I am thrilled and excited to be able to bring Relax Kids to A Little Holistic Oasis.
Ever since I made the decision to extend my skills and enter into the training field, I realised that there was a larger audience out there that could be inspired into being happy, healthy and positive.
It is not just as adults that we need inspiring and encouraging. I became aware that if we are given the tools as children to be happy, healthy and positive, then we can strengthen our resilience to stress and other obstacles from a young age.
CALMING YOUR INNER MEERKAT
"Once upon time, there were 3 friends - an owl, an elephant and a meerkat.
The owl was wise, planned ahead and made all the decisions, the elephant remembered everything and stored all the memories of their adventure together and the meerkat. The meerkat was the lookout .. he looked out for danger and for things that could cause them stress and anxiety, the meerkat was the more emotional of the three friends.
The problem was that when meerkat became stressed and emotional, his connection with the owl and elephant broke down, meaning that he was unable to think or remember how to cope, so the meerkat got more and more stressed.
If only the meerkat could re-engage with the owl and the elephant, then they could all work together to calm the meerkat down and continue with their adventure"!
As A Relax Kids Coach, this is how we teach children how the brain works and, that to be able to stay resilient, we need to find ways to "calm our inner meerkat". I am sure you can agree that this does not just refer to children.
What can Relax Kids do to help?
Relax Kids is a 7 step programme that teaches children how to feel calm, focused and relaxed.
It was set up in 2001 by Marneta Viegas who, as a children's entertainer, noticed a decline in children's concentration and behavior. Marneta developed a structured 7 step programme, supported by a series books and CDs, that have been shown to be extremely effective in promoting positive emotional welfare.
The Relax Kids 7 step classes include movement, games, stretching, peer massage, breathing, affirmations and visualisations.
How can the Relax Kids programme help my children?
Why would you even consider sending your children to a Relax Kids class without knowing how it can enhance their lives .. and in fact yours!
Each of the 7 steps within a class has very important benefits on the physical, mental and emotional levels.
MOVEMENT ~ Dance and warm up exercises increase adrenaline, increase heart rate and blood flow to the muscles preparing the body for fun and adventure
GAMES ~ Fun and relaxation games produce feel good chemicals such as Dopamine, Serotonin and Oxytocin, promoting happiness, contentment and positive emotional wellbeing. It encourages creativity, imagination and learning. It also encourages group play,- great for those who are shy.
STRETCHING ~ Stretching reduces levels of the stress hormone Cortisol, encouraging relaxation in the brain. Stretching reduces heart rate, breathing rate and boosts concentration and focus.
PEER MASSAGE ~ Enhances the effects of the stretching and helps relax muscle tension and triggers the realaxation response.
BREATHE ~ Encouraging deep breathing increases oxygen uptake, slows breathing and promotes calm , stillness and peace. It also allows the brain to be able to focus and increases memory which the stress response suppresses.
BELIEVE ~Positive affirmations have been scientifically proven to increase motivation, commitment and attention. It can literally rewire our brain, so that we can think positively, so combatting the effects of negative emotions
VISUALISATIONS ~Encourages physical and mental relaxation and, increases the relaxation response and increases endorphin levels - feel good chemicals. Visualisations can increase creativity and imagination and help encourage sleep.
Who can Relax Kids help?
Relax Kids can actually benefit almost everybody. It promotes discussion and awareness of emotions, behaviours and how to control them. By giving children the tools to recognise and manage their emotions and behavior, it can empower them to be in control of their own happiness and positivity.
Little Stars Classes for between 3 - 5 years and Relax Kids Classes for between 6 - 8 years,
Chill Skills Classes for between 9 - 15 years - Chill Skills can be really beneficial for Exam stress classes.
Just Relax Classes for adults, teachers and parents classes.
Chill and Chat classes
Magical Birthday Parties
Relax Kids can be held as group classes, 1 to 1 sessions, parent and child sessions, Family group sessions.
Relax Kids can be arranged in schools, after school clubs, Brownie and Scouts - almost any situation.
For more details on Relax Kids, please check out the website www.relaxkids.com or contact Erica at A Little Holistic Oasis.
As a Relax Kids Coach, Erica is qualified, licensed and insured to carry out all Relax Kids and Just Relax sessions.
Erica also works in conjunction with other Relax Kids Coaches at RELAX KIDS KINGSTON/RICHMOND BOROUGH
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Relax Kids Kingston/Richmond Borough.