Pregnancy and Baby Loss Clinic

Lisa is returning to Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre from Cornwall having completed her research ‘Finding Solace’ that is due to be published later this year.

The research explores a mother’s response to the trauma, premature birth, intensive care and subsequent death of her baby at 5 weeks. Her paper gives a deep consideration of the less spoken about feelings of terror in grief and considers how this may be connected to unresolved trauma following hospital care and birth. She gives further consideration to the impact of earlier developmental trauma, the potential for trauma to be held through maternal lineage and intergenerational taboos that may hinder understanding and connection. Attention is also given to the bleak sense of alienation during grief.

Lisa highlights the normalcy of the ongoing process of connection with a baby who has died and challenges traditional grief theory’s notion of disconnect and ‘letting go’. She also understands how the nature of the powerful maternal bond in early infancy impacts upon the process of grief.

Lisa also makes sense of the familiar conflict of the personal responsibility for reaching out for support with the perceived limitations of our culture and society to respond with compassion to accommodate such a loss.

Lisa is also interested in the meaning of transitions into parenthood and the powerful body connection between partners through the creation of a baby. She understands how the loss of a baby may impact upon a relationship in many ways.

This new service aims to respond to the needs of those affected by the death of a baby by offering a welcoming space to take and hold the many challenging feelings in response to the life and death of a baby.

Lisa works with individuals, couples also facilitates small group work.

Lisa first established her private practice at the centre 10 years ago and has worked with individuals in private practice.

Her career began working with adolescents and but since being love struck with her first born baby boy, who was born prematurely at 27 weeks the transition into motherhood became the focus of her attention. She has since experienced two full term trauma free births and has brought up two wonderful daughters now aged 11 &12.

Lisa has expertise in the following areas pregnancy and motherhood, parenting, fertility and menopause and adoption. Also grief and loss, panic attacks, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, depression, eating disorders, relationship conflict and breakdown, addictions, terminal illness and death.

She has also worked within the perinatal psychiatric service in Worcestershire facilitating group work and offering psychotherapy to women experiencing anxiety and depression.

She has also worked in private practice at The Fold, Bransford, Worcestershire and in Far West Cornwall.

Lisa began her training at the Insitute for Arts in Therapy in Education in London where she developed a repertoire of creative approaches that she may use with individuals and small groups. This includes creative writing, poetry, sand tray, puppets, world figures, art. She gained a post graduate certificate in Arts in Therapy and Education.

She continue her training at Bath Centre of Counselling & Psychotherapy where she has recently been awarded an MA in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy with adults.

 

Pregnancy and Baby Loss Clinic Launch Day

 

On Tuesday 29thMay Lisa will be offering 30 Minute Initial appointments with a minimal £15 fee.

This will allow a brief consultation and an opportunity to make an assessment and for potential clients to understand what is on offer and work out whether they wish to begin sessions.

 

For ongoing sessions the following fees will apply:

Individual psychotherapy sessions of 50 minutes            £55

Couple sessions of 50 minutes                                            £75

 

Individual structured sessions using arts & creativity

Six sessions of  1hour 30 mins        @ £60                         £360

Nine sessions of 1 hour 30mins @ £60                              £540

 

Small group structured sessions (max 6)

Monthly  sessions of 1 hour @ £12 per individual                       £12

 

Restorative Yoga and Restorative Yoga + Spring 2018

Restorative Yoga & Restorative Yoga +
Katie’s hugely popular Restorative Yoga classes continue on a monthly basis. Restorative yoga is a deeply relaxing style of yoga. Each asana is held anywhere from 2-10 minutes, depending on the pose and the student. During this time you will be supported by blankets, bolsters or/and blocks. The asanas are based on those found in a regular yoga class and most postures will be floor based. The physical part of the class will be followed by a yoga nidra meditation. These classes will be 90 minutes.
In addition, Katie has added a new series of classes, Restorative Yoga +. Building from Katie’s recent training in self-myofascial release, these workshops will include all the elements of the restorative yoga workshops, plus an insight and experience of self-myofascial release to release long held tension within the muscle and fascia systems. These classes will be 120 minutes.
Restorative Yoga, Sunday 28 January at 10am
Restorative Yoga, Sunday 18 February at 10am
Restorative Yoga, Friday 23 March at 6pm
Restorative Yoga, Saturday 21 April at 4pm
Restorative Yoga, Sunday 22 April at 10am
Restorative Yoga +, Sunday 11 March at 4pm
Restorative Yoga +, Sunday 6 May at 4pm
 
Bookings are essential. Please contact Katie directly to book your place. katiemaughfling@me.com 07581861906.
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New Foot Care Clinic with Alison Rodgers

We are delighted that Alison Rodgers has recently qualified as a Foot Care Practitioner and is running a Wednesday clinic, here at Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre.

  • Toe Nail Cutting
  • Corn Removal
  • In-growing Toe Nails
  • Hard skin and callus removal
  • Fungal Nail Reduction
  • General Foot Care requirements

£28 per treatment. Book your appointment by ringing us on 01242584140, through out online booking tool or feel to contact Alison directly on 07450 808747,

 

Christmas Opening 2018!

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Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year! We are open for most of it, so if you are in need of any appointment over the festive season, just get in touch.

Reception is closed on 25/26/28/1st January but you can still make appointments using our online booking system.

 

Eating right for winter – Marianne Andrews

Eating right for Winter

Keeping yourself healthy throughout the Winter becomes more difficult if you are or your kids are in a stuffy environment, surrounded by people coughing and sneezing.  So how can we best protect ourselves?

 Many factors influence the health of our immune system – stress, diet, quality of sleep and exercise. Additionally, gut health is incredibly important to our immune function, given that the cells which help us fight bacteria and viruses are located in our gut mucosa.  Vitamin D levels too play an enormous role and catching colds and flu maybe be symptomatic of an underlying deficiency.

Some steps to good immunity

1)  Add at least 5 portions of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables a day.  Vitamin C is a strong anti-oxidant, but it is also water soluble, meaning that you excrete it in your urine and so needs to be eaten every day – not just when you feel a cold coming on.  Sprouts, broccoli and kale are all surprising sources of good levels of vitamin C.

 2)   Add at least 3 portions of probiotic foods a week. A good balance of beneficial gut flora can boost your immune system.  You may improve your levels naturally with probiotic foods, such as natural live yoghurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut or kombucha, and if you are dairy free, then you will find there is also coconut kefir or live coconut yoghurt.

 3)   Add prebiotic fibre to your diet daily.  Prebiotic foods are those which supply the indigestible fibre for our good bacteria to feed upon, thereby ensuring that they thrive.  Onions, garlic, bananas, leeks, asparagus, cabbage and legumes all have good levels of prebiotic fibre.

4)  Add spices – ginger, garlic and turmeric all have anti-inflammatory properties which can aid your body in its fight against infection.

5) Get your vitamin D levels checked. Sub-optimal levels of vitamin D levels will significantly impair your immune response, potentially making you far more susceptible to contracting colds, flu, and other respiratory infections.    Exactly why adults absorb and process vitamin D so differently is still somewhat of a mystery, so the only way to know if your vitamin D level is therapeutic and nontoxic is by having your blood tested.  A simple £32.50 test can tell you if you need to supplement and at what level.

Acupuncture and the menopause – Emma Scott

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What is the menopause?

The menopause is a natural part of a woman’s life cycle. With the ageing process, our oestrogen levels decrease and periods become less frequent until they stop altogether. Oestrogen is the hormone that regulates a women’s periods. This process can take many years and symptoms may appear gradually. This gradual change is called the peri-menopause.

When does it happen?

The menopause usually occurs around the ages of 45 to 55. The average age is 51. In some cases, it might start as young as young as 30. This is known as a premature menopause

Signs and Symptoms

Some women will pass easily through the menopause, but most will experience some of the symptoms to a greater or lesser degree. Symptoms arise because of the loss of oestrogen, which happens with the ageing process. Symptoms may also be affected by diet and lifestyle.

It is also thought that the more out of balance the body is, the worse the symptoms will be. These imbalances may have occurred due to diet, exercise and lifestyle.

Here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Changes to periods: The flow and frequency of your periods may change.
  • Hot flushes: This is the most common symptom and occurs in  about 3 of every 4 women going through the menopause. Some women say that the description of ‘hot flush’ doesn’t do justice to what happens. Many liken the experience to being placed in a hot furnace. In some women, this can occur many times throughout the day. Sometimes these hot flushes occur at night and are known as night sweats.
  • Insomnia: This may be as a result of night sweats which disturb sleep.
  • Vaginal dryness: The lack of oestrogen means that the skin and support tissues of the vagina become thinner and less elastic, and also for the vagina to become dry. This can cause irritation and itchiness. There may also be discomfort during sex.
  • Low mood, anxiety, irritability: Oestrogen can also affect the brain, which has an effect on emotional well-being. Symptoms such as mood swings, anxiety and irritability may occur. There may also be difficulty in concentrating and forgetfulness.

Conventional Treatment

The most common treatment is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). This can take the form of tablets, cream or gel, a skin patch or an implant. It works by replacing oestrogen and so relieves the symptoms that are caused by decreasing levels of oestrogen.

However, the side effects of HRT include weight gain, breast tenderness, nausea, headaches and mood changes. It is not recommended for women with a history of stroke or deep vein thrombosis, breast or endometrial cancer, or severe liver disease.

There is conflicting evidence as to the long-term safety of HRT. Some studies suggest an increase in the risk of breast cancer and heart disease. Other studies show that it is safe and that these results are over-estimated.

Menopause should not be seen as a loss of youth but rather as the potential gaining of wisdom and spiritual power. Flaws B (2005)

Acupuncture and the Menopause- How can I help you?

Many women are looking for alternative ways to help them with the symptoms of menopause; acupuncture is a natural way that many are choosing.  Acupuncture works with the body.  I look at where there are patterns of imbalance and work to address these by inserting needles into carefully chosen acupuncture points. In this way, we bring about balance to the body which enables the body to heal itself, alleviating the symptoms you may be experiencing. You may also feel more positive and able to embrace the journey that you are on!

Ideally you would make changes to your diet and lifestyle and start a course of acupuncture prior to this stage of your life, before the symptoms arise. Prevention is always better and we look to create balance, putting your body in the best possible place for an easy transition through this phase of life.

What can you do to help yourself?

           Diet and Lifestyle
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet: Avoid sugary processed foods that causes your blood sugar to spike. Keeping insulin levels stable can prevent or alleviate some of the symptoms.
  • Exercise: or simply move more! A sedentary lifestyle can have a very negative impact on your health and well-being. There are many apps and devises, such as step counters, that can track your movement throughout the day.
  • Rest and relaxation: Our modern lifestyle can be very stressful. We are constantly available. Giving time, even 10 minutes a day, to some sort of resting activity such as mediation or mindfulness exercises can have a really positive effect on health and well-being. You will then be in a better place to deal with the stresses in your life. Again, there are many apps available to help you with this.

 

Whatever choice of treatment you make, I would always suggest that you look at all of the evidence, weigh up the pros and cons, and make an informed decision that is right for you.

Please contact me if you would like any further information or if you would like to book an appointment.

 

Teen Yoga – a class especially for our young adults

TeenYoga: A class especially for our young adults

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TeenYoga provides a place for our young adults to get away from the pressures of school, friends, family and phones. Each one-hour class incorporates movement, breathing techniques and meditation. A time to release stress in the body through stretching and moving which feels so good; learning to understand the rhythms of the breath and use these to influence our feelings; a time to meditate, have stillness – a time to rest.

Yoga movements and postures (asanas) are the main part of the class. Moving the body into certain shapes can make us feel more alive and confident whilst other shapes can help us calm. The idea is to notice these feelings and be OK with them – this can help us begin to understand the root cause as to why we feel a certain way. When we can understand why we feel a certain way, start to be comfortable with being challenged in yoga asanas and begin to foster the patience to practice within the safe environment of a yoga class, we can start to use these techniques outside of the class – in school and home. Yoga is great for sporty teens as a form of cross-training for other sports. It’s also a beautiful way to be active in a non-competitive environment for the not-so-sporty.

I enjoy going to teen yoga because it helps with my stress. I also try and practice some of the moves at home too because I’m trying to get my splits. It’s helped a lot with improving my flexibility and keeping myself calm in hard situations (like the breathing exercises we do).”

The classes also focus on breathing techniques. Some yoga breathing techniques are taught with particular attention to stress relief – a bonus for those with exams coming up. Breath powers each asana. In some asanas it is more difficult to breath as the body may be twisted, or in a backbend. We can use awareness to refine how we need to breath to be comfortable in a position; again these challenges can be translated off the mat and into life!

So many of the young people I teach always ask for more meditation. The meditation we do in this class is the yoga nidra meditation. Nidra means sleep! Whilst people really do sometimes fall asleep, the real meaning is the sleep of the body. The meditation, done lying down, includes a body scan to fully relax the body. Once completed there are simple breathing meditations and sometimes visualizations. Yoga nidra is a real gift of ease and time-out for our teens.

“It’s really nice to go after a day at school and just forget about everything. I enjoy learning different poses and feel more flexible now after doing yoga for a year. The best part of the class is the meditation (sleeping…!) at the end.”

Summary of benefits of yoga

  • develops strength, flexibility and stamina
  • reduces tension, stress and anxiety
  • raises self-esteem and promotes self-efficacy
  • improves motivation
  • develops clarity, focus and concentration
  • creates awareness of emotional responses
  • encourages self-management of behaviour
  • promotes social, mental and emotional health

It’s been a safe place to unwind and de stress. Best thing ever for teenagers.”

Katie currently teaches yoga at a local grammar school and a local girls’ school.

She runs a TeenYoga class each Tuesday during school term time at Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre.

Katie also runs adult vinyasa, hatha and restorative yoga classes at the centre.

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Restorative Yoga with Katie Maughfling – Summer/Autumn 2017 dates

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Restorative yoga is a relatively new style of yoga. It was developed in 1937 by B.K.S. Iyengar to help students release into yoga asanas (poses) without stress or strain and so has the benefit of assisting in recovery from injury or illness.

Restorative yoga is a deeply relaxing style of yoga. Each asana is held anywhere from 2-20 minutes, depending on the pose and the student. During this time you are supported by blankets, bolsters or pillows and blocks. The asanas are based on those found in a regular hatha or vinyasa class and there is a special sequencing of the poses as in a regular yoga class, whilst being held and supported throughout.

In all yoga we aim to let go of the ego, and even more so in restorative yoga. Holding these supported asanas for minutes at a time can be mentally challenging as we learn to watch the mind as the body stills.

Yoga with Katie is now offering Restorative Yoga classes at the Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre. We have here a number of mats, blocks, blankets and bolsters, however do bring your own if you have them.

These restorative classes will be 90 minutes long and will have the additional benefit of a yoga nidra meditation at the end.

Cost £12 per person, per session. Bookings essential. Email yoga@katiemaughfling.co.uk for more information and booking.

Katie also runs weekly vinyasa, hatha and teen yoga classes at the centre.

Yoga with Katie

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What people say about these classes:

“Bliss. Beginning with seemingly small movements to encourage your body to release tension. Using props, such as bolsters and blankets for comfort, very much guided by your own bodies’ needs. Surprisingly powerful poses culminating in a period of calming meditation. Katie expertly guides you through this so there is no need to be nervous for those joining for the first time! Really beneficial and great to take time out to restore and relax. Snoring optional.”

“The class was very gentle, but surprisingly effective.  I felt a lot more relaxed and peaceful afterwards and it freed me from the stiffness I usually feel in my neck.”