This year, Sports N Spine at the Cottage Chiropractic Centre will have a focus on alleviating the burden of spinal conditions such as headache, neck pain and back pain.
While exercise and movement are a proven means to reduce the impact of back pain, and spinal manipulation and manual therapy is also helpful in this condition, there is an emerging school of thought that also considers the role of mindfulness as an effective adjunctive treatment.
There is scientific evidence which shows that practising mindfulness can have significant health benefits beyond reducing back pain. One of the most important and proven health benefits is that mindfulness can help reduce stress.
Awaken meditation 5 weeks x 1 hour group program for women. Do you wake up feeling tired? Mindfulness meditation can help you feel more relaxed and refreshed. It has its origins in Buddhist teachings and has been around for a very long time. Mindfulness is a form of meditation which doesn’t ask us to ‘clear’ our minds of thoughts.
We practice mindfulness with an attitude of gentle and loving acceptance. There is no need to analyse or judge what’s happening– just being in the present moment and being aware of the thoughts and feelings and the body sensations that come up for us is enough.
Do you often feel stressed? Most people will notice that something changes for them even after a brief practice of a few minutes. Many people report that they feel more calm, relaxed and generally happier since they have begun a regular practice of mindfulness meditation.
How can the Awaken meditation program help? One of the best things about mindfulness meditation is that it’s easy to learn and experiential. The hardest part is committing yourself to a regular practice to experience the benefits. This group is a great place to begin, because you’ll have a dedicated time and place where you’ll experience deep relaxation in a small group environment. You’ll have an opportunity to ask the group leader questions and be in a group with other people who are also interested in reducing stress and leading a healthier and happier lifestyle.
Who is the group leader? Francesca Boyd-Russo facilitates the Awaken program. She is an experienced counsellor and adult educator and founder of Ariadne Counselling. Francesca holds the following qualifications: Master of Counselling & Applied Psychotherapy (Jansen Newman Institute, Sydney) Master of International & Community Development (Deakin University, Geelong, Vic) Bachelor of Education (Adult Ed) (University of Technology, Sydney) and regularly participates in ongoing professional training in mindfulness theory & practice. For more information visit: www.ariadnecounselling.com.au