• Nervous system

    What does Somatic mean in holistic healthcare?

    Somatic therapy and somatic movement are both terms that we’ve been hearing a lot lately in the world of holistic health. The term somatic is used in a number of movement and healing modalities, each having its own particular healing approach, but ultimately leading to the same result, healing of the mind and body. The word somatic means “pertaining to the body”. It comes from the Greek word “sōmatikos” meaning “of the body”. Somatic therapy is more of a mental health treatment and somatic movement is mainly used to address chronic pain and physical syndromes. However, both acknowledge the interconnectedness of both the mind and body and treatment addresses both…

  • Freedom

    Emotional Freedom Technique for Stress and Anxiety

    What is Emotional Freedom Technique? If you’ve ever seen Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) also known as Emotional Freedom Therapy take place, you might think it looks a bit odd. It’s a treatment that involves tapping with your fingers on various parts of the body to help release negative emotions, stress and relieve anxiety. The tapping isn’t random, there is a specific process that is followed which includes saying certain phrases that address the issue you are looking to solve, such as pain, illness or trauma. By acknowledging the issue, you are being specific about what you are looking to address. EFT tapping, sometimes also known as therapy tapping or acupuncture…

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    Breathing for National Stress Awareness Day

    Breathing when you feel stressed might sound obvious, we breath all the time right!? But next time you feel stressed or anxious, pay attention to how you are breathing. Our breathing pattern changes when we are feeling stressed, it tends to be shorter and shallower and more from the upper chest rather than using the diaphragm to move air in and out of the lungs. This shallow breathing activates the sympathetic nervous system which is responsible for the body’s various reactions to stress. Practising conscious breathing exercises throughout the day can help provide not only immediate relief, but when practised long term, can make you less prone to and better…

  • Practitioner Spotlight – Agneta Lindberg – Psychodynamic Counsellor – London & Online

    What therapies do you practice? Psychodynamic Counselling   What led you to do what you do? I worked as a Volunteer for the Samaritans and wanted to continue supporting people in a more professional capacity, that is when I decided to do my full training and achieved a Master of Science in Psychodynamic Counselling. I have worked in private practice, the NHS, as a Student Counsellor (at the Royal College of Arts, London and for Regents University, London).   What’s the best thing about doing the work you do? By forming a close, trusting relationship with my clients, amazing things can happen in the change process. I aim to support…

  • Creating Powerful Perceptions by Karen Oliver

    Build and Develop Your Own Resilience It is not always easy to remain upbeat during these times when we are all unsure of how long this will go on, what will happen after lock down and how to make sense of it all. While I don’t have a crystal ball, I am sure of one thing the ability to take on board what has happened, adapt our behaviour and search for opportunities is what helps us to overcome and build resilience.  We all have the ability to come out the other side stronger.  However, many of us find our mental health affected by the current situation and need to dig…

  • Practitioner Spotlight – Jamie Vasilyan – Solution Focused Hypnotherapy | Coaching | Meditation – Bristol & Worldwide Online Hypnosis

      What therapies do you practice? Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Coaching Meditation What led you to do what you do? Diagnosed with ADHD and depression back in 2004, and it was my best friend who turned out to be a hypnotherapist that helped me clear my depression and manage ADHD. Inspired by this, I then trained as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, successfully helping people with anxiety, depression, and trauma. I was then drawn to specialise in ADHD hypnotherapy/coaching which is my passion and specialism. What’s the best thing about doing the work you do? The best thing about what I do is getting to watch people transform. Sometimes it can be…

  • Adjusting to a New Normal

    With lockdown being extended and no clear indication on how much longer it will last, if you haven’t already, it’s probably worth looking at making adjustments to fit with the new current normal. Whilst many people have adjusted to working from home, it is not something that was anticipated as being a long-term change. Whist staying at home is the safest thing we can do for ourselves, for others and to prevent additional pressures on the NHS, it is not easy, and stress and anxiety is on the increase. Everyone is experiencing it differently, but common feelings can range from feeling overwhelmed, fearful, sad, angry and helpless. When it comes…

  • Anxiety and Panic Attack Symptoms Explained by Suzanne Zacharia

    With the virus challenges at the moment, anxiety is on the increase and hospitals are being avoided. Do you think you have anxiety and/or panic attacks? Don’t end up in hospital with it, help yourself from home. Hospitals are to be avoided at the moment, and if your doctor’s surgery is anything like mine, it is phone appointments only, and they do not like to prescribe for anxiety or panic attacks. Anxiety is pretty much a constant uncontrolled worry about what to others would be trivial or even non-existent things. One may worry and worry about bad things that may never even happen. A person with anxiety lives in their…

  • Suzanne Zacharia Tells Us Why She Loves Using EFT Tapping For Anxiety

    Every now and then, I search the internet for a method better than EFT. And for sure, if someone with anxiety, bipolar and schizophrenia approaches me for EFT Tapping, I would advise them to do the extremely gentle Reiki with me instead, as their bodies would just be extremely sensitive, and only the very gentlest method will do. But most people with anxiety just have anxiety, or anxiety and depression, or anxiety with complex PTSD, for example, and so most people with anxiety can make an amazing recovery using EFT Tapping. Anyway, my latest internet search brought up the following. Whilst all are great in conjunction with EFT Tapping, I…