Finding inner strength and calm
Feeling anxious and stressed are natural reactions to a diagnosis of cancer. Mindfulness has been shown to offer support for those with living with cancer, its symptoms and the side effects of its treatment, things like:
Fatigue, Anxiety, Depression, Stress
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment, focusing your attention on now rather than the past or future , to help you to reach a more peaceful, quieter state of mind.
Patients report benefits such as greater positivity, feeling they can cope better, have more control over their lives, personal growth and a better quality of life.
People with cancer who have practised mindfulness have found it has improved quality of life and to help cope with the symptoms of cancer and its treatments such as fatigue, nausea, anxiety, depression and stress.
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What do we offer
Our 8-week mindfulness course is specifically for people who are not currently undergoing active treatment. We want you to be able to give your attention to the course, and you may not be able to do this while having treatment. We currently offer a shorter 4-week “Introduction to Mindfulness” online course for those people who would prefer to take part from their own home.
What can I expect?
The courses normally takes place in a room or via a video conference link, with up to 8 participants. You don’t need any special clothes, just wear something comfortable.
Each session builds on the experience of the week before, and introduces you to mindfulness practices and techniques designed to help you cope in different situations.
You will also learn mindful movement, which involves focusing on your breathing while conducting simple movements.
The course is entirely secular and suitable for all.
How long does it take?
The course lasts for 8 weeks, with a 2½ hour session each week.
The online course lasts for 4 weeks and involves a 2 hour session each week
How much does it cost?
The course is free for participants. It would usually cost £200, plus £25 for course materials (a memory stick and Mindfulness for Health textbook) which are an invaluable part of the course, and enable you to continue practising at home after completing the course.
I’m concerned about…
Side effects are rare with mindfulness, so this is usually safe to use alongside or after you’ve completed cancer treatment.
As with all of our treatments, you can stop at any time if you feel uncomfortable or concerned. It’s your time, to be experienced your way.
All of our mindfulness teachers are qualified in mindfulness by the Breathworks Foundation, and have had additional training in the cancer patient pathway. All of our therapists have satisfied the rigorous checking process required to be a volunteer within an NHS hospital.
They are fully insured and give their time for free. Donations are used to cover essential items such as Books and equipment, continuing professional development of our volunteers and to pay our essential part-time staff.
Two FREE Complementary Treatments, then a donation of your choice, for those with cancer or within 6 months of treatment, in Berkshire.
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