While the MUCH MORE project is going slowly to the end with six months of activities left, the groups in Gävle, Turku and Riga continue to meet and support each other. Last week, the Gävle group was visited by Anders Nilsson, who runs his own company working with our target group but also other groups. Anders is also an addiction therapist, he used to be a football player e.g. at the elite level Gävles football team. Previously he worked with rehabilitation of sports injuries but is anow focused on "Aware Breathing".
The one applied during the first meeting with MUCH MORE group, was a simpler form and on the next occasion, we will try a "stronger form" of aware breathing that will last for a long time.
"Aware Breathing" originates in a method called "Rebirthing". "We in the West have lost the insight that the head and body are together as a unit." Experiences, crises, traumas "settle in the body and the body remembers".
Anders says that for a long time ago when people were hunters, the body and brain were 80% dormant while 20% were in preparedness to see if some kind of danger. In today's modern Western societies, the relationship is the reverse.
Mr Nilsson told the group about how he had experienced it at the first moment he tried releasing breathing when the "pressure over the chest dropped" and all stress left the body and head. He said that his emotions were set free.
After we had tried the simpler form which Anders called the 3*30 method the hole group felt that they wanted to try the more intense form next week.
By Johan Pliakas, STICKAN
The project MUCH MORE has launched its video clip promoting the empowering and peer-group activities towards men with past addition problems at the Central Baltic Programme Annual Event taking place in Turku on 14-15 November. Positive comments like ”It was an absolute pleasure to watch that video, thank you” were received.
In the video, the professionals working with the target group shared their opinions about what does the project bring to the lives of men, what can they learn from this experience and what comes to their mind when they think "MUCH MORE project". At the same time, the feedback of the target group is presented. The video can be watched on youtube: https://youtu.be/mPPd3SLTN9g