Posts tagged ‘complimentary therapies’

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.



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



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.

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.


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.


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.

July 2, 2013

A Very Healthy Read!

by lrmetcalfe

I love love love reading! I am a bit of a bookworm and combining my passion for books with my love of everything healthy and holistic has led to quite a large collection of health-related books.

For me a health book needs to be accessible, non-fad related (!!!) and easy to dip in and out of. Not something you would read cover to cover, but more of a reference for information, as and when needed. Over the years I have discovered some brilliant healthy reads and some awful ones; so to save you the trouble of ploughing through the health section of your local book store, I thought I would share with you my favourite healthy reads.


500500 of the most important health tips you’ll ever need- Hazel Courtney

Not the catchiest of titles but it definitely does what it says on the tin. This is the book I turn to the most and it has taught me a lot.

The book features various common health complaints, gives a brief description of the problem and then goes on to tell you which foods to avoid, which foods to eat more of, supplements or remedies to try and lifestyle tips. It is well laid out and easy to understand.

This is definitely my favourite health book. A copy for the home will be a useful addition to any family library; just be warned, the foods you usually need to eliminate are the things we all like best- coffee, alcohol, cheese and chocolate!


Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine- Thomas Bartrambartrams_encyclopedia_of_herbal_medicine

Thomas Bartram gave up 17 years of hospital service to become a medical herbalist. He founded the herbal remedy manufacturer Gerard House and also the publication Grace.

This book is an encyclopedia of not only every remedy you can think of but also every ailment. From Abdominal Pain to Zinc, it is a comprehensive reference book and a practitioner’s best friend; this book would also be perfect for those who are more dedicated to using alternative medicines.


the-illustrated-herbal-encyclopediaThe Illustrated Herbal Encyclopedia- Brenda Little

This is one of the books that started by passion for alternative medicine! My school library had a copy and at lunchtimes me and my friend would squabble over who would look at it- this sounds a little odd, but it is such an aesthetically pleasing book!

It covers all the uses of herbs, not just medicinal. It takes you through herbal skin care, crafts, cooking with herbs and a short encyclopedia of the most common herbs and their applications; all accompanied by beautiful photography. It will have you wanting to create lavender pillows, pomanders and tussie-mussies in no time!



The Complete Home Guide To Medication: A Practical Guide To Prescription & Non Prescription Drugs- Warwick Carter

Ever come home from the doctors with a box of tablets and wondered exactly what your’re taking and why? This book is a comprehensive guide to drugs, their uses and interactions. A really interesting reference for those of us who enjoy perusing the leaflets that comes with medication.  Great if you want to become more informed about pharmaceutical medicines.3d9a017b42a09bab841c1210_L


The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils- Gill Farrer-Halls

This book is a great beginner’s guide to aromatherapy; it gives a good description of each of the essential oils, their uses and contraindications. Also provides a lot of information on how to make your own aromatherapy products.


The Nature Doctor- Alfred Vogel


Alfred Vogel (my hero!), was a Swiss naturopath and nutritionist born in 1902. His mother and grandmother began teaching him about herbal medicine from a young age, then when he was  21, he moved to Basel to manage a herb and health store. He became more and more interested in natural remedies, so he decided to study homeopathy, naturopathy and botany.

He was passionate about helping others and learning as much as he could about natural healing. He travelled regularly discovering the healing secrets of many cultures. His beliefs and methods became more renowned and popular. He started publishing his own health magazines and eventually went on to set up Bioforce, a manufacturer of high quality herbal remedies, the company has now been renamed as A.Vogel, to commemorate this great man. This book details his findings and beliefs, including many long-forgotten practices and remedies.


“ When we fall ill, lack of knowledge and ignorance as to the requirements of our body accounts for a good 80%”  Alfred Vogel (1902-1996)


With this in mind, why not pick up a health book and empower yourself…..happy, healthy reading!