By gifting this experience to your employees they will learn how mindfulness can help them to reduce and manage their stress which will improve their well-being, productivity and focus.
What does it mean to be Mindful?
A brief introduction to what Mindfulness is and what being more mindful will and won’t do. I address some common concerns like “Will my productivity will go down if I slow down”? and demonstrate how a regular mindfulness practice improves well-being, productivity, focus and concentration.
What is formal and informal mindfulness practice?
There are many ways to introduce mindfulness into daily life. Informal practices are a great way to start if the thought of sitting down for ten minutes a day makes you want to run a million miles away. Research shows that regular formal or informal mindfulness practices extend beyond the activity itself. Combined they are a powerful duo that will enhance your life and tame stress levels. A practical approach to mindfulness that addresses the needs of most whether you are a beginner or a seasoned practitioner. A place that everyone can start from.
What is the stress response and how does it work?
Here we take a look at the stress response from beginning to end and the steps that you can take to calm and reset in times of heightened or chronic stress.
Meditation and the Brain
Research now demonstrates how mindfulness meditation actually rewires the brain and gives you immediate and positive impacts. With FMRI brain scan technology seeing is now believing.
How to recognise the signs of stress. Our bodies give us signs and signals all day long. Just as the car will alert us when the petrol is getting low or the tyres need more air, our bodies alert us when we are thirsty, hungry, tired or stressed. Here I demonstrate that when pausing to stop and observe your feelings becomes a regular practice it can have a huge impact on your stress levels and the way you live your life.
React or respond? The choice is yours.
This section is where the participant will learn how to recognise their usual response to stress and replace it with a useful circuit breaker that stops the stress response from fully playing out. In today’s society, a stress response can be triggered by the urgency of a deadline, answering an email or forgetting to get the milk on the way home. We look at the impact of reacting and how to pause mindfully before choosing a more considered and appropriate response.
The practical part of the session
This amazing and simple technique wakes up the neurotransmitters that activate our parasympathetic nervous system and our rest and digest function. The parasympathetic system helps to lower blood pressure and promote digestion. It is a regular practice of the navy seals used to activate the relaxation response ensuring they perform well in high-stress situations.
Body Scan Meditation
A body scan meditation is the first step to becoming more self-aware. By creating more self-awareness we can tune in to our bodies and sense when stress is building and where we hold on to it. With this awareness, we are able to put a quick plan of action in place to turn things around to prevent us from going into the fight, flight or freeze stress response. We finish with a seated body scan to reset and allow the session to osmose before your staff moves on with the rest of their day.
- An interactive in-person 90 min session
- 15-page workbook for each participant
- 3 pre-recorded meditations
- App and book recommendations for ongoing Mindfulness training
- A free 30-minute online session after the event for anyone that would like to continue with private coaching
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Melissa delivered a wonderful interactive workshop for our VIP guests tailored to our needs which aligned perfectly with the overarching message of our event. The workshop was interactive and it felt like a safe space. Melissa was warm and informative.
Sonia Chiarelli PR and Communications Manager | Dermalogica
The workshop meet both my personal and professional needs, it was informative and interactive. Melissa provided takeaway tools that could be easily applied. I felt so refreshed, relaxed and clear-headed after the workshop. Highly recommend!
Ruby Golani – Beauty editor and social media producer
Mel is a gifted Pilates instructor and all-round life coach! Mel opens each session by appraising your body and demeanour and asking how she can best work with you that day. She’ll adapt her session on the spot and suggest exercises to try at home, books to read and people to speak to! She is a total well-being guru. Mel is always calm, professional and reassuring, with excellent knowledge of the human body, strength and fitness, and what makes people tick”.
Beth Cox – Head of legal at Hire Up
These sessions were wonderful for understanding the focus and benefits of mindfulness. It was perfect timing as we had an unforeseen event at the service and I was able to use what I have learnt in the session to help guide me through the afternoon. I am looking forward to more sessions in the future.
Samantha Atkinson – OSHC Coordinator
In a busy day and so many things going through your mind, this enabled me to disconnect and reflect internally on myself ( things we forget to do ). Melissa’s workshops gave me a different outlook and opened me up to new techniques.
Tony Zafirovski – NAB Business Development Manager, Broker Distribution
Firstly I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this mindfulness webinar series. I feel like they are going to be very helpful for me, especially in my work environment. My plan is to listen to them again and then feedback to my colleagues in hope that they will use some of these strategies too.
Melissa Wright took us through what regular mindfulness practice will offer on an individual and collegial level and how it will set a positive example for the students. There was a lot of pair and group work/discussion which kept us all highly engaged and interested. We learnt meditation techniques that can be utilised at one’s desk, we even practised walking meditation, the art of listening and learnt about mindful eating. I found the day highly beneficial even though I’m not a leader and I plan to set up a daily practice at work and home.
This week has been massive for me…a massive realisation and energy shift! It’s time to let get of the things holding me back. I don’t think this would have happened without our sessions. I can’t thank you enough!
Wendy Mc Clean – Naturopath, senior researcher at Vital.ly
The meditation and mindfulness were a wonderful addition to our training day. Many useful tools for my staff and myself!
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. I have already spoken to my team about putting mindfulness rituals in place to improve not just my own but the staff’s well-being.
A fabulous day with practical tools and different techniques that I had not considered before!