Breathe – Relax – Be

What is Wellbeing advice & therapy?

Facing the loss of a loved one is a very individual journey and the experience of grief often affects the whole person – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.             

Wellbeing therapies & advice offers a range of ways to support you to relax, and become more aware of how closely our mind, body and emotions are linked.


Wellbeing Sessions with Sophie (16yrs +)

Our Wellbeing Adviser

Sophie Skipp is a personal trainer, well-being therapist and counsellor with experience of working in a Hospice setting. She brings an infectious energy and sense of fun to looking at healthier living and offers a flexible approach to fitness and well-being that will suit you.

Sophie Skipp

I found my well-being session really relaxing, it helped remove a lot of tenseness. Sophie is such a lovely person, so friendly and encouraging.

My yoga session with Sophie was also brilliant – one to one tuition was great and so relaxing!

‘Take A Moment’ felt like an acknowledgment that my grief is always ongoing, and that the situation with the pandemic would be having an impact. The pack and sessions with Sophie made me take a bit of time for myself at a really difficult time. I’m very grateful.

The Process

1. Contact Sophie via email (info@speaktosoph.com) or by phoning Edward’s Trust on 0121 4541705. Please note she only works part-time but will get back to you to arrange your well-being welcome chat. If you want more information then phone Edward’s Trust.

2. Have your 30 mins well-being chat & complete your well-being check-up & arrange session dates.

3. Enjoy your sessions (on Zoom or safely in person)

We understand it can be quite a big step to take up exercise again, or maybe for the first time. In order for you to take full advantage of the wellbeing sessions please feel free to bring someone from your bubble! Working with wellbeing together can be great fun and has made all the difference for some of our families. Quite a few mentioned feeling far more comfortable being able to do the sessions with someone they knew. This is an option for everyone, we are trying to make your wellbeing journey as relaxing and comfortable as possible.

If you would like to book with someone from your bubble that hasn’t been supported by Edwards’s Trust before – Don’t worry! As long as we have a connection through you, you can bring who you choose.


First session

Meet Sophie – 30 mins welcome session (via phone or zoom)

This will include:

A health & well-being check

A chat about any particular areas of health and well-being you would like to focus on and what you would like to achieve.

Talking through session options & any questions you may have

Booking time slots for your well-being sessions

Body & Mind Wake up for Work

This 30 minute morning motivator can consist of a short stretch and mindfulness practice, or we can really get moving together with a more cardio based exercise session to get you going for the day.

Wind-down with Mindfulness

A 30 minute evening session designed for relaxation rather than awareness for the day ahead, geared towards better sleep patterns. This session can consist of mindfulness practise and/or relaxing Yoga flows.

Open air open mind

A Birmingham Botanical Gardens based mindfulness session around the subject of nature. (60 mins)

Walk and Talk

A walk in the Birmingham Botanical gardens, a talk about your overall well-being, whether this be diet related, fitness related or routine related. (60 mins)

Wellbeing Personal Training

(On Zoom, at a park near to you, in your garden or home)

Mindfulness check in to set an intention for the session, day or evening.

Yoga to relieve common areas of tension. Core work, with a focus to improve posture and strengthen your core.

The session ends with checking back into your original intention set at the start of the session.

(60 mins)

General Personal Training

(On Zoom, at a park near to you, in your garden or home)

Perhaps you have an area of fitness you would like to know more about or be introduced to. Sophie can organise a Personal Training session for your flexibility, strength or fitness. If you feel a programme would be beneficial for you to follow, this can also be provided and geared personally towards your goals.

(60 mins)


Aromatherapy uses essential oils from plants to promote health and wellbeing through therapeutic massage, in a vaporiser or in a relaxing bath.  

Essential oils have therapeutic properties which can be used to support us physically, mentally and emotionally. Some oils are calming and soothing, others refreshing and uplifting. Some may help ease anxiety, helping you to breathe more deeply and steadily, others may help you to sleep. 

Aromatherapy and therapeutic massage sessions usually last between an hour and an hour and a half and will be tailored to your particular needs. You will be able to take blended oils home to use to support you and remind you of the feeling of calm you have experienced. 

Therapeutic massage

Therapeutic massage can provide an opportunity for deep relaxation, restoring a sense of balance & health. Feelings of anxiety, fear or irritability that often accompany grief may begin to soften and dispel. People often experience physical stress-related symptoms; headaches, insomnia, soreness in the neck & shoulders, breathing difficulties or colds. Massage can help your body to recover; as your body starts to relax, physical and emotional tension may ease.

Together we will do a careful assessment of your needs and then decide what sort of treatment you would like. Essential oils or plain unscented oil can be used. Whether you have a simple hand massage, face, neck and shoulder, or full body massage many people start to feel the benefits after the first session.


Mindfulness is a natural way of paying attention to the present moment, and encouraging a sense of gentle, non-judgmental. compassionate acceptance. Regular practice of mindfulness can be beneficial for our physical, mental & emotional wellbeing. Learn simple breathing and meditation practices to help calm both body and mind, explore different ways of practicing mindfulness in everyday life, and find what helps nourish and support your wellbeing. These sessions can take place both indoors and outdoors, with the option of mindfulness walking in the tranquil natural environment of our local Botanical Gardens. Mindfulness sessions can be offered one-to-one or as part of a small group.  

Wellbeing Workshops

Edward’s Trust offers 1:1 sessions and half day wellbeing workshops in small groups. 

Whether you need some time to just be, relax and begin your recovery after a loss, or you want to learn some new techniques that you can use yourself to bring about a sense of inner peace and calm, our wellbeing therapists can support you.

 ‘Wellbeing Sessions’ with Sophie enable us to explore different ways we can look after ourselves whilst coping with grief during these challenging times. Open to anyone currently receiving support from Edward’s Trust, as well as those who have received support from us in the past. Family members are also welcome. 

No previous experience is necessary– These sessions can be done on Zoom as an alternative to face to face. To express interest email: admin@edwardstrust.org.uk 

Here is what some people say about our work

I found my well-being session really relaxing, it helped remove a lot of tenseness. Sophie is such a lovely person, so friendly and encouraging.

Anon Client

My yoga session with Sophie was also brilliant – one to one tuition was great and so relaxing!

Anon Client