Mindfulness, when practiced consistently, has the power to physically change our brains in a very positive way. These changes improve our ability to recognize and influence our mind-body relationship.
Why does this matter? Because research has shown that individuals who practice mindfulness regularly report improved quality of life, greater happiness, and even greater productivity. Migraine sufferers who participated in an 8 week mindfulness course reported decreased level of disability, improved self efficacy, and quality of life compared to those who received migraine education alone (Wells et al. 2021).
MINDFULNESS-BASED CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT (MBCPM™) COURSE
MINDFULNESS-BASED CHRONIC STRESS MANAGEMENT (MBCSM) COURSE
8 weeks, TBD
This course is directed to migraine and headache sufferers, however, any individual with chronic pain or stress would benefit. Attendees learn the principles of mindfulness meditation and how it can assists in remaining calmer despite the challenges of everyday life. They will explore how mindfulness relates to decreasing suffering, pain, and stress. . The course includes supportive group discussions and practical meditation practice appropriate for pain sufferers.
What You’ll Learn
Introduce tools to increase wise-mind and resilience
Enhance the mind-body connection, self-nurture, and awareness
Enhance relationship skills in a broad context
This course is for anyone experiencing frequent pain or chronic stress
Format and Cost
Virtual Format via Zoom Platform
10 to 15 participants
8 weeks (once per week for 2.5 hours)
Cost: $900+HST including course material (prices subject to change)
Facilitator: Christie Tait, Nurse Practitioner, Certified Facilitator through NeuroNova Centre and the University of Toronto
A medical expense receipt will be issued for the submission to private insurance or tax purposes
Please note that you will be contacted to complete registration and payment. Your spot in the course will be held in sequence. You can also submit this form if you wish to be contacted with more information about the course.
This program was developed by Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix and evolved from the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn to further customize it for those living with chronic pain and chronic stress.
Dr. Gardner-Nix talks about Mindfulness resulting in the neuroplasticity that changes how the mind/body experiences pain, reducing suffering and improving quality of life: