The stress of the coronavirus lockdown has taken its toll on many folk, leaving them ‘Covid-phobic’ and fearful of resuming normal day-to-day activities.

People are reluctant to go shopping, visit restaurants and bars, or even pop to see a friend for a cuppa and a natter.

Alcombe exercise therapist, Tricia Darling, warns that this state of stress can put our nervous system in a ‘fight or flight’ mode, which can play havoc with our immune system, breathing and posture. 

So she is re-introducing her Somatic Movement and Tai Chi Qigong sessions at The Dunster Tithe Barn, next month (September) which are both beneficial practices for restoration of our wellbeing. 

“Slow and mindful movement and relaxation, which focuses on our perceived internal self (Soma), give us the opportunity to create the calm state of our nervous system important for our physical and emotional health.” says Tricia. 

She had been successfully running sessions in Dunster until lockdown, but now is re-launching following an extensive and thorough risk assessment carried out by the management and Tricia.

The classes will be held in the large barn, rather than the smaller meeting room, and will be well ventilated with the floor cleaned before each mat-based gathering.

Kay Male of Minehead says “I am absolutely thrilled that the Somatic Movement classes I was so enjoying are soon to recommence.”

“We are blessed with a magnificent NHS, but it simply can't be expected to assist us to alleviate every symptom we suffer from.”

Classes, which start on Thursday 10th September, cost £56 for seven sessions, and £49 for Tai Chi Qigong.

For more details and to book a place, contact Tricia on 01643 703467 or mobile 07484 274931 

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