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Improving Life, Improving Experience                                 Issue 5, June 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

     It was good to see several new faces last Friday - another great Brighton StressBusters evening! We'd like to thank our two speakers for sharing their professional passion, knowledge and skills with the group. It was a really friendly and engaged group - big thanks to our wonderful audience for contributing to the lively discussions.
     As always, it was great to relocate to the Dover Castle afterwards - really glad that all the 'newbies' decided to join us there for the third installment of stress-busting! Have a great month everyone and hope to catch up with you soon at one of our upcoming events :)

    We were very excited to host this talk on Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India which has been practised for over 2,000 years in Asia and is now becoming popular in the West. In her engaging talk, Julie Rawnsley, an experienced Ayurvedic Practitioner and Amnanda therapist & trainer, focused on another aspect of Ayurveda which is not so widely known: the interaction of our physical constitution, temperament and lifestyle factors. According to Ayurveda there are three types of physical constitution known as doshas:  Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each individual is a mixture of each of these three types, but tends to be predominantly one or two.
Ayurveda with Julie Rawnsley     
During the session we had a chance to complete a brief questionnaire to determine our doshas. It was so interesting to discover what type we were, and how this can help us in our relationship with others as well as the relationship with ourselves, and also how to be proactive about our health. We discussed what foods to eat and what to avoid, whether stimulants such as coffee are good or bad for us, how we approach life and other people, how we respond to others and who would be the optimal partner for us.
     There are no universal 'do's and 'dont's', it all depends on our dosha. In this, Ayurveda is very similar to Traditional Chinese Medicine since it treats an individual as a whole, taking into account all aspects of their being, as opposed to narrowly focusing on specific symptoms, which is the approach taken by Western medicine.
Although ayurvedic hospitals are common in India where they co-exist with hospitals offering Western medical treatments, the focus of this traditional approach is not only on treating illnesses and restoring balance and wellbeing. Instead, the Science of Life - that's what Ayurveda means in Sanskrit - also focuses on the prevention of disease using diet, herbs and treatments. Such a fully holistic approach enables us to discover how to live not just a healthier but also a happier and more fulfilling life. 
     Read more about Ayurveda
Cognitive Hypnotherapy
     Many people these days have a fairly good idea of what hypnotherapy is all about and we also had a chance to experience hypnotic induction first-hand at the Brighton StressBusters launch event earlier this year. However the increasingly popular Cognitive Hypnotherapy approach is still a bit of a mystery to most people, so we were very excited to have Jo Alderson, a Brighton-based specialist, introduce the work that she feels so passionate about.
     Cognitive Hypnotherapy is an integrated therapeutic approach which combines a wide range of effective techniques taken from several disciplines, including neurolinguistic programming (NLP), positive psychology, behaviourism and Gestalt therapy. Hypnosis, although playing a significant part in this approach, is not central to its effectiveness. Rather, it seems to enhance the effectiveness of other elements of this approach. Several studies that compared the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural therapy with and without hypnosis found cognitive hypnotherapy to be more effective, especially in the treatment of depression and anxiety.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy with Jo Alderson     Jo presented the three basic principles behind Cognitive Hypnotherapy:
1. The 'one size fits all' approach does not apply to psychological issues - each client is unique and requires a unique combination of techniques for their issue to be resolved.
2. Trance is an everyday occurrence and the issues that we would like to resolve are often automatic (trance) responses to a particular situation - to resolve an issue, we need to tackle that trance state.
3. All our behaviours are based on positive intentions - even self-destructive behaviours such as drug taking, eating disorders etc. have a positive intention at their point of origin (e.g. being accepted, relieving negative emotions, having a sense of control etc.). The role of a cognitive hypnotherapist therapist is to get to this core in order to resolve the issue.
    After this brief introduction, Jo led us into a gentle hypnotic trance, where we could access a positive s . It was so easy to follow her voice and the time seemed to fly - none of us could tell for certain how long it lasted. However, everyone agreed on one point: the experience was immensely enjoyable. By the end of the session we all seemed very relaxed and content, not a bit of stress in the air!
Special Offers
Cognitive Hypnotherapy
Extended 90 minute initial consultation for only £40
Includes a personalized hypnotherapy relaxation with suggestions
15% OFF a block of sessions

Please contact Jo directly for more information and booking: *
Ayurveda consultations
£10 OFF
initial consultation + follow-up
90 minute initial consultation
+ 45 minute follow-up
Standard price: £90
Offer price: £80

Please contact Julie directly for more information and booking: *
* To qualify for the discounts, sessions need to be paid for in advance by 30th June.
These offers cannot be used in conjunction with the StressBusters Card discount.
Next Talk & Demonstration Evening

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with Deborah Brown
Movement Matters
with Tali Rose

Friday 15th July @ 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!
Stress-Busting Library
When Our Survival Mechanism Backfires
     The emotional experience of fear and the physiological stress reaction (the 'fight or flight' reaction: increased heart rate, faster breathing, sweating etc.) are very useful responses to dangerous situations or objects: our ancestors had it, apes and mice have it, even reptiles do. If it wasn't for this unconditioned response to danger, most species - humans included - would not have survived the natural selection. Apart from enabling us to fight, freeze or flee in the face of danger, the physiological stress reaction also enables us to learn to avoid the same dangerous situation or object in future.
     But what happens when this useful survival mechanism backfires on us as it inevitably does now that we live in an environment where there are very few real dangers to our survival? ... Read more
Shaking Off the Stress:
Tension & Trauma Release Exercise (TRE)
Stress & Trauma Release with TRE

Our first TRE workshop at Brighton Racecourse last Saturday was a great success. Beautiful venue, free parking and a lovely group of people who all came for different reasons but wanting to achieve the same thing: to reconnect with their body and allow it to release stored tension.

We hope to run another workshop there in September - we'll keep you posted! In the meantime, you can come along to one of our regular TRE workshops at the Cornerstone Centre in Hove. These workshops usually take place on the last Monday of every month (so the next one is coming up this Monday). However, please note that all TRE workshops so far sold out several weeks in advance so we advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.
StressBusters Event Calendar
Stress & Trauma Release with TRE (workshop)
Monday 27th June, 7.15pm - 9.15pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
Due to a cancellation 1 more place has become available
More info & booking

Hove StressBusters talks & demonstrations
Sedona Method & Yuan Gong

Wednesday 6th July, 7pm - 9.30pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
More info

Family Constellations (workshop)
Monday 18th July, 6.15pm - 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
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:

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