Mindfulness is a meditative practice that originates from the Buddhist tradition, but it has no reference to religion. It focuses on the physical experience within the body, and is highly affective for physical pain or injury, as well as emotional pain or suffering such as depression and anxiety.
It address pain and suffering by acknowledging it, rather than fearing and avoiding it. This may not make logical sense, as pain is tended to be avoided d masked at all costs; however there is a high cost to avoiding the acknowledgement of pain, and this is secondary pain or suffering which can be far greater and long-term than the original issue. Quite often, when an injury, be it physical or emotional has gone on untreated, then the fear of exasperating it can cause individuals to stop participating in life. This may affect their engagement in all aspects of life from physical activity, relationships, and social situations, work, career or education, which can have a limiting effect on their life potential and enjoyment.
To understand how Mindfulness works it is important to remember that the primary purpose of pain is draw attention to a part of us that is diseased or injured in some way. Pain should be acknowledged and accepted, in order to address its cause. This leads to long-term relief of pain or suffering, and allows the individual to reclaim their power over their mind, emotional and physical bodies', and be free from suffering.
Mindfulness techniques are used within hypnotherapy sessions, or can be focused on as the main technique for a course of therapy. Has a calming yet empowering effect, and can be hugely satisfying, and is easily incorporated into everyday life, allowing for long-term benefits, and is a practice which can be applied to any experience throughout life.