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From Chaos to Calm as Lockdown Lifts – The Power of Touch, by Giuliana Wheater

From Chaos to Calm as Lockdown Lifts – The Power of Touch, by Giuliana Wheater

From Chaos to Calm as Lockdown Lifts – The Power of Touch an article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Touch is key to boosting immunity!!! Perfect for these times we find ourselves in!

It also grounds and boosts our mental health too which is hugely linked to our physical health.

Massage naturally stimulates happy hormones and coping chemicals, most notably serotonin (the hormone of happiness, confidence, self-esteem), oxytocin (love and nurture), dopamine (pleasure, focus, concentration, and motivation along with other higher or executive brain functions) and endorphins (pain relief, euphoria, and wellbeing). Therapeutic touch through massage also grounds, calms, relaxes, eases stress which can lead to ill health, lowers/stabilises blood pressure and hugely boosts memory and learning.

As Michelangelo noted hundreds of years ago “to touch is to give life”. Touch is the core sense which is present when as babies we explore the world before we open our eyes and is the last sense remaining until we pass. In a nutshell human need touch to thrive. Experiments from the 1950’s/60’s with Harry Harlow, although controversial due to different times, proved that touch boosts immunity, emotional intelligence, social intelligence, physical health, and growth as well as better bonding skills and trust, far greater resilience to stress and less behavioural issues.

Leaders in the field such as Darlene Francis, Michael Meaden and Tiffany Field continue to prove these results to this day. Touch also boosts resilience to peer pressure and makes for better relationships both at school and work as well as leading to financial gain as a result. Great as so many of begin the return to work.
So please watch my short video and see how you can begin massaging yourselves, family, and friends with just a few very simple techniques. Followed by a few diagrams to accompany this week’s video.

See you next week! Giuliana
Charity Wellbeing Ambassador, Multi award winning therapist, author, Children’s university Learning Destination, Centre of Excellence

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

The Power of Touch
The Power of Touch
The Power of Touch
The Power of Touch
The Power of Touch
From Chaos to Calm as Lockdown Lifts – The Power of Touch, by Giuliana Wheater

Meditation – by Giuliana Wheater

Meditation an article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Meditation truly is magic but science!! I absolutely love it! You will be amazed by what the power of a simple guided journey, story or visualisation does on physical, mental, and emotional levels. It is a deeply relaxing mind and body workout!! 

Not only does it help the body “drop” from the endless chatter of the head and into the deep wisdom of the heart, but it also helps us “drop” from the busy Beta levels we are normally on down to alpha and even theta levels. This brings clarity, focus, perspective, motivation, imagination, creativity, mindfulness, self-empowerment, immunity, better sleep, better health, improved decision making and communication. 

Meditation reduces stress and anxiety because it floods the body with oxytocin (love and nurture), serotonin (confidence, self-esteem and happiness), dopamine (motivation and pleasure) and endorphins ( pain relief ). 

While all these happy hormones and coping chemicals zoom around our bodies, we are taken out of fight or flight, blood pressure is lowered and the 37.2 TRILLION cells in your body are all boosted until they shine!! We feel able to cope and function and the risk of depression during these challenging fines is massively reduced!! 

Are not our minds and bodies just INCREDIBLE!! 

See you all next week, take care of each other, Giuliana 

From Chaos to Calm as Lockdown Lifts – The Power of Touch, by Giuliana Wheater

Gorgeous Sleep – by Giuliana Wheater

Gorgeous Sleep an article by Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Hooray hooray hooray this is my very first article as Anna’s newly spoiled well-being ambassador for the charity!! So, I am even more excitable than usual!! Take a deep breath …..

In this week’s article, diagrams and short YouTube video I share with you gentle stretches and relaxing, mindful breathing games to get that serotonin flowing up from the gut to help make the melatonin we need for regulating sleep, mood and aggression.

We all know that following a good night’s sleep we automatically feel so much more ready to cope and function. We naturally feel more on top of things and ready to face the day.

If we sleep badly however, we have already used up our daily quota of serotonin and very quickly a downwards spiral can begin …

If we do not have enough serotonin our bodies, we then cannot make melatonin … then we cannot sleep, and our bodies use up all serotonin ….

Keep on top of your sleep and mood by having fun with the suggestions below. Mix them up into lucky dips or board games too to keep a child’s attention.

Soooo great for us adults too!!

See you next week. Take care, stay safe, be happy, Giuliana

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

Gorgeous Sleep
Announcing our new well-being Ambassador – Giuliana Wheater

Announcing our new well-being Ambassador – Giuliana Wheater

Announcing our new Well Being Ambassador – Giuliana Wheater

Giuliana Wheater BA Hons, MCMA, CMT is a multi-award-winning specialist therapist, author, advocate, and public speaker. She is the founder of Therapies for Special Needs, Rainbow Kids Touch Therapy and Rainbow Kids Touch Therapy magazine.

Giuliana’s work has been recognised by the Children’s University as a Learning Destination and as a Centre of Excellence by the CMA.

Her work and personal journey with her autistic son has been featured in the national press, the BBC, Autism Eye, Autism Parenting, International Therapist amongst many other publications both regional and National. She is a member of the panel for the U.K. Indian Head Massage Community.

Giuliana is thrilled to be a well-being ambassador for Anna Kennedy Online and can be found at https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

Her regular articles on well-being are phenomenal and part of our Take 5 Campaign – click here for details.

From Chaos to Calm as Lockdown Lifts – The Power of Touch, by Giuliana Wheater

Yoga for Autism and ADHD but EVERYONE can join in! by Giuliana Wheater

Yoga for Autism and ADHD but EVERYONE can join in! 
by Giuliana Wheater and her video!

It is British Summer Time, and I am feeling full of life!!!! I can almost smell hope in the air!!

So, let us get that feel good factor zooming through our bodies with some fun Yoga. Let us get that dopamine and serotonin flooding up from the gut and into the brain!! 90% of our serotonin is in the gut and there are so many dopamine and serotonin neurotransmitters in the gut that it could actually run as an independent nervous system!!

These yoga poses also help with breathing, correcting reverse breathing and shallow mouth breathing, bringing the body to that gorgeous theta level. The whole nervous system is calmed and cleared.

Body and spatial awareness are boosted as well whilst the brain is stimulated with focus, attention, concentration, and motivation. And all shared in a very informal, playful way that included everyone. These poses can be put into games and yoga stories or simply done as yoga exercises. They can be done anywhere – inside, outside, the park, the beach – just not on sofas!!!!!

Stay safe and happy, See you all next week, Giuliana

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

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/rainbow-kids-club/

Yoga for Autism and ADHD
Yoga for Autism and ADHD
Yoga for Autism and ADHD
Yoga for Autism and ADHD
Yoga for Autism and ADHD
From Chaos to Calm as Lockdown Lifts – The Power of Touch, by Giuliana Wheater

Massage Stories for Superheroes!! by Giuliana Wheater

Massage Stories for Superheroes!!
by Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Well, it is Autism Expo week this week and I feel this overwhelming gorgeous need to SHOUT from the highest buildings just how much I think you are all SUPERHEROES!!

Not just because of four lockdowns and Covid but because those of us who are neurodiverse have incredible gifts and strengths along with any issues or challenges.

My own autistic son is just one of the thousands of superheroes I know and have the privilege to work with. I have never let anyone define him, limit him, tell me it is not possible or that he will not achieve. I will be talking about this at the AKO Autism Expo on Saturday 27th March, let us bust a few of those myths surrounding autism …

So today I am celebrating you ALL by using touch and gentle massage which I am weaving into stories.

Being told a story releases tonne of serotonin into our bodies and brains, filling us with happiness, confidence, and self-esteem. It bonds us, encourages trust, stimulates imagination and creativity, and helps boost sleep.

Combined with touch this is neural DYNAMITE!!!

Touch hugely stimulates immunity along with the other three main happy hormones and coping chemicals flooding us with motivation, focus, drive, concentration, emotional and social intelligence as well as lowering our heart rate and blood pressure and easing us into that relaxed state of rest and learning.

So have fun!! Mix it all up a bit!! You cannot go wrong! And everyone will love it!

Please see below the link to my YouTube channel where I demonstrate a few ideas ….

Stay safe and happy, Giuliana

Multi award winning specialist therapist, author, advocate, and public speaker

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