How Do You Keep Calm At Christmas?

Christmas is a time of fun and festive cheer!  There’s decorations to put up, gifts to wrap and Christmas day to prepare for.  Do you glide your through this Christmas season effortlessly, or do you come out the other end feeling more frazzled than the turkey on a bad day…?!

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Here are some tips to help you keep your cool.

  1. Enjoy the preparation.

There’s plenty you can do to enjoy the preparations towards Christmas.
If you shop on the high street, make sure you take some time for a coffee or some lunch during that day.   
Make putting up the tree a family occasion, or if you live alone, invite a friend over and have a sherry whilst hanging up your tinsel and baubles!
Spend an evening looking through your cook books, which recipes are your favourite and easy to make for Christmas dinner?

2.  Ask for help!

If you have too much to do, then ask for help!  Ask a friend or family member to help take on some tasks to prepare for Christmas festivities.  Perhaps they would like to join in and feel part of the preparation.

3.  Do something for someone else.

Do you have a neighbour who lives alone?  Or perhaps you have a friend who has had a difficult year?
Doing something for another person can often give you that “feel good factor” .  It may mean joining them for a cuppa for an hour.   Taking your friend out for a change of scenery could do you both the world of good.  You could visit a local Christmas market or book to see your local choir sing Christmas carols.

4.  Schedule in some ME time!

You’ve done it!  You’ve got through Christmas!  Now what about you?  Have you scheduled any time out for you?
Some Calm Therapy could be the perfect way to treat yourself after the Christmas rush.

For more information about Calm Therapy treatments or  Christmas
GIFT VOUCHERS please call Jane on 07734 695 964 or email jane@calmtherapy.co.uk 

Are You Christmas Party Ready?

The Christmas season is now upon us!  There are so many fairs, events and parties to go to….how are you preparing for this festive season…?

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3 Ways To….
Practise self care this Christmas

1)  Create a good Self Care routine
Start as you mean to go on.  Eat seasonally and enjoy when you indulge!  There’s plenty of opportunity to “face plant” the mince pies and bubbles.  Try to keep everything in moderation to avoid those sugar highs and lows.
Keep drinking plenty of fluids and exercise every day!

2)  Look Your Best
Your self care routine is a great way start to looking your best.  If your skin needs a boost, indulge with

Asapoth Wild Beauty Balm.

 

Wild Beauty Balm

 

Melt a tiny amount in the hands and apply gently to the face, neck and décolletage to nourish and soften the skin and improve texture and elasticity, and to balance, rejuvenate and restore the skin
Leave for 15 mins, then rinse with warm water.  Pat your face dry with a warm fluffy towel.

Alternatively you could treat yourself to some luxury with my
Zone Face Lift Experience
and

You Shall Be
Belle Of The Ball!

3) Prepare For The Next Morning.
Perhaps the bubbles went down too well at the Christmas bash?
Make sure you are fully stocked with Vitamin C, a hearty stew and line up some good films for a day of recovery!

Of course,  I like everything in moderation, but would love to hear what your trusted hangover cures are!
Email or Text me on 07734 695 964!  I’d love to know!

 

Calm Therapy Gift Vouchers are the perfect way to show someone how much you care.
Either click on the link or you can email jane@calmtherapy.co.uk for more details.

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

Facial Reflexology – Health Benefits And Facial Skin Rejuvenation

Reflexology is more commonly associated with the feet and hands but the same results can be achieved through facial reflexology. Some people just don’t like their hands and in particular their feet being touched and if you are one of them, facial reflexology may be the perfect way of enjoying this relaxing, calming and invigorating treatment.

Health Benefits And Skin Rejuvenation

In our last blog, Calm Therapy examined the vagus nerve and how stimulation can improve certain conditions including headaches, migraines, anxiety and poor blood circulation and this article expands on this explaining how this nerve can be stimulated by facial reflexology and it also looks at the benefits in regard to health issues and facial skin rejuvenation.

What Is Facial Reflexology?

The face maps the whole of the body with different facial zones connecting to the various vital organs including the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, colon, bladder and stomach. In this type of therapy, the focus is on the pressure points located on the face, which are stimulated by fingers and hands to restore energy and balance. The face is very close to the brain and cranial nerves making this type of reflexology extremely powerful.

Facial Benefits

  • Improved facial tone and texture
  • Tightening of the skin
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Firms facial muscles
  • Reduces puffiness
  • Promotes a glowing and radiant complexion
  • Tightens drooping jowls and sagging eyelids

Facial reflexology is rejuvenating for the skin in terms of its tone and texture. It can bring a really healthy glow to your complexion making you look much healthier and younger. Circulation is improved and muscle tension is reduced which results in the face looking smoother which is accompanied by a sense of wellbeing as it relieves tension, not only in the face but in the neck, scalp, brain and shoulders. Many people describe it as a mini facelift.

Facial Reflexology Can Help With The Following Health Issues 

  • Stress and anxiety levels
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • Infertility
  • Allergies and sinusitis/congestion
  • Menopause and hormonal issues
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Asthma
  • Muscular aches and pains

It can lower stress and anxiety levels as well as accelerating and improving injury healing. It also promotes better sleep patterns and relieves mental strain and improves concentration.

Facial Reflexology And the Vagus Nerve

The vagus nerve can be stimulated by facial reflexology by massage along the carotid sinus, which can be found along the carotid arteries on both sides of the neck. Massage techniques include effleurage, which are stroking movements before the deeper tissue work using petrissage on the shoulders.

What To Do Next

Jane Long from Calm Therapy trained with Ziggie Bergman and now practises the Bergman Method of Facial Reflexology 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.