A study conducted at The University of Manchester found that regular meditation lessens people’s experience of pain, making it less intense and unpleasant. Researchers explain that this effect is due to the fact that meditating brains anticipate pain less, and thus do not focus as much attention on the physical sensation it causes. The study did suggest that these benefits are only experienced by veteran meditators who have been practicing for a prolonged period of time. In those meditators, the areas of the brain associated with pain anticipation showed less activity than those of less experienced meditators and participants who had never meditated. The study’s findings indicate potential for the future development of alternative pain management methods involving meditation.