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?

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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