Fertility Issues? Why Not Try Reflexology?

Sarah is 31 years old and lives with her husband of 2 years in East Sussex. At the moment, home is shared with their pet cat and they spend many a weekend walking the family dog in the countryside. Sarah is a secondary school teacher and head of faculty at the school, which is a job that she really enjoys but it is not without its stressful times due to the heavy workload and the pressures associated with middle management.

The couple wanted to start a family but Sarah was having fertility issues, and so she started looking into alternative therapies.

 How did you hear about reflexology at Calm Therapy?

It was my mum actually who shared a link to the CalmTherapy website. It was at a time when I was looking for alternative therapies to support poor sleep, stress and fertility difficulties. My mum came across this when she was researching ways to help me with these issues. I decided to get in touch with Jane at Calm Therapy and give it a go.

 Can you tell us more about the issues you were experiencing?

Yes. I have had thyroid and hormone balance problems and at that time my periods were very irregular and sometimes I could go for 6 months between cycles. For a long time, I have also struggled with getting a good night’s sleep, as there is always a lot on my mind and of course the stress of my job was contributing to this.

 Had you tried reflexology before?

No. I booked in with Jane and it was my very first experience of reflexology and I have to say I was completely hooked after my very first treatment.

What initially happened at your reflexology sessions?

At each session, Jane would discuss where I was within my menstrual cycle and would avoid certain pressure points and would consequently work on others. Jane also applied pressure on points linked to the thyroid and did hormone-balancing treatments. After each treatment she would discuss things she had noticed, which I found really interesting and quite often she could spot how I was feeling.

How did reflexology make you feel?

I found the sessions so relaxing and peaceful that I booked regularly and I started to look forward to them each week. Following each session, I felt a lot calmer and often I had an improved night’s sleep. Jane also used a few firm movements on certain pressure points that worked a couple of times to bring on my cycle. As I said before, I was actually having fertility issues and was hoping reflexology would help. I am delighted to say I am currently 8 months pregnant.

 Have you continued with reflexology during your pregnancy?

Yes, I have and I have had a treatment almost every week. In a busy week, it gives me the chance to take an hour for myself to unwind and I come away feeling lighter and more relaxed.

Are the reflexology sessions adapted because of your pregnancy?

There are again certain points Jane works on and others she avoids due to the pregnancy, although she still continues with the hormone balance work and relaxation treatment. As I now have some water retention due to spending a lot of time on my feet and the heat, she has also been able to work on lymphatic draining around my ankles. As my bump has grown, Jane has accommodated this by changing the therapy table positions and getting a large V shaped cushion to make me more comfortable. I find the treatments blissful!

Some people are a bit sceptical about alternative therapies such as reflexology. Is there anything you could say to put their minds at ease?

Fopeople who are sceptical and unsure about reflexology, I can only talk about it from my own personal point of view, but I believe it has had a very positive affect on my wellbeing and hey, you have nothing to lose in giving it a go!

People might be interested to know that I struggle to stay awake during treatments now as I relax so much, which is pretty unheard of for me! Jane begins by talking me into a session using breathing techniques, which continues through the relaxation phase. I now use these techniques at home to help me to stay calm.

How do you find Jane as a therapist?

She is very knowledgeable, supportive and friendly. She takes a genuine interest in how things are going in my day-to-day life and she is very easy to talk to.

What do you think of Calm Therapy’s website?

It’s really informative and easy to navigate. It has all of Jane’s contact details and when I did get in touch, she was quick to respond. I actually talked to her on the phone about how the therapy could support the areas I wanted to focus on. It wasn’t pushy and there was no hard sell to make me make an appointment!

 Is there anything else you would like to add?

Just to say, I would highly recommend reflexology treatments to anyone, perhaps if people are having any fertility issues or are feeling uncomfortable during their pregnancy. I’ve enjoyed my therapy sessions so much that I have convinced my mum to go along to Calm Therapy regularly now too!

 Thank you Sarah for the interview.

Pregnancy Reflexology – Don’t Leave It Until The Baby Is Almost Due

There are many women, when baby is overdue who will literally resort to anything to induce the baby and looking at complimentary therapies seems to be an option. As a reflexologist with over 15 years of experience, I know that many babies have been born within hours following one of my Pregnancy Reflexology sessions. Mums are naturally overjoyed that their baby has finally arrived and although I share their delight, it always crosses my mind that reflexology is a therapy that these expectant mums could have been enjoying throughout the whole term of their pregnancy as a preparation for the birth.

Natural Solutions To Help Physical, Emotional and Mental Changes

Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life with the anticipation of the impending joy that the birth will bring, but the emotional, physical and mental changes can be tough on women and many experience uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms including fatigue, cramping, constipation and water retention. Many women turn to natural solutions including reflexology to help alleviate some of the symptoms, as few would resort to medication, which could be harmful to the growing foetus.

Reflexology – Helping Expectant Mothers Adjust To Hormonal Changes

Reflexology aims at bringing balance and harmony to the body and can help your body adjust to the major hormonal changes that it is experiencing, being one of the most relaxing therapies you can have during pregnancy. It is completely safe and uses various manual techniques to access and affect the whole body through the feet and regular treatments will provide you with the physical, emotional and mental support you need.

Benefits of Reflexology During Pregnancy

  • Provides deep relaxation
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves sleep
  • Relieves constipation
  • Reduces bloating
  • Relieves muscle aches and pains
  • Reduce swelling in legs and ankles

Reflexology Is Beneficial Throughout Pregnancy

So, don’t just wait for the reflex on the foot to be pressed to start labour, as baby will only arrive when it is ready and feels it is safe to do so. Think of yourself and your baby and enjoy reflexology throughout your pregnancy so that you are more relaxed and less anxious for when this very special moment of your life arrives. Regular reflexology could make you feel better and happier and will provide a nurturing and comforting environment for not only you as a mother, but your baby too.

What To Do Next

Jane from Calm Therapy is a mother of 2 children and belongs to the Association Of Reflexologists and Federation Of Holistic Therapists and adheres to their strict standards to provide treatments and a professional service. If you are interested in reflexology sessions during your pregnancy, call Jane on 07734 695964 for a without obligation chat. She will ask about your health and your pregnancy so that any sessions can be adapted to your situation and symptoms. Jane is a fully qualified therapist, experienced at helping expectant mums with this safe treatment.

 

 

Reflexology & Hayfever

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An excellent way to relieve those tell tale signs of HAYFEVER

Are you looking forward to summer or are you one of many preparing to battle the symptoms of hayfever?  Does constant sneezing, runny/blocked nose, red, watery, itchy eyes and an associated itchy throat sound familiar?  Then you are one of 2 to 3 million people in Britain who live with hay fever every year.

Many resort to taking antihistamines, nasal sprays containing steroids or eye drops to combat these symptoms. The side effects of some medicines can leave you feeling quite lethargic…..is this really the way you imagined summer….?

Jane Long MAR may help such people with Reflexology.  According to Reflexologists, the feet and hands are a mirror of the body.  Pressure placed on specific reflex points can be used to treat corresponding areas of the body. It stimulates natural healing powers and promotes well being. A truly relaxing treatment!

Hay fever can occur at different times of year as different pollens are present and thus the time that you are affected depends on the pollen to which you are allergic. Other factors which may aggravate the situation are the weather and the air quality.

Hay fever often runs in families, and is also related to asthma and eczema. It is quite common to find a family with some members with asthma, some with hay fever, and some with eczema. Any individual might have more than one of these conditions.

Many people just get by and put up with hay fever symptoms.  Some are now finding Reflexology help’s ease symptoms while coming for their regular wellness sessions.

As a REFLEXOLOGIST, Jane Long has worked with several people to help alleviate hay fever symptoms at her clinic. 

Karen from Kilburn says….

“I have suffered with hayfever since my teens. I had been seeing Jane at least once a month to help me with an unrelated matter.  Then August came.  Every August there is one particular plant in bloom and it gets me every time!  My eyes began to water and the irritation and swollen feeling in my nose was unbearable.  This was a really inconvenient as I was working as a stylist on a BBC drama and the pressure was on – I had loads of work to do.   I visited Jane at her clinic and told her about the symptoms I had.  She then went on to give me a deeply relaxing but very firm treatment.  Afterwards she told me to drink a lot of water and nettle tea and to let her know how I felt in a few days time.  The next morning I woke up with no irritation whatsoever.  I went to work which involved shopping in Oxford Street – that was bound to trigger symptoms off – but no –they had been alleviated.  I was able to get through the day without sneezing and clearing my throat – I definitely felt toxin free!  Thanks Jane

 

Benefits of Reflexology Include:

DEEP RELAXATION,

PAIN RELIEF,

STIMULATING CIRCULATION,

BOOSTING ENERGY LEVELS,

ASSISTING WITH TO REMOVE THE BODY OF TOXINS CAUSED BY DAILY POLLUTION 

STIMULATING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.

Top Tips for Hay Fever Sufferers:

Drink Nettle tea. 
It is known as a detox tea.
Take a spoonful of local honey.
It is produced with local pollen, it can boost your immune system.
Take a shower before bed each night. 
It removes any pollen you may have picked up during the day.
Ask your Reflexologist for some Hand Reflexology tips.
Self care is always a good option.

Hayfever only requires 1 to 2 treatments within a week to get an initial response.  There after it is always good to come for weekly for a treatment and then once every 4 to 6 weeks as reflexology is not only a deeply relaxing and enjoyable treatment, it can give you a real sense of energy and vitality too.  Reflexology is about releasing tension, stress and experiencing a deep sense of calm and relaxation.  Once you are in that state of relaxation, symptoms of a variety of conditions may reduce. 

To book your Reflexology session with Jane, please call 07734 695 964, email jane@calmtherapy.co.uk or visit www.calmtherapy.co.uk.

Jane offers a course of 6 sessions for the price of 5 as well as individual sessions.

 

Sleep Is The Best Remedy

March is National Bed Month.  This is the perfect time to become more aware about your sleep patterns and discover how they can affect your health and wellbeing.

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In my opinion, sleep IS the best remedy.  My children hear this all the time.  When ever one of them pipes up that they don’t feel well, I simply tell them they need to sleep!

Benefits of a good nights sleep include:

  • Improved memory.
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and other life threatening illnesses.
  • Lowers your stress levels.
  • Improves your mental health and reduces the chance of depression.
  • Your body is repairing itself while you sleep.

If you are having trouble sleeping, try some of these tips.

  • Switch off all technology two hours before you go to bed.
  • Notice what you eat and try to eat a lighter meal before 6pm.
  • Notice your breathing.  Try regular, gentle breaths to calm your system.
  • Book yourself in for some Calm Therapy Reflexology for a deep sense of relaxation.

For more information about your sleep patterns visit the Sleep Council website.

Jane has been a Reflexologist for 15 years and is experienced with helping people with stress and anxiety.  She also works with Maternity clients.

To make a booking please visit www.calmtherapy.co.uk, email jane@calmtherapy.co.uk or call 07734 695 964.

 

How Reflexology Helps People Experiencing Stress and Anxiety

I am treating more and more clients for stress and anxiety in my Reflexology clinic.

Many have been signed off work to try and recover.  Some are on medication and others are not.  Some have emotionally “cut them selves off”. They cannot say how they feel.  The best way some of my clients can describe how they feel is “vacant”, “empty” or “numb”.

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So what happens when you book into visit to Calm Therapy Reflexology? 

Firstly, I talk with my clients and ask a few general health questions.  By listening to them I can get a better understanding of where their energy is blocked or stagnated and needs releasing.  The body is reflected on a Reflexology map and is based on the foot along 10 longitudinal lines. So I can then give a treatment specific to their needs.

When the Reflexology session begins, I make sure they are comfortably lying on their back on the treatment couch.  If someone is highly stressed, I can encourage them to be more aware of their breathing.  I then start the Reflexology with ALOT of relaxation techniques and then continue to give an hour long session.  During this hour, all my client can do is lie there and receive the treatment.  This is a massive part of the therapy.  People who are highly stressed are not used to giving themselves time out and receiving.  They are usually the ones giving away all their reserves and energy, whether it be at work or home life.  They may even have experienced a recent trauma.   Reflexology releases a lot of stress and tension during the session and I notice a real positive difference in my clients demeanour as they come to the end of their hour.

This is a brilliant summary by Lynn Booth, the creator of Vertical Reflex Therapy.

“Reflexologists are trained to help balance the mind and body and to maintain this state of homeostasis the body needs to run smoothly. When there is a malfunction in the body it is thrown off balance. Reflexology helps to sustain a natural equilibrium in every gland, organ, muscle, tissue and cell in the body through stimulation of pressure points, called reflexes on the hands and feet.”

People who live with stress and anxiety experience a lot of tension in the upper part of their body, head, neck shoulders and digestive areas.  So this is why Reflexology is so good for this condition.  Treating the feet is encouraging their energy to flow more freely all around their body.  Touching the feet helps them to feel grounded.  I have previously posted links to my Calm Therapy Eastbourne Facebook page about the importance of Grounding, walking bare foot and getting in touch with nature.  Getting out in the country and trips to the coast will definitely help those with stress and anxiety.

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It will take more than one Reflexology session to feel that sense of balance and wellbeing, but thats what its all about.  These symptoms relating to stress and anxiety are there to slow you down.  It’s your body telling you that it’s time for a change or to start doing things in a different way. It’s time to look at yourself and invest in yourself.  And what better way to do that then to book yourself in for some Calm Therapy Reflexology.

Jane Long MAR has 15 years experience as a Reflexologist.  She also practises Facial Reflexology and Reiki in Old Town, Eastbourne.  For more information and to get in touch with Jane please phone 07734 695 964, email jane@calmtherapy.co.uk or visit www.calmtherapy.co.uk

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