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.

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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How Reflexology Can Help Improve Your Sleep.

Do You Have Trouble Falling Asleep or Waking in The Night?
Do You Feel Lethargic and in Need of more energy in the Mornings?

Then try Reflexology.

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It’s a fact; we all need a good nights sleep and you will regularly hear me say “Sleep is the best remedy”.

Sleep patterns can be disrupted for many reasons including stress, depression, side effects of medication, pain or indigestion.

Lack of sleep can lead to weight gain, poor concentration, greater risk of heart disease and stroke, hormone imbalances, mood swings  and depression.

How Can Reflexology Help?

Reflexology is a deeply relaxing, non-invasive therapy.
The treatments aim to reduce symptoms of physical and emotional stress which can manifest in many ways. A full treatment may release stress, anxiety and tension. This in turn may boost your energy levels.  Treating yourself to regular Reflexology aims to promote good health, emotional wellbeing and vitality.
Most importantly, Reflexology is a therapy that ANYONE can enjoy.

Benefits of Reflexology:

  • Release your tension
  • Improve your sleep
  • Improve your moods
  • Increase your wellbeing

Stimulating points including the spine, especially the neck and shoulders, the diaphragm and lungs.  Hormone reflexes including pituitary, hypothalamus, adrenals and then the solar plexus, all help to aid a better nights sleep.

Self Help Tips For Better Sleep.

  • Don’t eat after 7pm and eat a light evening meal.
  • No Caffeine after 4pm
  • No Drinks at all after 7pm
  • No Screens including mobile phones or tablets after 8pm
  • Don’t watch the News Channels after 9pm
  • Try reading before bed
  • Meditate for 10 mins per day.
  • Visualise and focus on the positive moments of your day.
  • Soak In The Bath.
  • Exercise during the day, brisk walk or even a light jog!

You could ask a friend or partner to give you some Hand Reflexology.
Click on this AOR YouTube Hand Reflexology link from the Association Of Reflexologists about Hand Reflexology tips to aid a better nights sleep.

Book your appointment today with Jane at Calm Therapy Reflexology

Phone: 07734 695 964
Email: jane@calmtherapy.co.uk
Website: Calm Therapy Reflexology
Facebook: www.facebook.com/calmtherapyeastbourne

Sleep Well!

 

 

Sukshma Marma Therapy with Marek

This Marek Lorys.  He is a qualified practitioner of Sukshma Marma Therapy.  I first met Marek at a networking meeting in Eastbourne where we began to chat about his work.  It was on our second meeting that we agreed to swap treatments.  So on a drizzly day in December, I drove over to Newhaven to visit Marek in his studio at the end of his garden.  I was greeted warmly and as we chatted, Marek started to build up a case history for me.  He then explained exactly what the therapy is and what will happen during the treatment.

Sukshma Marma Therapy is the art of treating very special vital points on the human body, and is one of the greatest healing secrets of Ayurveda. It can be used to detoxify the body, to strengthen and revitalise, for rejuvenation and relaxation, and to release blocked energy.
Through these energy points we can stimulate the function of internal organs, strengthen self-healing power, and harmonize mind and body. We can improve eyesight, balance the digestive system, alleviate headaches, reduce tension, and alleviate or cure many everyday complaints.
For the treatment, I had to undress down to my underwear and lie on a treatment couch, face down.  Marek began the treatment by applying light pressure to specific points including, he base of my skull, back and lower back.  I then turned over for the treatment to continue.  During this session alot of thoughts ran through my mind as if I was processing them. I felt most relaxed when Marek applied the pressure to my hands, feet and lower back. By the end of the treatment I had entered into a light dose and could barely wake to get myself of the couch!  After the treatment I felt quite alert, energized and able to get on with my day.
Marek is a lovely, kind and warm character.  He spends one month a year in America meditating…..how cool is that!??!
This picture below is the view from Mareks Studio.
For further information or to contact Marek please visit his website: