Beating The January Blues – Try Something New And Bring Balance Back To Your Life With Reflexology

Have you made any New Year resolutions? And if you have, how are they going? The onset of a New Year is often a time to reflect on the previous year and to look back at both the good and the bad times. It’s also a time to look to the future and many people make resolutions based on things that they would like to change about their lives. However, January for many people can be a difficult time as the fun, partying and perhaps excesses of the festivities are over and it’s time to get back to work and life’s routine.

It’s Normal To Feel A Little Blue

Calm Therapy, based in Eastbourne looks at ways to lift your mood. Christmas and New Year are buzzy vibrant times with often lots going on and lots of friends and family around, so it’s quite natural for your mood to dip as winter drags on and spring seems an incredibly long way away. The best thing is to actually accept that these January blues are normal and lots of people are feeling like you do. It really is the body’s natural response to the cold and darker months of winter, so it’s important that when there is daylight, you make the most of it. If you are working, make sure you take a lunch break and go outside if possible and take in the fresh air.

Things To Do To Beat Those January Blues

  • Get as much daylight as possible
  • Exercise regularly
  • Take up a hobby/do something new
  • Connect with people
  • Eat healthily
  • Take time out for you
  • Create a work/life balance

Regular Exercise And A Healthy Diet

Exercising regularly is a great way to improve your health and wellbeing and to adjust your mood. This doesn’t actually mean going to the gym or running miles, as a brisk walk will work wonders. Consider your diet carefully as your mood will certainly improve by eating fruit, vegetables, pulses, fish and nuts and it’s a good idea to avoid junk food and foods that contain too much sugar.

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Try Reflexology

Reflexology is a non-invasive treatment to promote better health and wellbeing and it is completely tailored to your requirements. It helps to restore the natural balance to your body and is about your diet and digestion, skincare, and anxiety or stress levels. Most people find it a way to relax and a way to help deal with the stresses and strains of everyday life. Reflexology really is a great way of making time for you, and for beating the January blues and clearing the mind.

Remember Spring Is Just Around The Corner!

What To Do Next

If you would like to try reflexology, call Jane at Calm Therapy on 07734 695964 to book an assessment session and consultation where Jane will look at elements of your life including exercise, nutrition and your lifestyle. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and talk through any issues so that an assessment can be made. A bespoke treatment plan aimed at supporting you and your unique requirements can then be set up. Call now and for more information, check out Calm Therapy on www.calmtherapy.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Feeling Stressed – Why Not Treat Yourself Or Family And Friends To Reflexology?

Life in today’s modern world is hectic, and many people struggle with balancing work, families, children and relationships. In doing so, people find that they have very little or no time for themselves. If a list of priorities is created, most people don’t even include themselves on the list, and yet being a parent, pursuing a career and keeping partners happy all feature prominently. It’s accepted that stress and pressure are all part of life’s rich tapestry; things that have to be coped with, just like everything else. However, by neglecting themselves, and not recharging their batteries, life for many people becomes a perpetual struggle, with reduced energy levels and there is the genuine threat of burn out, exhaustion and illness.

Signs That You Are Neglecting Yourself

Do you ever find yourself saying?

  • I just wish I had more time for myself
  • I really don’t have time for that
  • I wish there were more hours in the day
  • I would love to have time to relax
  • I’m just so busy, I can’t fit anything else in

However, life doesn’t have to be like this! It ‘s all about giving yourself ‘me’ time, which will allow you to unwind, rejuvenate and de-stress. And as a consequence, you’ll actually start to feel a lot happier and healthier.

Creating ‘Me’ Time

It is so important to take time out for you and not to think that at some point this special time will magically appear, as it most certainly won’t. The only way to have time for yourself is to think of it as an appointment, something that you have to go to and do and something that you should do every day. There are lots of things that will just take up short periods of time and can be done from home or work including going for a walk, chatting to a friend on the telephone, or even just listening to music or reading a book.

Indulge And Try Something New

However, you could really try to be a little more adventurous and take time out for you, by indulging yourself. Have that facial that you have been promising yourself, or perhaps a manicure or pedicure. Think about complementary therapies, such as aromatherapy, massage, yoga and Reiki and reflexology.

Reflexology – The Stress – Buster

Reflexology is an alternative treatment, which has actually been around for thousands of years and has been shown to have very positive results.

  • Boosts energy levels
  • Improves circulation
  • Helps in relaxation
  • Eliminates toxins
  • Gives relief from stress and anxiety
  • Speeds up the healing process
  • Reduces the severity of headaches and migraines

Why not try reflexology without the commitment to a longer treatment plan?

Conclusion

Don’t have any feelings of guilt about taking time out for you, as it will have a massive effect on your life. Your family and friends will start to notice that you are calmer, happier and healthier with a lot more energy.

What To Do Next

Jane Long from Calm Therapy has been practising reflexology since 2003 and works from her studio in Eastbourne in East Sussex. If you would like to try this relaxing therapy or would like more information, call Jane on 07734 695964 for a without obligation chat.

With the festive season on the horizon, Calm Therapy is making your Christmas easy, so why not treat friends and family or your loved one to the perfect gift. It’s so simple to buy a voucher online and it’s a gift that is an ideal present for your mum, father, wife, husband or daughter. Why not buy one for yourself?

The Benefits Of Facial Reflexology – A Client’s Point Of View

Alison is 59 and shares her home on the beautiful seafront of Eastbourne with her wonderful cat Tilly. She has 2 grown up boys and 2 grandchildren aged 8 and 3. Alison has had a really interesting career and has no plans to retire and runs 2 very successful businesses, namely Aeracura Image, founded in 2012 where as an Image Consultant she helps women make the right clothing, style and make-up choices and she is also an independent consultant with Arbonne, the Swiss skincare and makeup company.  She admits that Aeracura started as a hobby but 6 years later, it has developed into a thriving business and as a qualified make-up and skin care consultant, she also offers expert advice on the Arbonne range of natural products. She recently sold the highly successful Natural Fitness & Therapy Centre in Eastbourne. Alison knows the importance of maintaining a work/life balance and she feels it is really important to take time out for herself and to relax, with includes indulging in a variety of therapies including reflexology.

How and when did you hear about Calm Therapy?

I actually met Jane from Calm Therapy at a networking event late last year. I’m always interested in different forms of therapy having had my own company and I’m always pleased to meet people involved in alternative therapies. I liked Jane immediately and in many respects it was a reciprocal thing. Jane was interested in my work as an Image Consultant and me in her business. It seemed natural for me to book a treatment with her and I thought I would try facial reflexology.

What prompted you to try Facial Reflexology?

If I’m completely honest, I hadn’t heard of facial reflexology before and I was keen to try it. The session was predominantly facial reflexology although we finished with some foot reflexology. I was so impressed that I booked again. Arriving for my next session, Jane asked if my medical circumstances had changed and I described that I had experienced some vertigo. This was a contraindication for facial reflexology and Jane felt the session should be reflexology on my feet. I would like to add that I was impressed with Jane’s thoroughness.

How did you feel after the Facial Reflexology?

I felt totally relaxed and calm after the session; in fact it was a really uplifting treatment and my skin felt as though it was glowing. I believe it’s known as a mini facelift and I can vouch for that and the other benefits including improved skin tone and the release of emotional stress from my face. It does have amazing benefits for the skin and promotes the production of new skin tissue and has a real facial rejuvenation effect.

Some people are sceptical about Reflexology – is there anything you would say to put their minds at ease?

Reflexology, as far as I am aware is a completely safe form of therapy and it’s worth giving it a go. I’m a firm believer in the fact that different therapies work for different people – one shoe doesn’t fit all! Many therapies have been around for 100s of years and to my knowledge there are no bad side effects with reflexology, only positive ones, so there is really no harm in giving it a go. However the guidelines I would advise are the importance of establishing a rapport with your therapist, so that you really get on with them and feel comfortable, as therapists are all so different. Make sure they are highly qualified too!

 

Why do you have reflexology sessions?

It’s time out for me; time when I can totally relax and it helps me to unwind from my busy working schedule.

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How would you describe Jane as a therapist?

She comes across as completely professional, knowledgeable and approachable. She 100% knows her stuff and I felt confident that she totally knew what she was doing and I did feel in safe hands. For starters she does a thorough check of any existing medical conditions and any thing that might prevent you having the treatment and as I described earlier, she wasn’t prepared to go ahead with something that had contraindications.

Do you like the Calm Therapy website?

I do. It is clear and easy to navigate and in a competitive business, it does make Jane stand out.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spare time? I do yoga and Pilates and fitness training. I also like to spend time with my grandchildren and friends.

Is there anything you would like to add?

I know some people hate their feet being touched, so facial reflexology could be the answer for them. I also think many women don’t take enough time out for themselves and having treats like facial reflexology is a great “stress buster”.

Thank you Alison for the interview.

Interview carried out for Calm Therapy by Writing and Blogging.

What To Do Next

Jane Long at Calm Therapy is trained in the Ziggie Bergman Method of Facial Reflexology and operates from her lovely studio in the Old Town of Eastbourne. If this is a treatment you would like to try and find out more about it, please call Jane on 07734 695964 or email jane@calmtherapy.co.uk

Calm Therapy also offers Fertility Reflexology, Pregnancy Reflexology and Reiki

 

 

 

 

Facial Reflexology – Health Benefits And Facial Skin Rejuvenation

Reflexology is more commonly associated with the feet and hands but the same results can be achieved through facial reflexology. Some people just don’t like their hands and in particular their feet being touched and if you are one of them, facial reflexology may be the perfect way of enjoying this relaxing, calming and invigorating treatment.

Health Benefits And Skin Rejuvenation

In our last blog, Calm Therapy examined the vagus nerve and how stimulation can improve certain conditions including headaches, migraines, anxiety and poor blood circulation and this article expands on this explaining how this nerve can be stimulated by facial reflexology and it also looks at the benefits in regard to health issues and facial skin rejuvenation.

What Is Facial Reflexology?

The face maps the whole of the body with different facial zones connecting to the various vital organs including the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, colon, bladder and stomach. In this type of therapy, the focus is on the pressure points located on the face, which are stimulated by fingers and hands to restore energy and balance. The face is very close to the brain and cranial nerves making this type of reflexology extremely powerful.

Facial Benefits

  • Improved facial tone and texture
  • Tightening of the skin
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Firms facial muscles
  • Reduces puffiness
  • Promotes a glowing and radiant complexion
  • Tightens drooping jowls and sagging eyelids

Facial reflexology is rejuvenating for the skin in terms of its tone and texture. It can bring a really healthy glow to your complexion making you look much healthier and younger. Circulation is improved and muscle tension is reduced which results in the face looking smoother which is accompanied by a sense of wellbeing as it relieves tension, not only in the face but in the neck, scalp, brain and shoulders. Many people describe it as a mini facelift.

Facial Reflexology Can Help With The Following Health Issues 

  • Stress and anxiety levels
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • Infertility
  • Allergies and sinusitis/congestion
  • Menopause and hormonal issues
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Asthma
  • Muscular aches and pains

It can lower stress and anxiety levels as well as accelerating and improving injury healing. It also promotes better sleep patterns and relieves mental strain and improves concentration.

Facial Reflexology And the Vagus Nerve

The vagus nerve can be stimulated by facial reflexology by massage along the carotid sinus, which can be found along the carotid arteries on both sides of the neck. Massage techniques include effleurage, which are stroking movements before the deeper tissue work using petrissage on the shoulders.

What To Do Next

Jane Long from Calm Therapy trained with Ziggie Bergman and now practises the Bergman Method of Facial Reflexology from her studio in Eastbourne in East Sussex. If you would like to try this relaxing therapy or would like more information, call Jane on 07734 695964 for a without obligation chat.

Stimulating The Vagus Nerve With Reflexology

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The vagus nerve is a nerve that many people don’t realise they have and if you are in that scenario, you certainly are not alone. However, it is the longest nerve in the body and originates in the brain, travelling down from the neck from where it passes around the digestive system, heart, lungs, spleen, liver and pancreas. It is important that this nerve is stimulated in order to tone and strengthen it, as this will ultimately improve a person’s health and wellbeing.

In the latest blog from Calm Therapy, based in Eastbourne in East Sussex, we look at how working on the pressure points associated with the vagus nerve during reflexology may help with digestive issues, stress and anxiety and bring a sense of calm, as well as giving pain relief, although it must be stressed that reflexology is not a cure for any disorder and it cannot be used in the diagnosis of any physical issues.

What Is The Vagus Nerve?

First things first, just a little more detail about the vagus nerve. It is the body’s major parasympathetic nerve and is a bundle of motor and sensory fibres that link the brain stem to the heart, gut and lungs. Vagus is actually Latin for “wandering” and as the nerve wanders through your system, it sends out fibres from your brain stem to your organs interacting with the liver, spleen, gall bladder, ureter, female fertility organs, neck, ears, tongue and kidneys.

This certainly adds up to it being an extremely important nerve, which controls unconscious functions of the body as well as aiding food digestion, keeping the heart rate steady and supporting breathing and sweating. That’s quite impressive so far, and the list goes on to include regulating blood pressure and blood glucose balance, helping the kidneys to function as well as being important in fertility issues. It is therefore quite clear that the vagus nerve is critical for optimal health irrespective of your issues.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Can Help With:

  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Heart conditions
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Tinnitus
  • Migraines

Looking After Your Vagus Nerve With Reflexology

There are many techniques used to stimulate the vagus nerve including positive social relationships, laughing, yoga, meditation, exercise, breathing slowly and deeply, massage and reflexology. The vagus nerve is directly affected during a reflexology session, which is not surprising as there are more nerves in the feet per square inch than any other part of the body. Reflexology will help to slow the heart rate, improve digestion, lower blood pressure and promote relaxation. The feet have various vagus nerve reflexes and reflexology stimulates these areas, thus increasing the nerve’s activity. Oxytocin is released promoting relaxation, healthy digestion and also a sense of wellbeing.

Conclusion

Lack of stimulation of the vagus nerve can impact on your health and when it is not working optimally, problems such as anxiety, tinnitus, depression, weight gain, and irritable bowel syndrome may occur. Hands-on healing can help to stimulate the vagus nerve including massage, particularly reflexology.

What To Do Next

Jane from Calm Therapy belongs to the Association Of Reflexologists and the Federation Of Holistic Therapists and adheres to their strict standards to provide professional treatments. If you are interested in reflexology sessions to stimulate your vagus nerve in order to help with digestion, stress and anxiety, please call Jane on 07734 695964 for a without obligation chat. Jane is a fully qualified therapist, experienced at stimulating the vagus nerve with this safe treatment.

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