Many people I know spend a considerable amount of time and money on their cars, house garden and family but often put their own happiness and health last. This can sometimes lead to a negative effect on a person’s physical and mental health as well as their general well-being.
Having worked in the field of complementary health for many years, I do so often see a connection between clients spending time caring for themselves and their continued well-being.
Looking after yourself does not have to involve large sums of money – I sometimes treat myself to a massage, a coffee or tea at my favourite cafe or a trip out to a new town. Even something small such as a lovely new scented bar of soap ora handcream can lift my spirits. As the body, mind and emotions are all connected, as more and more people are beginning to realise, caring for yourself can significantly contribute to your overall health .
Exercise too is so important and does not have to be expensive. Walking has been shown in several studies to be as beneficial if not more benefical as a session in the gym and it’s usually free. Of course it is important to do regular exercise – I love walking and if I miss a day, I notice the difference.
I once had a client whom I visited every fortnight. She had never really had good health. She had worked in a factory for many years and pumping her feet up and down on pedals had caused problems with her feet. She had asthma too as well as digestive problems she had had since she was a child. I never went to see her with the intention of « curing » her – that is not the object of reflexology or any other complementary treatment. No, she always said that the reflexology helped her to feel more relaxed, more energised and if she missed a treatment she said she noticed the difference. My client also helped herself by going to a keep-fit class for the over 70s and she drank a range of herb teas and she adapted her diet based on her digestive problems. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and going out for meals. She had several operations on her feet as her toes were very deformed due to the factory work. The times she couldn’t have reflexology she still wanted me to come and give her a gentle shoulder, neck and facial massage and I always gave her some reiki which she said deeply relaxed her.
There is an increasing body of evidence that treatments such as reflexology and massage can, sometimes in conjuntion with allopathic treatment, help a person’s recovery or improvement from certain conditions as well as maintaining overall wellbeing.
Results from the 16th annual consumer survey conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association (CAMTA) showed that « physicians are recommending massage therapy to their patients for stress related tension, pain relief and injuries as well as to help maintain overall health. »
« 87 per cent of individuals view massage as being beneficial to overall health and wellness. »
In terms of reflexology, The Kunz website : www.reflexology-research.com follows and records research conducted around the world that investigates the effectiveness of reflexology.
Through hundreds of studies reflexology has been found to be effective in positively impacting relaxation, pain reduction, easier pregnancy, symptoms of physical and mental health, post-operative recovery, cancer care and more.
Reflexology and other complementary treatments can help you take and maintain control of your own well being and that has to be a good thing.
I have been practising alternative therapies for twenty years and have certified qualifications in a wide range of therapies including massage, as well as V.T.C.T Level Three in Reflexology, Indian Head massage and Aromatherapy. I am also a Reiki Master.
If you want to find out how reflexology, massage or Aromatherapy could help you,please do not hesitate to get in touch and I will try and answer any questions you may have and the suitability and benefits of any of my treatments for you.
Phone : 05 55 60 64 08
E mail : [email protected]