Mindfulness for Stress
We are currently offering on-line Mindfulness sessions for groups and individuals using Zoom. Please get in touch if you’d like more information or to book a session.
During the mindfulness sessions, you’ll be supported with guided mindfulness practice, where you learn to become aware of sensations of the breath and body while sitting, lying down and in mindful movement. You’ll be encouraged to become aware of your thoughts, feelings, emotions and bodily sensations with a sense of self-nurture, letting go of critical self-talk and bringing a sense of warmth and patience to your experiences. By learning to focus in this way, we can become more aware of our reactive patterns in everyday life. We can learn to pause, breathe and respond differently to life’s ups and downs, helping us to feel more in control of our decisions and restoring a sense of ease and balance in our life.
On-line group sessions
Monday evenings: 4.00-5.00pm.
These group sessions offer a safe and calm space to explore mindfulness-based practices with a small group of up to 6 people. The sessions include mindfulness of the breath, the body scan practice and mindful movement in sitting and standing. If you want to reflect on your experiences, there is an opportunity to do so at the end of the session.
You can choose to follow an 8-week secular mindfulness course or we can tailor the mindfulness sessions to meet your individual needs. The secular mindfulness programmes offered include: the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme, the Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress and Mindfulness for Health courses or Mark Williams and Danny Penman’s ‘Finding Peace in a Frantic World’.
How long do sessions last?
All sessions last for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Pay-as-you-go: individual sessions and initial consultation: £50
Pay for a block of 4 sessions: taken over a 2 month period: £180
All sessions to be paid for by on-line banking before the session starts.
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Sort code: 11-05-70 (Halifax)
Reference: your name
What happens in a mindfulness session?
At your first appointment I will take your personal details and ask you to complete a questionnaire regarding your current state of health and wellbeing. I’ll explore what you hope to gain from the sessions, provide some background information and answer any queries. All sessions are completely confidential. Any records taken will be seen only by myself, Wendy Broad and will be kept according to data protection legislation.
The secular 8-week mindfulness courses allow you to learn new skills to manage personal challenges and access greater balance and calm in life. You’ll explore mindfulness meditation practices and mindful movement. There is an opportunity to bring mindfulness into your daily life to help you learn to respond to your experiences, rather than reacting automatically. This can help you to feel more in control of the choices you make and enable you to rediscover a sense of contentment and ease. There is no religious or spiritual content.
Which course is for me?
Both the MBSR course and the Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress courses appeal to people wanting to reduce stress or enhance general health and wellbeing. The MBSR course includes mindfulness meditation practices lasting for 45 minutes, potentially taking you to a deep level of personal discovery and self-awareness. Breathworks courses have the added value of including positive psychology and compassion-based practices with shorter daily mindfulness practices lasting between 10 and 20 minutes. The Mindfulness for Health course is specifically designed for people living with pain and long-term physical illness and also includes the use of a pacing diary to help you to develop an awareness of nourishing and depleting daily activities to support your health and wellbeing. ‘Finding Peace in a Frantic World’ is a popular book and is a good beginner’s mindfulness-based course.
Mindfulness in practice
Mindfulness involves tuning into our full experience from one moment to the next in a very patient and gentle way. Through mindfulness practice and mindfulness in daily life, we learn to notice whatever arises in our experience with a sense of openness and self-care.
If you choose to take a course of mindfulness sessions, you’ll explore bringing mindful awareness into daily life. In time, this enables us to take a new perspective on life’s ups and downs, allowing us to shift from reacting automatically to situations to responding with choice and awareness. This can have great health benefits and can help to reframe stressful situations and personal challenges, bringing a greater sense of calmness, ease and clarity into our life.
All mindfulness courses include daily mindfulness practice. Making the choice to engage in daily mindfulness practice is actively encouraged in the 8-week courses, although it is entirely up to you whether you do this or not. Research has shown that practising mindfulness on a daily basis leads to changes in the brain which are linked to stress reduction and improved health and wellbeing.
Who are mindfulness sessions suitable for?
Mindfulness is suitable for adults with all levels of physical fitness and of all ages. As you’ll be noticing thoughts, sensations and feelings, it may be better to wait if you are currently experiencing acute mental health conditions, serious physical or emotional trauma or stressful life events.
Please note: Mindfulness is not an alternative to medication or therapy and is not psychotherapy or counselling.