For clients looking to ground themselves, to develop their mindfulness or simply to improve their self-care and promote relaxation, we offer a variety of weekly workshops.  Bringing experienced practitioners into the STAR Centre we encourage our clients to sample and to explore how closely mind and body can work together to influence mood and help to develop a feeling of well-being. Yoga, Tai Chi and Aromatherapy are all offered on the ETE timetable at the Nelson Trust.


Makes a big contribution in building self-confidence – in mind, body and heart. The benefits of yoga and meditation are well-documented and have stood the test of time as one of the most effective psycho-spiritual tools known to mankind.  Clients say that it can help them to relax, and have reported it as being helpful for arthritis and pain management.  These clients find that it works for them...


Tai Chi

Quietens people down, focuses them, standing still they allow themselves to be vulnerable and perceive themselves more accurately. Attitudes like “I can’t balance” are questioned experientially – and sometimes they find they can! They discover habits around posture and use of the body; they learn about “effort levels” and have to concentrate and persevere, when co-ordinating the movements. The symbolism of Tai Chi can have great resonance: "If you know the point of balance, you can settle the details. If you can settle the details, you can stop running around. Your mind will become calm. If your mind becomes calm, you can think in front of a tiger. If you can think in front of a tiger, you will surely succeed."


In this class, we aim to give an understanding of how aromatherapy, Bach flower remedies and massage can be used safely at home for self-help and to treat common complaints such as eczema, muscle and joint pain, insomnia, and mood swings.  Clients are introduced to a range of essential oils and Bach flower remedies, and have the chance to try their hand at blending them with a base solution into a self-use product such as massage oil, shower gel, or facial cleanser. Relaxation and self-healing exercises are also given from time to time. The aims are to give students a tool kit of simple self-help techniques that they can use both during and after their time at The Nelson Trust. A key part is the learning to blend products, where students learn that less may be more!  This course is based on the premise that aromatherapy is complementary to Western medicine, and can be used alongside it. Aromatherapy and Bach flower can help to promote self-understanding and the ability to alleviate passing moods using self-care remedies.