One specific meditative practice is called the body scan, which is adapted from an ancient Burmese practice. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., writes in Full Catastrophe Living that the body scan “is an effective technique for developing both concentration and flexibility of attention simultaneously. It involves lying on your back and moving your mind through the different regions of your body.” This guided meditation encourages you to scan through your body much like a CT scan machine might. One key is to simply notice the sensation without judging it. It utilizes the breath to affect and decrease tension and chronic pain. Each time you encounter these feelings you can replace them with a sense of spaciousness, relaxation, and freedom. This blog post is an excerpt from Pain Recovery – How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain by Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM, Frank Szabo, LADC, Daniel Shiode, PhD, Robert Hunter, PhD; Published by Central Recovery Press (CRP).