V is for… Vertigo

V is for… Vertigo

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

Vertigo is often caused by an inner ear problem and this can lead to a person feeling faint or dizzy, or that the world is spinning and/or feelings of been off balance.

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.

The ears and the throat reflex are the initial reflexes (the bottom of the little toes and the big toe) to work on and then I would rework the head, spine and brain reflexes also. Sometimes Vertigo can lead to an upset stomach so the stomach reflex is also worked on.

As always a good honest consultation with your Reflexologist at the start will help determine the best treatment for you and your particular issue but in general I recommend 4 -6 treatments for any real and long lasting effects to happen in the body.

Please note, if you do suffer from any of the above issues, it is always recommended that you obtain medical advise before you try any reflexology treatment as while it may aid recovery, it is not to be used as a substitute.

 

Stay holistic

 

Catherine

 

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U is for Urinary System 

U is for Urinary System 

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with is U for Urinary issues. Such as Urinary Infections, Cystitis, Kidney Stones or any other inflammatory of the Urinary system you might experience.

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.

The main reflexes are the Kidneys, the Ureter and the Bladder and they can be found on each of the feet. The Kidneys are half way down the foot (straight down the second toe) and the Bladder reflex on the inside of the foot just below the heel of your foot.

Like other treatments the Endocrine and the Lymphatic system is also worked on here. As always a good honest consultation with your Reflexologist at the start will help determine the best treatment for you and your particular issue but in general I recommend 4 -6 treatments for any real and long lasting effects to happen in the body.

Please note, if you do suffer from any of the above issues, it is always recommended that you obtain medical advise before you try any reflexology treatment as while it may aid recovery, it is not to be used as a substitute.

 

Stay holistic

Catherine

S is for… Sinus 

S is for… Sinus 

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Reflexology can help with is S for Sinus Issues.

Sinusitis is an infection or inflammation of the sinuses which may cause headaches, a itchy or blocked nose and/or feelings of having a heavy or full head.

 

Like other aliments I recommend a general Reflexology treatment to start of with which will benefit the persons whole body and will help the person relax into the session.

The Reflexologist will then focus on the sinus reflexes (the tips of each of the toes) and will also rework on the head, the face and the eye reflexes. (all around the toes).

 
As the sinus issue is also connected to the immune system,  rework of the lungs, the spleen and the lymphatic system reflexes is also recommended to help support a healthier immune system and help fight any infection or issue from becoming worse.

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

 

R is for … Respiratory Issues

R is for … Respiratory Issues

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with is R for Respiratory issues. Such as hay fever, asthma, or any other lung problem that you might experience.

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 example a client 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 will be worked on.
For clients with Asthma, they will focus on the lungs, the diaphragm and bronchi (the sole and top half of the foot) as well as the upper spine, the glands, the heart and the lymphatic system.   (down the inside of the feet and the sole of the left foot).

Like I’ve said before in 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 it might be holding.

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 respiratory issue but in general I recommend 4 -6 treatments for any real and long lasting effects to happen in the body.

Stay holistic 

Catherine 

 

 

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

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