Hillstreet has been working with a reiki healer and a hypnotherapist to help reduce shoppers’ stress and anxiety as well as improve overall wellbeing.
The centre partnered with reiki practitioner Karen Hunton, owner of Angels and Unicorns, to offer shoppers the chance to try a ten-minute reiki taster session and learn the benefits of healing crystals.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Hillstreet has been promoting reiki as part of its “Self Help Week”, which aims to raise awareness of holistic healing and wellbeing services available in the local area.
Joanna Harrison, a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, otherwise known in Teesside as “Hypno Jo”, helps people overcome such things as anxiety, depression, addictions, phobias and much more. Joanna brought specialist equipment to Hillstreet to measure shoppers’ stress levels.
The results revealed 50% of shoppers who took the test were stressed and teenagers were the most anxious.
Peter Drabble, centre manager at Hillstreet, said: “Our shoppers’ wellbeing is important to us and we hoped the Self Help Week would encourage and empower people to take control of their health and wellbeing.
“Some people may have never given holistic healing therapies a thought before this event and while it might not work for some, it could be the answer others have been looking for.
“The team from the Live Well Centre has also been in the centre offering a one-stop-shop for healthy living, whether people want help with stopping smoking, tips on planning healthy family meals or even advice on welfare rights, housing or employment.”
Just last week, a study found poor British people in 2020 are unhealthier than those born into poverty 100 years ago, and, according to mental health support charity MIND, 1 in 6 people in England report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.
“Stress, often job related, is one of the most common problem’s that people come to me with,” explains reiki practitioner Karen.
“Children also make up a fair percentage of my regulars, especially boys. Many are drawn to my crystals without even realising why and often to the great surprise of their parents. My youngest granddaughter is one such child.
“Crystals have been used since caveman days and we are still using them today, so what does that tell you? Reiki is now used worldwide and in hospitals too, even Middlesbrough’s own James Cook University Hospital.
“I want to spread the word and hope that more people discover what is really important in life, and in the process develop a calmer, more enjoyable and less stressful way of living.”