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Issue 4 - May 2016
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Improving Life, Improving Experience                                 Issue 4, May 2016
Hove StressBusters From  talks about the brain, emotions and behaviour to practical demonstrations of different approaches giving you tools to reduce your stress level, Briighton (and Hove, actually) StressBusters is a community programme dedicated to wellbeing and stress management. 

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Brighton StressBusters Talks & Demos

     What an interesting and inspirational ‪event at the Hanover Centre last Friday! Thanks to everyone who came, choosing to forsake all the exciting Festival happenings and spend an evening learning to see things from a different perspective, meeting new people and taking part in the demonstrations. We look forward to seeing you all again in June :)

Sedona Method
    Maya Zack, a hypnotherapist and one of the few Sedona Method practitioners in the UK, gave a very informative talk introducing this powerful self-development method and the ideas behind it.

     The basic concept is really rather simple: by saying things such as “I am unhappy” or “I am anxious”, we identify ourselves with these emotions which makes it impossible to separate ourselves from them. In contrast, if we say “I am feeling unhappy” or “I am feeling anxious”, it becomes clear that we are talking about emotions that we are currently experiencing and, as such, we can look upon them as objects that we can either keep or throw away – it is entirely our choice what we do with them.
Sedona Method with Maya Zack     The Sedona Method applies this approach of objectifying our emotions and uses a set of questions to challenge our determination to hold on to these ‘emotional bubbles’.

     Maya demonstrated the technique to the group - it seemed really simple and easy to learn, a set of questions that we need to ask ourselves in order to experience a profound change in our attachment to negative emotions and the limiting beliefs that are holding us back in life.
     We all worked on our own negative emotions (there was no need to share it, everyone just focused a particular emotion they wanted to resolve) and, after going through a set of questions with Maya, these emotions were minimized and several people reported an almost physical sensation of empty space in their chest and stomach which was previously occupied with unpleasant tension related to the negative emotion.
     Some of the Sedona questions even made us laugh – it does feel really ridiculous when you realize that you are holding on to something which is rather unpleasant and yet, for no logical reason at all, you stubbornly keep holding on to it!
     Read more about the Sedona Method

    If you would like to receive the list of the Sedona Method questions we practised last week, you can contact Maya directly (, mentioning Brighton StressBusters.

Family Constellations
     Family Constellations is an experiential process derived from psychotherapeutic approaches such as psychodrama; however, it went beyond the mainstream psychotherapy, incorporating the concept of 'systemic entanglement', the idea that there is a relationship between past and present events which is not caused by direct personal experience.
     Liz Sleeper, the founder of Sussex Constellations, gave a very brief introduction, stating just the main premises of this approach: that all individuals have a place in the family and that our fate is inextricably linked to the fate of our ancestors. By using other people to stand in as 'representatives' to model the issue holder's circumstances, the work enables hidden truths and loyalties to be recognised.
     Family Constellations thus help individuals to see relationships in a much wider context and bring sense to confusing or baffling behaviours - either their own or of other family members. This approach both liberates the issue holder from feeling responsible for issues that are not theirs, and also enables them to take responsibility for issues that are theirs and theirs alone.

Family Constellations with Liz Sleeper     The problem with trying to describe the Family Constellations approach is that no words can actually convey the experience of participating in a workshop. The only way to fully understand this approach is through first-hand experience, be it as an issue holder (the person whose constellation is being modeled), a representative, or an observer.
     With the help of volunteers, Liz facilitated a brief constellation in such a sensitive, respectful and skillful way, bringing so much depth and warmth to the process. The resulting interaction between the participants in the constellation was very surprising and moving. And we were able to understand how representatives in workshops often get as much out of the process as the person whose family constellation they are modelling (i.e. the issue holder).
      Participants and observers in Family Constellations workshops frequently find the work profoundly enlightening and healing, and some even compare its effectiveness to many years of psychotherapy. The workshops evoke a lot of emotions and can, at times, be quite stressful, but the long-term effect is that of centredness, inner peace and the resolution of stressful conflicts.
      Read more about Family Constellations
     Liz currently runs evening workshops once a month as part of the Hove StressBusters programme at the Cornerstone Centre, as well as day-long monthly workshops in Lewes.
Special Offers
Sedona Method
15% OFF
all one-on-one sessions
Standard price: £75 per session
Offer price: £64 per session
1st session 1.5h,
subsequent sessions 1h

Offer also valid for BLOCK BOOKINGS:
Block of 4 sessions
(Sedona or Hypnosis)

usually £265, offer price: £225
Sedona Method Special Programme – 5 sessions:
usually £315, offer price: £268
Please contact Maya directly for more information and booking: *
* To qualify for the discounts, sessions need to be paid for in advance by 15th June.
Family Constellations
Bring a friend for FREE
Valid for a representative place at the following workshops:

Friday 3rd June OR Friday 1st July
9.30am–4.30pm in Lewes
Saturday 23rd July
9.30am–4.30pm in Lewes
Standard price: £50
Offer price: Two people for £50

Food Constellations - Saturday 4th June 
9.30am–5.00pm in Lewes
Standard price: £100
Offer price: Two people for £100

Monday 13th June 
6.15pm–9.15pm in Hove
Standard price: £20
Offer price: Two people for £20

Please contact Liz directly for more information and booking:
These offers cannot be used in conjunction with the StressBusters Card discount.
Next Talk & Demonstration Evening

Ayurveda with Julie Rawnsley
Cognitive Hypnotherapy
with Jo Alderson

Friday 17th June @ 7.15pm - 9.30pm
The Hanover Centre, Brighton


Keep spreading the word: the more people get involved in our community programme, the more diverse and interactive our events are going to be!
Coaching Tip of the Month
by Nikola Goranovic
Performance & Life Coach and NLP Trainer)
ACTING 'AS IF'  This is 'acting as if' something were true, such as imagining how you would act or feel if the change you want has already occurred, ie. as if you were already able to do something that you are not yet able to do. In other words, imagine yourself as if you have just achieved this desired outcome and then from that 'as if' state 'look back' at the course of action which enabled you to reach your goal. This exercise will help you to see the desired outcome more clearly and identify which steps you need to take in order to achieve it. In the situations where fear poses the main obstacle to change, placing yourself in an ‘as if’ moment, temporarily switches off the fear and allows you to dwell on the positive aspects of the future success.
Hove StressBusters Card

Introducing the StressBusters Card
The card is available for purchase at our monthly talk & demonstration evenings. The card costs £15 and is valid for 6 months from the day of purchase, during which time the card holder will be entitled to:
- 4 FREE talk & demonstration evenings
- 10% off all StressBusters events (talk & demo evenings, classes, workshops)
10% off therapy sessions, classes, workshops with any of the
   practitioners listed in the StressBusters Directory
StressBusters Event Calendar

Hove StressBusters talks & demonstrations
Mindful Eating & Laughter Yoga

Wednesday 4th May, 7pm - 9.30pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
More info

Family Constellations (workshop)
Monday 13th June, 6.15pm - 9.15pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
More info & booking

NEW: Mindful Eating (6 week course)
16th June - 21st July, Thursdays 8pm - 9.30pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
More info & booking

NEW in Brighton!
Stress & Trauma Release with TRE (workshop)
Saturday 18th June, 10.30am - 1.30pm @ Nelly Lewis Pilates & Wellness Centre, Brighton Racecourse
More info & booking

Stress & Trauma Release with TRE (workshop)
Monday 27th June, 7.15pm - 9.15pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
More info & booking

Qigong to Self-Heal - weekly classes with Em Burnett
Tuesdays 8.15-9.15pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
*** First class is always FREE to newcomers; suitable for all levels ***

More info
A unique opportunity to learn the effective Rafferty Energy System of Easing the Temporomandibular joint (RESET) - coming to Brighton & Hove straight from Down Under!
RESET: Balance the TMJ
 workshop with Nikki Barrett - Revelation Kinesiology (Australia)
Thursday 16th June, 6.00pm-9.00pm 
@ Jane's Place, St. Leonard's Road, Hove
Nikki Barrett, a Kinergetics Kinesiology instructor based in Australia, is doing a UK tour this summer, with a series of workshops in Brighton & Hove and other locations in the South East.
RESET - Balance the TMJ

This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to send healing energy into specific muscles and tendons around the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) in the jaw, to both relax these muscles and the organs and glands they relate to.

For more information visit: and contact Nikki ( to book a place.

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