A class to help people understand how pain affects the body and brain will be offered several times this year by Providence Seaside Hospital.

When people understand how pain really works, their pain decreases, according to the class’s organizers. Students will learn about what pain really is and how much their actions and thoughts can improve their pain and help them return to their lives.

The same class is offered at different times throughout the year at Providence Seaside Hospital, Education Center A (lower level), 725 S. Wahanna Road, Seaside.

Class dates are:

• 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12;

• 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. March 13;

• 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 9;

• 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. May 8; and

• 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 11.

There is no charge for the class, but registration is required. To register for classes, go to www.providence.org/classes or call the resource line at 800-562-8964.