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 during cancer. We merge the very best of science and spirituality to empower you to take control of your health throughout your treatment.
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 distractions.
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.
Given that my recent diagnosis was the second time for me, I have been under the “cancer care umbrella for a decade now and in all that time, I have never once been given the opportunity to attend anything like the experience we had with Rainbow Valley. This is particularly surprising as my cancer receives more publicity and funding than any other cancer type in the world! I do receive a magazine twice a year from one charity and have attended a talk on fertility issues and been given details of local mindfulness classes. Whilst I am sure invaluable support and advice is provided for many people by the bigger charities, this has not been my experience. We were astounded with the level of support and advice we received from Rainbow Valley, especially as they funded my husband to attend also. The 3 days we attended their seven steps to health course benefited us more than all other help collectively over the last 11 years. It is amazing that a relatively young charity without the benefit of the huge marketing budgets enjoyed by the high profile charities are able to achieve this.
Where do I start? I can’t say enough good things about my stay at Ardoch House for the 7 Steps to Health Course. I mean this from the bottom of my heart – It was so many things – a great atmosphere, relaxing, positive, so helpful, comfortable, comforting, inspiring, happy, fun, with loads of laughter thrown in for good measure and it just lifted my spirits tremendously! The staff members without exception, made us all feel so very welcome and it was obvious they were sincere and very caring people. You have a lovely team and “What a tonic!!”
Rainbow Valley provide the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. As the relative of someone with the diagnosis it was a break in the most comfortable, stunning and relaxing environment. It allowed the bottled up emotions that you didnt know were there a means of escape. It allowed you as a person a means of escape. There was no poor me. But a learning experience of how to be good to me. It equipped you with skills to move forward. It was not a clinic, nor a ward or an appointment. It was not a hospital. It was a holistic nourishment and a positive step forward. It was time to be together.
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