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Take F.I.V.E – by Giuliana Wheater

Take F.I.V.E – by Giuliana Wheater

Take F.I.V.E – by Giuliana Wheater by Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Let’s start the New Year as we mean to go on!!

Along with our daily D.O.S.E from last week’s video , it is also important to take F.I.V.E with these breathing and mindfulness exercises which will help ALL of our mental health during these tough times.

By taking F.I.V.E every day it gives us the tools and techniques to help us to PREVENT and MANAGE anxiety, panic attacks and a decline in our mental health … and to not just react to it.

Whilst our physical brains stop growing at around the age of 18, we remain in charge of what we do with our grey matter throughout our lives!

Regular mindfulness and breathing exercises have been scientifically proven to SHRINK the grey matter around our fear centre/emotional brain and actually GROW it around our areas for memory and learning AND around our higher brain functions in the frontal cortex! How amazing is that?!

So please have fun with the tips and techniques from this week’s YouTube video and keep on top of your mental, emotional and physical health.

Take F.I.V.E – by Giuliana Wheater

Get your daily D.O.S.E – massage tips for lockdown: by Giuliana Wheater

Get your daily D.O.S.E – massage tips for lockdown by Giuliana Wheater and her video!

We all need to keep each other going during yet another lock down and reach out as a global community. As a multi award winning therapist I am just thrilled to be writing for Anna Kennedy Online to freely share knowledge, tips, tools and techniques.

Below is a video about how to use massage to boost your daily D.O.S.E – Dopamine, Oxytocin , Serotonin and Endorphins … the essential happy hormones and coping chemicals which have a direct and significant impact on our mental health .

These tips are for everyone, regardless of age, ability, different ability, whether you’re isolating alone or in a bubble.

Have fun, stay strong and remember we are all in this together 💙

See you next week. Stay safe, Giuliana

Take F.I.V.E – by Giuliana Wheater

The Proven Benefits of Reflexology – an article by Giuliana Wheater

The Proven Benefits of Reflexology – an article by Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Reflexology as many of you will know is a type of non-invasive massage that involves applying different types of pressure to the feet, hands, and ears. These are all a map of who we are and can be applied through socks for those who find bare feet a sensory overload. 

Used since ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Japanese times, reflexology has been used for thousands of years. 

In the 1890’s Sir Henry Head and Sir Charles Sherrington proved that the ENTIRE NERVOUS SYSTEM adjusts to outside factors such as TOUCH because the nerves connect our skin to our internal organs!! So, there is neurological connection!!! 

They also found that pressure sends a calming message from the peripheral nerves at the extremities of our bodies to the central nervous system where it tells the body to adjust the tension level.

This then brings the internal organs and the whole body into a state of optimum functioning where blood and oxygen are boosted to the cells and our circulatory , respiratory, endocrine (hormones) , immune and neuropeptide ( anti stress) systems are positively affected. 

At the start of the 20th century Dr William Figzgerald proved that by applying pressure to the zones in the hands and feet, imbalances, pain, and blockages would be eased in other parts of the body. 

Eunice Ingham pioneered this research into what we all know as reflexology today and introduced charts showing the location of the reflexes and how they relate to parts of the body.

Reflexology works on the ten zones running through the body from each toe to the head and down the arms to the hands and back again. Inside each zone is a flow of energy affecting the body parts within that zone.

Stress, illness, and injury can cause these to be blocked. 

It is massively beneficial in easing stress, balancing the hormones , boosting our immunity, boosting our emotional, mental and cognitive health as well as reducing pain by releasing endorphins and easing stress, so fabulous too for fibromyalgia, cerebral palsy and those with physical disabilities. 

Sleep is improved as well as mood. Attention and focus are hugely stimulated too. The whole nervous system is calmed. 

Reflexology above all is very safe, even for those living with a serious health condition. 

In my video this week I will be sharing a few reflexology techniques on a friends and family basis. Anyone can do it and you will really reap the rewards! Everyone loves having their feet massaged! See you next week! 

(Do not practise on anyone with blood clots, fungal infections, open wounds, or epilepsy.)

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The Hard Science behind Play Therapy
The proven science behind Reflexology
The proven science behind Reflexology
Take F.I.V.E – by Giuliana Wheater

The Hard Science behind Play Therapy – an article by Giuliana Wheater

The Hard Science behind Play Therapy – an article by Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Almost all of the therapies I blend and share with children, their families, their teachers and other professionals involved in their growth, are accessed in a very playful, explorative way.

Play therapy traditionally uses tools such as storytelling, creative visualisation, mindfulness, role playing as well as arts and crafts. My own “toy box” extends way beyond those perimeters after 11 years to date of experience and never-ending exploration in my own right!

The importance of play has been acknowledged since Plato and Aristotle and more latterly Einstein who was also on the autism spectrum. Current leading researchers are Carmichael, Schaefer, Landreth and Relly to name a few.

Most importantly play therapy develops that all-important Positive Growth Mindset which is invaluable as we transition into life and the workplace. It nurtures and stimulates problem solving , focus, goal setting, viewing mistakes as learning opportunities , experimenting , exploring , thinking outside the box , learning project management as well as building team spirit , creativity , performance , emotional intelligence, social intelligence, cognitive productivity, concentration, focus, self-esteem and confidence !!

Anxiety is proven to decrease and has had long proven effects with children who have autism, ADHD, PDA and for “looked after” children.

It helps children to grow negotiation skills, stronger family relationships, better bonds with people as well as better memories, motor skills, cognitive skills, and language.

For those who do not have the vocabulary or those who simply do not want to talk, play therapy is extremely effective when processing trauma or working through mental health challenges.

Play therapy has a directly positive influence on classroom learning with happier and higher performing children who are more ready later for the global creative economy.

Currently the gap between mental health policies and educational polices is tremendous resulting in schools being around 50 years behind the workplace. Play therapy massively bridges this gap!

Have a gorgeous week everyone!

http://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

The Hard Science behind Play Therapy
The Hard Science behind Play Therapy
The Hard Science behind Play Therapy
Take F.I.V.E – by Giuliana Wheater

The Proven Science behind Breathing Techniques – an article by Giuliana Wheater

The Proven Science behind Breathing Techniques ​- an article by Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Following 90+ emails since last week from people struggling with anxiety and OCD, particularly since the Corona virus outbreak, I felt some breathing therapy would be a huge benefit. 

Mindful breathing techniques are FABULOUS on so many neuro scientific and anatomical levels … and firmly rooted in science. Breath work is proven to increase blood and oxygen to the brain.

By contrast, when we hyperventilate, blood and oxygen to the brain is reduced by 40% which is why those higher brain functions such as clear thinking, perspective, focus, concentration, motivation, and good judgment are all severally compromised. 

90% of our serotonin, the hormone of happiness, self-esteem and confidence, is in the gut, so when we breathe slowly and mindfully deep into our tummies, we are stimulating all of that to flow up the spinal cord and into the brain!

Dopamine, the hormone of motivation and pleasure, also linked hugely to the higher brain functions, is encouraged to flood up the vagus nerve and into the brain too … we have literally billions of neurons which act just like dopamine in our gut !!

Anxiety, depression, insomnia, and PTSD are all eased significantly along with the lack of focus and attention for those with ADHD, ADD and PDA as well as ASD with regular mindful breathing. 

Nor adrenaline is also stimulated which helps with focus and positivity.

Meditative breathing has actually been proven to DECREASE the amygdala – the emotional brain – the part of the body that detects fear and triggers the fight or flight response whilst actually INCREASING pre-frontal cortex which leads to clear thinking, complex thinking , problem solving and perspective!!!

Our bodies and brains are just so PERFECTLY designed I get SO excited!!!!! It is like a miracle!! And we have all these natural but powerful neuro scientific tools at our fingertips to feel and be the best we possibly can. I absolutely love it!!! 

http://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

The Proven Science behind Breathing Techniques
The Proven Science behind Breathing Techniques
The Proven Science behind Breathing Techniques
Take F.I.V.E – by Giuliana Wheater

The Proven Science Behind Storytelling – an article by Giuliana Wheater

The Proven Science Behind Storytelling – an article by Giuliana Wheater and her videos!

Storytelling is something we have always done as humans … for thousands of years before we actually began to write words. Sadly, today a large percentage of children don’t get read to and yet on a neuroscientific levels well as a nurturing level, it is neural dynamite!!

It has been proven that when you are immersed in a story your brain floods with cortisol, oxytocin, and dopamine in addition to your whole-body surging with serotonin, the hormone of happiness, self-esteem, and confidence.

Cortisol helps formulating our memories. Oxytocin helps is to trust, care, relate, help others, and empathise! Dopamine helps to regulate our emotional responses and keeps us engaged, inspired, and focused.

When you make stories in a group either by making a lucky dip story box or putting it into story massage or yoga you are sharing, working as a team and developing mental flexibility if the next person takes a story in a different direction from what you hoped: our internal data banks are filled with “what if’s” and “how to’s” so as a result we think outside the box and develop problem solving whilst working as a team … life skills which will layer be invaluable in the workplace !!

Storytelling widens horizons, melts boundaries, and develops a lifelong thirst for knowledge. Children who engage in stories from a young age are far more open to learning, expressing, communicating, and focusing and they are scientifically proven to have greater emotional and social intelligence.

So please watch my videos and see how even for those with autism, ADHD, PDA, and dyslexia can be engaged and grow in this therapy!

The Proven Science Behind Storytelling
The Proven Science Behind Storytelling
The Proven Science Behind Storytelling
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