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Mindfulness for Health (Pain and Illness)


“The suffering itself is not so bad, it’s the resentment against the suffering that is the real pain”   Allen Ginsberg



Article: How Meditation Reduces Pain






Breathworks 'Mindfulness for Health' courses are a self-management intervention for people living with long-term health conditions and chronic pain. Here are some statistics relating to pain:



  • 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer chronic pain (3+ months)1 in 5 in Europe suffer moderate to severe chronic pain (2006)
  • In recent 'Health Survey of England' = 20 million people in the UK suffer chronic pain: 31% of men, 37% of women
  • In USA some 116 million people suffer chronic pain = $635 billion a year
  • The problem worsens as population ages: 57% over 75's suffer daily pain in UK.
  • If include all chronic health conditions = epidemic proportions. This is taking up increasing proportion health care spending.



For over ten years, Breathworks courses have offered more than 2,000 people living with chronic pain the potential to improve and transform their quality of life. Participants receive a toolkit of knowledge drawing on research-tested mindfulness methods. The evidence is growing showing the effectiveness of mindfulness training in treating:


Blood pressure, brain injuries, cancer, chronic pain, diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart disease, hepatitis, HIV/Aids, Parkinsons disease, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, sleep problems, tinnitus, visual sensitivity.


The Breathworks Mindfulness for Health combines emotional support for people with chronic pain, education about chronic pain and self-management. It includes mind-body methods for pain reduction through relaxation, meditation and gentle exercise. The course will help you to reduce pain and suffering by improving your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness.


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. 


Prof. Lance McCracken, INPUT Pain Management Centre and King's College London