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Guided Meditation for People with Disabilities at SACARE


At SACARE we believe in the importance of wellbeing and this means putting a focus not only on our physical health but also mental health.

Keeping our minds healthy and happy is just as important as looking after our bodies.

One of the ways to look after our mind is through the use of meditation and mindfulness.

Meditation is great for giving your brain the opportunity to stop and take a break.

Studies have shown that meditation can have noticeable benefits for people living with a disability.We have also seen a positive effect on our clients who take part in guided meditation.

 

What is meditation and mindfulness?

Meditation is about focusing your thoughts to better understand them. Taking the time to fully relax and calm the mind and as a result, the body. Meditation is not about judging your thoughts, but more to observe.

Mindfulness is focusing your mind on the present and engaging with what is happening right at that moment. Practicing mindfulness is like learning a new trick. It takes time to teach your brain to focus and to fully engage with that moment. But once learned the results are valuable.

 

But how do you learn?

What a great question. Glad you asked.

At SACARE we run guided meditation sessions with our clients within various SACARE facilities.

Guided meditation is a great way of focusing the minds of people with disabilities to take them to relaxing places through the aid of visualisation. It allows people to imagine themselves in a different place, experiencing the sensations and feelings of being there. It can a participant feel less nervous or upset, be less bothered by pain or achieve goals.

Generally in small groups, led by someone describing the space and sensations a participant could envisage themselves somewhere beautiful and peaceful.For example, this may be walking around a beautiful forest, along a beach or under a waterfall.

Having this time to focus and take their minds elsewhere has not only had a positive effect psychologically, studies have even proved that there are positive physical outcomes.

Our sessions are run by Alex Killey, the Manager of Social and Behavioural Therapies at SACARE and she has noticed the outcomes firsthand.

 

One of our Clients who has Huntington’s use Meditation to reduce the involuntary movement (chorea) and anxiety.This client is able to enter a meditative state for 10 - 20 minutes every day without any involuntary movement.

This client started using mediation for 5 minutes once a week and has felt such a benefit from it physically and mentally that they incorporate half an hour of meditation every day in their afternoons.

Each client has a unique experience to meditation as it’s personal.Some clients relate to the physical relaxation and for others the mental calmness they feel during and after.Each client has a different form of meditation that they relate to.

From my observation, whether it’s in a group or individual setting it’s great to see that meditation can support clients to be in the moment whether it’s five minutes or half an hour.”

-Alex Killey

 

If practiced regularly the positive effects of mindfulness and meditation can drive some great positive change in mental wellbeing.

So why not put some time aside this week and have a go at meditating yourself!

 

For more information on the services we offer at SACARE,  1300 145 636 or contact us.


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