Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness is the ability to be aware of what’s going on in our immediate experience, while deliberately bringing attitudes of curiosity, openness and acceptance to ourselves and our experience. This is in stark contrast to how we normally operate. Typically our minds are caught up in past and future thinking. When we are constantly stuck in this pattern, unhelpful emotions surface more readily: anxiety, catastrophizing, over-planning, guilt and other unproductive emotions. This in turn impacts on our sleep, our physical and emotional health as well as our behaviours. We are more inclined to react unconsciously than respond with awareness.

Mindfulness is usually cultivated in formal meditation practises, such as sitting meditation, the bodyscan meditation or mindful movement. In these meditations, we learn to direct our attention to what’s actually happening on a moment-to-moment basis in the body, in our thoughts and our emotions. The capacity to be present is innate to each one of us and can be deliberately cultivated, alongside our capacity for kindness.

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Research into mindfulness practices shows it can be extremely effective to:

  • Reduce stress.
  • Improve self-awareness and self-compassion.
  • Increase psychological well-being.
  • Enhance cognitive functioning.
  • Positively influence physical health e.g. immune function, blood pressure and cortisol levels.
  • Address many clinical disorders: eating disorders, substance abuse, chronic pain, depression and anxiety.

It is believed that several distinct but interacting mechanisms which occur within specific areas of the brain are responsible for bringing about the above benefits. Areas such as the anterior cingulate cortex, the insula, the amygdala, prefrontal cortex and several other areas are thought to look after the following: attention regulation, body awareness, emotion regulation and awareness of non-identification with ‘the self’. These are the components proposed to underpin mechanisms through which mindfulness meditation works.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is considered the gold standard curriculum for the management of stress as well as those living with chronic pain. Many of the people we treat at Dublin Physiotherapy Clinic with chronic conditions report benefits from incorporating this type of approach and the feedback from previous classes has been very positive. As a result, the programme is suitable for the general public and individuals with various physical conditions. We also offer other mindfulness interventions at the clinic. If you would like to find out more information about upcoming courses, please view our courses below.

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Course facilitator at Dublin Physiotherapy Clinic

Martin Towey is a Neurological Physiotherapist at Dublin Physiotherapy Clinic and has specific interest in integrating mind and body in the care and rehabilitation of individuals living with long-term conditions. He has been practising meditation and yoga since 2009 and completed his mindfulness teacher training in 2017. Martin also teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programmes to healthcare staff within the HSE and has given meditation workshops throughout Ireland and in France. He continues to develop his practice under the direction of world-renowned teachers such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, Christina Feldman and John Peacock.

MINDFULNESS-BASED INTERVENTION FOR PARKINSON’S(MBIP)
MINDFULNESS-BASED INTERVENTION FOR PARKINSON’S(MBIP)

Date: Wed 27th March – Wed 24th April 2019

Time: 3.15pm – 4.15pm

MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION(MBSR)
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION(MBSR)

Date: Wed 13th March – Wed 1st May 2019

Time: 5.15pm – 7.15pm

CORPORATE MINDFULNESS TRAINING
CORPORATE MINDFULNESS TRAINING

Date: By Appointment

Time: By Appointment

INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOPS IN MINDFULNESS PRACTICE
INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOPS IN MINDFULNESS PRACTICE

Date: By Appointment

Time: By Appointment

MINDFULNESS SESSIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS
MINDFULNESS SESSIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS

Date: By Appointment

Time: By Appointment

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