It’s world reflexology week – Give it a go!

There’s a week for everything these days, isn’t there? This week (19th-25thSeptember), it’s the turn of World Reflexology Week. I’ve always been more than a little curious about reflexology, but have never got around to treating myself… until now, that is. On Monday, I managed to start my week off in a somewhat more relaxed style than usual, due to a fabulous invitation that I received from The Association of Reflexologists.

Now, I’m not much of a foot fanatic. In fact, I actually can’t stand touching the things. Moreso other people’s than my own, obviously! There’s no denying, however, that they are pretty practical and highly useful though so treating them right will naturally only reap rewards. This is why I jumped at the chance to give it a go.

So, what on earth is reflexology?

In a nutshell, it’s a form of massage which is used to relieve stress and treat (but not heal), illness. The theory is that different points on the feet and lower leg correspond with different areas of the body, and the massage stimulates thousands of nerve endings on your feet. This is said to kick-start your body into responding to biochemical changes, therefore promoting better health. Complimentary therapists also work on hands, face or ears, but you’ll have probably heard more about people having the therapy on their feet, as it’s the most popular.

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What was it like?

Relaxing… oh, so relaxing. My session was organised with a lovely lady called Nicola, from Nicola Warren Reflexology in Beckenham, just a 20-minute walk from my house. The setting was very calming, and Nicola was more than welcoming. I was asked questions about my health and what I might hope to achieve from having a session. I was also asked if any aspects of my health were concerning me. “Well, since you mention it, since having chemo I’ve had a lot of aches and pains from being pre-menopausal (damn you cancer), as well as a sore hand that no one has managed to diagnose just yet. Other than that, not much at all at the moment”. Hurrah!

Reflexology is popular with those suffering from stress, anxiety, insomnia, sinus problems and many more symptoms. It is also very popular with pregnant ladies and those trying to conceive. Unfortunately, I didn’t think about trying it out when I was having treatment for breast cancer because I’ve since heard that it is a great option during chemo. Having had a session now, I can totally see how this would be the case.

After my initial consultation, I was told to sit back and relax and for the next  40-50 minutes or so ( I’m not going to lie, I lost all track of time), while Nicola worked her magic. I tried really hard not to fall asleep because I did that once in a sound therapy session and felt like I’d missed the all good stuff! Once it was all over (sad times), Nicola mentioned that even though I seemed very relaxed, my feet were telling me I was a little stressed, which most probably had a lot to do with it being the week before a festival I was working on, and she also felt tension in the ‘liver point’ on my foot – Most probably down to the fact that I’m partial to the occasional gin or two ;)

Is reflexology for you?

Why not!? I left Nicola feeling on top of the world! Seriously. It was a glorious day outside, and as I walked through the park to get home, I was beaming and feeling totally relaxed. In a very unlike me move, I even decided that work could wait a little longer, so I sat down for an extra twenty minutes and basked in the sunshine.

What did reflexology do for me?

Aside from total relaxation during the session, I also had the best night’s sleep I’d had in a long time. One thing that may (or may not if you’re a cynic) be linked to my time with Nicola, is that my hand pain left me for a whole week. It’s sadly back again now, after a long day of working outside in the cold over the weekend –  I’m not sure if it was just a coincidence, but I hope to do more research to see if it was in fact reflexology that helped.

As the Association of Reflexologists say “Some people find it works for them – some don’t. The best way to find out is to try it!”

I’m certainly hoping to go back for more.

If you’d like to try it you can find a reflexologist local to you over on The Association of Reflexologists website HERE or find out more info on their Facebook page.

*Update – I have also just noticed that I didn’t have a hot flush (one of my chemo side effects) for 7 days! 

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Until next time! x

 

Step By Step

This week is all about setting myself three goals and sticking to them. I’ve been particularly useless at keeping healthy lately, so have decided the only way to get back on track is to set myself three challenges a week and stick by them. Step by step.

This week I plan to…

1: Drink five to eight glasses of water a day – I know the eight glasses a day thing is a bit of a myth, but my intake rarely comes close to two, so I’m going to try and improve on that this week. I’ll aim for eight, but realistically five will be what I achieve, and that’s OK. The trouble I have with drinking water is that it needs to be sipped… I’d get through more if I were allowed to gulp it all down in one go. So. Many. Rules!

2: Use the treadmill daily for twenty five minutes – It may not seem like much, but I truly am the worlds most unfit person at the moment… I’m not going to push it because I’d rather do some and not just sit there dreading doing more than I can motivate myself to do. Both Fat Cat and Betsy the Chihuahua are scared of the treadmill when it’s motion… Appears to runs in the family!

3:  Alcohol, snacks and bread (albeit wheat-free) are BANNED this week. I can eat anything else (in moderation), but if I touch any of those baddies, I shall be sending myself to the naughty corner.

OK, well let’s see how I do with these. I’m usually pretty good at sticking to things if I share them with someone else, so it’s lucky I’ll have you there to watch over me.

Why don’t you join me and set yourself a few goals this week? It may not feel like it now in this cold weather, but Summer will be here before we know it, and we need to be looking our best when we strip off our thermal layers!

Step By Step

 

Lesson Learnt – The Dentist

Those of you that know me are aware that I have spent many years being petrified of the dentist and have failed to make it into a surgery for an exceedingly long time. We’re talking seven years here – I’m not proud, and I’m certainly not clever. It now looks like I’m going to pay big time!

It took some doing, but Alex managed to convince me to go to his dental surgery. After much resistance and dentist vetting, I finally agreed to go to the one that had the qualifications to knock me out if need be. I actually didn’t think I’d make it into the surgery without having a nervous breakdown, but when the day came I was surprised myself and managed to muster up the courage. My dentist had been prepped and was told that I was a nervous patient and was pretty calming in his manner. After my x-rays, he said that I’d probably be happy to know that my teeth were not as unpleasant as they could have could have been for someone with such a low attendance. Yes, I needed work doing, but it wasn’t as dire as some of the work that I’ve had done in the past – The reason for my seven year neglect.

Unfortunately, after my first appointment I was still suffering with terrible toothache, leading to severe headaches, so the next few appointments were all about finding the cause of the problem. I won’t go into too much detail (as I still find it hard to talk about teeth), but essentially the nerve has already been removed and the tooth is still hurting. This means that the tooth has to be extracted (luckily its towards the back) and I now have to have an implant. It’s all an extremely pricey affair, which is likely to cause much trauma!

*Very very sad face*

Anyway, I’m currently just sitting here pretty miffed that I can’t get an appointment until September 3rd as my dentist has gone away on holiday. Such shoddy planning on his part! Gone are the days where I never wanted to step foot in a dental surgery and hello to regular appointments. I wish I hadn’t left it so long, but what can you do.

Consider that my lesson learnt.

*Sulks*