Chronic Pain Course IOW
ReMap Course Summary - March to June 2019
Wednesday 12 June 2019 saw the completion of the 12 week ReMap course in Newport on the Isle of Wight, a movement and stillness class for those living with chronic pain. Over the duration I introduced the students to 'Hibernating Bear Tai Chi', covering a variety of Qigong, Chen Tai Chi and stillness practices specifically designed for those living with differing health base-lines than the norm.
In the mix was;
- working with health base-lines with grace
- acceptance through the absence of resistance
- compassion training
- the meaning of true physical relaxation
- the stress and relaxation response
- diaphragmatic breathing
- joint expansion and compression
- physical symmetry, posture and alignment in class and daily life
- body awareness
- detoxing through movement
- training with fatigue
- releasing mental tension
- tools to aid anxiety and depression
- the mind and body connection
- movement and stillness for chronic pain management
Each and every student approached the lessons with an empty mind and a warm heart. Over the weeks the the students trained well and relaxed hard. They absorbed a lot of information about self-responsibility in wellbeing through the gentle yet powerful exercises of Tai Chi and Qigong, and the mindful practices of seated meditation. Thank you so much to each student for their enthusiasm, laughter and presence.
The course was evaluated throughout by the NHS Chronic Pain Clinic at St Mary's Hospital, who are currently collating student feedback. I cannot wait to see the final report and hopefully see in print the positive impact that the classes have had on their lives.
Thank you also to the Independent Arts Charity for the organisation and funding of the course, as well as for providing such a great venue.
For students who do not live on the Isle of Wight, or if you prefer to learn online in the privacy and comfort of your own home, instructor Nicola provides live online private tuition using Zoom video call. Hibernating Bear Tai Chi has been designed for students who live with a differing baseline from the norm. She offers single online classes as well as a 10 week block covering all of the tools, techniques and lessons to aid your journey in self care health management. Your online class is one-to-one private tuition that is set to your pace, style of learning, needs and experience. Visit the Hibernating Bear section in the webstore to find out more.