A mindful approach to pelvic pain


Presenting mindfulness theory and practice in a way that is accessible and useful to both patients and practitioners.
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A mindful approach to pelvic pain – the challenge of meeting what we’re facing

We are delighted to welcome mindfulness teacher and pain specialist, Alex Irving to present this session of Pelvic Pain Matters.

Mindfulness is often used to treat people with chronic pain but what is mindfulness? Why is it useful? And how do you do it?

Mindfulness involves opening up to what we are facing and learning to meet it with acceptance, patience, and kindness. This is all well and good with something lovely like a beautiful sunset or a welcome hug, but what about with pain? What’s the value of paying attention to pain when it feels so awful? And how do you even do that without getting overwhelmed?

This interactive workshop and webinar offers a chance for those who suffer with pain and those who help people suffering with pain to explore these questions together. Through presentation, guided exercises and conversation we will unpack mindfulness and take a practical approach to how it can help those suffering with pain

Through panel discussion we will critically examine mindfulness and its implications for offering and receiving healthcare; whether that be as healthcare practitioners not being able to fix everything, or as patients not being able to completely rely on others to make us better

This webinar is for:

  • Pelvic pain patients of all genders
  • Family and friends of pelvic pain patients
  • Professionals who treat pelvic pain patients or have an interest in starting up their own pelvic pain practice

Why should pelvic pain patients attend?

  • You will gain a better understanding of what mindfulness is, why it can be helpful for pain and how you can go about learning it.
  • You will develop an appreciation of the common pitfalls in learning mindfulness and learn how to navigate them.
  • You will learn a simple mindfulness practice to help you take care of yourself.

Why should professionals attend?

  • You will learn a simple of model of mindfulness to help explain what it is and how it works.
  • You will develop an appreciation of the learning pathway for someone interested in mindfulness for pain so you can refer with confidence and clarity.
  • You will learn a simple mindfulness practice to help you take care of yourself.

Real Life Stories

Our webinars feature real-life stories of people who have overcome chronic pelvic pain. We always aim to have a clinical and patient perspective on the panel and questions from the audience are a really important part of our events.

Alex Irving

Alex is a mindfulness teacher who helps people to cultivate their inner resources so they can navigate the challenges they face and live fulfilling lives. He has a background as an osteopath and also holds a Masters degree in pain science.

Alex trained to teach mindfulness at the Centre for Mindfulness, Research and Practice, Bangor University and holds a Masters degree in Teaching Mindfulness with a Certificate of Competence in Teaching.

Alex has practiced meditation since 2001, regularly attending residential retreats particularly within the Insight Meditation tradition. In addition to his mindfulness training and work Alexander has a background in osteopathy, helping people with pain, stress and illness. Wanting to know more about pain and stress, in 2010 he completed a Master’s degree in Pain; Science and Society, at King’s College London.

In learning how to bring balance and care into his own life, and in training others to do the same, Alexander continues to be inspired by the capacity that we all have for being well, even in the midst of stress and difficulty.

Additional information

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