We recently held a Sleep Seminar in Leeds at the Mencap Centre. The theme of the day was supporting sleep through mindfulness, aromatherapy and massage.
Alongside a presentation from our own Sleep Practitioners was Lois Skilleter, from Earthereal of Yorkshire therapies. Lois gave a great presentation on each topic and everyone eagerly took part in the practical demonstrations of either hand massage or head, neck and shoulders in the afternoon, with the support of Lisa and Amanda, Lois’ students. This provided a wonderful relaxing and enjoyable end to the day for parents and professionals, whilst a special mention must be made to our Sleep Practitioner, Laura MacDonald who selflessly put herself forward to be Lois’ demonstration model!
We also had Phil Truby from Yorkshire Sport Foundation talking about how they support children and adults who have disabilities to access sport and activities, as well as the positive impact that has not only on their fitness but on improving their social networks and emotional wellbeing.
We had so many positive comments about the day, here are just a few:
‘After 10 years of living with a child with a sleep disorder, I feel that despite thinking we had tried everything, we learned new techniques.’
‘I suffer from ticks and verbal shouting and was terrible on the journey to the seminar. I soon calmed down with the welcoming environment, lovely staff and relaxation exercises. Even my husband, who initially thought it was nonsense, benefitted from the mindfulness exercises.’
‘It has given me the confidence to go and try these things at home.’
‘Lots of ideas that a frazzled, sleep deprived mum would not consider.’
‘Having been shown how to massage, this will be very useful. I will definitely be doing this with my son.’
We were very grateful to have the event sponsored by Irwin Mitchell, who also very kindly provided the lunch, which was absolutely fantastic and much appreciated by everyone who came.
A huge thank you also to the staff at the venue who went out of their way to help us and everyone who contributed to make the day such a success. There are definitely a few children who will benefit from receiving their parent’s new found skills!
You can download handouts from the day below: