Mindfulness for Health: A Practical Guide to Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress and Restoring Wellbeing

Mindfulness for Health: A Practical Guide to Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress and Restoring Wellbeing

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By (author) Dr. Danny Penman, By (author) Vidyamala Burch

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  • Publisher: PIATKUS BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 22mm | 405g
  • Publication date: 5 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 074995924X
  • ISBN 13: 9780749959241
  • Sales rank: 6,041

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WINNER OF BEST BOOK (POPULAR MEDICINE) AT THE BRITISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION'S BOOK AWARDS 2014 Pain, suffering and stress can be intolerable - but it doesn't have to be this way. Mindfulness for Health reveals a series of simple practices that you can incorporate into your daily life to relieve chronic pain and the suffering and stress of illness. Clinical trials show that mindfulness meditation can be as effective as prescription painkillers and also enhances the body's natural healing systems. Mindfulness can also reduce the anxiety, depression, irritability, exhaustion and insomnia that can arise from chronic pain and illness. Mindfulness for Health is based on a unique meditation programme developed by Vidyamala Burch to help her cope with the severe pain of spinal injury. Taught at Breathworks in the UK - and its affiliates around the world - this programme has helped tens of thousands of people cope with pain, illness and stress. Breathworks' pioneering approach is praised by Professor Mark Williams of Oxford University, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Professor Lance McCracken of King's College London. The eight-week programme at the heart of this book takes just 10-20 minutes per day. It is particularly effective for the biggest causes of pain - back problems, arthritis, migraine and diabetes but works equally well for cancer (and its associated chemotherapy), heart disease, fibromyalgia, celiac disease, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, IBS, labour pain and even tinnitus. You will be surprised by how quickly your suffering melts away, leaving you able to live life to the full again.

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Dr Danny Penman is an award-winning journalist and author. He has worked for the BBC and The Independent newspaper. He is a feature and comment writer for the London Daily Mail. He holds a PhD in biochemistry and a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism. He is co-author of the bestselling Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world (Piatkus). Vidyamala Burch is founder and co-Director of Breathworks, an organisation offering mindfulness-based and compassion-based approaches to living well with chronic pain, illness and stress. In 2008 she published Living Well with Pain and Illness: the mindful way to ease your suffering (Piatkus) which is based on the Breathworks programme. She has also produced led meditation CDs and booklets available through Breathworks.

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A beautiful and compassionate book, Mindfulness for Health will put you back in touch with the extraordinary person you already are Professor Mark Williams, University of Oxford This book provides an extremely effective and elegant mind-body approach to healing ... Highly recommended Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Coming to Our Senses In a world of much suffering, this book is a gift of wisdom and practical help Professor Paul Gilbert, PhD, OBE, author of The Compassionate Mind and Mindful Compassion, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, UK If you have chronic pain or another persistent health problem, if you struggle, feel stuck or feel alone, read and follow this book. It will encourage, guide and liberate you Lance M. McCracken, PhD, Professor of Behavioural Medicine, King's College London An excellent resource for people in the community who live with pain and long-term health conditions, and also for those health-care professionals who support them Peter Moore, co-author of the Pain Toolkit Through simple exercises, well explained and prepared ... they guide the reader through the principles and practice of mindfulness applied to pain, and towards self-understanding, gentle control and connectedness Dr Amanda C de C Williams, Reader in Clinical Health Psychology, University College London Vidyamala and Danny have written an inspiring book ... It is alive with heart-warming stories and practical and engaging ways of managing your distress and finding more joy, peace, wisdom and compassion for yourself and others - from day one of this excellent programme. It is a guidebook for thriving and not just surviving each day Timothea Goddard, MBSR teacher, Psychotherapist - Openground, Australia Mindfulness for Health offers those who struggle with the painful loss of health much support to become more alive and compassionate and not trapped by pain and ill health. This truly resourceful book will help people grow their own sense of self ... and lessen their suffering Dr Frances Cole, GP, Pain Rehabilitation Specialist and CBT therapist, Leeds Community Trust, Spinal Pain Management Service, UK Thoughtful and practical ... This will be an important resource for the mindfulness community Dr Elizabeth Foley, Senior MBCT Facilitator & Researcher, Sydney, Australia Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman ... show how the benefits of mindfulness can bring a different kind of healing so that the mind-body can be calmed, focused, refreshed and renewed Liz Lobb, Professor of Palliative Care, Sydney, Australia Mindfulness offers a distinctly compassionate and authentic way to reconcile our experiences of pain ... I would really encourage you to give yourself eight weeks with this book. You will be rewarded with a profound change Dr Margaret Macky, FAFOEM, Occupational Medicine Specialist, New Zealand Meeting pain with the "tender gravity of kindness" is courageous and transformative. Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman "walk the talk"; they invite people suffering pain to reclaim their lives through this accessible, personal, wise and eminently commonsensical guide Willem Kuyken, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Exeter