Laugh to lose weight

Easter approaching, after we’ve eaten our Easter eggs, laughter is a great aerobic exercise burning more calories per minute than walking, apparently! 

Also, whenever we laugh we are toning 15 facial muscles so it’s a rather pleasant alternative to cosmetic surgery!

So, enhance the health and happiness reflexology gives us by hanging out with your friends and family as often as you can and laugh and laugh!  Read, watch and listen to anything funny and never stop yourself from laughing out loud.  You can even encourage yourself to laugh by breathing out on a “HA HA HA” or “HE HE HE”.  Do that with a friend and you’ll feel so daft that you’ll probably end up giggling away for real!
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Laughter dulls pain, stimulates immunity, lowers blood pressure, blocks stress hormones

I’ve just been reading about how great laughing is for us and it seems so incredibly in line with the wonderful benefits of reflexology that I had to share my findings with my lovely clients!

The physical act of laughing calms anxiety.  It relaxes muscles, hence the expression “weak with laughter”, and can lower blood pressure Laughter blocks stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin that cause wear and tear on the system (I know some of you will be relieved by that!)

There are claims that laughter stimulates the immune system to produce cells that fight disease and tumours.

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Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins which make us feel good and dull the pain sensors.

I hope you’re enjoying the Spring which is definitely in the air and I look forward to seeing you very soon.  Oh, and if you hear any good jokes between now and then, be sure to bring them to your next treatment!

Very best wishes, Rosanna 

Scientists Chart the Alignment of our Chakras in Various Emotional States

What are Chakras?

According to eastern metaphysical theories of Ayurvedic Indian medicine, there are seven “Chakras” or integrated energy centres that are considered to correlate with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being.

These energy Chakras are positioned or embedded into the spinal column at various locations beginning with the coccyx, rising all the way to the crown of the head.

‘Everything is Energy’. This is a widely accepted theory in Quantum Physics and scientifically proven.

All matter is held together via energetic bonds.  The movement of energy is vital to life. When we think, breathe, function or even when we are resting, electrical energy is flowing through our bodies via our neurones and nerve pathways.

The nervous system is composed of two main parts:

The Central Nervous System (CNS) within the brain and spinal cord, and

The Peripheral Nervous System (PNS), which connects the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body, via little river-like nerve fibres. This system is apparently what correlates with the Chakras through it’s sub-parts, the Autonomic Nervous System and the Parasympathetic Nervous System.

What are Scientists Discovering?

Electrophotonic analysis in medicine is something that’s been gaining more attention from scientists world wide.  It’s part of the continual realisation that the mind, body and ‘spirit’ or energy are intrinsically linked.

Konstantin Korotkov, Professor of Computer Science and Biophysics at Saint-Petersburg Federal University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (quite a mouthful), developed a scientific device to measure the bio-energy of living organisms, as well as the environment. The device provides a painless evaluation that can highlight potential health (physiological and psycho-emotional) abnormalities, it’s called the GDV.

Each Chakra is considered to resonate at a different frequency level. With this new software, it is now possible to quantitatively estimate the energy of Chakras and graphically display their level of activation, and indicate whether this level of activation is above or below the level found from large numbers of subjects

Below are the results from a case study done by Dr. Pradeep B. Deshpande, a professor emeritus at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Louisville, which had over 100 participants in attendance.  Please keep in mind that clinical studies of more than 10,000 patient cases with various health challenges have also been well documented in Russia.

The aligned Chakras indicate that the subject was calm, relaxed and nourished from their participation in the case study, which involved information on meditation, breathing practices, love, kindness and intention. You can also observe a smoothing of the energy field before and after the case study work shop. Results like this were consistent with a number of volunteers.

“Each individual sector or portion of the fingertip is connected energetically with specific organs and organ systems such as the respiratory system. When the data of the 10 individual BIO-grams are collated and interpolated, an image of the entire full body energy field is created. An example of the full body energy field from both a healthy and unhealthy/emotionally unbalanced individual are shown above. The gaps, reduced emissions and out of balance Chakras for the unhealthy individual are quite obvious.” Dr. Pradeep B. Deshpande

In this case, a healthy and balanced emotional state is correlated with truthfulness, honesty, steadfastness, equanimity, unconditional love, compassion, gratitude, the ability to discern truth from falsehood, spontaneous affection, and the capacity to remain calm despite what’s occurring in the external world. An unhealthy and emotionally unbalanced state is correlated with attachment, ego, greed, lying, fear, anger, irritation, sorrow and more.

Gratitude Journal

This evening, why not start a gratitude journal?

I’d love to be one of those people who can keep a diary, and when I say keep a diary, I don’t just mean acquiring a beautiful mole skin note book and writing in it for the first 8 days of January; I am talking about Bridget Jones, Samuel Pepys – esque diary keeping! Sadly, I’ve never been able to sustain diarising. I am frequently too tired or too i’nto a good book’ to bother jotting down the ins and outs of my day.  What I have started to do however, and what has allowed a peaceful joy to settle upon me as I doze off, is the keeping of a gratitude journal.gratitude-2It’s brief, quick and simple. I often just write a friend’s name or a couple of words about a lovely reflexology client or perhaps simply ‘bike ride’ or ‘Bake Off“!  It’s wonderful to cast your mind back over your day and just note down a word for each thing you were thankful for… ‘pasta, coffee, the bus arrived as I got to the bus stop’.  Recalling these simple things and committing them to paper makes me realise how lucky I am and often makes me reevaluate what I may otherwise have perceived as a difficult day.

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Scientific Study: Reflexology as Effective as Painkillers

An article in the Independent reveals Reflexology may be as effective as painkillers, according to a new scientific survey.

Researchers at the University of Portsmouth have found that people felt about 40 per cent less pain, and were able to stand pain for about 45 per cent longer, when they used reflexology as a method of pain relief.

Participants attended two sessions, in which they were asked to submerge their hand in ice water.

In one of the sessions they were given reflexology before they submerged their hand, and in the other session they believed they were receiving pain relief from a Tens machine, which was not actually switched on.

The researchers found that when the participants received reflexology prior to the session they were able to keep their hand in the ice water for longer before they felt pain, and that they could also tolerate the pain for a longer period of time.

Dr Carol Samuel said: “As we predicted, reflexology decreased pain sensations.

The research results suggest that reflexology can be used to complement conventional drug therapy in the treatment of conditions associated with pain such as osteoarthritis, backache and cancers.

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Doctor Samuel states, “It is likely that reflexology works by causing the brain to release chemicals that lessen pain signals.”

Dr Ivor Ebenezer, co-author of the study, said: “We are pleased with these results. Although this is a small study, we hope it will be the basis for future research into the use of reflexology.”

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TIP: Help your Heart in 60 Seconds

Just, stare up at the ceiling and count down from 60. It’s that simple!

Gazing upward stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which lowers blood pressure and slows the pace of the breath. Slow, deliberate counting will also help rid your mind of distractions. This can also help you sleep. Relax with reflexology foot massage in Whitechapel which is a short walk from BethnalGreen, MileEnd, AldgateEast, Aldgate, Shoreditch and easy to get to from Wapping, Shadwell and Hackney. If you work in Bank or LiverpoolStreet or Moorgate, why not book in with Feet Pray Love for a Reflexology Treatment or I can visit you #Wellness #WellnessInTheWorkPlace

This can also help kick start your meditation practice.

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Meditation during your Reflexology Treatment

What do scientists believe are the benefits of meditation?

If we can train ourselves to meditate for just 10 minutes a day, to enjoy a moment of complete calm, unburdened by worries about work or family, bringing ourselves into the present, without dwelling on the past or fretting about the future we can slow down the aging of the brain, prevent emotional turmoil and alleviate stress-related illness.

Research from the University of California showed people who meditate have improved memory and less age-related atrophy. In fact, their gray matter in the frontal area of the brain (hippocampus) is increased leading to more positive emotions, longer-lasting emotional stability and heightened focus during daily life.

Research also indicates that meditation has a beneficial effect on:

Heart disease, cholesterol and high blood pressure as meditation lowers the heart rate and boosts the immune system.
Insomnia (research by Stanford Medical Centre.)
Anxiety and depression (University of Massachusetts Medical School. Meditation is now available on the NHS to treat the relapse of depression.)
Psoriasis (skin cleared at four times the rate of those who didn’t meditate.)
Low fertility (Oxford University study found stress can reduce the chances of women conceiving and suggested meditation could be instrumental in combating the decline in fertility.)

Guided Meditation for you…
It’s often hard to get started with mediation; we bemoan that it’s just too hard to clear our mind. Why not get started with guided meditation. Just follow the link below.

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There is a misconception that to reap any benefits from meditation you have to sit cross-legged on the floor for an hour chanting “om”. This is not the case. Why not listen to this meditation from the comfort of your own home.
You can also visit the London Buddhist Centre in Bethnal Green. They are laid back, chilled out and offer open meditation sessions daily.
During your next treatment…

Yoga Nidra is a different and simple meditative practice which brings focus to yourself in the present moment helping to clear unpleasant thoughts from your mind. If you’d like to give it a go during a treatment one day to enhance your relaxation even further and help to quieten your mind, just let me know and I will guide you through the meditation for the first 20 minutes of your reflexology session. If worrying thoughts are like clouds, we needn’t resist them but we can help them to pass remembering that blue sky was there beneath along.
See you for a reflexology treatment or online soon.
Love Rosanna X

Sea Air, fact or fiction?

This weekend I was lucky enough to visit both Southwold and Aldeburgh with my husband. The Suffolk coast is in my opinion one of the most beautiful parts of the UK and a place that I feel has an almost magical effect on me. I feel clear-headed whilst there. I’m calm yet buoyant. I’m excited by the prospect of challenges whilst simultaneously not having a care in the world and I know I’m not alone in feeling like this by the sea. So, is it magic??
I definitely sleep better by the sea. In fact, when I first arrive, it’s a struggle to keep my eyes open past 10pm!
Agatha Christie novels are stuffed full of characters who retreat to the coast so that they may recoup whilst “taking the sea air”. Well, I assumed that this was no more than an old-wives-tale, akin to using leaches in medieval times to cure all ills; yet, it’s undeniable that I felt calmer, happier and healthier this weekend by the sea.
So, magic? Old-wives-tale and therefore just my imagination? Or is there a scientific explanation?
I didn’t have to do much research before discovering it is the latter.
Sea air is charged with healthy negative ions that accelerate our ability to absorb oxygen. This enables us to think clearly, quickly and positively. The increase in oxygen absorption encourages us to do more exercise, which we do with greater ease making us feel healthy and elated. The increased oxygen absorption also aids our sleep.
Negative ions also balance levels of serotonin, a body chemical linked with mood and stress. The sea air literally calms us.
The great thing about being calm is that far from being an idle state, we are often at our most productive and social.aldeburgh-shingle-beach
I’ve sometimes wondered whether walking our feet along a pebbly beach inadvertently stimulates some reflex points. Perhaps it’s the earth’s natural reflexology foot massage, enhanced by paddling in the cold sea water. Nature’s first reflexology treatment and a million miles from Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Fenchurch Street and Canary Wharf!
However, if you are working in Bank or Liverpool Street or frantically running around Hackney trying to get things done and the sea air is simply not an option, do not feel blue! Reflexology balances serotonin and cortisol, which demonstratively reduces stress and anxiety. I’m not sure that your reflexology treatment will necessarily increase oxygen consumption; however, we start and end your reflexology session with deep breathing which can only be a good thing! And as a reflexologist, I have a particular gift for enabling restful sleep. Many clients have said to me that the sleep following their reflexology treatment is the best they’ve had in years.
So, though the sea air seems far away from us in this fabulous city of London, perhaps Feet Pray Love Reflexology can be our Whitechapel on Sea! 😉

Daily Meditation Challenge

So, I’ve made a pact with myself that I will meditate on a daily basis for the next month and observe and enjoy the benefits meditation brings. I’m not setting myself an unachievable goal by any means; I’m only going to meditate for 6 minutes a day and build up steadily. However already I’m thinking, how do I build up? I don’t have time; I’m too busy giving reflexology treatments and thinking about all things feet. Okay, perhaps that’s not quite true; I’m also meeting up with friends and watching Bake Off!  Perhaps I need to pay heed to one of my favourite quotes, which is (as many great quotes are) from the Dalai Lama. He says:
“If you do not have time to meditate for an hour, you must meditate for two.”  Okay, okay Dalai, I get your point!
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It blows my mind how accurately the feet tell us about our bodies!

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I am constantly astounded by what I can tell about a client’s physical and mental state just from massaging their feet. The level of accuracy never ceases to thrill me, but even I was blown away by this latest discovery during a recent reflexology treatment in Whitechapel. A businessman in his 50s had come to see me for a reflexology foot massage from Mooregate. We had never met before and did not discuss any ailments; he simply said that his PA had visited me, raved about the reflexology treatment I gave her and so he decided he would come and see me to see what all the fuss was about.
I began his treatment and quickly picked up on a ‘crunchy bit’ on one of his toes. I knew from experience that there must be an imbalance, injury or underlying problem somewhere in the face; however, I had never felt anything quite like this before. At first I thought there may be a problem with his gums or teeth, but that hypothesis didn’t quite sit right with me. I realised the problem was located near his sinuses but was sure they weren’t the problem either.
Intrigued I massage the same spot on the gentleman’s left foot, but the issue wasn’t there. Thinking that maybe I was imaging it and apprehensive that this new client would think I’m nuts, I finally say, “this may sound odd but your foot is telling me that you have a problem with your right cheekbone. That’s silly right? I mean you don’t, do you?”
Well, my Moorgate business man looks at me stunned for a second and I assume he’s going to tell me that I’m a half-wit, but instead he said, “that’s amazing, truly amazing.”
It transpires that some 30 years previously this man had been in a minor car accident and fractured his right cheekbone. It had never properly healed and scar tissue still flares up from time to time.
Now, I know reflexology is good – no, scrap that – I know reflexology is great, but the ability to decipher damaged scar tissue by simply pressing a reflex point on a foot, well, that’s a new one on even me!
I feel elated by the confirmation that reflexology is so effective. Oh, and Mr Moorgate Business Man has booked in for another reflexology treatment. As has his PA! 🙂