CLCH Health and wellness roadshow is a hit

Published: 19th January 2024

This week the Employee Health Team hosted a health and wellness road show in collaboration with Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Community Gardeners and the Notting Hill Therapy Clinic.

Across the morning and afternoon, staff were offered a range of treatments including Feldenkrais (exercise therapy), aromatherapy hand massage, reflexology, kinesiology (the scientific study of human body movement), body composition therapy, facial massage, osteopathy and breathwork coaching, all courtesy of the Notting Hill Therapy Clinic. Fine Artist, Gail Sagman facilitated an Art as Therapy space, while Dr John Reed held a conversation circle based on Professor Theodore Zeldin’s menu of questions around health, creativity, philosophy and other important inspirational issues.

Staff also accessed information about wellbeing resources available at CLCH from a stall hosted by Talya Greenstein, Health and Wellbeing Officer. A tasting session was also available to staff, with herbal tea brewed with rosemary and sage leaves grown locally by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Community Gardeners, while Sally Stratton (Community Gardener) discussed the benefits of different herbs for easing symptoms of the menopause, sweating and even ‘brain fog’.

Sally Stratton, Community Gardener at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea said:

“It was great for us to engage with so many CLCH staff and therapists. We connected well over the herb tea and conversations about growing and using herbs to boost wellness and learn new skills, which is in line with the Five Ways to Wellbeing programme. We look forward to collaborating with CLCH staff  on the ‘growing for wellbeing’ project which the Employee Health Team will send out further information about soon.”

Many staff attended during their lunch break, or to ease themselves into an afternoon off.

Following an aromatherapy hand massage, Sophie Devlin, Maida Vale District Nursing Team Leader said:

“I’m generally really interested in therapies and the impact they can have on your health and wellbeing.

“I saw patients this morning and I am heading home for the afternoon so attending the event was the perfect way of easing myself into my time off.”

After a gentle healing session Andy Willis, Deputy Director of Operations for Inner North West Division said:

“I just came here on a lunch break and now I’m really relaxed.

“I feel like I’m going to the afternoon in a happy place.”

Angie Gill, Community Matron in Westminster was really pleased with her reflexology session and said that the therapist had a really “calming aura and voice”.

She also said:

“We just so happened to have our team meeting at St Charles today, and I am really glad we did as it made it so much easier to get to this great event.”

Malaina Joseph, Employee Health Clinical Psychotherapist & Trainer said:

“We were pleased to see staff really engaged and expressed appreciation for the space provided to consider their wellbeing at work.

“As we continue to prioritise your health and wellbeing at work, we look forward to collaborating with staff and stakeholders at all levels and those committed to the future of healthcare.”

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