My Holistic September

My Holistic September

In case you missed it here is what’s kept me busy in September.

 

A- Z Blog Series
The next 4 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.


S is for… Sinus

T is for…Tennis Elbow

U is for … Urinary System 

V is for… Vertigo
World Reflexology week

It was World Reflexology week, the 18th to the 24th of the month and each day for the week on Instagram I put up a Reflexology post highlighting the numerous benefits of the treatment. I was also honored when I was named on Facebook as one of the top 20 Reflexologist blogs on the web (by blog.feedspot.com). Check it out here if you haven’t already seen it.

Crossfit goals! 

I set myself a goal after the CrossFit games of been able to climb the rope in the gym. After many (failed) attempts and watching numerous YouTube videos on the correct foot grip, I finally achieved it. The first one wasn’t pretty and I think I scared the coach (Coach B) a bit when I realized 15 foot up I hadn’t a clue how to get down!! ha ha. But I’ve done it a few times since and I actually enjoy it. That’s me sorted now if I ever need to climb my way out of a 15 foot deep well or something!! Lol

14 day meditation challenge

In September I started and completed a 14 day meditation challenge that I followed on Mind Body Green with Light Watkins and really enjoyed it. Whilst I can’t say a lot about it at the moment as I written a blog post about it for another site. I thoroughly enjoyed how I felt from during it every day and have continued my practice of it. Meditation is great for busy minds and bodies and it’s beneficial to all. I hope to be able to share my findings in it with you all shortly.

GAA championship

As we all know by now my beloved Mayo didn’t win this years All Ireland GAA football championship. While I spent it in a Dublin pub after the usual last minute ( and unsuccessful this time) scramble for a ticket I watched men and women of all ages walk away from it with saddened and sombre hearts I couldn’t help but still feel proud of a team  that brought such hope and belief into their fans lives. They did so much and brought us all together for the past few months and I know while this season is over, we will all be back again in 2018 with them to do it all again. You have heard it here first  ‘Mayo for Sam 2018’


Wild Atlantic Way

Speaking of Mayo I got to spend a beautiful weekend in a beautiful part of it at the end of the month and absolutely nothing beats the feeling you get when you are standing on the edge of Europe with the winds from the wild Atlantic way blowing through your hair. Fresh air, wild white waves and beaches that go on for miles are some of the best natural cures for most things.

Till next month! Stay holistic
Catherine x

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Coconut Chocolate Macaroons 

Coconut Chocolate Macaroons 

It’s been a while since I blogged about homemade snacks here and as its Autumn and we are spending more and more time in the house I thought I’d start it up again for the next few months.

First up is a recipe given to me during the week and so below is my take on the ‘Odlums Coconut Macaroons’.

Recipe

1 tin Sweetened Condensed Milk

200g Desiccated Coconut

2 Egg Whites

Pinch of Salt

100 grams of cooking chocolate for top


Method

1. Mix the condensed milk and coconut into a bowl.

2. Seperate the egg whites and beat with a pinch of salt and beat.

3. Fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture.

4. Spoon the mixture, slightly apart, on thea grease proof  prepared baking tin.

5. Bake for about 15-20 minutes (preheated to 180) or until just golden brown, making sure to watch them as they can burn easily.

6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes on a wire tray to cool.

7. Melt the chocolate and pour/drizzle over as desired.

8. Allow to set in the fridge.

9. Eat and enjoy!

Stay holistic

Catherine x 

Y is for… Your busy mind

Y is for… Your busy mind

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage can help with is Y for “Your busy mind”.

If you suffer from the inability to sit down and do nothing, or cant sleep at night with all the thoughts going around your head or continuously moving on to the next task without finishing the first task you might be suffering from “busy mind syndrome” and could benefit from an Indian Head Massage. 

Indian Head Massage is an excellent massage for anyone suffering with a busy mind as the therapist will work not only on the clients neck but also shoulders, face and scalp which are all connected by muscles and nerves.

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 and stresses, working around the face and through the clients hair also.

This massage can also help with relieving fatigue, insomnia, headaches, and sinusitis. The experience is deeply calming and relaxing, leaving a feeling of increased energy, better concentration and revitalisation.

 

Stay holistic x

 

Catherine

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

T is for… Tennis Elbow

T is for… Tennis Elbow

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with is T for Tennis Elbow.

Tennis Elbow is a strain caused by repetition arm movement and overstretching of the muscles and tendons of the forearm on the outside of the elbow. The pain is felt when you grip with the hand or when the arm is used to lift something. This can be a travelling pain that can be felt moving up and down the arm anywhere from the shoulder to the wrist.

An arm massage is very helpful in loosening these tightened and maybe even inflamed muscles and tendons in the sore arm. It will also help with blood flow and allow more oxygen to be directed into the area, thus allowing it to heal more quickly.

Careful and gentle massage around the elbow and hand joints can also bring relief and comfort to a tired and stressed client who is suffering from Tennis Elbow.

Stay holistic

Catherine

How to recharge this September..

How to recharge this September..

Now that the madness of the Irish summer is coming to an end, the glad rags from the Galway races are hung up, the festival tents are been packed away for another season and even the kids are settling back into their school routines. You might be feeling a little more tired or have less energy than normal.
In this fast paced, coffee fueled, social media driven, selfie filtered, Netflix bingeing world that we live in (and I’m just describing myself) , this can be quite a normal feeling for most of us and it can be easy to forget that it’s ok to stop for a while and just breathe.

 

Below are 4 free things that I do to help ‘slow down my mind’ when I’m feel like my head is spinning and my adrenaline is pumping (and not in a good way!)
Go outside

This one might seem obvious but its easily forgotten. If you are having one of those days and need time just to think, go outside, go to the local park, walk among some trees or look out to sea. Wrap up warm and let the wind blow through your hair and I bet when you are finished your mind will be that little bit clearer to handle your day’s chores.


Read a book

I might have mentioned the phone app “Borrow Box”  once or twice in other blogs. (which I love for the handiness). But nothing beats a physical paper book. Put the screen away an hour before you go to bed and enjoy a good read (even better if it’s non work related) and let the story take your mind away to another world.


Meditation

Start your day with the awesome sound of silence.(this is especially good if you have little people in your house). Sit down, close your eyes and just sit there in silence for a few minutes and let your thoughts enter and leave your mind without been judgmental of them. Meditation clears your mind, boosts your mood and helps you to get in touch with the real you. (Im currently doing a 14 day meditation challenge with Mind body green so watch this space a future blog on this).



Phone a friend

Phone or arrange to meet up with a friend for a cuppa and a catch up and have a laugh. Did you know that laughter activates the body’s natural relaxation response. It’s like internal jogging, providing a good massage to all internal organs while also toning abdominal muscles.

Obviously this list isn’t exclusive but please feel free to try any of these tips and do let me know how you get on.

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

 

Thank you!

Thank you!

This week marks the second anniversary of my blog and I just want to say a huge thank you to you all. It really humbles me when people take time to read my blog and it still makes my heart jump for joy a little when I get to interact with you guys.

The reason why I set this up is all in my first blog (see my first and very basic blog here). But in short it was to mark another important anniversary for me, that of my new hip replacement (5 years old now). I wanted to share how I overcame the pain of living with arthritis and how I live well with my replaced hip every day. I have also turned it into a way to hopefully help others live a pain free life and set up my own business -The Holistic Toolkit.

My goal two years ago was to share my story with others, living well with arthritis, show how exercise helps me (not just through CrossFit but through all movement), the benefits of my treatments – Massage and Reflexology, some healthy(ish) recipes , some mindfulness ideas and anything else that I find along the way that I felt would benefit my life (and others) in a positive pain free and inspiring way.

What Ive learned over the past two years is invaluable in both the business and the blogging world. This was done through the people I’ve met, the friends I’ve made,  the places Ive visited, the treatments Ive given and the experiences I have lived and I really hope I’ve passed these onto you (the reader) through my blog posts. 


So without going all emotional on you, this is just a little blog to highlight the gratitude I have for each and every one of you and just to say, please stick around because as they say the best is yet to come.
Stay holistic

 

Catherine

Ps. Please don’t keep me a secret! My business grows by referral, please tell a friend who would benefit from The Holistic Toolkit.

 

 

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