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The UKs 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 Centres 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.
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:-
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: email@example.com and log onto www.bristolcancerhelp.org
For more information please contact Clare Benjamin, Communications Manager on 0117 980 9515, email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
"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.