Mindfulness for Stress and Anxiety

8 week course with Sue Rogers and Sarah Lucas

Starts October 2022

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – MBCT

Do you feel stressed and anxious? Do you sometimes feel your life is out of control and filled with worries? Do you suffer from low mood? 

Mindfulness can help relieve these symptoms. Learn how to live in the moment; find peace and seek the tranquility you need.

Come and learn more about how mindfulness can help you through our 8 week “Mindfulness for Stress and Anxiety” course. We will give you the tools to minimise the impact that stress can have on your life. Take a journey with others, build up your mindfulness practice and be supported in the relaxing and welcoming environment of the Elysia Therapeutic Centre.

The course runs on eight consecutive Tuesday evenings and is taught in small groups of around 10, each session lasting 2 hours. During this time we will show you how the practice of mindfulness can improve your quality of life by bringing a sense of clarity, calm and perspective to everyday situations.

Contact details: Sue Rogers

Tel: 07776084401

Email: info@mindfullifebalance.com

Website:  www.mindfullifebalance.com

Birthday Celebration – 10 years!

25 June 2022 – 10:30 until 16:00

Join us for a relaxing and informative, midsummer celebration to mark 10 years of the Elysia Therapy Centre in Stourbridge!

Throughout the day our therapists will be providing a range of free workshops and taster sessions:

Movement    Mindfulness   Skin Care    Massage   Art    Kinesiology

A great opportunity to try something new!

Meet our counsellors and discover more about their work.

There will be stimulating talks and themed discussions for all to join in, chaired by our counsellors.

Visit the Weleda stall to stock up on your favourite products. And light refreshments will be available to buy in our garden café.

To receive details about the day’s programme, register your interest by sending us an email at practicemanager@elysiacentre.org

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Annamaria Balog

Eurythmy Teacher, Trainer and Therapist

In eurythmy therapy I invite clients to engage with a movement sequence that is tailored to each individual according to their needs and abilities. Engaging with these movements on a regular basis you’ll be given the chance to actively take part in your own healing process and help the organism to strengthen the body’s restorative processes. Eurythmy therapy can assist with most physical, emotional and mental imbalances.

Children who struggle with allergies, anxieties, asthma, bed wetting, focus and concentration difficulties, eating disorders, chronic head and/or stomach aches.

Adults who are suffering with allergies, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back and neck pain, burn out, cancer, cardiac problems, depression, diabetes, digestive disorders, fatigue, sleep disorders, postural problems, stress symptoms, women’s health related issues.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch, I look forward to hearing from you.

Phone: 07419 313488

Fiona Sim

Rhythmical Einreibung (RE) and ‘M’ Technique Practitioner Registered Nurse 1986, Rhythmical Einreibung Practitioner and Teacher 2002, Anthroposophic Nurse Specialist 2010, ‘M’ Technique Practitioner 2013. I offer gentle therapeutic massage that is beneficial for many health problems or if you just want to relax and de-stress. Using healing oils the quality of touch is gentle, reassuring and soothing and supports your body to rebalance and restore itself. Rhythm is a language that the body understands – our bodily processes, heart and lungs, sleeping and waking are all based on rhythm; but when we are unwell, anxious, overtired or otherwise challenged in life, these processes can become unbalanced. Bringing rhythm to the body through gentle touch helps to restore harmony. Rhythmical Einreibung (RE) can be beneficial for:
  • Those with chronic or long-term conditions
  • People who are frail or exhausted, feel stressed or burnt out
  • People who are going through difficult life situations
  • People who have experienced traumatic events
  • Those with eating disorders
  • Those in palliative care and at end of life
  • People with Dementia
  • People with special needs
  • Women who are pregnant or new mothers
  • Babies and children
  • People with mental health conditions, anxiety, depression
  • To support those going through treatment for cancer
RE Treatments last around 30 minutes followed by a rest period. There are very few contra-indications to this gentle technique. ‘M’ Technique is another gentle structured touch technique which is deeply calming and relaxing. Some comments from clients:  “I was diagnosed with bowel cancer nearly two years ago. Fiona Sim’s gentle touch, calm reassurance and expert knowledge in delivering Einreibung massage has formed an integral part of my care package, accompanying me through my illness, the chemoradiotherapy and surgery, and is continuing to support me through the recovery process and return to work. Einreibung massage not only helps me feel better, it makes me feel special and helps me to pace my life, increasing my awareness of my body’s needs and rhythms. I cannot recommend it enough.” Experiencing this kind of touch is incredibly soothing and comforting. It is so subtle that it does not feel like being touched by a person and yet the effects are remarkable. During the treatment I felt inwardly as if my body was reorganising itself and strengthening the core of my being.  I also felt a gentle easing of emotions and processing of sadness that was ready to be released. The tender quality of Rhythmical Einreibung is incredibly warming and nourishing, it has a primal maternal quality conveying deep care.  It was at once something so different to anything I had experienced before and yet on a deeper level felt so familiar. ‘ A bit about myself I have been working with therapeutic touch since 1986 and feel passionately that these modalities are much needed in our touch-deprived society. Rhythmical Einreibung while being gentle is extremely powerful and effective. I worked for twenty-one years at Park Attwood Clinic in Worcestershire and continue to use my knowledge of anthroposophic nursing in my work today. Since 2010 I have worked on the In-patient Unit at Marie Curie Hospice West Midlands, where I use gentle touch to calm and reassure patients when time on shifts allows. With a group of colleagues I developed and delivered the Anthroposophic Health Care Course and since then have developed the Rhythmical Einreibung Courses Programme at Emerson College. I have taught in the USA and on various trainings in the UK including, this year, on the English Training in Anthroposophic Medicine. I also teach ‘M’ Technique on the Quietude Training at Emerson College and at Marie Curie Hospice. I have been offering Rhythmical Einreibung Treatments to clients since 2010 including at Elysia Therapy Centre.   Phone: 07779933326 | Email  

Ben Peasley

Counsellor MBACP
Level 5 Therapeutic Counselling 2020

Hi, thank you for stopping by my bio. I’m Ben, just a normal every day person with a huge passion and love for what I do, counselling.

Here’s a little bit more about what that is…
I have three core values when it comes to my counselling practice: keeping it simple, working in creative ways and being professional.


Simple, I’ll not use any scary sounding therapy words, instead I’ll offer you a completely none judgemental, empathetic, client central approach to whatever it might be you have going on in your life. Your thoughts, feelings and emotions are safe with me.

Creative, when a client wants to and it is appropriate to do so, I like to work creatively with whatever might be going on for you. No need to worry though, you absolutely do not need any artistic ability to work creatively with me. In fact I struggle to draw a convincing stick man myself! So expecting my clients to produce museum quality works of art hardly seems fair… Working creatively to me means sometimes working with materials that might better facilitate our work together but also working outside of the “therapy” box so to speak.We might use colours or shapes to better describe feelings or thoughts.
Often the creativity happens in therapy as organically as talking.

Seeking therapy can be a scary thought and the idea of using colours or objects and having to be “creative” or “arty” can be off really off putting. It is not for everybody and I completely understand that.

Whether your therapy is creative or not, I will guarantee that you will be at the centre of our work together.

Professional counselling for everybody aged 16+. I have worked with people aged 16 to 70, nobody is too old for counselling and I will treat everybody with the same dignity respect and the same regardless of gender, age or whatever it might be that is going on for you. I absolutely believe that you are the expert on you and as a result it is not my place to give you advice. Instead I’ll aim to provide a safe space for you to explore whatever it might be that is you are seeking to better understand.

I look forward to speaking to you soon.

Phone number: 07415870271 | Email | Website

Pregnancy support with Rhythmical Einreibung (RE)

The benefits of receiving Rhythmical Einreibung before, during and after pregnancy

The reproductive phase of life can be fulfilling and joyous, and can also bring challenges.

Supporting your health in a natural, holistic way is a priority at this time. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do for the best for you and your baby.

Rhythmical Einreibung (RE) is a gentle form of therapeutic massage that can be used at all stages of your journey to becoming a mother, (it can also help your partner!)

Rhythmical Einreibung works with your own healing forces to strengthen and enliven both mother and baby.

Prior to conception RE can help balance your body, aid relaxation and support your vitality.

During pregnancy RE brings a general harmonising, protective gesture to mother and baby that can be beneficial throughout the whole 9 months. It can ease tiredness and exhaustion, support peaceful sleep, help aching legs and muscle tension in the back and soothe feelings of anxiety. Receiving a massage when you are pregnant means your baby is indirectly receiving it too, naturally, you want this to be appropriate and of the highest quality.

RE during delivery can help calm and relax, reducing pain and deepening breathing. Partners can be taught some simple techniques that may be useful for supporting the mother-to-be.

After delivery RE can help your body recover and regulate again both physically and emotionally. It can also provide support during breast-feeding.

RE is so gentle and non-intrusive that there are very few situations where it is not beneficial. The word Rhythmical in the title expresses the unique quality of this massage technique; each movement in RE has a rhythmical quality created by subtle changes in the contact and intensity. We have many rhythmical processes in our body, think of the menstrual cycle, the rhythms of our breathing and heart-beat. Bringing rhythm to the body in a therapeutic way is like speaking a language that we already know; our body recognises and responds to it. Another key aspect is that RE uses very little pressure, the quality of touch is gentle, secure and encompassing, rather like the way you would touch a new-born baby or something fragile, which means there are very few contra-indications, unlike forms of massage which use deep-tissue work.

Combining soothing, therapeutic touch with beautiful, natural body products creates a health-giving treatment to support you and your baby before, during and after pregnancy.

For more information contact Fiona Sim (Registered Nurse) Rhythmical Einreibung practitioner directly:

Tel: 07581 678112 Email: fiona.sim@live.co.uk

Fiona Sim is a Registered Nurse with many years’ experience in Anthroposophic Health Care; she currently works in palliative care and teaches courses and workshops on therapeutic touch.

If you have a history of miscarriage, inform your Fiona beforehand so she can give the best guidance for your recommended treatment plan.

Having miscarried the first time round, when I discovered I was pregnant again, I was filled with both joy and anxiety. Having Fiona’s rhythmical hands move so expertly down my back, while warmly seated in an upright yet relaxed position, is an experience that still lives on within me.  Rhythmical Einreibung massage soothed my anxiety, relieved my lower backache and left me feeling calm and deeply connected with my special bump.’ EL

The Third Oasis Pathway

Wednesdays from 19th May until 29th July, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Based on the tradition of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table, Parsifal starts his journey ill equipped to either manage himself or understand the codes and conduct of courtly behaviour.   In longing to become a knight he unwittingly embarks on a journey into a different kind of knighthood he wasn’t expecting. He learns painfully that valour, love and ambition on their own do not prepare the way for gentleness, compassion and conscience. Yet aspects of both qualities are urgently needed to fulfil a modern kind of knighthood. 

 We choose to work with the story of Parsifal for the Third Pathway of Oasis because of the archetypal qualities held within it.  It can speak to us today no matter what stage of life we are in or paths we may have trodden.  Alongside the story we will work with own biographies and through art for the duration of this course. 

 To find out more contact Melanie: Bridges2oasis@gmail.com 

 Mobile: 07810048739  

Lockdown took my felts away but gave me something else!

By Jo King, Family Therapist

I have talked for many years to friend’s family but more importantly to the families, young people, children, and couples that I work with that no one can call themselves your therapist unless what we create together is therapeutic. When I found Systemic Psychotherapy, I found a connection to my own philosophy that enables me to practice in an authentic and collaborative way to find ways of creating new narratives that create change and lift the burdens of anxiety, shame, and turmoil.

I have always practiced in a way that uses lots of coloured felt tips lots of paper, sometimes getting people to move around change places, draw think explore. We often use the whole room, using buttons playdough, polystyrene bricks anything and everything that assists in us explore new meanings and insights into difficult problems and stories. So, to find myself locked in behind my screen for four whole months send me into complete panic! I must admit I moaned ‘how can I be useful when I can’t explore using visual image?’. ‘I need people in person’ I cried, ‘I need to see peoples body language I need to use all my senses to connect to the feeling in the room How Can I do anything therapeutic without these key ingredients?’

To my amazement my clients wanted to continue our work using the online system of zoom and then I found an influx of new families that wanted to deal with difficulties. People shared that for the first time in years lockdown had given them time to think and reflect, time to be brave enough to talk to each other. Many families began to tell me that they felt zoom would help them as they lived too far away to travel but that it felt safer to talk online. Young people shared with me that lockdown had helped them to see that they had pretending to be ok for years when they felt low and misunderstood. Children told me that they felt alone since their parents separated and hated having to choose which parent to be with. Couples expressed how in lockdown they could no longer use busyness as a way of hiding the distance that had occurred between them and families highlighted that they had noticed some serious eating difficulties that they would never had noticed had they not been having three meals a day with their child.

It seemed that Lockdown had brought about new insights and so the generosity in clients sharing their stories and newfound insights enabled me to dig deep. ‘Come on Jo there must be a way we can make this work’ So I did what I know how to do, be my authentic self and be honest.

At the start of my sessions, I shared with families old and new how I work and together we found a way of being creative, using the resources we could share. So, I learnt that other people have felt tips pens too, that people can tear bits of paper to create maps and timelines. That the screen is no barrier to humour, to being able to empathise and share in another’s pain and the screen is no obstacle to having conversations which involve exploration, challenge, and debate.

I am privileged to have been able to maintain my private practice and be part of our wonderful NHS Children’s Mental Health Team in which I have seen the endless efforts we have made to be able to keep connecting and finding ways of helping children and young people be connected and looked after in times of great hardship and distress. We have all witnessed so much change I am surprised our heads have not exploded! So, I continue to work online but I am also grateful that the majority of my work is back face to face at my home, the Elysia Centre, the oasis in my week and the place where I see miracles happen.

Despite the pain of lockdown, the uncertainty and many other unpredictable consequences of COVID-19 many truly amazing new insights have occurred for many of my families that would have taken a lot longer to surface with goodness knows what consequences if these crazy unprecedented times had not occurred, and I am so grateful to have shared theses difficult times with so many.

With Love Jo x

To find out more or to arrange an appointment: Joanne King

Resourcing your life

By Karolina Pawinska MA.CPP, UKCP Accredited

It seems like only a few days ago the Autumn leaves were still dancing in the air. Today, as I went for a walk, most of the trees were bare and the ground was covered with a blanket of leaves over the mud. The change is visible and inescapable…

At present we are exposed to rapid change as we meet the challenge of a global pandemic, along with other unknowns… How will our economy recover from the current stresses? How will climate change and global warming affect us and the planet? How will we meet Christmas this year, to name but a few? As I am naming it, I feel the effect of it on my body and posture, my shoulders rounding under the weight to protect my heart space. There is a lot we are negotiating at present on an everyday basis. In these circumstances it can take extra effort and attention to calm our nervous system and to stay grounded, present and resourced; the qualities so needed to meet our life as it unfolds with flexibility and ability to adapt.  

As life presents us with challenges, we might experience overwhelm that disconnects us from our bodies. Grounding and centring can support us to reconnect directly with the resources naturally available in our own body. How can we do it? The recipe is not complicated but requires us in the first place to witness when its needed and practice mindfully returning to our connection to the ground. It could be simply standing and tuning into the physical sensations of the connection with the ground, feeling one’s feet on the Earth.  It could be sitting on the chair with our feet touching the ground, hands on the belly and feeling the energy moving up from the ground through your feet and legs into your belly. If you like walking, it could be mindful walking, feeling each step touching the Earth. Another way to help grounding yourself is to spend time with animals if it is possible, watching them or cuddling them. They are naturally grounded.

We all have moments when life is too much, when we feel lost or overwhelmed in the matrix of what we are faced with. Its not about removing it from our experience but increasing our resilience of how quickly we are able to bounce back to life, to return home.

I have been reading with my children a beautiful book for all ages called ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy. Each page is filled with heart-warming, wise statements. On one I read:

“Sometimes I feel lost”, said the boy.

Me too”, said the mole, “but we love you, and love brings you home”.

Everybody has resources. It can be anyone or anything that supports and nurtures our sense of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. The word re-source; indicate returning, coming back to our source, our origins… over and over again. Consider what are your resources, are they hidden or obvious? Are they internal or external? What supported you so far in life while going through challenges? You might be aware of external resources like: nature, friends, family, animals, dance, art, sport… or internal resources, like: strength, a spiritual practice, talents, being kind, being resilient… Something embedded in everyday life, taken for granted, can be very resourceful, like a cup of tea or taking a bath. We need different resources at different times. I would like to invite you to reflect on what supports your life. When you reach out to some resource, for example: a cup of tea, why don’t you notice your inner experience that accompanies that external resource? It might be warmth in your body, restfulness, slowing down… We can with time connect with the inner repertoire of sensations, feelings and energies that correspond with our wellbeing and learn how to turn towards it to support ourselves in the midst of life’s surprises and challenges.

I wish you a resourceful Advent time and Christmas.

Karolina Pawinska https://elysiacentre.org/karolina-pawinska/