Posted by kate on May 27, 2016
Reflexology and IBS
It is never a surprise to me when I am taking a client’s health history, if they mention they suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS. It is an extremely common condition but it can be very unpleasant. It is a condition that responds really well to treatment with Reflexology.
Symptoms of IBS include diarrhoea and / or constipation, stomach cramps and bloating. The symptoms can be severe and very painful. Some people only experience symptoms after eating certain foods, and find that simply cutting out those foods is enough to stop the symptoms.
Other people find that they have symptoms whatever they eat. In these situations it is common to find that stress is an underlying factor. Reflexology really comes into its own here, and as a therapist it is in these situations that I have seen the most dramatic results. Reflexology is so intensely relaxing, that it often only takes a couple of treatments to see the symptoms improve. If an individual has a very stressful lifestyle then it can be beneficial to continue having monthly treatments, to prevent symptoms developing again.
As I have mentioned in previous blogs, Reflexology is effective in these cases because it is a holistic treatment. A good Reflexologist will treat the whole system. So, not only the digestive system will be worked, but also the reflexes governing the nerve supply to the digestive organs, and reflexes associated with the stress response, the adrenal glands. Treating only the symptoms would do nothing for the underlying causes, and so would not be as effective.
If you would like more information on how Reflexology can help, and you live in the Bristol area, please call Kate on : 0117 950 6629 or 07811 619860
Posted by kate on May 13, 2016
How to get rid of fungal nails.
Fungal nail infections or onychomycosis often show up as discoloration of the nails, or white soft patches on the nail. They are extremely common. This kind of infection can spread across the toes, and can result in the loss of the nail if allowed to progress unchecked.
There are many over the counter remedies and prescribed medicines for fungal nails, but the key with all of them is persistence. If you discontinue treatment before the nail has grown through completely clear, it is highly likely that the fungus will re-infect. There are also systemic medicines available on prescription, but as they have very severe side effects, they should only be used as a last resort.
In my clinic I see a lot of people will some kind of fungal infection of the nail, and there are two remedies I like to recommend. The first is tea tree oil, which is well known for it’s anti fungal properties, but the second is rather unusual. The podiatrist who trained me, Bernard Pink, told me that rubbing vaporub over the affected nails regularly, had really good results. I have been recommending this treatment to my clients now for some time, and I can say that every client who has used vaporub regularly on their affected nails, has seen a vast improvement, with the nails growing through clear, and with the area affected by the fungus reduced. The additional benefit of this is, that vaporub is very inexpensive and a pot will last for months, unlike any other treatment you can use.
Part of any Foot Health treatment is to reduce the thickness of any nails, and this is especially important with fungal nails. Reducing the thickness of the nails exposes the areas with the fungus, and allows whatever treatment people are using to be more easily absorbed, making it more effective.
If you would like more advice on fungal nail infections, and you live in the Bristol area, call Kate on 0117 950 6629 or 07811 619860
Posted by kate on May 4, 2016
Home-made Foot Scrub
At last the weather is improving which can mean only one thing. It's time for flip flops!
Flip flops are great for the feet, in that they don’t cramp them in any way, but they are pretty tough on the heels. Wearing flip flops every day can lead to rough flaky skin and a build up of hard skin around the heels.
Here is a very simple scrub recipe that you can make at home and use regularly to help slow the damage to your heels from wearing flipflops. You can vary it by using different oils and essential oils to suit your tastes. I default to a minty scent because I like the freshness.
It is good to make a home-made scrub, because it reduces packaging waste, and contains no microbeads which are devastating to the marine life of our oceans.
1 cup sea salt or Epsom salt
½ cup coconut oil
6 drops essential oil
Make by mixing all the ingredients and storing in an airtight container.
This recipe makes loads so you can use it as a whole body scrub or reduce the quantity.
For more help and advice about looking after your feet, call Kate on :
0117 950 6629 or 07811 619860
Posted by kate on April 27, 2016
Pregnancy and Reflexology
Pregnancy is undoubtedly one of the most wonderful experiences a woman can have, but the huge demands it places on the body can lead to quite a number of problems. Morning sickness, back pain, constipation and fatigue are commonly associated with the stages of pregnancy but they don’t have to be just accepted. These symptoms can be managed and reduced with Reflexology.
Reflexology is a fantastic way to prepare a woman’s body for labour, and can be effectively used during labour as well. Because Reflexology helps women during pregnancy to relax and connect with the process, it can have a very positive influence on the length and progress of labour.
Morning sickness is one of the most common experiences of pregnancy and it can become extremely severe. It is actually a really positive sign of a healthy pregnancy, but that may not be of much comfort when going through it. It is caused by the surges in progesterone in the early stages of pregnancy as the body prepares the uterus for expansion.
Fatigue is a common symptom of pregnancy which occurs particularly during the first trimester but can affect women throughout the entire pregnancy. The best advice is to rest as much as possible, but using Reflexology can help to boost energy levels and reduce the impact of fatigue.
Back pain begins to be a factor towards the later stages of pregnancy, although it can affect women earlier. Reflexology works on the skeleton to relax and support it, and to release any tension or pain. I found this aspect extremely useful during my pregnancy, as I had a huge baby bump and had quite severe back pain at times.
Constipation can become an issue later in pregnancy because the foetus has grown to such a size that it is pushing into the organs surrounding it. Even women who don’t have problems with constipation normally can find some difficulties at this point. Again Reflexology works to help elimination, and ensure the nerve supply to the colon is working well. Women who have Reflexology from the start of their pregnancy often find they don’t have any problems with constipation, but for women who do, even just one or two treatments can be enough to resolve them.
It is good to have weekly Reflexology treatments during pregnancy to help ensure you are in the best possible health. Women who have Reflexology weekly, often find that they don’t struggle with back pain or constipation, because any potential issues are resolved almost before they arise. Even if, for whatever reason you can’t have weekly treatments, seeing a Reflexologist a few times during your pregnancy will be very beneficial.
If you are considering using Reflexology through your pregnancy, and would like more information, please call Kate on : 0117 950 6629 or 07811 619860.
Posted by kate on April 24, 2016
Reflexology and Menopause
Menopause is an important subject for a Reflexologist because almost all women will experience some symptoms.
Menopause is often regarded with dread, and as something to be avoided, (and/or medicated), but in my view it is a transition into a new stage of life. I have to come clean now. I have been experiencing perimenopausal symptoms for about a year now, so I don't say this lightly.
Symptoms can vary, woman to woman, from a gradual decrease in periods, to an abrupt ending of them. The most common symptoms are hot flushes, dizziness and mood changes, and for some women these can be so severe as to be really debilitating, and the symptoms can go on for years.
Menopause is officially diagnosed when a woman has not menstruated for a full year, and the period before that is known as the perimenopause. During perimenopause, ovulation become less regular, oestrogen levels decrease and progesterone levels fluctuate.
The good news for women going through this transition, is that Reflexology can be really beneficial to a woman at this time. Reflexology as a therapy is excellent at helping to balance hormone levels in the body, which in turn will help manage the symptoms of menopause. A skilled Reflexologist will work the endocrine system thoroughly, as part of a holistic treatment.
Reflexology is very beneficial for reducing stress and anxiety, and so helps with the mood swings and low mood which can be major symptoms. Because of it's ability to help regulate the body's internal balance, regular treatments can help bring hot flushes under control.
You might wonder why it is important to explore treatments such as Reflexology as a way of helping manage the symptoms of menopause. After all, most women are offered HRT by their GP’s as symptoms start to appear. More and more scientific studies are showing a link between the use of HRT in menopause, and the development of breast cancer, so more women are looking for natural ways to manage without HRT, and Reflexology is one of those ways.
My advice to woman who are experiencing perimenopause or menopausal symptoms, is to prioritise self-care. Listen to your bodies rhythms, and obey your need for rest. Nourish yourself with good food. Take as much exercise as you can manage, and forgive yourself, if the symptoms are so severe one day, that you just can’t manage it. The combination of a healthy lifestyle (a really good diet and exercise), rest and Reflexology is often enough to help women manage their symptoms without needing to seek extra medical support.
If you live in Bristol, and want more information about Reflexology, call me on : 0117 950 6629 or 07811 619860
Posted by kate on April 5, 2016
6 reasons why you should drink lemon water!
One thing my clients know very well, is that I have a slight obsession with lemon water. I always have a bag of lemons in the fridge, and I wouldn’t start the day without my mug of hot lemon water.
When I take a client’s case history before working with them, we always talk about how much water they drink, and as most of them report a struggle with drinking enough water, I always recommend lemon water.
I’ve put together a short list of reasons why you should drink lemon water, some are very practical, and others are more for health reasons.
1. Drinking lemon water is a good way to help you increase your water consumption. If you don’t drink much water because you like hot drinks, then a quarter segment of lemon in a mug of hot water should solve that.
If you only like drinks with flavour, then you can’t find anything which tastes nicer than fresh sharp lemon.
Dehydration can cause headaches and fatigue, which is one of the most important reasons why you should drink lemon water.
2. A mug of hot lemon water is a great way to start your day. Lemons contain negatively charged ions which help increase energy naturally as they enter the digestive tract.
3. Lemon water boosts your vitamin C. Lemons are a rich source of vitamin C, and a few cups a day, will significantly increase your levels. Vitamin C has a vital role in preventing cell damage, and in supporting your immune system. It’s a great way to keep colds away.
4. Lemon water is very good for digestion. It helps the body to process food more slowly, which helps to prevent bloating. It stimulates the liver, which helps remove toxins.
5. Because it contains pectin, which helps you feel full, drinking lemon water can help with weight loss over time.
6. It tastes delicious. If you only need one reason why you should drink lemon water, then this should be it!
I hope by now you are inspired to start your new habit of drinking lemon water every day. There are plenty of variations on how you can drink it, but my method is very simple. I quarter a lemon, and squeeze it into a mug, and drop the squeezed quarter in as well. Then, just top with boiling water. The beauty of this method, is that it tastes good hot and cold, so it really doesn’t make any difference if you forget about it for a while.