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What is MBPM?

Mindfulness Based Pain and Illness Management (MBPM)

MBPM is a mindfulness-based approach developed by Breathworks. It comes directly from the personal experience of Vidyamala Burch who has lived with severe spinal pain since 1976 and has practised mindfulness and compassion since 1985.

Although similar to mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), MBPM provides specific applications for people living with pain and illness. The underlying principle of MBPM is that we are already whole, and that by practicing mindfulness and compassion we can rediscover our wholeness.

MBPM emphasises the transformative power of both mindfulness and compassion practices to support a radical shift in how we experience physical, mental and emotional pain. This approach also pays particular attention to mindfulness in daily life and offers a uniquely designed mindful movement programme.


MBPM has also been successfully applied to people suffering from stress. Gary Hennessey, Breathworks Co-founder, developed the very popular Mindfulness for Stress course based on the mindfulness and compassion practices of MBPM applied to people suffering from stress.