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Courses after half term

First term back has been a busy one and Autumn 2 term looks the same! I am running 3 community courses in November; 2 in Brighton Hill on a Sunday and one in Bramley on a Thursday after school.  All courses are similar in that we cover Happiness in week 1; Anxiety/Worry in week 2; being angry in week 3 and being kind/positive in week 4.

My courses are for children in years 1-6 and cost £30 per child.  By attending the course children will learn some fabulous life skills to help them get through those challenging moments.

As well as my 4 week community courses I also run one off sessions from time to time and am going to be running an Anxiety/Worry session in November.  Often children who are anxious just find it too much to access a whole Relax Kids course so I run the 1-2-1 sessions to introduce Relax Kids to them and to teach tools and techniques that they can then use to help themselves in challenging moments.  Once they are familiar with me and Relax Kids they may then wish to go on and attend a 4 week course.

I tend to run the one off sessions in Basingstoke, but I’m more than happy to do one off sessions elsewhere as long as I get around 10 children attending.

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Relax Kids courses in the community

My Sunday courses are proving very popular so I’ve decided to run another block of courses after October half term.  In the New Year I may go back to after school courses, I’m not yet sure.

Dates will be Sunday 4,18,25 November & 2 December (we are having to miss a week – 11 November – due to the hall already having a booking) and there are a choice of time slots; 9.15-10.15am or 10.30am-11.30am.

So, why would you want to book your child on a course?

Not only will children benefit from enjoying some relaxation time themselves but they will also learn that they can use every day, including:

  • how to develop their self confidence
  • how to manage their moods and emotions
  • how to manage stress and anxiety
  • how to increase brain power
  • how to relax and improve sleep

In each session we work our way through mindful movement, mindful play, gentle stretching, self massage, calming breathing exercises, positive affirmations and creative visualisations.  This takes around 40 minutes and is followed by a relevant activity and children will take home for example a happy cup (so that they can write down their happy thoughts), a worry wallet (so that they can write down their worries) and other things too.

What age are courses aimed at? Children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

How much does the course cost? Cost per child is £30 for the 4 weeks.

Where will the course take place? Sessions take place in Brighton Hill.

What else can you offer if we can’t commit to the 4 weeks? I also run 1-2-1 sessions which are very popular.  My 1-2-1 sessions take place in your home at a time that suits you. Sessions are tailored to areas you need support with and cost £50 for the hour.  I tend to visit once and leave you with lots of ideas of things that you can then incorporate into your lives.  Of course I’m more than happy to visit more than once and some people do indeed have a regular session with me.

If you’d like more information please do get in touch, or if you want to book up a place please do so here.

 

 

 

And on to another school year.

I hope you’ve all managed a rest over the summer and enjoyed the sunshine we have had on and off. I’ve enjoyed a bit too much of a rest and am looking forward to getting back to all things Relax Kids next week once schools go back.

I’m looking forward to working in schools I’ve been in for the last 3 years and also looking forward to working in new schools this term.

I’m pretty pleased that all of my courses outside school have been booked up very quickly.  Bramley course on a Thursday is full and both of my Sunday courses for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are full.  I do have space left on my course for children who will be starting in Reception this academic year so please get in touch if you’re interested in finding out more.

My courses which start after October half term (again on a Sunday) are open for bookings, so if you’d like a place please pop over here and check out my new bookings system!

My Monday Adult Relaxation session starts up again on Monday 3 September. This is a drop in session and you are all welcome. No need to bring anything as I provide mats, small pillows and blankets!

I’m taking bookings for 1-2-1 sessions this month so do get in touch if this is something you are interested in.  My 1-2-1 sessions cover Relax Kids, Mini Me Meditation and Story Massage – giving 3 different techniques that can be built into daily lives.

 

Summer holidays …

So, the summer holidays are almost upon us.  Some schools are finishing tomorrow, some Friday and some Monday.  And how lucky have we been to have all this amazing sunshine, long may it continue.

I’ve had such an amazing year from September 2017-July 2018. Working with over 1500 children/students/adults in that time; teaching amazing life skills that can be built into daily lives but also providing some relaxation to those children/students/adults.

I’ve had some truly awesome feedback from everyone I’ve encountered which has been amazing and I feel very grateful to have been able to share lots of awesome skills with everyone I’ve worked with.

I’m looking forward to a relaxing summer – practising what I preach!! – but I’m also available for 1-2-1 Relax Kids sessions and also 1-2-1 GoZen! Anxiety Relief sessions if there is interest.  I’m running a Relax Kids ‘Back to School’ session on Tuesday 28 August and my community courses resume in September.  I have a few places left but most have filled up already which is amazing.  My course for children who are just starting in Year R has quite a few places, so if you’re looking for something for your child just starting school please do get in touch.

I hope everyone has a wonderful summer.

Winding down to summer….

Wow I can’t believe another school year is almost over! How time flies. I’ve worked with another 1000+ children this year which has been awesome and I’m looking forward to continuing the work in several schools next academic year as well as starting in some new schools.

My community course comes to an end this week and I’m going to be running a community course on a Sunday starting September 23rd.  I’ve had lots of requests for a weekend course so hoping that this will now be a regular feature on the Relax Kids Basingstoke calendar!! It’s a 4 week course and I’m running 2 courses for children in Years 1,2,3,4,5,6 (one at 9.15am-10.15am and a second from 10.30am-11.30am).  I’m also going to be running a course for children who start in Reception in September.  I always found my weekday after school sessions just didn’t work for Year R as that first year is so tiring for them but the Sunday class will hopefully be something that takes off too.  Bookings for all sessions can be made at http://www.bookwhen.com/relaxkidsbasingstoke.  There are still a few places left. Cost is £30 per child.

I’ve made some changes to the GoZen! Anxiety Relief Programme that I’m licensed to run – I now run this either in a school setting with parents, or on a 1-2-1 basis.  The 1-2-1 course takes place over 3 separate sessions and is for around an hour at a time.  I’ve just run my first 1-2-1 session and it went brilliantly.  So I’m opening up a few slots for further 1-2-1 sessions.  I can be flexible in terms of timing as it’s just a case of working out a slot that works for both you and I on three consecutive weeks. Cost for the GoZen! 1-2-1 course is £120 for the 3 sessions.

I have had a fair few bookings for 1-2-1 Relax Kids sessions too, so I’m looking forward to being busy over the summer.  My 1-2-1s are a great alternative for those who can’t make my community courses, or for those who much prefer a session in their own home.  My 1-2-1 sessions cover Relax Kids, Mini Me Meditation and Story Massage.  These different tools complement each other really well and families are loving these sessions.  It means that parents continue the work after I’ve run the session but several have reported back that it’s been really nice to set aside some time on a daily basis to relax together.  Cost for a 1-2-1 session is £50 and you will receive a ‘relax pack’ with lots of ideas of things you can do at home.

Please get in touch if any of the above interest you as I’d be happy to provide more information.

GoZen! Anxiety Relief 1-2-1 course

I am now running the GoZen! Anxiety Relief course on a 1-2-1 basis.

‘The GoZen! anxiety relief programme’ teaches your child how to understand and control their worry. And because stress, pressure and challenges are part of everyday life, these are skills your child will use forever.

Sadly I’m meeting more and more children who are really struggling with anxiety and worry and it’s often tough for them to engage in an interactive class (such as Relax Kids) so I wanted to find something a little different. Don’t get me wrong, Relax Kids is an awesome class for children to learn tools and techniques to deal with lots of different situations so I’m still very much focusing on this, but I wanted to find something else to support children who are finding it hard to access Relax Kids courses.

For a while now I’ve been wanting to do more to empower children who are finding things tough and I feel that I’ve found something that children will love and understand. As with other courses/programmes, there is always going to be a caveat that it’s not going to be for all children and perhaps it won’t work for all children. The course is all about empowering children. I feel that there is something that we can all learn from the course.

Your child will learn research-based methods to manage worry including:

  • What happens when you worry
  • Why some types of worry are actually good and how to use the good type of worry
  • How worry affects the body, and what to do about it
  • How worry affects thinking, creates repetitive, exaggerated thoughts, and what to do about it.

The GoZen! creators suggest the course is for ages 3-25! One point to make clear though is that it’s the same course regardless of age. I personally think it’s probably more for children in Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2, but I’m more than happy to work with older children.

The course is a little different in that it’s focused on animation; which children love and really resonate with. My role will be to facilitate the course; to provide the video links, the paperwork, the space for children and their adult to engage, learn and practice the techniques. It’s an American programme so there will be some words/phrases that children may not understand but that doesn’t take away from the value of the course.

The course will be run on a 1-2-1/family basis in the comfort of your own home. The course will cover 6 modules in 3 weeks, which may feel quite a lot but parents will be in the session with their child and therefore supporting them through the course and thereafter. Each session will take between about 50 minutes and an hour and 15 minutes. And there will be work to do in between sessions – nothing too onerous but something to build on what we did in the session and to cement the learning.

Children can participate as much or as little as they wish. I will ask questions and if your child/ren they want to contribute that’s great; if they don’t then that’s equally great as I’ll have the answers!

The cost will be £120 for the 3 week course and it will take place in your home.

I have availability to run 8 courses per term either Monday (4pm or 5.30pm), Tuesday (5.30pm) and Wednesday (4pm). Other times may be available so please do get in touch if this is of interest. Email rkbasingstoke@yahoo.co.uk.

 

What’s happening after the Easter hols

I thought I would update on what’s happening after the Easter holidays in the world of Relax Kids Basingstoke. I have lots going on!!

Alongside all the work I’ll be doing in schools (I’m in around 18 schools delivering 22 courses which will be amazing, so reaching out to around 250 children in Summer 1 term) I’m also running my usual community course – 5 weeks of Relax Kids sessions – 1 hour per week on a Friday from 4pm-5pm starting Friday 20 April.  Alongside the course there will also be stand alone sessions that focus on:

Anxiety/Worry (Thursday 19 April) – this will be my Relax Kids session following the 7 steps (as always) and we will do an activity related to Anxiety/Worry.

Relax Families (Thursday 3 May) – this is a session for families to come along and enjoy some relaxation time together.  An hour session where we will go through a Relax Kids session, a Mini Me Meditation session and learn a Story Massage.  Families can then use the techniques at home.

Pre-Sats session (Thursday 10 May) – this a session for children in Year 6 to have some relaxation time prior to Sats the following week.  I won’t be making a big deal of Sats at all, but will talk about how we can help ourselves if we ever start to feel worried/panicky in certain situations (eg tests)

As ever bookings can be made for each of these on my Bookwhen page – http://www.bookwhen.com/rkbasingstoke.

I also run 1-2-1 sessions as the times I run my sessions aren’t always easy for everyone; with 1-2-1s I can be so much more flexible on timing (including weekends) so please get in touch if this is something that interests you.