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CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

 

We’re living in challenging times and stress, anxiety, physical and emotional difficulties are massively on the rise…

The pandemic has meant that children and young people have been growing up while life around them has been massively disrupted. Isolation, loneliness, fear, anxiety and uncertainty has, for many, affected their sense of connection to others, their self-confidence and self-esteem. 

There are also many young people dealing with illness and loss, as well as having an awareness that their own parents, families, teachers and other safe adults have been struggling. It’s not surprising that many are in overwhelm.

Scroll down for more information about the support I can offer, or get in touch for a chat.

Yoga Therapy for Children and Young People

A responsive, trauma aware therapy that aims to meet young people exactly where they are at, supporting them to develop strategies and techniques that will enable them to cope in an increasingly stressful world.

Through a combination of psychology, yoga philosophy and embodiment, young people can begin to:

  • Understand emotions such as fear, anger, grief, frustration or anxiety; to acknowledge they exist and to accept them but not feel overwhelmed or defined by them.

  • Develop an understanding of how our thoughts can affect our emotions and behaviours and what then happens inside our bodies, allowing us to feel more in control of our responses.

  • Develop body and breath awareness, self knowledge and build self esteem, confidence, self expression and connection. 

  • Find acceptance and validation of themselves and their opinions.

  • Self regulate so that there is more opportunity to restore health and well being. 

Sessions can be used to support those with anxiety, additional needs, trauma, autistic spectrum conditions (ASC), ADHD, eating struggles, cancer, chronic pain and bereavement, and may be particularly useful for those who find it difficult to engage in talking therapies. 

Any of the following may be used in a session: 

postures; breath work; mindfulness; creativity; play; sensory integration techniques; relaxation or yoga nidra, and communication and observation are key aspects of this work. 

A session may look quite different from what is now more often thought of as ‘yoga’. 

If a child has a safe space to find calm within themselves they will have the potential and possibility for change.

Get in touch for more information.

Yotism 

This is a unique, specialised sensory yoga method which is designed to enhance the lives of those with ASC (Autism Spectrum Condition) symptoms. It blends together a modern scientific understanding of movement, the brain and neuro-sensory systems with the ancient art of yoga.

Sessions develop body awareness, improving mobility, strength, balance, emotional regulation and connection.

Reflexology

Less inhibiting than some other touch therapies, reflexology is a lovely therapy for children and young people as you only have to take off your footwear!

Sessions provide a safe space to rest or to chat, promoting deep relaxation and wellbeing, easing tension and aiding sleep. 

Reducing stress in people’s lives can be key in optimising good health and building resilience.

Functional Reflex Therapy

The Functional Reflex Therapy Framework for Reflexology was designed for children and adults of all ages with high levels of anxiety, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and those with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) 

It is a relaxation routine developed for the hands or feet that aims to support the wellbeing of all children, providing a sense of calm and balance. A tool kit is provided to help support young people during the session.

Breathwork

Our breath is like our superpower - by changing our breathing patterns, we can change the way we feel quite quickly.

Our breath affects our emotions and our emotions affect our breath. Understanding that we can have control over the way we breathe, and what is actually happening in our bodies and our brains, can be very empowering.

By changing our breath we can:

  • Reduce defensive reactions such as fear and anger.

  • Increase our feelings of safety and connection and support social engagement.

  • Move from the stress response (fight, flight, fear, freeze) to the relaxation response.

  • Reduce activity in the emotional parts of our brain and bring back online the parts of our brain that let us understand, reason and hear.

Changing our breath isn’t always as easy as it sounds. It may take time to develop, so practice can be really helpful. Children and young people may need to expand their lungs and feel what’s happening in a big way before they can learn and understand more subtle breathwork, so combining breath with movement can make this more accessible.

For more information please get in touch for a chat.

 
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