Facilities and Classes for Carers

Coffee Lounge

Coffee LoungeWe offer a positive, relaxed and caring atmosphere that is beneficial to both our members and their carers. You can find out all you need to know about neurological conditions and meet new friends and gain support and advice whilst enjoying a coffee and a chat.

Our café is the hub of the Centre and it provides a safe, secure, welcoming and friendly environment where people can develop informal support networks and benefit from valuable social and emotional support. Our Support Workers are always on hand too to assist and signpost.

Info Point

You can also access our unique ‘Info Point’ for the latest MS information (launched in collaboration with the MS Society and MS Trust), as well as information about ME, Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological conditions.

Our focus is on providing the best possible support, advice and therapies you need to help you live life to the full. We aim to provide a friendly, professional and secure community of people with similar challenges – and their carers – who are investing in the future through positive personal choices.

Massage Chair

The aim of the massage chair is to relieve stress, tension, and alleviate back pain by emulating the motions and techniques of an actual masseuse.  The long gliding strokes and kneading motions aim to promote proper and strong circulation, whilst also releasing tension in specific locations of the body.

NIA

Nia teaches people how to develop their posture and co-ordination without the need for high impact exercises and helps bring about an improvement in their general health, physical fitness and mental well being.  It incorporates movement energies from the dance arts (modern, jazz), the martial arts (Tae Kwan Doe, Tai Chi, Aikido), and the healing arts (yoga, the Alexendar Technique).  And through expressive movement it teaches participants how to relieve muscular tension or poor posture, which can help prevent or alleviate associated conditions. See http://www.organicbodymoves.org/  for more details

Nia sessions are held at the Centre every Thursday 11:45am – 12:45am.

Activity Groups

IT SupportJoin special interest groups and discover the hidden talents!

IT Support                         Tuesday with Mal by arrangement

Choir                                  Friday, 1pm – 3pm

We also run a variety of social events at the Centre including Cheese and Wine Evenings, an annual Summer BBQ and of course our Christmas party, look out for event posters around the centre

Complementary Therapies

We offer a range of treatments including Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Reiki, Hypnotism Therapy, Seated Acupressure Massage and beauty treatments.

Monday - Thursdays with Gillian Quick and Eunice Ellison who are qualified Holistic Therapists.

Tuesday - Thursday with Janet (member of the Guild of Beauty Therapists) for beauty therapy including manicure, pedicure, facials, waxing and massage. Please see individual therapist for prices and to make an appointment.

Personal Fitness Training

The maintenance of personal fitness is a central element of a healthy lifestyle. It matters to everyone. So our personal fitness trainer is here to offer advice to all our members whether they have MS or are carers. See the equipment in our fitness suite to improve your fitness with expert advice.

Also available:

Wii Fit                  Anytime               see Physios for details

Yoga

Relaxation and gentle stretching helps to prevent muscles from stiffening. Yoga aims to balance the mind, body and spirit. It is not competitive and is suitable for everyone regardless of ability. Yoga can help individuals to become more supple and relaxed through postures and breathing exercises. Apart from doing considerable good, it is also great fun, enjoyable and relaxing. Our professional practitioner will be delighted to work with you.

Tai Chi

Tai ChiTai Chi is a series of slow, controlled movements, performed in a slow relaxed and harmonised way, which can help to develop strength, balance, posture, and calm. It pays attention to both physical functioning and psychological attitude and can significantly improve muscle strength and general well-being. We deliver our programme to participants both in the standing and in the sitting position, meaning that individuals who are unable to move their upper or lower limbs, and in particular those in wheelchairs, can benefit.

Reiki

Reiki is a non-invasive therapy that can be used without fear of any side-effects or overdose. It may be used with confidence alongside conventional medication or natural remedies because it acts in a complementary way. Reiki’s natural healing energy works on every level, not just the physical, and promotes the body’s regenerative self healing ability.  It can help to reduce stress, accelerate the healing of physical problems and balance the emotions.