Mind-Body for Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia

An evidence-based, community-supported program providing mind-body classes, services, and group support for those managing chronic pain and healing from fibromyalgia.

After decades of research evaluating the clinical benefits of meditation, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and other health organizations have named mindfulness practices as part of the standard of medical care for patients experiencing chronic pain and fibromyalgia. These practices, which include meditation, stress management, and yoga, can be combined with physical interventions as well as proper nutrition and supplementation protocols that effectively ease pain and promote total and sustainable mental and physical wellness.

While we may be able to identify an ache in our shoulder, a twinge in our knee, or a soreness in our back, the mind, emotions, and awareness also play a crucial role in the experience of pain, as stress, fear, and other emotions can amplify our perception of the physical experience.

Our Program

In response to the growing awareness around these modalities, The Mindfulness Center presents Mind-Body for Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia, a community-supported program of classes, mind-body services, and group support.

Through this program you will:


One-on-one support from an advisor who will guide you through the process of discovery and relief.


The benefits of meditation and other mind-body practices for relief of pain.


The benefits of yoga, exercise, qigong, and tai chi prescribed for treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic pain.


The role of oxidative stress in the progression of fibromyalgia and chronic pain.


From empowering lifestyle changes medically proven to impact the well-being of fibromyalgia and chronic pain patients.

Mind-Body for Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia is a powerful and healing program that empowers you to improve your well-being through the use of evidence-based mind-body practices. We welcome you at all points along your journey to wellness and at any level of experience in Mind-Body practices. We look forward to engaging with you and helping you move towards health.

In appreciation,

Dr. Deborah Norris and The Mindfulness Center

Who can benefit from this program?

Mind-Body for Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia is designed to help those looking to reverse fibromyalgia and other conditions of chronic pain. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with a condition of chronic pain or have been living with pain for years, our advisers design this program around you. The evidence-based practices used throughout this program meet your body at its current state and slowly progress throughout the healing process. Because of this, our program is perfect for anyone ready to be empowered to take control of their health and reverse chronic pain through the power of mind-body practices.

Who are the advisors?

Once you begin the program, you will partner with an advisor who will help guide you along the path to health. Your advisor will come to understand the current state of your body and offer therapies, classes, and other healing modalities. They will be your point-person for any questions and will provide the support and accountability needed to keep you moving forward towards health.

Deborah Norris, PH.D. Dr. Norris

Founder of The Mindfulness Center,
Director of the American University Psychobiology of Healing program

Dr. Norris has over 40 years of experience in education, research, and programming and integrates the lifestyle elements of meditation, physical exercise, relaxation therapy, nutrition, and more into her practice.

Jacqueline Norris

Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Mindfulness Center

Jacqueline is Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Mindfulness Center as well as a 200-Hour certified Yoga Teacher. She actively and effectively integrates the center’s mission of mindfulness into its functioning and outreach.

Aurora Hutchinson, M.A.

Communications, Community Relations Director, meditation instructor and a wellness educator at The Mindfulness Center.

Aurora received her M.A. in Psychopharmacology and has directed her passion towards advancing the scientific knowledge of mind-body therapies and promoting and practicing evidence-based practices of self-care in hospitals, wellness centers, and corporate settings.

Roxanne Lerner

Development Director at The Mindfulness Center

Roxanne is the Development Director at The Mindfulness Center as well as a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. Roxanne’s strong belief and personal experience with the healing power of mind-body practices drives her to spread awareness of the importance of these self-care therapies.

What will you learn throughout the program?

Our program incorporates a variety of evidence-based mind-body therapies and lifestyle practices to reverse chronic pain and help you achieve optimal health. Alongside these healing modalities, your advisor will recommend classes and services that will bring awareness to your body and promote its ability to heal. You will also come to understand the scientific basis of these concepts and practices and how they can directly promote the healing from chronic pain.

Stress and Psychological Intervention

Stress affects your perception of pain and weakens your body, making it more susceptible to chronic pain, fatigue, and depression. You will learn how to integrate stress-reducing practices like meditation in your daily life to lessen the symptoms of chronic pain and fibromyalgia.


Difficulty getting a full, restful, and restorative night’s sleep often goes hand in hand with conditions of chronic pain. You will develop techniques to improve sleep and experience a release from tiredness, pain, and depression.

Mindfulness Meditation

Research has found that brain activity in regions related to pain is altered in those who regularly meditate. This has been shown to lead to both a higher pain tolerance and a reduction in the perception of pain. Mindfulness meditation provides individuals with a sense of peace and control over their pain, depression, anxiety, and overall quality of life.


Pain may be triggered by your nutritional state, making dietary antioxidants and proper supplementation important for anyone experiencing chronic pain. You will become aware of how your diet may be affecting your health and enrich your meals with health-supportive ingredients.

Exercise and Yoga

Individuals with fibromyalgia have been found to be less physically active than their healthy counterparts, which only worsens pain, depression, and sleep quality. You will slowly introduce light yoga and effective breath-focused activity into your daily life to improve oxygen uptake and quality of sleep.

Manual Therapies

Massage, physical therapy, chiropractics, and cranial sacral therapy have been found to decrease anxiety, alleviate depressed moods, and improve sleep quality. You will have the opportunity to work with manual therapists to address the specific needs of your unique body.

Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine offers several different therapies that have been shown to reduce pain and the number of tender points in patients with fibromyalgia. You will be able to explore acupuncture and Qigong for the treatment of your symptoms.


This program is for educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, and advice of a qualified health professional. This program offers scientific medical information, but in no way should anyone consider that this program represents the practice of medicine. This program assumes no responsibility for how this material is used.