4 Things I’ve Learned As A Reflexologist
This year sees the 15th anniversary of me qualifying as a Reflexologist, the time has flown past and has allowed me to meet and spend time with an amazing array of wonderful clients.
Clients who have come in with complex medical problems (Cystic Fibrosis, M.S, M.E, chronic migraine, cancer, depression, sub-fertility, pregnancy) and those who just needed a little treat.
I’ve had the privilege of studying with the most amazing teachers, Carol Donnelly, Geraldine Giles and Inge Dougans. Each taught me so much and patiently answered all my millions of questions.
All my hours in the clinic have taught me a couple of things I’d like to share with you about living a better quality of life.
1 Slow down – the pace of life we live at is so high speed and rushed our poor bodies are struggling to cope. Everyone’s stress levels are through the roof. If your stress levels are high, you physically can’t digest your food properly. So slow down. Stop eating lunch at your desk, eat your dinner at the table with your family, take your time. Stop. Breathe. Meditate.
2 Spend time with those you love – the folly of youth that makes us believe we will live forever… It’s not quite the case. I’m amazed by the amount of people out for food together who spend the whole time on their phones. Put them away for an hour look them in the eye, spend time talking and listening to each other. Make memories.
3 Ask for help – this one gives me trouble from time to time, I can be stubborn and fiercely independent. But I do need help, we are all struggling. Even if all you need is someone just to listen. Or hold something so you can screw it to the wall. Many hands make light work as my granny used to say.
4 Laughter is the key – when was the last time you really, really laughed? Laughing so hard you have a pain in your tummy and tears of joy rolling down your face, can’t even remember what you are laughing at kind of laughter. Has it been a while? With all that’s going on in the world recently FEAR has taken hold over us and we probably haven’t even smiled this week. Laughter keeps us feeling young and healthy. So smile more, the more you smile the more the laughter follows.
Have more reflexology! You totally need that hour of pure relaxation and the feeling of happy bouncy feet afterwards.
Reflexology is suitable for all ages and throughout every stage of life. This gentle therapy may bring relief from a wide range of both acute and chronic conditions. It is an acupressure massage of the feet or hands, working on all levels to bring the body to a relaxed, balanced state.
Reflexology has been shown to be effective for:
- Reduce stress and induce relaxation
- Improve the circulation of both blood and lymph
- Provide a more efficient removal of toxins and impurities
- Allow the body to balance itself
- Revitalise energy
- Strengthen the Immune System
Una Cashin – Reflexologist, Aromatherapist, Pregnancy Massage Therapist, Massage Therapist, Infant Massage Instructor and First Aid Instructor. I have trained with several schools of reflexology and use a South African method which combines knowledge of meridian theory and reflexology to get the best results. I have been working with reflexology since 2001.
Reaching a high standard of expertise, I was privileged to have worked on both the board of the Irish Reflexologists’ Institute and Reflexology in Europe Network. With my adult education teaching certificate I plan to teach reflexology in the future.
Reflexology sparked my interest in massage and I have been studying different massage methods including Indian Head massage, Thai massage, Deep tissue/ remedial massage, Myofascial release techniques. But my love is really aromatherapy I am constantly astounded by the efficacy of the essential and base oils for numerous conditions. What can I say it keeps me healthy and looking young and fabulous.
Over the years I have been very lucky to teach massage techniques, more recently I have been really enjoying teaching Infant massage to mums. Seeing the fascination and delight on the babies faces every week is just a joy to behold!
To book an appointment with Una or any of our therapists please call 01 677 9859 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.