Tasters Evidence shows that relaxation alone has the potential to significantly reduce the impact of tinnitus but most people don’t relax instinctively, it is a skill that needs to be learned and practised. At the Expo there will be a rolling programme of relaxation sessions where you can dip in and out of sessions to try a variety of techniques to find something that works for you. Whether it is yoga, tai chi, mindfulness or massage a significant proportion of those living with tinnitus find that participation in these kind of therapies lessen their tinnitus and reduce stress. A lot of the time we don't even notice the tension we are carrying, it has become a part of our life. These introductory sessions will give the opportunity to get a flavour of how they can help and start to unpick the effects of modern life. The program of Taster Sessions will include: CALM by Cubex A mindfulness based cognitive wellbeing program for tinnitus and hearing loss. Seeking out programmes that understand the biopsychosocial nature of tinnitus is key to living well with both tinnitus and reduced hearing ability. Clinical mindfulness programmes such as CALM, by Cubex is one example where lifestyle support is offered in conjunction with clinical audiological support. It is a model that supports tinnitus and hearing in their wider context of cognitive and psychosocial well-being. CALM is a person-centred mindfulness-based approach to hearing healthcare that promotes overall well-being, good communication, understanding and compassion. Qigong by Birmingham Holistic Health Centre Movement Meditation: A set of standing slow, flowing movements designed to work the body in a specific way to help you to relax. This introductory taster session invites you to experience the mindful breathing, visualisation and gentle movements of Qigong to evoke your relaxation response, helping you manage your tinnitus.The prolonged stress from living with tinnitus can cause the build-up of tension which the body stores. This Movement Meditation enables balanced development and progressive relaxation which can relieve this. Regular practice of Qi Gong can lead to a healthier and happier you. Many people experience improved mood, better quality of sleep, more vitality and inner peace. Yoga Relaxation Breathing, gentle exercise and meditation. Many people say that relaxation is one of the main strategies they use to manage their tinnitus. It is quite common to feel anxious and afraid when you first experience tinnitus. By relaxing more, you may be able to feel less stressed and so notice your tinnitus less. Take part in a gentle, flowing form of yoga accessible to all ages and abilities. Reiki by Sandy Grimes, Hearing Therapist and Audiologist Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being. Lead by an NHS Audiologist with over 40 years experience. Sensory Relaxation Stimulation of the senses can help reduce the effects of tinnitus, here we will provide a space to try sensory relaxation to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and improve your sense of calm. Guided Meditation Guided meditation is when you are guided, by a narrator, to elicit a specific change in your life. You are first guided to relax your body and mind, to help you reach a deep meditative state before going on a journey, in your mind. Additional content within the Holistic Lounge Reflexology The Association of Reflexologists will be on hand to offer donation based samples of Reflexology. A system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head linked to every part of the body. Indian Head Massage The Birmingham Holistic Health Centre will also be offering donation based samples of Indian head massage. Indian head massage is a relaxing holistic treatment that uses acupressure massage on the head, face, neck and shoulders All sessions are provided as a means of sampling a technique known to aid tinnitus management through reducing stress, tension and aiding relaxation. Though the techniques are evidenced to help reduce the impact of tinnitus there is no claim that any of the above techniques will provide a cure for tinnitus.