Holistic, NYRO, Product of the month

October Product of the Month – Organic Elderberry Syrup

Organic Elderberry Syrup is a must have at this time of year, especially if you don’t have the time to make your own.  Elderberries are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium as well as anti-oxidants.

These nutritional components are great for helping our bodies protect themselves from the stresses and strains of everyday life including helping us fight off colds and ‘flu.  The syrup can be used to ease the symptoms of colds, but also as a preventative by helping to boost our immune system and defences in the first place.  I took this through the autumn and winter last year and managed to avoid the bugs!

Vitamin A is great for the skin, helping to soothe troubled skin conditions, such as acne, and even reduce liver spots and ease lines.

Other benefits have been suggested as a help for cystitis or UTIs, digestive health and allergy relief.

I love mixing this delicious herbal cordial with warm water and serving to my clients after their treatment alongside the usual glass of water.

The Neal’s Yard Elderberry Syrup is free from GM and is made from 100% organic ingredients!

Holistic, Lifestyle, self-love

Hayfever

Holistic Alternatives for Hayfever?

For many there will never be an alternative to conventional hayfever medication but I have tried hard this year to see what holistic alternatives I can find.  Much of what I have found does not treat the symptoms directly but works to prevent contact with or absorption of the pollen as well as things to soothe the symptoms.

So far this season I have had far fewer symptoms and therefore have been able to reduce the amount of over-the-counter medication I would normally have taken by this stage in the season.  There is a place for conventional as well as holistic solutions so reduction is definitely something I am pleased with.

  • Keeping windows closed and not drying your clothes out of doors will reduce the amount of pollen you are exposed to
  • Wearing sunglasses (even if it’s not very sunny) will prevent a good deal of pollen getting into your eyes
  • Spreading an oil based balm under the nostrils will help to catch the pollen before it enters the nostrils.  This advice often suggests a petroleum jelly (Vasolene) but if you are looking for a petro-chemical free alternative there are a growing number on the market
  • Building up the body’s immunity by eating foods high in Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Omega-3 Fatty acids and other anti-oxidents, will help the body to fight the histamines which cause the unpleasant reactions that hayfever sufferers are so familiar with.
  • Avoiding foods which create a build-up of mucus such as dairy and sugar.
  • Quercetin has unique biological properties that may improve overall health and disease resistance, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant effects and is believed to prevent the release of the inflammatory chemical histamine.  Quercetin is found in many foods including nettle, onions, green tea, apples, berries, Ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and even red wine, as well as in supplements.
  • Anything that cools on the outside helps to cool on the inside – natural products with aloe vera, white tea or rose will help to cool and soothe symptoms or use a cooling eye pack kept in the fridge and applied when needed.  Some Neal’s Yard products that can help:
    • White Tea Toning Eye Gel can help to reduce the puffiness that accumulates with irritable eyes and blocked sinuses
    • White Tea facial mist or rose water in a spray bottle can help to cool the skin and bring general comfort (an absolute must in my handbag and the products that got me into NYRO!)
    • Eucalyptus salve (or essential oil) in hot water and inhaling the steam can help to clear stuffy noses and congested sinus discomfort
  • Regular reflexology – I’ve noticed this year with my regular reflexology clients who are suffering from hayfever symptoms and are showing an imbalance in the nose/eyes/sinus reflexes, that regular treatments are easing their immediate symptoms and reducing the intensity of their symptoms overall.
  • Eating local honey is often recommended as the bees are collecting pollen from the flowers and plants in your vicinity to make their honey.  Eating this then acts like a vaccination by building up your immunity to the local pollen.  One teaspoon a day is recommended and now that we have neighbours with bees who are very busy in my garden, I’m currently putting this to the test – I’ll let you know how I get on – yum!

Unfortunately for those with an intolerance to pollens there is no getting away from the symptoms of hayfever.  However, there is much we can do to reduce our exposure to the pollens and even to help build up our body’s defence system so that it doesn’t produce so much histamine in response to the pollen.

Please leave me comments below and share the preventions or remedies you use.  You could also share how you get on with some of the suggestions above.

Here’s hoping you have a beautiful and low-symptom summer!

Holistic, Lifestyle, Reflexology

WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY?

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands or ears. Reflexology is generally calming and may help ease stress.

The theory behind reflexology is based on an understanding that areas of the foot (hand or ear) correspond to organs and systems of the body. Pressure applied to areas on the foot is thought to bring relaxation and therapeutic healing to the corresponding area of the body. Reflexologists use foot charts to guide them as they apply pressure to specific areas. Reflexology may sometimes be combined with other hands-on therapies to create a holistic approach to wellbeing.

What Happens During a Session?

Visiting a reflexologist should be an enjoyable experience.  Your therapist should provide a clean, comfortable and inviting room for your treatment.

A session is usually carried out in a reclining chair, or on a massage couch, and you should expect to remove your shoes and socks or tights.  Some women may feel more comfortable wearing trousers.

  • a full consultation and medical history will be taken at the start of the session.
  • your feet will be cleaned by the therapist at the start of the treatment.
  • this will be followed by working each foot in turn, applying pressure to stimulate the reflexes of your entire body.
  • the treatment ends with relaxing foot massage.
  • a glass of water will be provided along with full aftercare advice.

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Possible Side-Effects?

Reflexology is generally a safe and non-invasive treatment.  By clearing blockages or obstructions you may experience an overall body response as the body attempts to release accumulated toxins; symptoms may include

  • headaches
  • nausea
  • flu-like symptoms
  • tiredness
  • heightened energy

Symptoms usually pass within one to 24 hours and may be reduced by drinking plenty of water.

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How Else Can It Help?

Reflexology is a way of recognising and locating imbalances in the body’s organs and systems.

The human body is constantly trying to maintain a natural balance.  Sometimes due to stress, injury, a build-up of toxic waste, bad diet or poor elimination, this is not possible and the body becomes unwell. Reflex zone massage picks out these areas of imbalance and with a little work, helps them to return to normal.  It is not necessarily a cure but can help in the body rebalance itself.

Disease is caused by blockages in energy lines and treatment involves clearing these obstructions by stimulating various points along the lines. When congestions are cleared energy is able to flow freely and the body is able to achieve a state of balance.

Safety

Although not an alternative to conventional medicine, reflexology complements and can enhance conventional medicines and treatments.  It is also ideal if you’re seeking relaxation and stress relief.

Choosing a Reflexologist

Each individual therapist brings their own personality and unique way of conducting their treatments. It is important that you have a good rapport with the person who is going to be working with you. You may wish to consider the following points when choosing a reflexologist or other complementary therapist.

  • meet or speak with your therapist before booking
  • location and accessibility
  • training and experience
  • number of sessions
  • cost per session
  • other services/products

If you’d like to speak to me about anything in this article, have any further questions or would like to book an appointment, please complete the contact form below with your query or phone number if you would like a call back.  Alternatively you can find me number directly on the contact page.

Body scan to know when to take time-out
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The importance to taking time-out.

How important is it to stop and see if you need time-out to re-charge your batteries? We are all human beings and even the fittest and most healthy of us will tire at some point. But most of us are just ordinary people trying to fit in extraordinary amounts of tasks, thoughts and conversations into an increasingly shorter 24 hour period.

By checking in with your body and mind on a regular basis you can become aware of when tiredness isn’t alleviated by a good night sleep.  Checking in can be a mindful practice including a full body scan practice, however it doesn’t need to be a lengthy exercise and can be done in a minute or two.  I have got into the habit now of doing this in 20 seconds two or three times a day to compare how I’m feeling throughout the day.  Be careful not to allow your mind to use the overpowering burdens of your to do list to influence this, try to go beyond this and have all your attention on your physical body to see how it is feeling.  The great thing is that no-one needs to know you’re even doing it!

Going back then, to that point where tiredness isn’t alleviated by a good night sleep – this is the point at which you would ideally do something about it.  Maybe you could book a holiday, take a couple of days off to rest or an afternoon to sit in the garden with a good book; at the very least you could take a long soak in the bath or practice some meditation.

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There are many things you can do to feel refreshed and revived, and most of them will involve not thinking about your to do list.  So anything that takes your mind off this, even if it involves extensive thinking about something else, will give your mind a break.  This is why meditation is so useful, especially if done on a regular basis.  By having something else to think about (if you’re following a guided meditation) or by thinking of nothing at all (which yes, admittedly does take practice) your mind is given a rest from chasing the usual suspects in your to do list – and a mental rest is often just what most of us need!

There are times, however, when this is not enough and you really do need to physically rest your body.  With regular observation of the body and how it’s feeling, you should be able to pick up when physical tiredness is becoming more than just noticeable.  And here you really should be doing something to help yourself – the body needs to rest, it cannot keep going endlessly; it needs to repair itself, to re-build muscles and blood cells and clean the digestive system etc.  All these things happen when you rest and if you don’t allow your body to look after itself it will start to go wrong – pain and illness will become issues and the longer you ignore this the more serious it could be.

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The good news is you can prevent this (or even prevent things from getting worse if they’ve already started) by getting to know your body’s warning signs and doing (even little) things to help it.  By knowing that your knee is more sore today than yesterday, which is more painful than the day before, you can make the decision that running every day is maybe not right for you and to take a day off.  I don’t mean give up but a bit of a rest!

So look after yourself by starting to create a habit of checking in with your body regularly to see how it is genuinely feeling.  You might need to set a reminder on your phone or make it part of your morning or evening bathroom routine but this simple practice might turn out to be one of the most important things you do all day.

If you would like further guidance on mindful body scan practices or guided meditations then please drop me a line through the contact tab above or click here to drop me an email.

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Holistic Treatment Day

If you’re in need a of a little pampering, spiritual development or exploration, then this is not to be missed.  The setting is very rural, so peace and quiet and a connection with nature is a given.  The farmhouse is energised and welcoming – so is the kitchen table, which will be groaning with goodies (mainly homemade) – sweet, savory, gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available as we want everyone to feel included.

These open days were started by us, a group of friends who share a passion for spiritual and holistic development.  We are in the picture above – Claire, Denise, Gill, Barbara, Gaynor and me (Anne).  We wanted to share our passion with others – as many as possible really, so if you’re reading this and are interested, or know someone who may be, then jump to the contact details at the bottom of this article and give us a call to book.  You don’t even have to have a treatment, you can just come and soak up the atmosphere, and if there are still spaces available you can book something on the day.  Otherwise you can sit in the kitchen with a cup of something delicious and chat with  like-minded people, knowing that if you want to discuss or find out about the higher conciousness or duality or connecting with the inner self, then you are in the best company and will not be given sideways looks as we often do in other company!

The ‘treatments’ we offer include: reflexology, CKT, sound healing, Reiki, numerology, tarot readings, meditation groups (in the garden if the weather is good) and native american medicine card readings.  As well as the treatments and nice things to eat and drink, there will lovely things to purchase too: a good selection of crystals and gifts, Neal’s Yard Organic Remedies (with a consultant on hand to answer questions), homemade creams as well as a charity raffle.  All proceeds from the raffle and donation pot on the table will be going to the Road Victim’s Trust (RVT).

If you would like to book a treatment or would just like to come along and meet us, then please contact Claire or Gill on the details below and they will be pleased to give you directions.

HHD June 2018