Yesterday, I attended a Keeping Pace with pain group at St Andrews Church in Southampton. It had been suggested by my key worker, that I might find it beneficial in some way.
So I trundled along not really knowing what to expect, and I am really pleased that I did. I was made to feel so welcome, and they were all very friendly people.
This session had a speaker- Fran Hodgson, who is a chair bound yoga teacher. Fran, herself is very inspirational and has a very happy disposition. At first I thought we would be doing stretching exercises, but instead we were chanting. But these chants were sung rather than spoken, fortunately I found my voice and was quite tuneful!
It was a real eye-opener! The whole experience was so uplifting, and I felt really good afterwards.
They only meet once a month, and each session they do something different. Every person there suffers from chronic pain in one way or another, but the time was not spent talking about it, which was really refreshing.
I will definitely go again!
(16th September 2011)
I continued to attend this group, and others that subsequently grew from it, and I still find it uplifting, especially the art group that also meets once a month on a Tuesday. This group is completely free to attend, and is run purely on donations. Unfortunately due to ill health I have been unable to attend this year, but hope to start again in January.
If you have any local support groups like this in your area, that may give you social interaction, it’s worthwhile checking it out, if it’s available. Sx 🙂
(Updated Tuesday 20th November 2018)