Masterclass - The Science of Chronic Pain and the Nervous System

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For Breathworks Teachers and Students: This event is followed by the Breathworks Teachers Gathering - Book both together using the form below and join us for both days!



Vidyamala and Dr Julia Morris are teaming up to offer this masterclass that will look at the latest science and theory around pain and how the neuro-immune-endocrine systems plays a crucial role in pain production.

Julia is Consultant physiotherapist at Jersey’s Pain Clinic who is trained in the approach of Lorimer Moseley PhD - a world leader in pain studies and the role of the brain and mind in perception.

During the day Julia will introduce the latest thinking about pain and Vidyamala will show how mindfulness can help to calm the central nervous system, positively impacting pain perception by turning down the amplification that can occur when the CNS is sensitised.

The day will include a mix of theory and practice, so please wear loose comfortable clothing.

For Breathworks Teachers and Students: This event will be followed by the Breathworks Teachers Gathering, a beautiful opportunity to connect and practice with fellow Breathworks practitioners. Booking both events together saves £10.

Who is this event for?

The masterclass is suitable for people coming for their own personal benefit, as well as mindfulness teachers, and others who wish to incorporate mindfulness and compassion into their work with others, including NHS Staff and other Health Professionals.

Mindfulness teachers and practitioners are also welcome to use this as a CPD opportunity in order to look at different ways to deliver mindfulness (a certificate of attendance with 5 hours CPD will be available on request).  

What Will Be Taught?

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Over the day you’ll be introduced to mindfulness and compassion practices as well as learning about some of the distinctive Breathworks elements such as the importance of a very systematic approach to mindfulness in daily life and breath-based mindful movement.

What's Included

As well as the masterclass content delivered throughout the day, a vegetarian lunch and refreshments are also included in the price.  Please do let us know of any dietary requirements when you book. A certificate of attendance with 5 hours CPD will be available on request.

What to bring

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing for mindful movement and meditation.

When & Where


Thursday 28th March 10am - 4:30pm

Redbank House
4 St. Chad's Street
M8 8QA



Individual: £150

Concessionary: £120

For Breathworks Teachers & Students Only:

Teachers Gathering:

Individual: £70

Concessionary: £60

Two-Day Event (Masterclass + Teachers Gathering):

Individual: £210

Concessionary: £170

Book My Place

Take a look at our other upcoming Masterclass with Vidyamala here. 

Vidyamala Burch 

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After injuring her spine and having surgeries in her teens, Vidyamala discovered meditation when she was twenty-five, when she was taught a visualization exercise by a hospital chaplain. This stimulated a great curiosity about the power of the mind and heart as a tool she could harness to help her rehabilitate herself and create a rich and fulfilling life despite on-going pain and disability. She has spent the next thirty years following this deep curiosity; and mindfulness and compassion - or kindly awareness - have emerged as central to this quest. She moved from NZ to the UK in 1990 and spent five years living in a Buddhist retreat centre gaining intensive experience of mindfulness and meditation.

After settling in Manchester, in 2000 she received a grant from the Millennium Commission to develop mindfulness-based courses for others living with pain and illness. This formed the basis for Breathworks, established as a Community Interest Company in 2004. There are now over 336 Breathworks’ trainers in over 24 countries.

Vidyamala has written three books: “Living well with Pain and Illness – the mindful way to free yourself from suffering”; “Mindfulness for Health – a practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring well-being” which won First Prize in the BMA Book awards in 2015; and “Mindfulness for Women – De-clutter your mind, simplify your life and find time to ‘be’.
Vidyamala trains regularly in the UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

Julia Morris

I originally graduated in 2001 from Bangor University in Sport & Exercise Science and Psychology developing a particular interest in the negative experiences of non-exercisers when attempting to start new exercise routines (why do some people struggle/suffer more than others). Circumstances brought me home to Jersey and I initially found work in Jersey’s finance sector. I returned to study in 1999 and graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2001 with an MSc in Rehabilitation Science and started work as a Chartered Physiotherapist; securing a full-time role within a Pain Service in 2002. For the last 17 years I have worked clinically with clients for whom prolonged, intense and debilitating pain is a daily reality. This has been a challenging, humbling and inspiring journey for me as a clinician and as a person who has also struggled with pain for more than 35 years.

My clinical work but also personal experience spurred me on to research within my field of expertise and I completed by Doctoral Studies in 2010 with Leicester University.

Within our clinic we work within a “Knowledge, skills & confidence” framework. Helping patients, their families and carers understand the complexity of how and why the body produces pain and how this can become pathological. We have been working with Professor Lorimer Moseley’s Explain Pain work for more than a decade and have seen the impact that the appropriate provision of high quality information relating to persistent and problematic pain can have on sufferers. We compliment this with skills development to alter longstanding negative responses and reactions thereby disrupting dysfunctional neurotags (unique neurological defensive response patterns – such as pain). The introduction of Mindfulness based approaches by Dr Alessio Agostinis (Breathworks teacher and facilitator) has complimented and transformed our clinical work and so I’m really excited to be supporting Vidyamala in this workshop combining both pain knowledge and in-depth mindfulness skills practice.

Breathworks Social Value


For every £1 invested in a Breathworks course there were wider savings to the public purse of at least £5.76 in reduced costs to public services, including reduced A&E visits, reduced GP visits and reduced use of medication.

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