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The week 11th – 17th May 2015 is Mental Health Awareness Week.  The Mental Health Foundation will be staging events across the country to raise awareness of how anxiety and sleep deprivation can affect mental health.

Various complementary therapies are particularly beneficial for positive mental health and greater wellbeing.  Reiki healing, for example, calms the mind and emotions and restores balance, peace and harmony.  Healing is channelled through the practitioner into the body, chakras and energy field of the receiver using a light touch.  Many people report feeling lighter after a treatment as worry and grief are released from their energy field during treatment.  Indian Head Massage and Back Massage are very effective in terms of relieving tension and anxiety held in the neck, shoulders and upper back.  Reflexology can be beneficial in relieving the physical manifestations of stress, calming the adrenals and rebalancing the physical body.

Alternatively you may like to try some Mindfulness techniques to restore calm, control and perspective.  Mindfulness Meditation helps you to be in the present moment, not worrying about the future or the past or getting caught up in negative emotions.  Here are some suggestions which can easily be incorporated into your daily life.  Making them a regular habit is the key to success!

  •  Take a 2 or 3 minute breathing space when necessary at work or at home. Stop what you are for 2 or 3 minutes and focus solely on your breathing.
  • Become mindful of how you talk to yourself. Become aware of statements such as “I can’t do that”, “I’ll never be good enough”, “I can’t cope”, “I’m not attractive enough” or “I’m not clever enough”. Nothing destroys self-esteem quicker that negative self-talk. The way you talk to yourself reflects deep held inner beliefs which, when negative, need examining and releasing. Every time you catch yourself making a negative comment about yourself, stop the thought and choose a different one, such as “I can do this”, “I am as good as everyone else here” or “I always do my best”.
  •  Practice being fully present in the present moment. Note where your mind actually is when carrying out routine tasks such as preparing or eating a meal, drinking a cup of tea, brushing your teeth, walking the dog or out with a friend. Make the effort to focus completely on what you are doing instead of letting your mind wander off worrying about something else.
  •  Practice a simple Mindfulness breathing technique for a few minutes two or three times a day, such as just after waking up, on the bus journey to work, at lunch or before you go to bed. Place one hand on your chest and feel your breath moving into and out of your body. Notice the natural rhythm. Be aware of the coolness of the air as you breathe in and the warmth of the air leaving you as you exhale.


  1. For more information about Mental Health Awareness Week please visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk.
  2. Reiki healing, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology and other complementary therapies are available with Helen Shortland,

Helen Shortland is a Reiki Master Teacher, Meditation Teacher and Holistic Therapist based at 15 Wheeler Gate in Nottingham city centre. For further information please visit her website http://helenshortland.com or ‘like’ her Facebook page Helen Shortland Holistics.

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I am a Healer, Medium, Spiritual Coach and Light Worker whose aim is to help people heal at a soul level, healing bodies, minds and lives, reconnecting people to their soul so that they can find their life purpose and live their joy. I offer a variety of methods to help you with your healing journey – Reiki healing, Angelic Reiki and Faery Reiki (both in-person and distance), holistic therapies, intuitive readings and mediumship, meditation courses, Soul Realignment and soul readings, spiritual development workshops and courses and training in all levels of Reiki.

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“Do you believe in Faeries? Well this is my story. 32 years ago I was obsessed with Faeries. As a young artist of only 15 or 16 I decided to paint these Faeries from the book by Alan Lee on my bedroom wall around a “Ban the Bomb” poster. I was very proud of my Faerie paintings and my mother was quite upset when she wallpapered over them many years later. Recently I was reading an article by Helen Shortland (an Holistic healer that works in Nottingham), about this subject and I felt a sudden tingle, retracing my steps back to being a young girl. All the vitality and excitement of those days returned and I was compelled to tell Helen of my story. She immediatley invited me to her practice for a healing session. Being a Reiki master myself I became excited about what Helen had to offer. I was instantly at ease with this bubbly lady who escorted me into a calm blue room with candles and soft music. We chattered like old friends despite having never met and exchanged our stories. I then lay on her bed as she took me through the most creative journey of colour, texture and what I can only describe as pure magic. For an artist I can only describe this as paradise. I was cleansed with air, fire and water and felt them all right from the core of the earth up into our Universe. My faerie from 32 years ago opened a door into the natural world and I had front row seat. For 30 minutes I was transfixed by light and the most amazing colour that I would struggle to replicate with any artist paints. The words that whispered was “Look after our Earth.” If this is my job then I will abide. Whether you feel there is a vocation or you would just like to tap into this Faerie realm go onto Helen Shortland’s Facebook page to read all about what she offers. It’s not to be missed.” 
Julie Leivers, Nottingham.
“I was diagnosed with large ovarian cysts and fibroids in my uterus and was advised that I would have to have everything removed. I was feeling very low and anxious about the whole procedure and I knew I would benefit from some sort of healing therapy. My friend recommended Helen and I immediately went to her website and felt that this was exactly what I needed and I made an appointment for “Angelic Reiki Healing”. I was greeted by a bubbly, kind lady who put me at my ease immediately. The actual healing was so soothing and uplifting, it brought me back to a place of trust and peace, and the pains diminished considerably. I didn’t go with the intention of being cured, I went with the intention of accepting and being at peace with the surgical procedure and losing my “female” organs. Helen’s healing enabled me to feel calm and accepting of the situation, I booked another appointment the day before the operation and one more a few weeks after. Every session brought me to a place of deep peace and trust that everything was working out for my highest good, an amazing feeling. Thank you so much Helen for your healing and your wise words which have supported me on my journey back to health.”
Beth C. Nottingham

“Before I went to see Helen I had incredibly sore shoulders from spending hours in front of the computer and my energy just seemed to be low all the time no matter what I did. After just one session of Reiki and an Indian Head Massage I felt like I had all my energy back. Now I go and see Helen every 2-3 weeks which means that I am far more productive in my work and I feel SO much more relaxed and able to cope with things. That is why I would strongly recommend you see her. It has made such a difference to my quality of life.” Nicki Stanton, Nottingham

“After a bit of a difficult personal challenge, I saw Helen after she was recommended by a friend of mine. Now I am so much more clear headed and positive, she has such a calming energy about her. Which meant that I was able to deal with my challenges from a place of calm and focus. I recommend Helen to anyone who needs help dealing with the stresses of modern life or just to treat yourself!” Diane Colver, Lincoln

“Thank you so much for the Reiki course this weekend. Your peaceful, gentle way of teaching has inspired me so much. I have come away a changed person and I am so grateful that the universe guided me into your care. Once again, thank you.” Bronwyn, Nottingham (Reiki Level 1 student)

“I have had Reiki with Helen. She is exceptionally professional and I so enjoyed my treatments…need to book in again actually!”  I Gamble, Sandiacre

“I can completely recommend Helen Shortland to anyone who is interested in natural and alternative therapies. I have used her services on a couple of occasions and had great results, particularly with the Angelic Reiki.  Such a tranquil place and right in the centre of Nottingham.  I’ll definitely be using her services again.”  P. Edwards, Nottingham

“Thank you for a lovely treatment yesterday. The care you gave me before, during and after the treatment showed me how passionate you are about the services you offer. I’ll definitely be in touch again.”   P Watts, Nottingham

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