How Fertility Reflexology can help you conceive

Fertility Reflexology, how can it help

 

So, what is Fertility Reflexology ?

When I am carrying out a Fertility Reflexology treatment, what I am doing is working the reflex points of the endocrine system on the foot, in a very specific order, to correct any imbalances leading to infertility and thus significantly increasing your chances of having a baby.  Each time I work a reflex point, signals are sent to the brain which sends communication signals to the hormonal system.  These positively re-balance the organs and systems within the body and specifically the reproductive system.  This process also removes blocks in the “energy pathways” also known as meridians, allowing the flow of energy to go exactly where it is needed.

Stress and anxiety can have a negative impact on fertility by raising your cortisol levels and affecting your chances of conceiving.  I always start the treatment with a full Reflexology routine to balance the body and the mind before commencing on the Fertility part of the treatment.  I also use Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping)  to help reduce stress levels and bringing about a positive mindset. 

I have successfully worked with clients with the following issues;

  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • PMS
  • Inconsistent cycle
  • PCOS
  • Endometriosis.

This would also be a good treatment for ladies going through the menopause.

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

Reflexology is amazing if you are trying to conceive naturally or embarking on IVF, ICSI, GIFT, Donor Egg, ZIFT etc. or any other method of assisted conception.  It can support both members of the couple both mentally and physically leading towards a positive outcome by keeping stress and anxiety at bay thus giving the treatment the best possible chance of succeeding.  The routines used will support you at every stage of the assisted reproductive process and will never harm the treatment.  It is good to start fertility reflexology before embarking on your treatment.

Damn Corona !


Damn Corona !!!

Really and truly, what on earth is going on ?

A year ago I spoke to a good friend of mine, Jean, about my concerns over chemtrails, 5g, climate change and lots of other things that affect the environment and the health of the animals and people.  She said to me at the time, don’t worry Catherine, the earth will look after itself.  I think that time has come and I think the world we live in is resetting and changing.

First of all we had the bush fires in Australia which caused people to lose their homes, their lives and the lives of many,many animals.

Now we have the Corona Virus, or Covid-19 as they call it, which apparently originated from people eating bats in China.  Now China are over the hump of this terrible virus and will be supplying Ireland with ventilators, hospital gowns etc.  Their economy is now going to boom again.

Through the fear of contracting this virus or the fear of my parents and other elderly people in our society getting it, I decided to focus on the positive things which are coming out of this pandemic.

We are no longer operating as a “Me” anymore.  We are operating as a “We”.  We have come together as a family and as a community to help each other through this crisis.  We’re ensuring that our elderly neighbours have shopping in, that they can go shopping at a quieter time when there is a less chance of contracting the virus.  Our friends in social welfare have been working around the clock to ensure that those who lost their jobs, would get a payment.  Thousands of people have volunteered themselves to help out in the hospitals.  You also have random volunteers offering to mind children whose parents have to work through the crisis.

Because of the “Lockdown”, we have less planes in the sky and less cars on the road improving the quality of the air we are breathing.  And did you see in Venice, you can now see the fish in the water because there are no boats polluting the water.

I believe the world is changing for the better.  The way we work, the way we school and the way we do things will all change.  Employers will see that it is now possible and cost effective for staff to work from home.  This in turn will reduce gridlock which will also reduce our air pollution.

Maybe schools will see that there may be other ways to educate our children.  It also gets us parents to be more involved in our children’s schooling.

And one more thing, being in “lockdown” is forcing us to slow down and relax a bit more.  It’s giving us time to do the things we like to do like reading a book, being creative, gardening.

And for me, I have more time to do my meditation which keeps me grounded and in the “Now”.  It sets my mind straight and keeps me calm especially when the boys are driving me mad 🤣🤣.

So, that’s the end of my positive diatribe on the Corona Virus.  We must take our responsibility to ourselves, our families, our neighbours and the public very seriously.  We have a duty to be mindful of everything we do right now.

  • Keeping our hands washed following the recommendations to wash for 20 seconds
  • Sneezing and coughing in to our elbows or tissues instead of in to the air
  • Using plastic gloves in public whilst shopping and getting petrol
  • Ensuring that we keep our distance (2 metres) from others and that our children keep their distance from others too
  • Don’t share bottles or cups.
  • Keep surfaces clean and disinfected

So, watch this space, the world itsa changing !

Be safe everyone  

New Years Resolutions

 Tomorrow is the first blank page

of a 365 page book.

Write a good one !!!   

~ Brad Paisley

So,  Happy New Year  everyone and I hope you all had a great Christmas.  Let 2020 be a great year for you all !

I have to admit, I was one of those people that quit making New Year’s Resolutions, basically because I never keep them.  It really is so difficult, which is why we all tend to quit !

However, this year, my approach is going to be completely different because I believe that you need to make resolutions that bring you Joy and are a joy to do.

So, this year I’m getting ORGANISED because it will make me really happy if I can balance my Family, my business and taking time for myself.  And to help me with getting organised, my hubby gave me a wonderful Christmas present called a Rocketbook.

Rocketbook, what is that I hear you ask ???  Well, in a nutshell, it is a reusable notebook which you can use for planning, journaling, calendaring or for anything you want to use it for.  You simply write up what’s on your mind, your plans, goals, calendar and take a snapshot of your page and it is filed in the cloud. (I use Evernote for most of my “cloud” work).  You then wipe your page with a damp cloth and start again.  So my plan is to use it to set my goals, write up my todo lists and include checkboxes to make sure I complete all I need to complete.

So, what’s on my Resolutions list this year.  Well there are some things which are non-negotiable for me.  Most of these things I have been doing in some capacity anyway;

  • MEDITATION to bring inner calm and allowing me to see things more clearly.  I have been doing meditation for many years now and I love it.
  • JOURNALING, a way to get everything out of my head and down on paper.  This includes my thoughts, ideas, feelings and anything else that’s on my mind.  And while I am writing in my journal, I will also be doing my
  • GRATITUDE LIST.  Being grateful for what you have attracts other things in to your life.  Read my other Blog Post on Gratitude !
  • TAPPING. Clearing my negative blocks by tapping on certain meridians on the body and tapping the positives in to my subconscious.
  • YOGA, another great way to connect with yourself and the universe whilst also keeping you trim and fit.
  • TAKE TIME OUT for myself to read and learn and do somethings that I want to do.  Because, as the saying goes, “All Work and No Play, Makes Jack a Dull Boy !” 
  • GET FIT AND HEALTHY. I say it every year but sometimes everything just goes to pot because I simply run out of time in the day to exercise and have healthy snacks on the ready.

And last but not least, and it’s bad news for my family, but I will be DELEGATING some housework to the rest of my family so I can slowly remove that sign on my forehead which says “SLAVE”  !!

In a nutshell, ORGANISING myself to include everything that I love to do is what 2020 is all about for me and is what will guide me to success.

I would like to wish everyone many blessings for the New Year  and hope to see you all soon.

Catherine 

The Monthly Pain

  

“”Instead of getting periods, can girls just get a text once a month from Mother Nature saying “you’re not pregnant, have a nice day!”. – Unknown”   

If only it were that easy !

No, for some of us, it’s like hell on earth. Pains in your tummy, pains in your back and pains in your legs.  And yet we are expected to keep going about our day with a smile on our face, as if nothing is happening.  

However, there also those exceptional ladies that put up with these symptoms and more, year after year.  They are the ladies who have conditions such as Endometriosis and Polycystic ovaries.  With Endometriosis, you literally feel like your insides are being ripped apart by glass….ouch !!  Your whole body is being turned inside out.  And to add insult to injury, having these conditions also makes it difficult to get pregnant.

Well, there is some good news.  In the course of working with numerous ladies performing Fertility Reflexology, I have noticed a dramatic decrease in the monthly pain, and not only that, it has returned the cycle to a normal pattern and length.

How does this work you might ask ?

Well, Fertility Reflexology has a number of very balancing practices which are performed each week of the cycle.  For instance we do

  • an Endocrine Balance to balance out the hormones
  • we perform a linking routine to get our organs to work in harmony with each other
  • we perform a specific routine for each week of the cycle to enhance what is going on at that time.  This routine is also specific to the conditions being dealt with at the time.

Some of these routines are also great for ladies who are going through the menopause who feel their bodies are out of balance.

So, as you can see, Fertility Reflexology is fantastic for any lady no matter where they are in their reproductive life cycle.  From your teens to your 60’s !

Gratitude, what’s it all about ?

 Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make them happier, or thinking they can’t feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack”   

www.health.harvard.edu

And really that is what it’s all about !!

I love thinking of all the things I am grateful for, first thing in the morning because it really starts the day off in positivity to make it a GREAT day.  Initially when I started, I had my little notebook and wrote everything down, and this may well become my New Years Resolution again but mostly, I will now do it in bed, in my head, before I get up.  Having said that, during the day I might come across something that makes me envious (like someone in Dublin winning the lotto !) and I have to stop myself and say “you know Catherine, you have a lovely warm house to live in, a loving family, you have it all !!”

Hopping out of bed in the morning in the hopes of sitting down to do your Gratitude Diary sometimes doesn’t work as you very swiftly find yourself pulled in every direction, things to do, people to see, dogs and children needing to be fed, lunches to be made.  And it goes on and on !

Night time is a great time to sit and contemplate all the great things that happened during the day and to give thanks.  You may find that you have time to get the diary out and write everything down at this point.  Start each line with “Today I am grateful for……..”

My Gratitude Routine

Firstly I will take about 10 very deep breaths to put me in the zone.

Then I use my 10 fingers to count 10 things I am grateful for, and I give thanks for each and every one of them.  I also like to look inside and include some of the great personal qualities I have.

Benefits of Practising Gratitude

  • Protection from stress and depression
  • We sleep better and so have less fatigue
  • Encourages us to develop patience, humility and wisdom
  • It strengthens our relationships
  • Increases job satisfaction

And one other thing, if you feel the practice of gratitude isn’t the right thing for you at this moment of time, it may work for you at a future date !

 

 

Holistic Facial

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So What is a Holistic Facial, you might ask ??!

Well, I got asked this very question the other day, so I thought I would try to explain what it is.  We all know what a normal Facial entails and a Holistic Facial starts the same way

  • Cleanse – we start with a cleanse using either a cream cleanser or a cream wash
  • Tone – next we use a fine mist to refine the pores and tighten the skin
  • Exfoliate – for a deeper cleanse, we use a facial polish which has slightly abrasive ingredients to clear the skin which is currently shedding
  • Mask – for extra hydration we apply a mask to thoroughly clean the pores and which will allow the moisturisers to be absorbed more efficiently
  • Moisturise – serums and oils are applied to feed the dermis layer of our skin while a moisturiser will nourish the outer layers.

And we throw lots of hot towels in to the mix to make this a very luxurious treatment indeed !

With a “Holistic Approach”, our aim is to treat the whole body and not just the skin.  We do this by using massage techniques to relieve stress from the upper chest area, arms, shoulders, neck, head and face. This is done during the “Mask” phase.

The products we use are Natural and Organic from Neals Yard Remedies.  They use organic essential oils which help to bring balance and wellbeing to the client receiving the treatment.

This is a great treatment to incorporate with a Mini Facial Reflexology or Advanced Facial Reflexology.  Or try our Top to Toe Treatment which involves a Holistic Facial, Foot Reflexology and Reiki Energy Healing.

It’s All In The Face

 

Our faces tell a story….the story of our lives !!

Have you bumped into a friend in the school yard or on the street and said “You didn’t get much sleep last night !”.   Or you see this smiling face coming towards you and you think “oh, they’re really happy”.  Everything we do, feel or think is shown in our faces.  Consciously and unconsciously our thoughts are displayed in our facial expressions, which are another form of communicating with others. It is all these facial expressions that can build tension in our facial muscles adding to our lines and wrinkles.  

In comes Facial Reflexology (Bergman Method)

By releasing tension in the muscles in the face, we can release built up stress and emotions.  Because of the proximity of the face to the Central Nervous System, Facial Reflexology is powerfully effective for releasing stress, anxiety, tension headaches, sinus issues, inflammation etc.  Like Foot Reflexology, the areas of the body are mapped out on the face. Your therapist focuses on these Reflex points to stimulate the body’s healing mechanisms which in turn helps improve circulation and nerve conduction whilst encouraging the release of toxins from the body via the lymphatic system.  Some of the techniques used in this treatment are derived from the Native Americans.

Anti Aging

But it’s not only good for the body and soul.  Due to the rhythmic massages and manipulation of the Facial Reflexes;

Your facial tissue is Oxygenated

Fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed out

The production of Collagen and Elastin is stimulated

The circulation to the face and head area is improved

Your skin is toned

Puffiness is reduced or eliminated

Lymphatic Drainage is improved aiding the release of toxins and waste products

Glowing and Radiant skin

But I have Botox and Fillers……

If you have Botox in just a small localised area, then Facial Reflexology can be performed after 3 weeks have passed.  Facial Reflexology helps eliminate toxins from the body and may remove the botox effects which you have paid for.

If you have fillers, I can treat you after the inital 3 weeks have passed however, I may not be able to effectively stimulate certain Reflex points where the filler is located.

12 weeks of Zone Face Lift which is based on Reflexology can take 10 years off your face !!!

Reflexology

Your First Reflexology Treatment

Reflexology

So, you have never had a Reflexology treatment before and you would love to know what happens ??  This post will give you a brief idea of what happens…….

Reflexology Consultation Form

Prior to or on the day of your treatment, you will be required to complete a Reflexology Consultation Form so that I will have an understanding of your medical history and can tailor the treatment to you.  At the beginning of every treatment, we will also have a discussion on what’s going on and what you would like to achieve from your session. Some medical conditions may need a further Consent Form to be completed by your GP to say that it is OK for you to have a Reflexology Treatment.

All therapists will give a brief description of how Reflexology works. Reflexology will not cure a specific illness, but what it will do is reduce stress and balance the body systems so that the body can nurture and repair itself and reduce any pain that the client may have.

As a therapist, I can perform Reflexology on the feet, hands and on the face. Sometimes I may perform a treatment on two areas in one session, for instance, I might do a mini treatment on the Face and then move to the client’s Feet. They are all wonderfully relaxing treatments and most clients will fall asleep.  During a treatment,  because you are so relaxed, it is not unusual for your stomach to start rumbling.  This is known as the therapists applause !!

Is Reflexology tickly ?

A lot of people will not get Reflexology on the feet because they think it might be tickly. Well, it’s not !! A therapist uses their fingers, thumbs and hands to gently walk and massage every part of the foot and lower leg looking for imbalances (like small crystals under the skin). They will bring balance to this area which corresponds to a different part of the body. I have had clients who feel tingling sensations in their body corresponding to the part of the foot I am working on.

On rare occasions, some clients may even feel a bit of pain, when certain parts of the foot are touched. Generally, the client  feels relaxed or will have a sense of “lightness”.

Feedback during the session is encouraged, and you can request that the session stop at any time.

But I don’t like anyone seeing my feet

The amount of people I have come across who don’t like their feet and don’t like anyone else looking at them either.  Well, I am here to tell you that Reflexologists are so comfortable working with feet that they don’t mind what your feet look like.  Feet tell a story.

However, if you still don’t feel comfortable getting Reflexology on your feet, why not try Reflexology of the face.   Not only are you balancing the body through reflexes on the face, but you are also getting a lovely anti aging facial massage.

Focus of your Treatment

No matter what your presenting condition is (it could be stress, migraine, constipation, nausea, sciatica), the therapist will gently work the whole body first but will pay particular attention to the corresponding area on the foot relating to the presenting condition.

Every internal organ, gland, muscle group, bones, lymphatic system and nerve network are worked during a session.

REFLEXOLOGISTS CAN NOT AND DO NOT DIAGNOSE

What happens at the end of the treatment ?

I like to close the session with holding the Solar Plexus points and getting the client to take 3 big breaths. This process gently brings the client back in to the room.  You can take your time and you will be offered a drink of water and advised to drink plenty of water for the rest of the day.

After your Treatment
Most people get no reaction at all after a treatment however, others may have a healing response which is actually good. The response may include, nausea, frequent urination or bowel movements, mucous discharge, tiredness and enhanced sleep, extra energy, pain relief, emotional release.  Reactions may last 24-48 hours.

Frequency of Treatments

To keep the body in balance, it is advisable to have a treatment every 4 – 6 weeks.  For Fertility Reflexology, the frequency of treatments could be weekly whilst the therapist brings balance to the endocrine system to prepare the body for pregnancy.  Some conditions may also require more frequent treatments but you can discuss this with your therapist.

Can I claim back my Reflexology Treatment Costs ?

Yes, because I am a member of the National Register of Reflexologists in Ireland, this entitles you to claim back part of your treatment costs from your private health insurer.  However, do look at their website or give them a call to see what you are entitled to !

 

Autumn is here……

I was out for a walk this morning and was blown away by the myriad of colours before me.  It was a sheer joy to see.  As much as I love the sunshine in Summer, you just can’t beat the colours of the leaves on the trees and on the ground.  I just want to paint the picture !!  It got me thinking about Autumn though and how these beautiful leaves indicate CHANGE.  It emphasizes how life is always changing and we are always changing also.

As leaves change their colour, we also make changes to bring extra COMFORT in to our lives.  We wear warmer clothes, we pull out the blankets (well I do !) and we dig out the hats and scarves in preparation for the colder weather.  We also bring comfort to our houses by making them cosy and snug by ensuring we have our logs in, that our oil tanks are full or our gas boilers are working.

Autumn is also the time for PROTECTION.  It’s the time when we think about our health by boosting our immune system with vitamins, healthy foods, probiotics and ensuring our cough bottles, echinacea, essential oils and other remedies are on hand.

As the Autumn Equinox kicks in, Day and Night are the same length, bringing BALANCE in to our lives.  This would be a great time to bring further balance and equilibrium into your body, mind, and soul by seeking a holistic treatment such as Reflexology, Reiki, Yoga etc. which are designed to do this for you and are also a joy to receive.

What the colour of your nail varnish means for you

What your Nail Varnish Colour Says About You.

As a Reflexology Therapist, I am very drawn to feet.  Even though many people are squeamish about showing off their feet, it doesn’t bother me in the slightest, because every pair of feet I have the pleasure of meeting, tell me a story.  It could be findings I have come across as I perform reflexology, it could the where the calluses are placed on the feet, it could be the colour of nail varnish you wear on your toes.

Although you might think that you are picking a certain colour of nail varnish to maybe go with an outfit, it could also be that your subconscious is drawing you to a certain colour depending on what is going on in your life at that time and how you are feeling.  So here is a little run down of what the different colours mean;

Red – Energy

A lighter red indicates that you are an ambitious person whilst a darker red indicates that you wish you had more energy in your life to fulfil your ambitions.

Orange – Joy

Wearing the wonderful bright colour of joyful orange means you want to attract more fun in to your life.

Yellow – Detachment

A very bright person wears yellow.  You are full of curiosity and wish to attract more happiness in to your life.

Green – Harmony

If you wear green nail varnish, you tend to look for the best in everyone.  You strive for peace and calm in your life.

Blue – Relaxation

Wearing blue indicates that you wish to attract patience, perseverance and peacefulness into your life.  You also want to attract truthfulness and honesty.

Indigo – Perception

Do you want to be more perceptive and intuitive ?  When you want to achieve something difficult, you will wear this colour.

Violet – Dignity

You will wear violet if you want to be respected for who you are.

Magenta – Compassion

Wearing this colour indicates that you would like to be more organised and feel better about yourself.  Magenta is the colour used to help us let go of the past and  to change any habits which no longer serves us.  It is the colour of compassion and nurturing.

White – Completeness

Wearing white nail varnish indicates that you want to attract more peace and overcome problems in your life.  It tends to be worn by people who are feeling stressed out.

Black – Control

Black is worn by people who want to ward off negativity or want to stand on their own to feet and face their fears.

Brown – Comfort

Do you want to attract more comfort and security in to your life ?  People who wear this colour also want to feel safe and grounded.

Pink – Love

Wearing pink indicates that you want to attract more love and affection in to your life.

Gold – Maturity

You wear gold when you need to meet new challenges and sparkle.

Silver – Reflective

Silver is the colour to wear when you are going through a phase of reflection and want to resolve emotional disputes and stay calm.

Turquoise – Independence

Wearing turquoise indicates that you want to attract more freedom and independence in to your life.

 

I have taken the above information from a wonderful book I am reading called The Foot Reading Coach by Jane Sheehan.

 

The power of positive thinking

The Power of Positive Thinking

 

I love this quote by Dr. Swati Kannan;

Whatever you believe in your heart
to be true is a reality in your life.
As a result, you then attract events,
experiences and people in your life
to match your ‘loves’ or ‘beliefs’.

 

I am really good at talking to my children about thinking positively and up until now, haven’t been so good at doing it myself.  Like my son said to me last week, mammy, I might get 60% in my French in the Summer exam, and he would be happy with this because it is not a subject that he excels in.  However, if you aim for 60% you have already limited yourself.  We had a little chat about being a little bit more positive and maybe aim for a higher result, just to push the potential a little further.

I find that sometimes I get bogged down with what life throws at me that I don’t stop to think of the good in a situation. And like lots of people I talk myself out of achieving my goals before I ever take my first steps towards achieving them.  So, to bring positivity back in to my life, there are a number of things which I make time to do in the morning and they really set me up for the day.  Like most things, positive thinking is a habit which you can change and there are a number of ways to do this. Repetition is key. They are;

Self Hypnosis

I first came across Self Hynosis whilst reading the book “My Life Goals Journal” by Andrea Hayes.  It is all about journaling and writing out your goals so you have them in front of you and can assess them every day.  And, as part of this book, I was pointed to Andrea’s website www.andreahayes.ie where she has month by month Self Hynosis audios to listen to and are free to access by anyone.  What self hypnosis does, is move your goals and beliefs from your conscious mind, in to your subconscious mind.  It has proven to be very effective in helping people to change their thought processes and eventually behaviours, making you more confident and focussed on achieving your intentions and goals.  So I am a work in progress on this one !!!

Meditation

There are two types of meditations which I do to get rid of my “Brain Junk”.  The first one is from headspace.com which teaches you how to be mindful in many different situations.  I first came across this when I went through a phase of bad insomnia and found it great for relaxation and also a great way to manage things which worry me or cause anxiety.  With Headspace, they offer you 10 minutes for 10 days free and then if you like it, you can sign up.

The second type of meditations I do are the Visualization type meditations.  There are numerous ones on Youtube to suit every taste.  I like to do meditations to balance my energy centres and also some to manifest my goals.  Imagining what you want to achieve keeps you focussed on your goals and what you want from your life.

Mantras

Mantras or Affirmations are proven methods of self-improvement because of their ability to rewire our brains.  Much like exercise, they raise the level of feel-good hormones and push our brains to form new clusters of “positive thought” neurons.  Just saying positive mantras in your head every day can make your day more positive.  Here are some mantras I have come across but you can make up your own too;

  • Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy
  • My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil
  • My marriage is becoming stronger, deeper, and more stable each day
  • I am blessed with an incredible family and wonderful friends
  • I acknowledge my own self-worth; my confidence is soaring
  • I am conquering my illness; I am defeating it steadily each day
  • My fears of tomorrow are simply melting away
  • I overcome fears by following my dreams

 

It is reported that Positive thinking has many health benefits such as;

  • helps lower stress in the body
  • lowers rates of depression
  • increases your lifespan
  • better relationships as you look for the good in everyone
  • because of the reduction in stress, it lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • better coping skills when you’re going through a rough patch
  • boosts your motivation so you can reach your goals
  • more successful
  • your inner beauty will shine as happy smiley people are more attractive

So its definitely worth a try.  Remember……

 

Think Positively by Dreaming big, Thinking big, Acting big

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I love this quote by Dr. Swati Kannan;

Whatever you believe in your heart
to be true is a reality in your life.
As a result, you then attract events,
experiences and people in your life
to match your ‘loves’ or ‘beliefs’.

I am really good at talking to my children about thinking positively and up until now, haven’t been so good at doing it myself.  Like my son said to me last week, mammy, I might get 60% in my French in the Summer exam, and he would be happy with this because it is not a subject that he excels in.  However, if you aim for 60% you have already limited yourself.  We had a little chat about being a little bit more positive and maybe aim for a higher result, just to push the potential a little further.

I find that sometimes I get bogged down with what life throws at me that I don’t stop to think of the good in a situation. And like lots of people I talk myself out of achieving my goals before I ever take my first steps towards achieving them.  So, to bring positivity back in to my life, there are a number of things which I make time to do in the morning and they really set me up for the day.  Like most things, positive thinking is a habit which you can change and there are a number of ways to do this. Repetition is key. They are;

Self Hypnosis

I first came across Self Hynosis whilst reading the book “My Life Goals Journal” by Andrea Hayes.  It is all about journaling and writing out your goals so you have them in front of you and can assess them every day.  And, as part of this book, I was pointed to Andrea’s website www.andreahayes.ie where she has month by month Self Hynosis audios to listen to and are free to access by anyone.  What self hypnosis does, is move your goals and beliefs from your conscious mind, in to your subconscious mind.  It has proven to be very effective in helping people to change their thought processes and eventually behaviours, making you more confident and focussed on achieving your intentions and goals.  So I am a work in progress on this one !!!

Meditation

There are two types of meditations which I do to get rid of my “Brain Junk”.  The first one is from headspace.com which teaches you how to the mindful in many different situations.  I first came across this when I went through a phase of bad insomnia and found it great for relaxation and also a great way to manage things which worry me or cause anxiety.  With Headspace, they offer you 10 minutes for 10 days free and then if you like it, you can sign up.

The second type of meditations I do are the Visualization type meditations.  There are numerous ones on Youtube to suit every taste.  I like to do meditations to balance my energy centres and also some to manifest my goals.  Imagining what you want to achieve keeps you focussed on your goals and what you want from your life.

Mantras

Mantras or Affirmations are proven methods of self-improvement because of their ability to rewire our brains.  Much like exercise, they raise the level of feel-good hormones and push our brains to form new clusters of “positive thought” neurons.  Just saying positive mantras in your head every day can make your day more positive.  Here are some mantras I have come across but you can make up your own too;

  • Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy
  • My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil
  • My marriage is becoming stronger, deeper, and more stable each day
  • I am blessed with an incredible family and wonderful friends
  • I acknowledge my own self-worth; my confidence is soaring
  • I am conquering my illness; I am defeating it steadily each day
  • My fears of tomorrow are simply melting away
  • I overcome fears by following my dreams

Avoid Negative Thoughts

Lots of people talk themselves out of achieving their goals before they ever take their first step toward achieving them. You can be better than that by learning how to avoid negative thoughts and instead focus on the positive.

It is reported that Positive thinking has many health benefits such as;

  • helps lower stress in the body
  • lowers rates of depression
  • increases your lifespan
  • better relationships as you look for the good in everyone
  • because of the reduction in stress, it lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • better coping skills when you’re going through a rough patch
  • boosts your motivation so you can reach your goals
  • more successful
  • your inner beauty will shine as happy smiley people are more attractive

So remember……

Dream big, Think big, Act big

Sinus Problems

What is it about this time of the year when everyone has an issue with their sinuses ??

Sinus infections can be caused in a number of ways.  For me it is a combination of consuming dairy products and having the heating on in the house which causes inflammation and  congestion.  Exposure to other airborne allergens such as cigarette smoke, dry air, dental infections, having a cold, can also trigger the condition.

Having a sinus infection can make your whole face and teeth ache and can make life very uncomfortable in general.  A few things you can do to relieve symptoms are:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Use a nasal rinse to wash out the sinuses
  • Run a diffuser in your house with organic essential oils to clean the air
  • Make a lemon, ginger and honey drink to have during the day
  • Make a Master Tonic.  Recipe can be found here (https://www.happy-mothering.com/04/health-2/natural-remedies-master-tonic-recipe/)
  • Reflexology

 

As you can see from my diagram above, the Sinus reflexes are in the pads of your toes (not including the big toe).  What you need to do is gently massage the pads of every toe, maybe 30 seconds to a minute on each.  What you may find is that one of your toes feels like it has a little bit of grit in it.  Spend a little extra time releasing this blockage.  

Also use your fingers to walk around the base of your big toe a few times, this is your neck area.  After that you can massage the front of your big toe from the bottom of your toe up to your nail.  This will provide some relief to the mouth, jaw and teeth.

For a headache, massage the top of every toe, front and back for a few minutes.

The same principals can be used on the hand.  Massage the pads of each finger a few times to release and blockages.

It is very important to drink plenty of water after receiving reflexology or performing reflexology on yourself.  This will help to flush toxins out of your system.

You may find later on that your nose will start running and clearing out.  Generally if I have a reflexology session myself, my nose starts running, usually when I go to bed.

I hope this information can provide some relief to those of you who are suffering !

Reflexology for Detox

The good thing about January is, you get to start everything afresh again.  After indulging in all the Christmas delights, I welcome the opportunity to make decisions on how I want to detox my life… body, mind and even my house.  I’ve already cut out my beloved Brennans batch bread because it induces terrible brain fog when I eat too much and I have introduced probiotics in the form of ferments like Milk Kefir, Sauerkraut, ginger bug, Master Tonic and Kombucha.  Of course, we can also detox our bodies by being mindful of the creams and cosmetics we put on our skin.  Everything we put on our skin gets absorbed in to our blood stream.  For this I use products from Neals Yard Remedies which are natural and organic, https://ie.nyrorganic.com/shop/catherinerutherford.  Exercise is another way of improving our health and also helps to detox the impurities from our bodies.  An app like Headspace is a great way to learn mindfulness which will organise your mind.  It only takes a few minutes every day to meditate but if you’re like me, it is hard to find those few minutes, so note to self, first thing in the morning is good !!

Reflexology………

BUT, how would you like to get rid of all those nasty toxins by lying on a bed and letting someone else massage your feet ?  Yes it is that easy !  Reflexology naturally encourages the body to flush out toxins by boosting blood circulation and lymphatic movement.  Every organ and function in the body has a reflex point on the foot which a Reflexologist applies pressure to and massages, stimulating every organ to release stored toxins.  It also has the added benefit of relaxing the mind and inducing a state of calm bringing the body back to homeostasis, thus maximising its ability to heal – physically, emotionally and mentally.  Having a reflexology session every 4 to 5 weeks will help keep the body in balance.

It is important that plenty of water or herbal teas are drunk to aid in the detoxification after a reflexology session.

Contact me on catherine@soultherapies.ie to make an appointment.