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What is Tri-Unity about?

Tri-Unity is about Wellness. I offer a holistic approach to well-being:

Well-being:“The state of being comfortable, healthy and happy”

Well-beingencompasses how we are physically, mentally andemotionally/spiritually. Well-being goes much deeper, it can beaffected by external or internal forces. It is all inter connected,if we feel sad this may manifest in a bad cold for example. If wehave hurt our leg this may make us depressed. If we are affected by aloss we may question our beliefs about ourselves or our understandingof our world. Physically we may not have disease but are we fit?Fitness is an amalgamation of cardio vascular fitness, coordination,agility, stamina and strength. Mental health can be positive ornegative, it is not only anxiety, depression or being schizophrenic(example) but it’s how resilient we are, how we perceive our world,what is important to us will affect how well we are emotionally andmentally.

Tri-Umph@Tri-Unity is about promoting confidence, self awareness and the power to make positive changes.

Anxiety and Trail Running

Well-being Posted on Tue, March 16, 2021 13:22:14

Mental Health, Trail Running and Me:

Why I run.

I was born to run. As a child if I could run somewhere, I ran. I was especially inspired to run when on country paths, up leafy lanes, across jagged cliff pathways. Walking was not an option for me.

I still love to run and here is why:

(Photo courtesy of Derek Spear; Location Craig Gwladys, Llangatwg, Castedd Nedd, South Wales)

Fairy’s Place

This photograph was taken by my occasional running pal out on a recent chilly Sunday morning run. After a steep, muddy, and breathless (for me) climb up the mountain we ran along a rugged, rocky trail. Along the way I was enchanted by the various fairy doorways painted by local children and fixed to some of the trees.

To my left trees climbed higher along the mountain side, their autumn colours radiating and reflecting in the frosty morning winter sun. To my right the valley was covered by a magical sea of early morning mist.

This breath-taking beautiful vista is worth the climb!

Anxiety and depression are something I have experienced in the past to varying degrees, the worst episode resulting in not sleeping for an entire week to the occasional flutter somewhere between my chest and stomach. Depression and low feelings a heavy thud in my throat and the pit of my abdomen.

Anxiety is the result of the survival mechanism triggered when we perceive danger, the Fight, Flight and Freeze response. Our brain signals the release of adrenalin and cortisol into our body. Allowing us to fight or escape the danger and when overwhelmed, we freeze. Trail running and nature (for me) however any form of exercise/contact with nature helps our brain switch off the FFF response:

  • Releases feel good endorphins into my body enhancing a sense of feeling good.
  • Focuses my mind in the moment (Especially when running up hill)!
  • Increases my confidence and feeling of wellbeing.
  • Nature is my best friend. I feel connected to the world. This enhances my happiness.
  • Nature is always there for me listening, never judging, holding and safe.

American architect and educator wrote:

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature, it will never fail you”.

The Positive Effects Of Nature On Your Mental Well-Being (

Trail running sound too much of an effort?

No problem! walking, cycling, dancing, or yoga outdoors in nature is just as healing. Even sitting by a window looking out onto a natural view or a few houseplants can enhance wellbeing:

“Researchers reported that workers who were close to natural views had fewer illnesses and headaches (Kaplan and Kaplan, 1989). Nature could be looked at as a therapy which has no side effects. For people working in office, indoor plants can improve the air quality of office and improve the productivity in office environment (Randall et al., 1992) The positive effects of nature on people (

My connection with nature inspired me to offer counselling and nature therapy as part of my wellbeing service. My clients who engage with nature have reported quicker more powerful results:

After only four Walk n Talk sessions, Ffion was able to make sense of her anger and find more healthy ways to deal with it, “Since coming to counselling I see things from different perspectives…. I can recognise when I am getting angry and deal with it in a healthy and positive way…

“I found Walk and Talk Counselling relaxing and calming …” Eleri explains…

Offering gentle walks through beautiful local countryside, taken at your own pace allowing you to explore issues, learn coping strategies for anxiety, anger, trauma and more.

For further information on Walk & Talk Counselling and Nature Therapy please email or visit

An Invitation to Receive the Gift of Nature

Well-being Posted on Sun, September 27, 2020 15:37:27

Tri-Unity Wellness is now offering an opportunity to experience nature therapy through the art of Shinrin Yoku and Walk & Talk Counselling.

I am grateful that through these recent challenging times to be OK. I have kept my job be it a different experience than before Covid. I have been adaptable and flexible with my approaches which means I can still work effectively with clients. However, for an outdoors “kinda girl” I am now spending a lot of time online and I have noticed what effects this increased screen time has on me.

Firstly after an eight-hour working day in front of zoom, Microsoft etc, I feel like I have been in a dark pit in another dimension. My head feels foggy, My eyes appear to be looking in opposite directions and I could sleep at a drop of a hat. After four days I’m done. The outcome I find is not wanting to spend any additional time with technology. Great… and yes this is good however doing admin, research, study, promoting my practice, and speaking with friends online feels a huge ask.

My savior is the great outdoors and the reason why I believe I am OK during these times. As a child, I spent any time not in school or bed outdoors. I have always run outdoors for miles over hills, down country paths, and along beaches. I love how that makes me feel, fit, healthy, invincible, strong, inspired. Some of my best ideas originated outdoors!

White Water

Recently I had a feeling deep inside me, I felt ok but this feeling was deep inside. My rational mind told me you are ok, nothing is wrong here but there was this feeling. Again as I said earlier I have been lucky, another reason is the beautiful forest I live right next to and being able to spend time in. I took myself and the feeling into the forest , found a tree trunk to sit on and closed my eyes. Breathing in the air provided by the trees and slowly reciprocating with the CO2 I exhale what the forest needs to survive, grow and expand.

During the time I spent quietly in the forest the ‘feeling’ dissipated. I recognized the feeling I had as being not appreciated. In the moment of being in the forest and breathing in the air, there had been an exchange of appreciation between myself and the forest for the gift of life we give each other.

I left the forest that day grounded and whole. enlightened.

I would like to share my experiences of the Gift of Nature with you by offering Walk & Talk Counselling and Nature Therapy in the form of Shinrin Yoku.

Shinrin Yoku or Forest bathing originates from Japan. The slow and relaxed pace of forest bathing allows you to experience your senses and engage with the healing powers of nature. Experiencing the sights, sounds, feel, and smell of the forest allows you to become fully aware of yourself and your current experience. The effect of forest bathing has been proven to decrease the following:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Mood disorders
  • Rumination and negative thinking

Physically forest bathing has been found to:

  • Lower pulse rate
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Decrease concentrations of cortisol (a hormone released as part of the Fight, Flight, and Freeze response)
  • Additionally, forest bathing increases the ‘parasympathetic nervous system’ which switches off the Flight, Fight and Freeze response

Why choose Nature Therapy?

Our modern lifestyle is completely at odds with our human nature. Never in history have we been exposed to so much technology and screen time. On our phones, laptops, tablets all day, and television at night yet of our time on this planet we have spent 99.9% of it without technology. It is only 0.01% of human history have we lived our lives in urban technological environments (Dr. Yoshifumi Miyazaki, A university professor, researcher, and the deputy director of Chiba University’s Center for Environment, Health and Field Sciences).

Many studies demonstrate the negative effect continual exposure to technology has on our physical and mental health. Most of us live in a world of targets, multi-tasking, working, family commitments, and the list goes on all having an effect on our well being. Spending time in nature balances out our lives and takes us back to where we as humans belong increasing our well-being both mentally and physically.

To show my appreciation of nature I am donating £5 from every Walk & Talk Counselling session undertaken to the World Wildlife Fund. To donate independently to my fundraiser please follow the link below:[0]=AZVIk0u2-6pEpTVWXqqe5lNwK5XYypGxCp4Jbe1-ywmm3hOQtjnpD5Ose1LFPd7MK04LM08roCOEJP7lQZVyiVMkO2Cq-qEz4lBn8lt0ZqUfa_paXlrvFriW3ny73E5O-vU&tn=-UK-R

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Well-being Posted on Thu, October 05, 2017 12:20:52

Back a few months ago I was motivated to enter myself for the ballot to run the Virgin London Marathon …. Go figure ???? !!!

The London Marathon is on my bucket list. There was a time several years ago where running any time over one hour became painful however with my training with Celtic Tri Triathlon Club , some osteopathic treatment and my own knowledge and skill base this is no longer an excuse.

My new excuse became “time” or as my dad would translate as “not important enough”!
True it isn’t as important as parenting, earning a living etc. This year was different. When my good friend and awesome Ironman, Debs Longman (The Unlikely Triathlete) posted her entry to the VLM on Facebook I was spurred into action.

It was one of those split second impulsive decisions you sometimes experience whilst out clothes shopping. My thought was “time isn’t an excuse, there will never be enough time, you just make the time” so I entered!!!

Fast forward to now (4th October 2017)

I will be absolutely gutted yet at the same time relieved if I don’t get a place in the VLM. On the other hand if I do i’ll be terrified yet excited also!

2018 I will not be running the Virgin London Marathon. I received my “Sorry” magazine yesterday. How do I feel? Disappointed but also relieved, its a lot of time out of my day, week, month to train and I’m already really short of time.

One day though….

Silver lining… They sent me a fab Virgin London Marathon running jacket ! Thanks VLM Ill wear it out training for 2019 !!! smiley

How Much Water do you need?

Well-being Posted on Wed, September 06, 2017 13:14:26

Lorna Kathleen's photo.

Water for Weight Loss

Well-being Posted on Wed, September 06, 2017 13:04:02

Yesterday a regular class participant came to me explaining that she has for years been trying to lose weight to no avail. This lady in her 70’s told me she had tried many of the usual approaches to weight loss and none had helped her shift the pounds (well not the pounds she wanted to anyway!!!)

Until now!!!

“I’ve lost 3lbs this week, 2 lbs last week” she said.


“I’ve increased the amount of water I drink”

Not only had she lost weight but her skin was improved and she felt she had more energy.

The average adult body contains between 50 -75% water, a child will contain about 75% ( If you’re overweight your body will contain less than this. This is because body fat contains only 10% fat whereas muscle contains 75% (

Brian Richter of the Nature Conservancy and University of Virginia explains in his article for The National Geographic the importance of maintaining our body’s water levels:

“With a deficit of as little as one quart you’re likely going to start losing some cognitive function, alertness, and ability to concentrate. If you lose a gallon you’ll start feeling pretty lethargic, and you’ll likely have a bad headache. If you’re down two gallons you’re going to be sick enough to be in the hospital. Three gallons and you’re in the morgue.”

We know we need water for our health but why does increasing our water intake help us lose weight?

Boosts your metabolism.

Cleanses your body of waste.

Acts as an appetite suppressant.

Drinking more water helps your body stop retaining water, leading you to drop those extra pounds of water weight.

How much water you need to drink depends on your age, gender, activity levels, size and weight. The Government guidelines (The Eatwell Plate) advices us to drink 6 – 8 glasses of water per day on top of the water found in our food. Contrary to belief we CAN include tea and coffee in our water count (British Nutrition Foundation) if we keep our caffeine intake moderate.

How do I know if I’m drinking enough water?

Your body will tell you that you need more water by triggering the thirst sensation however another way to tell is the colour of your urine. The darker it is the more dehydrated you are.

If it’s hot or you have performed intense physical activity then you need to drink more.

I hate water!!!

Drink herbal tea or squeeze some lemon juice into your water.

Milk is full of water and very healthy

Some foods contain high water content; fruit, veg, soups

(British Nutrition Foundation)

Tips to increase water (fluid) intake:

Before and with a meal

Before, during and after physical activity

Keep a bottle in your bag, at work, next to the couch.

I personally find I drink more water if I fill a sports top bottle. It has been suggested to me that possibly this simulates drinking milk as a baby and therefore brings on a relaxed serene feeling. I’ll leave that to you to decide!

WARNING! It’s just as important to not drink TOO much water.

Signs to look out for:

Nausea and vomiting


Disorientation and confusion

More severely:

Muscle cramps, spasms & weakness



Coma (


British Nutrition Foundation ((2016) Healthy Hydration Guide ONLINE

How Drinking Water Can Help You Lose More Weight (2017) ONLINE:

Niedziocha Laura, (2015) Does Muscle Tissue Have Less Water than Fat Tissue? ONLINE

Over hydration (2017) ONLINE:

Richter. Brian, Walking Water H2O and the Human Body ONLINE at

Children & Young Peoples Counselling

Well-being Posted on Tue, August 29, 2017 14:09:02

& Young People Counselling

More than ever our children and young people are subject to many stresses.
Pressure to conform to media stereotypes, pressure to do well at
school, family separation, peer pressure and bullying to name a few
of the issues presented to our kids.

These stresses are difficult enough for an adult to cope with but our
children have little experience to draw upon, may feel they have no
one they can talk to or believe they are the only ones to feel this
way resulting in conditions such as anxiety, depression, anger and
behavioural problems. In extreme cases self-harm or even suicide
ideation can seem the only way out to a young person.

Wales is the only part of the UK where counselling services are legally
required in schools however this service is often oversubscribed and
poorly funded leaving an otherwise excellent provision limited to a
few sessions per child. CAMHS (Children & Adolescent Mental
Health Services) have long waiting times which can be as long.

Counselling offers the young person a confidential* safe space to explore their concerns, allowing them to talk free from judgement or pressure to
be. Using the Proactive Approach developed by Geldard & Geldard I
use a combination of Child Centred and Cognitive Behaviour therapies
to arm your child with a toolkit of coping strategies to increase
their resilience and self-esteem. In a relaxed environment I
incorporate activities such as Theraplay, creative strategies, sand
tray and psychoeducational tools into the session.

Contact me on lornakj@tri-unitywellness for further information on Children & Young People counselling.