"I would definitely recommend the Pain Care Yoga course to any physio who works with clients who have pain and I am not a yoga teacher. This course changed my approach after 25 yrs of private orthopedic practice (and I've done a lot of courses).
Neils's strategies are based in science and easy to explain to clients. The 5 part pain strategy, breathing and body scan techniques (just to name a few) can be implemented with clients on their first visit and make a difference in their rehab.
I was pleasantly surprised at how well the course flowed with a mixture of participants from yoga teachers, clients in pain, doctors and physios. Neil Pearson is a master!"
Maureen, Physio in Bermuda, 2015
"Combining pain science with practical application in yoga helped change how I approach my clients. The course gave me tangible tools to use immediately, in a format, that allowed me to choose how to approach each situation and client differently without the feeling that I have to practice yoga to help people in pain.
I think that increased pain education and the basic skills of breathing should be added to the current Canadian Physiotherapy curriculum."
Ryan Sleik MSc PT, MSc KIN, British Columbia, 2015
"You don't know me, but you have really transformed things for me. I am a patient of an MD you know in Vancouver. I have neurogenic TOS and have been doing everything I can to manage my condition as I am a university professor, who prior to developing pain had an active life working, play violin, swimming and weightlifting. Due to pain I went from doing everything to nothing and have been eager to get back to a well-balanced something.
While all my treatments have helped, I wanted to learn more about pain management. I came across your three-part webcast and I was transfixed. I feel I now understand more fully the role of my CNS in my pain and why my muscles keep tightening despite the fact that my body is not in danger.
Prior to this I just could not understand why medical injections could have worked if it was not actual damage. In the last week, using what I have learned from you, my pain has dropped considerably and I feel far more in control. I have passed your webinar on to others and they have found it helpful as well."
Sarah, Professor, British Columbia, 2014
"Please accept this letter as confirmation of the high quality of education provided by Neil Pearson. Neil is a gifted teacher, able to explain challenging concepts with a combination of humour and compassion. He is a role model for so many all over the world.
Chronic pain is such a complex and difficult problem yet people leave Neil’s classes with a sense of optimism and hope. He truly inspires people to the possibility of less pain through changing their beliefs and changing their behaviours. To know that we can change what happens to us by attitude is a gift and he gives all who meet him that gift in an empathetic manner. Neil provides a unique experience for his students. I would highly recommend that anyone with chronic pain and anyone teaching Yoga to people with chronic pain learn from him. It will be a life changing opportunity for sure.
Having been a witness to Neil’s wonderful work and crystal clear method of teaching and motivation, I highly recommend him as a truly humane being.
Yours in yoga."
Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, May 2009
"Our small GP clinic has had great success with patients attending a Chronic Pain Group Medical Visit (GMV) with a Physiotherapist who is experienced in treating Chronic Pain and their GP. We all learned a lot about Chronic Pain, about living with it, about different ways of understanding chronic pain and about what we can do to reduce suffering. It is easily one of the best therapeutic and most satisfying, professionally rewarding interactions I have had with these patients. It can take a leap of faith to try do a Chronic Pain GMV but it can have a remarkable impact on everyone who attends and I highly recommend taking that leap.
It starts a dialogue, it allows people to begin to understand what pain is, how it can be understood, managed, and improved. We learned a great deal from each other, professionally, as caregivers, and as people living with chronic pain. It has been remarkable over the subsequent year since starting these GMVs that the usual course of chronic pain care has morphed from battles over opiate use, the sometimes intolerable side effects of marginally helpful adjunctive meds, to one of discussing and pursuing other options for dramatic change. And group members can see that they are not alone in their suffering and struggles, and not alone in searching for improvement and they love hearing the many successes that have occurred within the groups."
Dr. Jeff Harries, GP, Penticton, B.C. 2014