With under a week to go until our jam-packed Open Day on Wednesday 27th September 2017, some of our workshop hosts offer insight into what visitors can expect from the free sessions they will be running.
Getting the life you want
Workshop host: Sam Dean – Life & Business Coach, Certified NLP & Time Line Therapy® Practitioner, and Certified Hypnotherapist
Sam, you will be running two free motivational sessions centred around setting goals and achieving them, and getting the life you want and being a better version of you. What can those interested in personal development and life coaching expect from these?
“The talks will give participants an opportunity to look at their personal development and to explore how coaching, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and hypnotherapy can support growth. Most importantly, they will be fun!
“So if you want to go for that dream… Stop holding back … Break free of those old habits…Come along and find out more!!”
Finding your inner calm
Workshop hosts: Tim Harwood – Sports & Remedial Massage and Integrated Myofascial Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Meditation Leader, Honey Method Practitioner and Yoga Teacher; Bernadette Kirwan – Cranio-Sacral Practitioner, Massage Therapist, Peter Hess® Sound Massage & Sound Meditation Practitioner, and Scaravelli Yoga Teacher
Tim, you are one of two experts running meditation sessions at our Open Day. What do you believe are the main benefits of meditation and what can people expect from your session?
“The main benefits for me of meditation are that it takes my brain from a state of running at full steam, jumping from one thought to the next, to one of quietness and calmness. It helps me to take back control of my mind and give it a sense of direction. I can also feel like the tension in my body is easing somewhat which is really nice. Additionally, meditation helps me to focus on my job and give the best MFR (Myofascial Release) treatments as my mind is not being distracted by what else is going on in my life.
“In the session I aim to introduce a number of simple, short, meditative practices that people can take with them out into the wider world. I will lead a couple of guided meditations using the sounds of the world, and breathing as focuses, as well as a brief body scan (where you notice what is happening in each part of the body in turn). It will be similar in content to the Meditation group I run on Monday lunchtimes.”
Bernadette, as the second of our meditation workshop hosts, can you talk a bit more about your sound meditation workshop?
“Sounds have a profound effect on our bodies: classical and meditative music promotes calmness and relaxation. In a sound meditation using Peter Hess® Nepalese singing bowls, a symphony of sounds and a pleasant field of vibration are created. They clear and free the mind and guide the participants towards a state of meditative awareness. You will lie on a soft yoga mat or sit in a chair and listen to the harmonious sounds of the singing bowls, which have been crafted to resonate in different areas of the body. As your breath becomes quieter and deeper you can relax into that wonderful alpha-state between waking and sleeping.”
What drew you personally to this type of meditation in particular?
“I think my sense of sound is my most perceptive sense. I heard the clear and simple sound of a singing bowl in a yoga class and I felt its sound working through my body and I just had to find out more about bowls and gongs and sounds. That led me to doing the Peter Hess sound massage training. I’m really happy that ‘it discovered me’.”
Time-honoured medical diagnosis
Workshop host: Gulshan Noorani – Acupuncturist, Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, and Nutritional Therapist
Lastly, but by no means least…Gulshan, you will be running a Tongue and Pulse Q&A session. For those unfamiliar with Tongue and pulse diagnosis, what is this practice?
“Tongue and medical pulse diagnosis are indispensable, time-honoured tools in Chinese Medicine and reflect the state of health of their owner. By examining the tongue’s shape, colour and coating, the practitioner can determine if a person has a good digestion; if there is dampness, heat or cold in the gut; or if there is ‘wind’ (deviation of the tongue) which shows the risk of stroke and emotional agitation.
“The pulse is even more reflective of the organs as there are several positions along the radial artery that show the strength and weakness of these. For example, the pulse can reveal if there is heat in the stomach (i.e. acid reflux); poor blood circulation in the heart (weak heart &/or valve issues); weakness in the lungs (asthma, sinusitis); emotional agitation in the heart or liver position; or a kidney dysfunction leading to menstrual disorders, night sweats, bladder issues, etc.
“Using these tools helps with the detective work of figuring out the underlying cause of health issues and thus prescribing an appropriate treatment plan (i.e. acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet &/or supplements).”
Our Open Day will include these workshops and more, free therapy tasters, £5 classes and exclusive Open Day discounts to those who sign up to future treatments and classes on the day! To find out more, please click here.