CHESTERFIELD: M,E, group hears how relaxation can aid ease suffering

The autumn series of Sheffield M.E. Group (S.M.E.G.) Network Meetings in Chesterfield started last month at Chesterfield Library and welcomed 11 members and one newcomer.

Chris Wintle gave a short update on the new benefits system which could, during the next year, be affecting a number of the group’s members.

Guest speaker Stephanie Futcher then gave an interesting talk on the importance of relaxation and the role it can play in helping the body to heal.

Suffering from the chronic illness, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety as the individual is unable to do the things they used to do. Stephanie explained the biological basis to show how doing some deliberate relaxation and adopting positive thinking can help to alleviate these unwelcome feelings. She then carried out a guided visualisation session with the group.

The afternoon finished with a general discussion on relaxation and the other therapies that Stephanie offers to aid healing.

The seated Tai Chi classes held at Central Methodist Church resumed last month. Classes are held on Wednesdays 2.30pm-3.30pm. Next dates: October 23 & 30, November 13 & 27.

Several members from Chesterfield attended S.M.E.G. Annual Conference at the Circle in Sheffield. The Guest Speaker was Sue Pemberton, therapy director of The Yorkshire Fatigue Clinic & co-author of several books on ME/CFS including Fighting Fatigue. She gave an excellent presentation on Why Activity Matters –Behind the Myths of Grading. She explained what is meant by activity and why activity is important in this illness but that the amount needs to be tailored to fit the energy levels of the individual.

Future events: Thursday, November 21, 2pm-4pm - Chesterfield library ‘Secret Santa’ Network Meeting with local duo Penny Bun providing musical entertainment; Monday, November 25 - Sheffield M.E. Christmas social with magician 1.30pm–4.30pm at The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW.

If you or someone you know has ME/CFS and would like more information on this illness or about Chesterfield meetings, contact Sheffield M.E. Group on 0114 253 6700 or visit