Rushed off your feet? …How Reflexology can help.

Hi, and for those of you that don’t know me, my name is Bobby and I am a Reflexologist on the North Essex / Suffolk border.

I have found that lately I have been absolutely rushed off my feet with the work I do as a Counsellor for Rape Crisis, and with some difficult personal circumstances, and embarking on a project of building a new treatment room (more on this later!).

I don’t know about you, but it feels like since we have emerged from the lockdowns, life has gone from 0 to 100 miles an hour in no time at all! It feels like there is a lot of chaos all around at the moment as people try to catch up with things they have missed out on over the past 20 or so months. It wasn’t until sitting back and observing others rush, rush rushing about that I realised that I was doing the exact same thing! I had lost my calmness and instead of staying in my own energy space, I was being pulled into all kinds of hectic and chaotic energy – I felt ungrounded.

It was time to say “Stop!” and time to reconnect with myself – something I advise my clients to do all the time! So I would like to share with you something very simple that you can do to help reconnect you with yourself and find some inner calm.

Just Breathe

BREATHE

Yup! That’s it, it can be that simple – just B-R-E-A-T-H-E.

When we are caught up in what we are doing, we don’t focus on our breath because we are busy focusing on the task (or multiple tasks!) and if we are doing something stressful or rushing, our breath will become quicker and shallower and this will begin a vicious cycle of making us feel more stressed and rushed and will then signal to our bodies to produce more stress hormones and these, in turn, increase our heart rate and make us shallow breathe ….and the cycle continues.

So if we can take the time to just pause for a moment and tune in to our breathing, we can immediately break this cycle and change our biomarkers – begin by breathing in slowly for a count of 4 – take that breath right down to your belly and let it inflate – (just like a baby breathes). Then hold the breath there for as long as you can – try counting to 5, but if you find you aren’t able to hold it for this long, don’t worry, just allow it to pause for a second before breathing out. (Sometimes when we have been very stressed or anxious for a long time, it will be very difficult to hold the breath for long because it is not familiar to your brain and it starts to wonder what’s going on!).

Once you have held your breath then allow yourself to slowly breathe out for a count of 6 (again, if this is difficult just do what you can) the important thing is that the out-breath is longer than the in-breath and that there is a little pause at the start and end of the cycle. So to recap – breathe in for 4 – hold for 5 – out for 6. Repeat this a few times and try to do it several times a day and I promise you that you will notice the difference.

Grounding

Once you have done some calming, beautiful breathing in the morning to start your day, then you could maybe think about grounding yourself – its up to you when you do this but I always find it best in the morning! Some of you will be fully aware of what Grounding is, but for those who are unsure or who need a little reminder here is an explanation of what I do. Sit upright with your feet flat on the ground, close your eyes and keep your breathing slow and steady. Then imagine roots going down from the soles of your feet and connecting you deep into the earth. 

I hope that this is of some help to you in this time of chaos, there are so many more things you can do to calm yourself, but I just felt I needed to keep it simple and go right ack to basics as this was what helped me so much. Once you start to feel calmer you might want to think about ways of staying in that lovely space.

Reflexology

 

Obviously Reflexology is my number one recommendation – I do have regular reflexology treatments myself as I do a treatment swap with a fellow reflexologist every month – I believe it brings me back into balance and helps with my sleep, my mood, my hormones and my overall health in general.

If you have never had reflexology before then you could book one of my ’half and half’ treatments – half reflexology and half Indian Head Massage. Or if you don’t like your feet being touched (!) then why not try facial reflexology? Or book a hand reflexology session. There is something to suit most people 😊

My Treatment Room

Finally – onto my ‘Big’ news – I am having a treatment room built! Yay! This will be in Castle Hedingham (North Essex) and is hopefully (fingers, toes and everything else crossed!) going to be completed and ready to use by mid December! Until then I still work in Sudbury, and am able to offer mobile treatments as well. I literally cannot wait to share the new treatment room with you all and will be updating you with progress as soon as I can!

With Christmas coming up -just a reminder that I do offer gift vouchers of any amount, so whether you want to book a full treatment for someone or if you want to contribute towards the cost of a treatment for someone special, then just message me or call if you’d prefer, and I will arrange this for you.

Lots of love and light,

Bobby

Xx