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

I is for…Infertility

I is for…Infertility

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

This is a condition that can affect both men and women and research has shown that it can affect 1 in 6 couples. Infertility can be caused by a number of different issues and stress is a big factor in this.

In a Reflexology session, the reflexologist will start off with a general treatment to help restore balance and then focus on the Reproductive and Endocrine systems.

In females this is the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus reflexes and in males it is the testes and prostate gland reflexes.  These reflexes can be found below the ankle bones on the side of each foot inside and outside.

The Pituitary, Thyroid and Adrenal gland reflexes are also worked on in this treatment. These glands control the hormones in the body and will help release any blockages in the body.

Like any treatment it is recommended that you get 4-6 reflexology sessions to allow the body to respond to the treatments.

Stay holistic 

Catherine x

F is for… 

F is for… 

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

Fatigue can affect different peoples bodies in different ways, while one person may feel tired and drained, another might have insomnia issues or be faced with continued digestive problems.

All of which may cause blockages in the bodies systems and reduce or stop them some working effectively and therefore creating more fatigue and draining the body of its natural energy.

In a Refexology session, the reflexologist will start off with a general treatment to help release any blockages and restore balance back in the body. They will know from the initial consultations which areas to focus on and rework on these reflexes.

For example, by working on the Digestive System (the bottom half of each foot, lies the liver, stomach and large and small intestine reflexes), this will enable the body to digest more vitals nutrients to help energise the body.

By working on the Circulatory and Lymphatic systems, this will help circulate oxygen to the brain and body increasing energy and alertness.

The Heart and the Spleen reflex at on the left foot, below the third and fourth toe respectively.

Like all common aliments it is recommended that you get at least 4-6 Reflexology sessions to allow the body to respond to the treatments.

Stay holistic x
Catherine

E is for… 

E is for… 

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

This is a condition where the lining of the womb grows outside of the womb and can cause a lot of pain, discomfort and is very common amongst females.

In a Reflexology session, the reflexologist will start off with a general treatment to help restore balance and then focus on the Endocrine system – the Pituitary gland reflex (on the big toes) – to help control hormonal activity and the Reproductive system – the Ovaries (the outside of each ankle bone) and Fallopian Tube reflexes  (over the foot to the other side from ankle bone to bone).

Associated reflexes are also the adrenal and thyroid gland reflexes and the lymphatic system.

It is recommended that you get 4-6 reflexology sessions to allow the body to respond to the treatments.

Stay holistic 🙂

Catherine

 

 

C is for…

C is for…

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

Something that many people suffer in silence from and therefore wouldn’t dream of telling their massage therapist about.  Its can be caused by lack of fibre in the diet or a build up of gases  and can be quiet uncomfortable.

A holistic massage will help with this as the therapist will ask about diet during the consultation at the start.  This massage then will focus on the belly and the abdomen area and the strokes will follow in the direction of the internal intestines. Using gentle clockwise stokes and wavelike muscular movements.

Stay holistic 🙂

Catherine

 

 

B is for …

B is for …

My second blog about common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help is about ‘Backache’.

Backache can be caused by a number of different factors for example stress, exercise, bad posture, injury etc.

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 back pain, they can adjust the massage to your back accordingly.

Back pain can sometimes be caused by referral pain from your neck and shoulders and the massage therapist may work on these areas too. But depending on the cause of the backache, the massage pressure can be varied.

For example stress from heavy lifting in the gym, may require a deeper massage while pain from an injury may require lighter and more gentle strokes.

Stay holistic 🙂

Catherine

 

A is for ….

A is for ….

Over the next few weeks I’m going to go through the alphabet and highlight a few different common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with that you might not have been aware of:

Starting with A:

Arthritis

I have written about this before (click here) and as mentioned before, many people with Arthritis may be afraid that Massage might “hurt” their already sore joints but research (and personal experience) has shown that done correctly the opposite is actually true.  A nice gentle touch can do wonders for sore, fatigued and tired muscles. When someone comes into my treatment room for a massage to relieve the pain from their Arthritis, I will explain that I will be performing Holistic Massage with them. I will be working on their body as a whole, their mind and their condition.

As there are many different types of Arthritis, I will work closely with the client and start with general slow strokes, gentle kneading and thumb circling around the affected areas. (for example, the ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows or hands)

Like any medical condition, massage is never used for Arthritis without the doctors permission first of all.

Stay holistic 🙂

Catherine

Reach for those stars!!

Reach for those stars!!

If you follow me on any of my social media (click here) then you will know that I recently attended the 3rd annual “Get Up & GO” Event in Sligo.

The event promised to “inspire, encourage and empower you to get up and go with passion and purpose”. A high aim one might think but with a timetable of national and international speakers I had a feeling that this would be an interesting, positive and motivating weekend. I wasn’t disappointed.

Each wonderful speaker shared their individual, brave and sometimes emotional story with us. They each gave real life examples about how they overcame life’s difficulties and challenges, taking it on with both hands, a positive and determined mind and continued to stay in the direction of their dreams and goals.

I know, these conversations and stories will stay with me for a long time and I know I will hear their voices in my head in times of my own future personal and professional growth/doubt/worry/stress.

I know this because its perfectly normal to have these thoughts, 

“We are humans and there is nothing wrong with us, we are all work in progress”.

Its how we manage these thoughts that is important, because our “thoughts, become our feelings, which become our choices which become our actions and this is what delivers results”

For example on a Monday morning when I need that that bit of motivation to get out of bed, I’ll remember Padraig O Maille’s story about “popping up like toast” and his ‘Boomerang Principle’.


Or TeeJay Dowes’ one liner “Damn right, Im good enough” can be used when Im doubting my own worth when preparing for future interviews/presentations/meetings with new clients.

Another recurring theme with all speakers was about having and knowing what your dream is and going for it no matter what gets in the way.

David McGowan was insistent not to be afraid to aim for the top and dont let anyone stop you. Yes there might be twists and turns along that path but these all happen for a reason and you are the one in control of your happiness.

Judy May Murphy reminded me that “you grow around a dream, you don’t travel to it”

Emily Gower encourages us all to “follow your intuition and you can ignite not just a flame but a wildfire”

All positive, powerful and inspiring people!

The main thing I’ll take away from this is it’s ok to have a dream,(personal, professional, health, fitness, financial etc),   it’s ok to go after that dream , it’s ok that others might not ‘fully get it’ (they are not meant to, its your dream after all), it’s ok that it might adapt and change a long the way, it’s ok to fail at that and it’s ok to get a new dream and do it all again and again and again until I succeed. (Powerful or what!)

You only get one life, enjoy it, be grateful along the way for family, friends, life lessons and most importantly just get up and go for it!! 

So with my happy, positive and inspired head on me off I go back to ‘My Holistic World’ with a more inspired outlook on what’s to come, how exciting!

 

Stay holistic 🙂

Catherine x

 

Ps. For full disclosure this is not an ad for the organisers of the event, I entered a competition and won the ticket. These are my own personal views but I highly recommend if this event comes anyway near you, to get a ticket and join in. You won’t be disappointed.