RESOURCES

Pain is often the result of learned neural pathways in the brain. And just as pain can be learned, it can also be unlearned.

Educational Videos on MBS/TMS

Meditation

SOMATIC BODY MEDITATION

This free meditation session is recorded by Sarah Dakhili with a focus on guiding you to connect with your body, to restore and ease chronic pain, tension, anxiety and fear. Somatic Meditation is the realisation that ultimately, our meditative state is not external, in another place for us to find, but instead it is discovered as the most vital, indispensable and profound reality of our bodies , and through the practice we are able to awaken ourselves and begin to heal.

INSIGHT TIMER MEDITATIONS

You can find Sarah on the Insight Timer for more guided meditation options. Insight Timer started as a simple timer app for meditating. But has over time evolved into a comprehensive (and award-winning) way to help people reduce anxiety, improve their sleep, and maybe even gain a little insight along the way.

Books on TMS

Dr John E. Sarno is a medical pioneer whose programme has helped thousands of patients overcome their back conditions – without drugs or serious surgery. Using his latest research into TMS (Tension Myositis Syndrome), Dr Sarno goes one step further: after identifying stress and other psychological factors in back pain, he demonstrates how many of his patients have then gone on to heal themselves without exercises or other physical therapy. Healing Back Pain is one of his best selling books and highly recommended for anyone with chronic pain issues.

The book that will change the way we think about health and illness, The Divided Mind is the crowning achievement of Dr. John E. Sarno’s distinguished career as a groundbreaking medical pioneer, going beyond pain to address the entire spectrum of psychosomatic (mindbody) disorders. The Divided Mind traces the history of psychosomatic medicine, including Freud’s crucial role, and describes the psychology responsible for the broad range of psychosomatic illness. It is another one of Dr Sarno’s amazing books on chronic pain.

Dr. Sarno reveals how many painful conditions-including most neck and back pain, migraine, repetitive stress injuries, whiplash, and tendonitises-are rooted in repressed emotions…and shows how they can be successfully treated without drugs, physical measures, or surgery. His innovative program has already produced gratifying results for thousands of patients. The Mindbody Prescription is your invaluable key to a healthy and pain-free life.

This is the revolutionary message from psychotherapist Alan Gordon who, frustrated by the lack of effective treatment for his chronic pain, developed a highly successful approach to eliminating symptoms without surgery or medication, offering a viable and drug-free alternative to existing – and often addictive – methods. In The Way Out, Gordon provides an easy-to-follow guide to ending your pain with PRT. Drawing on cutting-edge research along with his own experiences as a chronic pain sufferer, he will help you understand your pain and why it’s a false alarm. Use mindfulness techniques to ‘unlearn’ your pain. Develop long-term strategies for living pain-free.

Over four decades of clinical experience, renowned physician and addiction expert Dr Gabor Mate has seen how health systems neglect the role that trauma exerts on our bodies and our minds. Medicine often fails to treat the whole person, ignoring how today’s culture stresses our bodies, burdens our immune systems and undermines emotional balance. Dr Mate connects the dots between our personal suffering and the pressures of modern-day living – with disease as a natural reflection of a life spent growing further and further apart from our true selves. But, with deep compassion, he also shows us a pathway to health and healing.

Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) – https://www.painreprocessingtherapy.com  

TMS Physician – Dr. Howard Shubiner https://www.unlearnyourpain.com

TMS Physician – Dr. David Schechter https://www.mindbodymedicine.com

Self-compassion Psychologist – Dr. Kristin Neff http://www.self-compassion.org

Funded by the PPD/TMS Peer Network  https://www.tmswiki.org

Helpful podcasts

LETS TALK ABOUT CHRONIC PAIN

Tried everything to get rid of the pain? Join chronic pain survivor Felicia as she discusses how you can use the MindBody connection to truly heal. Each monthly episode contains powerful information that will help you transform your life.

 
Hear inspiring testimonials by everyday people who have healed their bodies and minds of chronic pain, illness & dis-ease. Learn about different modalities for neuro-hacking, brain retraining, upgrading your mind & healing your body, so you can take your power back. This podcast is great for anyone interested in learning more about the power of the human mind, body an spirit.

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR PAIN

A Podcast Where Real Chronic Pain Sufferers Meet Science-Backed Solutions. The expert hosts help listeners overcome obstacles to healing through evidence-based techniques.

The MIND AND FITNESS PODCAST

This is a weekly podcast hosted by TMS survivor and fitness advocate Eddy Lindenstein, focusing on the mind-body connection, fitness and wellness. This is a great podcast for anyone interested in learning more  about TMS and chronic pain recovery.

A QUEST FOR WELL-BEING

This is a podcast inspired by love in the quest for Well-Being. The episodes feature informative, inspirational, healing, and insightful conversations focused on mental and spiritual health. This is a platform of collaboration created for exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, and insights about holistic health. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking toward a new way of living and new ways of being.

FEEL BETTER, LIVE MORE WITH WITH DR. RANGAN CHATTERJEE

HOW TO HEAL CHRONIC PAIN WITH DR. HOWARD SCHUBINER –Emerging neuroscience tells us our brains actually create what we experience in our bodies, through a process called predictive processing. Pain doesn’t come from the body part where it’s felt, it’s created by our brain, signaling that something needs attention. And as Dr. Schubiner explains, our emotions and stress activate the same pain centers in our brain as an injury. The absolute key here: it’s not ‘all in your head’, your pain is real.

Mobile App for TMS

CURABLE

A mobile app for treating mind-body disorders at the level between a great PPD book and a session with a PPD Practitioner. Several of the PPDA Board members are also Scientific Advisory Board members of Curable.

Books We Love

Coming to Life is written by Mental Awakening founder and Counsellor – Sarah Dakhili. It is a story of courage, of struggle against our own fears and limitations and a reminder that there is more to life than meets the eye. This is a spiritually therapeutic autobiography, which offers hope and inspiration and a map towards growth, fulfillment and consciousness.With great insight and clarity, Sarah shows us the transformative power of bringing awareness to every aspect of ourselves, including the disowned parts of ourselves – The shadow. Through her own story, Sarah injects awareness and consciousness into what we are doing and how we are choosing to live our lives.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment is a book by Eckhart Tolle. The book is intended to be a guide for day-to-day living and stresses the importance of living in the present moment and transcending thoughts of the past or future. Much more than simple principles and platitudes, The Power of Now takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light. In the first chapter, Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present.

 Dr LePera is ready to share her much-requested protocol with the world. In How to Do the Work , she offers both a manifesto for self-healing and an essential guide to creating a more vibrant, authentic, and joyful life. Drawing on the latest research from both scientific research and healing modalities, Dr LePera helps us recognise how adverse experiences and trauma in childhood live with us, keeping us stuck engaging in patterns of codependency, emotional immaturity, and trauma bonds. Unless addressed, these self-sabotaging behaviours can quickly become cyclical, leaving people feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, and unwell. In How to Do the Work, Dr LePera offers readers the support and tools that will allow them to break free from destructive behaviours to reclaim and recreate their lives. Nothing short of a paradigm shift, this is a celebration of empowerment that will forever change the way we approach mental wellness and self-care.

A world expert presents a sympathetic exploration of the causes of trauma and the new treatments making it possible for sufferers to reclaim their lives. What causes people to continually relive what they most want to forget, and what treatments could help restore them to a life with purpose and joy? Here, Dr Bessel van der Kolk offers a new paradigm for effectively treating traumatic stress. Neither talking nor drug therapies have proven entirely satisfactory. With stories of his own work and those of specialists around the globe, The Body Keeps the Score sheds new light on the routes away from trauma – which lie in the regulation and syncing of body and mind, using sport, drama, yoga, mindfulness, meditation and other routes to equilibrium.

Drawing on deep scientific research and Dr Gabor Maté’s acclaimed clinical work, When the Body Says No provides the answers to critical questions about the mind-body link – and the role that stress and our emotional makeup play in an array of common diseases such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome and multiple sclerosis.

The Myth of Normal is based on four decades of clinical experience, renowned physician and addiction expert Dr Gabor Mate has seen how health systems neglect the role that trauma exerts on our bodies and our minds. Medicine often fails to treat the whole person, ignoring how today’s culture stresses our bodies, burdens our immune systems and undermines emotional balance. Now, in his most ambitious and urgent book yet, Dr Mate connects the dots between our personal suffering and the pressures of modern-day living – with disease as a natural reflection of a life spent growing further and further apart from our true selves. But, with deep compassion, he also shows us a pathway to health and healing.