Some of the earliest written records of Meditation come from the Hindu traditions of Vedantism around 1500 BCE. The Vedas discuss the meditative traditions of ancient India. Around the 6th to 5th centuries BCE, other forms of meditation developed in Taoist China and Buddhist India.
The roots of Mindfulness practices reach back to the early teachings of the Buddha. It is a set of skills that once learned we have for life.
Meditation can be practised anywhere and does not need any equipment. It can be achieved whilst walking outside, waiting in a queue somewhere or even in the supermarket, literally anywhere.
Contrary to popular belief it does not involve emptying your mind but of taking control of your thoughts, understanding what your limiting beliefs are and how they are preventing you from moving toward your goals, and learning how to become non judgemental and more accepting of your thoughts and therefore of yourself.
Therapeutic benefits of Meditation and Mindfulness
Meditation takes many forms and includes visualisations and using breathing techniques to calm and focus the mind.
Meditation and Mindfulness are both useful therapeutic techniques, they can be used as an aid to desensitise a person who has a phobia, to understand anger, depression, anxiety, to help the healing process concerning relationships and to help a person understand their thought processes.
Neuroscientists have found change in the area of the brain associated with decision making, empathy and emotions of people who regularly meditate.
Regular Meditation reduces stress and improves wellbeing and reduces blood pressure and allows us in this busy hectic world to pull back and quieten our minds.
What is tapping?
I mainly use a form of tapping known as TFT which is Thought Field Therapy.
During the session the client is asked to think about a specific issue, this may include trauma, anxiety, loss or phobia or they may recall a feeling which may include anger, guilt or shame, and whilst thinking about the issue, or whatever feeling that has come up for them, the client taps in a specific order on specific acupressure areas of their body.
How does it work?
Tapping utilises the same system as acupuncture. The energy points used are called meridians and were first identified by the ancient Chinese thousands of years ago. They identified twelve main pathways along the body with various connecting channels and a myriad of energy points located within the system. By thinking about the negative thought or situation in a calm, safe environment, and tapping on specific energy points that apply to the negative emotions, the feelings can be neutralised.
We also use a form of eye movement and breathing techniques alongside the tapping process.
EFT or TFT?
I tend to use EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, which is a more generalised form of tapping, during meditation or mindfulness sessions with clients, where we tap on multiple meridian points as part of meditation sessions during a visualisation or using positive affirmations.
Tapping sessions last for one hour and are £55 per session or 90 minutes combined with other therapies for £80
I also offer 90 minute sessions combining tapping sessions with reiki, meditation or counselling /coaching.
Mindfulness based CBT one to one 8 week course
This weekly course teaches you Mindfulness techniques that you can continue to use in daily life including how negative automatic thoughts can often determine how we react to situations and how our mood determines the actions that we take. As it is not group course I tailor it specifically to your needs.
As the course is linked to CBT it is £55 per week.