Breath-Body-Mind Integration (Foundation level)
Using breath-body-mind techniques for the support and management of hard-to-reach symptoms in supportive and palliative care
Helping patients to live well with illness and holistic care are core remits of supportive and palliative care, yet “hard-to reach’ symptoms including breathlessness, anxiety and psycho-social-spiritual suffering are under-researched and managed in life limiting and advanced disease. This is increasingly relevant with an ageing population and a growing need for the spread of the principles and practices of palliative care across services, in order to ‘help people achieve what’s most important to them at the end of their lives” (Atul Gawande, Being Mortal).
This course is for healthcare professionals and therapists interested in broadening their skill set and developing a practical holistic approach to helping patients with common and difficult symptom “clusters” that are acknowledged to be bi-directionally affected by emotion and suffering (eg breathlessness-anxiety and pain-depression-fatigue).
The skills taught may be used to support patients and families with self-awareness and self-management of stress and aim to improve professionals’ confidence to rely on themselves as a vital clinical tool.
The use of body-mind techniques for self-care will also be addressed so that attendees leave the day feeling relaxed, refreshed and inspired!
Location: Sobell Study Centre
Kate Binnieis an HPC registered music therapist and mindful yoga therapist. She combines these approaches (a western, creative psychodynamic training - with yoga and Buddhist philosophy and techniques) in her clinical practice within supportive and palliative care settings. Kate recently completed an MSc in palliative care at the Cicely Saunders Institute (King’s College London) for which she won a scholarship for research on body/mind modalities for anxiety and pain. She currently holds a part-time senior research associate post at Bristol University working on the Wellcome Trust funded Life of Breath project.
09.30 Registration opens: tea and coffee available
10.00 Session starts
• What are body-mind approaches? Practice – developing breath-body-mind awareness
• How BBMI fits into a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of supportive and palliative care
• Presentation of evidence base – hard to reach symptoms and mechanisms of effect for BBMI
• Practice and discussion
13.00 Lunch (time fixed)
• Guided relaxation
• Case studies and discussion
• Practice – working with urgent bodily sensations/anxiety
• BBMI to support the relational triangle (patient, carer, clinician)
• Self-care and compassionate care – exploring this relationship (and why it matters clinically)
• Practical applications and group discussion – how can you use these tools to develop your service, professional and personal life?
• Closing practice
16.00 Evaluations and close
16.30 End of day
This course will
• Explain how working with the breath and body affects the emotions and down-regulates symptoms
• Via a tour of the current evidence base, show how BBMI can help with the management of symptoms in various settings where there are patients with supportive and palliative care needs (eg rehabilitative, primary, secondary and palliative care settings) with a special emphasis on breathlessness (a growing issue in an ageing population with multiple morbidities)
• Explain how self-regulation techniques and breath-body-mind awareness can enhance and support the therapeutic relationship and compassionate communication
• Teach practical, simple techniques that can be added to your professional tool-kit, especially when under stress
• Teach practices to promote “active” self-care and self-compassion, which in turn enhances clinical empathy and compassionate communication
Previous course participants have said
“The group was well led, inspiring and informative “
“Coherent body of knowledge imparted”
(I will) “Use these tools and techniques in my daily practice”