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NOMINATION FOR THE NATIONAL DIVERSITY AWARDS 2021 !!!

What an absolutely gorgeous and phenomenal surprise to wake up this morning to the incredible and overwhelming news that I had been nominated for a Positive Role Model award at the extremely prestigious National Diversity Awards !! I don’t think I’ll ever sleep again I’m so excited !! Wow Wow Wow ….I never dreamed that anything like this could ever happen to someone like me !

 

Some truly inspiring and motivational people have been nominated for various awards. It’s a very humbling and amazing read. Even if I do not win, I am just so honoured to have had my name alongside theirs. Every nominee is a winner to me . What remarkable journeys and people ! I want to vote for them all !

 

I cannot believe that my work, message and journey have been given such value and such recognition.

I am utterly blown away and just so full of gratitude.

For so many years 18 or 19 hour days have become the norm , so much of it unpaid, as I continually campaign and fight for  all the hundreds and thousands of young people just like my own autistic son. His journey birthed this work and my destiny as I grew to realise that so,so many children were suffering and being surrounded by a total poverty of expectation, just as he was.  I would go to the ends of the Earth ( and have done at times!) for them and I will do this work until the end of my life . These incredible voices need to be heard. These neurodiverse children have so much to teach us and so much to contribute to our changing world.

 

If you think that what I do is of value and you would like to vote for me, I would be endlessly thankful ! Let’s hear it for the kids !!! And if I win then I will have a bigger platform fro which to get these hugely valid and important voices heard. Neurodiverse children become neurodiverse adults .. and they have SO MUCH potential !

So please vote for me and spread the word.

Thank you !!

 

Please click on the link below to vote in this year’s National Diversity Awards 2021

https://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominations-home/

 

 

WELL-BEING AMBASSADOR FOR ANNA KENNEDY ONLINE CHARITY !!!!!!! MARCH 2021

It came as a bolt from the blue when on Monday (29th March – incredibly the first day of Autism Awareness Week too ! ) when Anna Kennedy OBE invited me to be the Well-Being Ambassador for her charity Anna Kennedy Online.

It is very difficult for me to cry for myself as I have had to be so strong for so long on my journey –  but I cried …absolute floods of tears !!

I am just so humbled, so full of gratitude and joy, and just thrilled and blown away to now be a part of this  welcoming, fantastic, driven, positive, motivational family. I am welling up all over again just writing this…

 

Needless to say I will be giving this valuable role everything I’ve got and more !

I’m actually a little bit proud of myself which is a strange but lovely feeling.

Click here to find out more .https://www.annakennedyonline.com/ambassador-giuliana-wheater/

Nearly £2000 raised for YoungMinds Charity !!!

An absolutely ENORMOUS,warm and heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported my charity fundraiser this year. This charity has a very deep place in my heart. Together, we raised just shy of £1,900 , with some of my friends and contacts from abroad and LinkedIn sending money direct to the charity !!!

When my older boys lost their oldest childhood friend last October,Will’s family raised money for YoungMinds as it really is a lifeline to those suffering with mental health.

I promised at that sad and traumatic time that I would do more and be more in Will’s memory, through my work with young people, so this has made my year!!

THANK YOU!!!

RAINBOW KIDS TOUCH THERAPY ONLINE MAGAZINE !!!! Launch Date Spring 2021

I could actually spontaneously combust with the news that a dream come true for me is about to happen ! With the invaluable help and technical knowledge of my co-editor in chief ( !!! ) Millie Cooper, Rainbow Kids Touch Therapy Online Magazine is going to be launched Spring 2021!!!! I have a special birthday during this time and to mark this milestone, this is my gift, in some small way ,to the global community we have all become during these scary and challenging times.

It will be a banging first issue too !! We will be leaping into Spring with an interview with Anna Kennedy OBE , articles by Mary Atkinson, founder of StoryMassage, Jyoti Jo Manuel, founder of Special Yoga, the story of Kratu the famous therapy dog and how he met his “muvver”, the inspirational and extraordinary Tess, along with articles about Kratu’s work with autism and mental health.

There are real life motivational stories and journeys too of young people who were totally written off and yet have gone on to bust all the myths and achieve the most tremendous things.

In this issue we hear about a young man named Michael who is  profoundly deaf , his heartbreaking but triumphant story, and who has gone on to read a degree, live abroad and will begin work later this year for a top investment bank !!

Sadly even at university level his parents were fighting a system that falls far short of being educated or inclusive of those with neurodiversities.

But triumph has overcome everything …I love it !!

We need real and achievable hope, advice and light in the face of the constant stream of negativity from the Press and all over social media.

Not that we are glossing over anything by any means.

Mental health especially amongst our young people has hit global crisis levels and the suicide rate continues to soar. So in this magazine there is lots of advice, neuroscientifically backed and proven therapies, techniques and tools whether you are self isolating alone or within a bubble, whether you are disabled, differently-abled, neurodiverse or neurotypical, in a wheelchair or a hospital.

IT IS INCLUSIVE OF EVERYONE regardless of budget or situation.

It is for individuals of all ages , families , therapists , teachers and other professionals .

It is for the unemployed, those on furlough and those still working, especially if they are in the “front line’ as key workers.

There is something for everyone and every need.

There are even ready to go yoga stories, story massage stories, positive growth mindset games and exploring feelings games which are very bonding and often very funny.

The touch therapies I myself have included can be self administered or shared in your “bubbles” …. Touch boosts immunity !! We need it more than ever.

We ARE  in this  together and I hope with all my heart that there will be something for everyone within these pages of a very special , unique and much needed magazine . It will come out quarterly for just £2.99 so it is affordable to everyone but covers my magazine platform costs.

So watch this space !!

Lots of love,

Millie and Giuliana !

 

Ollie’s Masters’ Success December 2020 !!!!!

My strong,determined,gifted son has defied all the odds set against him during our often utterly heartbreaking and exhausting journey together where everything that most families can take for granted was a fight and we were told he would “never achieve ‘ simply because he has autism … and today found out the INCREDIBLE news that he has passed his Masters in Creative Writing with flying colours !!!

He is now more qualified than the eight teachers who told me that Ollie would “get two GCSE’s at the very most” and I have lost my tonsils somewhere across the other side of the Bristol Channel from my absolute scream of joy and pride !!!!!!

I am crying as I write this.

 

Oh this is exactly why I do all I do ….my battle for my son has blessed me with the learning,experience and fight to believe in and grow so,so many others . Many of my long hours are often unpaid but today I feel like the richest woman in the world .

STORY MASSAGE ADVENT CALENDAR December 2020

What lovely news !! I heard today that I have been selected, along with 23 other award winning story massage instructors, that I am being featured in their advent calendar …. door number 10 !!!! How joyful ! Congratulations to everyone else who has also been featured and I wish Story Massage every success with their sales .

Happy, healthy Festive Season everyone and warmest wishes to all of you . Thank you for all your ongoing support this year!

Managing Chronic Pain with Natural Remedies and Healthy Habits – By Jackie Waters

Managing Chronic Pain with Natural Remedies and Healthy Habits – A Blog by Jackie Waters

It can be really scary to receive a diagnosis of a chronic condition that causes pain such as osteoarthritis, multiple sclerosis, or fibromyalgia. Will you be in pain forever? What will treatment look like? Can you still enjoy your life? It’s easy to get overwhelmed by questions and concerns related to your diagnosis.

Fortunately, you have plenty of options. From making healthy lifestyle changes to seeking natural treatments from a complementary therapist like Giuliana Wheater, there are several things you can do to ease your symptoms and live a fulfilling life. Here’s a guide full of valuable resources to help make your life easier!

Lifestyle Habits to Calm Inflammation

Healthy habits like eating clean, exercising, and sleeping well can lower inflammation in the body and help relieve symptoms of pain.

  •  Adopt an anti-inflammatory diet focused on fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean protein.
  • From soups and stews to breakfast for dinner, you can make a wide variety of healthy dishes with basic pantry staples.
  • Staying active will keep your muscles strong and flexible to reduce pain and improve your overall health.
  • Gentle stretching can also relieve pain, especially when it comes to back pain.
  • Finally, try to cut out unhealthy habits that may be making your pain worse.

Relieving Stress at Home

Stress is known to intensify sensations of pain in the body. To find relief from your pain, try stress-relieving techniques to relax your muscles.

  • Clear negative energy from your home by cleaning, decluttering, and smudging.
  • Learn some calming, deep breathing exercises to relieve stress and anxiety in just a few minutes.
  • A soak in a hot bath can also help relax your muscles, reduce blood pressure, and relieve stress.

Prioritize Sleep

It can be tough to sleep with chronic pain, but sleeplessness can also worsen your symptoms. Find ways to improve your sleep quality naturally.

  • Put your phone away and avoid blue light exposure before bed.
  •  Make your bedroom more calming by decluttering, sticking to minimal décor, and leaving your work at the door.
  • Buying a new mattress could make a huge difference in your quality of sleep while also relieving morning stiffness.

Try Complementary Treatments

While traditional medicine may play an important role in your pain management routine, complementary medicine can also serve as a powerful coping tool.

  • Massage therapy is a very common and effective treatment for many different types of chronic pain.
  • While it may not work as a long-term solution, acupuncture can also help lessen your pain for a few weeks or months.
  • At home, try a few yoga poses that are known to alleviate pain in the back and joints.
  • If you have trouble ruminating on your pain, try mindfulness meditation to foster non-judgmental acceptance.

Don’t let chronic pain control your life. There are numerous things you can do to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. If you’re struggling with chronic pain, consider signing up for a yoga, massage, or mindfulness meditation session with Giuliana Wheater! To learn more or book a complementary therapy session, call 07791 977786 or email info@therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk.

STORY MASSAGE BEST PRACTICE AWARD !! November 2020

At only 5ft 3 1/2″ it was nigh in IMPOSSIBLE to contain the absolute heart bursting joy I felt on receiving this most prestigious of awards!!!!

I received this award for my work with blending story massage into my Therapies for Special Needs  sessions and Rainbow Kids sessions along with all my free YouTube videos (Giuliana Wheater Rainbow Kids Touch Therapy) and my free FB “Online Therapies For Kids and Families” as well as in my regular therapy articles and videos for Anna Kennedy Online and Autism Expo which I set up during the covid-19 pandemic.

Not being able to work, I still felt compelled to reach out, to share and help in any way I could, feeling that if I lost it all, at least I would go down sharing.

I am amazed to say that as the world shut down, mine opened in ways I never expected  and I now have millions of children instead of hundreds… and there I was thinking I had stopped at my own four!!

What a huge and unexpected journey my life has been!!

This award means a great deal to me especially as I am the only therapist to have received ,to date, a Best Junior Practice award for all my Rainbow Kids . I never frame my certificates as I would much rather fill my therapy / training chalet with “my” children’s achievements but these two awards will be up on the wall and framed!!

Thank you Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper for sharing your fabulous and impactful work. You literally touch the lives of so many and change them for the better. To read more about the award, please click here.

STORY MASSAGE BEST PRACTICE AWARD

In November 2020 I was overjoyed to receive a Story Massage Best Practice Award. I’ve worked so hard and adapted it into so many different needs and ways . It has been a beautiful,valuable, impactful and gently powerful therapy to grow in and it has been so delicious to blended it with my other therapies to give bespoke treatments to every individual whom I am so privileged to work with.

Touch crosses all boundaries and languages with huge benefits.

Story massage has undoubtedly enabled me to meet every child where THEY are and not where I want them to be . We have worked through enormous issues, explored emotions, eased and even erased phobias and I recently had a nine year old non verbal girl go on to write a story massage which her mother asked me to read out anonymously to a group session. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, when the little girl in question saw the wonderful reaction to her story massage, she motioned for me to go close and WHISPERED in my ear ” You can tell them it was me ” !!!!!

My eyes are just swimming writing this….

 

The eleven other winners of this award each do incredible work and it is well worth reading the blog which Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper, the co-founders wrote about the Best Practice Award Winners for 202.0he stories are inspirational and motivational all at once.

 

What made me extra happy was that two of the winners, Kerry Brooks and Louise Rutt, have also trained extensively with me . It just makes me fill with warmth when we all work together for the best reason in the world ; our children and our future. Thank you Mary and Sandra for sharing your wonderful work !

YOUTUBE CHANNEL !!!!

Something I resisted for so long ….. but following the unexpectedly enormous reaction to videos I made during Lockdown which I shared all over my social media, Anna Kennedy’s AKO Expo page, my Online Rainbow Therapies for Kids and Families Public FB Group as well as Linkedin (where several of them trended just one after another within the first week , to my complete amazement) I have now set up a Youtube channel. Its called Rainbow kids Touch Therapy but is inclusive of EVERYONE … all ages, abilities, different abilities and situations.

 

What turned out to be a simple joy of sharing and wanting to reach out to families during Covid -19, has had the most incredible, surprising and joyful outcome. Never did I think as the world closed down, that my deep fear would turn to such unbridled joy and that globally I would end up reaching so many more people !!! Isn’t life extraordinary and often very beautiful !!

 

*Go to the YouTube widget on the homepage where a link will take you to my channel. It would be utterly GORGEOUS if you could watch, enjoy, subscribe and share ! Thank you to all of you who have been part of this journey.