John Burgess – Thai Chi

John Burgess has been practising Tai Chi for 20 Years and teaching for the past 10. He main teacher is Ad Brugman who teaches forms from the living Dao and he has also received instruction from Chung Liang Al Huang, Richard Farmer and Barry Spendlove.

He has a BA (hons) in Complementary and Holistic therapies and has been teaching Tai Chi at Breast Cancer Haven since 2015. His teaching emphasises gentleness and kindness towards the body promoting relaxation and ease. The classes incorporate warm up exercises, basic movements and guided relaxations.

Jane Sethi – Mindfulness

Mindfulness is about being present to the every day moments of our life, with a kindly and accepting awareness. Being mindful allows for a clearer understanding of how thoughts and emotions can affect our quality of life.

Studies show that we are happier when we are present; and that mindfulness – paying attention to what is happening in the present moment - can significantly improve our well being and help reduce stress and anxiety both in the body and mind.

Benefits of mindfulness include:

  • Improved mood
  • A boost to the immune system
  • Increased relaxation
  • Decreased feeling of overwhelm
  • Increased confidence
  • Increased self compassion

It can also feel like taking time to do something for yourself and feeling more in control, learning how to make choices that support well-being, now and in the future, in good times and when tough days return.

Jane is a mindfulness teacher and is trained in MBSR ( Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction); MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) and MBCT for Cancer, 8 Week Mindfulness Courses which she teaches on behalf of a breast cancer charity, offering people with cancer a means to bring mindfulness and kindliness into their lives.

Lisa Barton - Information &  Support Advisor

My name is Lisa Barton I was employed at Breast Cancer Haven as their Information &  Support Advisor.

My background is in mental health, so I can offer the group relaxation sessions, looking at building up their  resilience and drawing of their inner resources to help manage the best they can when diagnosed with breast cancer

Kelly Smith - Studio K Hairdressing

My name is Kelly Smith and I’m the salon owner of Studio K Hairdressing. I have over 23 years experience in hairdressing, which includes 16 years as an Art director, NVQ assessor and Strength and Style consultant at Toni & Guy. Training as a Strength and Style consultant gave me experience and knowledge of all aspects of hair when going through cancer treatment.

I can offer a friendly, informal question and answer session to hopefully help with some questions you may have in relation to hair and offer advice if needed.

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