Pain Care Workshops


Life Is Now offers workshops, lectures and conference presentations to health professionals, yoga teachers and people in pain – providing current understanding of pain science, the lived experience of pain, and evidence-based self care techniques. Knowledge is powerful. Pain care techniques are also powerful – when we know why they work, and how they should be practiced. Whether it is a 1 hour lecture or two-day intensive workshop, you will leave with practical tools to improve your success in pain care, and an understanding of how to incorporate these into your pain care plans.


Marriage celebrations

Neil and Lisa wed in the beautiful Okanagan amidst family and friends

Pain Science Innovations – Nelson, BC

Spend two days learning of advances in basic pain science, clinical outcome studies, and therapeutic innovations.
Decrease your clinical stress and improve treatment adherence by practising delivery of consistent patient education throughout your clinical interventions.
Learn how to effectively provide brief scripts of pain science education, and to integrate these with the effectiveness of your therapeutic and medical interventions, including manual therapies, exercises, and other modalities.
Benefits of this course:
1. Improved ability to provide consistent pain education messages throughout all treatment interventions.
2. Application of self-care techniques to positively impact patient recovery through the autonomic nervous system and interoceptive inputs.
3. Learn how to focus on 'moving with more ease' as a therapeutic intervention.

Day 1 of this course will focus on recent research. From the dorsal horn interneurons, to glia in muscles and the brain, and to the power of clinical rituals, new findings can be used to enhance our work. We will also review the significance of the Porges’ Polyvagal theory and Craig’s interoceptive research.
Day 2 provides practical applications, specifically considering options when people in pain are not responding as expected to your care. Within case studies and group discussions, we will review new views of barriers to recovery, and physical therapy interventions to overcome these.

More information and registration coming soon

Chronic Pain-Management Conference for Health Professionals

This conference features Lorimer Moseley, Fadel Zeiden, Sat Bir Khalsa, Judy Foreman, Jill Satterfield, Marlysa Sullivan, Lisa Bergly and many others bridging health care and yoga.

I will be attending and networking.
Come join this incredible gathering of minds, and learn practical innovations that will serve you in your clinical work.

 

Pain Care Yoga Calgary

This workshop provides in-depth integration of pain science, innovative pain self-management techniques, yoga philosophy and yoga practices. Participants will gain a solid foundation in pain science, and in yoga philosophy related to pain and pain management. Daily yoga practices and pain self-management skills acquisition will ready the practitioner to begin integration of Pain Care Yoga into their clinical or therapeutic practice.

 

Health care practitioners, yoga teachers (RYT200 or equivalent required) and yoga therapists are encouraged to attend this retreat. Please consider encouraging a member of your local health care community or yoga community to register with you, thus enhancing the integration of western pain care and therapeutic yoga.

 

Completion of this workshop is one of the pre-requisites toward completion of the Pain Care Yoga certifications, and involvement in the Pain Care mentorship process.

Overcome Pain Gentle Yoga – Nanaimo

Overcome Pain Gentle Yoga - NOTE: date is  not confirmed yet

Description

Immerse yourself in three days of learning to live with more ease. You can sit, lay down, and move as you need, while experiencing safe effective practices to decrease your pain, and help you move with more ease. You will explore modern science-based views on pain and chronic pain, while empowering yourself with practical tools for daily pain care. These yoga techniques can be modified for all, to help move with more ease again, wind down your nervous systems and promote positive, lasting changes in your life. Open to all levels of yoga experience.

Learning Objectives

1. The participants will be guided in a group setting, through specific techniques and practices that integrate pain science, yoga and movement - specific for individuals with complex chronic pain conditions.

2. The participant will gain a new understanding of pain, as it relates to western science, to specific yoga techniques, and to Yoga philosophy.

3. The participant will gain an understanding of how to integrate these practices into daily life, and the importance of daily planning to effective self management goals.

Prerequisites - none for people in pain. Yoga and movement practitioners and health professional can take this workshop to improve their knowledge and skills without completing Pain Care Yoga workshop. The course is part of the Pain Care Yoga certificate training program.

Registration information coming soon

Neil Pearson, PT, MSc(RHBS), BA-BPHE, ERYT500, C-IAYT

Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia

Registered physiotherapist, practising since 1985, and specializing for the past 17 years in pain science and pain management. Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, and a highly regarded educator, having received the Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education award from the Canadian Pain Society in 2012, the Excellence in Clinical Contribution from the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia in 2011, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Queen’s University in 2015.
Faculty member in five yoga therapist training programs in Canada and USA, and an invited speaker at yoga and yoga therapy conferences.
Developer and key presenter of the Pain Care Yoga program.

Pain Care Yoga – Neuromotion Surrey

Pain Care Yoga description

This workshop provides in-depth integration of pain science, innovative pain self-management techniques, yoga philosophy and yoga practices. Participants will gain a solid foundation in pain science, and in yoga related to pain and pain management. Daily yoga practices and pain self-management skills acquisition will ready teachers and practitioners to begin integration of Pain Care Yoga into their clinical practices and yoga classes, leading to improved benefits and outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  1. The participant will gain the ability to describe basic pain neurophysiology as well as eight key neuroplastic changes related to chronic pain.
  2. The participant be able to demonstrate instructing a client in the guidelines for how to move in the face of pain, including the five key questions that increase success of recovery of function.
  3. The participant will be able to list four benefits of breathing and body awareness techniques, and nine benefits of practising yoga postures, specifically related to the lived experience of pain.

Prerequisites- regulated health professional or RYT200

 

Registration information coming soon

 

Neil Pearson, PT, MSc(RHBS), BA-BPHE, ERYT500, C-IAYT

Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia

Registered physiotherapist, practising since 1985, and specializing for the past 17 years in pain science and pain management. Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, and a highly regarded educator, having received the Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education award from the Canadian Pain Society in 2012, the Excellence in Clinical Contribution from the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia in 2011, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Queen’s University in 2015.

Faculty member in five yoga therapist training programs in Canada and USA, and an invited speaker at yoga and yoga therapy conferences.

Developer and key presenter of the Pain Care Yoga program.

 

Pain Care Yoga – Kingston

Pain Care Yoga description

This workshop provides in-depth integration of pain science, innovative pain self-management techniques, yoga philosophy and yoga practices. Participants will gain a solid foundation in pain science, and in yoga related to pain and pain management. Daily yoga practices and pain self-management skills acquisition will ready teachers and practitioners to begin integration of Pain Care Yoga into their clinical practices and yoga classes, leading to improved benefits and outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  1. The participant will gain the ability to describe basic pain neurophysiology as well as eight key neuroplastic changes related to chronic pain.
  2. The participant be able to demonstrate instructing a client in the guidelines for how to move in the face of pain, including the five key questions that increase success of recovery of function.
  3. The participant will be able to list four benefits of breathing and body awareness techniques, and nine benefits of practising yoga postures, specifically related to the lived experience of pain.

Prerequisites- regulated health professional or RYT200

Registration information coming soon

Neil Pearson, PT, MSc(RHBS), BA-BPHE, ERYT500, C-IAYT

Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia

Registered physiotherapist, practising since 1985, and specializing for the past 17 years in pain science and pain management. Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, and a highly regarded educator, having received the Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education award from the Canadian Pain Society in 2012, the Excellence in Clinical Contribution from the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia in 2011, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Queen’s University in 2015.

Faculty member in five yoga therapist training programs in Canada and USA, and an invited speaker at yoga and yoga therapy conferences.

Developer and key presenter of the Pain Care Yoga program.

Overcome Pain Gentle Yoga – Neuromotion Surrey

Overcome Pain Gentle Yoga

Description

Immerse yourself in three days of learning to live with more ease. You can sit, lay down, and move as you need, while experiencing safe effective practices to decrease your pain, and help you move with more ease. You will explore modern science-based views on pain and chronic pain, while empowering yourself with practical tools for daily pain care. These yoga techniques can be modified for all, to help move with more ease again, wind down your nervous systems and promote positive, lasting changes in your life. Open to all levels of yoga experience.

Learning Objectives

1. The participants will be guided in a group setting, through specific techniques and practices that integrate pain science, yoga and movement - specific for individuals with complex chronic pain conditions.

2. The participant will gain a new understanding of pain, as it relates to western science, to specific yoga techniques, and to Yoga philosophy.

3. The participant will gain an understanding of how to integrate these practices into daily life, and the importance of daily planning to effective self management goals.

Prerequisites - none for people in pain. Yoga and movement practitioners and health professional can take this workshop to improve their knowledge and skills without completing Pain Care Yoga workshop. The course is part of the Pain Care Yoga certificate training program.

Registration information coming soon

Neil Pearson, PT, MSc(RHBS), BA-BPHE, ERYT500, C-IAYT

Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia

Registered physiotherapist, practising since 1985, and specializing for the past 17 years in pain science and pain management. Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, and a highly regarded educator, having received the Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education award from the Canadian Pain Society in 2012, the Excellence in Clinical Contribution from the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia in 2011, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Queen’s University in 2015.
Faculty member in five yoga therapist training programs in Canada and USA, and an invited speaker at yoga and yoga therapy conferences.
Developer and key presenter of the Pain Care Yoga program.

Overcome Pain Gentle Yoga ~ Calgary

Overcome Pain Gentle Yoga

Description

Immerse yourself in three days of learning to live with more ease. You can sit, lay down, and move as you need, while experiencing safe effective practices to decrease your pain, and help you move with more ease. You will explore modern science-based views on pain and chronic pain, while empowering yourself with practical tools for daily pain care. These yoga techniques can be modified for all, to help move with more ease again, wind down your nervous systems and promote positive, lasting changes in your life. Open to all levels of yoga experience.

Learning Objectives

1. The participants will be guided in a group setting, through specific techniques and practices that integrate pain science, yoga and movement - specific for individuals with complex chronic pain conditions.

2. The participant will gain a new understanding of pain, as it relates to western science, to specific yoga techniques, and to Yoga philosophy.

3. The participant will gain an understanding of how to integrate these practices into daily life, and the importance of daily planning to effective self management goals.

Prerequisites - none for people in pain. Yoga and movement practitioners and health professional can take this workshop to improve their knowledge and skills without completing Pain Care Yoga workshop. The course is part of the Pain Care Yoga certificate training program.

Registration information coming soon

Neil Pearson, PT, MSc(RHBS), BA-BPHE, ERYT500, C-IAYT

Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia

Registered physiotherapist, practising since 1985, and specializing for the past 17 years in pain science and pain management. Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, and a highly regarded educator, having received the Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education award from the Canadian Pain Society in 2012, the Excellence in Clinical Contribution from the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia in 2011, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Queen’s University in 2015.
Faculty member in five yoga therapist training programs in Canada and USA, and an invited speaker at yoga and yoga therapy conferences.
Developer and key presenter of the Pain Care Yoga program.

Yoga and Sacred Healing ~ Sivananda Bahamas

Easter and Passover Symposium

Marisa Laursen (Sri Devi), Neil Pearson, Mallika Dutt (Parvati), Vidisha Patel, Liz Owen, Chris Streeter, Marilyn Rossner, and Girish

Spring is a season of rebirth and renewal, a holy time for many, when individuals of diverse faiths and beliefs engage in spiritual practices and rituals that hold great meaning and opportunities for healing. Come discover healing on all levels — body, mind, and spirit.

Health is a positive state. It is not simply negation of disease. It is our birthright, and is as natural as being born. Learn how to experience your radiant health and vitality as we explore healing modalities from various traditions and their connection to spirituality through this inspiring week of lectures and workshops with world-renowned healers, therapists, and authors.

 

Therapeutic Yoga for Pain Management ~ Bahamas

Pain is a universal human experience, yet few take the time to think about pain. This course, for people in pain, health professionals, and yoga teachers, invites you to explore an in-depth integration of pain science, pain care, and therapeutic yoga aimed at winding down the nervous systems and promoting positive lasting changes in the body. You will learn current pain neuroscience, as well as practical and empowering tools to guide yourself and your students and clients toward moving with greater ease.

For those interested in the Pain Care Yoga certificate program, this course is the equivalent of  Overcome Pain Gentle Yoga

There are no prerequisites for this course, and no previous yoga experience is required. This be a gentle practice, allowing you to challenge your abilities as it best serves you at the time.

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