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We are here to guide you and support you to improve your wellbeing, whatever stage you are at. We have gathered together lots of information about courses, activities and groups that are happening around Bath and North East Somerset to support people’s wellbeing. We hope that you will find something here that interests you, whether it be a one-off activity or a longer term course spread over several weeks. Most of our courses are free and are offered to B&NES residents who are aged 16 and over, or people who are registered with a GP in B&NES.
If you feel rather overwhelmed by the number of courses to choose from why not give us a ring and one of our advisers will help guide you to make an informed choice.
If you would like some 1:1 support and guidance we can offer you a free Wellbeing Advice session. Our adviser can meet up with you for an informal chat at a suitable location near to where you live.
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Hand Reflexology for Self-Help for the Wellbeing College by Hazel Powell BA (Hons) MAR
"About a year ago, I was visiting a friend in Bath who had been diagnosed with depression and came across a leaflet they had about the Wellbeing College, a jointly funded organisation aiming to improve the wellbeing, health and happiness of people living in Bath and North East Somerset. The Wellbeing College have established a course based on the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’: Connect, Take Notice, Be Active, Give, and Keep Learning. They also run other courses and range from gardening and mindfulness, to woodland well-being and upholstery.I approached the College to see if I could offer a reflexology course, and they invited me in to explore how reflexology could work in this setting. The meeting was really positive and we decided on my offering a hand reflexology course.
I designed a course consisting of four 1.5 hour sessions. This was the first reflexology course I have ever delivered, so I put a lot of work into the preparation and design. Each session I taught some theory in the first half and then some practical in the second half. I used some PowerPoint slides I purchased from the AoR and adapted these for the course. I included some information on the history of reflexology and also the theories behind it. I also looked at why hand reflexology is used instead of foot reflexology; the interactive hand map on the AoR website was a very useful resource. I showed the participants some techniques to work on their hands, including some simple hand massage used during the opening and closing moves for hand reflexology. I also taught them some reflexes to work on for stress and anxiety such as the brain, neck, adrenal gland reflex, spine and the diaphragm.
I played Sally Earlam’s video on Hand Reflexology for Stress and Tension which was really helpful too. I have now delivered three Hand Reflexology for Self-Help courses and have thoroughly enjoyed each one. When asked if the course had positively affected their wellbeing or quality of life, on a scale of 1-6 where 6 is strongly agree, the average score from participants was 5.2 (scores were available for 2 of the courses, n=10). In addition, 90% of participants reported improvements in confidence and relaxation, and 70% reported feeling less worried. Qualitative feedback was also collected;comments included:
“The course helped me to mix with other people and relax more” and “it was very good for stress relief.”
It is great to feel like I have helped to make a difference and I look forward to the next courses I run with the college".
Hazel Powell BA (Hons) MAR
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