Twenty-eight years young, yes we are and what an incredible journey. The doors to Sarum opened twenty-eight years ago on a snowy day, with two physios, one dream and a couple of clients.
Since then, the team has grown, some staying for many years. While others pass through, but all have left their mark.
As I look back over the past twenty-eight years, I smile broadly, and yes there is a tear. Losing my friend and business partner was awful; I still find it hard not having her ear to bend and miss our annual planning walks. But each departed team member leaves a hole, and Izzy (Isabel Howse), who joined us in 1995, is the most recent to retire, leaving a massive hole for me to come to terms with – more tears!
We’ve recently also said a sad farewell to Alex Beck, our Paediatric Physiotherapist, who is replaced by the excellent Jayne Blake. And while Kathryn McGraghan-Hall (Katy) has been with us a little while now, we finally have a photo and added her to the website.
Of course, team members leave because life changes, opportunities are presented and for some, retirement beckons. But, life is a rhythm; it ebbs and flows and doesn’t stop. So, while my reflection is tinged with sadness, my heart is full of good times and laughter.
And laughter really is the best medicine.
It is not unusual for our patients to consider laughter part of their treatment. In fact, the Centre is always full of laughter, which can be heard in reception from the treatment rooms.
And while reception looks different, with plastic chairs placed two meters apart (oh, I do look forward to the day this can change) and screens at the desk, the welcome remains warm, and laughter continues.
If you’re a regular reader of my blogs, you know I like to inject a little fun. And often incorporate an element of well-being so, today I’m sharing the benefits of laughter with you.
Did you know that laughing doesn’t just lift your mood, it also induces physical changes, including:
- The stimulation of organs like the lungs and heart. Plus, it increases the happy endorphins that are released by your brain.
- Increases and decreases your heart rate and blood pressure, resulting in a relaxed feeling.
- Soothes tension by stimulating circulation and can aid muscle relaxation. Both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.
And that’s just the short-term benefits, as longer-term laughter can improve your immune system, mood and reduce pain.
So, as the energy and life of Sarum ebbs and flows, I shall keep on laughing, and together we shall continue improving the lives of our dear patients.