Relaxation and Stress
We know from listening to everyone at our Drop-In meetings that stress is one of the major issues following ICU - and this does not only apply to
ex-patients - it affects their loved ones just as much, if not more.
There are so many things to worry about - from health issues and recovery of strength and fitness - to work related problems and of course finance.
We recently held an evening of taster sessions of various alternative therapies that can help with stress. This was very popular and something we hope to repeat in the not too distant future.
We recently held a one-off Relaxation workshop with Jo Ruffel, one of our trainers. You can read more about Jo on our Exercise page. This was aimed at former patients AND relatives, plus ICU staff.
Jo talked about the benefits of body awareness, breathing and relaxation. There were breathing exercises and gentle movements that relieved tension and promoted good posture. Jo also explained how and why things get tight and ways to relieve the tightness. The session starts sitting and then for the relaxation practice, for those that can, moves to the floor, or if the floor would not be appropriate, a comfortable chair/sofa/bed so that everyone can participate.
The session focuses on breath techniques and 5 key exercises to keep doing.
JO HAS KINDLY ALLOWED US TO RECORD HER SESSION, SO PLEASE CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW TO WATCH IT.
ICU patients and family can experience flashbacks following critical illness.
Christina Jones, an ICUsteps trustee, talks
about a simple psychological technique,
called the Safe Place, to help patients and relatives cope with their flashbacks.
Click on the button below to watch her video.
Yoga is a tremendous way to improve flexibility, aid breathing and counter stress to aid relaxation.
We are very grateful to Cheshire West & Chester Community Response Fund and the Westminster Foundation for awarding us a grant which allows us to offer an on-line Gentle Yoga class with Lynn every Friday morning at 11 am on Zoom.
Patients, family and friends are all welcome to attend. The sessions are free. Please get in touch via our Contact Us page if you would like to join the Group.
My name is Lynn (Yoga with Lynn) and I’ve been studying and practicing yoga and its philosophies since 2010. I went to live in a Yoga Ashram for two years in New Zealand in 2010. I then travelled to India to learn more at the Bihar School of Yoga.
When I returned to the UK I enrolled on a 500hr Yoga Teacher Diploma Course which is affiliated with the British Wheel of Yoga, my training was held at Mandala Yoga Ashram located in South Wales in the UK. I qualified in 2017 and have been teaching regular classes since 2016. I have since visited India four times for various courses and progressive learning. My longest stay at the Ashram in India was four months.
I am trained to deliver Trauma sensitive Yoga and I am currently teaching Refugees Yoga classes online. I have also trained with RYE (Research in Yoga for Children) and have delivered Yoga classes in Primary schools, offering these powerful practices with interactive games, postures and breathing exercises. I am trained and qualified to deliver Meditation and Yoga Nidra practices (Yoga Sleep). Yoga is my passion and it is accessible to all. Postures are just the tip of the iceberg, yoga is so much more than just physical postures (Asanas).
I am also trained as a level 2 Reiki practitioner, sports massage therapist, Indian Head therapy and I have just completed my Level 2 complementary therapies during the lock down period. I have now progressed onto my Level 3. I am also a level 2 Fitness Instructor.
Click on the button below to view the video of Lynn's yoga session.