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

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

 

 

D is for… 

D is for… 

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with is D for Diabetes.
This is a condition that is caused by lack of insulin produced by the body and can be treated externally by daily injections, diet and/or medication.

In a Refexology session, the reflexologist will start off with a general treatment to help restore balance and then focus on the Pituitary gland reflex (on the big toes) – to help control hormonal activity and the Pancreas reflex as this where the insulin is produced (down the middle of left foot).  Associated reflexes are also the Adrenal glands and the Kidneys reflexes.

Like any medical condition, Reflexology is never used for Diabetes without the doctors permission first of all. (Or a consent form signed).

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

Stay holistic 🙂
Catherine

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

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

As another year draws to a close, I just want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the love (likes, shares and comments) and continued support for me and my business. 2016 was a great year and it was filled with many a blog and captured many a photo and quote.

  
In case you missed any of them here are the highlights:

Exercise:

First pull up, First competitive CrossFit Competition. Piloxing, Hot Yoga and many more.

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Collaborations:

French Vanoli, CrossFit Galway, Fittsteps Training, ITWBN, Irish Blogger Agency.

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Treatments, Therapies and Health Advice:

Reflexology, Massage, Raynauds Syndrome, Sleeping better tips, avoiding the flu and many more.

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Volunteering:

Arthritis Ireland and Cope.

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Food Recipes:

Cookies, Flapjacks and many more

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 Mindfulness:

New York, Lisbon, Smiling, Sunsets, Audio books and many more.

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Please contact me here if you would like me to collaborate with you or your company in the future.

I cant wait for what 2017 may bring. It is like a new 365 book and tomorrow is the first page, here’s hoping we write a good one together. Happy New Year xx 

   

Stay holistic 🙂

Catherine x

 

“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.

 

 

 

What I Know For Sure…

What I Know For Sure…

After reading Oprah’s  book “What I Know For Sure” I decided to write a list of some of the things that I know for sure based on the catergories in my blog. (This isnt an exclusive list)


Arthritis

Having Arthritis  doesn’t define me and getting my hip replaced didn’t limit me. In fact its been the opposite and given me more life and opportunities that I would of had if I had listened to some of the doctors who said that I was “too young” for a replacement and  “would just have to get used to the pain”.

What I know for sure its that no one needs to live in pain and my advice is to chat to others in your situation, “Own” your Arthritis and get the best health care that you can afford and do everything that you can do to try and relieve that pain.

CrossFit

Ive been doing CrossFit in CrossFit Galway for over 3 years now and while it is tough,  the friendships, the community and the memories that I make in there is worth all that sweat, pain, burpees and tears. Not to mention the benefits that I get from those work outs to my body and mind are amazing.

Exercise

I have tried all types of exercise over the years, football and basketball in school, GAA in College, marathon running in my 20’s and now CrossFit and Yoga in my 30’s are the ones I am proud of . (Line-dancing, Boxercise, Zumba are on the other list!!).

So I have a good base to say that the one thing I know for sure about exercise is that no matter what type of movement it is,it is good for you and your body needs this movement. The benefits to your lungs, heart, brain and overall health out weight any embarrassment  or hesitation that you might have when you think of starting.

My advice here is to pick something that you like to do, been it CrossFit, signing up for a couch to 5k run, joining a local dancing club, whatever!

Movement is movement and your future self will thank you for it.

Healthy Eating

For some one like me who loves food, what I now for sure is that you need to have a healthy relationship with food to begin with. You need to understand that you body needs protein, carbohydrates and fats and in the right proportions to work at its best potential.It is ok to have a little of everything (even chocolate!) but just don’t over indulge.

Think of your body like a engine in a car, if you continue to put bad petrol or diesel into it, the engine will burn out, make noise and break down.  Your body is the same, you need to give it the best fuel for it to work its best.

Holistic Therapy’s

Been a holistic therapist and reflexologist for a few years now I have had many clients come to me unsure of what I can do for them. Massage and Reflexology have many physical benefits on the body. They relax and unwind the sore muscles, increase blood circulation and boosts the immune system to name but a few benefits but what I know for sure it that it also have many mental benefits too. I have yet to have a client leave me after a treatment without feeling less stressed, more relaxed, calmer breathing and with a clearer mind.

Mindfulness

‘Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you’ Anne Lamott.

In the social media enhanced world that we live it, what I know for sure its that its ok to switch it all off every now and then and just “be”.. read a book, go for a walk, be on your own, just be! It really works.

This is just a few of the things that I know for sure.  Hope you enjoy and do please leave me a comment with one of the things that “you know for sure”.

Stay holistic 🙂

 

Catherine x