Reflexology my personal all-time favourite

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Reflexology is a specialised and extremely relaxing foot massage which stimulates reflexes on the feet to bring the body and mind into harmonious balance.

How reflexology works 👣

Each reflex point on the foot (hand or face) corresponds to a particular organ, system or structure in the body. Stress, illness and just the normal daily grind can cause energy pathways in the body to become blocked and imbalanced which prevents organs and systems from functioning optimally.

During your reflexology treatment we will:

  • detect energy blockages and by massaging the reflex points,

  • stimulate the body’s natural healing processes,

  • promote relaxation,

  • improve circulation,

  • detoxify the body,

  • and work any underlying problems, both physical and emotional.

    You will be amazed by what we discover!

    Reflexology is a safe and natural holistic therapy which treats the body, mind and spirit. It is a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable therapy, which can be used alongside existing therapies and treatments and is suitable for absolutely everyone.

    Your reflexology foot massage will leave you feeling happier, healthier and better equipped to cope with day to day strains and stresses.

    WHAT CAN REFLEXOLOGY TREAT?

    I believe that we hold emotions in various organs and muscles in the body.  For instance, anxiety is often held in the digestive system, or stress in the neck and shoulders. Even if we have mentally dealt with something, emotions from our past and present can linger in the body and potentially hold us back.  Reflexology can release these deep-rooted anxieties and emotions enabling our body and mind to perform at their best.

    By promoting the body’s natural healing process, reflexology can help with almost all conditions and problems. Below are just a few examples of things that a reflexology treatment, or series of treatments, can improve.

  • Anxiety and Stress

  • Arthritis

  • Back and neck pain

  • Chronic illnesses – diabetes, MS

  • Depression

  • Digestive disorders and constipation

  • Fertility

  • Hormonal imbalances

  • Migraine and headaches                                             

  • Sinusitis

  • Sleep disorders

  • Sports injury

Don't delay book your treatment today!

60 mins $85 Six Treatments $450

When Life feels like it's to much, to tough!

Bad experiences are a part of life that we all have to deal with. No one is immune. We all have to deal with pain, disappointment and loss. We all have to struggle at one point or another. But it’s how you responds that defines who you become.

I’m a firm believer that we need adversity in our life. It’s what makes us stronger. It’s overcoming life’s obstacles that makes us grow. I know I wouldn’t be the person I am today had I not been through my fair share struggles.

I want to help you do the same. I want to help you, not only make it through the tough times, but become a better person in the process.

Choose to Have a Positive View in Life

Your view on life is the set of attitudes, assumptions, and expectations you hold about yourself, other people, and the world in general. Are you a pessimistic or optimistic? Is the glass half empty of half full? Are you trusting or suspicious? Are you generous or stingy?

When you decide to have a positive life stance, you’re putting yourself in the best position to deal with, and grow from, those bad experiences in life.

“Life is not the way it’s supposed to be, it’s the way it is. The way you cope is what makes the difference.” – Virginia Satir

You have two choices when life throws  a curve ball, you can stay positive and understand that sometimes the going gets tough, or you can pout and be mad at the world for all your misfortunes.

If you’re reading this blog, I know you’re that first person, not the second.

It’s okay to get down sometimes. I’ve been there before, where you just feel like life is out to get you and there’s nothing you can do but throw you hands up and let life have its way with you.

But eventually you have to pull yourself up and start fighting back. You can’t get stuck in that down and depressed state.

Think Outside the Box

When you find yourself in sticky situation, sometimes the only thing you can do is ride it out. But other times, you may be able to find a solution ifyou can think outside of the box.

Let your anger and frustrations fuel your creativity.

There’s a commercial running right now of young boy at the baseball diamond practicing his swing by himself. He throws the ball up in the air, screams, “I’m the greatest batter in the world!” and then swings for the ball.

He does this three times in a row and can’t hit the ball once. After the third strike, he thinks for a second then screams, “I’m the greatest pitcher in the world!”

That’s getting creative.

Find the Value of Your Bad Experience

Whenever something bad happens in life, there’s always a lesson to be learned. But in order to find those lessons, you have to identify two things: The data and the insights

The data is just the cold hard fact. The insights are the conclusions made from the data.

The data from the baseball story above was that the kid couldn’t hit the ball in three tries. The insights could have been that he was a terrible batter, but he came to the conclusion that he was an amazing pitcher.

“Facing difficulties is inevitable, learning from them optional” – John Maxwell

The next time you find yourself having just gone through a bad experience, take the time to dissect what happened. How did you get in that situation? What could you do to prevent it from happening again? How can you handle things better next time?

Without asking those questions, you won’t be able to grow from that experience. You’ll just be frustrated, upset, and bound to be in the same situation again.

Make a Change

It doesn’t matter how much you learn from that bad experience unless it directly changes what you do in the future. The learning only matters if it helps you prevent another bad experience from happening.

You have all of your data and your insights; now you have to actually turn that into something useful.

Create a game plan and stick to it.

Take Control of Your Life

Don’t label yourself a victim. Being a victim means you’re not in control and if you’re not in control then it’ll be impossible for you to grow from those bad experiences.

You have to stay in the driver’s seat when it comes to learning from life’s unfortunate moments, and using them as learning experiences that you grow from. You can’t be the kind of person that just “goes with the flow” because more often than not that flow is headed somewhere you don’t want to be.

Life is a series of peaks and valleys, and I really believe it’s what we do and how we respond at the low points in life that determines who we become and the success that we’ll find.

When you’ve been through hell once, it’s easier the second time.

Written by: Tony J. Robinson is the founder of DoReallyGood.com, which is the place to go for the information and inspiration necessary to take your life’s most important goals and make them a reality. You can pick up a copy of his free eBook, “8 Killer Resources to Streamline Your Personal Development” here.






Here comes summer

Here comes the sun. After Winter months and dreary weather, it is a wonderful thing to be outside and basking in the sun and the warmth. For most of us, a day at the beach or lots of time spent outdoors is the way we fill our days. The sun though can be damaging. Those of us who have been sun burnt know how harsh the sun’s rays can be. Even without sunburn, your skin can become dry and dehydrated. 

Top Tips for protecting your skin

Water 
Water keeps your skin hydrated and can help avoid the fine lines and wrinkles that you get with dry skin. Keeping hydrated can reduce peeling. An adult needs to drink 1.125 litres per 30 kg of body weight. A 75 kg adult needs 2.810 litres of water. A 60 kg adult needs 2.250 litres of water. When the weather is hot and you are sweating more, you need to drink more water than what is recommended for your body weight. Try to add an extra 500 mls – 1 litre more daily. 

The Good Oil 
Oily fish, seafood, olive oil, flaxseeds, nuts and seeds are all good for providing good quality oils and essential fatty acids which are important for skin health. Lack of omega 3 and 6 in the diet can make the skin dry and flaky. Lipids (fats) are an important part of skin structure, so it’s important to have good fats in the diet for skin health. 

Antioxidants and Bioflavanoids 
Eat a variety of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables every day to provide antioxidants and bioflavanoids to protect and nourish the skin. Bioflavanoids help to protect collagen, elastine and hyaluronic acid which are all important for healthy skin. Antioxidants help to reduce the free radical damage caused by the suns UVB rays.

Vitamins 
Vitamin C is an essential water-soluble vitamin and antioxidant that protects against the free radical damage caused by the suns rays. Vitamin A and E can reduce wrinkles and make your skin look and feel smoother and are essential for the maintenance and repair of skin tissue. (these vitamins can be toxic in high doses. It is important to follow the instructions on the label if taking as a supplement). Vitamin A and vitamin E both have more beneficial effects in a lotion base as they protect the skin against the sun’s rays and help to plump up the skin. Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant even more powerful than vitamin C or E. It’s ability to penetrate both oil and water means that it affects skin cells from both inside and outside the body. This can help slow the ageing of skin.

Sun Sense 
Avoid the harshest part of the day in the sun which is from 10am -2pm. This is when you are most likely to get sun burnt and dehydrated. Cover up and use a good quality sun lotion when you are outside. Sunburn not only causes pain and peeling skin, but the damage can be long term with an increased risk of sun induced skin cancers such as melanoma.

Source: Vicki Philbey Healthries

Recommendations by Carmel

My favorites for Summer Protection

  1. Sun Screen Oasis Sunblock Natural and no Nasty Chemicals

  2. Iced Teas make it easy to keep hydrated T2,Try the new In’fuse twinings.co.nz

  3. Phyt’s lip balm is the best!

  4. Good Sunglasses

  5. A hat that covers your face and ears

Survive the Silly Season

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With Christmas almost upon us, the following ten tips can help get you through the silly season relatively unscathed!

  1. Moderation is the Key! Look for areas where you can scale back chances to over-indulge. Assess you invitations and make some decisions: which parties do you want to go to? Choose the ones that you wish to drink alcohol at and keep the others alcohol free.

  2. Drink a glass of warm water with 1/4 lemon squeezed into it every morning—your liver loves this!

  3. Take a specific liver-protecting supplement that contains Milk Thistle. This herb is specific for protecting liver cells.

  4. Take a good quality B vitamin or multi before drinking alcohol. The B vitamins help your liver process and detoxify alcohol. There is also some research to show that they lessen/ prevent a hangover.

  5. Alternate an alcoholic drink with a glass of water.

  6. Fresh is best! Avoid deep fried and processed canapés and starters – go for ones that have vegetables or fresh foods as their base.

  7. Increase your exercise to off-set your extra calorie intake: 1 standard drink is roughly equivalent to the carbohydrates in 1 piece of bread and it takes at least 20 minutes of fast-paced walking to burn it off!

  8. Never turn up to an event ravenous! Make sure you maintain your protein intake throughout the day. If this has been a challenge for you, make sure you have a protein rich snack before heading out.

  9. Go for weight maintenance rather than focusing on weight loss – be kind to yourself. Set yourself realistic and achievable goals around your health and weight.

  10. Practice “Hara Hashi Bu” – A Japanese saying that translates to: ’Eat only until you are 80% full’. While it can take some practice, it will prevent you from consuming unnecessary calories. It’s the ultimate practice of moderation!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Catherine Pritchard

Catherine is a scientific naturopath who is experienced in working with business women to increase their energy, motivation and productivity. Her innovative programs are based on the latest research and incorporate simple dietary changes so that you can get the most out of each and every day.

Thank-you Catherine for your wise word