Reflexology is the most popular treatment I offer but you don’t have to miss out if you think you may have athletes foot.
Athlete’s foot (also known as ringworm of the foot or tinea pedis) is a fungal infection of the foot especially between the toes. The infection can make the skin can turn white and thicken. The fungus can also cause the skin to redden, crack and flake and this may cause itching.
Reflexology is a therapeutic foot massage that aids relaxation and rebalances the body. It revolves around the understanding that there are reflex points on the feet that relate to the structure and function to various parts of the body. Applying pressure to these reflexes using gentle massage may influence the state of the body in many ways.
Gout is a condition which occurs when the metabolism becomes defective causing uric acid crystals to build up in the joints, most commonly around the big toe. It is another form of arthritis which can be intensely painful. These crystals may be present for years without you knowing, but on occasions they can trigger an attack of gout.
Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation which consists of focusing your full attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Your breathe is used as an anchor to help keep you in the present moment. Focusing on each breath in this way allows you to observe your thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the world around you. Over time you come to realise that thoughts are not real and they come and go of their own accord.
You are not your thoughts.
Reminding yourself to take notice of any thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the world around you is the first step towards mindfulness. It enables you to step out of automatic pilot and become fully present in your everyday life which improves your mental health and physical well being.
“You can’t stop the wave, but you can learn to surf.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
Bill and I went on a blue bell walk recently. A walk we have done many times over the years to Hampton Wood. It is a peaceful and tranquil place and on this occasion we had it all to ourselves. Seeing the carpet of bluebells through the trees looked mystical and magical. The haze of blue looked so beautiful and serene and the sounds of the birds singing in the trees created a wonderful soundscape. Each year I appreciate it as if it was the first time.
Plantar fasciitis (“PLAN-ter fash-ee-EYE-tus”) is the most common cause of foot pain. The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes and which supports the arch of your foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed) and then your heel or the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk.
Twelve months ago, we said goodbye to our son Matthew, and our worlds changed forever. This blog is not about how difficult this last year has been because that would be impossible to put into words. Instead, I am going to share how this painful experience has taught me that love always shines through.
January & February is hard for many people. Those grey days can bring you down and it can sometimes feel like the bad stuff life throws at you happens exclusively during this time of year. Despite all this, we’re always hearing about how important it is to maintain a positive attitude, even when it’s hard to do so. The question becomes how to maintain a positive attitude, even when the world feels like it’s falling down around you.
First of all… Why is a positive attitude SO important? We hear about it all the time, with people telling us to “Be More Positive”, but what is it about that optimistic attitude that is actually beneficial to us? Well, the obvious one is that being more positive feels better. When you’re feeling positive, the world around us seems to be a whole lot easier to manage and we feel like we can take on anything. But, interestingly enough, it doesn’t stop there:
This month I visited Little Himalaya in Kenilworth, Warwickshire after I had noticed by chance their advert in the local newspaper.
Little Himalaya is an alternative health centre which opened in November 2016 which aims to provide salt therapy to those with respiratory conditions such as Asthma, Bronchitis, COPD, Emphysema etc.
Salt therapy is also known as halotherapy.
Halotherapy is the use of inhaled salt in minute quantities as a natural therapy for respiratory ailments. It has long been known that salt exhibits strong anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
It started off as a perfect day. I was on holiday with Bill (my hubby) in North Devon and the weather especially for late September was amazing. We had been walking around the Valley of the rocks admiring the scenery and dramatic coast line and then we enjoyed a full English breakfast in the café. We had planned to explore Woody Bay to find the natural tidal pool we had read about through the wild swimming website. We knew it was going to be quite a climb down to the bay but we needed to work off our full English breakfast so we were prepared for the long haul down and back. Continue reading →