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Monday, 8 October, 2001, 05:29 GMT 06:29 UK
'Hands-on' therapies to reduce stress
Acupuncture is one of the therapies to be taught
People living in south Bristol are learning about the benefits of complementary therapies in reducing the stresses and strains of everyday life.

The Hartcliffe and Withywood Complementary Therapies Project has arranged a series of 13 two-hour information sessions about the many positive effects of the different types of complementary therapies.

The project has been developed in response to local people's interest in trying different ways to promote good health.

The first information session takes place on Monday from 1330 to 1530 BST at the Gatehouse Centre.

It's an really exciting and practical scheme which gives all residents, men as well as women, the opportunity to improve their health

Lola Hardingham, resident

The sessions will look at 12 different types of therapies, including acupuncture, reflexology, aromatherapy, osteopathy, yoga, massage and art therapy.

Once all the sessions have been completed, a complementary therapy programme will be developed reflecting local interest and demand.

Stephen Hewitt, Hartcliffe and Withywood Community Partnership director, said: "There's plenty of medical evidence to show that therapies such as massage, aromatherapy and acupuncture can help reduce stress and relieve depression.

"Apart from addressing a genuine need in the community, one of the good things about the complementary therapies project is that it really is a hands-on initiative which directly benefits local people and helps them work toward improved health."

'Positive measures'

Lola Hardingham, a local resident involved in the project, said: "This complementary therapies project is great. It is an excellent example of the positive measures being taken by the partnership to support local people.

"I hope lots more people from Hartcliffe and Withywood will come and tells us what they think and what they'd like to try.

"It's an really exciting and practical scheme which gives all residents, men as well as women, the opportunity to improve their health and general well-being."

The project is funded by the Hartcliffe and Withywood Community Partnership, which was established in 1998 by local residents and organisations to lead the regeneration of the area.

The 13 information sessions will run over a seven-week period at various locations in Hartcliffe and Withywood.

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