MAKING AN IMPACT ON STROKE SURVIVORS
Members of Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Support Group in Bromsgrove enjoyed a wellbeing taster session on 30th August 2012, as part of a programme of activities organised for members by volunteers and staff at the Church Lane Centre. Donna Davis, who runs Kidderminster based Go Wellbeing, visited the Centre to demonstrate a variety of IMPACT relaxation techniques.
IMPACT is a recently launched programme featuring a range of simple, adaptable and effective relaxation techniques to improve wellbeing. These include breathing and stretching exercises,
relaxation and guided visualisation, self massage for head, arms and hands and peer massage for upper body, arms and hands.
Donna, and her colleague Helen Beardes, who are both trained IMPACT instructors, showed volunteers how to perform some of the techniques on the sixteen stroke survivors who were present at the event.
“This was a completely new activity for the members and volunteers to take part in. Everyone really enjoyed the session. I didn’t realise how beneficial it would be for the members.”
Bromsgrove Life After Stroke Support Group.
“With these relaxation techniques people in hospital, hospices, rehabilitation and support settings can experience a reduction in stress and the nurturing effects of massage. And the beauty of this type of therapy is that all you need to deliver the programme is a chair and a room.”