Basic Pre-Course Reading


Georgie Oldfield MCSP – Chronic Pain: your key to recovery

John E Sarno MD –   The Mind/Body Prescription

John E Sarno MD –  The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders

David Clarke MD – They Can’t Find Anything Wrong!: 7 Keys to Understanding, Treating, and Healing Stress Illness

Howard Schubiner MD – Unlearn your Pain

Howard Schubiner MD & Allan Abbas MD – Hidden from View

Steven Ray Ozanich – The Great Pain Deception

Scott Brady MD – Pain Free for life

Additional Books


Donna Jackson Nakazawa – Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal

Bruce Lipton PhD – Biology of Belief

Fred Luskin PhD – Forgive for Good

S.Rollnick & co. – Motivational Interviewing by S.Rollnick & co.

Feedback from previous course attendees

“Patient J came to see me in November 2012 complaining of a 10 year history of bilateral foot pain, which seemed to coincide with when she moved to England from Canada when she got married. All blood tests and x-rays were normal, and she recently saw an Orthopaedic podiatrist who offered to break her feet and re-set them!! It makes me shudder to think what would have happened had she let the Orthopaedic surgeon break and re-set her feet, but thankfully she bought into the idea that the central nervous system is responsible for pain and did very well as a result.”
Pete Gray MCSP, Chartered Physiotherapist

“Since completing the SIRPA training in I have adapted my Body Mind Centering Pilates method to incorporate SIRPA principles.  The method and results are inspirational!”
Mags Clark-Smith, Back4Good Practitioner and Body Control Pilates Teacher

“Vicky came to see me as she had learnt about the SIRPA approach after reading John Sarno’s ‘Healing back pain’ and then searching for a TMS practitioner in the UK. At the time she was suffering with lower back and left buttock pain, which had been on-going for ten months and had got particularly worse in the past three months. Prior to seeing me she had already seen three other physiotherapists, an osteopath and a shiatsu specialist, but to no avail. Vicky had also had an MRI scan of her lower back, which showed a large centre left disc protrusion compressing the S1 nerve root.  I also recently emailed Vicky to ask if she would be happy to be a case study and to see how she was getting on and she replied ‘Feeling fitter and stronger than ever and enjoying running, also sleeping better than I ever have!’ For me these results would not have happened using conventional physiotherapy. This approach provides long term health benefits and empowers the patient to take control of their pain.”
Matt Kinal MCSP, Chartered Physiotherapist