Celebrating Success with Communities

Time Out Programme

Celebrating Success with the NHS

Emmalene, Parveen Akhter & Josephine Finegold

In March 2010, the Time Out programme won the Service Innovation Award at the Calderdale NHS Celebrating Success Ceremony in Halifax, West Yorkshire. This provides further positive evidence that the NHS, through the Primary Care Trust (PCT), is valuing Complementary Therapies to increase physical, mental and emotional health and well-being, and actively bringing these into the local community.

The Time Out team is a trio of dedicated practitioners passionate about their work, Josephine Finegold, Linzi O’Boy, and Emmalene Katayama, who together create the bespoke programme and deliver the teaching sessions.

Yorkshire School Principal Emmalene Katayama says: “We are delighted with the Award. We feel that the community programmes has enabled us to reach the people in the local community who need it and will continue to do so into the future.”

“Time Out encourages the self-empowerment of the individual. By ‘recalling’ and using their innate healing skills, people are equipped with useful tools to help themselves and those around them. Like the ripples in the pond reverberating outward when a pebble is thrown in, an empowered individual who takes more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing has the potential to impact positively on their whole community.”

Time Out programme 2009 was a 5-week pilot programme that ran five cycles for 120 members of the predominantly South Asian local community at Kings Cross, Halifax. Targeting mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and depression as well as chronic pain and long term health conditions, participants learnt a wide range of practical hands-on therapeutic skills and techniques that they could use on themselves and share with friends and family.

Sessions included:

  • Using Aromatherapy at home
  • Hand and foot reflexology
  • Shiatsu acupressure
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Self massage techniques
  • Yoga, stretching and movement
  • Relaxation techniques including breathing and meditation
  • Coping with stress
  • Living with anxiety and depression
  • Managing pain and tension
  • Improving sleeping patterns

At the end of each cycle, participants reported increased energy levels, confidence and self-esteem, ability to relax, and motivation to do more exercise and drink more water, improved sleeping patterns, pain relief, lower stress levels, and feeing “younger.” One hundred percent of both women and men answered “Yes” when asked on their evaluation forms whether the programme had had “a positive impact on their health” and “an overall positive impact on their life.”

What the participants said:
“I feel very good health wise… the pain and stress has disappeared.”
“You feel light and stress free when you leave.”
“I feel very relaxed and strong. Before I came on this programme I was always feeling tired.”
“I feel I can do anything and also started exercising more.”’
“I feel great, and I do more walking now and have joined the gym.”
“These courses can change people’s lives.”

The Time Out programme, that can be tailored to meet the needs of a diverse range of client groups, is in the process of coming under the umbrella of the Yorkshire School of Natural Healing as a community-based non-profit enterprise.


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