But what course were we on, and more importantly why?
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).
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.
This is why we feel that training in Fibromyalgia 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. Fibromyalgia self defence: 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.
2. Social worker: 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.Counselling: 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.
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