This week, with the children on half term, elemental earth dancer Jen visited the Britten Court Angels for a session of movement and relaxation.
But first, a quick check in on ‘one positive thing about the week’, prompted responses ranging from ‘family visits’ to ‘kippers for breakfast’.
A quiz about famous footballers—in which Elfryn scored 15 out of 16—was followed by some gentle, chair-based movements to the tunes of old football songs, such as Que Sera, Sera, and You’ll Never Walk Alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers.
The residents sang along, some with tears in their eyes; when asked, they said they were tears of joy, for the happy memories the songs evoked.
After the coffee break, Jen dimmed the lights, to create a relaxed atmosphere and began a guided mediation with the group.
She invited them to imagine an empty football stadium, just after the match had finished, with all the sights, sounds and smells that linger.
Some residents become so relaxed they drifted off into a light sleep, but afterwards all agreed that they really enjoyed the experience.
“That was lovely, I felt like I was at the football match with my brother, I could see his face and I could hear the crowd. I could really feel the cold wind on my face and see the pitch. I felt like I was somewhere else, in fact my head is still dreamy.”
Quote: Stan, Britten Court Angels
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