Mindfulness for Dermatological Conditions

Not only do emotions appear to affect the health of our skin but the health of our skin, also, can have a huge impact on our emotions. People may struggle with shame, distress and low self-esteem if their skin condition is of a visible nature, with hiding and camouflaging being two common responses. Pain and discomfort from the skin condition can also lead to depression and anxiety for some people.

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The psychological/emotional underpinnings and ramifications of suffering from various skin conditions have only recently been given serious consideration in the scientific literature. This is despite the fact that emotional correlations with dermatological conditions such as eczema and psoriasis were made more than a 150 years ago when Erasmus Wilson, in 1850, attributed skin manifestations to “disorders of the nervous system, like emotions, especially of a depressive nature”. Closely behind him came Hillier who expressed his conviction that nervous excitement, shock and fear can cause changes in the condition of the skin.

Not only do emotions appear to affect the health of our skin but the health of our skin, also, can have a huge impact on our emotions. People may struggle with shame, distress and low self-esteem if their skin condition is of a visible nature, with hiding and camouflaging being two common responses. Pain and discomfort from the skin condition can also lead to depression and anxiety for some people.

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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