pain and illness

Focusing eases pain, and it also eases the part of you that doesn’t like the pain (that wants to get rid of it). It is not unusual either to have accompanying emotions like frustration, despair, anger, fear and anxiety too that needs a caring company in a Focusing way.

The focusing will be offered in the context of mindfulness with compassion employing additional and beneficial principles and practices from these disciplines as well.

Through this course you will learn how to

  • Hold and be with your pain and illness in a way that offers choice and initiative
  • experience creativity and hope for a fresh life of new possibility and vitality
  • Place your attention on the underlying messages being offered by the pain
  • Incorporate mindful movements as a part of your pain reduction approach
  • Whole-body focusing movement and posture work
  • Invite and allow relief and ease into your body
  • Engender a ‘felt shift’ when a parts you respond with significant feeling tone change


In research conducted by Klagsbrun, Lennox and Summers* the effect of focusing on Quality of Life for participants were;

  • Greater sense of calmness
  • Enhanced emotional balance
  • Improved coping ability
  • Increased mental clarity
  • Greater overall well-being
  • A sense of empowerment in dealing with the fear and anxiety related to their illness.

*Research details:  51 USABPJ Vol. 9, No. 2, 2010


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Your sense of Ground and Presence provides the safe climate for places to open up, but it is from within the places themselves that the shift, resolution or healing will come.

Kevin McEvenue