April is Stress Awareness Month-Meditation for managing and reducing stress

Meditation for managing and reducing stress – discover the benefits of mediation and how to incorporate it into your daily life plus a guided meditation

 With Chandrika

 Woodley Library , Thursday 26th April, 7.30pm £3

Meditation is such a valuable tool for managing and reducing stress. Chandrika will be sharing some of the benefits of meditation and how to incorporate mediation into your daily life (without having to spend hours sitting crossed legged!)

Rather than just talking about it she will be taking us through a guided meditation so we can experience the relaxation and calmness  for ourselves 🙂 The aim is for us all to leave feeling relaxed and centred!

Chandrika is a Reiki Healer and Spiritual Coach. She believes in using natural modalities to heal the body and calm the mind and emotions. She has been running Meditation classes in Reading and Woodley since 2016 using her unique methods developed through her own meditation practice over many years. Her classes are held in Woodley on Monday evenings. 

To book a place call Woodley Library on (0118) 9690304




April is Stress Awareness month- Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage –relaxes the upper body, helps dispel stress and relieve tension- with Sonia WaltonHeadmass

Monday 23rd April, from 2pm  at Woodley Library

£5 (20 minute massage)

 “Sonia lives and works in Woodley, She became interested in Indian Head Massage when a friend suggested it may help a close family member who had been diagnosed with acute anxiety, willing to try anything that may alleviate the symptoms she booked herself on a course and found it to be an amazing experience which has started her on a slow but thoroughly enjoyable journey and truly believes that she has found her calling. Sonia qualified in Indian Head Massage over 10 years ago and has recently completed her Level II Reiki.

The aim of Indian Head Massage is to help balance both the mind and body through relaxation, rejuvenation and increased energy levels. It relaxes the upper body, the areas most vulnerable to stress and tension.  A gentle massage to the upper back, shoulders, arms, neck, scalp and face, helps to dispel stress, relieve tension and promote healthy hair and scalp.”

To book a place call Woodley Library on (0118) 9690304



April is Stress Awareness Month-Art in the Afternoon at Woodley Library

Art in the Afternoon

An afternoon to encourage your creativity as a tool to reduce stress and promote relaxation

Monday 30th April, 2 – 4pm

 The benefits of art as a tool for stress relief are well documented, even for those who don’t consider themselves to be artistically inclined. It is said that expressing your creative side can act as a distraction from stressful thoughts and anxieties as well as the chance to get into a state of “flow” – being completely engaged in something to the point of being in a near-meditative state. Simply allowing yourself some “down time” and self-care can give you the feeling of more balance in your lifestyle.

 This afternoon will give you the opportunity to express your creative side with pencils, paint and paper in a calm and friendly atmosphere. No experience is required and artistic guidance will be available; all materials will be provided (plus tea and biscuits) but please feel free to bring along your own

 Free to attend but places must be booked.

Contact Woodley Library on 01189 690304

Art in the Afternoon

April is Stress Awareness Month- Hypnotherapy for reducing stress and anxiety

Hypnotherapy for releasing stress and anxiety-with Louisa ChipperfieldLouisa Chipperfield - pic

Woodley Library

Thursday 19th April, 7.30pm- Free Taster Session

 Hypnotherapy is a natural state of calm relaxation, encouraging the subconscious to be focused and attentive. Under gentle hypnosis, causes of stress and anxiety can be identified and calmly released, making way for a confident, positive mindset going forward. Louisa Chipperfield is a local Hypnotherapist and will lead a pleasant guided visualisation using classic hypnotherapy techniques for stress and anxiety management. You will leave feeling calmer, more in control, and with techniques to reduce stress and anxiety in your everyday life.

To book a place call Woodley Library on (0118) 9690304


Stress Awareness Month – April 2018

April is Stress Awareness Month. It has been held every April since 1992. During this 30 day period health care professionals and health promotion experts will join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.

Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. Stress can be a real killer, both in the workplace and in our day-to-day lives. Failure to deal with stress in your life effectively can lead to serious health problems, including increased blood pressure, susceptability to heart disease, and a decline in your immune system. Once you start experiencing these problems they can landslide into each other, resulting in growing sickness, and by extension, more stress.

The NHS website lists 10 top stress- busting solutions:

  • Be active
  • Take control
  • Connect with people
  • Have some “me time”
  • Challenge yourself
  • Avoid unhealthy habits
  • Help other people
  • Work smarter, not harder
  • Try to be positive
  • Accept the things you can’t change

There is a huge wealth of evidence surrounding the value of reading to support health and wellbeing, and Wokingham Libraries stock plenty of books on topics related to stress. Choose from titles such as Manage Your Stress for a Happier Life by Terry Looker, The Less-Stress Lifestyle by Carl Vernon, The Life-manual: tips, tricks and techniques for a stress-free home and life by Wendy Hobson, or A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax.

Pop into your local library or visit the online catalogue



April is Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month

Join one of our sessions at Woodley Library to help you relax, reduce and manage stress:

Details of the programme as follows:

Holistic Therapies and Essential Oils – explore natural and holistic ways to help reduce and manage stress

Rainbow Bright Therapies

Monday 16th April, 1.30pm & Mon 30th April, 7pm

£5 (refundable on any treatment booked)


Hypnotherapy for releasing stress and anxiety

Louisa Chipperfield

Thursday 19th April, 7.30pm

Free Taster Session


Indian Head Massage –relaxes the upper body, helps dispel stress and relieve tension

Sonia Walton

Monday 23rd April, from 2pm

£5 (20 min massage)


Meditation for managing and reducing stress – discover the benefits of mediation and how to incorporate it into your daily life plus a guided meditation


Thursday 26th April, 7.30pm


Art in the Afternoon – an afternoon to encourage your creativity and self-expression as a vehicle to reduce stress and promote relaxation

No Experience required

Materials will be provided but please feel free to bring any of your own

Mon 30th April, 2 – 4pm

Free to attend, donations welcome

Booking is essential for all sessions and payment made for where applicable.

Contact Woodley Library on 01189 690304 for further details

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