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Banish the January Blues with a Reflexology Treatment

A reflexology treatment is a great way to balance the body and beat those January blues.  Just imagine snuggling down under a cozy blanket in a quiet space with gentle music in the background, subtle aromatherapy fills the air as your eyes close and your reflexologist begins to gently massage your feet………

But how does it work?

Reflexology has been used for centuries as a form of relaxation and healing, but the modern version we use today was developed from a combination of these ancient techniques and zone therapy.   Zone therapy, which was popular at the beginning of the 20th century, works by applying pressure to one part of the body and seeing results (usually pain relief) in another.  Extensive research and painstaking effort went into mapping the organs and systems of the whole body on the feet.  Each organ, system and joint has a corresponding reflex on one or other, or both feet.

During a reflexology treatment the therapist will massage or ‘thumb-walk’ over the whole foot and by concentrating on specific areas they are ensuring all major systems and organs are covered.  The touch and massage is usually very relaxing and many people will often dose or go into a deep state of relaxation during a session.  I say ‘usually very relaxing’ as there are a few people for whom having their feet touched, let alone massaged, unfortunately has the opposite effect.  But for those who enjoy this type of treatment, there are more benefits than just the relaxing element; I mention above that the whole body has been mapped on the feet so it reasons that if the foot is massaged then so is the body!

How can this help?

By systematically massaging and applying pressure across first one foot and then the other, all systems, such as the nervous or digestive systems, all the organs and joints are receiving the benefits of massage.  These benefits include increased blood flow to the area, which cleanses and repairs and also the release of tension.  The body is incredible at healing itself but sometimes our stressful lifestyles block or hamper the body’s own abilities to fix itself.

Whilst reflexology is not a treatment to cure all ills, it is a very good indicator to show where the body is suffering (not always where we think it is).  A reflexology treatment will also give the body a helping hand to heal itself.  A body that is first relaxed and balanced can then begin to nurture and repair itself.

If this sounds just what you need, you can contact me to book your January-boosting appointment.

Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash

 

Medulla and friends open day flyer
Events, NYRO, Pamper, Reflexology, Reiki, self-love

Medulla and Friends Open Day THIS SATURDAY

OPEN DAY THIS SATURDAY!  Saturday 17th November 10am to 5pm

I have invited some fab therapists to join me on this Christmas open day, click here to find out what is on offer.

 

I am also showcasing the gorgeous Neal’s Yard Remedies Christmas gifts and other natural and organic products.

Neals Yard Feels like home Christmas campaign
Neals Yard Feels like home Christmas campaign

 

As usual there will be free entry, plenty of hot drinks and cake and a collection tin for Bedford Daycare Hospice.

Gaynor will also be bringing plenty of crystals for sale – pocket healing for yourself or as a gift.

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Full moon, Meditation

Don’t give negative thoughts room in your head

Three times this week I have heard the advice about not giving negative thoughts room in your head, and it’s only Wednesday!  Twice this came round in discussions about using meditation techniques to prevent the negative thoughts taking hold of your mind and so preventing the trains of thought that often follow a negative idea, which if unchecked can spiral out of control.  At worst turning a single negative thought into a bad day or depressive episode.

Yesterday, I was reading Joanna Watters astrology newsletter and she commented on the full moon on Sunday.  This full moon falls in emotional Pisces which means it could be a time of emotional upset or turmoil for many.  However if you have the tools to work with, you can prevent negative emotions and feelings from ruining your day.  Meditation gives us these tools: by practicing regularly we can learn to re-focus our mind when any thought pops in, so why can’t we do this with specific types of thoughts, ie negative ones?  We can, and better still, we can learn to steer ourselves away from those thoughts that are going to make us unhappy.  We can learn to pick and choose what thoughts we allow into our heads.

Of course, there are times we need to address negative issues but what’s to say we can’t decide when is an appropriate time to deal with this, not just when our mind feels like it – but that is a whole other topic and blog post!

As we practice meditation we can learn to identify when our mind has wandered away from the object of our meditation and by doing this regularly we can create a habit of noticing when our mind has been distracted by thoughts that are not to do with the task in hand.  Once we’ve noticed this distraction we can then choose to bring the mind back.  For example: whilst writing this post my mind has tried to wander off to my to do list or what photo will look good next to this post, but as I become aware that I am thinking of something that is not to do with the subject of this writing (ie when I’ve lost my train of thought) I bring it back to how I want to phrase the next line.  Today is a good day and my mind is fairly well focused, but some days it’s a proper monkey mind and I’m forever pulling it back (and that’s only when I’ve noticed it’s been off elsewhere) – it could be luck that today is a good day, or it could be because I’ve been practicing watching my mind and an beginning to create the habit of focusing on one task at a time.

Come Sunday’s full moon I will be watching my mind closely.  I already had plans in the diary to spend the day with friends, and with a busy rest of the weekend I know it would usually be an emotionally trying time for me.  Now that I am for-warned and have the tools, I am confident I will get through this much more easily than I might have done before.

So, was it just coincidence that I have repeatedly heard this advice, at this time or a pertinent warning from my guides or angels to be on my guard and to look out for myself?  I know many who would dismiss the latter in an instant but I feel there are just too many coincidences not to have some significance.  I’d love to hear your views on this, please leave me a comment on here or on social media @medullaspace

Much love and light