BY: Sunny Jaspal

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Tips for dealing with PMT
According to the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), premenstrual tension (PMT) also known as premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in the time leading up to your menstrual cycle may be caused by stagnation of Qi. Here are some tips to move your Qi and prevent mood swings, irritability, breast distension and bloating:
  • Exercise: anything you enjoy – yoga, Pilates, qi gong, swimming, running – to move your Qi and clear stagnation.
  • A balanced diet: avoid caffeine, alcohol and sugary foods which may cause peaks and troughs, exacerbating mood swings and irritability. Limit salt intake to prevent bloating. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and ‘pungent’ foods such as basil, coriander and peppermint. Ensure portion sizes are not too big and chew your food thoroughly!
  • Complementary therapies such as massage, reflexology or acupuncture: If you feel like the tips above are not working you may need a helping hand. Massage works in a similar way to exercise, moving Qi when it may be stuck. Tell your practitioner if you have any pain. Abdominal massage may be particularly beneficial at this time. Reflexology and acupuncture work on the meridians of the body to move Qi.
  • Remember that PMT is not always caused by Qi stagnation. If you feel like the above tips are not helpful or make you feel worse, seek the advice of a TCM practitioner.

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BY: Sunny Jaspal

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Boost your immune system!

Aromatherapy massage and reflexology for your immune systemFed up of feeling unwell?
Boost your immune system!

Do you keep getting colds, bugs and flus? Aromatherapy massage and reflexology can help!

If you think your immune system may need a helping hand there are a number of things you can try. It is a well-known fact that stress inhibits the immune system, so your logical first step is to reduce stress levels.

By bringing the body into a deep state of relaxation, both reflexology and aromatherapy massage can be beneficial. Aromatherapy massage has the added benefit of essential oils, which are excellent immune system boosters. My favourites for treating coughs, colds, catarrh, sinus and flu are basil, ginger and lavender.

In addition, supplements and changes to diet may help to support you through times of illness, which can be discussed during your treatment.

Regular treatments aid the healing process and allow the body and mind to regain a calmer and more balanced rhythm. Think these treatments may be of benefit to you? Book today! T: 07582 684 756 or use the form below:

BY: Sunny Jaspal

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World Reflexology Week – 20% Off Reflexology!*

20% off for World Reflexology Week in 2015.

Ever wondered what reflexology is and how it could benefit you? Now is the time to find out with 20% off all first appointments until the 31st of October 2015!*

Reflexology works much like acupuncture to clear blockages and return the body to balance. You may experience your own individual benefits from reflexology. The ability to reduce stress and improve wellbeing can have a dramatic effect on our lives. On the whole we know that reflexology is good for:

  • Relaxation
  • Wellbeing
  • Sleep
  • Mood
  • Tension

Want to find out more or book an appointment?
Contact Sunny on 07582 684 756 or hello@sunnyjaspal.com.

Appointments available in:
South London – West Norwood
Hertfordshire – Letchworth Garden City or Hertford

*Offer valid until 31st October 2015. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

BY: Sunny Jaspal

Conditions / Reflexology

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Fertility, Pregnancy & Postnatal Reflexology

Fertility, Pregnancy & Postnatal Reflexology

Reflexology for fertility, pregnancy and postnatal.

Helping you throughout your journey

A wonderfully relaxing treatment which helps to balance the body for optimum fertility, adjust to changes throughout pregnancy, and restores calm during the postnatal period.

The following is a rough guide to reflexology throughout this journey. Please note that conditions listed are not exhaustive and reflexology does not claim to ‘fix’ however it may be beneficial in aiding some conditions.

Fertility

Reflexology aims to bring the body into a state of balance, therefore maximising chances of conception. Trying to conceive can be a stressful experience if fertility problems are present. Problems may range from stress to lifestyle to physical health problems. Reflexology is a wonderful tool for fertility, relieving stress and creating relaxation, helping your body to function at its optimum. Reflexology can support you and your partner.

Potential problems: stress, lifestyle, low sperm count, abnormal sperm structure or movement, ovulatory problems, hormonal imbalance, damage to fallopian tubes, structural problems.

 

First trimester (weeks 1 to 12)

Reflexology is indicated mainly for stress relief and relaxation. Increased hormone levels can make you feel out of sorts and treatments aim to rebalance the emotions. Very light and gentle reflexology with plenty of massage ensures a safe treatment.

Potential problems: abdominal pain, anaemia, anxiety, breathlessness, constipation, cystitis, depression, dizziness, fatigue, forgetfulness, heartburn, nausea, pelvic pain, thrush, vomiting.

 

Second trimester (weeks 13 to 27)

As your baby begins to grow bigger your uterus rises above your pelvis. Relaxation of the mind stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system. This means relaxation occurs in fascia, ligaments, tendons and muscles, and allows your body to respond to the new requirements for space with ease. It also means better digestion, blood flow and waste removal.

Potential problems:  back pain, fibroids, headaches, migraines, herpes, hip pain, frequent illness, insomnia, leg cramps, low-lying placenta, nose bleeds, obstetric cholestasis, pruritus, restless leg syndrome, sacroiliac pain, sciatica.

 

The third trimester (weeks 28 to 40)

As your baby continues to grow your uterus pushes against your diaphragm. Your body keeps up with baby by increasing breast size and widening the back. During this period, as well as dealing with any problems, reflexology prepares the body for birth by relaxing the pelvic muscles to prepare for pregnancy.

Potential problems: back pain, breach presentation, coccyx pain, gestational diabetes, haemorrhoids, oedema (swollen ankles), overdue baby, pre-eclampsia, pubic pain, restless leg syndrome, symphysis pubis diastasis, varicose veins

 

Postnatal

Postnatal Reflexology is designed to help new mothers adjust and heal after birth. In particular it’s useful for restoring sleep patterns, helping milk let-down, restoring the uterus to normal size and calming both mother and baby. Babies are welcome into treatments where you can feed and relax together.

 

Fertility/Pregnancy/Postnatal Packages

Regular treatments are encouraged, especially throughout pregnancy. These can take the form of 30 min sessions every week or 1 hour every 2 weeks.


Treatments available in:

West Norwood, London | Letchworth and Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire
07582 684 756
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BY: Sunny Jaspal

Aromatherapy / Massge / Reflexology

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Aromatherapy: what’s all the fuss about?

How do the use of Aromatherapy oils enhance Massage and Reflexology treatments?

Aromatherapy Massage can be booked in Letchworth, Hertford and West Norwood.
Aromatherapy adds another beneficial layer to Massage and Reflexology treatments.

The use of aromatherapy oils at a first glance is perceived as a luxury. However, many would agree that aromatherapy adds a beneficial layer to treatments.

The use of plants for medicine is an ancient tradition. Aromatherapy employs techniques such inhalation and massage. Both of these routes of administration are safe if used in the correct quantities.

Inhalation affects the limbic system, the part of central nervous system which deals with memory and emotion.

Massage treatment (including reflexology) allows the oils to be absorbed into the blood stream, and the massage itself affects the nervous system. Relaxation or stimulation of the nervous system depends upon which aromatherapy oils and massage techniques are used.

The goal of the Aromatherapist is to assess each client and create a bespoke blend. By looking at the properties of essential oils we can create blends for specific conditions for each individual.

Research into the field of Aromatherapy is somewhat scarce, however studies do exist. For example, a systematic review of Lavender oil for poor sleep suggested lavender was of benefit[1]. A more recent study showed a positive link between Lavender and stress reduction[2]. With regards to massage and aromatherapy used together, a study found improvements in knee pain when a blend of orange and ginger were used[3].

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For further reading try:
Encyclopedia of Essential Oils – Julia Lawless
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy – Salvatore Battaglia

 


[1] Fismer, K. L., & Pilkington, K. (2012). Lavender and sleep: A systematic review of the evidence. European Journal of Integrative Medicine4(4), e436-e447.

[2] Kim, S., Kim, H. J., Yeo, J. S., Hong, S. J., Lee, J. M., & Jeon, Y. (2011). The effect of lavender oil on stress, bispectral index values, and needle insertion pain in volunteers. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine,17(9), 823-826.

[3] Yip, Y. B., & Tam, A. C. Y. (2008). An experimental study on the effectiveness of massage with aromatic ginger and orange essential oil for moderate-to-severe knee pain among the elderly in Hong Kong. Complementary therapies in medicine16(3), 131-138.

BY: Sunny Jaspal

Conditions / Reflexology

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SAD: Fighting the Winter Blues

Natural ways to cope with the winter blues.

Reflexology may help with SAD or seasonal affective disorder.

As Autumn closes in and grey skies prevail, it seems appropriate to focus on light and how this affects our mood and health. We’ve all heard of the term ‘the winter blues’ but how many of us understand what this means?

There are many factors contributing to what is termed ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ by the medical community, a condition whereby an individual experiences depression in the colder winter months of the year.

Firstly, lack of bright light means that the production of melatonin and serotonin are limited, these are produced when light hits the retinas in our eyes, which then sends a signal to the brain. Serotonin is our feel good chemical and melatonin regulates our sleep rhythms. Therefore a lack of these chemicals will lead to low mood and problems with wakefulness.

Vitamin D deficiency can also lead to problems during the colder months, with vitamin D being absent through the sun’s ray between the months of October to March, when they are not of the necessary wavelength to produce Vitamin D upon contact with our skin.  An overwhelming 25% of the population are thought to be Vitamin D deficient, and recent studies are showing just how many systems in our body this can affect.

All of this poor lighting can leave you feeling depressed, stressed, anxious, lacking in energy and generally not your usual self. So what can you do to beat the blues? Below is list of suggestions that may help you feel brighter over this cold season…

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  • Light therapy – Using a light box lamp is a good way to ensure you’re receiving enough light for melatonin and serotonin production. They come in many shapes and sizes, and you’ll need to ensure you find one from a reputable seller. I recommend Lumie light boxes which are certified by the Medical Devices Directive and can be found at www.lumie.com. Watch out for the cheaper imitations that aren’t bright enough to produce the desired effect.
  • Vitamin D supplementation – During the months of October to March when we don’t receive Vitamin D from the sun it’s a good idea to supplement, especially if you are deficient. I would recommend seeing your GP and having your Vitamin D levels check, and then thinking about supplementation with a good natural product. Try the Natural Food Store of Norwich for sound advice and quality supplements.
  • Reflexology can be helpful for managing conditions such as low mood and stress. Many of San’s clients come for treatment due to these very problems and find reflexology helps them to cope and feel better. Regular treatment is recommended to get you back on track. San offers Reflexology in Norwich at the Complementary Health Care Clinic, located in the heart of Norwich city centre.

    If you want more information on reflexology or any of the information above contact Sunny on 07582 684 756 or email hello@sunnyjaspal.com