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Life is Now: Pain Care

Life is Now: Pain Care

Life is Now: Pain Care

This course includes

Life Is Now offers workshops, lectures and conference presentations to health professionals, yoga teachers and people in pain – providing current understanding of pain science, the lived experience of pain, and evidence-based self-care techniques. Knowledge is powerful. Pain care techniques are also powerful – when we know why they work, and how they should be practiced. Whether it is a 1-hour lecture or two-day intensive workshop, you will leave with practical tools to improve your success in pain care, and an understanding of how to incorporate these into your pain care plans.

The instructors
Neil Pearson

Neil Pearson is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist and Clinical Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia. He is founding chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division, the first PT to receive the Canadian Pain Society's Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education award, and a previous Director with Pain BC. He has received awards from Queen’s University and the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia for his clinical work and teaching.

As a yoga therapist, Neil is certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, faculty in four yoga therapist training programs, and has trained over 2000 practitioners in the integration of pain science, pain care and yoga as therapy through his IAYT approved Pain Care Yoga certificate courses. Neil works for the Doctors of British Columbia developing and delivering Continuing Medical Education on pain management including yoga.

His recent accomplishments include lead contributor to Pain BC’s online Pain Foundations course and their Gentle Movement and Relaxation Series, and author/coeditor of the textbook, Yoga and Science in Pain Care. His patient education book, Understand Pain Live Well Again, published in 2007, has been translated to French and (written) Mandarin. His online pain care programs, First 5 Steps and Pain Care for Life are available at, while is Neil’s pain care website.

Patient Exercises included in this course
  • Body Awareness
  • Breath Awareness
Patient Education included in this course
  • Recovering Movement in Persistent Pain
  • Life is Now: Persistent Pain, Hypersensitivity and Hope
  • Life is Now: Can Pain be Changed
  • Life is Now: The Complexities of Pain
  • Life is Now: The Purpose of Pain
  • Life is Now: Exercise Guidelines
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