Rainbow Valley has researched and developed a unique programme which is delivered by accredited professionals. The 7 Steps to Health Course will help you manage all aspects of your life throughout cancer and beyond your treatment. We merge the very best of science and spirituality to empower you to take control of your health.
This 2-day residential course treats each person individually at a fundamental and profound level with the aim of establishing a healthy, balanced underlying state, enabling the body’s own healing mechanisms to operate at optimum level and restore health and control.
All steps are interlinked, influencing many structures within the body eg musculoskeletal, nervous, cardio-vascular, energy & immune systems, organs, connective tissues & fluids, providing benefits on many different levels to enhance health, strength and vitality. Our courses provide people affected by cancer with the tools to undertake a programme of self-management by exploring goal setting, action plans, stress management and self monitoring. All of this is within a tranquil setting, away from the hospital environment and every day distraction.
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During the two day, two night residential course, we will explore the following:
If you’ve had trouble sleeping during or after cancer treatment, you’re not alone. Up to half of cancer patients don’t sleep well at some point. Trouble sleeping, also referred to as “sleep disturbance,” includes insomnia, restless legs syndrome (RLS) and fragmented sleep. Insomnia is the most common, with up to 80 percent of cancer patients having difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. Cancer patients are twice as likely to experience insomnia as people without cancer.
“Without sleep, the body becomes even more stressed, which can interfere with its ability to fight cancer,” Dr. Altshuler says. “In fact, lack of sleep can depress the immune system, as well as hamper recovery from major illness or injury.”
Learning and finding ways to implement manageable exercise – exercise gets the oxygen flowing, nourishing our cells and can help speed up recovery. In the past, cancer patients were advised to minimize the amount of exercise they engaged in to avoid overexertion and fatigue. However, the new guidelines recommend cancer patients and survivors should exercise as much as their health will allow without causing medical issues. But remember to discuss the appropriate amount and intensity of your workouts with your care team to devise a safe and effective plan.
Consolidation of the course will show you how everything that you think, do, eat, breathe, has an impact on your cells and therefore your health.
Imagery & Mindfulness
Managing the emotional and physical impact. Our cells are not aware of the difference between what we see with our eyes and what we can visualise. A good or bad memory can stir up the same emotions as when the actual event happened.
Developing a deeper awareness of why & how to nourish our bodies during times of treatment or stress. Eating a well-balanced diet and staying nourished during cancer treatment can keep you strong and provide the nutrients your body needs to tolerate and recover from treatment. The stronger the body, the faster it can heal.
Your thoughts and emotions can impact your physical health. Emotions that are freely experienced and expressed without judgment or attachment tend to flow fluidly. On the other hand, repressed emotions (especially fearful or negative ones) can zap mental energy and lead to health problems.
Now this is the biggie. Learning a sequence of stress management techniques to reduce stress & aid sleep through nurturing our energy. Continuous stress has a massive impact on our bodies – it compromises the immune system, metabolic balance, and the capacity for self-healing & leads to so much disease and breakdown of cells.
I really enjoyed the whole course in general, I felt everything had its place on the course and it was well planned out. Karen Phil & Betty were fabulous and took such great care of us. Also wee Ann and the chef were fabulous. We both left on an absolute high. Thanks again.
The support given by all was second to none all from rainbow valley made me feel valued and important , fabulous group of dedicated people !
This course has opened my eyes to thinking about ‘ME’ putting myself first. Learning new techniques to relax feel good and have laughter in my life again. As a visually impaired person I was included in every session and facilitators took time to look after me. The only thing I could suggest is enlarge written material were possible, I am fortunate to have some very useful sight and can use a magnifier. I really enjoyed watching Dare to bare was emotional but really good to hear how these ladies had the confidence to get up and strut their stuff. Well done to each and everyone of them. I don’t know if you would consider me for this as I am feeling really confident about myself after 7 steps course. I will definitely recommend this course to others. I will speak to my managers and suggest this course for our staff. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Rainbow Valley for giving me this chance to take part in the course. Also a great big thank you to Betty she is an amazing lady helped relax me also look out for me.
I learned so much about myself and my illness, I also learned about how my life affects my body. Amazing eye opener
I feel I was so honoured to have the opportunity to be enrolled in this fabulous course with my sister. Seeing her and others, joyful and contributing to everything they were asked to get involved in. So much laughs and smiles was contagious.
Everyone was genuinely respectful and supportive to each other to which a strong friendship bond was developed amongst us all and with the wonderful caring staff.
I felt truly I felt truly valued and lucky to have had this opportunity to be part of the Rainbow valley experience and hope it’s not the last xx
Sondra Barret Phd
Our 7 Steps to Health course is overseen by Sondra Barrett Phd, scientist and cancer researcher at the University of California Medical School, renowned for delivering programs worldwide on bridging the science, art and practice of mind-body medicine.
To find out more about Sondra’s work, please click here
This course is free to attend to anyone with a cancer diagnosis and their close supporter if they choose.
Rainbow Valley’s partnership with Sondra will teach:
- Easy daily movement practices for health and healing
- Direct evidence for how your thoughts translate into cellular messages
- Rituals for healing yourself at the cellular level: heart, liver, brain, your body
- Proven strategies for saying goodbye to stress and disease
- Techniques for turning negative thinking into an attitude of gratitude