Infertility and Reflexology

Are you trying to conceive? Do you feel frustrated, overwhelmed and want some time for yourself? Holistic treatments and reflexology may provide the help you need..

How can fertility reflexology help?

Reflexology works on the principle that we have reflexes on our feet which correspond to all organs and systems in our body. By ‘working’ those reflexes through specialised massage techniques, a reflexologist helps to correct imbalances throughout the body, release blocked energy and induce a feeling of deep relaxation.  In addition, having someone impartial to confide in who is there just for you in a safe, confidential space can allow some of those feelings of worry and anxiety to be reduced.

Will it help me get pregnant?

Fertility reflexology can have a huge impact on how you take charge of your fertility and approach your experiences.  It is a choice that you make. Combined with other positive lifestyle changes it can create a really powerful combination which is likely to increase your chances of conception. Even with clients who are going through assisted conception, like IVF,  fertility reflexology can support them by helping them stay relaxed, calm and with lower stress levels than if they went through it without this support.

How many treatments are recommended?

This varies from client to client, as everyone is an individual. In general, I would recommend regular fortnightly treatments for a least the first 3 months to allow reflexology to do what it does best, rebalance and heal the body through reducing stress and providing relaxation.

Want to know more or to book your first reflexology treatment? Please get in touch for more advise and support via here. I am fully qualified and professional holistic therapist and reflexologist based in Chatham, Kent.

 


Massage and Pregnancy

Massage during pregnancy has great benefits for both the mother and baby. It is important to note that pregnancy massage is not about indulgence. It really is about taking good care of a body that is undergoing huge shifts and changes in order to support and accommodate a growing baby.  The side effect of all these changes, can result in aches, pains and discomfort throughout the entire body. Remedial-focused pregnancy massage looks to assist in relieving muscular pain and discomfort, including common complaints like lower back and pelvic pain, headaches, neck and shoulder pain and swollen heavy legs.    

Massage also has a positive effect on stress and mood and can improve the quality of your sleep and overall vitality.

A qualified pregnancy massage therapist uses safe, gentle techniques aimed at relaxing and unwinding tightness and tension in muscles.  Your therapist can adjust the strength and tempo of the massage depending on your needs, whilst always remaining safe and comfortable, both for you and your baby. You are safe to book a massage after the 1 st trimester and continue having treatments until the last week of pregnancy.

The massage table will be set up with plenty of pillows and bolsters to make you feel comfortable and fully enjoy the treatment. Pregnancy back massage is always done the client lying sideways and slightly upright. For a more pampering experience you could add a body scrub, foot scrub or facial to your massage or combine it with pregnancy reflexology.

 


Should I have a massage when sick?

I get asked this question a lot during autumn and winter months;  I have a cold..is it still ok to have a massage?  My answer to clients usually is.., it depends how long you’ve been feeling sick and if you have temperature.  Massage is great for releasing toxins and reducing aches but if you’ve just caught a bug and can’t get out of bed it’s best to stay at home and reschedule your treatment.  If you are coughing and have blocked sinuses you’ll struggle to feel comfortable on the massage table and lying face down.

Once you are over the worst, have returned to work or its been a week since you first felt ill, I am happy to book you back in.  In massage sessions, I regularly use aromatherapy blends containing anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties like oils of pine, lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus and cypress. Applying these oils provide relief from symptoms and can speed up your recovery process. Its preferable to have a relaxing therapeutic massage and leave the deep tissue work for another date.

 

Guideline is:

  1. If you have a fever – stay home. Massage increases circulation and will overheat your body.
  2. If you know you’re contagious – stay home.
  3. If you’re already nauseous, even slightly – stay home. Massage will only increase this feeling with the release of new toxins in the system.

Outside of these, come on in and  I’ll hopefully have you feeling better quickly.


Useful essential oils and herbs for Summer

Summertime means holidays and relaxation but it can also bring on mosquito bites, rashes, sunburn, blisters, hayfever, headaches… Below I’ve listed herbs and aromatherapy oils useful for treating these conditions naturally.

Sunburn-Rashes-Dry Skin 

Sooth the skin with cooling and healing Aloe Vera gel or Calendula (marigold) cream. I keep these in the fridge to add more cooling effect and always try to buy 100% active ingredient Aloe gel and pure Calendula cream.

Insect Repellant  

Lemon and Eucalyptus are the best scents to keep mosquitos and other bugs from bothering you. You can add these oils to a oil burner when having an outdoor party or mix couple drops to almond or other carrier oil to make a blend for your skin.

Hayfever and Headaches

To ease sinus pain, headaches and reduce inflammation, a cup of chamomile tea can bring much needed relief. When its hot you could drink herbal teas cold or with ice. To ease breathing you can use eucalyptus or pine oils by adding them to a bath, steam inhalation or spritzing in the shower.

 

Verrucas, atheletes foot, odors, boils and cold sores

Time to get some tea tree! This oil deserves a permanent spot in your bathroom cabinet as a natural fungicide, antiviral, antiseptic and antibacterial remedy. Dab directly to the affected area or if you have sensitive skin mix tea tree with little base oil or cream. For sweaty feet and fungal diseases of the feet, add tea tree to a foot bath for refreshing, infection fighting treatment.


How can you detox with massage?

Are you feeling sluggish, tired and bloated? Rich Christmas foods and excess alcohol can leave us feeling heavy and ready for a detox in January. Whilst its beneficial to juice, eat more fruit and vegetables , exercise and sleep well, a good massage therapy session can assist your body to cleanse and feel better in winter.

How does massage help the body detox?

The rhythmic strokes and pressure applied to muscles, tissues and organs during massage help stimulate the circulatory system. It works sort of like a sponge: When pressure is applied to the tissue and fat, toxins are literally “squeezed” out from in between the muscle fibers and cells. They’re released into the circulatory system for easier elimination.

Your lymphatic system works together with your cardiovascular circulatory system to flush out toxins and carry white immune cells throughout the body to help defend against infections. If your lymph circulation gets sluggish, toxins can accumulate and immune cells may not get carried to the areas of the body where they’re needed.

Since the lymph system doesn’t have a big central pump like the heart to keep things moving, it has to rely on gravity, exercise, breathing … and massage. So if you haven’t been as good as you should about your exercise, healthy diet and “ quality me time” routine (it happens to the best of us!), that can affect how you feel, causing aches, pains and low energy.

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Massage also promotes relaxation, relieves stress and increases positivity, meaning you’ll find it easier to stay motivated and on track with your health regime and wellbeing.


5 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy This Winter

Here I share some of my favourite ways to cope with the colder months and look after your health.

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  1. Chamomile. You can use chamomile tea for sore throats, colds, flu and as a night time natural relaxing drink. If you feel the chill and have a cold, add grated ginger root with the chamomile to aid circulation and clear sinuses.
  2. Dead Sea Salts, Epsom Salts or Himalayan Salts. Best way to use these mineral salts is in a hot bath or as a body scrub. These salts are packed with minerals including Magnesium which specifically help to reduce muscle soreness and fluid retention. You can buy mineral salts from Boots or pharmacies or bulk order (much cheaper) from Westlabsalts.co.uk.
  3. Rosemary essential oil. A must have in your bathroom cabinet alongside Lavender oil. Use rosemary in an oil burner or in a bath when you feel drained, fatigued, bloated, have a chesty cold or need to boost your circulation and immunity. It is also an excellent tonic for hair loss and dry scalp.
  4. Upgrade your Porridge . Do you think porridge is boring? Instead of sugar or jam try adding berries, grated apple & cinnamon, sliced peaches with allspice or banana & coconut with chopped nuts and seeds. Almond milk is also great with porridge and gives a smooth taste with the oats.
  5. Probiotics. Your friendly bacteria is a ‘ready made army’ to fight off winter bugs and excess candida caused by antibiotics. If you have low immunity and feel run down, its worth giving probiots a try. To get the full benefit you’ll need to buy it in capsule form and check the bacteria count is at least 50billion per capsule.

Are you stressed out?

Defend yourself against stress, unwind mentally and improve your health.

Below you will find some practical tips on how to stay calm and healthy every day.

  • Starve the negative. Avoid overloading on negative information from TV, press, gossip about friends or colleagues and dont associate with anyone who has a pessimistic view on life
  • When faced with any problem, try to look at the facts without emotion. Often its our emotional reaction to a problem that creates the most distress. Be as objective as possible and you’ll think more clearly and discover solutions that emotions can mask.
  • Hug someone. We need physical contact to feel connected to something other than ourselves and to feel a little less alone, especially in times of need.
  • Distract yourself by watching a comedy film or by reading a humorous book. Encourage yourself to see the funny side of things.
  • Be in the now. Whenever you feel anxious or stressed, fix your attention to your immediate surroundings, be aware of your body and your breathing and completely focus on whats going on now. Tell yourself; I’ve only got to manage this moment. When you discover you can do that, the next moment becomes manageable as well.
  • Get enough sleep. A rested mind and body will produce more creative ideas and solutions to whatever you face.
  • Practise letting go. One useful technique is to visualise putting your worries into a large wooden chest, then firmly closing the lid and locking it with a large key. Try to do this every night before you fall asleep.
  • Feed your senses with positive and beautiful sights and sounds. Look at nature or listen to the sounds of birdsong or children’s laughter. Walk through parks, take time to admire magnificent buildings or visit art galleries.

Top 10 Reasons to get a Massage

1. Have some time out on your own to relax and de-stress. It’s important to take time out and forget about the daily routines by having a soothing, nurturing massage. You’ll feel like on a natural high due to the release of endorphins and quietening of the mind after a massage session.

2. Stimulate and detoxify the body. The lymphatic system is the body’s natural defense against toxins and impurities. Massage Therapy stimulates the flow of toxic waste from the muscles, organs and tissues for improved health and digestion.

3. Ease muscle tension and improve flexibility. Massage stimulates blood circulation increasing oxygen and nutrient flow to connective tissue and muscles. This helps remove adhesion’s in the muscles as well as lubricate joints for increased flexibility.

4. Reduce pain and recover from injuries faster. Massage Therapy can break up scar tissue for more efficient movement. It can improve functional abilities and get rid of excess lactic acid and is a natural painkiller.

5. Improve posture. Regular massage can straighten posture by helping to train muscles to be in the right position allowing for better support to our structure. Therapists will also show you effective stretches to release muscle tension and correct your breathing.

6. Reduces headaches and tension around the face & jaw. Our lifestyles are busier and more stressful which can contribute to having frequent migraines, headaches and tightness around the eyes and jaw. A relaxing face and scalp massage can ease off the pain and smooth out wrinkles and lines too!

7.  Prevent injury or illness. Tense muscles tighten and pull the body out of alignment and restrict circulation.  Regular Massage Therapy can increase circulation and relax the body  to prevent chronic conditions from taking hold.

8. Reduces anxiety and helps you have a good nights sleep. You can’t help but feel good after a massage leading to a more positive attitude. Research has shown that regular therapeutic massage not only reduces pain and anxiety but also increases relaxation, which can help reinstate your natural sleep pattern.

9. Softens the skin, boosts immunity and drains excess fluid from the body. Massage increases sebum production, helping to improve the skin’s suppleness and resistance to infection. As the lymphatic drainage is also increased you’ll feel lighter and look great too!

10. Massage restores the vital energy within. When you are able to fully relax and let your physique heal naturally, you can reach a state of balance and harmony in the mind and body.  You’ll feel recharged and energized for days and weeks after a massage therapy session.

 


Massage and Spa Sessions Explained

Are you new to holistic therapies or maybe want to find out what happens during a massage or spa treatment? Here I’ll briefly explain the most common therapies and body treatments and their benefits to you.

How do I choose the right treatment for me?

There are variety of massage techniques and spa treatments to pick from these days and sometimes this can confuse or even overwhelm you. You may be tempted by exotic names or daily deals but it is good to bear in mind what you want to achieve from your treatment and what your body actually craves for.

MASSAGES

All massage therapies should leave you feeling more relaxed, less tense, de-stressed and more balanced in the mind and body.

  • Holistic and Swedish massage uses slow, flowing moves and helps to ease muscle aches without being too painful.
  • Deep tissue massage concentrates on releasing hardened knots and tightened spots with firm pressure and stretching of the muscles.
  • For more vigorous and energetic work you may want to try Shiatsu, Thai or Chinese Tui Na massage.
  • Hot Stones therapy combines heated, smooth stones with massage to increase circulation and leaves you feeling grounded and calm
  • Aromatherapy uses essential oils to activate your sense of smell and increase your sense of well-being. Choosing the right mix of oils for your treatment can help you feel more emotionally balanced and relaxed

FACIALS

A facial cleans, exfoliates and nourishes the skin, promoting a clear, well-hydrated complexion, and can help your skin look younger. Facials are great for both men & women and usually include the following steps during the treatment:

Consultation and skin analysis, double cleanse, exfoliation, facial massage, facial mask, moisturise with toner and after care advise. Full 1hr or longer facials also include neck, shoulders and scalp massage.

SPA BODY TREATMENTS

Spa treatments for your body cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate your skin, making it silky smooth in a way you just can’t do as well — or as completely — at home. Skin is the largest organ of our body and taking care of it will assist in removing waste products and boost your immunity.

Body Brushing uses a dry brush to remove dead skin cells and softens the skin whilst improving circulation and boosting your lymphatic system.It is gently exfoliating and energising treatment.

Body Scrub uses sugar or salt based scrubs to cleanse and exfoliate and leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and rejuvenated

Body Mask and Wraps can be used to cleanse, moisturise or detoxify your skin. The treatment will begin with body brushing and scrub to prepare the skin for the mask. The product will usually be left on skin at least 30mins and you’ll be wrapped up in towels or spa foil blankets to stay warm whilst your therapist performs a relaxing head or face massage.

It is useful to ask few questions and enquire about the treatment before making your first appointment. If you feel like trying something different, your therapist can offer you an express or mini version of the treatment to introduce the therapy to you.