Improving Life, Improving Experience                          Issue 73, November 2017
Hove StressBustersFrom 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 community programme dedicated to wellbeing and stress management.
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Hove StressBusters Talks & Demos

We had a wonderful evening at Cornerstone earlier this month, with two great speakers, and a very engaged and interesting audience. The last instalment of stress-busting at the pub after the event was as interesting as ever, chatting about nutrition, hypnotherapy, family constellations, meditation and so many other topics. It was particularly fascinating to hear about one of our audience member's experience of spending a year in a zen monastery!

Nutritional Therapy for Natural Pain Management                                  
     Period pains, stomach cramps, back ache, headache, tooth ache, joints ache, stiff muscles – pain can be a mild discomfort or excruciating and debilitating. But what does pain tell us about our body, where does it come from and how can WE make it go away? 
Functional Nutritional Therapy with Millie Ferguson     As a qualified Functional Nutritional Therapist, Millie Ferguson is passionate about teaching people how to restore balance and support their body in dealing with the everyday stressful challenges that are an inevitable part of the modern life. She started her talk by reviewing the destructive role that internal and external stress plays in creating chronic pain. 
     Of course, like all chronic conditions, pain is not immediately life-threatening. A mild discomfort is simply the body’s gentle signal to alert us that it is struggling – Help, do something! However, when left untreated, the effect that triggers pain can be deepening and damaging.
     Since we are all different, the same pain may have different causes in different individuals - a view which is very much in line with other traditional medicinal approaches such as Acupuncture and Ayurveda, but in stark contrast with the symptom-focused Western medicine. Fortunately, mainstream medicine is finally beginning to acknowledge the fact that a more holistic approach to health is needed (nutritional support in particular) as more evidence is starting to emerge regarding the effect of nutrients on cellular metabolism.
     While pain-killers are usually the drug of choice for any form of pain, they don't always work and may also have a negative impact on health if taken long-term. Millie warned that pain-killers do not address the cause and offered evidence why it is necessary to take responsibility for our health. Natural Functional Nutrition is a holistic therapy that looks at the effect of external imbalances on the internal processes at cell level. By tracing the causes of these changes and using different nutrients and supplements to address them, therapy helps restore the balance of different cellular and physiological functions that are at the root of various pains.
      After this introduction to the functional health model, we worked in pairs, discussing the different types of pain each of us might suffer from occasionally or chronically, and the probable underlying causes. Millie helped us to figure out the causes and demonstrated  the process that is applied to identify the source of pain.
Natural Pain Management with Nutritional Therapy with Millie Ferguson     In the final part of her talk, Millie presented a wide range of vitamins, supplements, medication and foods that have been proved useful for short term immediate pain-relief and to avoid disastrous long-term health consequences if the underlying cause of pain is left untreated. The key nutrients we need when suffering with pain include: Magnesium (muscle), Gingko biloba (capillary), Rutin, Horse chestnut (veins), Collagen, Glucosamine/ Chondroitin (arthritis), probiotics, L-Glutamine (digestion), Omega3 (any pain), and many others, such as chromium, cinnamon, licorice, Siberian Ginseng, Cat’s Claw, Frankincense and Epsom Salts.
     Unlike pain-killers, nutritional therapy intervention is non-invasive and unlikely to cause side effects. However, limited knowledge can sometimes be as dangerous as doing nothing, which is why it's important to seek professional help to trace one’s own individual pain triggers, antecedents and mediators, and recommend appropriate diet or supplements. We were fortunate enough to receive lots of practical tips and personalised recommendations from Millie during the event, but that's only a start. Only by making an honest and consistent effort to improve our diet and lifestyle, can we hope to achieve long-term health benefits and pain management. 
     Read more about Nutritional Therapy  

Sedona Method & Hypnosis                                
           In this talk, Maya Zack, a hypnotherapist and Hypnobirthing practitioner and one of the few Sedona Method practitioners in the UK, introduced the group to two fascinating stress-busting tools and the ideas behind them.
     The Sedona Method is a personal development tool based on the idea that we are free and unlimited, only limited by our holding on to our past and future stories in our minds. 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, therefore, applies this approach of objectifying our emotions and uses a set of questions to challenge our determination to hold on to these ‘emotional bubbles’. 
Sedona Method & Hypnosis with Maya Zack     After this brief introduction, we had a chance to witness and experience several one-to-one and group demonstrations of the Sedona Method. 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 and limiting beliefs - there was no need to share anything, everyone just focused on a particular emotion or belief they wanted to resolve. After going through a set of questions with Maya, these were minimised or transformed into different emotions or beliefs which, in turn, were tackled with the same set of questions. After several rounds of questions, some 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 or thought.
     In the second part of the talk, Maya gave a brief introduction to Hypnotherapy - a well-established therapeutic approach to treating a variety of psychological problems, including anxiety and other issues which are often related to stress. Its therapeutic effectiveness has been demonstrated in a number of controlled studies and it is endorsed by the NHS, yet there are still many misconceptions about hypnosis, mainly due to the way its portrayed in the media. Simply put, hypnosis is a powerful therapeutic tool which allows us to access our subconscious mind to rid ourselves of unuseful programmes, and to create new experiences and possibilities. Combining hypnosis with the Sedona Method produces very powerful effects: Sedona method rapidly de-programs and clears anything that is not beneficial to us - all subconscious blocks, negative self-dialogue, doubts and fears -, while hypnosis can then re-program and enter any new wanted information and goals we might have!
     At the end of her talk Maya led the group into a hypnotic trance state during which she used the Sedona questions. The effect of these two techniques combined was stunning!.The experience of hypnosis is very hard to describe and none of the participants in this demonstration could tell for certain how long it lasted since everyone had a different perception of time. However, everyone agreed on one point: the experience was immensely enjoyable and we all seemed very relaxed and content, not a bit of stress in the air! 
     Read more about Sedona Method and Hypnotherapy 
We hope to see you all at our next talk and demonstration evening on the 6th of December, where we'll be exploring Identity Constellations and Qigong - more info here. Wishing you all a stress-free November!

Special Offers

Nutritional Therapy

FREE consultation to assess nutritional status and/or root cause of your health condition
2 hour long session
Standard price: £180; Offer price: FREE

Please contact Millie directly for more information and booking: *
Discounted Sedona Method & Hypnosis

30% OFF one-to-one sessions

First session: 1.5h, Follow-up sessions: 1h
Standard price: £75 per session; 
Offer price: £53 per session

Please contact Nicki directly for more information and booking:*
* To qualify for the discount, the session needs to be paid for in advance by 30th November even if you wish to take them at a later date.
These offers cannot be used in conjunction with the StressBusters Card discount.

Stress-Busting Library

'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

Welcoming the new member of our StressBusting community...

Nicki GillardMeet the new member of our community, the author of 'Diary of an Ex-Insomniac: Introducing the Insomnia Ditch-and-Switch', Nicki Gillard!

Over the last 6 years our stress management programme has evolved into a vibrant community of practitioners and those interested in different approaches to wellbeing. Nicki is the latest addition to a very diverse group of practitioners who all share the passion for helping people discover the ways to manage stress more effectively, and live happier and more fulfilling lives. :)

Visit Nicki's profile page to find out more about her work and her passion for helping others. 

Coaching Tip of the Month

by Nikola Goranovic
  (NLP Trainer, Performance Coach & REMit co-creator)
ACTING 'AS IF' Imagine 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. ​

StressBusting Event Calendar

Family Constellations (workshop)
Monday 20th November, 6.15pm - 9.15pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

More info & booking

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

The last five workshops were sold out days in advance and we have just 6 more tickets left for this month - we advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.
More info & booking

New Year Intention for Myself: Identity Constellations workshop 
Saturday 6th January, 10am - 5pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

More info & booking

Set for Success - Achieve Your New Year Resolutions: Life Strategist workshop 
Monday 22nd January, 6.15pm - 9.15pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

More info & booking

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


Early bird announcement:

Improvisation Comedy (4 week course)
8th - 29th March 2018
Thursdays 6.45pm -9.15pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

More info & booking

Next Talk & Demonstration Evening

Qigong to Self-Heal with Em Burnett
Identity Constellations: The IoPT Method with Kate Collier

Wednesday, 6th December @ 7.00 - 9.30pm
Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove


Join us and bring your friends too: the more people get involved in our community programme, the more diverse and interactive our events are going to be!
Do you have one of these cards? 
StressBusters CardCarers' Card

These are just some of the things you might be entitled to:
  • 10% off all StressBusters events (talk & demo evenings, classes, workshops)
  • 10% off one-to-one sessions, classes, workshops with any of the practitioners listed in the StressBusters Directory
Click on the card image above for more details about the discounts you could be entitled to.
Wishing you all a stress-free month and
looking forward to seeing you at our next event!
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