Posts tagged ‘stress’

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.

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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.

March 19, 2013

Life’s Big Stresses

by lrmetcalfe

In 1967, psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe created an experiment to determine whether stressful events might cause illnesses. They created a list of 43 stressful life and patients had to score which they would find most stressful, their medical records were studied and a positive correlation was found between their life events and their illnesses.

In the last few months I have experienced several of the events on the list and it got me thinking about the best remedies and lifestyle changes we can make to help us get through these difficult times, to ultimately keep our health in the best possible condition.

There is no escaping stress and in the modern world, many of us feel we are always under pressure and our stresses start to feel overwhelming.  However stress can also be a motivator and it is important to remember many stressful events will eventually have a positive effect on our lives; such as sitting exams, job interviews or your wedding day.

So here are some tips to help you deal with some of those scarier moments in life:

B Vitamins and Vitamin C

The adrenal glands are located above the kidneys, they are critical to the body’s regulation of homeostasis and particularly support energy and circulation during times of stress. The water soluble vitamins- Vitamin C and B Vitamins are essential for the production of adrenal hormones and in times of severe stress can become depleted.

Try taking a high strength B Complex and 1000mg of Vitamin C daily, look for a timed release formula to ensure the nutrients are properly absorbed.

Alternatively a bowl of porridge every morning will give you a good daily hit of B vitamins. To increase your Vitamin C intake, consume more fruit and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower).

Lavender Oil

I never underestimate the power of lavender oil. The most flexible of all the essential oils, it is essential in times of stress! Look for lavender oil in a rollerball bottle, and rub a little on the temples, nape of the neck and wrists, to relieve headaches and restore calm. Add a drop or two to your evening bath and onto your pillow to aid relaxation and sleep.

Sleep

Eight hours of sleep is essential for your body to function properly, when you are stressed, sleep is even more important. However sleep can become much more elusive when you feel stressed. Many of us lie awake staring at the ceiling and thinking of all the things we need to do. So here are my top tips for those sleepless nights:

  • Don’t eat after 6pm, and don’t drink any caffeinated beverages. No midnight snacks if you can’t sleep!
  • Avoid watching TV, going on a computer or looking at your mobile phone for 2 hours before bedtime. These will all stimulate the brain.
  • Keep a notebook my your bedside table- if you wake up and can’t sleep, terrified you will forget something you need to do tomorrow, just note it down and take it off your mind.
  • If you really can’t sleep, get out of bed, stop tossing and turning. Do something relaxing and non-stimulating in a different room, for instance go downstairs and read a book. Return to bed when you start to feel sleepy.
  • If you feel you need to take a sleeping remedy, avoid tablets. After 6pm the digestive system starts to close down, this means any pills taken late at night will not be digested until the next morning when you have breakfast. Try a liquid formula such as ‘A.Vogel Dormeasan’ which contains the calming herbs- Valerian and Hops.

The importance of a healthy diet

In times of stress a healthy diet is your best weapon. Ensuring you get all the nutrients you need will ensure your immune, digestive and adrenal systems are all in good condition, helping you to cope with the demands you are placing on your body. This is probably the hardest thing to do and many of us just turn to stimulants such as chocolate and coffee to give us energy throughout the day and take-aways at night, as we are too tired to cook.

Make sure you stock up on healthy things to snack on like fruit, yoghurts, nuts and dried fruit and look into quick, easy and healthy meals you can knock up for dinner.

Exercise

When we exercise we release feel-good hormones called endorphins. Many people who suffer from stress find exercise to be an effective remedy. However it can be difficult to fit exercise in to a hectic schedule; try and do a little bit every day, go for a walk on your lunch break, or do some gentle yoga stretches in the morning, you will soon see and feel the benefits.

Breathe!

Breathing exercises are a fantastic remedy for stress; they can be both energising and relaxing. There are many different breathing techniques you can try. Buy a Yoga dvd or book and it will detail various effect breathing exercises, or you could try this basic one:

Make sure you breathe in and out through your nose. Inhale deeply and slowly, as you do this, try and stick out your tummy, ribcage and chest, breathe out gently and slowly. Try counting whilst you inhale and exhale, you could start off by inhaling for a count of four and exhaling for a count of 8. As you become more practised, try and increase the number you count to.

Breathing exercises are a great relaxation technique however if you suffer from panic attacks or you find your breathing changes when you feel stressed, do not try and breathe deeply. Contrary to popular belief, this can make you feel worse; instead sit down and take steady, short, shallow breaths.

Depression and stress are not to be confused, it is important to speak to your doctor if you are unsure as to exactly what you are suffering from or you are experiencing physical symptoms.