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Relaxing during long journeys

Here are some relaxations and stretches to help children to release tension during travel.  

It only takes a few seconds to stop and practice one of these stretches and is a great way to give children a breather. Please ensure that children stretch slowly and do not hold their breath.
Make sure they do not bounce during any stretch and only hold to a mid point of tension.


1 Shoulder Roll – Sit with your arms by your side, gently roll your shoulders backwards 10 times and then roll them forward 10 times.

2 Shoulder Shrug РSit with your arms by your side, pull your shoulders up to your ears.  Hold for 4 counts and then drop them down. Repeat this exercise.

3 Big Hug – Give yourself a big hug and slowly lean forward, so feeling a nice open feeling in your back. Breathe in and out. Slowly bring your arms back to your lap.

For more exercises and relaxation audios, visit www.relaxkids.com/store

For more relaxation tips for your family this summer, download our FREE Wellbeing pack – www.relaxkids.com/wellbeing

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Can We Expect Children to Self-Regulate When Parents, Teachers, and Professionals Are So Stressed? Are you afraid your own stress is affecting children?

We need to find ways to remind parents, caregivers and professionals working with children to find ways to regulate their own nervous systems.

According to recent studies in the U.K. The Mental Health Foundation reports that 1 in 6 children aged 5-16 are likely to have a mental health problem. We know children are suffering from stress and anxiety but who are they learning this from? Children’s sponge like brains are soaking up societal and adult stress beautifully. Their wireless-like nervous systems are brilliant at picking up on all the signs and signals that adults around them are inadvertently emitting.

We know self-regulation and co-regulation is key to helping children manage their emotions, behaviours, and attention effectively. We know it is a crucial skill for academic and social interactions. We know children who can self-regulate are better equipped to handle stress, make better decisions, and cope with challenges. But is teaching self-regulation a sticking plaster when adults continue to be in a state of heightened stress and anxiety? When parents are overwhelmed by stress, it can impede their capacity to provide the necessary co-regulation, support and guidance. Stress can negatively affect parenting styles, leading to less emotional availability, reduced emotional consistency, and increased conflict within the family environment. These factors can hinder a child’s ability to develop healthy self-regulation skills.

Parents play a vital role in shaping their children’s ability to self-regulation skills. When teachers and professionals are struggling on the treadmill of their demanding jobs, high levels of stress can impact their ability to provide adequate support and guidance to children and can find it hard to create the necessary nurturing and engaging learning environment. In addition to parents, teachers and professionals also have a significant influence on children’s development. The demanding nature of their jobs and high levels of stress can impact their ability to provide adequate support and guidance to children. Stressed educators may find it challenging to create a nurturing and engaging learning environment, which can hamper a child’s self-regulation development.

25 years ago, when I started Relax Kids, there was no mental health crisis for children. I found it so much easier to teach children relaxation and self-regulation skills. Relax Kids at the time was seen as a pleasant addition to the school day, whereas now these calming techniques are arguably the most important part of the curriculum. But we can’t expect children to survive and thrive on self-regulation and relaxation without seriously addressing our own stress levels. It has to be a collaborative effort and it is crucial for parents, teachers, and professionals to prioritise their own mental wellbeing to be better equipped to support children’s mental health.

Having trained over 10,000 teachers and Relax Kids coaches, I always stress the importance of checking and re-checking our own emotional landscape and stress levels to ensure we don’t unconsciously pass this onto children we work with. It is an important yet constant effort. We would never dream of taking passengers in our car without checking there is enough fuel to get there. If the fuel runs out, everyone comes to a standstill. It’s time to take our own refuelling seriously. Start a meditation app, Go to a sound bath, Find a local meditation or relaxation class, Book a yoga class. If you’re interested in receiving a pack of exercises and 8 weeks of self-care exercises by email, visit www.relaxkids.com/wellbeing – It’s a totally free as a gift to support those working with children.

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Family Holidays for Children with Autism 

How can I make holidays easier for my child? 

It’s holiday season and for most of us holidays are a chance to get away from routine and have fun, but children with autism can find the experience daunting.

The change of environment and routine can cause added anxiety for children with learning difficulties or autistic spectrum disorder. Every child is different, but there are a few ways to make going on holiday easier on your child.

Going away from the places they are used to can be difficult for children with autism. Often, the journey itself can be particularly stressful. If you listen to Relax Kids album at home, bring their favourite CD or MP3 album with you to play in the car on the way there, or on the plane. Bringing reminders of your home routine with you should help ease their anxiety.

Sensory overload

Many children with autism have an over-sensitivity to lights, sounds, smells and touch. A new place, particularly one where the culture and environment is very different, can cause a sensory overload and children may feel overwhelmed and start to panic.

Bringing sensory objects with you like light-up toys, lavender scented pillows or a bag of marbles can help distract children and calm them down. Relax Kids affirmation cards work very well in these situations, as they give children something physical to focus on to drown out the and also help children address how they are feeling. Let children pick which star they are or would like to be. For instance, if they are feeling anxious about a journey they can be a courageous star.

Change in routine

Another way to help children feel better about being away is to remind them that the trip is temporary and it won’t be long before they can return to their routine. Try asking questions like would you like me to cook this meal when we are at home? Do you like swimming? Shall we go swimming again when we are at home?

All children are different, but once you can find a way to help children with autism feel okay about being in a new place, they should be able to relax and have fun on holiday too!

Here are some examples of how Relax Kids albums can help children with autism

“I teach children with autism and the Nature album works wonders! Playing a track from this album is now part of their daily routine, helping them to relax in school and proves particularly helpful during times of stress and anxiety. The children are so calm and quiet when this is played and even children with minimal language have actually communicated with me to request a track to be played. Quite simply amazing! Thank you – we now use these MP3s in our multi-sensory quiet light room also.” – Linda Martin

“I work in a school for children with autism. We regularly use the Chill Skills MP3s. These fantastic resources have been hugely beneficial both in helping our students learn how to deal appropriately with negative emotions and teaching them the art of relaxation – something which they find very difficult.” – Caroline Bulmer

Visit our Relax Kids Online store to LISTEN TO or view our full range of MP3s, books and affirmation cards.

www.relaxkids.com/store

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Do know which are the BEST neurodivergence children’s massage training providers in the UK?

Many of our Relax Kids coaches use Relax Kids with children with neurodivergence including autism, ADHD and dyslexia with incredible results, but you may be looking for a specific course. 

Are you thinking of starting a new career working with children with neurodivergence (or add to your skills) and wondering which one to choose?

We’ve saved you some time and put together a list to help with your research as we really want you to choose the best one for you.

Below are some of the best training companies in the UK (in no particular order) that run courses to support children with neurodivergence. 

Special Yoga

Created by Jo Manuel in 2002, Special Yoga combines body, breath and mindfulness practices that benefit the practitioner first; calm caregivers create the foundations for calm children, teens and adults with additional needs. Designed to educate and support anyone caring for children with additional needs. You will learn about a variety of conditions and the remedial techniques and adaptations for each. Special Yoga will teach you how and when practices can be adapted for different situations and populations.

https://www.specialyoga.co.uk

Child Autism UK

Child Autism UK provides a range of training courses aimed at people developing their skills to become ABA tutors. They run a two-day course where you will learn how to use ABA theory and techniques to help children with autism. There are also advanced courses available. As an ABA tutor, you will be able to work day to day with the child (children) implementing the strategies in the family’s own home or in a school or nursery.

https://www.childautism.org.uk/for-aba-tutors/what-is-an-aba-tutor/

The Early Years Professional Development Programme offers a set of training modules and resources for those working in various early years settings for children up to 5 years. The training is effective in providing strategies for supporting pupils as well as extending awareness of the wide range of needs of pupils with autism. 

https://www.autismeducationtrust.org.uk/early-years-professional-development-programme

Edge Hill University

A degree level course that covers the 3-8 age range and most of our graduates begin teaching in nursery, reception or Key Stage 1 classes. You will develop a deepened awareness of the individuality of autistic people and how being autistic affects different children and be confident in working jointly with families to offer positive practical support and creative provision. 

Courses – Edge Hill University

We hope this gives you a better idea of the courses on offer for you. 

Let us know your thoughts!

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Which are The Best Children’s Yoga courses in the UK?

This is something that people often ask us and so we wanted to give our recommendations. 

Are you thinking of starting a new career in children’s yoga and wondering which one to choose?

We’ve saved you some time and put together a list to help with your research.

Below are some of the best yoga training companies in the UK (in no particular order).

Let us know your thoughts. 

Yoga Bananas

The Yoga Bananas® Children’s Yoga Teacher Training Course is the original and creative children’s yoga training provider, combining yoga asana with physical theatre and storytelling. Founded in 2000, it offers a comprehensive and innovative system of teaching children’s yoga that certifies you to teach whilst sending you out bursting at the seams with creativity and fully confident to embrace your new career. All the material is unique and constantly evolving and taught in small groups by creator and founder, Skip Oliver. 

Cosmic Kids Yoga

The course is led by Jaime from Cosmic Kids, so you’ll learn kids yoga first hand from one of the world’s best-loved kids yoga teachers. Jaime created Cosmic Kids Yoga in 2012 and through her fantastic training will talk you through the secret of delivering great kids yoga – how to perform a story so that kids stay engaged and get the full benefit from doing your classes. Once you’ve finished the training to the required standard, you’ll receive full certification to be able to teach kids yoga professionally – in schools, pre-schools, private settings, or wherever you’d like to do it.

Yogabeez

YogaBeez is a leading provider of children’s yoga and mindfulness, offering accredited teacher training courses, classes and workshops. Since 2005, their unique method has incorporated the core values and teachings of traditional yoga and mindfulness couple with Montessori philosophy to educate, empower and exercise the WHOLE child. The classes are designed to stimulate and nourish physical, emotional, social, intellectual and wellbeing. They run an in-person 4 day Foundation childrens yoga teacher training which is suitable for yoga teachers, nursery and primary school teachers, parents, therapists or anyone working or living with children who practices yoga. The course will provide you with tools, techniques, ideas and confidence to share yoga and mindfulness and all its benefits with children aged 2 – 12 years.

Special Yoga

Created by Jo Manuel in 2002, Special Yoga combines body, breath and mindfulness practices that benefit the practitioner first; calm caregivers create the foundations for calm children, teens and adults with additional needs. Designed to educate and support anyone caring for children with additional needs. You will learn about a variety of conditions and the remedial techniques and adaptations for each. Special Yoga will teach you how and when practices can be adapted for different situations and populations.

Rainbow Kids Yoga

Started in 2007, Rainbow Yoga makes yoga fun for children and young people of all age groups and for the whole family too! Rainbow Kids Yoga offers a comprehensive, practical, and engaging course that will enable you to deliver fun and engaging yoga classes. Founded by Gopala, and Angel Yaffa, Rainbow Yoga offers a variety of unique and comprehensive teacher training certification courses all over the world offering a well-rounded, in-depth learning experience through a combination of play, practical theory, and fun.

How to choose the right training for you:

Visit each we sit and get a sense and feel for the company

Are you drawn to a particular one?

Do your values align more to one?

Make a list of what you would like to do as a yoga teacher?

Do they offer the services and resources and support you need?

Create a vision board and visualise yourself working for each company and see which one sticks to your soul.

Good luck on your yoga teaching career!

http://www.relaxkids.com/training

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10 Things You Need to Know Before You Train to be a Relax Kids Coach

Are you hoping to become a Relax Kids coach this year?

As a training company, we understand the joy that training and setting up a new business can be for and we are excited that you are taking your next steps in your Relax Kids journey.

But what are some of the problems that you need to consider before you train?

What do Relax Kids coaches wish they were aware of ahead of time?

In this article, we’ll review 10 things that people wish they knew before they trained and set up their business to help you decide if it’s the right choice for you and your family.

Let’s dive in.

The Relax Kids (ChargeUp/Baby Mindful) training is online and many do miss the joy and excitement of being with others in a group. When we created the online course, we made sure we gave coaches even more value to make up for a lack of in-person training contact. We added 20 coach interviews which gives you a clear idea of what you can do with your training and experienced coaches share how they do the exercises in the manual. Although you may miss the contact with others, you will get more content which will help you as a coach. To give you more interaction, we now run regular online community cohort trainings. You can join together and take benefit from online zooms with our team Marneta and the team.

    The online training takes around 8 hours plus 10 hours of coach interviews. It is around average for a course like this although some courses may be longer. Most people will complete within a couple of months (2 weeks to a month is average) although you have 6 months to complete. You can do the training in bite size pieces around your family timetable but if you know you’re busy or taking other courses and may need more time, just send us a message and we can extend your time.

    It may not be the cheapest course of its kind on the market and if you are looking for cheaper options, there are plenty on google. We understand if the cost is prohibitive to you. 

    However, some of our coaches have hesitated taking the training because they felt it was just too good to be true. After the training, they realised they got more than their monies worth and way more in terms of content, options and possibilities.

    Once you’ve trained, that is just the start of an exciting (and for some scary) journey. You need to be aware that you are not walking into a fully paid job from day 1. It takes time and energy to build up any successful business. You will have to be prepared to put in some extra hours planning your sessions, approaching customers and building your network. It will be tiring at times and you will build your resilience and develop your creativity and you navigate your new work. It can be hard at times, but so rewarding.

    Before you start your classes, you will need to get certified as a Relax Kids coach. This will require you to run 4 (free) trial classes, write case studies and collect testimonials. Once you send these in with your documents (insurance, police check, safeguarding and first aid certificate) you will then be a very proud Relax Kids coach.

    Working for yourself, unlike having a job working as part of a team can sometimes feel lonely, but you will have support from a group of passionate and dedicated coaches who have walked the path before you and know exactly what you’re going through. You can share your problems, fears and worries with them and benefit from their creative ideas and incredible experience.

    You may be concerned that you haven’t got in depth teaching experience prior to training. Although it is a bonus, you don’t need to be a teacher to succeed as a coach. Some of our most successful coaches have no teaching background, but have developed their own unique style of running classes.

    Some worry that they will struggle managing the children in a classroom setting. This can definitely be a learning curve, but you will develop class management skills and techniques as you go. The sense of pride and satisfaction you will feel as you develop both personally and professionally will be immense.

    Many coaches ask what the ongoing costs are and if it is a viable business. Once you have a few (optional and inexpensive) props, got your insurance, police check and first aid, the ongoing costs can be kept low. The licence fees are from £20 per month. There is no % of earnings and no extra hidden costs. You will have the option to buy theme packs to support your classes. Many of our coaches are running full time or part time businesses around their family and life style choices and some are earning more than what they earned in their previous jobs.

    At Relax Kids, we offer a top quality training that will give you everything you need and more to be a coach in whatever country you are.

    If you are considering training with us, you can download our info pack and read more about our training online and read testimonials to get a better idea if you think it is for you.

    Happy exploring!

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    Supporting neurodivergent children with Relax Kids and Vestibular Activities

    Children with neurodivergence, such as ADHD, autism, or sensory processing disorders, often struggle with relaxation and stress management. As their brains are wired differently, they can have difficulty calming their minds and bodies, leading to increased anxiety and meltdowns.

    However, the Relax Kids 7-step methodology incorporates vital vestibular activities combined with exercises that stimulate the parasympathetic system.

    The vestibular system, in a sensory system that creates the sense of balance , good posture and spatial orientation.

    In Relax Kids classes, we stimulate the vestibular system in both the MOVE section and the STRETCH section where we encourage children to stretch and balance.

    Relax Kids have always believed that vestibular movements such as dancing, crawling and rocking are important in the relaxation process of helping children self-regulate and get a feeling of calm in their bodies, which can help reduce anxiety.

    Movement helps children unwind, de-stress which in turn can improve their emotional resilience. By integrating activities such as rocking, swinging, or balance exercises, children can burn off any excess energy and get ready to calm down and relax.

    Occupational Therapists use Vestibular Movements to help children who have an over responsive or under responsive Vestibular system.

    A child that has an over responsive movement system may:

    * Be fearful of playing and moving especially using playground or gym equipment

    * Suffer from travel sickness

    * Struggle when their head is in a different position

    * Not want to travel on  escalators or lifts

    Help children with an over responsive movement system by not forcing them to travel in a lift or elevator and let them take the stairs. Give them a toy to squeeze when travelling and encourage them to look out of the window. Give them options of movements they enjoy.

    A child that has an under responsive movement system may:

    * Appear hyperactive and be constantly moving

    * Move or use fidget toys to help them concentrate

    * Be fearless with movement and take risks

    Help children with an under responsive movement system by encouraging them to move as much as possible, especially outside.

    Encourage them to develop skills as they move such as skipping and jumping (hop scotch). Give them a wobble board or inflatable cushion to sit on so they can keep moving.

    Encourage relaxation breaks in between the movement.

    3 exercises that can help neurodivergent children relax and unwind:

    Calming Breath Exercise:
    – Ask children to sit or lie down in a comfortable position.
    – Encourage them to take slow, deep breaths in through their nose and out through their mouth.
    – Have them place their hand on their belly and feel it rise and fall with each breath.
    – Guide them in counting to four as they inhale and exhaling for a count of four.
    – Repeat this exercise several times, focusing on the rhythm of the breath to help calm the mind and body.

    Progressive Muscle Relaxation:
    – Ask children to sit or lie down in a comfortable position.
    – Starting with their toes, encourage them to tense each muscle group in their body for a few seconds, then release and relax.
    – Move upward through their legs, abdomen, arms, shoulders, and finally their face and neck, repeating the tense-and-release pattern.
    – Encourage them to focus on the sensation of relaxation and release tension from each muscle group.
    – This exercise can help children become more aware of the physical signs of stress and how to release them.

    Visualisation Exercise:
    – Guide children to close their eyes and imagine themselves in a peaceful, calming place, such as a beach, forest, or garden.
    – Encourage them to use all their senses to fully immerse themselves in the visualisation
    – What do they see, hear, smell, and feel in this safe space?
    – Encourage them imagine taking slow, deep breaths in this tranquil environment, feeling a sense of calm and relaxation wash over them.
    – Allow children to  stay in this visualisation for a few minutes before gently bringing them back to the present moment.
    – Visualisation exercises can help children create a mental refuge for times of stress and anxiety.

    Relax Kids have created a series of creative, child-led relaxation products that support neurodivergent children.

    We recommend Quiet Spaces or Nature MP3 for children with Neurodivergence

    Staff training in the Relax Kids unique 7 steps system is available.

    www.relaxkids.com

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    Concentration game

    The benefits of developing good concentration.

    Getting children to concentrate can be difficult, but it is worth pursuing as concentration brings so many benefits:

    Developing good concentration can help:

    • will power
    • inner peace and happiness
    • memory
    • decision making
    • ability to study
    • ability to relax and visualisation 

      Try this concentration game: 

    Don’t Blink – Sit opposite your partner and look into their eyes. Anyone who looks away, breaks the stare, closes their eyes or giggles is out.

    Try Relax Kids Concentration Album

    Find a class

    #concentration #freegame #wellbeing #parents

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    How can I help my child concentrate?

    Exercises to help with issues regarding focus.

    Our concentration album or Focus ME album are perfect for helping out with issues regarding focus. In the meantime, here are a few options for you to try.

    1. Proper nutrition, adequate exercise and enough sleep as well as drinking water will aid concentration.

    2. Draw a point on a post it note and ask the child to sit and focus on that point for a few moments. If any thoughts come into the mind, ask them to gently push them away and only think about the point in front of them. Get the child to stay as still as possible and keep concentrating.

    3. Put a flower or a picture of the flower in front of the child. Ask the child to notice all the colours and textures and shapes on the flower. Get the child to sit as still as possible for as long as they can only concentrating on the flower.

    4. Repeat three times in their mind – I am focussed. I can concentrate. I am still. I am quiet. I am focussed. I can concentrate. I am still. I am quiet.

    If you have found this blog helpful please pass it on to your friends, colleagues, schools and nurseries and help us help more families and schools.

    Download your FREE Wellbeing pack for more tips to use at home or in the classroom – www.relaxkids.com/wellbeing

    #focus #concentration #helpingchildrenfocus

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    Happy Easter from Relax Kids

    Spring time relaxations 

    After all the fun of easter egg hunts, easter games, and lots and lots of chocolate, there’s no better time to do some relaxation!

    Try these Spring time exercises at home:

    Easter Egg – Imagine that you are a chocolate easter egg outside in the sunshine. You feel yourself melting slowly. Feel your whole body becoming relaxed and letting go as you melt and sink further into the floor.

    Green Breaths – Lie down on the floor or bed and put your hand on your tummy. Breathe in and out gently and feel your tummy rising and falling. Now, as you breathe in, imagine you are breathing green light. It feels very calming and peaceful. Now breathe the green light out into the room. Fill the whole room with soft green light. Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out.

    Butterfly Massage – You may like to try these massage strokes on your child’s back or encourage siblings to give each other a relaxing massage. Imagine your thumbs are a caterpillar crawling up your child’s spine. Slowly and gently walk up the sides of the spine like a caterpillar. Walk right up to the neck and down again. Now, rub the back to warm it up. Finally practice some butterfly strokes and flutter your fingers all over your child’s head, neck and back.

    Don’t forget to download your FREE Easter Pack!

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    Activities for Easter Holidays

    Here are some simple and fun activities to do with the children this Easter holiday!

    Themed walks 

    Complete a ‘colour palette walk’ and note down the shades and tones you spot. 

    A ‘Fruits of the Forest’ walk would allow children to collect stones, leaves and other special gifts from nature. You could even plan a ‘Treasure Hunt’ or an Easter Egg hunt where you could create a route together with your child and have a gift set up at the finish line for reaching your final destination! 

    Holiday Journal 

    Try and see how many different types of leaves you can find. These can then be taken home and pressed into a lovely spring scrapbook to which all the family can contribute. Write poems and stories inspired by the break. 

    Easter picnics 

    Pack a basket full of your favourite foods and set out a blanket in your lounge or get out in the garden or park.

    Forest sculptures 

    Construct your own statue using things found from mother nature. 

    Plant something 

    Give something back to nature, whether it is something you have found on one of your holiday adventures or the seeds from your fruits Remember to thank the great outdoors for the fun it has provided you with over this break.   Have a listen to the tracks below.

    Winding Down 

    The Relax Kids Nature Meditations CD is a great way to finish off those busy days and relax your children and yet preserve their encounter with the great outdoors, in a productive, comforting way. 

    Download your Free Easter Pack here!

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    Have you seen the price of Easter eggs!

    The joy of Easter has been reduced slightly by the huge increase in the price of Easter eggs this year – and they have got smaller!!

    Shrinkflation!

    One thing that hasn’t been touched by shrinklation is… Our hearts! No matter the size of the eggs, the joy we share and the love we spread during Easter remain as big and beautiful as ever.

    To help bring your family together, we have created a beautiful Easter.pack.

    FREE EASTER PACK. – for calm, creativity and connection Pack includes: Easter affirmation cards Easter Bingo Magic Seeds Envelop Family Games and Activity Ideas.

    Download your copy here.

    Wishing you a magical Easter filled with love and joy!

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    Relax Kids and Vestibular Activities

    The vestibular system, in a sensory system that creates the sense of balance , good posture and spatial orientation.

    In Relax Kids classes, we stimulate the vestibular system in both the MOVE section and the STRETCH section where we encourage children to stretch and balance. 

    Relax Kids have always believed that vestibular movements such as dancing, crawling and rocking are important in the relaxation process of helping children self-regulate and get a feeling of calm in their body.

    Movement helps children unwind, de-stress which in turn can improve their emotional resilience. By integrating activities such as rocking, swinging, or balance exercises, children can burn off any excess energy and get ready to calm down and relax.

    Occupational Therapists use Vestibular Movements to help children who have an over responsive or under responsive Vestibular system.

    A child that has an over responsive movement system may:

    * Be fearful of playing and moving especially using playground or gym equipment 

    * Suffer from travel sickness 

    * Struggle when their head is in a different position 

    * Not want to travel on  escalators or lifts

    Help children with an over responsive movement system by not forcing them to travel in a lift or elevator and let them take the stairs. Give them a toy to squeeze when travelling and encourage them to look out of the window. Give them options of movements they enjoy.

    A child that has an under responsive movement system may:

    * Appear hyperactive and be constantly moving

    * Move or use fidget toys to help them concentrate 

    * Be fearless with movement and take risks

    Help children with an under responsive movement system by encouraging them to move as much as possible, especially outside. Encourage them to develop skills as they move such as skipping and jumping (hop scotch). Give them a wobble board or inflatable cushion to sit on so they can keep moving.  Encourage relaxation breaks in between the movement. 

    Find out more about Relax Kids classes and our online classes here

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    💜 Congratulations to our featured coach – Ann Wood 💜

    “Working as a primary school teacher in Derry N. Ireland for 22 years, I was noticing that more and more children in my classes were finding it harder to deal with their worries and to be resilient. I felt helpless when parents asked me for advice, so I began researching and came across Relax Kids resources online. I found that using the meditations, breathing exercises and positive affirmations, seemed to really help the children. They also helped my own son who was finding it hard to settle to sleep at night.

    After using the Relax Kids books and free downloads for a while with great success, I decided to take the training to become a coach in 2018. I met some amazing fellow coaches on the courses who still support and inspire me to this day. I was so proud to qualify fully as a coach myself in October 2020.

    In September 2022, I was lucky to be granted a career break from teaching and since then, I have delivered Relax Kids sessions in 10 different preschool, nursery school and primary schools. I have also worked with 3 Afterschool clubs and hope to continue to strengthen these links and to work with more schools and community groups as I continue in my full-time career as a Relax Kids coach.

    I currently deliver sessions 4-5 days a week and have found that my home/work life balance has improved immensely as I try to live the 7 steps myself. Relax Kids has reignited the passion that I felt as a newly qualified teacher. I love the freedom that Relax Kids gives me and I have seen the positive effects that teaching the 7 steps have in the classroom, on peer relationships and in family life. I feel so proud when I see and hear children using the vocabulary and skills that they have learned to help themselves, others and even adults.”

    Relax Kids coach in Derry, N. Ireland

    https://www.facebook.com/annrelaxkidsderry

    Instagram @relaxkidsderrywithann

    #relaxkids #relaxkidscoach

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    💜Congratulations to our featured coach – Hollie Cooke 💜

    Area: Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

    ” I have been a coach for 2 years, my first community classes took place in September of 2021. 

    Having worked with children and young people in a variety of settings, including in a school for over ten years I was looking for a change, something that would give me a good work/life balance, that enabled me to support children and young people and that would promote a healthy wellbeing. When I came across Relax Kids via a Google search it instantly felt right! 

    When my pregnant best friend found about that I was taking the Relax Kids training, and that their was an option to train to work with babies too, I didn’t really have an option to do anything but both lots of training. 

    I run four Baby Mindful classes, and two Relax Kids classes in the community each week. I also run Relax Kids classes in schools and am regularly invited to run additional classes with other groups such as Brownies and Cubs. During the longer school holidays I enjoy putting on Relax Kids Family Workshops which are always well attended. 

    I love the flexibility and variety of being a coach. I have worked with babies as young as one week old, and children up to eighteen years. I have run classes in person and online, done some 1:1 sessions and even spent the day outside in a tent with 100 girl guides. I can plan my community classes around our local term dates, and book in additional sessions at times that work for my family. Every day is different and everyday is wonderful! 

    The special moments are when parents or children share stories about how the classes have helped them…. When child who has been desperate to do the scary jump at the soft play tells you that they calmed their ‘meerkat’ and went for it, a parent shares how anxious they had been at the thought of attending a session but says they instantly felt at home when they did, or a teacher comments on the positive changes they have seen in a pupil following the session. These moments are priceless!

    I have changed so much as an individual since becoming a Relax Kids coach. My confidence and adaptability has grown no end, and I am regularly doing things that would have had me cowering at the thought a few years ago. I enjoy going to work every single day and am so grateful that I am able to have such a positive impact on the lives of others.”

    https://www.facebook.com/rkhollie
    @rkdoncasterhollie

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    💜 Congratulations to our featured coach – Margaret McManus 💜

    “Based in Sunderland in the North East of England. I have been a coach for 3 years.

    I heard about Relax Kids from working in schools as a School Nursing Sister and knew that children were benefiting from this input. 

    I work in schools delivering sessions as 1-2-1s, family groups and small classes. I work with young people at home who aren’t attending school and I work for Children’s Services supporting children that they work with. 

    I love being my own boss, working around being a single mum and having face-to-face contact with children and young people on a daily basis. I love feeling that what I am doing is making a positive difference to these children and young people. My greatest achievement has been working with a child who wasn’t able to speak to adults in school because of his anxieties. He started to speak to me during his first session, his teacher after 6 sessions and now he shouts down the corridor! 

    Being a RK Coach has helped me with my own mental health and anxieties and has given me so many positive moments on a regular basis that I just love what I do!”

    www.facebook.com/RelaxKidsSunderlandwithMargaret

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    💜 Congratulations to our featured coach – Tracey Lindsay 💜

    “Hi, I’m Tracey and I’ve been a Relax Kids Coach for four years in the North-East of England.

    I first became aware of Relax Kids when I had my own children (twin girls) and bought a couple of books and CDs of relaxation/visualisations. They are turning 21 this year so it’s a while ago but they used to love listening to the CDs before they went to sleep. I worked as a Dietitian in the NHS for 25 years prior to doing my training and felt I’d had enough. Initially I thought I’d try doing Relax Kids as a sideline but decided to take a leap of faith and go for it as my only source of income. It’s been a great decision.

    I remember thinking on the training weekend “this is just me” and feeling like it was the right thing. I heard other participants talking about how their children had done Relax Kids and how it had been life changing for some. That’s what I wanted out of life, I wanted to make a difference. A former colleague said to me as I was leaving my job, “This is perfect for you, you love teaching and working with groups, and you love kids!”

    Qualifying just before the pandemic made my start a bit slow, so I didn’t really get established until September 2021. I’ve ended up doing stuff that I never would have imagined when I did the training, including adult sessions over Zoom and sessions as part of team building days for staff groups. Mostly though I work in primary schools delivering sessions with groups of between 2 and 30 children. I love how adaptable Relax Kids is, with numbers, ages, abilities, space available, indoor/outdoor, you name it, it can be done!

    My proudest moment was when I received a message from a parent of a child I was working with in school. She said that even in week two, the difference in her son was huge and had an effect on the whole family because he was happier, calmer, less angry and she talked about how his sparkle had returned. It made my heart burst!

    I am without doubt a happier person doing this job. I’ve learnt so much and am continuing to learn every day. I love having young children in my life again and getting to know so many, seeing them change as they go through school and above all feeling useful and valued!”

    www.facebook.com/relaxkidstyneside
    @relaxkidstyneside

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    💜 Congratulations to our featured coach – Lorraine Pellet 💜

    Burgess Hill, West Sussex

    Qualified June 2021

    ” Whilst working as a Learning Mentor in a large primary school, I discovered there was a need for helping young people find a place of calm. I used the Relax Kids’ books to run before school visualisation sessions to help the young people feel ready for their day. It was a few years later, that I read the back of the book and realised Relax Kids was a ‘thing’!

    I changed jobs and time moved on, however I kept coming back to the idea of being a Relax Kids Coach. I qualified as a Drawing and Talking Practitioner and realised that quite a few practitioners were also Relax Kids coaches.  It gave me the push I needed to be brave and got for it!

    I love seeing the changes Relax Kids makes to young people. For some they increase their confidence, explore their own voices and take ownership of believing in themselves. For others they begin to recognise the energy changes in their bodies are controlled by them and (for the most part) they can choose to energise themselves or tone it down to find a place of calm. The realisation that they have that power inside of them is just magical.

    I was invited out of the blue, to run workshops for Reception up to Year 4 children for Children’s Mental Health week. This was a huge privilege and I absolutely loved the event! The comments I received from the children in the sessions were very special. The feedback from the Head Teacher was so positive, that I am looking to run a weekly class for them.

    I run before and after school classes in local primary schools. I am invited to attend wellbeing events that children participate in with their parents.  Schools pay for blocks of work that fit with curriculum topics and events.  I also work 1 to 1 with children/young people at home.  

    For me when I hear children say ‘I wish it was Relax Kids every day’ and ‘I believe in myself’ just honestly make my heart burst with pride that they feel that way.  To see a group of children interacting so positively together and bringing each other joy, is amazing.

    Being a Relax Kids Coach has helped me grow as a person. I have become more confident in myself and truly believe I have something valuable to pass on to the next generation. The company rules have become part of my life and I am grateful for the changes that they have given me.

    I take pride in my status as a Relax Kid Coach and absolutely remain committed to bringing peace and positivity to the next generation.”

    www.facebook.com/relaxkidssussex

    @relaxkidssussex

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    💜 Congratulations to our featured coach – Dana Bishop 💜

    “I trained to become a Relax Kids Coach in February 2018 after a friend told me about Relax Kids. I have 2 boys and my eldest has complex medical needs including severe Eczema. I really wanted to become a coach to help him and his brother learn mindful techniques, as life can be very challenging.

    I’ve also worked with children and families for 25 years as a teacher, nanny and family support worker and I could really see how they would benefit from the Relax Kids Programme.

    The training was an inspirational weekend led by the amazing coach Anna. I met some fantastic ladies and left the weekend feeling that I could make a difference. 

    Initially I just used the Relax Kids techniques at home but then I was asked to do 1-1s with friend’s children and I haven’t looked back! I’ve worked in schools, nurseries, Brownies, Guides and Cubs units and childminding settings.I’ve also run relaxation groups for parents, Young carers and community classes.

    The most rewarding work i’ve done is being able to work with the charity NEST (Nephrotic Sydrome Support) offering 1-1s to children struggling with the challenges of living with this life threatening kidney condition. My son also has NS so its rewarding to help the charity and give back. Parents have fed back that their child’s Mental health has significantly improved after the sessions. 

    In the future i’m hopefully working with an Eczema charity to offer sessions to children living with Eczema, as I know personally how this condition can have a huge effect on your Mental health.

    I think the most powerful that has happened as a result of Relax Kids is hearing my son using affirmations to help with his needle phobia. From being held still by 2 adults he now just sits still and shouts out the affirmation ‘I am brave’ when he has a monthly injection!

    Relax Kids isn’t just a job for me it’s my passion. It really has changed my life and i’m privileged to help children and parents.”

    www.facebook.com/relaxkidstadworthandwaltonwithdana

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    💜 Congratulations to our featured coach – Liz Meincken💜

    “I have been a Relax Kids coach in North Devon for 15 months I run a number of Relax Kids classes. I run a nurture class as part I of my role in my local school and I run community classes in the school holidays. I have run online classes and sessions in my house.

    I love using the 7 steps for myself and my family. relax Kids is so versatile. I can make it work around my family. It still amazes me how subtle and short some of my sessions are with children yet the impact is profound! The children treat me (and others) how I treat them.

    My greatest achievement is having my RK role in the school I work in – I feel very honoured and touched to have this role and every day is unique and inspiring. When I see all of the times my daughter manages her own emotions using the RK techniques and that we have something to try when she is unable to sleep or worried about school or a new challenge is the most special thing to me.

    My husband and daughter ask me for RK meditations. Relax Kids has helped me grow, learn how to slow down (and not feel guilty for that), healthy barriers and to face fears a little more. I am looking forward to what the universe has to offer me next.”

    FB CalmClubwithLiz https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100075964367985

    @calm_clib.liz

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    Affirmixations – It’s BRILLITASTIC AND INCREDICAL

    When I was little, in the 70s, I loved the Flip Flap MisFit books. 

    A few months ago I was playing around with words and papers and came up with the idea to write a NEW BOOK that helps make positive affirmations more EXCITIFUL and MARVELSOME!

    I did have lots of fun. I tried it out on my neighbour’s daughter and she loved it. I knew it would be a winner!

    AFFIRMIXATIONS is a new Relax Kids book where children can now make up their own POSITACULAR and SPECMARKABLE  affirmation words with this UNITASTIC flip flap book.

    This INTERESTIC book will create endless interactive fun book as children create their own FANTABULOUS vocabulary and make up new affirmations for themselves and each other.

    This FABFUL split page, spiral bound book is a valuable tool kit for any classroom or home as it allows the reader to develop their imagination, have fun with SUPERCHANTING words and language and build their sense of self-worth and confidence as they experiment with different combinations of new words. 

    Order your copy here today!

    Have a magical day

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    Let’s All Bee… 🐝

    I wrote this book on holiday! 🐝

    After so many requests for another book for toddlers, I’ve created a big interactive picture book Let’s All BEE 🐝…

    I wrote this book a few years ago whilst on holiday in the UK. I remember my sister Maria was there and I kept asking her for ideas.

    I wanted to create a fun and colourful book to make relaxation easy for little ones and help them self-regulate as they read, listen, sound, wiggle and giggle. 

    Let’s All BEE 🐝…. has 14 animals friends who show them simple mindfulness techniques.

    🐝 How to use:

    Read at bedtime after reading a story, to help children settle before sleep. Children can pick an animal and relax and snuggle into sleep as that animal.

    In  can also be used by pre school and nursery teachers. It can be used before nap time or as part of a movement/relaxation activity game. 

    Children can follow the bee path to help them focus and concentration on the exercises. The book is full of movement and actions to keep children occupied before relaxing.

    🐝🐝 Order your copy here today! 🐝🐝

    Let’s All BEE 🐝 includes a set of 14 animal finger puppets to cut out and play with 🐝

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    When I’m Feeling…

    I’ve written another book and I think/hope you’ll love it.

    I know many children can’t make our Relax Kids classes and so I wrote WHEN I’M FEELING as a quick fix to help children manage a wide variety of emotions.

    I wanted to make it fun and interactive – like our classes and let children to mix and match their relaxation and mindfulness exercises to create their own unique story meditations. 

    Children can now take full control and choose from a wide variety of nature scapes, intentions and exercises to help them move through life’s ever-changing emotions. 

    Your child can take themselves off to a lake, a cave, the sea or fly through the air and practice a wide range of relaxation tools and affirmation techniques to manage their emotions and self-regulate.

    Click here for more information and see the book.

    I hope you love it!

    Have a magical day

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    What Can I Be Today?…

    Do you remember the misfit books where you turned the pages to create hilarious character combinations.

    Ever since I have been writing wellbeing books for children, I have strived to come up with new and exciting concepts to engage children’s busy minds.

    What Can I Be Today is an interactive book where children can now create their very own unique and positive affirmations.

    It really is such fun flicking through the flaps and imagining wild and wonderful positive personas as they create inspirational titles for themselves.

    Here are some examples:

    I am the Most Magical Wizard of the Stars who inspires everyone
    I am the most Incredible Ninja of the Galaxy who loves to laugh
    I am the most Wondrous Explorer of Creation who always smiles

    Who wouldn’t want to be all those?!

    What an amazing way to encourage self confidence and self-esteem in children!

    The affirmations in What Can I Be Today can be used as inspiration for storytelling, writing, games and many more activities.

    Click here to order your copy now!

    Have a magical day

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    💜 Congratulations to our featured coach – Katie McGreal 💜

    “My name is Katie McGreal, I am in Galway and I teach Relax Kids in schools in Conamara and Galway city in Irish and English. I have been a coach for nearly 6 years. I found Relax Kids after I had done a silent meditation retreat and I found such benefit in the practice and I wanted to spread the word to more people, especially to children as the earlier we start teaching children and people to slow down and take time out the better! Our society is pushing us all the time to do this and do that and do more. Taking time out is undervalued so much but it is so necessary and so valuable! Teaching Relax Kids has reminded me to not take life so seriously. It has reminded me to have fun and that life is more enjoyable with more laughter. My greatest achievement to date is that I am able to provide this life-changing service to Gaeltacht schools in their own language. I get to go into schools all over Conamara and show the children that we can do anything in Irish and Irish isn’t just a language for school, it is also a language for relaxation and fun and play.” https://www.facebook.com/solasrelaxation @solasrelaxation

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    💜 Congratulations to our featured coach – Emma Vance 💜

    ” My name is Emma Vance, and I have been a Relax Kids coach since 2017.  I live in Dunbar (Sunny Dunny) just outside Edinburgh, on the East Coast of Scotland. 

    The reason that I began my Relax Kids journey was due to my concern about the lack of mental health support and provision for teenagers. My job at the time, involved working with teenagers who needed that extra  bit of support to realise their potential, remove barriers in their life and gain a positive destination. I was part of a team that delivered employment and educational programmes for teenagers and at one point, was the team leader of Princes Trust Team programmes. I began to become quite concerned as to the number of young people presenting with Mental Health issues who had to wait months to seen by Mental Health professionals to get support. I decided I wanted to do something practical that could help and felt that Relax Kids could be a perfect solution. 

    I was quite fortunate in that my children’s Primary school head teacher (immediately) after I completed my training thought that Relax Kids would be a great programme to bring into her school and secured funding. We were then able to secure funds for a full year group of 120 kids for an entire year and I have not looked back. As someone who has worked largely with primary-aged kids, I believe that early intervention is crucial. I also have been fortunate enough to deliver Just Relax workshops for adults in several settings; as part of staff development, teachers on their university teaching courses, parents’ workshops, etc. I have experience of working with social work, nurseries, after-school clubs, primary schools, beavers, brownies, and guides. I have also delivered a Relax Kids birthday party. I have also delivered Summer Relax Kids programmes on the beach, in forests, and even in a large Yurt surrounded by Alpacas. I absolutely love the variety it offers and the fact that everyone can benefit from Relax Kids, no matter what their age.

    Lockdown meant a change in the way I worked, and very quickly went online with some of the schools with which I was working. I was doubtful about online delivery at the start, but soon realised that it worked much better that I expected and still made an impact, I was really pleased that children could still benefit from Relax Kids online.

    I currently work on various contracts with different primary schools delivering Relax Kids on a weekly basis. I was lucky enough to gain funding to work with two young carer groups within my local school. I have worked in partnership with Active Schools since 2017, delivering 6-week blocks to primary aged children 4 times a year.

    I love the Relax Kids programme as it is wonderful to see how the techniques can really benefit children. I have had so many children telling me how much the 5-finger breathing exercise has helped them get to sleep, or how much they love getting a massage at bedtime. I think it’s a win when you can also get parents to come along to a session, so that they in turn learn to how to use the techniques at home.  

    I believe Relax  Kids has improved me as a parent, and I often employ the strategies with my own kids. Another success came when my child injured their ankle and said, “If I didn’t know Relax  Kids breathing techniques, I couldn’t have coped with the pain” while lying in A&E. it made me realise how crucial it is for our kids to understand how their breath may actually benefit them in a variety of circumstances. I also think the support and help we get from Relax Kids HQ is second to none. I really benefit from the Facebook groups for ideas and coming from a training background, I think it is truly amazing to see all the training materials and resources we get as part of our licence. 

    I think my most special moment would have been delivering the Relax Kids session on a local beach in partnership with a couple of local organisations. It was just a perfect setting, with the waves breaking in the background. It even started raining, but none of the children complained because of how much they enjoyed the benefits of having the session on the beach.”

    www.facebook.com/relaxkidseastlothianemma

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    💜Congratulations to our featured coach – Joanne Callan💜

    Name: Joanne Callan 
    Area – South Armagh/Newry.  

    How I Found Relax Kids – I think it was through a Book in a holistic shop called Angel Times in Limerick.  I recently found a journal from 2009 and one of my intentions for that year was to do Relax Kids Training, things changed a lot for me that year and I didn’t actually take the Training until 2012, I travelled to Manchester and had the most amazing experience training with Marneta. Some beautiful and synchronistic opportunities arose from there and my local community were very supportive of my Relax Kids vision.  

    Greatest Achievement – In 2014 I became the  Trainer in Ireland and over the next few years I also did Baby Mindful & Charge Up Training. I have trained over 400 Coaches & Teachers and in the 2021/22 School Year was delivering sessions to over 1000 Children per week.  My largest sessions was for International Day of Happiness in 2017 we had over 300 Children and my smallest class has been with just 2 children, the magic of Relax Kids is the adaptability. I also organised a Relax Kids event in Stormont – Parliament  Building’s Belfast. These have all been amazing experiences and I also feel that the greatest achievement in when a child shares their experience and how simple fun practices have empowered them in a challenging situation. 

    What do I love about being a coach – Everything! Knowing I am doing what I can to make a difference for future generations and being part of the Relax Kids Community of like minded coaches and head office team who are passionate about the same things that I am. 

    How has it helped me as a person.  Living the 7 Steps is the key to life.  Relax Kids has enhanced my life so much, I get to spend me day doing something I am passionate about and I have met the most incredible people over the past 10 years some who I consider my closest friends. 

    https://www.facebook.com/trythealternative
    @try.thealternative

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    The wait is over – we are excited to introduce our 4 NEW BOOKS!

    AFFIRMIXATIONS

    Children can now make up their own POSITACULAR and SPECMARKABLE affirmation words
    with this UNITASTIC flip flap book!

    WHEN I’M FEELING…

    This self-read flap book allows children to mix and match their relaxation and mindfulness exercises to
    create their own unique story meditations.

    WHAT CAN I BE TODAY?

    This self-read split page book allows children to create their very own unique and positive affirmations.

    LET’S ALL BEE

    Let’s all Bee is a fun and interactive book that helps the under fives self-regulate and learn calming tools
    as they read, listen, sound, wiggle and giggle.

    PRE-ORDER TODAY!

    Visit https://relaxkids.com/store/ to get your copies and find out more information on each book!

    Place your order today and you’ll be sure to have your item delivered the week of their launch on May 26th!

    Don’t miss out – get your Pre-order today and you’ll be one of the first to have your hands on our fab new books
    when they come out.

    We hope you love them as much as we do.

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    Congratulations to our featured coach – Kath Routledge

    “I found RK about 10 years ago after seeing a friend ‘like’ a Relax Kids post. I then downloaded the training pack about 30 times before finally contacting Marneta and asking a million questions!

    I work on a self-employed basis in schools and pre-schools/nurseries in Basingstoke and the surrounding areas.  One day I might be working with a small group of pre-schoolers, then off to a secondary school to work with Year 10 and then off to a primary school to work with a mixed year 3/4 class.  Another day I might be working with a whole year 5 cohort and then a nursery followed by an after school club. Life is varied but that’s what I love about it.

    I love being able to teach children strategies to support their mental health and wellbeing. It’s amazing seeing week on week how they progress and how sessions are helping them.

    I’m so much more relaxed as a result of working as a Relax Kids coach. I used to commute to London on daily basis and was often so busy I didn’t have time to think. Now I most definitely practice what I teach!

    My best moments as a coach. I was running a session as part of a holiday scheme and one of the members of staff said that she still used the techniques I taught her in year 9 (she is now in her final year of uni!) and secondly when working with a new group of Year R children we were doing the massage part and the children were doing a weather massage on their legs.  We massaged the sun and the rain and I then asked the children if they could think of any other types of weather.  One child put his hand up and said ‘snow is falling’ another put their hand up and started singing ‘all around me’ then another couple of children joined in with ‘children playing, having fun’ then the whole class burst into song!! It was like a little flash mob. You couldn’t have rehearsed that to happen in a million years.

     Best session ever!

    It’s hard work being self employed but it’s the best thing I ever did!”

    – Kath Routledge https://www.facebook.com/rkbasingstoke @relaxwithkath

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    Congratulations to our featured coach – Alison Core

    I’m an ex primary school teacher and have been a coach for 5 years. I first came across Relax Kids at the school I taught at as we had the lovely Rosie Dutton as a coach.

    I loved the sessions – I could see the impact it had on the children and me! I came to a point where the incredible workload of teaching was intolerable so I made the huge decision to leave and took the Relax Kids training.

    That was one of the best decisions I’ve made and I now work with approx 300 children a week in 5 schools and also in the community with a monthly class and 1:1s. I love seeing the children thriving and the teachers and parents sharing how their confidence and self regulation has improved.

    Being a Relax  Kids coach has improved my mental health no end and I don’t get that “Sunday night” feeling anymore. I have been able to be more involved in my local community and have a great work/life balance. My most special moment was when a parent stopped me and told me I’d changed their child’s life for the better! 

    – Alison Core 

    www.facebook.com/RelaxkidsColeshill

    @relaxkidsalison

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    Supporting Children’s Mental Health Week

    February 6th-12th, 2023 marks Children’s Mental Health Week, a campaign launched in 2015 to support children and young people’s emotional well-being and mental health.

    Statistics provided by Children’s Society states that 1 in 6 children are likely to have a mental health condition and 52% of 17 to 23-year-olds have experienced mental health worsening in the last five years.

    Children’s Mental Health Week is a time when we can all raise awareness for the importance of healthy mental & emotional well-being. A healthy and happy mind is vital to a healthy and happy life. A positive mindset can help us cope with the challenges we face in life and allow us to connect better with others.

    This year’s theme is “Let’s Connect”. Making meaningful connections, having a solid support network, and reaching out to others is essential. When we are isolated and feel alone, this negatively impacts our mental health, making us feel worse about ourselves and our situations.

    No matter who you are, where you are from, or what you do – you can raise awareness for Children’s Mental Health Week.

    Spread the word to at least one person this week. For more information on Children’s Mental Health Week, visit www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk

    Help your child manage their emotions with Relax Kids; find a local coach in your area: www.relaxkids.com/find-a-coach #letsconnect #childrensmentalhealthweek #place2be #relaxkids

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    Congratulations to our featured coach – Nuala Groogan

    ” I first discovered Relax Kids when I applied to attend a one day course about supporting children’s emotional wellbeing that our local Education Authority was facilitating in 2015. I was Principal of a small rural school on the outskirts of Omagh, in the North of Ireland at that time. A few weeks earlier we had been notified that our amazing little school would close! I was devastated. I dragged myself to the course one grey November morning and bounced out, knowing that something magical had happened that day. I knew that Relax Kids resonated with me. I felt it had my name written all over it. I went home that day and knew I had a “next step”! Eventually, I booked the RK training in September 2016, began a small community class in October 2017, and my teeny side hustle has grown to become my main job. I followed up with Baby Mindful and Charge Up Training in 2020.

    I now work three days in schools, playgroups and nurseries offering sessions to whole classes, nurture groups, one-to-one sessions and offer teacher and parent workshops too.

    As an educator, and a literacy specialist teacher, I see the holistic benefits of Relax Kids:

    💜Language & Literacy development

    💜 Physical skills development

    💜 Turn taking

    💜 Working together

    💜Building empathy

    💜 Problem-Solving

    💜 Supporting Personal Development and so much more…..

    I am living my best life, following these magical 7 steps, and most importantly helping to support children develop strong hearts & calm minds. I also offer Parent Consultations, Family Sessions & 1-2-1 support. My greatest joy is hearing from the children & parents how these simple but powerful strategies have helped.”

    – Nuala Groogan

    www.facebook.com/nualasrelaxkidsomagh

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    Random Acts of Kindness 

    Can one act of kindness make other people feel good about themselves?

    Kindness is an expression of love and is something we all have. Using it makes us feel better. It creates a sense of community and gives us a sense of value and self worth. Kindness is also extremely contagious and the more we experience it in our lives, the more we want to pass it on so creating a wonderful domino effect of love and kindness. Here are 20 ways to spread a little happiness around you.

    1. Leave a chocolate bar at the bottom of the vending machine

    2. Send someone a handwritten note or letter of love or thanks

    3. Buy a stranger a lottery ticket

    4. Pay the toll for the next person in the queue

    5. Put coins in someone elses parking meter

    6. Treat a friend for no reason

    7. Send a postcard to a friend and tell them how much you love them

    8. Make someone’s morning by giving up your seat on the train or holding the door open

    9. Take flowers to a hospital ward and give it to somebody who has had no visitors

    10. Pick up rubbish

    11. Leave a pound in a shopping trolley

    12. Help an elderly neighbour

    13. Leave a copy of an inspirational book on the bus

    14. Send a kind, inspirational word or email to your friends

    15. Give your newspaper away to a stranger

    16. Help someone carry a pram or suitcase up the stairs

    17. Give someone a gift secretly

    18. Give a compliment

    19. Tell a member of your family how much you appreciate them

    20. Drop off some chocolates at an old people’s home

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    Supporting children after the Pandemic

    We are living in incredible times and the last two years has left many children are needing a little extra mental and emotional support to help them be the best they can be. 

    The new Relax Kids ME range has been developed to help children of all ages feel more rested, reassured and resilient.

    These unique meditations are beautiful imagination aids to help induce states of relaxation, build life long skills and give children permission to enjoy quiet times and downtimes. 

    There are 7 titles in the range – each one created to support the various challenges that our modern day children are dealing with. 

    Calm ME  – for fearful thoughts, overwhelm and stressful moments

    Boost ME – for negative self-talk, self-doubt and low self- esteem 

    Soothe ME – for difficult bedtimes and restless sleep

    Motivate ME – for low moods, lack of interest and mental fatigue

    Focus ME – for scattered brains, wandering thoughts and concentration struggles

    Cool ME – for hot heads, tense moments and dealing with life’s irritations 

    Comfort ME – for anxious feelings, low moods and sad days


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    Teaching children about positive touch

    Scientists link massage with calm and relaxation


    Massage is a lovely way to help children relax, as well as teaching them about positive and negative touch.

    The skin is full of nerve endings which respond to touch, positive and negative, which is what makes gentle massage feel so nice. However, scientists have recently been able to link massage to relaxation and feelings of calm.

    India Morrison, a neuroscientist at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has reported that the findings imply social touch is not simply nice, but that it has calming power in the context of something less-than-wonderful.

    Massage is one of the 7-steps of a Relax Kids class. It helps children learn to respect each other and themselves, and is a lovely, calming way to build confidence, relax and make friends. Children ask permission before giving a massage, and say thank you when they receive a massage.

    Children use very gentle massage strokes and learn to be kind and gentle with one another. Children love the massage section of a Relax Kids class.

    “If someone’s not your friend and you give them a massage, then they become your friend after that.”- Emma (age 9)

    Massage teaches children important emotional skills that they can apply to other areas of their life.

    “I run Relax Kids sessions with Young Carers who look after their disabled parents. The young carers have reported back to me following a session that they have gone home and used the massage strokes on their disabled parents. Amazing!” – Gill, Relax Kids coach.

    To learn more about the 7 steps of a Relax Kids class or find a class near you, visit our class page.

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    Press Here – Pressure points for instant simple self-care

    Our minds are amazing – our brain and body are constantly sending messages to each other through a miraculous energy pathway system. When we press the buttons ore pressure points in our body, it helps keep the energy flowing and so helps us feel keeps all the systems functioning well. 

    There is an energy button for every occasion. There is one to help you feel calm, another to help you feel happy and another to help get you out of bed and feel motivated. Learning where your energy buttons are and which ones to press to build ore reduce energy will help you feel more balanced and healthy.

    Pressing your energy buttons can help you have a clear mind, regulate your emotions, manage situations, boost your immune system and recharge your mental and physical energy.

    You can use these buttons to help you manage your feelings and change your mood to help you feel more balanced.

    You can purchase Press Here from our online shop or by clicking here.

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    Colour ME Book

    Mindful colouring is good for your child’s brain

    Research has shown that mindful colouring can bring a number of benefits for both children and adults.  A recent 2019 study in University of the West of England looked into the benefits of colouring on the mind. Volunteers were asked to either spend 20 minutes reading or 20 minutes colouring in. They were then asked questions about their mood and mindfulness. The research showed that, compared to reading, colouring reduced higher levels of anxiety, and greater improved mindfulness.

    Mindful colouring benefits:

    • Helps decrease anxiety and stress and boosts moods
    • Helps improve concentration and help children stay present and focussed in the moment

      Mindful colouring a great activity that can be done alone or with the whole family. There is no doubt mindful colouring helps improve attention and helps children focus on the present as they breathe slowly and deeply

    Colour ME encourages children to step into the world of their imagination as they colour. There over 100 pages of creative colouring activities – perfect for children of all ages who love colouring.

    Order your Colour Me Book here: Colour Me Book

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    FREE Baby Mindful Training

    Are you passionate about supporting parents and their babies?
    Would you like to run magical classes that help parents bond with their newborn?
    Are you ready to start up your own Baby Mindful business?

    You can train to be a Baby Mindful coach and run classes for parents and babies as well as gentle relaxation classes for pregnancy.

    Maybe you are a trained as a peadiatric nurse, infant massage therapist, yoga/mindfulness teacher or midwife, being a Baby Mindful coach will add to your existing skills set and take your work in a new direction.

    As a Baby Mindful coaches, you will be running our gentle relaxation classes for babies and parents to help calm their nervous systems, support the development babies’ development and encourage secure bonding. At a time when parents are stressed, you would be providing a haven of calm where they can just relax and be.

    Baby Mindful sessions incorporate our unique award-winning, 7 step approach and include movement, play, gentle stretching, gentle baby touch, breathing exercises for parents, affirmations and visualisations/relaxation.

    You can run these wellbeing classes in a variety of settings such as hospitals, health care centres, community centres and homes.

    Sessions have been designed by psychologists, teachers and therapists to help develop babies’ confidence and awareness.

    As a Baby Mindful coach, you will be:
    Creating a calm and safe soothing space for parents (especially new parents) and helping them transition into their roles
    Encouraging young parents to spend quality time with their baby in a calming and supportive atmosphere
    Helping parents learn how to respond to their baby in a calm and relaxed way
    Helping parents understand how their emotional state affects their baby
    Encouraging parents to recognise their own needs and supporting them to nurture themselves
    Giving parents an opportunity to relax and just be with their baby
    Helping to both stimulate and calm babies whilst supporting their natural development
    Encouraging parents to spend quiet unhurried time with their parents and so enhance their bonding
    Supporting babies’ natural development Helping support the cognitive, communicative, social, emotional as well as physical development of babies

    Read Emma and Amy’s experience of coming to Baby Mindful classes as new mothers

    I started coming to baby mindfulness when my wee boy was 3 months old. Working in mental health, mindfulness was something that I was passionate about integrating into my daily life. However, I will admit that despite my knowledge and experience, as a first time mum I found it incredibly hard to be mindful in the early days and constantly worried about whether I was doing a good enough job

    Amy

    Baby Mindful classes to allow you to take time out to just focus on you and your baby which helps you to put the crappy day you had yesterday behind you and feel more optimistic about the day ahead, even if you and your baby are going through a challenging phase! The exercises help you to become more in tune with your mind and body which helps you to become more in tune with your baby and just take each moment as it comes. I always feel calmer and more confident after classes and look forward to returning for the next block

    Emma

    SPECIAL OFFER

    You can become a Baby Mindful coach and get your training FREE when you pay for your Relax Kids and ChargeUp trainings.

    Please email training@relaxkids.com if you would like to sign up.

    Join our training group on Facebook with lots more info and stories: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RKtraining 

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    One Mums Experience

    Read one mums experience of using the Relax Kids Books and CDs after escaping an abusive relationship

    During Lockdown my 4 year old daughter and I were both having severe nightmares. My little girls night terrors were awful. Her attachment to me was so severe and her PTSD meant that she could not bear me being alone downstairs. Her teacher had bought her a worry monster. Reading her worries made me weep. 

    I worry that my Daddy will hurt MummyA bad man will take Mummy away.

    The bed time routine had become so stressful that we would both be in tears as she would beg me to 

    Take the bad thing away. Make the bad dreams stop. I am scared of the monsters and daddy.

    I ordered the Relax Kids Books and CDs.

    For weeks she had cried and screamed in her sleep. The first night that we read the Relax Kids visualisations she went to sleep calmly after the second story. A week later and it was still working. We both slept so much better and this is where our recovery truly began. Steadily her nightmares decreased and I now have my little girl back who loves bedtime and we enjoy so many Relax Kids Magical Adventures together.  Of course, PTSD never fully goes away but at five years old she is able to self-regulate, to control her breathing and to re-focus herself when the bad dreams come. 

    This is the true Magic of Relax Kids and I was desperate to share it with others.

    Buy your Books and CDs here

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    Featured Coach – Lynne Byrne

    Experience of working in a CAMHS environment, helped families manage their emotions and live happier lives – Lynne Byrne 

    My name is Lynne and I have been a Relax Kids coach for just over two years. I am originally from Dublin and living in Kildare, Ireland. 

    I came across Relax Kids on social media while I was working in CAMHS. I dealt with parents on a daily basis who were struggling with looking for supports for their children who were suffering from stress and anxiety. Many of these children did not have a diagnosis and I could see parents were left with no follow up support after an assessment. We all suffer with stress and anxiety at some stage in our lives and we all need to learn to manage this stress and this anxiety.

    When I researched Relax Kids, I found it embodied everything that these parents and carers were looking for. The entire ethos of Relax Kids and its seven steps benefiting childrens concentration, self-esteem, confidence and teaching them how to self-regulate. I have always believed that confidence is one of the greatest gifts you can give any child as if they believe in themselves, they can accomplish anything. If they can understand their feelings and emotions and regulate them that would be so powerful.

    Once I completed the training, I began teaching classes in the community, in schools and in creches. As a Relax Kids coach, I have been able to offer classes for kids as young as 3 in preschool and have run magical adventure classes for those aged 4-9, Chill skills for those aged 9-12. These have all been so amazing and fun to facilitate. 

    I have been teaching this year remotely through Zoom in schools and have been doing classes through our local Libraries which has been a great platform for reaching so many people and offering free classes to those in the community. I am really looking forward to getting back into schools and the community and teaching face to face. 
    I absolutely love working as a Relax Kids coach as I have seen how these simple tools and techniques can be used by children and seen how they can benefit them long term. I have personally seen the benefits of using these tools in my home. I am a parent to three children ages 6, 10 and 13. 

    My six-year-old has benefited so much growing up with Relax Kids and it has helped at every stage such as starting school and most recently dealing with the pandemic. My vision for Relax Kids is to bring it to every school as part of the curriculum and reach as many children as possible giving them the tools to manage their emotions and live happier lives. 

    My six-year-old daughter was in school one day and her friend lost her pencil case and was very upset and crying. She told her friend to do her five-finger breathing and that would help her feel better. Her friend tried this and said it did not work. So she told her to do some deep belly breathing and she showed her how to do this. My daughter said while practicing this her friend started to laugh and felt much better and then they went looking for her pencil case together. 

    My tip for any coach starting off is to GO FOR IT

    There are so many ways that you can deliver Relax Kids and there is so much support from fellow coaches. Our children need these supports and these tools after the difficult year they have had and you could be the one that gets to provide these supports for them. 

    I have just recently completed the Baby Mindful and Charge Up courses online and I am so looking forward to bringing these classes to the community also.

    Lynne Byrne

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    Featured Coach – Tracey Bedford-King

    Here is Relax Kids coach Tracey Bedford-King sharing her story. Tracey has recently set up a Chill and Chat cafe with a Relax Kids space for children to relax in.

    ‘As a child I had very little confidence or self-esteem. I was bullied most days at school and didn’t have a great childhood. As an adult I was emotionally abused by my husband and felt I had very little worth. Eventually I made some changes in my life and ended my marriage. I still struggled with alcohol addiction but eventually overcame this through supportive friends.

    I wanted to do something more positive. I had begun working with children with special needs and felt like there was something more that I needed to do. I searched the internet for ways to help relax children and came across Relax Kids. I couldn’t afford to do the course but desperately wanted to do it, and within a few weeks I received the exact amount that I needed for the course from the government which was apparently owed to me as they’d been underpaying my benefits for a long time!

    Training as a Relax Kids coach slowly began to give me more confidence and build my self-esteem to the point where I was taking on roles in the community which I previously felt that I wasn’t worthy of or capable of.

    I started a Bachelor degree in special needs which I have since graduated from and I have set up a community cafe called Chill and Chat cafe where other people can get experience and confidence.


    Now, I have decided to stand as a councillor candidate in my local area as I want to be able to help more people to live better lives.

    If it wasn’t for becoming a Relax Kids coach, I don’t think I would have grown in confidence as I have done, and I really don’t think that I’d be doing all the work that I am doing in my community.

    Tracey Bedford-King

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    Baby Mindful Training

    Are you passionate about supporting parents and their babies?

    Would you like to run magical classes that help parents bond with their newborn?

    Are you ready to start up your own Baby Mindful business?

    Train to be a Baby Mindful coach – next training May 15th and May 22nd

    You can train to be a Baby Mindful coach and run classes for parents and babies as well as gentle relaxation classes for pregnancy.

    Maybe you are a trained as a peadiatric nurse, infant massage therapist, yoga/mindfulness teacher or midwife, being a Baby Mindful coach will add to your existing skills set and take your work in a new direction.

    As a Baby Mindful coaches, you will be running our gentle relaxation classes for babies and parents to help calm their nervous systems, support the development babies’ development and encourage secure bonding. At a time when parents are stressed, you would be providing a haven of calm where they can just relax and be.

    Baby Mindful sessions incorporate our unique award-winning, 7 step approach and include movement, play, gentle stretching, gentle baby touch, breathing exercises for parents, affirmations and visualisations/relaxation. 

    You can run these wellbeing classes in a variety of settings such as hospitals, health care centres, community centres and homes. 

    Sessions have been designed by psychologists, teachers and therapists to help develop babies’ confidence and awareness. 

    As a Baby Mindful coach, you will be:

    Creating a calm and safe soothing space for parents (especially new parents) and helping them transition into their roles.

    Encouraging young parents to spend quality time with their baby in a calming and supportive atmosphere.

    Helping parents learn how to respond to their baby in a calm and relaxed way.

    Helping parents understand how their emotional state affects their baby.

    Encouraging parents to recognise their own needs and supporting them to nurture themselves.

    Giving parents an opportunity to relax and just be with their baby.

    Helping to both stimulate and calm babies whilst supporting their natural development.

    Encouraging parents to spend quiet unhurried time with their parents and so enhance their bonding.

    Supporting babies’ natural development.

    Helping support the cognitive, communicative, social, emotional as well as physical development of babies.

    Emma and Amy’s experience of coming to Baby Mindful classes as new mothers

    ‘I started coming to baby mindfulness when my wee boy was 3 months old. Working in mental health, mindfulness was something that I was passionate about integrating into my daily life. However, I will admit that despite my knowledge and experience, as a first time mum I found it incredibly hard to be mindful in the early days and constantly worried about whether I was doing a good enough job.

    ‘Baby Mindful classes to allow you to take time out to just focus on you and your baby which helps you to put the crappy day you had yesterday behind you and feel more optimistic about the day ahead, even if you and your baby are going through a challenging phase! The exercises help you to become more in tune with your mind and body which helps you to become more in tune with your baby and just take each moment as it comes. 

    I always feel calmer and more confident after classes and look forward to returning for the next block’ – Emma

    ‘We started way back when Rosie was only 3 months old and since then it really id the highlight of our Monday! I started as a very nervous new mum and this class allowed me to relax and grow in confidence every week.

    It makes you stop in your whirlwind of a new busy life, and appreciate time with just you and you baby. It clears your mind off the ‘What if?’ thoughts. And allows you to feel I am enough and I am a good mum! and to me that is the most important and rewarding thing of all. We can’t wait for our next block to begin in a few weeks time’ – Amy

    Please email training@relaxkids.com for more information.

    Our Baby Mindful training will be running online on Saturday 15th May and Saturday 22nd May
    (2 day training, both days need to be attended)

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    Featured Coach – Roger Banks

    My name is Roger and I have been a Relax Kids coach since September 2020 to say that it has been an interesting experience would be a slight understatement! 

    I did my training with Aislinn in Manchester on February 1st 2020 when the world was a completely different place. I remember vividly, wandering from my hotel room down High Street past a cat café through a bustling city centre to grab a chicken doner and chips from the Turkish Grill (you can take the boy out of Newcastle and all that). Nobody that night had any idea what was coming furthermore the coaches doing the training the following day could not have predicted how important our work was going to become in the era of COVID.

    My journey to Relax Kids was after 15-years in primary education and was sparked by returning to the UK from a stint working at the British School of Amsterdam. For almost three years I had lived in a school bubble where children had time and space to express themselves. The culture of the country and the school meant that wellness was further up the agenda and children had more freedom and time to explore and express themselves. This was in stark contrast to the pace at which modern UK primary schools work where the demand on all staff and pupils is huge. 

    However, starting my own business in the midst of a global pandemic did not seem like the wisest thing to do and I almost committed to another year of teaching but after receiving encouragement from my family and my school I went for it. This isn’t normal behaviour on my part, I’m very risk averse by nature. I saw the academic year out and started delivering Relax Kids sessions in September 2020 as planned and I have not looked back.

    When schools were fully open my in-person sessions had to be COVID-secure which involved a lot of extra preparation in terms of hygiene and risk assessments which took time and money initially but once I was set up the in-person sessions went really well and the feedback was positive. This was at the beginning of what is now a year of measures and the need for what we do is even greater. 

    Now we are in a place where many children have not had consistent school for months; parents are balancing work and home-schooling; meeting friends is not possible and there seems to be only a chink of light at the end of the tunnel. Tensions are high. What has kept me going is my online sessions and the feedback from children and parents. From January, I have been building my online presence and gaining confidence in delivering sessions through Zoom, Teams and Google Meet. The feedback about children looking forward to the next session, wanting a session again the next day and parents telling me that it was the first time in months that their child had been relaxed has really validated the choice I made back in February 2020.

    I often read the Coaches Chat on Facebook and there are so many coaches out there who are in that place I found myself a couple of months ago. Scared to take the plunge. There is so much support out there for you from fellow coaches who will support you in the most amazing ways to give you the confidence or just a gentle push to go for it.

    The impact you can make is priceless and the only cost is a little faith in yourself. Your role as a coach is going to become even more important in the post-COVID landscape; now is the time to make those connections with local schools and community groups. 

    Go for it!

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    Supporting Children in 2021

    Our society is facing a mental health and wellbeing crisis.

    By becoming a Relax Kids coach you could become part of the much needed solution.

    Families and schools are facing more anxiety and stress than ever before and our unique system can help support so many families and teachers.

    If you are looking to change your job or take the next steps in your career or add skills to your existing wellbeing business, our training could just be for you.

    Our 7-step system is so versatile and you can use it with a variety of children, adults and situations. 

    Our certified Relax Kids coaches help support parents, schools, youth centres and childrens charities.

    Find out more about how to become a Relax Kids coach and make a difference in your community.

    Find all the information you will need about our Online Training here: Relax Kids Online Training Opportunities

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    Watch ‘The Monster Experiment’ play

    It’s Children’s Mental Health Week (Feb 1st-7th) and to show our support we are delighted to give you exclusive FREE access to The Monster Experiment interactive play. The 30 min play is full of fun, slapstick, songs, tools and exercises to help your child manage their anxiety, fear and angry monsters during these difficult times. 

    “The Monster Experiment” was written by Marneta Viegas, creator of Relax Kids, and adapted for live performance and screen by Gillian Fitzsimmons and Katy Huckfield with the invaluable help and enthusiasm of our film “crew” Gordon Sutton.

    We wanted to bring this little movie to children as quickly as we could, because our live performances in schools were cut short, and we had limited time and resources and were operating under Covid restrictions. 

    To get access, email gillian@r-kids-productions.org at The Monster Experiment HQ and we will send you the exclusive link.

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    Colour ME

    Mindful colouring is good for your child’s brain

    Research has shown that mindful colouring can bring a number of benefits for both children and adults. 

    A recent 2019 study in University of the West of England looked into the benefits of colouring on the mind. Volunteers were asked to either spend 20 minutes reading or 20 minutes colouring in. They were then asked questions about their mood and mindfulness. The research showed that, compared to reading, colouring reduced higher levels of anxiety, and greater improved mindfulness.

    Mindful colouring benefits:

    • Provides a brain break and gives the mind a much needed rest from technology 
    • Helps decrease anxiety and stress and boosts moods
    • Helps improve concentration and help children stay present and focussed in the moment
    • Mindful colouring a great activity that can be done alone or with the whole family
    • There is no doubt mindful colouring helps improve attention and helps children focus on the present as they breathe slowly and deeply

    Our new digital colouring book Colour ME encourages children to step into the world of their imagination as they colour.

    There are 62 pages of creative colouring activities – perfect for children of all ages who love colouring.
    Order you Colour Me Digital Book here: Colour Me Book

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    CD for Nature Lovers

    Getting back to nature has become one of our lockdown silver linings as we all value how important being close to nature is. Forest bathing, cloud watching and wild swimming is all on the rise. 

    When we are in nature, we breathe better, we feel better and think better. As our body and minds do not know the difference between being in nature, children can now get all the healthy benefits without even needing to put on their coats! 

    Bring all the benefits of being in nature, straight to their bedroom. 

    As our body and minds do not know the difference between being in nature or imagining being there, children can get an endorphin kick and immunity boost. 

    Nature was one of our most popular CDs and it has been out of stock for a few year. 

    We have given it a make over with beautiful new music and a new cover and will be releasing our Limited Edition Nature CD.

    The CD includes 16 calming nature relaxation that help soothe anxieties and calm the nerves. 
    Examples include: lying in the soft grass, sitting in a peaceful cave and flying like a bird. These relaxations aim to develop confidence and creativity. 

    This CD is designed to engage children while introducing them to relaxation and simple stress-management techniques.

    Nature is good for our health and this nature CD is good for our mental health.

    Here are a few testimonials from Nature CD lovers:
    We have thoroughly enjoyed the Nature meditations CD. I have been recommending it to all parents I know – Parent

    My 10 year old son was finding it difficult to get to sleep and was often still awake at midnight. After success with the Nature meditations CD, we now have 2 more and Jack really enjoys picking which one to listen to and choosing which track to start on. Each night is a new meditation adventure for him instead of being a nightmare – Parent

    I am a teacher and bought this cd to use for relaxation after PE lessons. The children are in reception and it is an excellent resource – Teacher

    Buy your CD here: NATURE CD

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    Tea and Coffee Break CDs

    Helping Parents Take a Break

    After two decades of producing meditations for children and we have been inundated with requests to create CDs for adults.
    After a long wait, our two Limited Edition CDs for adults are here! 
    Tea Break – calming relaxations and Coffee Break – energising meditations.
    Take some time out, inset your retro biscuit CD into your retro CD player and take your mind back to calmer days.
    The CDs aim to support adults mental health and wellbeing by encouraging regular moments of calm. 

    We know you will love them.

    You can purchase the CDs here: Tea Break and Coffee Break CDs

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    PowerUp – Hiit for the Mind

    HiiT (High Intensity Interval Training) has become a very popular method of exercise for the body where people exercise in short bursts. 

    For a while, I have wanted to create something for young people where they can practice mind exercises and develop their mental muscles in short burst so helping strengthen and condition their mind and develop good mental health. 

    Using simple mindfulness exercises, visualizations, breathing exercises and positive affirmations PowerUp helps boost mental hygiene and encourages brain health so helping them feel calmer and more in control.

    The short and simple exercises in the PowerUp program have been designed to help teens build mental strength and resilience. The exercises can be used individually as stand alone and practiced in regular short intense bursts or as part of one of the speciality created programs for anxiety, stress, sleeping problems or low self-esteem.

    This pocket book is full of quick and simple mental exercises designed to bring a few moments of calm and clarity. There is also a log book to track progress.

    The program can be used by teens, parents and teachers and coaches working with teens on a one to one basis.

    Order PowerUP today!: POWERUP AND LOGBOOK

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    Do you want your child to be a Shining Star?

    We are so pleased to announce a re-release of our first (and now discontinued) CD Shining Stars.

    This is now a beautiful MP3 full of restful meditations, stories and songs to help children feel calm, rested and reassured. This MP3 is perfect for bedtime, napping and any time you need to bring some calm to your home.

    It suitable for children of all ages.

    Perfect to help families during lockdown and beyond.

    Order your copy today: Shining Stars MP3

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    Relax and Sleep MP3

    Does your child worry and get anxious at bedtime? SLEEPING PROBLEMS?

    Are you tired of spending hours waiting for your child to fall asleep?

    Has lockdown affected your childs sleeping patterns?

    Here is a calming solution to bedtime worries.

    Relax and Sleep MP3
    Guided visualisations for a restful sleep.

    We have selected the best Relax Kids tracks to help your child have a good nights sleep. This remix compilation gives children tools and techniques to help them feel calm, self-soothe and drift off to sleep.Relax Kids have been putting millions of children to sleep for twenty years and we have compiled all our best sleep tracks in one audio to help guide your child into a restful and relaxing sleep.

    Order your copy today! Relax and Sleep MP3

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    Family Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit 2020

    Would you like help settling your children’

    Do you want to feel more connected to your family’

    Would you like to help managing emotions and adapting to the new normal’

    Join our forum of ideas helping parents and teachers support children to be more calm and confident. 

    Tips, tricks, activities and fun ideas to help families not only cope with this current climate but to thrive.

    Listen to over 30 experts give their advice on helping you and your children be calm, be brilliant, be together.

    Copy this URL to find our event: https://www.facebook.com/events/577732589778028/