11th June 2020
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
According to the British Pain Society, in 2016, more than two fifths of the UK population (which equates to 28 million adults) experienced pain which lasted 3 months or longer. Pain is something that affects us both physically and mentally, and treatment isn’t always straightforward – pain management through opioids is limited due to risk of addiction (an issue that has caused untold difficulties in the USA), and often there isn’t a simple surgical solution. In some cases, it can even be challenging to even identify any clear cause.
In the face of this pressing health concern, the use of yoga is showing promise in relieving chronic pain and multiple studies suggest that yoga could be efficacious in helping people manage a variety of painful health conditions, and reinforce the case for bringing yoga into the NHS.
This introductory workshop will offer an understanding of what chronic pain is and the role of yoga therapy as a complementary treatment for the management of chronic pain, providing special emphasis on the practice of pranayama techniques for helping others to more effectively manage their chronic pain.
Raquel is the founder of Breathing Being and also works as a chronic pain yoga therapist and clinician at Pain Management Solutions where she uses her broad-based skill set to work with patients, their families, and a multi-disciplinary team of specialists to provide effective care according to best practice and NHS guidelines.
She holds a degree in Psychology, an MSc in Health Psychology (University of Westminster) and an MSc in Human Resources and completed a full yoga therapy training with The Minded Institute and The Yoga Biomedical Trust. Raquel has also worked as an honorary assistant psychologist with CAMHS NHS Islington, London.
She is interested in working towards the prevention of health conditions as well as helping people to develop an active role in the management of their conditions, in order to restore a sense of physical and psychological well-being. Running alongside her academic education Raquel has been offering yoga therapy for over 15 years. She has a gentle, friendly and open teaching style. Her main areas of work are back pain, women’s health (pregnancy, post-natal recovery and perinatal depression) and mental health (depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder)