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Issue 8 - November 2016
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Improving Life, Improving Experience                                 Issue 8, November 2016
 
Brighton StressBusters Another year is coming to an end and what an exciting year it has been! Over the last ten months, Brighton StressBusters have attracted a diverse group of practitioners and members of the community. We were introduced to a number of fascinating approaches to physical and emotional wellbeing, and learned many useful tools for combating stress. Have a look at our past events and all the different approaches to stress reduction and wellbeing that we discussed and tried out. We are looking forward to a well-deserved Christmas break but we have already started planning new stress-busting activities for 2017.

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Brighton StressBusters Talks & Demos

     So good to see you all at the last Brighton StressBusters talk&demo evening in 2016. Big THANK YOU to our speakers for running such informative, stimulating and enjoyable sessions, and giving us some valuable tools to help us relax and grow.
     It was lovely to have such an engaged audience and interesting discussions which also continued in the pub after the event. The last Hove StressBusters talk & demonstration evening this year is coming up on Wednesday 7th December - come along, it will be the perfect way to prepare yourself for the joys, the temptations and the opportunities of the holiday season!
     Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you again soon... :)

 
Tai Chi
    Tai Chi is a form of Qigong, an energy art which is a part of traditional Chinese medicine and which has been practised for its health benefits for over 1500 years. And while it is based on the same principles and conveys many of the same benefits as Qigong, Tai Chi has been developed surprisingly recently - in the 20th century - and is often taught as a martial art.
     Em Burnett has worked as an energy art instructor for 8 years, teaching Tai Chi primarily from a health and meditation perspective while honouring its roots as a martial art. She started off by discussing the origins of Tai Chi, how we may feel when 'playing the form' and the joy of practising with others and/or in the nature. Deepening our awareness of our own nature and being 'in flow' with our natural environment helps us 'return to source' and so feel more energised, connected and at peace.
     Known as a moving meditation, Tai Chi assists the free flow of our 'life energy' (Qi - pronounced 'Chee'), which helps keep the mind calm and focused, and body healthy, strong and flexible. Over the years, Tai Chi and its parent art Qigong have become popular across the world and are becoming increasingly recognised 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. The Royal College of Psychiatrists even recommends it as an useful addition to therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Tai Chi with Em Burnett     At the end of this session we had a chance to experience the basic 'presence practice' of tuning in - letting our mind soak into our body, aligning our body and connecting with our breath -, and we also practised one of the basic Tai Chi 'forms' (a sequence of gentle movements). Although we did not do a full Tai Chi session, this brief taster was really effective at helping calm our minds and bringing our attentional focus to our own bodies and to the ‘Here and Now’, that it left us wanting to learn more...
     Because of its gentle nature, this internal energy art is practised by people of different ages and abilities - in China it's most commonly practised by the elderly, where it is particularly helpful in improving balance and preventing falls, a critical aspect of remaining well into later life. So, whatever our age and abilities may be, it's never too late to give Tai Chi a go!

   
Self-Hypnosis for Relaxation & Change
     Hypnotherapy is a well-established therapeutic approach to treating a variety of psychological problems, including anxiety, addictions, habits, eating disorders, insomnia, fears, phobias, negative thought as well as unwanted emotional and behavioural patterns. However, although its therapeutic effectiveness has been demonstrated in a number of controlled studies and it is endorsed by the NHS, there are still many misconceptions about hypnosis, mainly due to the way its portrayed in the media (think of some of the recent Darren Brown shows...).
     We were very pleased that the guest speaker at our November event was the internationally renowned Master Hypnotherapist and hypnotherapy instructor and NLP Master Practitioner and Trainer, Russell Potts. Russell began his talk by demystifying the concept of hypnosis: it is NOT a sleep-like state and it is NOT a state in which we could be made to do things we wouldn't normally consent to doing (sorry, Darren!). Hypnosis is simply an altered state of consciousness usually characterized by mental and physical relaxation when the larger portion of our mind, the Unconscious mind, is allowed to take over.
Self-Hypnosis with Russell Potts     The Unconscious mind is like a storehouse of all our learning, the seat of our emotions and the operator of our autonomic functions and behaviours - by allowing it to over-ride its very small yet dominant sibling (the Conscious mind) we become more responsive to ideas and our problem solving/creative thinking abilities are enhanced. Hypnotic trance is actually a state not dissimilar to meditation, the only difference being that achieving a meditative state is a goal unto itself, whereas entering a hypnotic trance is a means for opening the Unconscious mind to therapeutic suggestions or creative thinking.
     As its name implies, self-hypnosis is a hypnotic state generated by self without the assistance of a hypnotherapist. We can engage in self-hypnosis to simply relax or to access our Unconscious mind. When we enter this state in a purposeful way, whether that be for achieving relaxation or connecting with self for goal facilitation or greater control, the benefits are numerous and immense.
     During Russell's talk we had a chance to learn a very simple technique for quickly achieving deep levels of relaxation. In some ways the effect of 'quieting the mind' was much easier to achieve than with some of the standard meditation techniques. This is certainly a great stress-busting approach and we hope to learn more about hypnotherapy at our future events.

     Read more about Hypnotherapy
Special Offers
Discounted Tai Chi sessions
 
£12 OFF introductory course:
One individually tailored 1-on-1 session + four group sessions

60 minute long sessions; Standard price: £80, Offer price: £68
 
Please contact Em directly for more information and booking: 
wellspringem@gmail.com *
* To qualify for the discount, the course of sessions needs to be paid for in advance by 31st December, even if you wish to take it at a later date.
These offers cannot be used in conjunction with the StressBusters Card discount.
Next Talk & Demonstration Evening

New Year's Nutrition Coaching: Get back on track!with Nicki Edgell
Laughter Yoga
with Emma Hiwaizi

Friday 20th January @ 7.15pm - 9.30pm
The Hanover Centre, Brighton


Read more...

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
 
MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN
How to Find a Good Coach?'So why do you put up with it?' asks your friend, with a slightly impatient shake of the head. 'You can do better than that. Pull yourself together! Just go and get yourself a new job...?' Or a new partner. Or a new home. 
Those friends don't ever manage to inspire you, do they? As well as the implied unflattering comparison to themselves, there's blame nesting in their words, like an unfriendly hamster in a deceptively fluffy bed. Ask for advice and you end up feeling not just stuck and inadequate, but nursing a bitemark into the bargain. Teetering on the edge of leaving your job or your partner can feel like peeping over Beachy Head. So, to change or not to change? And when we decide to jump into a new future, how do we get the wings to carry us - or the courage to do it?... READ MORE
StressBusters Event Calendar
 
Stress & Trauma Release with TRE (workshop)
Monday 28th November, 7.15pm - 9.15pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
Just 1 place left!
More info & booking

Hove StressBusters talks & demonstrations:
Detoxing with Nutrition and Mindful Self-Coaching

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


Full Moon Qigong / Yuan Gong (workshop)
Saturday 14th January, 10am - 1pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
More info & booking

Family Constellations (workshop)
Monday 16th January, 6.15pm - 9.15pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
More info & booking


Life Strategist: Mindful Self-Development (6 week course)
19th January - 23rd February
Thursdays, 8pm - 9.30pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
More info & booking

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

More info
Autumn
De-Stress Tips
by Nicki Edgell
 (
Clinical PNI Naturopathic Practitioner)

THE CLOCKS HAVE GONE BACK - HOW DOES THIS AFFECT US? 
Did you know that we all have our own circadian rhythm? What does that mean? Our circadian rhythm is our own internal body clock.
This rhythm has nothing to do with the clocks of society – work hours etc. It is controlled by a part of our brain called the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus (SCN), a group of cells in the hypothalamus that respond to light and dark signals. From the optic nerve of the eye, light travels to the SCN, signalling the internal clock that it is time to be awake.
Some of us may be larks and others owls and if we don’t go with our natural rhythm we will see stress manifesting in either our minds or our physical health. The SCN also signals to other parts of the brain that control hormones, body temperature and other functions that play a role in making us feel sleepy or awake. As our internal rhythm is affected by daylight so we need to adjust our rhythm now that the clocks have gone back, otherwise we may find ourselves sleep deprived and stressed.
To find out what your rhythm is, ask yourself, do I prefer to be active into the night but not have energy first thing in the morning? Conversely, do I wake with energy in the morning but need to go to bed early?
Once you’ve answered your question, try living by that rhythm for a week and notice how your body and mind responds.
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 week and look forward to seeing you at the next event!
 
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