Posted by kate on August 12, 2016
Clients always want to know the best way to get rid of hard skin, but it is useful to understand that in some ways it is not a problem but a solution. Hard skin forms on the feet in response to friction, often caused by our footwear.
The pressure and friction from shoes that are too tight causes the body to produce extra layers of skin to protect itself. In this way hard skin on the feet serves a protective function, and indicates where the feet are coming under the greatest stress. This in itself can give us a clue about the best ways to get rid of it.
Wearing very pointed shoes can cause patches of hard skin and callus on the side of the big toe. High heels cause large patches of callus on the sole of the feet. Flip flops tend to generate hard rough skin on the heel in the summer months. So the first and most effective way to get rid of hard skin is often to change your footwar.
While it serves a very useful function, hard thick calluses can be extremely painful, and also unsightly. The ideal way to treat this is prevention, by looking at your footwear and making sure your shoes fit well.
This is an example of an extreme build up of hard skin on the heel.
Using cream on the feet will also do a lot of good. Using a general moisturising cream two or three times a day, will help limit dryness and cracking, especially around the heels. In the summer, if you wear flip flops or sandals that move, it is very important to take care that fissures do not develop in the heel. These can not only be very sore, but are also extremely difficult to treat.
Many people use files and gadgets like mini cheese graters to remove excess hard skin. I would really recommend thinking twice about using such equipment. People tend to go too far when using these gadgets, and you can end up cutting your feet to ribbons. The chances are, that you haven’t sterilised the device before using it, so if you do cut yourself you will be introducing bacteria into the area, and you could end up with a nasty infection.
Instead of using these kind of home care gadgets, one of the best long term solutions to hard skin is to consider setting up a daily footcare routine, as you would for your face. In the bath or shower, use a pumice stone, or a gentle exfoliating scrub ( without microbeads), and then after drying the skin thoroughly use a nice moisturiser. If you find it hard to remember to use a cream on your feet, put the pot next to where you would sit and have a cup of tea in the evening. That way you are guaranteed a reminder, just at the time when you are sitting down for 5 minutes.
Setting up this kind of daily routine will be a huge benefit if you like to wear flip flops in the summer. Flip flops are actually great for the feet (except if you are diabetic), but the heels do pay the price of all that extra rubbing.
If you live in Bristol and have a problem with persistent hard skin and callus, and want to get rid of it, then why not book a full Foot Health treatment? I can remove all the hard skin and sort out any other problems you have at the same time. For more details visit my website: www.lotusreflexology.co.uk or call me on : 07811619860 or 0117 950 6629
Posted by kate on July 21, 2016
How I look after myself: Part One
Part of my ethos as a healthcare practitioner is to encourage and empower people to take responsibility for their health. To this end I recommend having a personal list of treats and activities which will boost a persons energy and mood when they are flagging.
These don't have to cost money. They can be as simple as going for a walk by a river, or listening to your favourite album, but they do have to promote happiness.
It is also important that some things on your list are truly indulgent. When we allow ourselves to spend time and money on our wellbeing, it sends out a powerful message to the Universe that we are commited to thriving.
This month I decided to have a holistic facial at Balanced Beauty in Bristol.
I had already been in contact with Sasha for a few months, and I knew about her range of treatments, and her commitment to using natural products.
What I experienced was far superior to any facial treatment I had ever had.
Sasha seamlessly massaged different oils into my skin for what felt like hours, finishing by massaging my arms and legs while the mask did its work. I was so relaxed, that even though I wanted to ask her questions, I really couldn't speak. It was truly wonderful.
I can't wait to go back!
Posted by kate on July 3, 2016
Healthy Food Prepping
The chances are, if you haven't been on pinterest you have never heard of food prepping. Neither had I. It was a surprise to discover that something I had been doing for years, was a phenomenon.
Food prepping is the name given to the practise of planning and preparing your meals well in advance, and with as little effort as possible. So in an ideal situation, you would devote a large portion of time to cooking grains and beans, chop and prepare vast amounts of fresh vegetables, and then portion them out, and either freeze or refrigerate them for meals over the next few weeks. I believe it is one of the best ways to ensure you maintain a healthy diet.
The reason I personally love this practise, is not because I am exceptionally organised, in fact it is quite the opposite. When I am especially busy, I find my brain just can't cope with meal planning. In order to prevent myself slipping into bad habits and choosing junk options, when I have a bit of down time, I like to get ahead of the game.
To put it another way, I know what I'm like, and healthy food prepping is my way of keeping a healthy diet on track. This little video shows a selection of things I made for my lunches.
In the winter I tend to make huge vats of chillis and curries, loaded with vegetables and chick peas and kidney beans. I always have a few tubs of home-made miso lentil gravy on standby ( recipe from Isa Does It).
The key to healthy food prepping is to think about what you like to eat, and plan for that. If you like salads, then make salads. If you prefer soup, make it in bulk. Make what you like, as long as it is healthy!
Posted by kate on June 30, 2016
Reflexology in Egypt
One of the most interesting aspects of the history of Reflexology is the evidence of the use of foot massage in ancient Egypt.
This intriguing depiction was found in the Tomb of Ankhamor.
It is also known as the Tomb of the Physician because of the many depictions of medical scenes, and it was discovered at Saqqara, Egypt in the nineteenth century. Ankhamor was known as ‘Vizier, First under the King, Overseer of the Great House’ and was one of the most important officials of the Pharoah, Teti.
It is important for Reflexologists, because although there is plenty of anectdotal evidence for the use of Reflexology in ancient times, this is the earliest pictorial evidence we have.
The inscription reads, "Don't hurt me.", and the practitioner replies, "I shall act so you praise me."
A worthy goal for any Reflexologist
Posted by kate on June 24, 2016
My Favourite Green Smoothie!
A lot of people struggle to get their five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. A great way to get round this is to have a daily smoothie. Even better is to have a green smoothie, which includes a large handful of kale or spinach.
My favourite smoothie combination contains:
1 whole mango (peeled and seed removed)
1 whole avocado (peeled and seed removed)
1 large handful of kale
As you can see it really is easy to get your five a day. This smoothie is delicious and so sweet, that it's really a treat to drink!
Posted by kate on June 2, 2016
Reflexology and Back Pain
Anyone reading this who has suffered from back pain will know what a debilitating problem it is. Back pain can range from mild to severe, but it is always life-limiting and always causes a disruption in our day to day lives.
According to a study published by Nuffield Health in 2015 up to 6 million people in the UK are living with undiagnosed back pain, and in 2013 it was the cause of more than 15 million sick days.
The usual treatment from a GP begins with painkillers, and then depending on the severity of the problem can move into physiotherapy, and surgical intervention. But as anyone who has experienced this knows, these treatments can be limited in their effectiveness, and can lead to people just “living with it.”
The skeleton is a complex mechanism, with the spine providing the stability and strength for the movement of the limbs. Any slight imbalance can cause postural changes which ultimately lead to discomfort or pain in another area of the skeleton.
There is no quick fix as far as back pain is concerned, and in my opinion, individuals who are recovering from a back injury should be looking at a combination of exercise and therapy to promote long-term recovery.
A Reflexologist will work on the whole of the skeletal system, firstly to relieve painful symptoms, but also to work on areas which may be aggravating the problem. Direct pressure on the skeletal reflexes will help relieve pain, while working on the adrenal glands will relieve any inflammation which will also result in pain relief. A combination of this kind of treatment coupled with gentle exercises can help resolve many back problems quite quickly.
If you live in Bristol and would like more information on how Reflexology can help, please call Kate : 0117 950 6629 or 07811 619860