My relationship with the hula hoop, sadly, has never blossomed. But, on a rainy January evening two years ago, on a friend's recommendation I arrive at a local hooping class, confident that now's the time to really embrace the sport. In fact, I might go so far as to say I was convinced that hooping was not only going to be my new favourite hobby, but it was going to transform my life, making me fitter and my stomach flatter - oh, and I could also impress my friends with hooping tricks and nimble routines.
Is the thought of making a ‘New Year’ resolution quite frankly depressing? Knowing that you have been there many times before, starting out optimistic that ‘this is the year’ and one month later your optimism is jaded and the thoughts of failure are on the horizon again. Oh the pressure!
Human beings are weird! I should know, I am a Psychotherapist - amongst other things. Even within what we might call the ‘normal’ range of thoughts, feelings and behaviours, we are a little bit odd - all of us, and I include myself in that. We have weird and wonderful ways of behaving, thought processes, and ways that we can unconsciously sabotage ourselves from doing the things that we want to do.
With long dark Winter evenings it’s easy to start to feel gloomier. With one in four of us expected to succumb to winter blues or full-blown Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), here’s how you can get through the season smiling:
Be Prepared: It’s said that ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather - just bad clothes’. Take heed and kit yourself out properly.
In the last few years, children and young people find themselves under more and more pressure with education, sport and hectic social lives. Whilst being given the practical skills to work through these, very few children are given the tools on how to look after their bodies in a holistic way. That is why I have developed this service to meet those demands.
Not sure if this is a recognised syndrome yet - though I’m beginning to think it should be! If you walk a dog who likes to retrieve a ball - over and over again - it is likely that you are doing a lot more throwing than the average person. Even if you use one of those bendy ball-throwing devices you may still be over-using particular muscles in the upper arm and shoulder which could develop into a painful and chronic condition.
The philosophy of this project is to make healing therapies readily available, affordable and accessible to far more people. It is significant that we have chosen to open at the beginning of the year as it is a time when people assess their lives and make resolutions to invest in their wellbeing at all levels.