The Brain Health Programme Workshops | Edinburgh

What if you could learn to take charge of your own brain health?

I thought the whole programme was excellent value for money and looked forward to each workshop. A huge thank you to each one of you for sharing your knowledge in such an interesting and professional way.

2018 Workshop Attendee

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You’re concerned about your brain health and how you can best prepare for a future where over 1 million of us will have Dementia in 2025, and 2 million by 2051.

We already have a huge challenge ahead, with Dementia now the leading cause of death for British women. Statistically speaking, someone will develop Dementia in the UK every three minutes. How many new sufferers will there be by the time you’ve finished reading this page?

Unfortunately, Dementia research is still desperately underfunded in the UK, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t active measures you can take now to better understand what cognitive decline is, and what we know about its causes.

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We are believers in life-long learning, and no matter how long ago you last went to school or university, we believe you are capable of learning about and implementing the latest scientific knowledge with the right help and support.

That’s why part of our plan to combat Alzheimer’s includes the Brain Health Programme workshop. These workshops take place several times a year in our friendly Edinburgh clinic. Our fully trained therapists, each specialists in fields ranging from nutrition and biofeedback therapy to herbal medicine, lead workshops designed to educate and empower participants to take control of their brain health.

Keep reading to find out more about the workshop content, what participants have to say about their experience, meet our workshop leaders and much more.

What You’ll Learn at the Brain Health Workshop

We cover 6 topics over 2 days of hands-on learning. You can click through the tabs below to read a short summary of each one. The course sections help you to build a robust approach to maintaining and improving your brain health. All advice is grounded in scientific research and our workshop leaders are always on hand to help you customise advice to your own lifestyle and unique needs.

 

Drowning in contradictory diet advice? Let’s cut through the noise and focus on making the most effective choices for you. We examine the relationship between nutrition and brain health, and explain how to make food choices that boost your body, rather than hinder it.

Topics covered include blood-sugar level management, glyaemic index and load, cholestorol, fats, protein, intermittent fasting, the nutrition gap, and much more! Expect to learn exactly how your body is using your food, and how you can battle brain fog and even improve energy levels by choosing the right foods at the right time.

Your lifestyle is causing havoc in your gut, but it’s your brain that suffers! Learn about the connection and how to love your gut so it takes care of you.

You’ll learn about the role of gut organisms in your everyday life, how to support the immune system and curate a diet for a happy gut.

Unfortunately, stress relief isn’t a switch that we can flip on and off. It looks different for every person, and until you know what it feels like to manage stress effectively, you might not realise how big an effect stress is having on your health.

At the same time, we welcome very busy people to our workshops and we know that juggling responsibilities can’t just stop overnight, even if it is better for your brain! Expect practical advice and support in gradually learning to manage stress more effectively and see less consequences of stress as a result.

Do you think of yourself as having a good sleep routine? Perhaps you work shifts or travel a lot, and find it tricky to stick to a simple sleep schedule?

We’ll examine the relationship between sleep and brain health, and learn how to tell the difference between restorative rest and poor sleep. You’ll develop better awareness of your energy levels and how to maintain your sleep even in times of stress or exertion.

We all know we need exercise, but it’s easier said than done sometimes.

What if you could really make the most of your exercise time and try to maximise the benefits for your mind as well as for your body?

We’ll cover the benefits, but also the practicalities of finding a regime that works for you.

Modern life helps us cut a lot of corners – is your brain health suffering with lack of use in certain areas?

Our phones can do so many things for us that our brains used to – adding, subtracting, remembering appointments, finding directions, answering questions. Is it any wonder that our brains are getting a little lazy?

We’ll show you how to ensure that your brain is getting a daily workout in a quick, fun and manageable way.

How Do You Measure Success at the Brain Health Workshop?

Many of the things that we’ll teach you feel like small adjustments. We might encourage you to do several things a little bit differently, based on the latest scientific research and evidence in the field of cognitive health.

In order to ensure that we are supporting you as much as possible, your workshop ticket includes 2 cognitive tests: one before we begin, and one after you have learned everything that we know about brain health, and had the time to implement it yourself. This means that we can actually quantify improvement in cognition and brain health, and it may even surprise you to see how much positive change you can create for yourself!

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Who Teaches The Brain Health Workshops?

 

Meet the team! Flick through the following images to learn more about our experienced, friendly and expert workshop leaders who can’t wait to share their knowledge about improving your brain health.

Charmaine

Charmaine Shepherd is one of the CogMission clinic directors. With a background in acupuncture, biofeedback practice and biomedical studies.

Click here to read her full background on our website.

Jean

Jean is our Clinic Director at CogMission along with Charmaine. She is a medical herbalist with 14 years of experience in supporting patients.

You can read her full background by clicking this link.

 

Jackie

Jackie is CogMission’s Senior Nutritional Therapist. She encourages and educates people to make meaningful choices when it comes to food, nutrition and gut health. You can read more about Jackie in her bio here.

My favourite thing about the workshops was the friendships and support that developed within the group. I believe that really helped to make it easier for people to make the lifestyle changes. I loved hearing every week how people practically implemented the recommendations and mostly how they all were feeling better!

Charmaine Shepherd

CogMission Clinic Director and Brain Health Workshop Leader

How Do I Book My Place On The Next Brain Health Workshop?

The next workshops will take place from 10am – 5pm on Saturday 7th September and Saturday 12th October. The two dates will cover all 6 modules, and cost £225.00. Click below to book your place.

Alternatively, if you are unable to make these dates but you would like to register your interest for the next workshops later in the year, please get in touch with us using our contact page.

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The workshops take place at CBC House in Canning Street, Edinburgh, which is the location for our friendly clinic where we also see patients and support those following the Bredesen Protocol for Alzheimer’s and Dementia management. If you have any queries about accessibility or want to find out more about the workshops, click here to access our booking form and we’ll get back in touch as soon as possible. See you soon!