Posted by kate on November 19, 2015
My Three Tips For Surviving The Changing Season
This time of year is my favourite, as the leaves change, the air gets cooler. and the nights draw in, but there is no escaping the fact that we often start falling ill with coughs and colds, and sometimes struggle with tiredness. Here are a few of my tips for keeping illness at bay at this time of year!
1. Drink lemon water! The medicinal and nutritional properties of lemons are legendary, and there is nothing better to start your day with. It will help boost your immune system and gently cleanse your digestive system. Make by squeezing a quarter segment into a cup, dropping the segment in and topping up with boiling water.
2. Keep exercising! If running and cycling are your thing, but you hate getting out in the cold and rain, switch to swimming or some gym based exercise. Exercise boosts your endorphins and boosts your lymphatic system which will help you fight off any bugs doing the rounds.
3. Get plenty of rest! Many people talk about wanting to hibernate as the nights draw in, and while that is not practical for many of us, following our bodies need for sleep is important. Being over tired can weaken the immune system and leave us open to illness.
Posted by kate on August 30, 2015
Yesterday I had a stall for my business at the Bradley Stoke Carnival. It was a lovely day, not too hot, and thankfully not a spot of rain. The Town Council had organized the Carnival on the Jubilee Fields and arranged for a parade to march through the Town and arrive at 11.30.
My family and I arrived early like all the other stall holders, to set up. I had little to set up, and so I was able to have a little walk around and chat to the other people involved.
Bradley Stoke Radio was compering the event, and there was live music, stilt walkers, fair rides, and of course all the local business stalls and charities. The parade was very impressive, beginning with the Bristol Pipes band and followed by stilt walkers and local clubs.
I was there to build up my business profile in the local community , so I had taken my publicity materials and also my Reflexology chair to give taster treatments. It was difficult to entice people in at first, as a lot of people had small children, but after about 30 minutes, the first person stopped to have a treatment, and it went on from there.
I gave about 15 taster treatments that afternoon, which took five hours with only one short break. It was great getting to meet some of my neighbours and finding out things about the area i didn't know. Over the course of the afternoon a few people asked me why I was giving treatments free, as most therapists charge at those sorts of events.
There are two reasons for giving taster treatments free. Firstly the idea was to promote my business and to get people to find out who i was and what Reflexology feels like. It is much easier to get people to try something that they are not sure of if its free. They get a great new experience and also understand more of who I am and my values as a practitioner. Secondly, as a member of the Association of Reflexologists, it is part of my job to spend time building awareness of Reflexology in the UK. Giiving free taster treatments is a great way to do this.
All in all it was a really great day. I met some great people and introduced my business to people who would otherwise not have heard of me.
Posted by kate on May 21, 2015
Did you know Reflexology was rediscovered in the west by a surgeon, Dr William Fitzgerald?
He was born in 1872 in the United States, and became a leading ear, nose and throat surgeon, working in Boston, London and Vienna.
He developed the concept of Zone Therapy while he was senior nose and throat surgeon in Connecticut.
He observed while working that if he applied pressure over certain points of the toes, feet and other parts of the body, it caused a type of anaesthesia in a limited area. This enabled him to perform minor operations on the nose and throat without using cocaine and other local analgesics.
He went on to teach this technique to Dr Joseph Shelby-Riley and his wife Elizabeth who used this method in their practise for many years.
Posted by kate on March 2, 2015
Here at Lotus we like to give something back every once in a while, so we have decided to start a free monthly giveaway.
If you know someone in the Bristol area who really deserves some pampering and relaxation then please nominate them by emailing Kate: firstname.lastname@example.org
Then at the end of every month I will go through the names nominated and pick one at random. That person will then have a free Reflexology treatment in the comfort of their own home!
*Please note that by participating in this offer you will be added to the Lotus mailing list. Feel free to unsubscribe if you do not wish to receive our newsletter!
Posted by kate on February 26, 2015
For those of you that don't receive the BS6 or BS9 magazines, Andy Fraser the editor wrote a lovely review of my Reflexology treatment.
Here is a link to BS9 online, and the review is on page 68 ;
Posted by kate on January 23, 2015
Are you struggling with your New Year Resolutions?
Here are my tips on making long lasting positive lifestyle changes.
- Review your resolutions and ask yourself some searching questions. The most important question to ask yourself is “Are they realistic?” I have seen plenty of facebook statuses along the lines of “New Year, New Me!” and while I applaud the positivity, I have been known to raise an eyebrow.
- Avoid faddy diets. I have a major problem with faddy diets. Although I know some people find they lose a lot of weight in the short term, I don’t believe they are sustainable. If the diet that you are following is not one that you can happily follow for the rest of your life, I would advise against it. The key with dietary change for me is to make positive healthy choices that you can follow for the rest of your life.
- Make one change at a time. I was talking to a friend of mine who is a naturopath, and she made a point which I whole-heartedly agree with. “People can only handle one change at a time.” The difficulty about starting any kind of lifestyle revolution is that it can quickly become overwhelming. Instead, try one small thing at a time, like not having sugary drinks and give it a few weeks. When you feel that you have conquered that, try adding to it with another change.
- Make small, achievable changes. This is really an extension of point 1. By making small changes one at a time you give yourself more chance of succeeding. And after a few months you can look back and see all the small changes added up to a big difference.
- Look at how well you can integrate the changes into your everyday life. This could be the most important thing. If going to the gym every day after work is going to be a logistical nightmare, think about going for a run when you walk the dog. Or if going on a detox diet Is going to mean that in practise you have to cook two lots of food, one for you, and one that the rest of your family are prepared to eat, then you might need to take another approach.
I hope this helps. Good luck with the changes.