"Creating Life Balance" Workshops
Many of our clients that complete a Lifeskills Seminar ask us what’s next? Or how can I put all of these new skills into practice?
Our ‘Creating Life Balance’ workshop was been designed as the next step after a Lifeskills Seminar, but also as a one day feel good workshop to help people get back on track.
Clients are invited to attend the workshop with the goal of learning something new about our three areas of speciality: Naturopathy, Counselling, and Sexology. Interestingly, these three areas are all linked and when one is out of balance, usually the others suffer.
The theme of the day is patterns and the aim to identify unhealthy patterns in our everyday life that are influencing how we feel and how we function.
The day begins with Wendy Brissenden, our Naturopath, exploring the idea of whole body nourishment. In our busy lives it’s good to stop and take stock and see how we can do things better as our diet and lifestyle choices, i.e. what we choose to eat and do underpin everything.
Strategies will be discussed to combat the common downfalls - which always seem to resonate with someone in the room - missing breakfast (or missing a quality breakfast), struggling to exercise, the 3 o’clock sugar craving and the after work wine.
The key question throughout – What nourishment have you given your body?
Will be brought into focus through discussions around the brain-gut connection. The fact that the gut has a direct link to the brain and in fact has its own nervous system – ‘the enteric nervous system’ will come to light that what you eat really does influence how you feel.
The bottom line however, comes down to the fact that for all of us, we have to make a conscious decision to – as one participant said – ‘do something different’. Ultimately it’s our responsibility to choose to make a change and for this to work it needs to be planned. Change doesn’t happen by chance.
After a short break, Counsellor Vee Vinci will examine communication.
She will show you ways of identifying our negative behaviour patterns and implementing new ones. Most people are able to recognise that their communication skills may be a problem with significant people in their life. We naturally default under stress to a particular pattern, we’ll look at some of the things that can contribute to communication problems and discuss some ideas for overcoming those difficulties.
Vee will also look at some common “Roadblocks” and reflected them back to ourselves in order to see what we do to inhibit communication rather than look at how the other person responds.
Vee will also touch on Communication Styles to identify which ones are easier or more difficult to implement. You will discover your “Blind Spot” in order to become aware about what other people may see in us that we perhaps don’t. As Wendy our Naturopath said earlier, “change doesn’t happen by chance”. In turn, we cannot change what we are not aware of! By looking at different patterns and styles and becoming aware of what we may do to inhibit our communication we then have a chance to set about changing and repairing our significant relationships for the better.
The last chapter of the workshop is conducted by our Sexologist, Annika Knudsen.
People tend to be uncomfortable talking about sex and sexuality so this session is a great way for the group to loosen up and forget about any judgements or stereotypes we may have.
Sexual Needs is the first area we focus on; highlighting the importance of YOUR needs, THEIR needs, and then your needs as a COUPLE. Each of the three parts needs attention but if one dominates the other, there is an imbalance and someone’s needs are neglected.
Then we will look at sexual rituals; the processes and behaviour we have as individuals in the lead up to sex. Men and women have different rituals that they enjoy performing, as well as what they expect from a partner. Annika will discuss all the combinations and differences between men and women, so you’ll be able to see that rituals are in fact foreplay...whether that involves taking the garbage out, remembering to pick up the dry cleaning or a foot massage. Having the ability to recognise a partner’s sexual ritual expectations and needs is the key to a compatible sexual relationship.
What our clients are saying!
The feedback we have received from the clients at the end of the day has been phenomenal. Most participants particularly liked how each topic flowed and reflected one another: if you are not nourishing your body > you won’t feel physically well > which impacts the way you communicate with loved ones > which in turn impacts on the intimacy in the relationship.
This workshop has been a great success and we will be running them throughout the year so make sure you are on our mailing list to receive up dates.
Clients will receive their own workbook with notes and activities as well as The Wellness Workbook, which encompasses each of the three focus areas.