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How to beat anxiety

Life Coaching is all about aiming for positives. And we coaches believe that the answers for what we each need to improve whatever we need to improve are within us.  Whether that’s how to beat anxiety, how to get a better relationship, or anything in between.  Sometimes we just have to look really hard… So try this exercise. 


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.


Acupuncture or Western Science

In the UK during the 1990s and continuing into this century, many newspapers and magazines carried a weekly Question & Answer column for readers interested in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). TV and radio “phone-in” programmes had a regular CAM therapist to answer health queries.

During this period, public interest in CAM fuelled a growing demand for NHS access to non-drug therapies, such as acupuncture, chiropractic, herbalism, homeopathy and osteopathy(1).

Enlightened or open-minded NHS doctors referred patients to a CAM practitioner in cases where health problems did not respond to conventional medicine, or where unacceptable adverse reactions to drugs were experienced. Some surgeries employed a CAM practitioner to work alongside the NHS doctors. CAM was deemed to be cost-effective if patients needed fewer consultations and drugs.

However, for every patient whose quality of life is improved by CAM, there is a corresponding reduction in pharmaceutical profits.

Why CAM started to disappear from our newspapers and television programmes

Opponents of CAM continually highlight the clinical randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that show no significant scientific evidence of benefit in any CAM therapy over the placebo effect: if the patient believes a treatment will work, then it will.


Do You Suffer With Stiff Sore Back, Neck Or Shoulders?

Our modern lifestyles mean that many of us spend hours hunched over a computer and still more over a client as therapists and hairdressers. As a result, repetitive strain injuries are beginning to affect our torsos rather than the arms and fingers that were previously the case for factory workers or typists.

The failure to get up and move around regularly has meant that the whole structure of our spines can become fixed in an unnatural position leading to inappropriate curvature both across and along the length of the spinal column.

People often say “Why now?  I’ve always done this, why is it suddenly happening?”

Well, it’s to do with life stresses, additional factors that tip you over the edge.  It could be a new co worker, it could be a new area of work you have to move into, or it could be external factors like stress in your home life or family relationships.  Stress comes in many forms, worrying about financial aspects, job security all of which can add on to the physical symptoms.  We experience our emotional stress through our physical body.

Sometimes it’s a trauma that happened months or years before that can have a delayed physical reaction.  And a tiny change in your every day life can be  the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

Call Therapy Life Centre on 01702 433959 to get the best treatment for your sore, stiff back, neck or shoulders

We really can be our own worst enemies.  We put huge pressures upon ourselves to get things done to the tightest of schedules and, as a result, we feel the need to play hard just to relax.

So, couple this with sporting pursuits such as martial arts, body building and over-enthusiastic use of gym weights and the need to ensure an outstanding six pack. All these hobbies actively promote that forward curve of our upper bodies until we are a nation of martyrs to our stiff sore backs, necks and shoulders.

Try lying on the floor and seeing if you can put your shoulders flat to the ground. Now you see the reason why your back, neck or shoulders hurt! You’re all bent out of shape.

And more and more people are finding it difficult to look up to the sky or even to stand up straight.  Dowagers humps and spondylitis are becoming the norm.

Call Therapy Life Centre on 01702 433959 to get the best treatment for your sore, stiff back, neck or shoulders

In many cases, the use of just one therapy will not provide an answer.  First off, you have to remove some of the stimuli which have caused the curvature  and address the ergonomics of your working set up to ensure that you are not perpetuating the problem. Then you need to look at your martial arts stance, weight lifting program and sit-up regime.  Are you actually exacerbating your problem by working the external muscles rather than working on core strength?

Next, you need to loosen the tight muscles of your neck and chest and tighten the loose muscles of your back.  This imbalance of structure is what is pulling your body out of alignment. Caving in your chest and rounding your back. Unchecked, you will experience shoulder injuries like tears and impingements of the nerves.

At the Therapy Life Centre, we take all these factors into consideration.   Regular massage therapy will help, along with physiotherapy exercises but here at the TLC we address the whole body and everything relevant to it.

Because sometimes it is more than just every day life – there can be deep seated traumas which are hampering your progress and hindering your ability to stand up straight.  If you’ve tried all the more well-known treatments and done all your exercises but you still have stiff shoulders, neck or back, then  CranioSacral Therapy could be the answer for you.

Call Therapy Life Centre on 01702 433959 to get the best treatment for your sore, stiff back, neck or shoulders