Improving Life, Improving Experience                          Issue 71, September 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 kick-started the autumn season of stress busting with two fantastic talks and demonstrations. It was a memorable evening, with a very attuned, engaged and interesting audience. Big thank you to our two speakers, and congratulations to our two raffle winners too - hope you'll enjoy your free sessions with Benita!

Body Stress Release: Let's Be Spineful!                                  
     Most chronic musculo-skeletal pain is the result of repeated wrong movement over time (poor posture, for example), or a sudden traumatic stress event (car accident, for example) that the body and mind are unable to ‘shake off’. Everyday stress also gets locked in the muscles our muscles, which lie above the body's vital nerves. Body Stress Release (BSR) is a technique that encourages the body to remember where the tension is being held and to release it. This allows the underlying nerve pathways to communicate properly with the brain, and as the muscles are no longer in a tightened state, allows natural healing to begin. It is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on therapy that works subtly and effectively.
     Developed by South African chiropractors and very popular in that country, this technique was virtually unknown in the UK until a few years ago. Our speaker this month was Laine Redpath, one of only two qualified BSR practitioners in Brighton. In a very engaging talk she shared with us her first encounter with BSR.
     To begin with, Laine was skeptical about BSR and put the sudden improvement in her baby daughter's birth trauma-related condition down to coincidence. Several years later, however, she sought this treatment again, this time for herself because of really bad chronic hip pain, and once again BSR helped where other treatments couldn't. That was the point when she decided to become a BSR practitioner herself and help bring this technique into the UK.
Body Stress Release with Laine Redpath     With the help of a volunteer, Laine demonstrated how she locates tension in the body and then releases it by applying brief pressure on specific points along the muscles. The recommended number of sessions required for this treatment to work is typically three, although for some long-standing problems it might take just a few more.
     But what Laine started to notice as she developed her professional practice is that after a year or so of being pain-free, many clients would come back to her with the same problem. This wasn't surprising: most musculo-skeletal health problems are a consequence of our habitual incorrect posture and movement. And while having returning clients was a good thing - BSR helped them in the past so they knew it would help them again - Laine realised that the only way to help people in the long-term was to address their posture, and share with them some tips, tricks and exercises that will reduce the unnecessary strain on their body.
      In the second part of her talk, Laine discussed spine health and how the extent of age-related degenerative processes is very much dependent on our habitual movement. Not only does the sedentary lifestyle which has become the norm in our society speed up this degeneration of the spine and the aches and pains that come with it, but we also stand and move in a way that's not appropriate to the shape of our skeleton, which puts unnecessary strain on our muscles.
     It was really interesting for the whole group to experiment with the different ways of moving, and Laine shared with us several practical tips for improving our posture and movement that will protect our spine from unnecessary wear and tear - remember to use the glutes when walking!
     Read more about Body Stress Release  

Investigating the Grief Dynamic in Everyday Life                                 
     We've all experienced loss and grief at one time or another - and not just loss through bereavement, but even everyday smaller losses: relationship breakups, leaving/losing a job, kids moving away... Pretty much any change in life involves some kind of loss which affects not only the person experiencing it, but also has knock-on effect on those around them: friends, family, colleagues.
     This month we decided to explore the topic of grief and loss in more depth, and to come up with effective ways to support others who might be going through a particularly challenging time, which is a task that often exceeds our emotional resources or skills. 
The Dynamic of Grief in Everyday Life     A familiar face at Hove StressBusters events, Benita Scott is a Change Therapist and an End of Life Doula. In her work, both with the dying and with their families, Benita's role is to support clients in their transition through the different stages of grief. But increasingly she finds herself using the same principles of bereavement counselling when working with her therapy clients, helping them navigate their way through any major change in life. 
     Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, a psychiatrist and pioneer in the study of death-related phenomena, first delineated the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Benita pointed out that acceptance is something that most of us struggle with even with the things that are far less threatening than death. We can all find ourselves stuck at any point in our lives and how we move through this and adjust ourselves is part of our conscious evolution. Kubler-Ross' grieving process can therefore also be used to analyse other stuck or hard to shift emotions.
     To explore this dynamic of grief in everyday contexts, Benita presented us with three different case studies of people undergoing a particularly challenging time. Working in pairs, our task was to decide which stage of the grieving process that person might be in, and what would be the best way to support them. We then discussed these three case studies as a group, sharing many interesting thoughts, observations and personal experiences.
     What became apparent during this exercise is how differently people might deal with grief - aggression, self-pity and denial being some of the typical responses. Consequently it might be easier to support some people than others. For instance, how do you support or even care for colleague who is lashing out at you seemingly for no reason? How can you support a friend who's wallowing in depression and self-pity without letting it bring you down too?
     This session provided many practical strategies for supporting people who are dealing with grief, as well as enabling us to understand our own behaviour and grief better. Real food for thought...  

Special Offers

Discounted Body Stress Release

£10 OFF your first 3 sessions
First session: 1 hour, Follow-up sessions: 40 minutes
Standard price: £40 per session; Offer price: £30 per session

 
Please contact Laine directly for more information and booking: laineredpath@gmail.com *
* To qualify for the discount, the session needs to be paid for in advance by 30th September 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

 
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.HYPNOBIRTHING: BIRTHING FREE OF FEAR
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

Welcoming the new member of our StressBusting community...

 
Kate CollierMeet the new member of our community, Identity Constellations Practitioner, Collage Mandala Constellations Founder & Psychosynthesis Therapeutic Counsellor, Kate Collier!

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. Kate 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 Kate's profile page to find out more about her work and her passion for helping others. As a member of our Directory, Kate is offering 10% discount on workshops and 1-to-1 sessions to StressBusters Card and Brighton & Hove Carers' Card holders.

Autumn De-Stress Tips

by Nicki Edgell
 (Clinical PNI Naturopathic Practitioner)
 
Autumn is a time for less "pushing" – in all areas of your life – and more gentle "pulling" to help us have a smooth stress-free transition during the seasonal change we are experiencing.
NURTURE YOUR BODY I recommend plenty of skin brushing and epsom salts baths these next few weeks, less alcohol and supplements, and more soothing nurturing bone broth soups and stews and energised, filtered water to really hydrate and move those toxins out. Not so much fruit now, but use seasonal wild berries - blackberries - and apples to keep you going through winter. Think lovely apple and blackberry crumbles and smoothies...
KEEP ACTIVE I recommend you get out for some long walks in nature or by the sea, dig and clear in the garden, stretch and move your body to keep the lymph flowing and your endorphins firing as we move towards the months ahead of less daylight. And don't forget to plan and engage in fun social activities or take on a new hobby or creative pursuit to keep your mind focused on something greater than yourself and keep your mood boosted.
CREATE YOUR 'HAVEN' This is also a great to time have a clear out - the "autumn" clean up at home to make it a lovely homely space to be in over the next few months. Especially focus on making your bedroom a peaceful haven so you can get a restorative sleep at night. You may also want to consider getting a natural daylight lamp in your home if the lack of daylight affects your mood.

What will you be doing this autumn?

StressBusting Event Calendar

 

Family Constellations (workshop)
Monday 18th September, 6.15pm - 9.15pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

Just 4 places left!
More info & booking

Stress & Trauma Release with TRE (workshop)
Monday 25th September, 7.15pm - 9.15pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

The last three workshops were sold out days in advance and we have just 4 more tickets left for this month - we advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.
More info & booking

Family Constellations (all day workshop)
Saturday 7th October, 10am - 5pm @ 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

 

Next Talk & Demonstration Evening


Hove StressBusters' 6th Birthday Special 
FREE event hosted by Dr Jelena Goranovic
*Special Guest Speaker*


Wednesday, 4th October @ 7.00 - 9.30pm
Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

Read more...

Join us in celebrating our 6th anniversary 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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