Heal Thyself

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No therapist can force change and healing in a person. Healing comes from within yourself, as nature and the soul intends.

Yet, I have found that for us to receive the absolute healing of oneself as cleanly and effectively as possible, it requires support, wisdom, empathy and connection from another.

To think and believe we can facilitate our own healing without inspiration or guidance or expertise from others is coming from a place of ego and self sabotage.

We are all connected and achieve the best of outcomes through connection. We do not need to feel like we are on our own, isolated, and doing it singlehandedly.

Seek, reach out and receive help today. Connect with your intuition and let that be your guide to finding the facilitator for you. Receive the support to heal and observe the improvement in your wellbeing.

And feel the appreciation, joy, respect and friendship that comes from working with another, those additional, unexpected benefits that arise from connection both physically and energetically 🙏🏻

When did you last reach out for some help and what did you receive from the experience?

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Reflexology for Pregnancy

Pregnancy Reflexology

Pregnancy has a profound effect on women's bodies and our lives.  With a specialist form of Pregnancy Reflexology, I support women through their 2nd, 3rd Trimester and preparation for labour with calming, priming, relaxing and de-stressing Reflexology treatments that help balance both the mind and body, and their unborn baby as a result.

As the body copes with all the physiological and emotional changes that take place, Reflexology can be a comforting, beneficial support for common pregnancy ailments such as back ache and pains, digestive issues, tiredness, sickness, dizziness and fluid retention.  It is both a preventative and remedial therapy.

Research has shown that regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy can shorten the duration of labour, with women often requiring less pain-relief during the course of delivery.  A birth plan that includes Reflexology techniques for relaxation and stimulation where necessary is a useful and practical tool and some women and their partners find these techniques of real comfort during the initial phase of labour.

Many new mums also find Reflexology helpful in the first few days and weeks after labour, to help care for and support low mood, lactation, digestion, aches and pains, and encouraging the body to get back to it's natural, healthy state.

With newborn babies, breastfeeding, recovery from the trauma of birth itself and poor sleeping & settling can be helped with gentle, soothing Reflexology moves on their little feet.

During my pregnancies, I found that to be able to find a trusted therapist that could offer me a place to relax, express my feelings about pregnancy and understand exactly what I was going through, so fundamental for my wellbeing.

That's my aim for you, when you take sessions with me.

Sam x

SLT Food: Vegetable, Feta & Lentil Bake

One of my health and wellbeing goals for this year was to switch to a more plant based diet. 

The health benefits of eating less meat and animal products is widely known, just a quick 'google' will give you all the information you need to support this decision.  Reduce your likelihood of heart disease, cancers and type 2 diabetes? Yes please.

The challenge comes at dinner time when staring into the fridge at loads of raw vegetables and little else, inspiration is hard to muster.

I was given this lovely recipe recently, and I literally didn't care that it had no meat in it at all.

I tried it for the first time this week and it was delicious. If you want to me more conscious about what you eat, you may want to try this too.

Tip: I've also tried swapping out the lentils for cannellini beans and can highly recommend it.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

1 clove of garlic
2 sprigs of oregano
1 red pepper/capsicum
1 punnet mushrooms
1 large can of chopped tomatoes
1 large can of red lentils
2 large handfuls of Spinach
125g Ricotta
75g Feta
5g Ground Cinnamon
Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
2 tbs Whole Milk or Almond Milk
1 egg
Himalayan Sea Salt and Pepper
 

To Prepare

1) Heat oven to 220c

2) Chop the garlic, mushrooms, red pepper. Pick the oregano leaves.

3) Rinse and drain the lentils and set aside

4) Heat oil in a frying pan and cook the mushrooms on medium/high heat until golden. Add a little Sea Salt. Then add the cinamon and stir for 1-2 minutes

5) Reduce heat slightly and add the red pepper. Cook for a further 1-2 minutes

6) Add tomatoes and lentils and season well.  Cook for 5 minutes

7) Stir in the baby spinach and cook gently until it becomes wilted.

8) While this is cooking, put ricotta, milk egg and salt and pepper into a bowl.  Fork together until well combined

9) Transfer the tomato and lentil mixture into a heat proof dish.

10) Pour the ricotta mixture over and smooth out.  Crumble over the Feta.

11) Place in the oven for 10 minutes, watching that the topping doesn't burn.

12) Finish off and crisp up by placing dish under a hot grill for 2-3 minutes.

Enjoy!

My interview on the Small & Mighty Podcast

This week I was invited to record an episode of the Small & Mighty podcast with Sam Burgess of Social Mouth.

My participation was suggested by my lovely friend Annabel Bird from luxury online retailer, Bleak House.

Sam's podcast series is about small business owners and women entrepreneurs, how they use social media to grow their business and meet like-minded souls, and lots of other fascinating insights on their business journey.

In my episode, I talk about how I became a Reflexologist and recently my move to Sydney, Australia. Sam and I discuss the value of using video with Facebook and why getting yourself a Mentor is a really great idea for personal and business development and for getting out of your own way.

So please take half an hour to put your feet up with a cup of tea and have a listen.

There are a few 'ummm's' so I apologise in advance, but really just hang in there until the end as there is a Tip for the super-stressed and busy.  It's the most important thing to get right if you want to ensure you have enough energy and motivation every day.

I'd love to know what you think, especially if your name is Sam too!

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p.s. make sure and have a listen to the previous 5 podcasts too, there are some golden nuggets of advice to take forward into your life.

Reflexology for dealing with Stress & Anxiety

These days, it's not unusual to spend more time at work than at home.  Plus, it's often very difficult to switch off and hard to avoid taking the stresses of the day and some of the workload home with us.  When this happens, it can affect your physical, mental and emotional state of health and the quality of your personal relationships as a result.  Reflexology is a powerful antidote to stress and tension and incorporating Reflexology sessions into your regular monthly routine should be seriously considered as a remedial measure and and to help prevent sustained, harmful stress.

During Reflexology sessions, I teach my clients some relaxation techniques and tips they can use daily to help counterbalance the effects of their busy working lives. 

The effects of Stress creeps into many aspects of our lives in an all too constant fashion and can be acutely felt as a weight, or burden on your shoulders, as a constant buzzing sensation in your head, a surge of panic, negative feelings, and even aches or a sickness in the pit of your stomach. Prolonged stress periods can even result in muscular pain and to add to the annoyance, the stress itself can create a more powerful stress response, making it a vicious circle of experiences.

The art of dealing with stress is to recognise these warning signs in yourself as early as possible, so that you can act promptly and make the most of techniques such as Reflexology, to bring some regular calm and balance into your life.

When you learn to relax your body, you are able to cope with the challenges of life much more effectively and easily, life flows more freely, you'll feel more positive and better able to make good decisions. On a physiological level, as you relax, your stress hormones recede which allows your body systems and functions to return to a balanced mode and operate in the way that they are intended.

Furthermore, when you are relaxed, your body is better able to resist infection and disease and and heal any physical, mental or emotional imbalances.

Why you must be Wild for Self Care

We all have different versions of what self-care means to us. When we ignore it for long enough, we can get health problems. I see men, and women particularly who move through the weeks and months with the odd headache, neck and back tightness, feeling tired, depleted and overwhelmed from yo-yo busyness of an overactive world. 

The more dangerous side effects like heart disease and depression can come as a result of an ongoing inability to take some time-out.

Before you know it, months go by and suddenly you realise that such a small portion of that time has been spent on loving and caring for yourself, and that’s if you are really conscious and self-aware.  Because then you are more likely to take action to avoid it in future.

Because there is no prescription for self-care it’s up to us as individuals to decide what we should be doing to nurture ourselves and re-charge. Whatever, it’s absolutely necessary for optimum mind and body health but we are simply not doing enough of it.

A common viewpoint is that practising self-care is indulgent. Really?

Strategies for preserving mind and body don’t have to be complex or involve finding hours of time in a week. Think about what can fit in with your lifestyle.

Still confused?

Source help in making a self-care plan and have someone hold you accountable to practising your chosen rituals.

Be consistent, put as much emphasis and importance on practising self-care as you would to your job, your kids, your partner. Stop cancelling or postponing appointments that allow you to indulge in some therapeutic relaxation.

Having an outlet to get out of your mind and to just ‘be’, recharges your batteries and gives you space to breathe, consider life, discover solutions, get clarity, find serenity.

Stop feeling guilty for taking a break from your life. It’s selfish not to adopt regular self-care, and that's not just for yourself.  

Think of it from this perspective, if it makes you feel better and gives you greater context…

You owe it to your loved ones, those that you care for, or those that rely on you to keep them safe and healthy.  You have to be well or how can you do what’s expected of you to your best?  

Stop being selfish. Make it a priority.

So, take some time out this week, create some calm in your life, take an hour for some therapy, meditate, laugh, sing, shop, exercise.  

If necessary, get some help to make it happen.

Emotions and their impact on your body

Have you wondered why some emotions make us feel miserable inside, weak and under the weather and others give us such a powerful high that we feel invincible, light, happy and ready to tackle anything?

Physical body aside and coming from a Spiritual way of thinking, our emotions are a direct response to what our mind is thinking about. We allow our mind to overtake our state of health.

To end, our hormones literally dictate our well being and the way we think and live our lives affects them in a big way.

The link between the mind and body is inseparable. Keeping the biochemistry explanation simple, our chemicals or hormone secretions vibrate at a particular frequency.  Feelings of joy and gratitude and happiness have a higher energy vibration and those chemicals released into our cells are the happy ones such as Dopamine and Oxytocin. 

When we are feeling sad, angry, or indulge in negative thoughts, these energies are low frequency and therefore our body automatically secretes more of the stress and action response chemicals to support this. Adrenaline, for example, that makes us feel 'wired' initially, but then in time, we feel a lack of energy, low mood and unable to cope through the exertion. This effects the shape and condition of the DNA in every cell in your body.

You see the cycle that forms between thoughts, emotions and illness?

The lesson is to find as many ways as humanly possible to live a relaxing, enjoyable, fulfilling and happy life. And if this is a challenge, then Invest in the tools or get support that will enable you to raise your vibration levels on a more consistent basis, ideally every day.

Learn how to get full support here now.

So what's the knock on effect of positive behaviour and thinking? 

A healthier mind and body, with less opportunity for dis-ease to take hold. 

What else?

More rewarding relationships, much better decision making abilities and a happy you.

To name a handful.

I'll admit that I was crap at this once upon a time, and it's still something I invest a lot of time and effort in, not just in the activity of positivity, but learning more; reading the latest research so I can use it to my advantage and serve my clients highly too.

How are you going today and what's your plan for feeling better?

Love and blessings

How to recover from a week of 'overload'

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Last week consisted of a few impromptu meetings, invites to events and catching up with friends between treating clients. It was also the week where I proudly launched my 90 Day Reflex Therapy and Transformation Program, and publicising this took a back seat so, excited as I was about it, I have now got some work to do in sharing this with you in the coming days. 

If you want to know more about how this can support you right away, drop me a line, below.

I really like to accept as many social invitations as possible but like buses, they always seem to come along together!  Connecting over a glass or two of wine and a great meal, to share thoughts and laughter is so good for the soul. 

However, on Sunday, I felt tired, jaded and a little emotional, and I was reminded how important self care is to a positive mindset and being able to function optimally.

I realised a long time ago, that in order to get my mind and body back into balance and harmony, the secret sauce is in planning regular and ongoing wellness rituals, so that when life throws me a curve ball, it doesn't take weeks to get back on track or worse still, send my health backwards!

Here are three, regular things I strongly believe in and I do for my own well being (and sanity) and I thought you may find some of them useful too.

1. Diarise and action a regular Reflexology treatment: There are so many instances in life when our health can be compromised... physically, mentally and emotionally.  We can't tell in advance what things will occur to overwhelm us and we may have weeks where everything goes smoothly. 

Prevention, however, is far better than cure and when I receive a treatment for myself, I'm always surprised just how much I needed it, even when I think I don't.

2. Diarise 1 hour a week for 'me-time': Or better still; 1 hour a day. I used to think that this was selfish and indulgent, that I didn't have time to just drop everything and sort myself out.  It was a challenge at first because of the demands of family and work, or household tasks. However, 'you cannot serve others from a depleted cup' and if you are going to be your best mentally, physically and emotionally and be well enough to show up for others, YOU have to come first.

Force yourself to stop and listen to your body. Ideally pick a solo pursuit so you get the opportunity to connect with your inner self, with no distractions. Meditate, read a book, go to bed early, go for a walk, listen to your favourite playlist, bake a cake, draw and doodle, bathe in a hot bath with essential oils, journal, learn a new skill... just a few ideas.

3. Plan weekly meals: In my view, this is the only way you can make sure that you get the right nutrition and you are not caught short when you are running late or have nothing left in the fridge at the end of the week but are starving hungry.  Create a meal diary, keeping the menu simple yet tasty, shop, pre-prep as many ingredients as you can (go organic as much as you can), share the effort.

There's no surprises and less excuses.  A great solution if you are time poor and lacking inspiration, is to subscribe to Hello Fresh or Marley Spoon, who will both deliver your ingredients and a recipe card every week.

Do you have any other tips you can share?  I'd love to hear them.

12 Ways, including Reflexology, to get a good nights sleep

We've all heard how important it is for our health and well being to get a consistently decent nights sleep. Sometimes that's easier said than done and putting pressure on yourself to get to sleep and stay asleep once you've climbed into bed can add to an already challenging exercise.

More often than not, when clients receive a Reflexology treatment, they report back on feeling calm and rested.  That evening, they get to sleep much easier and sleep more soundly for longer.  That's the most striking and instant effects of a Reflexology treatment.

There are, of course, other tactics that can be used to prepare for slumber, that may have a healthy impact on the most chronic of insomniacs.  Here are a few that I pass on to clients, that I think you might find useful too.

1. Say no to consuming stimulants. Avoid caffeine, nicotine, beer, wine and spirits in the four hours before bedtime.

2. Don’t exercise and then go straight to bed. Allow at least two hours before retiring to bed to allow the body to come down from its euphoric state.

3. Take a warm bath, enhance it by adding a drop or two of essential oils such as Ylang, Ylang, Geranium or Lavender.

4. Refrain from checking mobile phones or other technology at least an hour before bed and importantly, avoid distractions by keeping them out of the bedroom, all night.

5. Sleep in a dark and quiet room that isn’t too hot or cold for you.

6. Drink a warm herbal tea such as camomile and lavender, or lemon balm, an hour before bed.

7. Spritz your pillow with an organic lavender spray to help you calmly drift off to sleep.

8. Don't cat nap later in the afternoon/early evening.

9. Wind down during the 30 minutes before bedtime by doing something relaxing such as listening to gentle music, reading a book, or closing with a 5-10 minute meditation session.

10. Keep notepaper and a pen on your bedside table to jot down all the things on your mind, either before bed and if you wake in the middle of the night.

11. Set a regular sleeping pattern to regulate your body clock, trying for a good 7-8 hour cycle.  Go to bed and get up at the same time every day.

12. Set an alarm and get up as soon as it goes off.  No snoozing!

13. Receive Regular Reflexology :)

Do you have any additional tips? Do tell below.

Reflexology Life: March 16 - Re-group, Re-energise & a Mini-Treat

How are you doing today?

I'm still coming down from a really wonderful few days in Las Vegas, celebrating my little sister's wedding. It was stereotypically bang on.... little white chapel on 'the strip', a rather overexcited pastor, large plates piled high with beige food, blinding neon lights, copious booze, a couple of very late nights and a slot machine flutter here and there (I'm not much of a gambler).  A few photos (edited ones!) can be found here and here.

I'll admit I was feeling a bit shattered after burning the proverbial candle, and 19 hours return travel, but thankfully I managed to side step Jet Lag!  However, I have a video here showing the reflex point on thumbs for the Pineal gland (body clock regulation, sleeping disorders) should you want some self-care.

Oh and I'll say this... If you've ever flown through Los Angeles Airport and transited from Int'l to Domestic terminals or vice versa you'll know what a totally disorganised, uptight clusterf**k the system is.  If you haven't experienced the ordeal and you intend to visit LAX sometime soon, please allow at least 3 hours for check-in or transit, or you may just lose your sanity and miss your flight.

Anyway, this weekend was spent in total contrast. Den and I, (and Dudley) packed up the car and drove South to the Shoalhaven area of NSW, and stopped in sleepy Calalla Beach.  It's in the Jervis Bay area so pristine whitest sandy beaches against a lush green mountainous backdrop were guaranteed.  We like the beaches there, not just for their vastness and beauty, but because Dudley is allowed on them too, unlike Sydney beaches. It was quiet and relaxing, soaking up some awesome nature.

It's really important to take time out every now and again, if you keep hammering it, two things happen... your life becomes 'automated' getting through one thing, then the next, then the next, until at some point you stop and realise you've been busy 'doing' rather than experiencing, and then suddenly you burn out.

When we are able to re-dress the balance, some wonderful things can happen.  Getting off the radar and doing something completely different to my 'normal' routine makes me think more creatively. Ideas will pop into my head, I remind myself of the things I've been putting off such as learning a new skill, I am able to stop procrastinating over a task or goal. I resolve to put stuff into action and gain some perspective on things.

What are your favourite ways of taking time out and is this something you've been putting off? 

So I got thinking about business and the fact that I take less bookings for my Natural Facelift treatments compared to foot Reflexology treatments. I don't think it has anything to do with the therapy itself (or me, hopefully!).  Aside from the holistic aspect, the improvements in skin texture, elasticity and the like, many clients that have NFL say they become sleepier during, and get a better nights sleep after a session of face rather than foot therapy. 

Actually, I think it's for no other reason than I tend to talk about and promote foot reflexology more, and because it's better known.  Plus, I think because it was the first modality I studied as a therapist, I guess I'll just always have a special bond with it.

So, for the whole of April, I'd like to offer you the opportunity to come along and feel Natural Facelift Therapy for yourself.
 

*April '16 Offer*
Book a foot Reflexology treatment in April, and
at the end of the session, I'll treat you to a complimentary 'mini' Natural Facelift treatment.
You'll just need to allow another 15 minutes at the end
of your usual hour session.

When you book your Reflexology appointment,
please mention that you'd like to try the mini treatment too
so I can block out the extra time needed.



In the meantime, have a great month and I hope you can make the most of this opportunity for wellness and relaxation.

Warmest wishes