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News Letter, AprMay 2006 Stress by luckboy


News Letter, AprMay 2006 Stress

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									News Letter, Apr/May 2006 Stress
Newlands Road, Reddingmuirhead, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, FK2 0DY

Apr/May’s Condition Focus
Stress is the word used by many people to describe the pressure, physical or mental, that they are under, if prolong can result in number of conditions grouped under the disorder. Our ability to cope with stress varies from person to person. The physical symptoms you may have as a result of Stress includes headaches, muscle tension & pain, stomach problems, sweating, dizziness, breathlessness or palpitations, dry mouth & tingling sensation. You may feel irritable, anxious or tense, causing low mood, apathy and low self esteem. A person under stress often have outburst of temper, altered eating, drinking & smoking habits, being unreasonable, forgetful and clumsy. Some may withdrawn from normal activities or be hyperactive. Long term effects of Stress can result in serious heart disease, blood pressure problems & depression. Illness like arthritis, asthma and bowel problems. These can result in lowering of your body resistance causing and recurring infections. Most will suffer from fatigue and insomnia.

Welcome to our April / May edition of our Newsletter. We have had a successful start of the year, which much interest generated by our Indian Head Massage charity day. We were able to raise the sum of £140 in aid of Complementary Therapies at the Strathcarron Hospice. Josephine and Sharon were very busy seeing 10 people each on the day, with 2 people failing to attend their appointment (shame on you when there was such a high demand for these appointments.) We have had excellent feedback from the attendee, some of whom were glad to use the discount voucher provided for subsequent treatment. My Classes on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, was also very popular. To date we have raised £250, that was also donated to Strathcarron Hospice. Due to popular demands, we are making plans to do the same class in Camelon Education Centre on Thursdays. Telephone us for details. Susan’s Valentine day Aromatherapy oil went well. Because of its aphrodisiac property, the oils is available all year and Romantic Oils. Order at reception if you would like some and specify for a Man or Woman. Over the summer, Blends of Oils will be available for energy, for relaxation and for stress. Again, order at reception but give Susan time to make it fresh for you. Daniela started her Eat Well, Feel Well classes. More Information on this is available on our website. You can join these workshops at any time. Speak to Carol at reception. With the summer fast approaching, be protected against exotic infections abroad. Margaret offers a comprehensive Travel Health and Immunisations clinic. More information is available on We felt it was appropriate for this Newsletter to cover the topic of Stress. As you can see, we have a variety of treatments available to help you unwind for the summer months. The information below can guide you to your individual need.

Causes of Stress
Changes in life events, happy or sad, are common triggers of the stress we feel. Each of us faces a variety of problems within our lives. Sometimes our problems become too much for us to handle and they can affect our happiness, our relationships, our performance at work and even our health. From here, cause and effects of stress merges increasing your problem.

function as replacement chemicals for your brain to allow you to put on a “brave face” to try and function as normal. This, however, does not resolve the cupboard. There are many psychological techniques to help you resolve issues within your cupboard. Straight forward counselling (see over) allows you to localise your worries, allowing you to formulate a coping strategy to resolve your situation. Life Coaching is a useful tool to help you adapt to an ever changing world around you, both at home and in your workplace. Tranquillizers are seldom used these days due to the addictive nature of this group of medications. However, your GP may prescribe these on a very short term basis and in very controlled situations. Many of our therapies are beneficial in complementing your conventional treatment. People who have difficulty vocalising their thoughts would benefit from Reiki, often described as silent counselling. Reflexology & massage therapies are excellent at helping you relax your muscles and unwind from the stressful situation. Last month we told you about how Indian Head Massage can help stressful symptoms like headaches, neck and shoulder pains. Certain blends of Aromatherapy oils are very useful and therapeutic in releasing pent up stresses within your body physiology. If stress has caused specific psychological problems, then the use of NLP and Autogenic Training are useful tools in helping your body relearn how to relax. Used in combination with other therapies can help you release your worries and help symptoms like muscle pains and insomnia. Your Nutritional status has significant impact on you psychological health. Be aware of you diet.

Management of Stress
Suffering from prolonged stress has a significant impact on the neurotransmitters in our brains. We need these transmitters to function, to see things, remember things and to think. Under severe stresses we often try and put on a “brave face” to carry on with life and put our painful, stressful situations in our mental cupboards to deal with later. Having a large mental cupboard has a tendency to drain your chemicals making it difficult for you to function on a day-to-day basis. At this point, your GP might persuade you to take some anti-depressants. These will

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Vision is an important factor in childhood stresses. Much can be gained from an Orthoptic assessment & Treatment. The Chinese believe that stress disrupts the normal flow of Chi through the body. These have causal effects on the body’s physiology and Acupuncture, Shiatsu & Acupressure can be very effective in balancing the body’s Chi to help you heal. Modern use of an ancient technique called EFT is an effective Acupressure techniques used by Cognitive Behavioural Therapists today. Yoga and Tai Chi have similar beneficial effects in helping you unwind, heal, learn and relax. More information about how these therapists can help you is available on our website. Other helpful organisations are:
Stirling and District Association for Mental Health 01786 45120 Falkirk and District Association For Mental Health 01324 629955 Scottish Association for Mental Health ( Clackmannan)01259 217382 Samaritans 08457 90 90 90

She/he will help us to see and understand the process by which we can become trapped in our own issues and "unable to see the wood for the trees". This insight can often enable us to make choices instead of being powerless victims. The discussion between the person and the counsellor is absolutely confidential.

includes work related problems, Performance Anxiety & Stress, Self-Confidence & Assertiveness, Depression, Interpersonal Relationships & Conflict, Loss and Separation, Eating Disorders, Self-Esteem, Childhood Issues

About The Counsellors
My name is Teresa O'Hare BA PG Dip Counselling & Supervision. I graduated in 1997 at Kinharvia House Dumfries, validated by Glasgow Caledonia University. I have previously worked with Church of Scotland in Edinburgh, Open Secret and Falkirk & District Assoc. Mental Health and have much experience with childhood and women mental health issues. I practise as a Person Centred counsellor emphasis on Existential Theory. I joined the clinic in June 2005. I also work part time for Key Housing Assoc supporting people with learning difficulties. Through this, I attained a Person Centred Art Therapy Skills Certificate. This useful tool helps me when managing clients with difficulty voicing their thoughts and feelings. My name is Elaine Munt and I have been counselling for the past 4 years. I completed my Diploma in Person Centred Counselling at Strathclyde University. I have been working as a counsellor at F.D.A.M.H and in private practice. I joined Ochilview Clinic in January this year. Person Centred Counselling is based on a deep respect for the person, and the belief that as an individual everyone is the expert on his or her own life. Within the counselling relationship the client is encouraged to consider what is right for him or her as an individual and how to use this for personal growth and change, on order to find more fulfilling and meaningful ways of leading his or her life.

What is Counselling?
Entering a counselling or psychotherapeutic relationship primarily involves gaining a deeper understanding and acceptance of oneself. Because the counsellor is trained to be accepting and totally non-judgmental, the person can feel free to fully express hidden feelings, ideas, and emotions in a counselling situation that he/she may never be able to express to friends or family. Allowing these to surface can sometimes be upsetting for people. The counsellor tries to create a climate that enables and supports the person in expressing their feelings in safety, and to come to accept that they are part of himself/herself. The counsellor also tries to help the person to explore whatever lies behind these feelings and emotions. In this way people can often get to the root of their problems and begin to discover possible options for themselves. Counselling does not involve giving advice or prescribing solutions to problems but instead looking at the possible options and choices that the individual has identified for themselves. This process can enable a person to gain new perspective on their problems, discover inner resources, and build the strength to make meaningful choices and live a more satisfying life. At Higher Awareness, we aim to offer you the information, inspiration and self-discovery tools that will enable you to see your life in new ways. Conditions that can be helped by Counselling and Life Coaching

A Brief History of Counselling
Counselling and Psychotherapy theories was developed in the 20th century, but its root subject originated from the work of Sigmund Freud in Vienna in 1881. He was a neurologist who researched the human mind and worked with ‘hysterical’ patients. Freud named his method psychoanalysis and continued to practice his theories until the 1930's. Carl Jung, a close colleague of Freud, founded the school of analytical psychology. The 1940's marked an important expansion in the field of counselling. The US psychologist Carl Rogers (influenced by Alfred Alder and Otto Rank) established the person centred approach, which is at the heart of most current counselling practice. This is also known as Humanist Therapies, paralleling 2 other types, the Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) and Psychoanalytical/Psychodynamic psychotherapies.

Try Massage Day-2nd June 2006
Why not give Massage Therapy a try and join us at our Charity Massage trial day on Friday 2nd June 2006, at the Ochilview Complementary Clinic. Receive a 30 minute treatment for £8 (all proceeds go to Strathcarron Hospice). Call now on 01324 715876 to make that booking and give yourself the space you need to relax, rejuvenate and revive! More information on the different type of massage are on

How can Counselling help?
Counselling is a modern day term describing the meeting together of two people so that one the counsellor can listen to and assist the other the counsellee/client to help his/her self. A counsellor is a trained listener who will not feel "put upon" or want to tell his or her own problems in return. A good counsellor, however, will do more than just lend a sympathetic ear.

- Clinical Aromatherapy - Swedish - Sports - Remedial - Shiatsu - Reflexology There will be a £5.00 Gift Voucher, off your next treatment.

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