P is for.. Psoriasis 

P is for.. Psoriasis 

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with is P for Psoriasis

This is a non contagious skin condition and is characterised by red patches covered in silvery scales that constantly flake off. It may affect specific areas such as elbows, knees , the neck or the whole body. The causes of this are unknown but it is known to get worse when the body is under stress.

In a Reflexology session, the reflexologist will start off with a general treatment to help restore balance and increase the blood flow and circulation of oxygen in the body.  It will also help in removing waste material from the body which will result in better skin.

The reflexologist will then rework on the area mainly affected focus by the psoriasis for example, the face reflex if it’s the face  and then the associated reflexes giving particular attention to  the adrenal glands, liver, kidneys, small and large intestine, diaphragm and solar plexus.

Stay holistic 🙂
Catherine

O is for… Osteoarthritis 

O is for… Osteoarthritis 

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with is O is for Osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis or OA as it’s known is a chronic arthritis that affects the cartilage in the joint or joints for example hips, knees, shoulders and elbows but your ankles, wrists, fingers and toes can also suffer from very painful OA also.

However the pain and discomfort from the OA can also then limit the bodies ability to stand, walk, sleep or pretake in other ‘normally’ daily activities which can result in other stresses and problems for the person.

As we know when the body is in pain the last thing people want to do is have that part of the body touched so that’s why Reflexology can be the treatment for pain relief for OA as the painful joint is never touched by the therapist and they can still get to work on the corresponding reflexes on the foot. (Or indeed the hand if the foot is the painful joint in this case.)

The hip, knee, shoulder and elbow reflexes are along the outside of the feet (from the base of the little toes all the way to the outside of the feet). While the neck and spine reflexes are along the inside of the feet.
Reflexology can also be used to relax the whole body and therefore help release the tension and pressure been held by side effects of OA.

Stay holistic 🙂

Catherine

J is for… Joint pain

J is for… Joint pain

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with is J is for Joint Pain.

Joint Pain can be caused by a number of different reasons, Arthritis, old age, obesity,exercise, over use or even under use of the joint. When people think of their joints, they normally think of the bigger ones, hips, knees, shoulders and elbows but your ankles, wrists, fingers and toes can also suffer from very painful joint pain.

When the body is in pain the last thing people want to do is have that joint touched so that’s why Reflexology can be the treatment for pain relieve for joint pain as the joint is never touched by the therapist and they can still get to work on the corresponding reflexes on the foot. (Or indeed the hand if the foot is the painful joint in this case.)

The arms and leg joint reflexes are along the outside of the feet (from the base of the little toes all the way to the side of the feet). Starting with the Shoulder, Elbow/Knee and Hip reflexes.

Reflexology can also be used to relax the whole body and therefore help release the tension and pressure been held by the bodies joints.

Stay holistic 🙂
Catherine

G is for …

G is for …

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with is G is for Grounding.

Sometimes people can experience feelings of fear, stress, anxiety or that “life is running away from them” and that life is becoming “unbalanced”.  To a lot of therapists this might be seen as been becoming “ungrounded”

Reflexology can will help and a good reflexology treatment with always start and end with the therapist working on the bodies “Solar Plexus” reflex.  The Solar Plexus can be found within the nervous system in the middle of each foot, below the second toe.  It helps induce deep relaxation throughout the body because this bundle of nerves connects to the abdomen, the physical centre of the body where many stress related disorders manifest. It acts in a way as a ‘reset’ button.

The Solar Plexus Chakra is also located here and if this Chakra is blocked, the person may experience that life is passing them by without them able to do anything. So by working on this (and the other chakras) it will help balance the bodies mind and allow more clarify. This will all improve the efficiency of the bodys own communication network.

 

Stay holistic 

Catherine x

How to relieve Stress with Reflexology 

How to relieve Stress with Reflexology 

While we all know that a certain level of stress, worrying and apprehension is normal in today’s ever changing and busy world.  But if you are getting feelings of anxiety and over stressed on a regular basis it actually may be putting your physical and mental health at risk.

Did you know that Reflexology can help with these feelings of stress, worries and anxiety related health issues?

As mentioned in some of my previous blogs here, Reflexology is a natural treatment and is beneficial to the bodies overall health but particularly in offsetting the effects of stress on all the different internal systems. Reflexology works on treating the body, mind and spirit as one and does this by focusing on the cause of disease and not just on its symptoms. Reflexology aims to clear out the effects of stress while it helps the body to reach a place of deep relaxation where it can balance the body systems.

Two good reflexes for Reflexology are as follows:

The Solar Plexus (Diaphragm Release) is the main area in the body which stores our stress and tension. Applying pressure in this area (the middle of each foot, alone the line of the second toe) encourages a state of relaxation and also helps with the breathing to deepen and slow down.

The Endocrine System controls the bodies hormones and so how this is working will having a positive or negative effect on the body. In a Reflexology treatment particular attention will be paid on the Pituitary Gland (at the top of the big toe) which controls all the hormone activity and thus helps restore balance to the body.


A good treatment will also help boost the immune system, stimulate the circulation system, help remove toxins, stabilise breathing and boost energy levels which will also help induce calm both in the body and mind.

When you go for a Reflexology treatment, the Reflexologist will start with a general consultation about you and your lifestyle. It’s very important to be honest with therapist with these answers as this will help you get the best out of the treatment.

I always  recommend 4 -6 treatments for any real and long lasting effects to happen to the body.

If you have any questions or would like to see what Reflexology can do for you. Please contact me through any of my social media or call me on 089 467 2647.

 

Stay holistic 🙂

 

Catherine

“Im frozen”.. Tips for helping with Raynauds Syndrome.

“Im frozen”.. Tips for helping with Raynauds Syndrome.

 

“My hands are frozen!” “I just cant warm up today” “Is it just me or is it really cold in here?” “What’s wrong with the colour of your hands?”

Does any of the above sound familiar to anyone else???

If so then you might be one of the many people (research says it’s mainly women) who suffer from Raynaud’s Syndrome. This is where your extremities (fingers, toes and sometimes nose ) is extremely cold and sometimes even turns white in colour.

You are also in good company as I have had this for as long as I can remember but more memorably the last 4 years.


Some days its so bad that I immediately notice the drop in temperature when I go in to Tesco’s and from October onward I am rarely seen without my gloves when I’m outside.

Below are some of the things that I’ve found useful in overcoming the (painful) issues that come with Raynaud’s Syndrome.

Invest in warm gloves, socks, fluffy ear muffs, hand warmers and loads of them.

Thankfully we live in a country which has a long rainy and cold season so gloves and socks are not hard to come by and they don’t have to be expensive ones. Some days you might even need to double up on the socks especially if you are going to be walking outside for long periods.

*Penney’s have an amazing section of socks and gloves for as little as €1.50 a pair and you can get them in most colours and styles so you can always be fashionable too.

Make a shopping list when going into the supermarkets.

Especially in the cold and frozen sections as this will help you be more efficient in the shop and you can be in and out before the drop in temperature affects you.

Stay hydrated with warm drinks.

This will not only help keep your fingers and hands warm. It’ll give you a nice and warm feeling inside too if its full or one of your favourite drinks.


*If you feel an attack coming on, try warming your hands by rubbing them fast together, move into a warmer room if you can or put them under warm water to help reheat them slowly. Don’t use hot water or be in direct contact with a heater or radiator as this will result in more pain as the blood flow returns to the affected digits.

Book a Reflexology session.

Reflexology can be of benefit to anyone who suffers from Raynaud’s Syndrome. As a Reflexologist I would work on the circulatory system to help boost blood flow to the areas affected. During a treatment the whole of the body is treated and it can help strengthen the heart, muscles, valves and veins. While also helping the lungs give better oxygen supply to the extremities.

 

If you suffer from Raynaud’s why not book yourself a session of Reflexology treatments and see the benefits for yourself. Please don’t hesitate to contact me on 089 467 2647 so that we can arrange an appointment.

So that’s it, a few hints and tips on how to manage the Winter Season with Raynaud’s Syndrome.


Let me know if you have found anything else that helps your Raynaud’s in the comments below.

Stay holistic 🙂

Catherine x

If you enjoyed this blog, you might also like some of my other blogs on Reflexology .Click here.

 

 

 

Good night Sleep?

Good night Sleep?

Are you finding it hard to fall asleep? Or are you finding that you are waking up in the middle of the night and not able to get back to sleep?

Below are some of the tips that I find help my clients that come to me with sleeping issues.

Routine.  

There is a good reason why babies have a bed time routine and this is to get the body used to sleep time and not sleep time. I always recommend to my clients to develop and use the same bed time routine every night as this will help your body and brain to switch off from the day’s activities  and get ready for some ‘quite’ time. 

 

Food. 

Avoid any heavy meals at least 3 hours before bed time as this will give your digestive system enough time to process the food and avoid any nasty indigestion or heartburn.

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Screen time.

Try and avoid using the phone/tablet in the bedroom (or at least in the bed) as this will keep your mind active when its meant to be winding down. Instead replace it with a non-work related book or better still take to pen and paper and write down your thoughts, your woes and plans for the next day. This will help your brain “park” any issues for the day and allow it to shut down for the night.

  

Reflexology.

However, if you have tried all of these and none of them are working. I would suggest trying a few Reflexology sessions. As you know (from previous blogs) one of Reflexology’s main benefits is relaxation.  

As a Reflexologist I work on any of the systems that may be causing your body issues. Then I will focus on the nervous system as this will help induce relaxation and thus slow the body’s reactions to anything that may be causing it to be stressed and help with any sleeping issues.  In a session, I will pay particular attention on the head, brain, spine and solar plexus reflexes on the foot.

  

So if sleep is something that you have been having problems with lately and would like to try out a Reflexology session to see the benefits that it can have for you, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 089 467 2647 so that we can arrange an appointment.

Stay holistic 🙂

Catherine x

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Getting the best out of a treatment..

Getting the best out of a treatment..

Most people I know love a good Massage or session of Reflexology. From when they book it to when they have the treatment they are looking forward to that time (be it 30 minutes or a hour) of relaxation, of been able to close their eyes and switch the outside world off for a little while at least.

 


They trust that the therapist will help soothe away the worries and woes of the day and bring their bodies and minds back into sych again.

To help your therapist here are some of my gentle guidelines that will help you can get the most out of your treatments.
1. Arrive on time.

This shows respect for your therapist but also allows the therapist to give you the most of your time. If you are late, this time will be taken off your treatment and therefore you won’t get the full benefit of the experience.

2. Don’t arrive on a fully belly.

This is for your own comfort as your body will not be a receptive if it’s still working hard to digest and break down your most recent meal.
3. Communicate your wishes to your therapist.

Be this your first or your tenth treatment. Every day is different and your should never assume that your therapist knows how you are since your last treatment. Be open and honest with your therapist. It’s totally confidently and will benefit you and your treatment.


4. Breathe

Some people are nervous when they come for a treatment for the first time and they might not know what to expect. It’s importantly to note that all my treatments have positive benefits for your body and mind and they is no reason to be nervous so just breathe as normal and let the therapist do their thing.
5. Relax body and mind.

A treatment room environment should be one of peace and stillness. With the right music, lights and temperature, the right room should make you feel at ease from the minute you walk in to the minute you leave. While it makes no difference to the therapist or the treatment benefits if you talk throughout your treatment, a lot of people will automatically close their eyes and stop talking once they feel comfortable during their treatment.

6. Drink plenty of water afterwards.

Immediately after all my treatments I will give you a glass of water and recommend that you drink some more when you get home. This is very important as one of the main reasons is that water will help the kidneys and other organs remove and flush out any toxins that need to leave the body after a treatment.


7. Follow any recommendations afterwards.

This again is for your own benefit and will help prolong that relaxed feeling that you will get some the treatment. For example don’t exercise, don’t drive too far, don’t eat a heavy meal and try and go to bed early and drink plenty of water etc.
8. Ask questions

Remember this is your treatment and this is your time so please do ask your therapist questions before, during or after the treatment. I’m here to help and if I don’t know the answer I will endeavor to find out for you.

I hope these suggestions help you get the most out of your Massage or Reflexology session and don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram for more information on my treatments.

Stay holistic 🙂
Catherine x

Reflexology and that Time of the month!! 

Reflexology and that Time of the month!! 

This is my fourth and final blog in the collection of “Reflexology and my body” mini blogs that I’m doing.In this weeks one I’m going to focus on the benefits of Reflexology on the Reproductive system.


Now while many people might think this is for the ladies only. I’m delighted to say that Reflexology can be as beneficial to my male clients also. For example, it can help with prostate problems, infertility and ureter/urinary infections. So don’t be afraid of it.
However today I am going to focus on the benefits of the treatment for sufferers of premenstrual tension (PMT), Endometriosis and menopause.

PMT can cause irritability, fluid retention, headaches and emotional and nervous tension to name but a few. (Com’on ladies hands up if you know what I’m talking about!)


Endometriosis is a diagnosed condition where the lining of the womb disintegrates during menstruation resulting in extra pelvic pain to the body and very painful and uncomfortable period leading to extra stress on the body.
While Menopause can cause hot flushes, headaches, dry skin, insomnia etc. All of these problems depend on the individual female but there are never nice and can all lead to extra unnecessary stress.


But great news, read on. Reflexology can help.
As in my other blogs, A general reflexology treatment to start of with, will benefit the person whole body and help the person relax into it. Then the reflexologist will focus on the reflexes of the particular area required on the foot.
As our hormones come from the Endocrine system. I also focus a lot on the pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands first. This will help restore balance and control hormonal activity.


I then focus on the reflexes of the Reproductive system. Particular attention on the inside and outside of the ankle (just below it) where the ovaries and uterus reflexes are. The fallopian tube reflex runs across the top of the ankle also.


As always a good honest consultation with your reflexologist at the start will help determine the best treatment for you and your health issue but in general I recommend 4 -6 treatments for any real and long lasting effects to happen to the body.
So that completes my collection of the benefits of Reflexology on some different issues. I hope you enjoyed them and please email me on theholistictoolkit@gmail.com if there is an particular issue you would me to run through.

As always thanks for reading and please do share if you know someone who might benefit from my blog.
Stay holistic 🙂
Catherine x

Reflexology and your Respiratory System!

Reflexology and your Respiratory System!

Welcome to the 3rd blog in my collection of ‘Reflexology and your body’ blogs. This week I’m going to share with you some of the benefits of Reflexology and the Respiratory systems.


So anyone who suffers from Hay Fever, Asthma, Sinuses, regular Colds,Coughs or Flu’s may want to read on further.
Hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) is said to affect 1 in 4 of us and is very common anytime from March to August depending on which type of Hay Fever you suffer from (eg. tree, weed or grass?). Symptoms include sneezing, itchy, watery eyes and stuffy nose.


Asthma is a breathing condition that can cause shortness of breaths, wheezing and coughing and can be made worse when the body is feeling stressed or nervous.
Sinusitis is an infection or inflammation of the sinuses which may cause headaches and a blocked nose.

All of these may lead to a lower Immune System and therefore the body is at further risk of catching additional viruses, coughs, cold or flu’s.

A general Reflexology treatment to start of with, will benefit the persons whole body and will help the person relax into the session.

The Reflexologist  will then focus on the reflexes of the particular area required on the foot.

So for clients with Hay Fever  or Sinus issues,the sinuses reflexes (the tip of the toes) will be worked on as well as the head, the face and the eye reflexes. (all around the toes)

Then the lungs, the spleen and the lymphatic system reflexes to help support a healthier immune system.
For clients with Asthma, they will focus on the lungs, the diaphragm and bronchi (the sole of the foot) as well as the upper spine and the glands and the heart and the lymphatic system.   (down the inside of the foot and the sole of the left foot).
Like I’ve said before in the previous blogs, in all my treatments I also focus on the Endocrine system (hormonal system) as this will help balance the body and unblock any negative energies in the body.

This is particularly good for anyone who might be suffering from a cold or flu like virus as your whole body can feel sore and achy.
As always a good honest consultation with your Reflexologist at the start will help determine the best treatment for you and your health issue but in general I recommend 4 -6 treatments for any real and long lasting effects to happen to the body.

Stay holistic 🙂

Catherine x