Mindfulness and Meditation Course

We are thrilled to be able to offer a new course: Mindfulness and Mediation to our students at the Irish School of Reflexology & Wellness. This NRRI accredited course will be delivered online over the course of 12 weeks and begins on 8th September 2021.

What is Mindfulness and Meditation?
Mindfulness and meditation are the practices of intentionally bringing one's attention to the present moment without judgment. By drawing attention to the present moment, the person is able to focus on what is happening right now, and let go of ruminating on past and future worries. It is a habit that can be built and developed that supports positive and healthy thinking habits and enables the person to enjoy the present moment and the world around them more. 

The origins of the practice lies in Buddhist traditions. Mindfulness and Meditation have become prominent in Western Society through the popularity and influence of leaders and practitioners like Thích Nhất Hạnh, Herbert Benson and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Since the 1970s, psychology and psychiatry practices have developed and utilised a number of therapeutic applications based on mindfulness for people experiencing psychological distress. Mindfulness and mediation have been used to reduce depression, stress and anxiety and are often employed in the treatment of addiction.
Significantly, since the late 90s, programmes based on mindfulness models have been adopted in places such as schools, hospitals, prisons and other environments and applied for additional outcomes e.g. healthy aging, weight management, athletic performance, supporting children with special needs, assisting birthing mothers through labour and delivery.  


A wide range of global clinical studies have documented both the physical- and mental-health benefits of mindfulness. Studies have identified a positive relationship between trait mindfulness (which can be cultivated through the practice of mindfulness-based interventions) and psychological health. There is also evidence that suggests engaging in mindfulness meditation may influence physical health. Research also indicates that mindfulness may have a positive impact on the immune system as well as reducing inflammation, which can consequently impact physical health, especially considering that inflammation has been linked to the development of several chronic health conditions. 

 

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Aim of Course

Mindfulness and meditation are exceptionally valuable tools for managing the toxic stress and anxiety that are endemic in today’s society. Despite originating in Eastern cultures, these practices continue to increase in popularity across the Western world because conventional approaches continue to fail and mental health continues to decline. The holistic approach to health recognises the importance of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Ongoing scientific and observational evidence heavily supports the benefits of both mindfulness and meditation on all these aspects of health and healing. This very comprehensive course will address both the theoretical and practical sides of the subject. The course explores the origins and practices of mindfulness and mediation, looks at some of the supporting research, teaches ways of practicing it personally and the application of it to your holistic therapy practice in order to impact positive change for the psychical and mental wellbeing of your clients.

Suitability

This course is suitable for holistic therapists and practitioners, and caregivers, or for anyone with a personal intertest in mindfulness and meditation. 

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Learning Outcomes 
This course is designed to give students a comprehensive insight into the concepts, principles and techniques that underpin mindfulness and meditation practices. It is ideal for those wishing to incorporate stress management techniques into their complementary therapy and holistic healing practices. The course is also applicable to students without a complementary therapy background, who may have an interest in the subjects of mindfulness and meditation and would like to learn more about these self-management strategies in order to cope with stress in their own daily lives.

 

By the end of the course, the student will:

  • Learn how to cultivate gratitude, compassion and awareness.

  • Learn how to self-manage stress and anxiety.

  • Be aware of the origins and foundations of mindfulness and meditation practices.

  • Understand the basic processes involved in perception, fear, anxiety and overthinking.

  • Understand the stress response and the effects of stress on health, the body and mind.

  • Be able to practice basic mindful and meditation techniques.

  • Be able to apply mindful & meditation techniques to holistic health and healing practices for clients.

  • Understand the concept of brainwaves and how meditation affects them.

  • Appreciate the physical, mental and spiritual dimensions of meditation practices.

  • Learn about the various types of meditation, their techniques and their application.

  • Be introduced to some advanced meditation concepts and practices.

  • Be able to complete a holistic client assessment and case study.

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Entry Requirements

A keen interest in holistic health and the subjects of mindfulness and mediation is necessary. There are no formal prerequisite qualifications that learners must have prior to undertaking this course.

 

Price

Total fees: €500.

Course fees may be paid in full or via a payment plan consisting of a booking deposit payable of €250 and three monthly instalments of €84.

Please contact info@isrw.ie for enquiries.

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UPCOMING COURSES 2021

This course starts on 6th October 2021 and runs online for 12 weeks. 

COURSE DATES  2021
  1. Wednesday 6th October 2021, 7-10pm

  2. Wednesday 13th October 2021, 7-10pm

  3. Wednesday 20th October 2021, 7-10pm

  4. Wednesday 27th October 2021, 7-10pm

  5. Wednesday 3rd November 2021, 7-10pm

  6. Wednesday 10th November 2021, 7-10pm  

  7. Wednesday 17th November 2021, 7-10pm

  8. Wednesday 24th November 2021, 7-10pm

  9. Wednesday 1st December 2021, 7-10pm

  10. Wednesday 8th December 2021, 7-10pm

  11. Wednesday 15th December 2021, 7-10pm

  12. Wednesday 22nd December 2021, 7-10pm

LOCATION: 

This course will take place online. 

COURSE CONTENT

Week 1: Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation

  • Holistic Healing: The client & case study framework

  • What is meditation?

  • What is mindfulness? (3 Key Concepts)

  • Origins in Buddhism - 8 Fold Path

  • Research & Statistics

Week 2: Thinking & Perception

  • The ego, fear, overthinking, negative thoughts

  • Thinking v feeling

  • Positive v negative imagining

  • Mindless suffering

  • Communication, listening, gratitude

  • Mindful speech

  • Self love, compassion, healthy/mindful       boundaries

  • Application to the client

Week 3: The Brain, the Body and Stress

  • Areas/anatomy of the brain

  • Stress Response

  • Effects of stress

  • Mindfulness, meditation & stress research

  • Case study framework & client assessment guidance

Week 4: Being in the Moment

  • Common types of meditation

  • The Power of Now

  • Mindful meditation

  • Application of mindful meditation to practice/ case study

Week 5: Mindfulness as a Therapy

  • Mindfulness therapies

  • Mindfulness exercise/movement

  • Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Application to mental health, stress, addiction, disorders, general health etc

  • Mindfulness in groups/workplaces/schools

  • Case Study development guidance

Week 6: Brain Waves

  • Consciousness & Enlightenment 

  • Meditation and electrical activity in the brain

  • Types of brain waves

  • Brainwaves & healing for the client

Week 7: The Physical Aspects of Meditation

  • Posture

  • Breathing techniques

  • Pranayama 

  • Moving Meditation practices

  • Mindful movement

  • Dealing with symptoms

  • Case study guidance on client symptom assessment

Week 8: The Mental Aspects of Meditation

  • Mindfulness and being in the now 

  • Thinking v feeling

  • Resistance

  • Transcendence

  • Brain-heart coherence

  • The client: goal setting and planning

Week 9: The Spiritual Aspects of Meditation

  • Origins of meditation

  • Cultural and spiritual forms of meditation around the globe

  • Yoga Nidra

  • Toaism 10,000 agendas

  • Chakra system

  • The client: spiritual assessment

Week 10: The Sexual Aspects of Meditation

  • Osho 

  • Tantra

  • Kundalini meditation

  • Sexuality and the client

Week 11: Application to Practice

  • Practical Exercises in mindfulness

  • Mindful meditation practice

  • Focused attention meditation practice

  • Mantra meditation practice

  • Case study evaluations/ progress

Week 12: Application to Practice

  • Progressive muscle relaxation (Body Scan) practice

  • Transcendental meditation practice

  • Zen meditation practice

  • Case study conclusions