Firsts Before Fifty!

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2022!

The year where we can start over and make the most of life. What do you really want to do….who do you really want to be? It’s a time for New Years Resolutions, but maybe there is another way you can look at making a fresh start to the New Year…..

I visited my dad over the Christmas break. He is retired, loves to bake and it’s something we enjoy chatting about. He offered me some of his home made Christmas cake which tasted great! It got me thinking….I’ve always wanted to make a Christmas cake but I’ve never made the time. Planning out from the early stages of soaking the ingredients to the baking and icing at the end. Then it occurred to me, I should do it this year! And this year of all years as I will be turning 50 in September….and what about all the other things I’ve always wanted to do but never got round to doing……… why don’t I start a list of my “Firsts Before Fifty!” My list is small for now but it has plenty of time to grow!

Guess what was first on my list of Firsts………..?

A January dip in the sea

…….taking a winter dip in the sea! I’ve wanted to do this for so long. For the last three years I have been taking cold showers to prepare…..but enough of preparation! It’s time to start being the way I want to be.

I joined a local group called the Pevensey Plungers. The swim was amazing, meeting new people and becoming part of a community was great. I shall certainly do it again.

Is there something you have to wanted to do but never got round to it? It doesn’t have to be anything grand or BIG, perhaps something you could make the time for? You never know what more it could bring into your life…..I’d love to know.

By the way……I will make the Christmas Cake. Its just a bit too early in the year to start now!

Any recipes or tips are most welcome.

You can connect with me on Instagram @calm_therapy_reflexology

Have a great day!

Are You Dreaming of A “Green” Christmas…..?

What does Christmas mean to you?

Connecting with loved ones?

Decorating your home and enjoying festivities?

Buying gifts and presents for everyone to enjoy?

How can we do this in an environmentally friendly way?

The COP26 conference took place last month with a strong message that we all have to be responsible for the health and wellbeing of our planet.

So with Christmas being the biggest spending spree of the year…..why not take time to plan your festive celebrations?

Discover how you can reduce your carbon foot print whilst being kinder to yourself and the planet.

Before making any changes to big family traditions, gather your loved ones, have a conversation about why you would want to “Go Greener” this Christmas.   

Check in that everyone is onboard with a newer version of Christmas to avoid disappointment during the festive season and the BIG day itself.

Here are some tips to help you on your way!

Buy Less Food

According to the Soil Association, “food is the single most important, everyday way for people to reduce their own environmental impact”.
Buy food with less packaging.  
Buy organic meat to avoid intensively farmed produce. 
If you cook too much, prepare to store, freeze or share with a neighbour.

Use recyclable Wrapping

Use brown paper, tied with string or ribbon.
Add foliage from the garden or create your own stamps.
It brings an understated elegant look.

Eco Friendly Tree

Buy and FSC approved Christmas Tree
Buy from a local trader to reduce carbon foot print.
Once Christmas is over take it to a recycling centre where it can be shredded and reused for local bark and clippings.

Xmas Crackers

Invest in reusable Christmas crackers. 
You can replenish them yourself each year with plastic free gifts.

Gifts

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Trauma and Reflexology

Trauma can come about in many ways.  It can be the result of being involved in an accident, having gone through a major medical procedure, a sudden, dramatic change in your personal or working life. It can also come upon you unexpectedly.  Perhaps current circumstances in your life have triggered past painful memories bringing the feeling of trauma to the surface.  

We also have the current climate to deal with.  We’ve spent the last couple of years wrapped in uncertainty during covid times with lockdowns, job insecurity, loneliness and possible ill health for ourselves and our loved ones.

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What is Trauma?

Trauma is the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope, causes feelings of helplessness, diminishes their sense of self and their ability to feel the full range of emotions and experiences.

How Can Reflexology Help?

I regularly see clients who have been affected by trauma. Whilst talking therapy is very important, I also feel it is very important to calm the body and mind.
Reflexology, helps to release tension.  During a session, I look for where you are holding your stress and tension.  I look for your response as I access it through the reflex points.

Encouraging you to enter a deep state of calm and relaxation is when your body begins to heal.  It begins to throw out all the negativity, emotionally and physically.

Would you like to know how Reflexology can support you?  Please call Jane on 07734 695 964 or email jane@calmtherapy.co.uk to discover more.

Menopause…….how can Reflexology help?

Menopause….it’s a hot topic these days.  

Some breeze through it and others can feel like their world is falling apart.  That’s not surprising when you read the list below of physical and emotional symptoms that menopause can bring.

  • Hot flushes
  • Night sweats 
  • Low libido
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Aching joints
  • Weight gain
  • Drier skin
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hair loss
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Forgetfulness
  • Loss of confidence
  • Low self esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Tearfulness

No wonder this can be such a tough time for so many women.

So what is Menopause?

Menopause is the stage of life when your body will begin to change as it goes beyond its child bearing years. 

Your oestrogen levels decline, your ovaries are running out of egg cells leading to the change in hormonal balance and the lining of your womb becomes thinner, leading to a change in your menstrual cycle and reduced periods.

The symptoms in the list above can be very debilitating but there are lifestyle changes that can be made to relieve the symptoms. These include changes to your diet, exercise and awareness of your wellbeing. All are super important in supporting you during your menopause years.  

Awareness is increasing but there is more to achieve in allowing women to talk without shame; without feeling ignored or dismissed when they try to express what is happening to them.

Ways to nurture yourself through menopause

We could view the menopause as a transition into the next phase of life that women experience. It’s the phase when you look within, nurture and reconnect with your body before progressing into the next chapter.

Different ways to nurture yourself through menopause can include any of the following”-

  • Eat more wholesome foods
  • Reduce your intake of sugar, caffeine, alcohol and carbohydrates which can be hormone disruptors
  • Take part in exercise classes. There are many targeted to women who are experiencing similar symptoms
  • Join a women’s group that will allow you to share your experiences and ways to alleviate the symptoms
  • Discuss your symptoms with your GP as they may be able to offer supportive remedies

Davina MccCall’s channel 4 programme Sex, Myths and Menopause highlighted that the NHS and GPs are moving forward to bring better care for menopausal women and covered many useful hints and tips. It’s well worth a watch – both for menopausal women and for partners, family members or friends that are close to a woman experiencing the menopause.

How can Reflexology help menopausal women?

Reflexology is a deeply relaxing, non-invasive therapy, based on the theory that the foot provides a map for the rest of the body.  It uses the technique of applying general pressure to the reflexes on the feet and hands. You will experience a deep sense of calm and relaxation during your Reflexology session which will encourage a state of balance and wellbeing to combat the effects of the menopause and help provide the following:-

  • Improved mood
  • Boost to your immune system
  • Better sleep
  • Enhanced wellbeing
  • Boost to energy levels

There are specific reflexology sequences that focus on the hormone and reproductive areas. A small study that was held by the Association of Reflexologists invited 6 menopausal women to receive one treatment per week over 6 weeks. At the end of the study, the women were asked if any of their symptoms had improved and the following results had been achieved:-

Symptoms improved by

  • 66% for Menstrual problems  
  • 57% for Hot flushes  
  • 71% for Mood swing severity  
  • 505 for Insomnia  
  • 66% for Headaches  
  • 80% for Fatigue severity  
  • 66% for Forgetfulness  

Feedback included:

  • “I felt really good and very at peace after each session”
  • “I believe the treatment has ‘toned down’ the general range of symptoms and made them more manageable…..it felt very beneficial”
  • “Hot flushes reduced in severity and frequency, thereby reduced feelings of being overwhelmed by the changes in my body.  I therefore felt in control again, able to cope and enjoy my life”

Whilst this is a small uncontrolled study, it does suggest that both the severity and frequency of a range of symptoms associated with the menopause can benefit from a course of reflexology treatments.

If you are experiencing menopausal symptoms and would like to discuss how reflexology could alleviate your particular symptoms please call for an initial assessment. Call Jane Long at Calm Therapy on 07734 695 964 or email jane@calmtherapy.co.uk

Calm Therapy … supporting women through menopause.

Staying Connected

Firstly,  I hope you are all safe and healthy.

What can I say…the world is a different place.  The Covid-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it. 

We are now in lockdown and are very aware about social distancing.
For me, this feels a hard concept to grasp.  It is very necessary, but we need human contact to survive and thrive.

So I have found myself in a new role of bringing people together online.

I have created a Youtube channel called Conversations with Calm Therapy.

 

I have been interviewing Complementary Therapists and Business Advisors.

This keeps us as business owners connected and present online.
It also offers you, the viewer ways to cope with sudden change, release ourselves from fear and how to move forward.  I also ask each guest to suggest any useful activities we can do whilst we are in lockdown.

So far I have interviewed:

Parenting consultant & Family Relationship Coach
Breath Work Facilitator
Business Strategist
Stress Management & Laughter Specialist
Business Mentor
Shamanic Healer & Story Teller

and there are more to come….

This is useful information service for you.  Each guest answers 3 set questions from their area of expertise.  I hope they will help if you are facing difficulties during time this time of change.

Subscribe to my Youtube channel to see latest videos to inspire you.

Stay healthy everyone.