Last week I went on a two day course with Hanne Marquardt on "Reflexotherapy". The course was really interesting and has yet again ignited my long standing passion in reflexology. Hanne is an incredible 85 year old woman, who has a lot of experience and knowledge behind her. She trained with one of the leading pioneer's in reflexology- Eunice Ingham, and has set up schools and lectures around the world. I learnt so much from Hanne and it was a very inspiring couple of days.
Two things I will take from this course are the 5 grips we learnt which can help to stabilize the Autonomous Nervous System, and the Reflexotherapy techniques for treating scars on the body. Scars that have been left by operations, accidents, or other reasons can often held a lot of emotional blockages, and can take a while for people to process. I learnt a technique from Hanne of how to work on these areas in the feet, by promoting blood flow to the area and so unblocking the stuck energy.
Hanne also taught us an interesting saying that "solutions lead to solutions"- meaning that the body's process of healing after a treatment (which can often mean getting rid of all the waste products through urine, faeces, snot and even tears) can lead to solutions of problems, whether that be a blocked digestive system, insomnia, pain in different areas, or any other reasons that led you to have reflexology in the first place.
I have recently moved to Teddington, and will be offering home visits in and around this area now. I will still be working in Putney, and doing home visits close to the treatment room there as well. I am in the process of setting up my new treatment room in Teddington, which is in a lovely little cabin at the back of the garden. It is in between Hampton Wick and Teddington. When the new treatment room is open I will let you know!
My month of social media free has come to an end and I feel like it has trained me to spend time on social media much less than I did before!
October comes with a new challenge and this one is the pull up challenge! By the end of this month I am hoping to be able to do a pull up. I'm not sure if I will be able to achieve this one- but I will definitely try my hardest!
We are well into September and my month of social media free is proving challenging! I didn't realise how hard it would be. I have learnt that I probably spend too much time on social media- and especially before bed, so this time is being used much more constructively and I'm loving the amount of reading I've been doing before bed.
The retreat in France was great- and I've never treated a group of such relaxed people before. My job was easy! The clients enjoyed early morning and evening sessions of meditation and yoga, delicious and nutritious food, walks after breakfast, relaxing by the pool, and of course some treatments. I offered reflexology and natural face-lift massage and I think the guests left the retreat happy and wanting to come back next year.
My ted talks challenge for August went well, and I learnt a lot! Here is a list of some of my favourite talks:
Shonda Rhimes- My year of saying yes to everything
Nic Marks- The happy planet index
Jamie Oliver- Teach every child about food
Ken Robinson- Do schools kill creativity?
Christoph Niemann- You are fluent in this language (and don't even know it)
Tshering Tobgay- This country isn't just carbon neutral, it's carbon negative
Laurie Santos- A monkey economy as irrational as ours
Giulia Enders- The surprisingly charming science of your gut
Wendy Suzuki- The brain-changing benefits of exercise
Nora Atkinson- Why art thrives at Burning Man
I hope you are enjoying your September so far. The temperatures are getting cooler so now is the perfect time to try some hot stone reflexology if you haven't already!
My month of mindfulness in July went well: I clocked up 5 and a half hours of time meditated on the Headspace app, and listened to 34 sessions. I really got into the "sleep series" which is a 30 session pack teaching you how to have a better relationship with sleep- with some very handy tips. I also found the foundation series handy, with some meditation tools that you can learn and practice wherever and whenever you like. It's so beneficial to slow your mind down for a short period during the day, and you can even practice meditation during a reflexology or facial massage session. August's resolution is to watch / listen to daily Ted talks. I always find Ted talks really interesting, and they have such a huge selection of subjects- I'm hoping to learn a lot!
What a weekend!
We returned last night from a very successful and busy Lovefit festival! Over the weekend I treated 30 happy festival goers all in the treatment bell tent. I definitely needed another set of hands, as the demand for treatments was so high. I managed to squeeze in 30 minutes of a yoga class on the Friday and a Powerwave class on Saturday morning before clients, and heard loads of good things about all the other classes on offer. They offer everything from spinning, to boxing, to yoga, to paddle board workouts, all set in a beautiful environment.
The festival itself was amazing: the atmosphere, the people, the food, the classes and the grounds, were all incredible. Everyone had the a common interest in well being and fun, and there was a happy vibe the whole time we were there. It was great to be involved with such a good festival, which has the potential to be incredibly successful.
I would highly recommend it to anyone for next year.
July is here, and with it comes a new resolution! This month is my Mindfulness month, and I am hoping to do a daily meditation. I have always struggled when it comes to meditation, not really knowing what to do/ how to do it, and whenever I do start a meditation course I can never keep it up for more than a week. So I think this is going to be a real challenge, but let's hope I can do it!
June- Be a morning person.
I think I chose the right month for this what with the light mornings, and sunny days. I find I am most proactive in the morning, but sometimes I struggle to get out of bed as soon as my alarm goes off. So this month I will do my best to set my alarm earlier than normal and jump out of bed to get things done!
I did it!!!
When I was creating my "monthly resolutions" list, I decided that the month of May would be to train for a triathlon. I decided to sign up to Blenheim Triathlon, with very little enthusiasm! I have watched my boyfriend compete in 4 triathlons, and never had the urge to do one myself. I think it's good to challenge yourself though, and then once you have accomplished a challenge, the sense of achievement is even greater.
I never would have thought I would enjoy the triathlon so much, or even do as well as I did. Apart from it being a beautiful course, and a lovely day: we had a big team of supporters there and enjoyed a huge picnic after the race. It was nice to do it with my boyfriend too, we started in the water together, and then met again at the bike transition stage.
My main aim was to complete it and get around the course, but when I got my time I was over the moon! I was also really happy when it was over (and as you can see I had to celebrate)....but you never know, I may even do another one next year.
Retreat 4 Your Feet will be providing reflexology and facial massage to the festival goers at Lovefit this Summer. We are taking our bell tent treatment space along to the festival, which will be taking place from 20th-22nd July at the St Clere Estate near London. The festival includes a huge range of fitness and adventure activities, wellness areas with hot tubs and treatments, a selection of healthy food and drinks stalls, and boutique after parties in the woods. Grab a ticket now at: www.lovefitfestival.com/tickets/ and book in a treatment with me at the festival!
Georgie created "Retreat 4 Your Feet" in 2011. The blog includes fun facts, personal stories, and general information.