Pain is an amazingly effective system that your brain uses to protect you when it interprets that you are in danger. It can be so effective that you can’t think of anything else, and it can take control of your life. In the Prevent, Reduce, Thrive – Pain Strategies Class you will learn techniques for taming pain and taking back control so you can get back to doing the things you love to do.
Each week, the class will combine discussion with movement exploration. It is now well-known by pain researchers that the more you know about how pain works, the less it hurts. That’s why the discussion is designed to give you accurate, up-to-date information and to help you explore how it relates to your life. You’ll also learn how you can change the way your brain reacts so that you are at less risk of pain.
The experiential parts of the class are based on the Alexander Technique and will include activities that encourage greater ease, well-being and quality of life. These activities are meditative in nature as well as being an exploration of gentle, easy movement. We’ll explore techniques to release unnecessary muscle tension, reduce stress and use your body in a way that supports the prevention, management and reduction of pain.
Everyone’s pain experience is different, but whatever our experience, we can change the things our brain draws on to decide if we need protecting by pain. We can also change the way we react and the way that we use our body to create the conditions for improved health, greater ease and comfort, and a new experience of movement.
In this class you are invited to take part in the proposed activities, or just listen, watch and discuss, as you wish. The class includes a half-hour mid-week check-in to refresh and check in.
If you or someone you care about have been experiencing persistent pain, this class is for you.
Mondays, February 22–March 29, 6:00–7:00 PM
Check-ins: Thursdays 2/22–3/29, 12:30–1:00 PM
Online Course Information
Instructions to connect to the Zoom online course:
- You will need a computer, laptop or smartphone with an internet connection, internet browser, webcam (optional), speakers or headphones and a microphone. If you do not have an internet connection or audio, let us know and we will give you instructions for listening on the phone.
- If you’ve never used Zoom before, click here: https://zoom.us/test to test and see how it works before the class. When you click on the link, Zoom will take you through downloading the program and the easy joining process. It will ask you if you want to use computer audio. If you have speakers and a microphone (included in laptops and cell phones), click on computer audio.
- You can choose to turn your own webcam on or off. If you turn it on, all participants will be able to see you. You can click on Stop Video at the bottom left corner of your screen to turn off video of yourself at any time.
- You can choose to turn your own microphone on or off. You can choose to mute your microphone with the Mute button at the bottom left corner at any time.
- If you have connection problems, we will send you the link to the recording.
$75.00 for the 6-week Course