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Press Release - 07 January 2005

Make a positive start to the New Year

Swindon residents are being offered the chance to start their New Year with a positive step towards a more relaxed 2005 by signing up to a variety of stress-busting evening classes at the University of Bath in Swindon.

As millions of people head back to work this week after the Christmas break stress-levels are on the rise. To help combat this, the University is offering a range of evening classes beginning this month that offer alternative ways to unwind while learning new skills.

“What better way could there be of celebrating the arrival of a new year, than investing a little time in oneself, to discover something new, to revive old interests or simply revitalise the inner spirit?” said Professor Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor.

Those with a garden have the opportunity to create a stress-free haven on their doorstep. In Gardens for Healing, horticulturalist and garden designer Zena Robson considers the importance of an organic and holistic approach to gardening. Topics will include herbalism, Feng Shui, aromatherapy, low-allergen gardens and the ways in which oils, flower remedies and herbs can be used. In Successful Gardening – Plants for Places Zena looks at the scent, colour, texture and use of plants and discusses planting ideas.

For those looking to discover an outlet for their creativity and explore and develop their imagination, there is Creative Sculpture – Working with Clay. Taught by well-known sculptor, Mark Whelehan, this is an accredited course that explores the therapeutic value of sculpture.

Tai Chi and Pilates offer conditioning for the body and the mind; the therapeutic effects of Tai Chi are enjoyed by over 300 million people throughout the world. The ancient Chinese exercise and the more modern Pilates work to create a sense of well-being and feeling of energy. Due to demand, the University is offering additional beginner and intermediate-level classes in both disciplines.

In addition to its range of part-time courses, the University will also be hosting its next series of free public lectures. The lectures take place on Wednesday evenings and begin with The Hillforts of the Marlborough Downs on 19 January; topics to be covered are as varied as Life in Palestine Today and Islamic Art.

Those interested in obtaining copies of the prospectus, or finding out more about the courses, please call 01793 328800 or email info.swindoncll@bath.ac.uk. A copy of the prospectus can also be found at .