19th October 2017Category: Working Carers
Relaxation sessions have been a great on-going success story for West Cumbria Carers. For many they are the escape or the energy boost they need when they are caring. It is a time for them to recharge as well as learning new techniques to ease the stress of everyday life away.
At the moment Maria Richardson, our lovely host of the relaxation sessions, is running a visualisation writing competition. We wanted to let you know as some of you may have the skills within and we don’t want you to miss out on this opportunity and prize.
In Maria’s sessions she takes people on a journey through visualisation. It can be a little tricky to explain but the experience helps you get closer to a desired positive state by getting rid of negativity and releasing problems you are carrying.
Maria’s competition details
Maria wants you to get those creative juices flowing and allow the creative writer inside you to get typing, writing, whatever method you prefer.
So all you have to do is; write your own visualisation and email it to Maria Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to: The Senhouse Centre, 3 Senhouse Street, Whitehaven, CA28 7ES.
Deadline for entries is Sunday October 29th at 6pm.
The Competition prize
One lucky winner will have their visualisation read at the West Cumbria Carers Relaxation Sessions in November ’17 and they will be able to choose from a treatment voucher or a Himalayan Salt Candle Holder to keep for themselves or to give as a gift.
Sounds fantastic to me!! So try something a little different this month and write a visualisation. OK, so you might be thinking ‘I have no idea where to even start with this…but I want to give it a go’.
Here are some links of YouTube videos to give you an idea of what a visualisation sounds like (just to remind you, you can’t obviously use these).
Example 1 click here
Example 2 click here
But the best way to get tips is to read advice from the lady herself. Maria has written fantastic tips to help you find your flow so continue reading below and Good Luck!
Every good visualisation should encourage the listener to utilise all their senses, sight, hearing, touch, smell and even taste. A scenario or scene should be described in detail so that the listener can engage their imagination whilst designing their image in their mind, a little like when we used to listen to a bedtime story as a child. When we were children it was the best way to be wound down and relaxed ready for sleep as we were distracted from our day to day activities and it still works now!
Once a scene has been set the detail can then be encouraged, suggestions can be made or time can be involved so that the listener can mentally design their own details. Then the feelings of touch/texture, sounds near and far, relaxing or fresh smells and even the very taste of something within the scene can be described.
Next an opportunity within scenario can be offered where the listener can pause, relax, lie or sit down, a chance for them to see themselves in the scene doing something calming.
And finally, a conclusion must be described, a way to re-awaken or return to the starting point perhaps so that the listener can return to the day but with a reminder that the feelings that have been created during the relaxation or visualisation can remain with them for some time to come.
If you want to find out more about attending the drop-in relaxation sessions Maria runs for West Cumbria Carers please click here to see upcoming sessions on our activities calendar.
Please note there will be no sessions in January 2018, they will resume in February 2018