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The Power of EFT: Part two – an article by Giuliana Wheater

The Power of EFT: Part two – an article by Giuliana Wheater

 The Power of EFT – Part two

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

Touch Therapy for autism, ADHD, dyslexia, ADD, PDA, dyscalculia, neurodiversity but also for EVERYONE!

AND IT’S RIGHT AT YOUR FINGERTIPS!!!!

How often have you sat there, head in your hands, and wished you had a quick and easy way to help your child, or you feel better?

I know I have …. Many times, over.

This week I am going to share with you the second part of EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique.

Feel free, if tapping is not for you, to press and release the points I demonstrate in the video, as you would do in acupressure or even gentle massage in rotating circles.

Sometimes we feel like different methods on different days, and these will all add to that toolbox of ideas and techniques …. And literally, physically taking your mental health into your hands. All at your fingertips!!

EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique is based on well-established and proven acupressure points. You always use your first two fingers together to tap those points.

The only difference between using EFT and massage or acupressure is that you think of a positive message or affirmation to repeat as you tap.

EFT often provides fast relief from physical pain but also emotional pain or physical-emotional issues.

Used frequently it actually goes into our trillions of cells on a neuroscientific level and also on a neurological level by changing negative pathways in the brain to positive ones. This has been proven through MRI scanning and neurological imaging.

So, it really really works!!

EFT was developed by a guy called Gary Craig whose work was based on the landmark discoveries of Dr Roger Callahan.

I just want to cuddle them both so hard!!

Based on the same principles of the ancient therapy of acupuncture, EFT is a dead easy way to help ease and erase yucky feelings such as fear, anger, worry, anxiety, low self-esteem, low self-belief, sadness, cravings and even nightmares.

To date there have been absolutely no documented negative side effects to this simple tapping technique although personally I would advise that even if you have had just one epileptic fit, avoid tapping the top of your head.

This therapy, as do all my other touch therapies, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness, works beautifully alongside allopathic or GP treatments and medication. However, if you are worried do contact your GP. I work alongside them all the time, and many are now so open to working in this way.

My therapies do not replace any medication or GP treatment. They simply work alongside it absolutely fantastically. It is why so much of my work has also been in hospitals, hospices, and Intensive Care Units.

It is not my place, nor would I be so arrogant, as to talk anyone out of any medication.

Have a GORGEOUS and positive week everyone!

Take care, Hugs, Giuliana

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

The Power of EFT: Part two - an article by Giuliana Wheater
The Power of EFT: Part two – an article by Giuliana Wheater

The Power of EFT – an article by Giuliana Wheater

 The Power of EFT

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

EFT is Emotional Freedom Technique and although gentle, when used often, is powerful stuff!! And so easy to do!!

In this week’s video I show just 4 or 5 tapping techniques to get you going.

They are so simple to learn and in the coming weeks I shall share some more along with the neuroscientific benefits of what these techniques actually do. It is so important to me that you take charge of your mental health and take it literally into your hands.

It is empowering just for starters!!

If you have a child who just cannot sit down, make the EFT fun!! Just as with massage, reflexology, or yoga, turn it into stories, treasure hunts or lucky dips!

A good place to start us with “The Wizard’s Wish” by the fabulous Brad Yates who also has a YouTube channel and FB group. It is a simple but really engaging story which shows the kids that they have all the “magic” they need in their fingers!

EFT is fabulous for everyone and everyone regardless of mobility, disability, different ability, neurotypical or neurodiversity.

It is particularly beneficial for our mental health and very defective in reducing anxiety, boosting confidence and self-esteem as well as focus and self-belief.

When used often, it actually filters into the memory in all out trillions of cells as well as our water … and even builds me and positive neurological pathways!!

I have found it especially beneficial and very powerful in my work with SEN children, young adults, their families, and teachers.

Yes, as I always say, YOU build your brain!! Your minds build your brains and whatever fires them, wires them!

So, let us get started!

The most important thing to remember is to resist a positive thought of affirmation as you tap. You can change the affirmation friending on your need at the time.

So, for instance it might be

“I can do this “or

“I can overcome this “or

“I am confident “or

“I am free of anxiety “.

Make it your own!

Then with ideally two fingers, your first and second fingers, tap the acupressure points to release those all-important happy hormones and coping chemicals, anti-anxiety points, anger points and stress relieving points. It is just gentle tapping and while you do it, you repeat your affirmation inside your head.

Give it a go!! You will be amazed! And if yoga, reflexology, massage, or acupressure are not for you, this is well worth a whirl!!

Take care everyone!

Big love and see you next week, Giuliana

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

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The Power of EFT: Part two – an article by Giuliana Wheater

Yoga Movement Breaks for Autism, ADHD, ADD, PDA and Mental Health – an article by Giuliana Wheater

 Yoga Movement Breaks for Autism, ADHD, ADD, PDA and Mental Health

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater

Most of the children and young adults I had sessions with last week were all saying how tired they felt, and the week had dragged. With the nights slowly drawing in, transitions happening all the time and the stress of tests, it seemed to have been taking its toll.

Especially on those with different abilities or disabilities who quite often need to concentrate twice as hard to survive a school day compared to a neurotypical student.

The stress, tests and transitioning also take their toll on teachers, who are under incredible pressure also.

In 2016 alone 120 YEARS of teaching were lost due to stress.

And this was before Covid!

So, what can we do about this?

Well, wherever I go to train schools or simply share sessions I always talk about Movement Breaks.

They only need to be for five minutes and be spaced out between lessons or tasks – or even halfway through, as breathers, exercises for the body and brain, to recharge and refocus.

They are incredibly powerful and benefit everyone, teachers included.

Any “sillies” get shaken out, the breathing and body calmed, the diaphragm opened and the serotonin (neurotransmitter of happiness, confidence, and self-esteem) and dopamine (the neurotransmitter of reward, motivation, drive, focus, concentration, and attention) all encouraged up from the gut and into the brain.

These movement breaks also boost immunity and promote better sleep.

Kids with dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia will also hugely benefit along with students in wheelchairs. Neurotypical kids will also reap the rewards because they might have stuff going on at home or friendship issues or anxiety. It’s inclusive of everyone, regardless of age, ability, mobility, or neurodiversity.

The learning environment is hugely boosted for EVERYONE as a result of movement breaks. Stress and tension are eased. Attention, focus, and memory are boosted. Any aggression or overwhelm is regulated. Every school should do it regularly throughout the day.

Stand like a mountain – seated or standing. If seated, if you can put your feet flat on the floor, preferably with no shoes. If standing, ensure your feet are shoulder width apart.

Squeeze your fists as hard as you can and then either just release or fling, your tension/stress to the floor. Repeat several times.

Either seated or standing just shake all those giggles or anger or sillies out using your whole body.

Draw circles clockwise and anti-clockwise and figure eights above your head. This also helps with motor skills, coordination and balancing the brain.

Cover one nostril and inhale slowly through the other. Then block the other nostril and exhale slowly. Then repeat doing it the other way around.

Here is a link to my YouTube video demonstrating these techniques.

Have fun with them and boost those learning environments!!

See you next week,

Take care, Giuliana. 

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

 Yoga Movement Breaks for Autism, ADHD, ADD, PDA and Mental Health
 Yoga Movement Breaks for Autism, ADHD, ADD, PDA and Mental Health
 Yoga Movement Breaks for Autism, ADHD, ADD, PDA and Mental Health
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The Power of EFT: Part two – an article by Giuliana Wheater

Polishing Our Cockpits! by Giuliana Wheater

Polishing Our Cockpits!

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

As always, we are having a heatwave as our children return to school …. Beautiful but it really can deplete them (and you!) of energy. Having continual tests and pressure along with still transitioning out of Covid can also sap a great deal of energy.

If you or your child have different abilities, disabilities, or challenges, it can be particularly heightened.  Mental health has taken an absolute bashing and it can all get too much to deal with, leading to overwhelm and meltdowns.

As I always say, when life gets too much and on top of you, look at your hand and remind yourself of what you DO have control over because we so often can do very little about the things we can’t control, like transitioning, school, and exams.

All our higher or executive brain functions are all inside the frontal lobe of the brain. If you imagine yourself as a jumbo jet, the techniques I’m sharing this week are like taking a huge bottle of Polish and getting those higher brain functions shiny and firing on all cylinders!!

This week’s short video demonstrates some really useful techniques to keep you going

When you massage your temples, you are right on the Capital City of the four main happy hormones and coping chemicals. You’ll be ready for take-off in seconds – literally!

Focus, attention, motivation, drive, concentration, alertness, memory and feeling able to cope and function will immediately be boosted, sending those messages to not just our brains but the memory in our cells, water, and even immune system!!!

By pushing your fingers up through the roots of your hair and then squeezing the roots into a ball as you lift the scalp is just the most unbelievably delicious feeling!! It also pushes all the blood and oxygen to your brain!

By gently massaging the sides of your head with your finger pads gets you working directly on the path of dopamine to the brain. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter which many of our SEN children, especially those with ADHD, PDA, ADD ASD and dyslexia are deficient in. It’s just a different wiring of the brain and we can take charge of that by stimulating party loads of the stuff!!

Massaging the forehead is completely WONDERFUL too for getting those higher brain functions so shiny they might even be seen from space!

I was running some free training in schools last week explaining to teachers how these would be such good tools for the WHOLE classroom after morning and afternoon registration as well as for breathers in between lessons. Everyone will be at their optimum, the teachers will have less stress and the learning environment calmer and more inclusive.

Our kids have been so brilliant through these challenging times. So, giving them a five-minute break to refresh and reboot is not only advisable but absolutely gorgeous.

See you next week!

Take care,

Giuliana

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The Power of EFT: Part two – an article by Giuliana Wheater

Touch and Story Massage for Autism, ADHD, PDA, Dyslexia and Anxiety – an article by Giuliana Wheater

Touch and Story Massage for Autism ADHD, PDA, Dyslexia and Anxiety 

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater

Touch is life!!!! It boosts immunity, releases oxytocin (the neurotransmitter of love and nurture which also stimulates our emotional intelligence) after just 20 seconds!!!!!

It also releases endorphins, serotonin (the happiness and confidence neurotransmitter) and dopamine, my favourite one – feeling driven, motivated, full of concentration and focus and that deeply gorgeous feeling of reward!

Everything I do with anyone is always an invitation and always where I meet THEM. It’s never about making anyone meet me where I want them to be.

To invite and engage, to let the child or young adult lead, I’d empowering and floods them with the main happy and coping chemicals. By involving them, they are also very quickly learning simple touch techniques and tools to use anytime. They feel in charge of something and I’m these challenging and uncertain times I’m finding this approach more vital than ever before.

The transition back to school has been really difficult for most of the parents and teachers I’ve been working with this past week – particularly for those with special needs, different abilities, and disabilities. Life is hard enough in a mainstream world, but school allows very little adaption or movement for those who are different.

So, this is where touch comes in!! It can be done in the morning before school (although in let households it’s total bedlam at the time!) but more especially at night. It will also reduce and ease anxiety and stress, fear and overwhelm, and can be woven into stories and songs nursery rhymes. It could even be made up to do as homework to describe a historical event or a creative writing piece!

You can also just write words on paper or coloured lolly sticks which are so cheap and put them in a massage lucky dip box where each “player” takes out a world and you take turns to draw that word on the other person’s back until they guess the word.

You could even choose a few lolly sticks each and make a story, however random, funny, or crazy! Then do the story as a massage.

It’s all about having fun with it, playing with it, and engaging your child. Without even realising it, all this utterly fantastic neuroscience is then having a ball! And your child will feel super grounded and hopefully have a wonderful night’s sleep and you’ll love me forever!!

Take care everyone.

See you next week.

Giuliana xx

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

Touch and Story Massage for Autism ADHD PDA Dyslexia and Anxiety an article by Giuliana Wheater
Touch and Story Massage for Autism ADHD PDA Dyslexia and Anxiety an article by Giuliana Wheater
Touch and Story Massage for Autism ADHD PDA Dyslexia and Anxiety an article by Giuliana Wheater
The Power of EFT: Part two – an article by Giuliana Wheater

Polishing our brains and mental health – gentle massage to stay shiny, happy, calm, and FABULOUS! by Giuliana Wheater

Polishing our brains and mental health – gentle massage to stay shiny, happy, calm, and FABULOUS!

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

Polishing our brains and mental health – gentle massage to stay shiny, happy, calm, and FABULOUS!

Why am I writing an article promoting touch during this time I hear some of you cry? Well because it has never been needed more. For a start touch is key to boosting immunity!!! And everything I share with you on this week’s video can be self-administered.

Massage also 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 humans 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. So please watch my short video and see how you can begin massaging yourselves, family, and friends. Let’s keep on top of our mental health and literally take it in hand!

Take care everyone, Giuliana

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