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Relaxing Is Good For Your Health Bristol Cancer Help Centre Teaches You How To Unwind

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The UK�s leading holistic cancer care charity, the Bristol Cancer Help Centre is running a series of relaxation sessions in Bristol for people with cancer, their supporters, and anyone wanting to improve their general health and wellbeing. Spaces are now available for anyone wanting to take this up.

The relaxation sessions take place at the Knowle West Healthy Living Centre, Downton Road, Knowle, Bristol on Fridays from 10.30am � 12 noon, and people can attend on a drop in basis - or go to all sessions, according to what best suits their needs. The next relaxation group session takes place on Friday February 4th. Sessions are free to anyone in Knowle West and available at minimal cost of �3 donation rate to those living outside the area. The sessions are run by the Bristol Cancer Help Centre in partnership with Knowle West Health Park Healthy Living Centre and supported by the Big Lottery Fund. For details call the Centre�s Helpline on 0845 123 23 10

The relaxation group is led by complementary therapist Jenni Britton RMAM who has worked at the world-famous Bristol Cancer Help Centre for the past three years. She has fourteen years experience working as an aromatherapist, and has run classes in body-mind integration, breath work and relaxation for organisations including Devon County Council, schools, dance companies and corporates - both in the UK and internationally.

Jenni explains

�If you are very busy looking after your family, or at work, and also coping with cancer, or caring for someone who is, these relaxation sessions can be a special time for you to really look after yourself.
�This is a drop in group which will be helpful to people with cancer and also to carers and supporters. Whether you are dealing with insomnia, headaches, pain, tiredness, depression or anxiety, coming to this drop-in relaxation group can help you to start feeling calmer, and to improve your sense of wellbeing.
�We start by talking about how people are doing, and how their week is going. I then take the group through some stretches and general loosening-up exercises. I follow that up with a guided relaxation session: for example imagining a walk on the beach or through the woods. We also focus on our breathing and making sure we are not holding our breath.
�All this helps people to get in touch with where in their bodies they are holding tension eg: in the neck or shoulders, and to learn how to release tension and to release breath.
�And we also have great fun: laughter, sharing, seeing the funnier side of life comes up too. Everyone is welcome, and this group will be particularly helpful to people living with cancer and their loved ones.�

Director of Therapy at the Bristol Cancer Help Centre Helen Cooke RGN, MA adds:

�Not only are the relaxation sessions very helpful and enjoyable, but people can use the techniques Jenni teaches at home or in stressful situations to help calm themselves. When our minds are still and our bodies relaxed, the immune system - which promotes good health and is a vital main line of defence against cancer � can work at its best.�

The charity supports people affected by cancer throughout the UK and offers additional support for people in the Bristol and West Region through:-

  • The Cancerpoint Service offering free assessments of your needs, followed by one to one booked appointments at the Centre with the charity�s experienced therapy team including doctors, nutritional therapists, massage therapists and counsellors. This service is available to anyone living with cancer and their loved ones living in the Bristol area, Wiltshire, Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

For more information, free nutritional guidelines and confidential support if you are living with cancer or close to someone who is contact Bristol Cancer Help Centre National Telephone Helpline on tel: 0845 123 23 10, email: helpline@bristolcancerhelp.org and log onto www.bristolcancerhelp.org

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For more information please contact Clare Benjamin, Communications Manager on 0117 980 9515, email:cbenjamin@bristolcancerhelp.org

Notes to editors

  1. The Bristol Cancer Help Centre was founded in 1980 by the late Penny Brohn a woman living with cancer, and her great friend Pat Pilkington to support people living with cancer and those close to them. It is the UK�s leading holistic cancer charity that has pioneered and specialises in the world famous Bristol Approach to cancer care that provides a unique range of physical, emotional and spiritual support to help people to deal with the challenges a cancer diagnosis brings.
  2. The charity offers information and support including free guidelines on nutrition through its National Telephone Helpline service. Bristol Approach two day and Bristol Retreat five day residential courses at the Centre provide people affected by cancer with a unique programme of holistic care combining gentle complementary therapies, calming self-help techniques, practical advice on nutrition, and emotional support. The charity�s Cancerpoint community support service enables people with cancer in the Bristol area, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire to access up to 2,500 individual appointments a year with the Centre�s therapy team.
  3. The Bristol Approach works hand in hand with medical treatment, and has been developed and is delivered by the charity�s experienced multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and complementary therapists.
  4. The charity also works to integrate a holistic approach into mainstream cancer services, and to develop good practice in the field of complementary cancer care. The charity runs a respected education and training programme offering over 500 training places a year for health professionals and complementary therapists interested in learning how to incorporate the Bristol Approach in their own work to support people with cancer.
  5. For information and support contact the Bristol Cancer Help Centre National Telephone Helpline on 0845 123 23 10 email helpline@bristolcancerhelp.org or log onto www.bristolcancerhelp.org.

"It has been a great satisfaction to me to see how strongly the approach pioneered at Bristol has influenced the development and improvement of cancer services all over Britain."

HRH The Prince of Wales

Patron of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre.