Why is exercise good for your mind and body?
As well as improving your energy levels and improving sleep and digestion, it helps you to feel positive about yourself, increasing your self-esteem, which is a useful tool in coping with common mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety. Learning how to stretch and relax your body also calms the mind. Controlled breathing and focusing mindfully on how you are moving helps to prevent a ‘busy brain’ from worrying about day-to-day concerns. Music is a great way to lift your mood, and brings a sense of enjoyment to getting fitter. Improving co-ordination improves concentration and dexterity.
It can be difficult to be inspired to exercise alone, so joining a class is a great way to meet new friends if you are feeling lonely. Making exercise part of your daily life, combined with eating sensibly contributes to a long, healthy life.
Fitness Classes: Stretch, Tone, Strengthen, Dance
The Wyvern Club, Devizes
Mondays 6.45-7.45pm Green Dragon Pub
Wednesdays 10-11am Green Dragon Pub
Friday 10-11am The Old School
Classes are ‘body friendly’ and especially planned to suit all ages and abilities.
Formerly ‘The Women’s League of Health and Beauty’, FL members develop a life-long affinity with exercise and feeling good about themselves.
I am a Fitness League Teacher and a Member of The Register of Exercise Professionals
As a student counsellor in my final year of study for the CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, I am able to support you if you need time to talk during any one-to-one session (e.g. reiki/personal training). If there is something you wish to share in a non-judgemental and confidential environment, just let me know.
I am a volunteer at Wiltshire Mind on my course placement, and am Mental Lead for The Fitness League to promote the benefits of exercise for mental health.
Find a quiet moment, and take a look at this sunset. Notice if you are in a hurry, impatient, just have a quick look and think there are better ways to fill your time.
Look again, sitting comfortable, breathing calmly, and give yourself a couple of minutes to take in what you see- the colours and shapes of the clouds, the trees in shadow, the last glow of the sun, for example. Focus on calmly breathing, relaxing, calming your mind.
After a couple of minutes, stretch and move, look away from the photo and notice your own world with fresh eyes. Notice how you feel now- hopefully calm and relaxed!
Well, I am qualified as a Reiki master, and am finding it fascinating working with both people and animals, working with this natural energy. I have always felt I could tune into animals, particularly horses, and I am thrilled that what I have been doing for years is a recognised skill.
Here is a short film of us performing at the village fete in 2016 in Market Lavington. We are all ages from 30 to 85- forever young!
Do you like drawing or painting? maybe you have never tried. Putting pen/paint to paper can be very therapeutic. No special paper or paint is needed- you could doodle on a scrap of paper, or try a colouring book. becoming engrossed in what you are doing can be very relaxing. Concentrating on something totally different can switch off a ‘busy brain’ and give you time out of your day to just be with yourself. here is a painting I did recently on an off-cut of wood from the garage, It took about an hour to do, and I thoroughly enjoyed examining the shape off different pictures of mushrooms.You can out your own interpretation on what you see- your painting does not have to be an accurate representation, but use your imagination!
Here are some more mushrooms carved out of wood I took a liking to at a horse show.
Stressed? Anxious? Lack of confidence? Developing self-awareness helps to identify triggers which cause anxiety. Once we notice what happens to us, both mentally and physically, we can start to learn how to keep calm and focused on what we need to, improving our ability to concentrate. This in turn improves self-confidence and feeling more able to cope with daily life.
Self-awareness can be helped by the following:
- Relaxation and breathing techniques.
- Fitness and posture.
- Learning to trust your intuition.
- Learning more about yourself as a person.
Venturing into the realms of self-awareness takes bravery. Are you brave enough to open the door into the world of self-discovery?
What is meditation?
Meditation is about bringing your attention to the present moment- your thoughts and feelings, and the world around you. This often called ‘mindfulness’. It helps you to recognise your own thoughts and anxiety , and enables you to deal with adverse feelings earlier, building self-confidence and self-esteem, and ability to cope with stressful situations. Meditation is about enjoying the moment and to see yourself in a kind and positive way. Learning techniques that can be used for a short time each day can help to introduce calmness into your life, reducing the body’s signs of stress such as high blood pressure, feelings of panic, shortness of breathe and so on. Meditation promotes a holistic feeling of well-being for both mind and body.
What happens in a session?
You will be sitting on a chair or lying on a mat- whichever you prefer. We will check your posture and focus on your breath to start with to calm your mind- and to slow down a ‘busy’ brain. We will work through the body releasing tension, aiming for a deep sense of peace and relaxation. We will spend some tome on relaxing each part of the body in turn, focusing on breathing techniques. You will be guided through a mediation scene, such as walking through a garden to help you to mentally relax and to bring about a sense of calm, like a daydream. We all have a special place to remember where we felt happy and relaxed.
Meditation can help to:
- Reduce anxiety
- Balance mind, body and soul
- Promote self-healing
Stressful situations such as a visit to the dentist, sitting in traffic jams etc can be managed in a calmer way with meditation techniques, enabling you to keep your cool when under pressure! Performance anxiety, such as making a speech or taking part in a competition can be significantly reduced with meditative techniques.
I run a meditation group as well as individual sessions of reiki/meditation/relaxation.
I have two practices that I work from- one at my garden studio in Market Lavington, and the other at my Wellness Centre in Melksham, either in my classroom or outdoors.
My aim is to provide a variety of options to improve both physical and mental health- a holistic way to feel good and to be, and to promote calmness and relaxation. Animals can play a very important part in developing self-awareness, so my horses are very happy to help you, if you wish. Being outdoors can be very grounding and healing- connection with nature can promote a sense of calm and serenity, even if the weather is bad! Nature is powerful and profound and can be refreshing for the soul.
I can offer:
- Meditation and Mindfulness
- Movement and Exercise
- Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Equine Assisted therapy
Please contact me for further details on any of the above.