What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation which consists of focusing your full attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Your breathe is used as an anchor to help keep you in the present moment. Focusing on each breath in this way allows you to observe your thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the world around you. Over time you come to realise that thoughts are not real and they come and go of their own accord.
You are not your thoughts.
Reminding yourself to take notice of any thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the world around you is the first step towards mindfulness. It enables you to step out of automatic pilot and become fully present in your everyday life which improves your mental health and physical well being.
Reflexology is a therapeutic foot massage that aids relaxation and rebalances the body. It revolves around the understanding that there are reflex points on the feet that relate to the structure and function to various parts of the body. Applying pressure to these reflexes using gentle massage may influence the state of the body in many ways.
Gout is a condition which occurs when the metabolism becomes defective causing uric acid crystals to build up in the joints, most commonly around the big toe. It is another form of arthritis which can be intensely painful. These crystals may be present for years without you knowing, but on occasions, they can trigger an attack of gout.
The kidneys are the organs that are in charge of uric acid production so during a reflexology treatment I will work on the kidney point and the adrenal glands as well as circulation. I will pay particular attention to the urethra, bladder and any other organ points that indirectly support kidney function. Reflexology can also be used to break up uric acid crystal deposits that are found in the area of the foot that relate to the kidneys.
Marie came to me for EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) because she wanted to clear her fear of heights phobia. She was due to go on a skiing holiday and she was finding herself worrying about how she would cope with her fear. The anxiety she was experiencing was preventing her from looking forward to the holiday.
Her fear had built up slowly over the years and with this fear she had developed insecurities such as, “I don’t trust myself, I think I’m gonna jump.”
In the first EFT session we discussed her past experiences that may have contributed to her fear and she shared a few memories with me. Her earliest recollection of fearing heights was when she was five years old and she was in a tree house, and another when she was on the cliffs at Branscombe. Other memories included being on the stairs in Ikea.
Each phobic memory created phobic feelings which reinforced her belief that heights were dangerous, and she couldn’t trust herself. Her fear was so strong that she could feel her phobia just by talking about it. Even though we were sat in the safety of my treatment room, just talking about her phobia, she could connect to her fear. It was palpable and real and alive in that moment.
The mind cannot differentiate between a thought and reality so when you are focusing on an event in your mind, your mind thinks you are experiencing it for real.
Plantar fasciitis (“PLAN-ter fash-ee-EYE-tus”) is the most common cause of foot pain. The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes and which supports the arch of your foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed) and then your heel or the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk.
Plantar fasciitis is common in middle-aged people, but it also occurs in younger people who are on their feet a lot. It can happen in one foot or both feet and it is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament which can lead to pain and swelling. This is more likely to happen if:
Reflexology is the most popular treatment I offer but you don’t have to miss out if you think you may have athletes foot.
Athlete’s foot (also known as ringworm of the foot or tinea pedis) is a fungal infection of the foot, especially between the toes. The infection can make the skin can turn white and thicken. The fungus can also cause the skin to redden, crack and flake and this may cause itching.
If the infection spreads across the sole of the foot it is referred to as moccasin athlete’s foot. The soles of the feet, the heels and the edges of the feet are then dry, scaly and may be itchy.
You can treat athlete’s foot naturally by soaking your feet for at least 10 minutes in warm water. Add ½ cup of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of Himalayan crystal salt or sea salt to the water and repeat this for up to two weeks. When drying your feet it is important to make sure they are completely dry.
Essential oils that are particularly helpful in treating athlete’s foot are tea tree and peppermint. Tea tree oil is well known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and peppermint oil has astringent and antimicrobial properties and contains menthol, which can help provide relief to the inflammation this condition causes. The combination of these oils create a perfect synergy to combat athletes foot. They must not be used neat on the skin as they need to be added to a carrier oil or cream before application.