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Improving Life, Improving Experience                                  Issue 30, April 2014
Hove StressBusters
From popular science talks about the brain, emotions and behaviour to practical demonstrations of different approaches giving you tools to reduce your stress level, Hove StressBusters is a group dedicated to community wellbeing and stress management. 
Visit our website for the calendar of upcoming talk & demonstration evenings, courses and workshops, the easy to navigate directory of Hove StressBusters practitioners, a library of useful articles and more...

Coming up: Hove StressBusters Mindfulness
6 week
Mindfulness Course 

24th April -  29th May
Thursdays, 8.00pm-9.30pm
@ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

'Participating in a mindfulness meditation program makes measurable changes in  brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.' 

Course fee: £90 / £77 conc.                                      More information & booking    

Hove StressBusters Talks & Demonstrations

Empowerment Coaching: Overcoming Your Fears

     Many people consider coaching at the point when they feel unhappy about their present life situation and unable to see how to move forward; they stay in unsatisfying jobs and relationships and gradually lose control over their lives. Life coaching is a powerful tool for addressing challenging situations and motivating, inspiring and encouraging people to transform their lives for the better.
Empowerment Coaching: Overcoming Your Fears with Katalin Swann     This month's session demonstrated that working with a qualified life coach is an experience very different from talking to a friend who gives good advice - it is a thought-provoking process which actively guides the client towards finding solutions which are most optimal for their specific circumstances, plans and desires.
     Katalin Swann, the founder of 4H Empowerment Coaching, is an experienced Life Coach specializing in confidence building, stress management/prevention and happiness creation. By taking us through several steps, Katalin helped us understand who we really are and what we like about ourselves, as well as to recognize our fears and how they limit us in different aspects of our life. She challenged our assumptions and our beliefs about these fears, and demonstrated how we can draw our mind away from anxious rumination and towards the reality of the moment and the problem solution. During the session we were able to share positive experiences and see our fears in a different light by recognizing the self-talk which often brings us down without us even realizing it. It became clear how little it could take to shed the issues that are weighing us down, experience the lightness and freedom, and completely immerse ourselves in the positive and empowering feelings and thoughts... we just need a bit of practice!

Energy Arts: Tai Chi & Qigong
Energy Arts: Tai Chi & Qigong with Em Burnett     Em Burnett, energy arts instructor and the founder of Wellspring Internal Energy Arts, gave a very stimulating talk about Tai Chi and Qigong. Because of their gentle healing nature, these Chinese internal energy arts are practised by people of different ages, abilities and states of health.
      During this session we learnt about the 1,500 year old self-healing practice of medical Qigong to regain our natural poise, flexibility and springiness and boost our immunity for optimum health.
     We began our Qigong ('energy cultivation') with the initial Qigong 'presence practice' of tuning in - letting our mind soak into our body, connecting with the breath and how we are aligned. This was followed by a 
simple stress-reducing exercise of body tapping: easy to do every day to promote the flow of our life energy Qi ('chee' or 'chi') and calm our minds, bringing our attentional focus to our own bodies and to the ‘Here and Now’. Although we did not do a full Qigong session, the effects of these exercises were striking and left us wanting more. 
     Over the years, Tai Chi and Qigong have become popular across the world and are becoming increasingly recognized by the Western medical community for their beneficial effects on physical and psychological wellbeing. Many controlled studies have reported beneficial effects of regular practice, including reduction of stress, anxiety and tension headaches, and improvement in a variety of clinical conditions such as fibromyalgia, Parkinson's Disease and many others. That's more than a good reason to practice these exercises on a daily basis!
     For many people in the audience this session was their very first encounter with Qigong and at the end of the session they reported feeling refreshed and soothed by the experience, and curious about the internal energy arts and Em's classes.
Hove StressBusters'
Special Offers

Energy Arts sessions
FREE Qigong session
1 hour long session
Regular price: £7
The initial class of each course is FREE if it's your first time learning with Em. The next course starts on Tuesday 22nd April.
£10 OFF individual sessions
1 hour long session
Individually tailored instruction
in Tai Chi or Qigong
Regular price: £40 per hour Offer
price: £30
Offer valid for bookings made by 30th April.

Please contact Em directly for more information about these limited time offers: & quote Hove StressBusters

Research News
REM Induction Therapy Study


3 FREE Rapid Eye Movement Induction Therapy (REMitâ„¢) and/or NLP sessions are offered as part of a new randomized controlled study conducted by Dr Jelena Nesic (INNERNATION Coaching & Development) and Dr Susan Sullivan (University of Sussex). This study aims to validate and extend the REMitâ„¢ method, a novel therapeutic approach which combines NLP, Wingwave Coaching and hypnosis techniques. The study is open to volunteers who wish to address specific anxiety-related issues, including fears, phobias and mental blocks.
25 more people needed!
Read more & request a study information pack

Stress Busting Library

Hypnobirthing Pregnancy and birthing can be a special and rewarding experience in a woman’s life. However the thought of giving birth is often a frightening idea to both mums and supporting partners. This fear is mostly a result of cultural conditioning having us believe and expect birthing to be dangerous as well as the most painful experience a woman can have. This is constantly communicated to us in the mainstream media; birthing portrayed as an either very comic or tragic event, but never just as a normal, calm, ‘uneventful’ one. This is then also reinforced with lack of proper education (how many of us were ever taught anything about what actually happens during the birthing process?), open conversation and support. ... Read more
Next Event

Alexander Technique with Mark Claireaux
Sedona Method & Hypnosis
with Maya Zack

Wednesday, 7th May @ 7.00 - 9.30pm
Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
Keep spreading the word: the more people get involved in our community group, the more diverse and interactive our events are going to be!
Tip of the Month
by Nikola Goranovic
Performance & Life Coach, NLP & wingwave®Trainer)
PHONE A FRIEND From time to time we can all get stressed and there is so much good advice on how to tackle it. Starting from taking deep breaths, doing visualisation exercises to reading a poem, or anything from being physically active to meditating, eating healthy snacks (mindfully) and so on. Let’s try a different approach: let’s turn stress into our friend!
     One thing that most of us disregard is that the physiological stress reaction isn’t all bad. The good news is that, amidst all the adrenaline, cortisol and other hormones that help us fight or flee but also have negative effects on our body and emotions, another hormone is also released during a stress episode. This is oxytocin, often called the ‘cuddle hormone’ because it primes the strengthening of close relationships. So, when you’re stressed, simply call a friend and arrange to meet up – chatting over the phone is good, but isn’t a substitute for face-to-face contact. Not only will seeing your friend help decrease your stress level by giving you a chance to unburden, get a different perspective on the problem or simply take your mind off it altogether, but it will be a great bonding experience too.
Hove StressBusters Classes & Workshops

Jo Turner

                          with Jo
Joodles - Mindfulness, Meditation, ZendoodlingMonday 28th April @ 7.30pm-9.30pm
@ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

Mindfulness workshops 
with Jo Turner

                                     Drop-in, £10
                              (suitable for all levels)                                       More information         

Mindfulness6 week Mindfulness Course 
24th April - 29th May 
Thursdays @ 8.00pm-9.30pm

@ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

Course fee: £90 / £77 con                                              More information & booking    


Self-Development WorkshopsHove StressBusters
Self-Development workshops

Nikola GoranovicIntroduction to
INNERNATION Coaching & DevelopmentNeurolinguistic Programming
    with Nikola

Sat 26th - Sun 27th April,  10am - 6pm
@ The Dialogue Centre, Brighton

Introductory course with Nikola Goranovic

        Â£42 per person, or £74 for 2 people
                    (suitable for beginners)                                   More information   

Em Burnett
                              with Em
Tuesdays, 8.15-9.15pm
@ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
Wellspring Internal Energy Arts

Qigong to Self-Heal classes
Em Burnett 

   Drop-in, £7 / £6 conc., or £27.50 for 5 sessions  
             (suitable for all levels)                             More information

                               ***No class on 15th April***


Penny Zikic
                                   with Penny
Maitri Yoga Classes
Tuesdays, 6.00-7.00pm
@ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

Scaravelli-inspired Hatha Yoga classes
Penny Zikic 

Drop-in, £7 / £6 conc.  
                (suitable for all levels)                                   More information

Stress & Anxiety Self-Coaching Support Group
Stress & Anxiety Self-Coaching Support Group
Third Monday of every month @ 7.30pm-9.00pm
@ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
Self-coaching workshop with Nikola Goranovic
             Drop-in, £10                                       More information
No session in April (Easter Bank Holiday)

Wishing you all a stress-free month and looking forward to seeing you at our next event!
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