Benefits of Indian Head Massage

Indian head massage can help to:

  • Relieve pain and discomfort
  • Improve posture
  • Increase joint mobility
  • Elevate your mood, alleviates stress, anxiety, lethargy and mild depression
  • Promote strong, healthy, shiny looking hair
  • Improve the condition of your skin
  • Relieve tired eyes, tension headaches, nasal congestion, and aching jaws
  • Promote restful and refreshing sleep
  • Reduce blood pressure and oedema
  • Eliminate toxins
  • Relieve mental fatigue, emotional stress and repressed feelings
  • Encourage deeper, calming breathing
  • Promote clearer thinking and improve concentration
Meditation, sea, peaceful

Key benefits of counselling and how it can help you

Key benefits of counselling:

Gives you time and space to work through your problems

Helps you gain a different perspective on problems and issues

Provides a safe, non-judgemental and respectful environment

Counselling can help you:

Regain wellbeing and balance in your life

Think more clearly and make better decisions

Feel more motivated, confident and assertive

Improve and maintain your close relationships

Realise your true potential

How Online Counselling Works

What is online counselling?

Online counselling is a way for you to engage in counselling using internet technology such as Zoom.

You direct your counselling by selecting the method of communication you feel most comfortable with.

You choose the time, the place and the pace of your counselling to suit your needs.

Webcam or audio counselling

Zoom is a way for you to see your counsellor face to face from your computer whilst engaging in therapy. Should you chose Zoom counselling, you will be guided through setting up your own encrypted Zoom account and we will meet on Zoom at a time that you have previously arranged. Sessions are 50 minutes in length.

Being able to see your counsellor gives you more of the benefits you get from face-to-face counselling but with the convenience of online therapy. By talking, you hear tone of voice which is a way to convey empathy and by video you see non-verbal communications such as facial expressions. If you wish, you can choose to only work with audio through Zoom and no video camera would then be needed.

Benefits

  • Counselling therapy from your own home at a time that suits you
  • Secure inscription software offers confidentiality and peace of mind
  • No chance that you may be seen entering the counsellors’ practice
  • Therapy at a time, place and pace that suits you
  • Access to counselling may be more immediate

Things to consider

  • Are you comfortable using internet technology?
  • Would you prefer to see your counsellor face to face?
  • Do you feel your situation is too complex to discuss via the internet?
  • Is there a computer terminal that you can use privately without interruption?
  • There are no nonverbal cues or body language for you or the counsellor to read; this can lead to misunderstanding.

 

10 Reasons Why You Should Go To Counselling

10 Reasons Why You Should Go To Counselling

1.Talking therapy is extremely effective 

Simply speaking to someone who has an unbiased option and doesn’t know you is such a great help in itself.  Going to see a counsellor can help you to make sense of things.  A counsellor won’t judge you; they simply want to help you with whatever difficulties you are facing.

It can be hard to open up to family and friends when you’re going through a hard time.  That’s why talking with a counsellor is a great way to open up completely about how you are feeling.

2.  Counselling is a safe environment 

Everything you say in a counselling session is completely confidential.  Sometimes all you need is space to talk about your feelings in a trusted environment, and counselling sessions provide that.

3.  You become a lot more in control of your feelings

During your counselling session, you will learn techniques in which you can control your feelings and change your behavioural patterns to avoid falling into bad routines with your health, physically and mentally.  Some of these techniques included CBT, humanistic counselling and integrative counselling.

You’ll learn how to better express and manage your emotions, and improve your self-esteem and communication skills.

4.  You’ll learn that it’s OK to talk about things

Most of the time, we bottle up our emotions until it gets to a point that our emotions become so negative and start affecting our daily lives.  Talking about how you’re feeling is extremely healthy and you’ll want to do it more and more when you start going to counselling.

5.  There’s nothing to be ashamed of by going to counselling

Going to counselling is not a sign that you have given in to needing help.  There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of by seeking counselling, and a huge number of people see counsellors regularly for any range of problems.  Seeking help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of strength and trusting someone who wants to help you.  If you are scared to make the first move in going to counselling, you can talk to a qualified counsellor today.

6.  Counselling helps you to cope better with life a lot better

Counselling will give you a new outlook on life and help you deal with your problems so much better.  Counselling will help you find the answers you are looking for and provide guidance on improving your life.

7.  There is counselling for every issue

Counselling isn’t for specific people or problems.  Anyone can go to counselling, no matter how big or small your problems.  You won’t be judged for seeking help from a counsellor.  Common reasons for going to counselling include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, stress, addictions, grief, relationship issues, trauma and many other things.  Even if you think your problems aren’t important enough to go to counselling, your counsellor will help you with anything at all that you need help working through.

8. It’s extremely important to look after yourself

We often put everyone else before ourselves and let our mental health go unseen to.  It’s important to put your mental health first and make looking after yourself a priority.

9.  Find a counsellor that’s right for you

All counsellors are different and have different approaches.  If you don’t feel completely comfortable with your counsellor, you cam change counsellors and find one you are happy with so they can help you to become your best self.

10.  The hardest part is making the call.  It all gets better from there.

Picking up the phone and contacting a counsellor or making an appointment is usually the hardest part for most people.  The initial fear of what will happen when you go to counselling will soon disappear when you step into that counselling session and begin to let yourself open up.

You will soon start to see great results from your counselling sessions and your counsellor will help you to make a plan to get through your problems straight away.

To read the full article see 10 Reasons Why You Should Go To Counselling

Creative Techniques in Counsellin

Creative strategies and tools in counselling

As an integrative counsellor I use a variety of creative strategies and tools in my counselling work including:

1. Creative and Symbolic – Sand Tray Therapy, Art (e.g. drawing, painting) and Writing:

  • Express and understand thoughts and emotions
  • Explore deeper aspects of your inner world
  • Increase self expression
  • Gain new insights into your problems

*See themindfool for an interesting and informative article about Sand Tray Therapy for adults*

2.  Imaginative – Role Play (e.g. Empty Chair Technique), Cards, and Dreamwork:  

  • Understand different parts of yourself
  • Develop self awareness
  • Resolve relationship difficulties
  • Change self-perceptions

3.   Relaxation – Body Scan, Breathing Exercises, Grounding Techniques, and Guided Visualisation:

  • Reduce stress, anxiety and physical discomfort
  • Develop a connection between your emotions and your body
  • Develop greater awareness of the present moment

4.  Behavioural and Cognitive – CBT based strategies:

  • Recognise unhealthy thought patterns
  • Deal with specific problems
  • Manage intrusive/negative thoughts
  • Identify core beliefs

5.  Psycho-educational – Genograms, ideas from Transactional Analysis (e.g. Drama Triangle, Ego States):  

  • Identify family patterns
  • Improve communication processes
  • Understand and manage relationships

 

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Key benefits of counselling

How Is Your Breathing?

How is your breathing?

Most people under breathe or breathe too shallowly, breathing from the chest area or even just the throat.

You should breathe from the abdomen and the diaphragm.

If you watch a baby or a young child breathe, you will see that he does this naturally. His tummy rises as he breathes in, and it falls as he breathes out. It is only later in life that we acquire poor, rushed, anxious breathing habits.

Learning to breathe

Singers are taught to breathe as children do, from the abdomen. Breathing from your abdomen can induce a feeling of calm and relaxation and can be an excellent way to regain perspective during a stressful day.

5 Minute Breathing Exercises 

1. Standing:

  • Simply stand with shoulders relaxed
  • Feel your breath slowly coming up from the abdomen
  • At the same time feel the diaphragm and rib cage expanding
  • Hold the breath for a moment and then let it out very gradually

2. Lying Down:

  • Lie on the floor with palms facing upwards and your arms outstretched
  • Relax your body, working upwards from the feet
  • Lie still for a few minutes before getting up slowly