Health and well be­ing

feel fit­ter and live longer Well­be­ing is about how in­di­vid­u­als feel about them­selves, feel­ing healthy, happy and welloff. Hav­ing a good self con­cept gives an in­di­vid­ual a feel­ing of well­be­ing. Health and well­be­ing is made up of four fac­tors: phys­i­cal, i

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Bliss

Ch­eryl Brown runs Bliss, her own beauty and mas­sage busi­ness in Camp­bel­town. She of­fers a reg­u­lar and per­sonal ser­vice in peo­ple’s homes or care homes. She said: ‘Peo­ple who have poor mo­bil­ity or poor eye­sight can feel iso­lated so I can pro­vide a lis­ten­ing ear to peo­ple who need to talk to some­one while mak­ing them feel and look beau­ti­ful.’

Ch­eryl is also fully qual­i­fied in treat­ing peo­ple un­der­go­ing cancer treat­ment.

Kin­tyre Link Club Most peo­ple will feel lonely at some point in their lives. It’s a deeply per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence that in most cases will thank­fully pass, but for a grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly those in later life, lone­li­ness can de­fine them and have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on their well­be­ing.

Set up in 1999, the Kin­tyre Link Club is a men­tal health club run by mem­bers, for mem­bers, with the main aim be­ing to pro­mote the wel­fare of those who suf­fer or have suf­fered from men­tal ill health. It is open Mon­day to Fri­day, 9am to 9pm.

Tracy Cham­bers, the co-or­di­na­tor, says the Link Club is a safe place to come and meet other peo­ple on an equal ba­sis, learn and share new skills, be­come more ac­tive, gain work ex­pe­ri­ence, be in­volved in in­ter­est­ing and stim­u­lat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and the lo­cal com­mu­nity and build up con­fi­dence, self-es­teem and in­de­pen­dence.

Arthri­tis Care Scot­land

Sharon McPher­son, De­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer from in­vites you to join your lo­cal Health Walk­ing Group in Camp­bel­town. Step­ping out is run in part­ner­ship with Paths for All by Arthri­tis Care Scot­land. “All walks are ac­ces­si­ble, low level and re­flect in­di­vid­ual pace, they are suit­able for ev­ery­one”. They are Vol­un­teer led by a trained leader to show you the way. Walk­ing has been de­scribed by Health pro­fes­sional as the per­fect ex­er­cise and has many ben­e­fits. Why not come and join your lo­cal group? Step­ping out could be per­fect for you if you like get­ting out­doors, meet­ing new peo­ple so why not give Arthri­tis Care or Jackie a call and get in­volved.

Cancer Support Scot­land

Cancer Support Scot­land pro­vides free emo­tional and prac­ti­cal ad­vice to any­one af­fected by cancer and im­prov­ing phys­i­cal, emo­tional and men­tal well­be­ing.

‘Our ther­a­pies in­clude talk­ing (coun­selling), chi­ropody, deep tis­sue mas­sage, reiki, re­flex­ol­ogy (in­clud­ing fa­cial re­flex­ol­ogy), In­dian head mas­sage, stress man­age­ment and aro­mather­apy,’ said Made­laine Alexan­der, op­er­a­tions and ser­vice man­ager. ‘Our com­ple­men­tary ther­apy ser­vice is aimed at re­duc­ing the pain and dis­com­fort caused by cancer treat­ments such as chemo­ther­apy and ra­dio­ther­apy and al­le­vi­at­ing the stress and anx­i­ety of loved ones. Our fully-qual­i­fied ther­a­pists will tai­lor a ther­apy plan to suit each pa­tient’s in­di­vid­ual needs based on their med­i­cal history. Just call us and we will help.’

Happy By the Sea

Jackie Ful­ton, a lo­cal com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pist runs “Happy By the Sea” a mobile ser­vice of­fer­ing Reiki, Re­flex­ol­ogy and In­dian Head Mas­sage through­out Kin­tyre. (Ther­a­pist for Cancer

Support Scot­land also) She also takes Tai Chi classes. She says of Tai Chi “that it com­bines deep breath­ing and re­lax­ation with flow­ing move­ments. Orig­i­nally de­vel­oped as a mar­tial art in 13th-cen­tury China, tai chi is to­day prac­tised around the world as a health-pro­mot­ing ex­er­cise.

Jackie says that stud­ies have shown that tai chi can help any­one to re­duce stress, im­prove pos­ture, bal­ance and gen­eral mo­bil­ity, and in­crease mus­cle strength par­tic­u­larly in the legs. In older peo­ple this im­proved strength and bal­ance can build con­fi­dence help to re­duce falls. She says that it is com­monly per­formed as a low-im­pact ex­er­cise, which means it won’t put much pres­sure on your bones and joints. Most peo­ple should be able to do it. Apart from that it’s great fun!”

Slim­ming World

Rhona Gal­braith is con­sul­tant for Slim­ming World in Lochilp­head and Camp­bel­town. She says that it is para­mount that she pro­vides warmth, un­der­stand­ing, en­cour­age­ment and friend­ship.

Rhona said: ‘Ev­ery week we share recipes and stay-on-track tips and in­spire each other to suc­ceed. There’s no bet­ter feel­ing.’

Alexan­der Tech­nique

The Alexan­der Tech­nique is a skill for self-de­vel­op­ment teach­ing you to change long-stand­ing habits that cause un­nec­es­sary ten­sion in ev­ery­thing you do.

What­ever your age or abil­ity, the tech­nique can help boost your per­for­mance in any ac­tiv­ity and re­lieve the pain and stress caused by pos­tural habits, like slouch­ing or rounded shoul­ders.

Ilia Daoussi said: ‘The Alexan­der Tech­nique can im­prove the qual­ity of ev­ery­thing you do. In our busy lives we waste en­ergy with too much ten­sion and ef­fort.

‘With the Alexan­der Tech­nique you learn to let go of ten­sion, take pres­sure off your­self and re­dis­cover bal­ance of mind and body. With an in­creased aware­ness you can be bet­ter bal­anced and co­or­di­nated, move lightly and ef­fort­lessly, be alert and fo­cused, breathe and speak more eas­ily and be­come calm and con­fi­dent.

‘What­ever your rea­sons for hav­ing lessons, the Alexan­der Tech­nique works with the whole per­son. It is a truly holis­tic ap­proach to bring you back to a har­mo­nious state of be­ing.’ To find a qual­i­fied teacher visit www.alexan­dertech­nique.co.uk.

So­las Health

Com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies are in­creas­ingly recog­nised as ef­fec­tive paths to feel­ing bal­anced, joy­ful and healthy.

The whole-body ap­proach means that your ther­a­pist is likely to look be­yond your symp­toms and view your health as a com­plete sys­tem.

Anna Jane, from So­las Health, said: ‘We are a group of peo­ple each with our own story of heal­ing and learn­ing and we wish to share those ex­pe­ri­ences and tech­niques. Our mem­bers are an in­cred­i­ble range of com­ple­men­tary prac­ti­tion­ers from the Kin­tyre penin­sula, through Mid-Ar­gyll and up to Lorn.’

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