Q is for.. Quadriceps Muscles

Q is for.. Quadriceps Muscles

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with is Q for Quadriceps Muscles (quads) in the upper front thighs .
Anyone who has completed a ‘hard leg’ day in the gym and tried to walk down or up the stairs or even tried to sit down on a couch afterwards will understand that ‘tightness’ in the leg that is associated with ‘quad’ pain.
If you do regular sports training then a good deep leg massage should become a part of your recovery process. As it can help with any built up lactic acid, loosen out the tight muscles and release any stress and tension held in the legs.

Like I said in the previous blog about knee pain, a regular massage can help with reducing this pain and stiffness. The therapist will use their thumbs and palms of the hand and use sweeping movements upwards and outwards over the quadriceps muscles. So it is very important that you have a honest consultation with your massage therapist about your training and level of pain so they can adjust the pressure of the massage accordingly.

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

My Holistic June

My Holistic June

Paint Club 

‘Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life’ Pablo Picasso

On the first day of June I spent a lovely and relaxing evening with some of the sport and social crew from my day job at the Dock No.1 bar in Galway learning how to paint with Paint Club.  Have a look at their Instagram here for more information on the courses and events they run, highly recommend!

CrossFit Regionals 

In 2015, I watched the Meridian CrossFit Regional’s Live in Copenhagen and this year I’m actually going to watch the CrossFit Games in Madison. So this month I was extra excited watching the amazing and talented athletes qualify for the games. I  can’t wait to cheer and shout for all my favourites up close and in person.

(me 2 years ago in Copenhagen)
Wellness Fair 

I was once again delighted to be involved in a Wellness Fair for the Galway Branch of Arthritis Ireland in June. A great morning in The Connacht Hotel giving some taster Reflexology treatments. I love introducing people to Reflexology and all the wonderful benefits it can bring for your pain management.

 

Night out with the gym

One of the great benefits of been part of a CrossFit gym is the community element and in June we got to swap the “Nanos” (trainers) and water bottles for some heels and lippy and enjoy some guilt free snacks and beers.  The below photo is a group of the same girls taken 24 hours apart!

Eat Pray Love

I’ve started downloading books on BorrowBox and was completely hooked on Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love” book. I kept it for my commute and loved it so much  I nearly wished there was more traffic to sit in.. highly recommend it! So much food for thought… here is just one of the fabulous quotes!

Fresh air/long summer days 

We had one of the hottest days of the year in June and myself and himself put on the walking boots on and went into The Burren. Such a beautiful piece of the country and right on our door step.. Great for the mind, body and soul!

 

A- Z Blog Series
The next 5 letters in my blog series about how Massage or Reflexology (my treatments) can help with common aliments went live. Click on the links below for each in case you missed one.


G is for Grounding

H is for Headache

I is for Infertility

J is for Joint Pain

K is for Knee Pain

Mayo GAA championship

It was a wild, wet and windy day when my beloved Mayo team came to Galway in the GAA Connaught semi Final and it was only to get worse with a shocking defect by Galway So it’s back door qualifiers for Mayo this season..watch this space!

So that’s it for a busy holistic June…July involves my summer holidays so I cant wait for that.

Stay holistic x

Catherine

 

 

 

L is for..Leg muscle pain 

L is for..Leg muscle pain 

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with is L for Leg Muscle Pain.
The legs have so many large muscles and anyone that has experienced pain in their quadriceps, hamstrings, calves or achilles muscles will know what I’m talking about when I say ‘leg pain’. Like any pain it is not comfortable and can be very restricting in every day life.  Ever try and walk down a stairs after ‘leg day’ in the gym? Or try and even sit down the days after a heavy squatting session.  Best of luck is all I say!

If you do regular sports training then a good deep leg massage should become a part of your recovery process. As it can help with any built up lactic acid, loosen out the tight muscles and release any stress and tension held in the legs.

Like I said in the previous blog about knee pain, a regular massage can help with reducing this pain and stiffness and once you have a honest consultation with your massage therapist about your training and level of pain they can adjust the pressure of the massage accordingly.

Stay holistic
Catherine

K is for … Knee pain 

K is for … Knee pain 

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

As the knees are large weight bearing joints, they can be subject to many diffferent pains, aches, sprains and strains.

Research has shown that regular massage can help with reducing pain and stiffness and once you have a honest consultation with your massage therapist about your knee pain, they can adjust the pressure of the massage accordingly.

A good massage therapist will work on the leg muscles above and below the knee working on the quadriceps , hamstrings and calves muscles and the tissue in and around the knee. Using different pressures and stokes depending on the clients own needs.

This massage will help loosen out tired and aching knee pain.

Stay holistic

Catherine x

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

H is for…

H is for…

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

Headaches  like a lot of common aliments that we have touched on in this series can be caused by a number of different reasons and after the initial consultation the therapist can approach the massage differently depending on the cause of the headache. The most common cause of headache is normally stress related but they also may be caused by sinus infection, colds or flus or be menstrual related.

Indian Head Massages is an excellent massage for anyone suffering with headache’s as the therapist will be working on the clients, neck, shoulders, face and scalp in the treatment as this is where a lot of the stress or tension may be coming from.

In a Indian Head Massage treatment, the client will be sitting up straight and the therapist will use a mixture of gentle and deeper pressured movements to help release any tensions, working around the face and through the clients hair also.

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Stay holistic 

Catherine x 

My Holistic May 

My Holistic May 

Hi everyone…

I cant believe writing this, that we are in the 6th month of the year…where is the time going?? May was as promised a busy month for the blog and the business, see below some of  my holistic highlights from the month..

 

A-z Blog Series

I started a A-Z Blog series about how Massage or Reflexology  (my treatments) can help with common aliments. So far I have released 6 of these:


A is for Arthritis

B is for Backache

C is for Constipation

D is for Diabetes

E is for Endometriosis

F is for Fatigue.

Click on each of these for the full blog and do keep an eye out for another 6 in June.

Take advice from a Tree:

Anyone who follows my Instagram stories has seen almost daily snaps of my Bonsai tree. The new addition to my work desk in May. The Bonsai symbolises harmony, peace, order of thoughts, balance and all that is good in nature. All of these one needs in a busy sales environment.



Darkness into Light Walk:

I was delighted to have completed this with my sister in Banada (Sligo) for Pieta House at the beginning of the month. Such a great cause and a beautiful experience.   I especially loved the candle lit country roads and the illuminated signs of Hope, Strength and Courage along the route. Remember its good to talk and there is always someone out there that can help.

 

Featured on other sites:

It was a busy month for The Holistic Toolkit been featured on other sites. At the beginning of the month I was choosen for “Scale it Simple’s” Friday feature for my “Why Massage is good for your Skin” blog.
Read it here.

Then at the end of the month, I was also featured on the Irish Health Hour website for with my “Top tips for getting the most out of your holistic treatment”.


Read it here.

Also in the middle of the month, I was asked to takeover the Snapchat for CrossFit Galway’s, “Rise of the West” CrossFit competition day.  Such a great fun!


 

Mayo championship:

The round up of the month couldn’t be done without mentioning my beloved Mayo. First championship match and win in the bag and many more to come I hope. This day was extra special for me as I got to share it with my nieces and nephews and watch it through their excited (Sligo) eyes!


So thats it, just some of the holistic moments from May, a busy but enjoyable month!

See ya in June x

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