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Treatments are changing temporarily.

As we try to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, I like many other have taken the decision to cease hands-on treatments for the time being.  I am following government guidelines and will look forward to resuming normal service when it is deemed safe to do so.

Long time coming

However I am introducing some things that have been at the back of my mind for a long time, and now seems like a prudent time to bring out into the daylight.  As a Holistic Therapist, working with the whole person, I feel I must find ways to share the energy work I do with you and offer relief and release from the confusion, uncertainty and possible distress of the current situation.  Please feel free to share this email with friends, family, work colleagues or people in your community who would benefit from the contact and energy.

Meditation Group

As many of you will remember I used to run regular meditation groups in Thurleigh and Northampton but as people’s lives have become busier they became less and less able to commit to regular sessions.  I have often considered creating a way of doing this online and the current situation has really made look into the logistics of this.  It is more important than ever for people to be able to access the beautiful power of meditation and the ability, with practice, that it has for helping us deal with difficult or stressful situations.

So I am delighted to launch my new meditation group – Medulla Meditation Group (there is a Facebook group of this name too) where you will be able to find details of the live sessions I will be holding on Zoom.  Don’t worry if you’ve never used Zoom before, I will post a link up on the events page of this website and also on the Facebook group and you can just click it or copy and paste into your browser.  There is an app that you can download but if you prefer not to then you can use it straight from the web page.  As usual, if you have any questions or queries then please get in touch.

From next week I will run two half-hour sessions a week – on a Monday lunchtime and a Thursday evening, unfortunately I will not be able to provide tea and cake as I did with my previous, but perhaps you can have your own ready and we can still share the same vibe and conversations we used to have around the table, after our online practice.

This week (w/c 23rd March) I have been offering the groups for free whilst trialing software to run the live sessions on but after that will ask for an exchange of £5 per session (if however you are also self-employed or have lost your job or income especially in recent days then please do let me know, as I don’t want anyone to miss out, particularly when you need it the most).

I will publicise them as events on the Events page here on my website and also on my Facebook Page Medulla Holistic Therapies, so if you do not already follow me, please do so and to help me spread the word.  Please would you be kind enough to share the events on your timelines, to friends, on groups or pages?  I truly believe that these sessions will be beneficial to all but particularly to those who are self-isolating or are struggling with limited social contact.  You may well be aware of people in this situation in your village or workplace who are not aware of me and what I do, so please share the details to as many people as you can.

Distance Reiki

With more of us going into self-isolation; a calming, healing energy therapy is a wonderful way to ease the strain and loneliness as well as help us deal with the emotional aspects of our current situation.

Thankfully, Reiki does not only have to be done in the hands-on manner; as an energy, it can easily be sent across any distance.  From one side of the room to the other or across countries and continents, the effects of distance Reiki can be as relaxing and healing as when you’re having warm hands laid upon you.

No, it’s not the same as going to a beautiful treatment room, with lovely music and aromatherpay oils for a face to face treatment, but it can still be very soothing and equally effective.

Distance Reiki is like a concentrated version so sessions do not need to be as long and so I am now offering a 30 minutes session for an exchange of £20.

We would make an appointment and I would ask you to make yourself comfortable for that time either sitting or lying down and not to be disturbed.  We can connect by phone, facetime, Whatsapp video or some equivalent to do the consultation part, then keep the connection whilst you get comfortable and relax and I send the Reiki to you.  I will talk you into a relaxed state as I always do and afterwards we will review your experience, just like in the treatment room.

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New treatment loyalty card

I’m keen to reward and show my gratitude to those who return to me and so am launching a new treatment loyalty card scheme to say THANK YOU.

I have many wonderful regular clients who find great benefit from their treatments with me.  Whether that’s working through some difficult emotional issues, easing away the stresses of a difficult time or gaining strength from regular top-up treatments.

Loyalty cards are well known and an easy to use concept, I hope this will be just the same.

All you need to do is book and attend nine full-price treatments and I will take 50% off the price of your next session.  You can use if for either Reiki or reflexology or a mix of both.  The new Luxury Foot Treatment is also included.

I hope you like the idea of this and will take full advantage of it.

You can book your next appointment here:

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.

massage collection

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.

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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.