2018 Mental health and wellbeing finalist

We are excited to announce Zoe our founder has been shortlisted for the 2018 complementary therapies awards for the impact T4F has on the mental health and wellbeing of the service users. The shortlist reflects the hard work of all the volunteers since 2011 to make a positive difference in the lives of injured veterans and their families. From 1-2-1 appointments to the populat relaxation and wellbeing event which are now in their 7th year. They are run throughout the UK at various locations. If you would like to volunteer for T4F please let us know. If you would like to know how to access our services the quickest way to contact us is via our Therapies4Forces Facebook page by sending a private message.

 

Award

 

https://chamberlaindunn.co.uk/complementary-therapy-awards-2018/

https://www.fht.org.uk/complementary-therapy-awards

The importance of volunteering

The importance of volunteering

 We all know that volunteering, no matter what it is doing is a great thing to do. Not only does it feel good knowing that you have given back, perhaps to your local community or even a cause that reaches much wider, but it also has a huge impact on the world around us too.

With National Volunteering Week upon us, we thought that it made sense to take a look at the reasons why volunteering, in whatever form it comes in, is an incredibly important thing for us all to do.

Volunteers have a financial impact on charities around the UK

Whilst a volunteer may think that they are simply offering their time to a charity, organisation or cause, the true fact is that they have a financial impact on them too. In fact, it is thought that in the UK the estimated value of volunteers for UK charities is as much as £22.6bn which is a pretty impressive figure.

Volunteering teaches you new skills

Of course, some of the benefits of working as a volunteer are going to relate to you as a person, else you would never give up your time. One of the biggest things about volunteering is that it teaches you new skills, skills that help your confidence to build and may even improve your chance of new careers. It can be an opportunity to gain experience within your existing skill set by allowing you to work with a new client group for example.

It can help charities reach new people

Whilst you may not feel comfortable shouting from the rooftops about your voluntary work, there is a good chance that you will tell some people what you get up to. By telling them what you are doing and who you are doing It for, you will extend the reach that the charity will have, as well as perhaps inspire other people to volunteer themselves.

It grows a sense of community 

There is no greater power than that of people coming together. This is why community is such an important thing to build. Voluntary work brings people together to achieve a shared vision, which will make reaching that goal a whole lot easier.

It helps you to meet new people

We all like to make new friends and this is definitely a plus point of working as a volunteer, chances are that as you work you are going to meet like-minded people who have similar beliefs and values and then this could progress into friendship.

Now you know more about volunteering and why it is such a good thing to do, why not see if you can find some voluntary work that suits you. It could be working in a charity shop, offering your support to a child as a mentor or perhaps even completing some admin for a charity, whatever you decide to do, the impact that your choices can have will go much wider than just simply helping out that charity and boost your own confidence.

 

Therapies4Forces are always looking for new volunteer therapists throughout the UK. We also would love to hear from anyone who could volunteer their skills  such as home based administration, article writing, news letter writing social media improvement, marketing, proof reading. T4F get no funding we raise some funds for running costs such as the website and massage oils from raffles we hold at events.

GDPR update

As many of you maybe aware due to the amount of emails you have been receiving, that there are changes to the Data protection laws in the EU and this includes the UK.

Therapies4Forces, will only ever use your data to match you with a therapist, which could include emailing you to find out your needs and send information and updates to you via the email service if you signed up to it. If you wish to unsubscribe please use the list at the bottom of this email.

You do not need to do anything if you still wish to be part of our service and still be able to receive free treatments 1-2-1 and invitations to relaxation and wellbeing days.

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The below is just a reminder for your information and we will be on the website.

Website privacy policy

This privacy policy sets out how Therapies4Forcces uses and protects any information that you give Therapies4Forces when you use this website.

Therapies4Forces is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

Therapies4Forces may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 25 May 2018.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • name and job title
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We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.
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Welcome to our website. If you continue to browse and use this website, you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions of use, which together with our privacy policy govern Therapies4Forces’s relationship with you in relation to this website. If you disagree with any part of these terms and conditions, please do not use our website.

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The use of this website is subject to the following terms of use:

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Easy ways to be good to yourself

Easy ways to be good to yourself

 

Adverts are always encouraging us to be good to ourselves in one way or another and inevitably the advertiser’s product will be just what we need to make our lives complete.  In reality however, there are lots of ways we can be good to ourselves and many of them are free or at least very affordable.

 

Be good to your body

 

You have to live in your body for all of your time on this earth, so it makes sense to treat it with care.  There’s a lot of truth in the old saying “you are what you eat” so make sure that most of what you eat and drink is healthy and nutritious.  This starts with breakfast, which really is the most important meal of the day.  If you’re “not a breakfast person” or “too busy for breakfast” then look at alternatives to staples such as cereal or cooked breakfasts.  A bagel with egg, peanut butter or banana and honey can be eaten on the go (if you must) and still provide plenty of nutrition to set you up for the day.  If you like to snack between meals then keep a supply of healthy, filling snacks and stay away from junk food.  Likewise, go for water and healthy drinks such as fruit juices and fruit teas instead of caffeine and canned drinks.  Keep alcohol and other unhealthy food for special occasions and in moderation.

 

Make time for your mind

 

Just as your body needs rest, so your mind needs down-time.  Sleep goes a long way to repairing both body and mind, so getting enough of it is a must, but we also need a bit of time out during our waking hours to declutter our minds and destress.  Walking can be a wonderful way to do this, particularly if you can get out to an open space such as a park or woodland area and get some fresh air into your lungs at the same time.  Even when the great outdoors isn’t an option, there are still plenty of indoor alternatives.  Showers may be a great way to get clean quickly, but a relaxing bath with plenty of bubbles is a better way to unwind and clear your mind.  Alternatively try finding some gentle background music and scented candles and then focus on breathing deeply and simply being in the moment.

 

Make time for time out

 

There are lots of ways you can be good to yourself at home, but in some cases if you want to get the very best benefit from any sort of health or wellness treatment, it’s best to head to a professional.  For example, it’s relatively easy to learn how to do basic hand, foot and/or facial massage to give yourself a healthy and free treat at home.  Back massages, however, require an extra pair of hands, while some more advanced treatments such as hot-stone massage require specialist equipment and others such as aromatherapy and reflexology really need a certain level of professional training and expertise to be performed safely and effectively.  Complementary therapies treat the body and mind, and are therefore particularly helpful to people with busy lifestyles.

The importance of positive touch

 

 

The importance of positive touch 

Scientific research has shown that when it comes to the wellbeing of humans, a positive touch plays a huge part.

These can come in the form of gestures that we all take for granted; such as a pat on the back, a touch on the arm whilst deep in conversation, a cuddle with your pet.

But even the smallest of touch can result in a better sense of emotional and physical wellbeing. It is the one thing that sets us aside from other animals.

So why don’t we learn more about touch and what it can do for us? First of all, we can take a look at the physical and emotional benefits of touch.

The physical and emotional benefits of touch

It builds trust- Touch can be used to bond and develop a feeling of trust. Physical touch is known by scientists to activate the orbitofrontal cortex of the brain which is linked to the feelings of compassion.

It gives you a lift- When you are feeling low, does a good hug make you feel all the better? This is thanks to the fact that it warms you up and makes you feel happier about your situation.

It builds a team- The humble handshake could be responsible for releasing oxytocin into your bloodstream. Oxytocin in turn increases the chances that you will be treated as family and a feeling of a team, a unit can be created, even if the people don’t know each other at all.

It gives your immune system a boost- Research has shown that women who receive more hugs from their partners have lower heart rates and blood pressure readings. This points to the fact that a simple physical touch can strengthen your immune system. Hugs in particular put pressure on the sternum and activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This in turn stimulates the thymus gland which will boost the body’s production of white blood cells.

Complementary therapy and touch

When it comes to complementary therapy, many of them rely on the benefits of touch to help those who need it.

Massage is one of the most popular types of complementary therapies that feature touch. A massage can stimulate your body in a range of ways and make sure that you are feeling relaxed and healthy.

Reiki is another therapy that harnesses the power of touch, it focuses on increasing the electromagnetic field that surrounds a person. It is known to improve a range of painful conditions and relax and de-stress people.

So now you know just what a simple hug, or pat on the back could do for you and those around you, what are you waiting for? Get out there, give the ones you love a great big cuddle and see how much better you feel.

 

What makes complementary therapies so great for the body and mind

We all know that medicine can help you when you feel unwell, helping you to recover from an illness or infection. But what about complimentary therapies; how can they help you to feel great both on the inside and out?


What are complimentary therapies?


Before we look at what they can do for you, we first need to understand what is meant by complimentary therapies.
Complimentary therapies are treatments that fall outside standard medical treatments. They include acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, reflexology, meditation amongst many other different therapies.
Treatments should be carried out by an experienced and qualified practitioner, each different type of therapy offers alternatives for a range of illnesses and disorders.
What are the benefits?


There are a variety of reasons that people may turn to complimentary therapies to help them and there are in turn a range of benefits to using these types of therapies.
They balance body and mind

One of the best things about complimentary therapies is that they are not just targeted on your body. Many offer treatments that also improve your mental state too. Whether that is a relaxing massage, a course of acupuncture or aromatherapy, you will find that many will concentrate on creating a relaxing environment whilst they provide you with the treatment that you are looking for.
They can boost your immune system


It is thought that a number of complimentary therapies will give your immune system a boost. Whether it is just because they make you feel relaxed and reduce stress we don’t know but there is something to be said for having a refreshed and revived immune system when you are feeling unwell.
They let you take control


When you have an illness that is being treated at a hospital you may feel helpless about what happens to you. If you balance this with some complimentary therapies, then you can decide what treatment you have and when. Getting back a sense of control can do wonders for your mindset and help you cope better when the time comes to visit the hospital again.
It really does work


There a variety of therapies that are proven to help during treatment for particular illnesses. A prime example of this is how acupuncture can ease the feelings of sickness experienced by those who are undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.
It gives you a chance to talk


They say that a problem shared is a problem halved and we have found that one of the best therapies is simply being able to talk through your problems. When you are going through a difficult time, having someone who is there to listen can really help which is why many complimentary therapies will include plenty of time to get those problems off your chest.


Whether you use it alongside medicine when suffering an illness or simply to give yourself a bit of a boost, or to continue you maintain good health complimentary therapies are more than just an alternative; they are a helping hand when you need them the most.

The power of complementary therapies

The power of an alternative; what makes complementary therapies so great for body and mind

We all know that medicine can help you when you feel unwell, helping you to recover from an illness or infection. But what about complimentary therapies; how can they help you to feel great both on the inside and out?

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What are complementary therapies?

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Before we look at what they can do for you, we first need to understand what is meant by complementary therapies.

Complementary therapies are treatments that fall outside standard medical treatments. They include massage, acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, reflexology, meditation amongst many other different therapies.

Treatments should be carried out by an experienced and qualified practitioner, each different type of therapy offers alternatives for a range of illnesses and disorders.

What are the benefits?

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There are a variety of reasons that people may turn to complementary therapies to help them and there are in turn a range of benefits to using these types of therapies.

They balance body and mind

One of the best things about complementary therapies is that they are not just targeted on your body. Many offer treatments that also improve your mental state too. Whether that is a relaxing massage, a course of acupuncture or aromatherapy, you will find that many will concentrate on creating a relaxing environment whilst they provide you with the treatment that you are looking for.

They can boost your immune system

It is thought that a number of complimentary therapies will give your immune system a boost. Whether it is just because they make you feel relaxed and reduce stress we don’t know but there is something to be said for having a refreshed and revived immune system when you are feeling unwell.

They let you take control

When you have an illness that is being treated at a hospital you may feel helpless about what happens to you. If you balance this with some complimentary therapies, then you can decide what treatment you have and when. Getting back a sense of control can do wonders for your mindset and help you cope better when the time comes to visit the hospital again.

It really does work

There a variety of therapies that are proven to help during treatment for particular illnesses. A prime example of this is how acupuncture can ease the feelings of sickness experienced by those who are undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.

It gives you a chance to talk

They say that a problem shared is a problem halved and we have found that one of the best therapies is simply being able to talk through your problems. When you are going through a difficult time, having someone who is there to listen can really help which is why many complimentary therapies will include plenty of time to get those problems off your chest.

Whether you use it alongside medicine when suffering an illness or simply to give yourself a bit of a boost or to continue you maintain good health complimentary therapies are more than just an alternative; they are a helping hand when you need them the most.

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How to get a good night’s sleep

How to get a good night’s sleep 

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As parents around the world will testify, a good night’s sleep is something you only really appreciate when you don’t get it.  Now there’s not much you can do to make a baby grow up more quickly, but there are a lot you can do to promote good sleep in general.

Start with your bedroom  

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It can be tempting to think of a bedroom as just a room with a bed in it.  In actual fact, it should be a room which promotes sleep.  Ideally this should be the room’s only purpose, but that can be impractical in reality.  If a bedroom does have to do double-duty (e.g. as an office), then try to create a distinct sleeping area.  This should be free from all the distractions which hinder sleep, particularly electronic devices.  If you absolutely must have a mobile on a night time, put it well away from the bed and set the ringtone loud enough so that it will wake you up.  Make your sleeping area as comfortable as you can afford, e.g. use a quality mattress and bedding.

 

Develop a bedtime routine

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When you were little, there’s a good chance your parents had a bed-time routine laid out for you, maybe dinner, bath, chill-out time, hot drink, story, bed.  Maybe you didn’t realize it at the time but each of those steps prepared your body and mind for sleep.  This works for adults too.  If at all possible, eat your evening meal early enough that you have plenty of time to digest it before going to bed.  Then try to organize your evening so that you are steadily winding down before bedtime.  A zingy shower with citrus shower gel may be wonderful in the morning, but in the evening a bath, or at least, a gentle shower with a relaxing scent is a better choice.  Likewise pass on the caffeine and go for soothing hot drinks.  Deep breathing can also help to make you feel more relaxed.

 

Manage your overall well-being

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Sometimes it’s the little niggles that people often don’t think worth worrying about that stop a good night’s sleep.  Those aches and pains you just ignore and soldier on through.  The general feeling of being run-down and/or stressed out you just have to deal with.  These can have many causes, such as poor diet or unhealthy habits such as smoking.  In some cases, they can be a sign of a more serious problem and need attention from a doctor.  In many cases, however, they are just symptoms of the fast-paced, always-on modern world we live in.  Dealing with them, therefore, can be as simple as making some time in your diary to switch off your phone and switch on to the benefits of complementary therapies such as massage and reflexology.  In addition to their practical health benefits, they can also help to relieve stress.  They are particularly valuable for people with busy, hectic lives, be that for work-related reasons or for personal reasons, such as having young children.  At the end of the day, “me time” is essential for everyone.  Unless you take care of yourself, how will you take care of the people you love?

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