Archive for ‘Case Studies’

November 18, 2013

Reflexology Case Study…Treatment 6

by lrmetcalfe

Treatment Plan

Today is my client’s last treatment.  I want to make sure I give her a thorough treatment and discuss any health issues she has and long-term lifestyle changes she could make to stay healthy.

My client is suffering from lower back pain today, and she has had disturbed sleep for the past two nights as her daughter has been unwell with a cold.

 

The Treatment

I used cushions and blankets to ensure my client was comfortable and her posture was correct during her treatment, as she was suffering from back pain.

I focused on the reflexes for the spine, adrenal glands and pituitary gland.The ‘popping’ sensation was found in the reflexes for the thyroid gland, shoulder and lower spinal area.

The client’s feet were slightly swollen, so I focussed on performing a draining massage, working the ankles and up the calves.

 

Feedback

The client enjoyed her treatment and said she felt less tired and her feet felt less tired and achy.

 

Aftercare

To make sure she stays healthy and energised whilst her daughter is ill, I recommend my client ensures she takes her multivitamin and mineral supplement and eats a healthy balanced diet, high in fibre, fruit and vegetables and low in processed junk foods. She could also supplement with additional immune supporting remedies such as Echinacea.

My client has now completely given up diet coke and has improved her diet, she needs to ensure she continues this healthy lifestyle.

If her back pain continues, I have recommend she try having a Swedish back, neck and shoulder massage to relieve any tension, and uses cold compresses to reduce any inflammation.

My client has managed to stop taking her anxiety medication, so it is important she finds other ways to relax. I have suggested gentle exercise including walking, swimming and yoga to aid relaxation and promote the natural release of endorphins.

 

What my client thought of her treatment…

Did you enjoy your course of treatments?

Yes, my treatments were very relaxing and I felt pampered! I especially liked the massage section of the treatment.

Have you seen an improvement in any conditions or your health in general?

I generally feel better after treatment, my health is quite good anyway.

What is your favourite thing about a Reflexology treatment.

The ‘me’ time that I get, it forces me to sit down and relax; Louise makes me switch my phone off, which is rarely do.

Would you recommend this treatment to a friend?

Yes, definitely.

October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween- Pumpkin Recipes

by lrmetcalfe

PumpkinPumpkin.  This delicious winter squash, is not only great for a spooky Halloween decoration, but is bursting with health benefits too.

Pumpkin’s bright orange colour is due to its beta-carotene content, a provitamin that is converted to vitamin A in the body. Known for its immune-boosting powers, beta-carotene is an antixoxidant essential for eye health and has also been linked to preventing heart disease. Pumpkin is also a rich source of fibre and protein.

It’s not only the sweet orange flesh that has health benefits, the seeds are packed with goodness too. Pumpkin seeds are renowned for their zinc content, an essential mineral for immune health, and men’s health. The seeds also contain the minerals, magnesium and potassium; as well as phytosterols, which can help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

Why not try one of these delicious recipes, and make the most out of your Halloween pumpkin…

Pumpkin Pittas

Serves 4

Ingredients
• 1kg pumpkins or butternut squash, deseeded and cut into wedges
• 400g can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and dried
• 1 garlic clove, chopped
• ½ tsp chilli flakes
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• small bunch parsley, roughly chopped
• 2 slices white bread, whizzed to crumbs

For the salad
• 2 carrots, coarsely grated
• ½ small red onion, finely sliced
• 100g feta cheese, crumbled
• 4 wholemeal pitta breads to serve

1. Put the pumpkin in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with cling film. Cook on High for 10 mins or until soft. Tip the chickpeas, garlic, chilli flakes, cumin and half of the parsley into a food processor, then whizz until the chickpeas are finely chopped but not smooth.
2. Allow the pumpkin to cool slightly, then scoop the flesh from the skin and add to the chickpea mix with some seasoning and the breadcrumbs. Give everything a good stir, then shape into 12 little patties with your hands. Put the falafels on a plate and chill for 10 mins.
3. Meanwhile, mix the remaining parsley with the grated carrot, onion and feta cheese, then set aside. Heat the grill to Medium, then cook the falafels on a baking tray for 3-5 mins on each side until golden. Split the pitta breads lengthways and fill with the warm falafels and some of the feta salad.

Pumpkin Soup

Serves 6

Ingredients
• 4 tbsp olive oil
• 2 onions, finely chopped
• 1kg pumpkins or squash (try kabocha), peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks
• 700ml vegetable stock or chicken stock
• 142ml pot double cream
• 4 slices wholemeal seeded bread
• handful pumpkin seed from a packet

1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan, then gently cook 2 finely chopped onions for 5 mins, until soft but not coloured. Add 1kg peeled, deseeded and chopped pumpkin or squash to the pan, then carry on cooking for 8-10 mins, stirring occasionally until it starts to soften and turn golden.

2. Pour 700ml vegetable stock into the pan, then season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins until the squash is very soft. Pour the 142ml pot of double cream into the pan, bring back to the boil, then purée with a hand blender. For an extra-velvety consistency you can now push the soup through a fine sieve into another pan. The soup can now be frozen for up to 2 months.

3. While the soup is cooking, slice the crusts from 4 slices of wholemeal seed bread, then cut the bread into small croutons. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan, then fry the bread until it starts to become crisp. Add a handful of pumpkin seeds to the pan, then cook for a few mins more until they are toasted. These can be made a day ahead and stored in an airtight container. Reheat the soup if needed, taste for seasoning, then serve scattered with croutons and seeds and drizzled with more olive oil, if you want.

Pumpkin, Lemon & Poppy Seed Loaf Cake

Ingredients

• 225g peeled and deseeded pumpkin or butternut squash, cubed.
• 4 tbsp full cream milk.
• 1 large egg.
• 175g self-raising flour.
• 1/2 tsp baking powder.
• 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda.
• 150g caster sugar .
• 1 1/2 tsp mixed spice.
• 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg.
• 50g unsalted butter, cut into small pieces.
• 2 tbsp poppy seeds.
• Grated zest of 1 small lemon.

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Grease a 900g loaf tin and line with baking paper or greaseproof paper, then grease well once more. Cook the pumpkin in boiling water for 10-15 minutes, until tender. Drain well and leave until the steam dies down, then blend to a smooth purée in a food processor. Scoop into a mixing bowl and mix in 3 tablespoons milk and the egg.

2. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, sugar, mixed spice, nutmeg and seasoning into the cleaned bowl of the food processor. Add the butter and process until the mix looks like fine breadcrumbs. Add to the purée and stir until just mixed, adding the remaining milk if the mixture seems dry. Stir in the poppy seeds and grated lemon zest. Spoon the mix into the loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes until well risen and golden.

3. Remove the cake from the tin and cool on a wire rack. Remove the paper and serve cut into slices.

October 30, 2013

Reflexology Case Study…Treatment 5

by lrmetcalfe

Treatment Plan

Due to other commitments my client has not been able to have a treatment for a while. This is unfortunate as sometimes this can affect the positive results we see from reflexology, but is often unavoidable.

However, my client has been well and has managed to stop taking her anxiety medication, after a long period of gradually reducing the dose.

 

The Treatment

My client is feeling sleepy today, so wanted to feel refreshed and energised by the end of the treatment, therefore I focussed on a firmer massage, and spent extra time on pressing the reflexes which are involved in energy production. I also used massage oil containing the essential oils of Grapefruit and Bergamot; both oils are refreshing and uplifting.

The client’s feet were warmer than usual; this indicates a possible improvement in the client’s circulation.

The ‘popping’ sensation was found in the reflexes for the thyroid gland, diaphragm and stomach.

 

Feedback

The client enjoyed her treatment and said she did feel more refreshed.

 

Changes/ Areas to focus on for the next treatment

Usually the client wants to feel relaxed, however today she wanted to feel energised. Depending on the client’s mood I will alter the treatment in accordance. The next treatment is the last in her course, so we will focus on the lifestyles changes she has made and how she can continue to improve her health without the treatments.

 

Aftercare

Client needs to ensure she is sleeping for long enough, and should have an early night to recuperate. If she continues to feel tired, she could try Bio-Strath Elixir, a tonic which helps to improve energy levels and contains essential nutrients.

October 5, 2013

Reflexology Case Study…Treatment 4

by lrmetcalfe

Treatment Plan

At today’s treatment my client had had a stressful day, with a few issues at home and an unpleasant trip to the dentist, she had a tension headache and wanted to calm down and let off steam.

The Treatment

Today I tried to focus more on deep breathing with the client, to encourage her to relax.

Again due to her anxiety and stress I focused on the reflexes for the pituitary and adrenal glands. To try and relieve the client’s tension headache, I spent more time working the areas for the head, neck and face.

The ‘popping’ sensation was found in the shoulder relfex, which could be related to stress and her tension headache; there was also an imbalance in the lung reflexes.

I spent more time on the massage part of the treatment to encourage relaxation. I used the client’s preferred massage oil blend.

Feedback

The client enjoyed her treatment and said the tension in her neck had noticeably improved. Again, her feet felt warmed after the foot massage section of the treatment.

Changes/ Areas to focus on for the next treatment

The client’s course of treatments is now more than half way through; her next treatment is the penultimate. There has been a change to the amount of reflexes in which I am finding ‘imbalances’, therefore I can start to shorten the treatments.

Aftercare

Client is continuing to try and lead a healthier lifestyle, by looking at her diet, doing more exercise and drinking less caffeinated drinks and more water. I am pleased with the progress she is made, and want her to continue.

September 25, 2013

Reflexology Case Study- Treatment 3

by lrmetcalfe

Treatment Plan

My client has nearly recovered from her cold, she is producing a lot of mucus, which is a good sign and shows the body is ridding itself of the infection.

She has cut down the medication she takes for her anxiety to 5mg every other day; she is currently having no ill-effects from this, which she has experienced in the past when reducing her dosage. This is a major achievement for my client.

As usual, the client’s main wish from the treatment was to feel relaxed.

 

The Treatment

The treatment started by cleansing the feet and relaxing breathing and foot manipulation techniques. To encourage relaxation and to relieve anxiety I decided to focus on the reflexes for the head, pituitary and adrenal glands. Due to the client’s cold I also paid a little more attention to the sinuses, eyes, nose and face reflexes.

The client had dramatically less ‘popping’ on her reflexes today. She only had a little ‘popping’ on the shoulder reflexes. The shoulders are a reflex which commonly ‘pop’ showing an imbalance in this area. Most of us hold a lot of tension in the shoulder especially those of us who sit at a desk all day, or women who carry heavy handbags.

I used the same massage oil blend- almond oil with ginger, lavender and black pepper essential oil, as the client really liked it last time.

 

Feedback

At the end of the treatment the client said she felt relaxed.

 

Changes/ Areas to focus on for the next treatment

The client chattered through most of the treatment. Next time I want to concentrate on getting her to focus on relaxation more. I may try and get her to do breathing techniques throughout her treatment to encourage relaxation.

 

Aftercare

Client is drinking more water and has been taking her multivitamin and mineral tablets.

I have spoken to her about exercise, being good for anxiety- related conditions and she has started going for daily walks.

So her aftercare this week is to keep up the good work.

September 12, 2013

Reflexology Case Study…Treatment 1

by lrmetcalfe

Treatment Plan

We started today’s treatment in the usual way, by discussing our last meeting. We reviewed the changes she has made to her diet; Client A has reduced her diet coke intake to 1 glass a day, however she is still not drinking enough water. She has been eating more vegetables and making sure her meals are well-balanced.

We then went through the client’s expectations for today’s treatment and how she was feeling. She wanted to try and relax; today she was particularly agitated due to issues with work. She felt angry and wanted to let off steam.

She also has the beginnings of a cold- a sore throat and is feeling ‘under-the-weather’. She also felt cold.

I made sure she had a blanket, was warm and asked her to put her work phone  on silent and out of her eye-line, so she could have no diversions to relaxation.

The Treatment

I cleansed her feet and used warm-up foot manipulations and breathing techniques to aid initial relaxation. Her feet were very cold, a sign of poor circulation; apart from this the client has very healthy looking feet- a good sign.

During a reflexology treatment, a reflexologist looks for signs which can tell us more about our client. These signs include, dry skin, corns, calluses, a feeling of ‘popping’ when certain reflexes are pressed- all of these can tell a reflexologist about health problems or ‘imbalances’ in certain areas of the body.

I pressed all reflexes and paid particular attention to the reflexes for the adrenal and hypothalamus glands, lymphatic areas, head, solar plexus, face, eyes and sinuses.

When I pressed Client A’s head, shoulder, thyroid and small intestine reflexes, I felt popping. This shows me that there are imbalances in these areas.

After I pressed the client’s reflexes, she said her feet were feeling a little warmer. I then massaged her feet using grapeseed foot butter.

Feedback

At the end of the treatment the client said she felt much calmer and had forgotten her work troubles.

Changes/ Areas to focus on for the next treatment

At the next treatment I will use a blend of warming oils such as ginger and black pepper to massage the feet, to try and warm the client’s feet and improve circulation.

Aftercare

I have asked the client to try and increase how much water she drinks.

Her multivitamin and mineral supplement should help to support her immune system during her cold, so I’ve told her to ensure she takes this and to try taking a teaspoon of manuka honey to soothe her sore throat.

September 8, 2013

Reflexology Case Study…Meet Client A

by lrmetcalfe

409054_240835962658691_2146072352_nThis article is the first of a series of posts in which I am looking to give you an insight into Reflexology.

A client has agreed for me to use her treatments as a case study and to post my findings in this blog. I will refer to my client as Client A from this point onwards.

Reflexology is a form of foot or hand massage which manipulates points or ‘reflexes’ which correspond to various parts of the body. The practice of Reflexology was developed by the American physiotherapist Eunice Ingham in the 1950s. Eunice spent many hours studying and working on people’s feet, she mapped the anatomy of the body onto the corresponding areas of the feet and this practice developed into Reflexology.

A course of reflexology always begins with an initial consultation in which I find out more about the client’s diet, lifestyle, health conditions and reasons for treatment. The following summarises my initial consultation with ‘Client A’.

Client A

She is a 28 year old, mother of one; she has her own internet sales business and works from home, whilst also managing her household and caring for her 3 year old daughter.

Diet

Currently overweight, she is trying to diet and is a member of a well-known slimming club. She finds when she sticks to her diet she does lose weight, but finds this difficult at times. She drinks a lot of diet coke, approximately 2 litres a day and does not drink very much water. She eats about 2 portions of vegetables a day but doesn’t eat any fruit.

Stress Levels & Relaxation

Suffers from anxiety and has previously had panic attacks, she takes medication for this condition. Her condition is improving and she is trying to reduce the dose of her medication.

She describes her stress levels at home as low and has a good sleep pattern. To relax she enjoys knitting and crocheting.

Activity Levels & Exercise

Does not do any form of regular exercise and her day-to-day activity levels are low. She would like to do more exercise.

Health Conditions/Issues                           

  • Anxiety
  • Acne Rosacea on cheeks and dry skin
  • Tension headaches & pain behind eyes

Reason for Treatment

Client wants to feel healthier and improve her energy levels, often feels lethargic.

My Observations & Feedback

I have advised client to try and eat healthier. She has completed week long diet diary and I have spoken to her as to how to introduce more fruit and vegetables into what she usually eats. I asked her to either give up diet coke or drastically reduce her intake and instead to drink water. She has now cut down to one glass of diet coke a day. I think if she makes these changes to her diet, the condition of her skin will improve.

I have asked the client to supplement with a good quality multivitamin and mineral high in Vitamin C and B Vitamins; also advised to use lavender oil neat on her rosacea daily.

Client A needs to do more exercise as it will speed up weight loss and is a good way to reduce stress and anxiety levels.

My Aims & Areas to focus on

During the course of my treatments, I want to ensure my client uses the time to relax, to reduce her anxiety levels.

I will particularly focus on the reflexes which correspond to the hypothalmus gland, adrenal glands, solar plexus, face, eyes, head and sinuses.