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Bringing The Body to Stillness

Bringing The Body to Stillness

Bringing The Body to Stillness

Gentle Massage for Overwhelm, Meltdowns and Mental Health.
Being Present.


An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Hello everyone,

Spring has arrived in the UK and the sunshine always fills us with such hope.

Sadly, the world remains a busier and more free based place at the moment and got most of us we carry enormous worries, strains, and mental health challenges. It has been a tough old couple of years.

If you are neurodivergent this can be doubly harder to navigate.

So how can we help ourselves and each other?

This week I have shared on my YouTube video how to gently massage your “still points” or “marma points.” You can use these even if you are not a trained massage therapist and you can also self-administer them which is incredibly empowering and leads to self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-management.

Always massage with the pads of your fingers, never your fingernails and all you need to do is gently rotate your fingers. It does not matter in which direction.

If you would like to use any oils, Ho Wood is a great mental and mental balancer and rosewood is like the most gorgeous warming cuddle in a bottle – really effective for any form of trauma.

Anyone in any circumstance or situation can use this touch. It is inclusive of everyone.

The more you use it, the deeper the long-term effects.

Sometimes we just need to take that step away from the world and bring ourselves to the NOW and to stillness, being fully present with ourselves.

It will boost you for the rest of the day and help you sleep much better too!!

Take care everyone,

Giuliana xx

Bringing The Body to Stillness
Is That Clear? ‘Effective Communication in a Neurodiverse World’ by Zanne Gaynor, Kathryn Alevizos and Joe Butler

Is That Clear? ‘Effective Communication in a Neurodiverse World’ by Zanne Gaynor, Kathryn Alevizos and Joe Butler

Is That Clear? ‘Effective Communication in a Neurodiverse World’ by Zanne Gaynor, Kathryn Alevizos and Joe Butler

A book review by Beverly Guest our Charity Champion

For me a book is not just about what’s inside, I am drawn to the cover front and back, and I go from there. The first thing that struck me about this book was the handy size, great and easy to hold, and a quick flick of the pages showed me the easy-to-read font and colour coded sections.

I just loved it straight away. So, reader friendly, straight forward to follow and the information is brilliant! It is so useful for so many areas, aimed at allistic people, it is a powerful resource which gives amazingly clear concise advice on how to better understand those on the autism spectrum. With better understanding comes more inclusion, greater communication, and acceptance.

The book is not overwhelming, which is important, the chapters are short clear, and give useful tips and advice for the perspective of an allistic individual.

Great for use by teachers, those within educational settings, speech and occupational health therapists, and all specialists linked with autism. In fact, I also think within work settings, it would be handy to have to hand. Those amazing companies who are inclusive and have staff with autism, having this book to hand could help in many situations. from the recruitment, HR, employing and throughout staffs’ length of service, including appraisals and review times.

Parents of newly diagnosed children would also find this incredibly helpful, and even myself as a parent of a child with autism, ADHD and more, thirteen years on from their diagnosis I’ve found things in the book that have made me stop and think … serving to remind me that we never stop learning.

Each section has practical action items to remind you at the end, making it easy to refer to at any time. Amazing book. Life is busy for all, which means in short, this book could quickly help in so many ways.

Love it!!!! Brilliant!! Grab yourself a copy ASAP.

Incredible Kratu – by Tess Eagle Swan and Lynne Barrett-Lee

Incredible Kratu – by Tess Eagle Swan and Lynne Barrett-Lee

Photo credit: Little Pip Photography

Incredible Kratu – by Tess Eagle Swan and Lynne Barrett-Lee

‘Kratu means wisdom, empowerment, and inspiration – three things I’ve been in pursuit of my entire life…’

From the streets of Romania to the show ring at Crufts, Incredible Kratu is the moving story of a lovable rescue dog who healed a broken, autistic woman, and how, together, they continue to bring joy to everyone they meet.

Incredible Kratu

Last night saw a remarkably successful book launch for Tess and Kratu. Their book Incredible Kratu is a life story of their journey.

The evening was packed with some incredibly special guests, including Anna Kennedy, Lisa Robins and Beverley Guest.
Kratu was delighted to see them and enjoying spending time with them throughout the evening.

Tess shares her experience of Autism’s got Talent in the book and how proud she is of being one of our Charity Ambassadors alongside the handsome Kratu.

Published by Blink, 7th March 2022, Hardback, eBook, and Audio, £16.99.
Click here to purchase your copy.

Bringing The Body to Stillness

Let us get happy – Indian head massage for mental health and SEN

Let us get happy – Indian head massage for mental health and SEN


An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

This week I’m sharing some easy techniques on flooding our brains with our daily D.O.S.E: Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin and Endorphins!!

I’m so tired of all the bad and sad news being drip fed to us every single day and I just want to gather you all up in my arms and cheer you up, help you get through.

These techniques can be shared on a friends and family basis, on yourself which is immensely empowering and if you’re a therapist you can even share them via zoom sessions with your clients by inviting them to mirror you.

The more you use these techniques, the more the memory of feeling happy and able to cope and function will be imprinted into the memory of your cells, water and even your immune system!

We are in this together and I’ll see you next Tuesday because it’s my birthday next Monday and the first day of Spring!!!

Stay strong, stay positive and don’t let the misogs out there get you down!!

Lots of love, Giuliana xxx

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Easy foot massage techniques to ease depression

Easy foot massage techniques to ease depression

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Four simple Science backed techniques to ease anxiety and boost mental health.

We are living in a crazy world!!

If you are neurotypical it is challenging enough but can you imagine what it is like if you are neurodiverse? Navigating the “normal” world was hard enough but now everything is so confusing and continually changing.

Babies born with a neurodiversity already have far higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their bodies than neurotypical babies.

Pre-covid this made them 2-6x more likely to pick up a mental health illness or challenge by the age of fourteen, with boys being twice as likely as girls. Imagine what that statistic is now?

Pre-Covid there were 80,000 under 10-year-olds with DIAGNOSED severe depression. Again, I wonder what that statistic is now?

Currently the UK has the highest suicide rate in the world.

So how can we help ourselves? And each other?

Remember that 80% of what we worry about never even happens and 12% we cannot do anything about anyway. So, let us take in hand that percentage of control we DO have.

Life cards happen to everyone … it is how we react to them, process them and what we do with them that matters.

In last week’s article and YouTube video I demonstrated four simple hand massage techniques so this week I am sharing four simple foot massage techniques. Even the most touch-sensitive and even touch adverse people I have met usually love a good hand or foot massage.

The techniques I have shared today, if practised regularly (and they can all take less than 5 minutes if you do all of them!) really do have a significant impact on reducing depression.

Blood pressure is lowered along with the heartbeat, the lungs are opened up so we feel we can “breathe” again and even more importantly we are boosting our daily dose of happiness and coping chemicals: Dopamine, Oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins.

In particular we are stimulating serotonin, the neurotransmitter of happiness, confidence, and self-esteem but we are also boosting oxytocin, the neurotransmitter of love and nurture.

Endorphins will be stimulated to help reduce pain relief as well as surge is with that wonderful feeling of well-being.

Aches and pains are very much a part of long-term desires soon so we can ease these too.

Mood will improve with regular practice and sleep too.

So, give it a go!! I do it every day and it helps enormously.

See you next week, Lots of love, Giuliana xxx

Easy foot massage techniques to ease depression
Easy foot massage techniques to ease depression
Easy foot massage techniques to ease depression
Easy foot massage techniques to ease depression
Easy foot massage techniques to ease depression
World Book Day 2022 – by Beverly Guest

World Book Day 2022 – by Beverly Guest

World Book Day 2022

an article by Beverly Guest our Charity Champion

It is the 25th Anniversary of World Book Day and this year the theme is being marked by the message “You are a reader”. The aim of the official day is to celebrate authors, books, illustrators, and readers. Although it is mainly geared towards a younger audience, I thought we could not let this day go by without celebrating it in our own way, whichever age group you fall into.

Over the past year, as a Charity Champion for Anna Kennedy, I have been authoring Book Reviews which have been shared here on our website. There have been a wide variety of different genres of books including, recipes, fiction and factual, all related to autism or inclusivity, with some incredible information and some amazing illustrations.

As this year’s theme is You are a reader, I wanted to open this up to include my interpretation particularly for the autism community. I wanted to make sure we make this inclusive, so as far as I am concerned, reading can also include following a story or information by way of looking at illustrations.

And indeed, many of us in the autism community have used Social Stories to help others understand different situations. Perfect therefore for us to join in celebrating the day in whichever way we choose!

World Book Day 2022

I would like to talk briefly about my two personal favourite books reviewed for 2021, being Mickeypedia by Mickey Mayhew and Burning Embers by L S Pullen.

Amazing books, two completely different genres, the first an amazing informative database of all things autism, and what a role model Mickey is – it is an absolute MUST read. The second an adult indie romance novel with a character on the autism spectrum respectfully introduced into the storyline – refreshing and heart-warmingly inclusive.

Both amazing books, both amazingly talented authors – do checkout our website articles below for their full book reviews with information on where to purchase them:

My current read is called ‘Is That Clear?’ by Zanne Gaynor, Kathryn Alevizes and Joe Butler, which will feature in my next book review for this month. It is so uniquely written; I love it already!

Then I already have a list of books to read which will feature in my book reviews coming soon, they include:

  • This is Our Lunaverse by Sarah Casement, illustrated by Tharushi Nanayakkara
  • Day by Day – Emotional Wellbeing in Parents of Disabled Children by Joanna Griffin

Both look amazing, and I totally love that each book I read concerning autism, disabilities, inclusivity, and more are always unique and will always be relatable to someone.

We are all so different just as each book author and illustration is, and that is part of the beauty that you can find within the pages of each book. Of course, not every book will fit with everyone, the magic and joy are to keep trying to find what YOU enjoy in books, whether that is the print on each page, the different font, the formats, pictures or the illustrations, the cover, even the title!

When I look for a new book, personally I am interested in the front cover, and then the brief synopsis on the back, that is what attracts my attention. Whereas our son Chris who is Autistic and ADHD, well he prefers a book with pictures like photos and illustrations so he can follow them along with text. We are all different, and that is the beauty, magic, and excitement I find within the pages of each book I read.

So, if you have a book relating to autism, disabilities, inclusivity or something you feel relatable to our Charity, please get in touch, send your book for my attention to our Charity Office address, and I will endeavour to add it on to my reading list – my book review will then be featured about your book on our website.  I am also interested in any Social Stories you may have to share too!

Any pictures you have also relating to World Book Day 2022 and Autism please tag us in if you feel comfortable; you will find our Charity Founder Dr Anna Kennedy OBE is on social media – click on the icons at the bottom of our website page. You will notice I purposefully did not focus on the tradition of dressing up for the day.

I am well aware that World Book Day in an educational setting where people are encouraged to dress up can be overwhelming for those with autism. Our son was never one to dress up, he found it all very confusing and uncomfortable, labels would irritate him, and the whole experience for him was not an enjoyable one.

Matching the book to the outfit, and the reasoning behind it did not make sense to him. For me, the day should be celebrated in whichever way YOU find suitable, whatever way YOU find it makes sense, and if it means just continuing as usual reading your book, or looking at pictures in it, then that is cool.

So, let us celebrate World Book Day in our own way – You are a Reader – that means whatever format you prefer, you go for it in your own way.

Thanks for reading, Bev Guest