Pretty in depth background of pain, chronic and acute. Daily exercise and interaction with a physical therapist. Relaxation, meditation bio feed back and other coping techniques together with occupational therapy. Very thorough information on drugs and their affects. Tobacco cessation for those that wanted it. Diet information The group dynamics were fantastic. The curriculum was a continuous cycle and group members joined as other “graduated” so there were always beginners, intermediate and experienced members to share experiences with. My family took advantage of the Friday family day lectures to learn what they should be doing to support but not “coddle”. I stayed at a local rooming house with a kitchenette and used the experience to re-set my lifestyle, I took it to heart, almost compulsively for the three weeks. Mayo offered a box full of tools and showed us how they worked. I chose the ones that worked the best for me.