Program Descriptions

In addition to Group Medical Visits, we offer the CHANGEpain Together series of group programs for people living with chronic pain.

These group programs focus on major issues faced by pain patients, including disrupted sleep, sensitive nervous systems, and exercising too much or too little. Each program is designed to offer tools, knowledge and strategies to help you manage your pain, yourself.

Pain research is clear: Patients who learn more about pain and patients who take control of their own condition, do BETTER.

*NOTE: Anyone can sign up for these programs!  Patients do not require a physician referral to join. We highly recommend patients participate in these programs while waiting for their consultation with our pain specialists



Gentle Yoga for Chronic Pain

Gentle yoga for chronic pain is an ongoing pre-registered yoga class, designed for people who live with chronic pain and either don’t feel comfortable in public yoga classes, or would like some extra help with how to modify their poses so to better work with their body. Unlike public classes, students are encouraged to talk with the teacher during class, and ask for help whenever it is needed.

This program can also help you learn what moves are safe for you if you want to transition to a public yoga class in the future.

This class will focus on using the breath to relax the body, retrain the nervous system, and decrease fear of movement. At the same time, students will practice stretching, strengthening, and balancing. Poses are accessible to all levels of experience with yoga from beginners to those who have practiced for many years and options will be provided to meet individual needs

This program can also help you learn what moves are safe for you if you want to transition to a public yoga classes in the future.

**This program is open to students of any level, or with any chronic pain condition, but does involve sequences of postures done from lying down on your back on the floor. If you cannot or would prefer not to come down to the floor at all, please check out our new Chair Yoga class, which includes only seated and standing poses.

Program Cost: $90  (includes 4 one hour sessions)


Chair Yoga for Chronic Pain

Chair Yoga for Chronic Pain is an ongoing pre-registered yoga class, designed for people who live with chronic pain and cannot or would prefer not to lie down on the floor for any postures.

This class is a great option for people who are not comfortable in public classes, or would like a class that focuses more specifically on using yoga to increase movement and manage pain.

Unlike public classes, speaking to the teacher during the session is encouraged, so that we can help you find a way of doing each posture that works well for your body. Modifications are offered for all experience levels, from complete beginners to those with years of experience.

This program can also help you learn what moves are safe for you if you want to transition to a public yoga classes in the future.

Program Cost: $90  (includes 4 one hour sessions)
 


Pilates Basics for Chronic Pain

Pilates Basics for Chronic Pain is an ongoing pre-registered class that focuses on alignment, core strength, and posture.

This class is designed for people with pain who do not typically flare up from movement, and need to begin building strength and developing better movement patterns.

This program is a natural follow-up to our Moving Better program, and will build on those skills, however, it is open to any person who has completed our Foundations program. This class involves exercises that are done from lying on your back. If you cannot or would prefer not to come to the floor, please check out our Chair Yoga class, which includes only sequences from seated in a chair or standing.

Program Cost: $90  (includes 4 one hour sessions)


Restorative Yoga and Meditation

Living with chronic pain can be incredibly exhausting. Not only is pain a draining experience, but people with chronic pain often find themselves bogged down with practitioner appointments and various other things they are doing to try and find some relief. 

This program in Restorative Yoga & Meditation is an ongoing pre-registered class that is intended to support you by helping you find the time to rest and restore in the midst of the challenges of chronic pain.

Relaxation and meditation are well-established pain management tools. Restorative Yoga is a relaxation practice where students rest in fully supported in holding poses for longer periods of time. This practice supports the function of the parasympathetic nervous system (also known as the relaxation response).

Meditation is most simply the practice of bringing your attention back to a particular focus. Often our struggle with pain is made worse by the way we respond to it. Learning to meditate empowers you to shift your focus away from thoughts that don’t support your health and well-being. Regular meditation practice has also been found to change the way the brain processes pain.

The Relaxing to CHANGEpain program (especially the Meditation & Mindfulness module) and/or Foundations of the Nervous System are recommended prerequisites for this program. These prerequisite programs will give you an in-depth understanding of why Restorative Yoga & Meditation are so beneficial for people with chronic pain. 

Program Cost: $90  (includes 4 one hour sessions)