In October this year I was interviewed in Mind Body Radio. This is an internet radio station devoted to sharing a variety of things that help us live a happier and healthier life.
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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.
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!
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.
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
Symptoms usually pass within one to 24 hours and may be reduced by drinking plenty of water.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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’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.