I have the privilege and pleasure of working on a weekly basis with Wellbeing Improvers during telewellbeing sessions.
What do Wellbeing Improvers like about their sessions?
Slightly dubious to start with but wanting to get out of their own personal rock‑bottom situation, Wellbeing Improvers have come to enjoy meeting for their weekly telewellbeing session. Here are some of the positive points for them:
∞ The taking place of a recurrent event they can join in;
∞ The routine aspect of some of the experiments we do during the sessions: the beginning and the end. They are able to notice the difference between then and now and are happy to gradually add complexity to those experiential routines;
∞ The new experiences that pepper the sessions on a regular basis. As they progress through their sessions, a new experiment brings some anticipation and the challenge of not knowing where the new experiment is going to lead them to;
∞ The knowledge they will have fun with themselves and with the other participants.
I am looking forward to the sessions every week. I do like making experiments and benefit from them as far as mind relaxation and a greater mobility in the neck and joints are concerned.
What are Wellbeing Improvers finding out?
The Wellbeing Improvers taking part in these telesessions have rapidly noticed that:
∞ They usually sleep well the evening of the wellbeing session;
∞ As we perform experiments throughout the sessions, we are not trying to ‛fix’ anything there is no pressure whatsoever, and there is no ‛right’ or ‛wrong’, simply a curiosity about the outcome of an experiment;
∞ They find out improvement in themselves on a regular basis. They find themselves on a ‛more’ ladder, which is very satisfying and rewarding;
∞ They have lightbulb moments about something that has sometimes been discussed for several weeks
I like the beginning routine of my wellbeing sessions for the relaxation and joy it brings me. I like experimenting with movements in the neck, and especially noticing when my movements glide in harmony. I am surprised at how relaxed I am after each session and could really go to sleep after them! My wellbeing sessions bring me not only physical relaxation (which is why I started with them) but also a mental and psychological relaxation. I started with a wellbeing of 4 out of 10; 6 weeks down the line my wellbeing is 7 out of 10.
What more do Wellbeing Improvers find out?
At times, one Wellbeing Improver will report an unexpected outcome of their wellbeing session(s), such as:
∞ They notice change in their fellow Wellbeing Improvers; after a while, they come to the conclusion that if the other Wellbeing Improvers improve and it is noticeable, it must be the case for them as well, which is absolutely true;
They are no longer
on the verge of gouging out the eyes of their co-workers or their spouse; as phrased,
it helps tremendously, even though I still get impatient with them!;
They can now drink out of a bottle without choking themselves;
not been able to do that, like for ever; and I just grabbed a bottle of water and drank!;
They can meet with a relative who regularly digs at them; they have become more detached
about the situation and think about it this way:
my relative is not
nice. I know. It’s her opinion, I do not have to react with a physical behaviour and I do
not have to agree.
As a practitioner, I love hearing about the changes the Wellbeing Improvers notice about
themselves and the others in the group ‑ and even about me! Acknowledging about them
aloud, sometimes makes the inkling of a change real and even makes a change more real
somehow. And the beginning of a change will bring more in its wake. It is true that
There may be many more steps to go, but you can take comfort that
you're making real progress in the right direction. (Heath)
I will finish this post with this anecdote of a Wellbeing Improver
I have an anecdote to tell. At the beginning of the week, I went to buy a 12.5 kg bag of dog food. I carried it in my little muscled arms to the car. On my way I started thinking: my arms are carrying the bag; do I need to tense my hands so much? I thought about the process and…. with my little muscled arms, I carried to the car a 12.5 kg bag of dog food somewhat lighter! I started giggling – and must have looked like a lunatic to others ‑ thinking that Sylvie was intruding in my thoughts!