Hibernation and Winter Wellness

Have you been hit with flu like symptoms this month?  Do you feel like you are being forced to slow it right down?  Do you feel like sleeping MOST of the time? This could be natures way of showing you that February is the month of hibernation.

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I’ve had no energy, I felt completely lethargic and I had no appetite to eat anything nourishing or tasty.  I just wanted to sleep.   I’ve experienced this horrid cold that seems to be doing the rounds and I felt truly awful and down in the dumps.  Until I realised that this is probably what I needed at the moment.  This is a time for me to stop and let everything around me stop.  It felt like I was walking through thick mud each time I tried to be proactive and push myself into work or anything active.

So instead, I ate lots of marmite on toast…because that’s what I was craving!  I took several slow and short walks by the sea.  I had no desire or energy to go pounding up the hilly South Downs.

I also booked in for my Reflexology session where I experienced my feeling of restorative wellbeing.  This is what I need at this time of hibernation.  Even though I still feel the need to keep things slow, my lethargy has lifted and I feel brighter within myself.

After having Reflexology, I feel clearer in my mind and I think about what other simple self care rituals I can do for myself.   I take a bath with Geranium and Orange foam oil.  I read, I listen to pod casts, I lie back and visualise how I want things to be when my energy does return.  I make a tasty curry,  I spend time huddled next to my kids and tell them that I love them.  These are all small things but they go a long way to helping me feel well and clear the way for spring.  I feel more alive and able to get things done.

St. Valentines Day, not only a day to remind us to show love to each other, but to remind us to show love to ourselves.  Self care is as important as the care that we show to others.

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I feel that St. Valentines Day is perfectly placed in what I think is the harshest month of the year.  Even though the days are getting brighter, we are still in the depths of winter and the weather can certainly show its darker stormy side.  It’s a day to brighten up an otherwise dark month.  The origins of St. Valentines day are from the Romans.  They had a festival called Lupercalia in the middle of February – officially the start of their springtime.

So if you are feeling low and lethargic during this slow time of year, look to the small things that make you feel happy and well.

Book yourself in for a Reflexology treatment, to help improve your wellbeing, you will feel brighter and lighter.  Make Reflexology part of your self care routine.

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

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

 

 

 

 

Reflexology During Pregnancy – A Therapist’s View

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2 Babies – 2 Very Different Scenarios

Jane Long has been practising reflexology since 2003 and now has her own successful business, Calm Therapy in Eastbourne, East Sussex. This wonderful seaside town is where Jane grew up although she did spend 23 years in London prior to returning in 2014. She has 2 children, Dylan 12 and Mia who is 10 and home is shared with 2 gorgeous female guinea pigs, Lemon and Peanut. In London she worked in retail before moving into the music industry. At one point she was working, training to be a reflexologist as well as trying for a baby. This was certainly a stressful time and she found that reflexology was a treatment that helped her relax and unwind. She didn’t see the music business as a long-term career and made the decision that she wanted her own reflexology business and you could say, the rest is history!

Writing and Blogging was delighted to be invited to interview “the boss” to find out more about the differences between her two pregnancies and the impact that reflexology had.

During your first pregnancy, you had reflexology – can you tell us more?

Basically, I had reflexology throughout my first pregnancy, which I found very supportive and calming. Initially the sessions were every 2 weeks and then weekly, the closer it came to my due date. However I did experience a lot of discomfort, as I had a big baby weighing in at 9½ pounds. I also had morning sickness and found that the reflexology had a really calming effect; it did seem to sedate those hormone surges, which made me nauseous. Towards the end of the pregnancy, my hips ached a lot due to the pressure of the big baby I was carrying, but again the aches subsided after a reflexology treatment. Dylan arrived bang on his due date without any “priming for labour” techniques.

However, you chose not to have reflexology during your second pregnancy. Was there any particular reason for that?

It was really due to a lack of support. I fell pregnant forthe second time really quickly and with the problems I had had conceiving Dylan, I wasn’t expecting that. I was now pregnant again, was working and also had a 1 year old with little help with childcare. There really was little time for me!

So, no reflexology, what was the outcome?

Consequently, without the reflexology, I had a very uncomfortable, unsettled time throughout my whole pregnancy. My sickness continued for 5 months, which was extremely exhausting.The pregnancy was also very uncomfortable. My baby wriggled endlessly and the pressure on my digestive system and lower regions made me very miserable.

You were told to expect a big baby?

Towards the end of my second pregnancy, I was told by the midwives to expect a big baby as they thought that my baby was 7½ pounds at 36 weeks. This filled me with dread and bought back memories of the birth of my first child. As I said, Dylan was 9½ pounds and he arrived on his due date and I listened with a sense of dread as the midwives suggested that I would have a 10lb baby!

What did you do?

Due to my discomfort and desire not to deliver a huge baby, I decided that after I passed 37 weeks, I would apply the “Priming for labour” techniques to myself seeing as I am trained in Maternity Reflexology. So I sat on the couch and on and off over two or three days I worked specific reflex points and sure enough I went into labour at 37 weeks and 5 days.

How did this make you feel?

After delivering Mia I was overjoyed and relieved not to be pregnant any more. This was only because I had been so uncomfortable throughout my pregnancy.

Were there any negatives?

The real negative was that my baby did not look very happy at all when she arrived. She looked very red for the first few days and slept nearly all the time for the first couple of weeks after birth. Also for the first year of her life she never ever smiled! I can really describe her as a “grumpy” baby. Looking back on this experience, I may have been more than ready to deliver my baby, but my baby wasn’t ready to come into the world, even though she was very big in size.

With hindsight, what would you have done differently?

Yes, hindsight is a wonderful thing! What I should have done is have regular reflexology sessions throughout my second pregnancy to support and relax me and to keep me calm through my various uncomfortable times. Consequently, I may have been more comfortable towards the end of the pregnancy and been able to wait a little longer before feeling the need to deliver. I also think I would have had a clearer mind and have been able to make better decisions.

Why do you think it’s important to tell your story?

I do tell my personal story to my clients who are pregnant, as I hope it will make them think twice about what they are asking for. I try to make them aware that even though reflexology can be a powerful treatment during pregnancy, it is always best to wait for the right time for your baby to arrive. Even if it seems the right time for mum, baby may not be ready and sometimes, as long as your care team are happy, it may be the right thing to let your pregnancy go over 40 weeks.

Also I can vouch from personal experience the supportive benefits you gain from receiving reflexology throughout pregnancy. My 2 pregnancies really highlight this. If you are suffering with nausea, backache or SPD like I was, weekly treatments will support you until you feel better and more balanced. If you are having a glowing pregnancy, it’s not necessaryto come every week, but just as and when it fits into your life style. I would recommend 4 – 6 weekly sessions as you approach your due date. This is a wonderful way to bond with your baby and prepare you for birth.

Thank you Jane for the interview.

What To Do Next

If you would like to learn more about how reflexology can help you through your pregnancy, call Calm Therapy on 07734 695964. Jane is a fully qualified therapist, experienced at helping expectant mums with this safe treatment.You may want to read our interviews with 2 expectant mums Emily and Sarah, who Calm Therapy helped through their pregnancies.
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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.

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.