We have some fantastic news to share with you all which we know is going to be absolutely brilliant for our clients!
This weekend was the first time that practitioners from all studios have been able to meet in person whilst on a course.
At our course, we even got to meet SAS legend “Lofty” Wiseman.
As you will know, both Adam and Paul are both ex-Army, so this was a great honour for them both.
But what course were we on, and more importantly why?
*Before we go any further, we would like to warn you that some of the information below may be traumatic and may cause distress because of its nature:
*Trigger warning: Domestic Abuse*
As you all know, we work with individuals diagnosed with chronic pain conditions every single day. Things like trauma can play a huge part when it comes to chronic pain. With working with as many people as we do, we often identify patterns.
One such pattern is previous Domestic Abuse in some of our client’s history.
Pain is thought to be more common among survivors of violence because traumatic events appear to physiologically lower their pain thresholds (Kendall-Tackett, 2000).
Neurons have the capacity to change function, chemical profile, or structure because of neuronal plasticity.
Traumatic events can trigger these physiologic changes, and create a hypersensitivity to subsequent stimuli.
Hypersensitivity often translates into increased pain. Some consider this hypersensitivity a major evolutionary advantage, in that it makes an individual more aware of potential danger. However, the increased pain that accompanies hypersensitivity makes day-to-day living difficult for women who have experienced violence (Woolf & Salter, 2000).
It can limit the activities that our clients participate in, inhibit their ability to exercise, work, or perform basic household tasks, and even make it difficult to care for children.
Chronic pain can also interfere with sleep, making daytime fatigue a problem too. Indeed, chronic pain can influence every aspect of a person’s life.
With our programmes the aim is recovery, simply put, to allow you to enjoy your life and feel empowered day to day.
This is why we feel that training in self-defence is a fantastic opportunity for our clients to feel safer and more empowered, whilst doing their programmes and afterwards; especially for those who do come from a background of abuse.
We fully understand the implications that abuse can have on an individual, and we have made a lot of steps recently to be able to fully support our clients from this background, to the best of our ability. We feel that our programmes and approaches are truly trauma-informed.
So, with all this being said, we are extremely excited to announce some major changes to The Fibro Guy going forward:
1. Each studio now has a BTEC Level 3 qualified self-defence instructor for any clients that wish to learn practical skills to keep them safe and who wish to feel more empowered. We recently underwent self-defence training with the UK’s leading self-defence training provider, “NFPS Ltd”, guided by Mark Dawes and his fantastic team, alongside input from SAS legends “Ginge” Johnson and “Lofty” Wiseman.
The world at the moment is not a safe place, mostly (and sadly) for women. With the recent deaths of Sarah Everard and the 80+ women since that have not been reported, we here at The Fibro Guy know that the world needs a colossal shift to allow women to feel safe and to not have to live their lives in fear of men. We want to make sure that we can play our part in making women fell safe not just in our personal lives, but whilst also at work. That’s why from now on, all our clients can receive self-defence lessons free of charge included in their programmes.
2. We have our very own on-site Social Worker, who will act as our new Safeguarding Lead. She will be available for advice, guidance and general support, if needed by clients.
3. And lastly, we are currently supporting a member of the team through their FdA in Counselling. This is so our clients who feel they may benefit from counselling whilst on programme, can do so at no extra cost. We fully appreciate that timescales on the NHS and availability for sessions can be somewhat limited and we don’t want that to be a barrier for our clients who may benefit from therapeutic support.
As you can see there are lots of changes happening here at The Fibro Guy, and we hope to see you all soon