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Art Therapy Talk In Southend – 16 January 2014 at Therapy Life Centre

art therapy talk in southend jan 2014

  • Anxiety
  • Lack of Confidence
  • Depression
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Repetition of Destructive Behaviour
  • Feelings of Worthlessness
  • Difficulties Expressing Feelings

All the above can be alleviated by working with a trained Art Therapist. Through the use of art media, Art Therapy can help unravel dysfunctional patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It is a very gentle but powerful form of therapy and is carried out in a contained and safe environment.

Could Art Therapy Help You or Someone You Love?

Come to a talk about Art Therapy at The Therapy Life Centre and find out more

Thursday 16 January 2014

7.30pm – 9.00 pm


Plagiocephaly or misshapen heads

I have just returned from another fabulous Craniosacral course this time for paediatrics. The amount I have learnt is breathtaking and it was wonderful to be in a room full of therapists who feel as passionately about the work as I do. One of the areas we talked about was Plagiocephaly, which is a the medical word for misshapen heads,and our discussion was specifically for babies. This can be caused by all sorts of things including the position of the baby at the end of the pregnancy (particularly if the space was cramped!!) , by the birth process itself or even consistently lying baby on their back to sleep.


Is your child’s behaviour being misunderstood?

• Does your child over react or under react to sensory input?

• Are they disorganised in their movement?

• Do they have difficulty learning new skills?

One of the systems that may be affected is the tactile system which is the most primitive sense.

This system takes messages about touch from our skin and sends them to the brain to be sorted.

Touch perception is one of the first developing senses. It is through this system that a baby first gets information about the world. If the tactile system is working well it allows the baby to develop feelings of safety and form a bond with their parents/caregivers.

When a baby or child presents with “TACTILE DEFENSIVENESS”


Turning Breech Babies In The Womb – Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a technique of traditional Chinese medicine that uses a burning herb (with or without needling) to activate acupuncture points and stimulate the flow of qi to heal and improve general health. The heat produced by this procedure can increase blood circulation in patients suffering from cold and stagnant conditions. It can also reduce menstrual cramps by increasing circulation in the pelvic area and uterus.

Stimulating circulation in the uterus can increase fetal activity. This effect can be used to turn a bottom-first (breech) presentation to a head-first (cephalic) position, during the final weeks of pregnancy, to facilitate a vaginal birth. This reduces the risk of asphyxiation and brain damage to babies, maternal complications, and also reduces the need for Caesarian deliveries(1)(2).

A full-term pregnancy is, normally, 40 weeks. Spontaneous repositioning of a breech presentation may occur up to the 32nd week, but rarely occurs after the 35th week.

Obstetric Turning of Breech Babies

In the West, knee-chest exercises by the mother and/or external cephalic version (ECV) – the forceful external manipulation of the mother’s abdomen by a doctor – are used to rotate the baby within the womb. But these procedures can distress the baby and ECV may cause the premature separation of the placenta from the lining of the uterus (placental abruption).

How Does Moxibustion Work In Turning Babies Who Are Breech?

Moxibustion involves burning a formation of tightly packed dried leaves of Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) – on, or above, an acupuncture point. In traditional herbal medicine, this plant is known to have “an affinity” for the nerves, stomach and womb.