COVID-19, Lifestyle, Reflexology, Reiki

COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Commitment

Following the announcement by the Government on Thursday 9th July, We are delighted that Medulla Holistic Therapies can start seeing clients face to face again for hands on treatments.COVID-19 risk assessment - staying covid secure  This COVID-19 Risk Assessment shows my commitment to keeping my clients and myself and family safe.

Obviously keeping you and us safe is of paramount importance and so there will be some changes to the way appointments and treatments are carried out.  This will include reduced chat time and increased PPE as well as a health questionnaire before each and every appointment.  I will ask you to not attend your appointment if you or any of your household have any of the COVID-19 symptoms, to wear your own face covering and put it on before entering the house and to take care not to touch anything before you enter the treatment room as a way of protecting us all.

Please read the Risk Assessment and Commitment below that I undertake to protect you and then please also read the new client protocol which advises what you and we should do to prevent the virus from spreading.

I have taken my guidance from the UK Reiki Federation as well as the Government’s website www.gov.uk

If you have any questions regarding my statements or changes to your treatment then please do contact me here.

I have removed the rugs, soft furnishings and many decorative items to ensure all surfaces in the treatment room are easy to clean and sanitise.
I will only be using the treatment couch (without the fabric cover) as it is easier to sanitise before and after each client. The small stool will also be included in this process.
The pillow coverings, blankets, flannels and towels will be changed and washed after each client.
I will wear a face covering, a visor and a disposable apron for all treatments.  I will wear gloves for Reiki but not reflexology.
I will wash my hands immediately before and after each treatment without touching anything between the sink and the treatment room and drying my hands on paper towel.
I have to keep your records and agree to share a few details with NHS Track and Trace if they contact me if one of my other clients develops symptoms.
I have a responsibility to inform the local health authority if you tell me that you develop symptoms within seven days of visiting my treatment room.
On the morning of each treatment I will text you a health questionnaire at around 8am, please copy and paste it into your reply with you answers.  I will not be able to see you if you have not done this.

COVID-19 risk assessment how to wear a mask

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to read this risk assessment and also the associated protocol.  This is for the safety of all of us and our loved ones and to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Keep well, keep safe and I look forward to seeing you at your next treatment soon.

 

Holistic lifestyle, Lifestyle, NYRO

What to do with your old blue bottles?

To all of you who purchase Neal’s Yard products from me, you might be wondering what to do with your old blue bottles and jars.  You could do what Mum and I do and use them as vases……

or candle holders……

But if you don’t want them any more and are local to me would you be kind enough to let me have all your old blue bottles and jars back when you have finished with them please (if you’re local I’ll be able to collect from you)?  If you don’t live nearby but live near a store, then they are also taking all empty blue bottles and jars back too.

Apart from adding to my collection……..

I am also using the containers for my own creations as part of my aromatherapy course.

I will also be able to pass them on to Tarn who has just launched the Refill Van, so if you have other attractive containers that she can use then you can pass them on through me too.

So do get in touch through the form below if you don’t want your empties – we have plenty of ideas for them!  And if you have other ideas then please share them with us on my Facebook page.  Thank you.

Holistic, Lifestyle

Join my new Facebook Community

Don’t you find that Facebook is very much like brussels sprouts?  People either love it, hate it or hate it but know it does them good!

I definitely fall in to the latter category and didn’t even have a profile until I started up Medulla.  At this point I was advised that a page was a great way to connect with existing and potential clients.  And so the first incarnation of the Medulla Facebook page was born.  It was known then as Medulla: Mind, body and soul, and of course with a name like that it was difficult to find – you learn as you go along in business and technology alike.

Why a group?

There are many reasons why a group is better than a page on Facebook, A lot of it has to do with algorithms, the programs behind the scenes that choose what you see and what you don’t on Facebook.  Ever wondered why you can’t find the post you saw earlier – if you didn’t click on it the algorithms think you’re not interested and not only are you not likely to see that post again but it will reduce the chance of you seeing similar posts too.  Therefore a post I put on my page might only go to a very small percentage of my followers.  However the more you click on posts from my page the more you will see from it, this rate in increased further if you interact with posts ie like and comment.

In a group, however, where you have chosen to join, the posts are shown to a much higher percentage of group members.  In reality this means that the information I take time to write and to share with you, is far more likely to be seen by you and not left floating around in the ether somewhere.  The whole idea of having space on a platform like Facebook is to inform clients, not just of sales and offers but also with tips and advice, items of interest and when this isn’t getting to many of my page followers it can be very disheartening.

I have much I want to share

Suffice to say I wanted to connect with more of my lovely clients, particularly those who share similar values to me, who care about the earth and about their own holistic well-being. I wanted to create a community where I can share my knowledge, knowing that it would actually reach people and help them.  I also wanted to hear from my clients about their thoughts and views on various topics because they too have much to share and we can all learn from this.

 

And so I have created this group called Medulla Holistic Living and in this space we really do have conversations about the things that matter to us.  We talk abouts being kind to ourselves, our planet and all those who share it with us.  We also share ideas and support each other with natural well being, holistic therapies, spiritual development and environmental issues. Ginger, lemon, honey and different drugs on wooden background.Alternative remedies and traditional pills to treat colds and flu. Natural medicine vs conventional medicine concept. From crystals to recycling, wheel of the year celebrations to eating well – I’m hoping we can share recipes and plastic reducing tips as well as deeper thoughts around spirituality and living a holistic lifestyle from a human perspective.

 

Let’s keep this small though

The group is a private group and not visible to the general facebook public, you have to apply (or be invited) to join it and I’m not looking to grow it to hundreds of members.  I’d rather keep it smaller and more intimate so that we can be open and frank (but kind) in our discussions on more sensitive and personal issues. You’ll find you’ll get to know me a bit better too, the real me will shine through more in the group than it can on the page (my public face of Medulla Holistic Therapies).  Lastly the group will be the first to know about many special offers and promotions run by Medulla Holistic Therapies but also by Neal’s Yard too.

If you’ve read this far and this sounds like a group you’d like to be part of and contribute to then please join us by clicking this link.  Come and tell us about yourself, share your thoughts and ask questions.  I look forward to chatting with you in the group!

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.

Pouring of fresh water from jug into glass on wooden table

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.