Engaging in Facial Exercise

with Elizabeth King

In the Upper Dressing Room of Rudolf Steiner House, I recently delivered a Facial Gymnastics Workshop to ten people who were all around 25 years of age and colleagues.

I had anticipated a much older group and I was also surprised that there was nearly as many men as women.

So why were these young adults at a facial gymnastics workshop?  Two were unhappy about their deeply furrowed foreheads. However, for the majority, it was their jaw clenching and grinding of teeth that they were hoping could somehow be addressed.

Clenched jaws and gnashing of teeth seems to be an issue many people have. After learning a little about the demanding jobs of the group, it was not surprising: it was as if the expression of the ‘will’ is held back in some way and the resulting frustration of this becomes held in the jaw.

The tense, tight jaw means poor circulatory flow, which can in some cases also express itself through the skin’s health. It may suffer with dryness, itchiness and even spottiness along jaw and chest area.

This skin’s reflection is the same in the case of deeply furrowed foreheads, when the busy thinking mind struggles to let go at the end of the day.

So how do facial exercises work?

Bringing real consciousness to the muscle associated with the area of concern brings new awareness. You become aware of how asleep or how over-used that muscle is.

You may have had the experience of someone asking,  ‘Why are you frowning?’ The frown has lasted even after the initial response to a situation should have passed. It is as if the expression has become fixed. By bringing consciousness through facial exercises you quickly begin to notice when you are holding on and can immediately let go. Soon the tendency of holding on is no longer present.

Think about how good one feels generally after exercise: awake, re-energised, clear and, of course, toned. This is the same for the face.

Facial gymnastics also immediately stimulates both the lymph and blood circulation, helping to reduce uneven skin tone, calm redness and enliven dull, lifeless-looking skin.

It is not unusual that after just a week of engaging daily in facial exercise to receive comments such as, ‘Your eyes look so clear and sparkly’; ‘Something is different; you look clearer.” The transformation can be very noticeable.     

If you would like to learn and experience some Facial Gymnastics, please join me at the Workshop on the morning of 5 October at the Elysia Therapeutic Centre.  Cost per person £25.

To reserve your place contact Elizabeth:

Phone: 07504 821593 or elizabeth@skinsensibility.co.uk

Mindfulness Course

Begins Wednesday 2 October 2019

Running every Wednesday for 8 weeks. Starts at 19:00 ending at 21:00.

Practising Mindfulness allows us to be fully present in our life and work and improve our quality of life.

Mindfulness is a scientifically proven method to cultivate clarity, insight and understanding. 

It helps us recognise habits and unconscious emotional and physical reactions to every day events. 

Mindfulness gives you strategies and techniques to help cope with difficulties that arise in life.  It is a way of paying attention to and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives.  It will not eliminate life’s pressures, but it can help us to respond to them in a calmer manner that benefits our health.

Benefits include:

  • Increased self-awareness and confidence
  • Improved ability to cope with stressful situations
  • Greater awareness to the needs of your body
  • Care and compassion for yourself and others
  • Improves focus and concentration
  • Improved energy levels
  • An increased ability to experience calm and relaxation

Who is the course for?

The MLB 8 week “Mindfulness for Stress and Anxiety” course provides the tools to minimise the incredible impact that stress can have on our lives. This course allows participants to build a mindfulness practice with the support of a group of peers. The relaxing and welcoming environment of the Elysia Therapeutic Centre offers the perfect surroundings for this process.

Course content

There are eight weekly 2 hour sessions with an opportunity to participate in an all-day practice session which are run throughout the year.  Course tutors are available for support between sessions. 

This course is designed to help anyone who feels they may benefit from learning coping strategies relating to stress and anxiety.  Although there are many benefits of Mindfulness to enhance health and wellbeing, please note this is not a therapy for people who are currently experiencing severe crisis or trauma, or have undergone a disturbing life event in the past year.  If you have difficulty being in a group or have any other queries, please contact the course tutor before booking.

What can you expect?

Each session includes psycho-education, individual and group activities, guided meditation and discussion.  We want you to feel comfortable in the group and you will not be expected to speak in front of others if you find it difficult. Some weeks will include gentle movement.  If you are unsure about this exercise, please contact the course tutor before applying and consult your GP prior to commencement.

In between sessions, there will be home practice which will involve practising the Mindfulness meditations.  To maximise the potential of Mindfulness, regular daily practice is essential.  This requires commitment to both attending all the sessions and completing home practice.  If you are unsure of your ability to commit to up to 30 minutes of practice per day then perhaps the timing of this course is not right for you at the moment.  If this is the case, please contact the course tutor for alternative dates.

In the first session, you will be provided with a course handbook, a CD recording of meditations and on completion of the course, a certificate of attendance.

The course is held with maximum of twelve participants and your course tutors are:

  • Sue Rogers
    A registered integrative counsellor (Ad.Prof.Dip.PC.NCS(Acc)MBACP) working with all age groups, Sue predominantly works to reduce stress and anxiety symptoms. Integrating mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy not only achieves a better understanding of ourselves it helps find better ways of coping to improve mental and emotional well-being.
  • Sarah Lucas
    Trained in counselling skills, with a PGCE Teaching degree and decades of teaching practice, Sarah also has extensive coaching experience having worked with the National Freestyle Ski Team (National Coach 1986-1990) fostering what it takes to feel in control and measured.

For more information contact Sue Rogers on 07776 084401 or sue@mindfullifebalance.com

An Introduction to Mindfulness

4 June,  6.45pm – 7.45pm         

Join us for an open, free group session to discover how the practice of mindfulness can improve the quality of life, by bringing a sense of clarity, calm and perspective to everyday situations.

Sue Rogers, Psychotherapist /Counsellor & Mindfulness Practitioner along with Sarah Lucas, Teacher & Mindfulness Practitioner, will also be running a course in the autumn dedicated to this topic. This evening talk is an opportunity to meet them and learn more about what this course will entail.

Women’s Wellness Day

Saturday, 13 July 2019
9.30 am – 4.30 pm

You are invited to attend a therapeutic wellbeing day focused on
women’s wellness.

Understanding life’s phases as a woman

What to expect and how you can support yourself during the phases, so that you can take care of yourself in a holistic and empowering way.

Taking time to receive one-on-one pampering and relaxation.

The perfect way to begin your summer holiday!

Composition of the Day

Two informative talks and exploration:
Biographical Journey: the life’s phases of a woman– with Annette Gordon, Biographical Counsellor

Mindful movement exercises with Eurythmist, Ursula Werner
Enjoy a delicious, homemade organic lunch

Receive three 45-minute therapeutic sessions*, that you together with the guidance of the Practitioners have chosen.

*Sessions offered include: Kinesiology – Touch for Health Balance; Body Massage: Rhythmical Einreibung; Nutrition Talk by Lara Sego on Menopause & Post Menopause; Facial Treatment; Relaxation Therapy; Eurythmy and Reflexology.

Cost and Booking information

Cost: £75
Booking deposit of £35 required. Bookings close on 6 July.
Please book in advance as numbers of attendees are limited.

For more information and to register your booking please contact Elizabeth

An Introduction to Mindfulness

Tuesday, 2 April 6.45 – 7.45 pm

Discover how the practice of mindfulness can improve the quality of life, by bringing a sense of clarity, calm and perspective to everyday situations.

Sue Rogers, Psychotherapist /Counsellor & Mindfulness Practitioner along with Sarah Lucas, Teacher & Mindfulness Practitioner, will be running a course in the Autumn dedicated to this topic. This evening talk is an opportunity to meet them and learn more about what this course will entail.

Rhythmical Einreibung – Gentle Therapeutic Touch

Offered on Women’s Wellness Day – one day retreat

13 July 2019

What is Rhythmical Einreibung?

Rhythmical Einreibung (RE) is a gentle form of massage, sometimes called therapeutic or healing touch. It shares its origins with Rhythmical Massage and both approaches are around 100 years old falling under the umbrella of anthroposophic care therapies. RE was originally created as a method for anthroposophic nurses to apply prescribed oils and ointments; it has been further refined since the 1970’s.

Because RE is very gentle it can be used to treat those who are frail or exhausted and might find other massage techniques too challenging. It can be used for pregnant women, young children and as part of end of life care.

Why is rhythm important?

RE brings a rhythmical quality of touch to the body.

Rhythm is a language the body understands well; our bodies are composed of many different rhythms – heart and breathing, the menstrual cycle, the daily rhythm of the liver and, if we are lucky, we eat and sleep in a rhythmical way. When we are ill, exhausted or stressed these rhythms can be disrupted. Through rhythmical touch harmony and balance can be restored and symptoms relieved.

What are the therapeutic benefits of receiving Rhythmical Einreibung?

In RE the soothing Effleurage stroke (sliding over the surface of the skin) is the main technique used. The treatment follows a set sequence of movements and it is possible to treat the whole body in one session, giving a unique experience of wholeness and integration.

The main effects are warming, relaxing, calming and reassuring.

It can help one to feel the boundaries of the body and also help the soul and body to inter-relate in a harmonious way.

Working with the life forces, RE can help to restore energy and increase vitality.

What conditions can be treated?

Rhythmical Einreibung can be helpful for many chronic conditions where there are problems with low energy, cold, pain, stiffness and loss of rhythm.

It can be helpful for digestive, breathing, sleeping and circulatory problems.

It can be of benefit for people going through treatment for cancer, offering gentle support where other forms of massage may not be recommended.

It can help psychological issues too like anxiety, depression and stress.

There are very few reasons when/why RE may be contra-indicated. For example, caution is needed with pregnant women during the first trimester or where there is a history of miscarriage. Open wounds can’t be touched, but it is worth knowing that the skin around a leg ulcer, for example, will benefit greatly from the support of a Rhythmical Einreibung session.

Fiona Sim is a Registered Nurse and Rhythmical Einreibung Practitioner and Teacher with 30 years’ experience in this gentle, therapeutic touch technique.

A Happy Ageing approach to looking after your skin

26 March 6.30 – 8.00pm

Join this free skincare workshop and discover how through understanding your skin’s rhythm, trusting your senses and using Martina Gebhardt’s simple soulful skincare can help lead to healthy and vital skin.

Workshop with Elizabeth King, Holistic Skincare Therapist and Educator
Skin & The Soul Within.

Elizabeth has particular experience with rosacea, teenage acne as well as irritated, hypersensitive skin conditions.

Using Martina Gebhardt – Demeter certified skincare range.

Muscle testing and kinesiology: a demonstration

19 March 7.30 – 8.30pm

In case you missed it last time, here is another opportunity to experience (or witness) muscle testing in action! Bring a remedy, supplement or food that you want to be tested on; or just come and learn a bit about kinesiology and how Jonathan uses muscle testing when working with emotional trauma and other issues.

Jonathan Livingstone, therapist and coach, formerly a director of Kinesiology Federation, is a Touch for Health trainer and author of The Therapist Within You (2009) and Relearning Experience (forthcoming).

Louise Roberts

Ad. Prof.Dip Counselling MBACP

IAPT Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Family Practice
Transactional Analysis 101
NCFE Advanced Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory

I am a caring, conscientious and competent counsellor/psychotherapist with extensive experience in offering support, rehabilitation and guidance to clients who are experiencing challenging times, be it through trauma experienced, mental health struggles such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem or relational issues. I continuously endeavour to offer a warm, safe, confidential, non-judgemental space for my clients to explore and understand difficulties which may be impacting on everyday life, whilst learning new skills to enable them to manage situations or emotions.

My initial training was using a person centred/psychodynamic approach but have also trained in cognitive therapy/solution focussed therapy and transactional analysis. Having had a vast experience with both adults and young people, having worked in senior schools as well as centres specifically for 12 to 25-year olds, working with anger, bullying issues, bereavement, OCD, family and relationship issues, self-harm, school issues, insecurities, post-traumatic stress, sleep issues, gender/sexuality issues, attachment problems and many more.

I possess a natural ability to gain the trust and confidence of my clients and can work effectively and creatively with clients as they move towards their goals and have over 11 years’ experience of working with young people and vulnerable adults.

I regularly attend CPD training courses including suicide awareness, safeguarding, parental substance and alcohol misuse, cultural awareness (including CSE and FGM) and impacts of domestic violence.

I have most recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in CYP/IAPT family practice and hope to also be offering family practice work in the very near future.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) adhering to their code of professionalism and ethics, along with a current clear DBS certificate (Disclosure and Baring Service)

Phone:07734 851 216| Email