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Mastering Pain Method - The Basics


Welcome to the orientation course for the Mastering Pain Method training. These are the core lessons of the Mastering Pain Method, providing insight into the overwhelming problem with pain in our society, the biological root of all pain experiences, the key scientific principles of pain mastery, and the biological rationales for each and every tool taught.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To be able to describe the primary physical systems we can change to change the pain experience.
  2. To be able to identify how these primary systems match the complex components of pain on our pain compass.

These core lessons are aimed at providing the framework for all future lessons. We developed these lessons to give you clearer understanding of the Mastering Pain Method, the rationale, the ins and outs of the approach, the goals, and the basics of biological basis for the skills training.

First and foremost, we must agree that pain is NOT "in your head." All pain experiences are biological! Go to the first lesson on HOW PAIN WORKS.


Pain is NOT simple. Otherwise, pain would easily be treated and chronic pain would be a memory. Lesson 2 of the Basics course is aimed at a better understading of just how complex pain really is.


Given the complexity of pain, there are many different strategies to become a master over it. In Lesson 3 explore the MAPS (and compass) we have developed for pain mastery. 


Learn about the body's natural pain medicine, our own opioid system in Lesson 4.


Discover how to retrain your motor nerves to gain more control over muscle guarding, while retraining your sensory nerves with new input. 


The way pain is experienced in the brain is through a complex circuit. Amazingly, we can utilize specific skills to bypass the circuit that makes the sensations of pain so agonizing! Learn about this circuit and the skillset in Lesson 6.


Identify skills and strategies to reduce inflammation, engage restoration, and feel more vital over time. 


Identify what the vagus nerve is, how it interacts with pain, and how you can retrain this system to improve coping with pain.


Pleasure, like pain, is biology. Wonderfully, pleasure can block pain. Learn how and why in Lesson 9. 


The stigma of pain is demoralizing. It also affects the experience of pain. Each interaction we have affects biology. In this lesson learn empowerment strategies to arm yourself against the stigma, reducing its impact in your life.