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It’s the season of Summer Fetes and Table Top Sales.  I’d no idea they were such fun.  I should probably get out more, like I did yesterday,  when I joined just over a dozen exhibitors consisting of local beauticians, therapists and fitness coaches  promoting their products and services to a wide range of local residents at the Henry Cavendish School Pamper evening.  The pamper evening, brought together mothers of both the Balham and the Streatham sites together at the Dingley Lane (Streatham Site).

A couple of the mothers I spoke to yesterday were pleasantly surprised to discover they can get therapy for issues like anxiety, phobias, weight loss, and help to stop smoking right in Streatham Hill.   And intrigued at why hypnotherapy is so successful with conditions as wide ranging as hay fever and post traumatic stress.

The evening was organised by Tracy Key of Tracy Boyle Photography, and had scheduled treatment sessions.  I was tempted to offer short and sweet relaxing hypnotherapy sessions.  But it wouldn’t have been wise to offer anything more complicated than relaxation.

For example, if I’d done 15 minute anxiety busting sessions, the recipient would have probably left feeling amazing. But can one realistically expect a decade or two of anxiety to be lifted permanently in 15 minutes or less.  15 minutes isn’t enough to get to the root cause of a problem, the initial event of trauma that sowed the seed for anxiety in adulthood. It’s a nice start, but only the beginning of the journey of recovery.

But I did donate a one hour hypnotherapy session as one of the raffle prizes.   A lot can be done in one hour.   Sometimes the client needs longer.  But an hour of therapy provides an excellent foundation for permanent change.

In turn, I won a Forever Living facial treatment donated by Goette Joergensen, one of the exhibitors.  Other prizes in the raffle included reflexology sessions, jewellery from Stella and Dot, and bio sculpture manicures.  There was an exciting buzz as the prize winners were read out.  Bronwyn was sure I was going to win something.  And I did: a Forever Living Facial Treatment donated by Goette Joergensen, one of the exhibitors and a fellow member of the BNI (Business Network International).

Truth be told, I only bought the raffle ticket to wind Bronwyn up after she reminded me how lucky I tend to be in prize draws!   I once won two prizes in one eveing at a charity event.  The first prize was a bracelet which I still treasure as every time I look at it, I’m reminded of the buzz I got from winning.   As I don’t drink, I asked them to give the second prize, a bottle of wine, to the next raffle ticket drawn.  The only thing that feels better than winning is being able to give a prize away and let someone else have a chance to win.  But at yesterday’s Pamper Evening, guess who won my donated prize of hypnotherapy?  Yes, Brownyn herself! So, who’s the lucky one now?

The event was more than a gathering of pretty faces and relaxed bodies.  Tracy reports that the event raised something in the region of £400.00 which will go towards items such as playground enhancements, sports equipment, and visits by children’s authors.  As Tracy says, “All extra special things which help make the school such a great place for our children to go school,”

The Henry Cavendish Pamper Evening was held on Thursday 12th June 2014 at Henry Cavendish Streatham, Dingley Lane, Woodfield Avenue, SW16 1AU.

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