I have finally got round to writing my monthly resolutions for 2019! I've started January with Whole30 which is a great way to kick start the year.
Whole30 is all about eating foods that are natural, non-refined, and good for your body. It cuts out sugar, dairy, gluten, grains, additives, legumes, alcohol and carbohydrates for 30 days. During these 30 days you can definitely notice differences- in energy levels and general well-being. I love doing it in January to help reset the body for the year ahead.
I've tried to be realistic with my goals this year as it's going to be a busy year for me what with planning my wedding! I've focused on goals that will keep me interested, and active.
Hamna Tabu...It means no worries, and that is exactly what you will experience in my lovely treatment room in Teddington.
Although "Hakuna Matata" (the name of my Putney treatment room) is the more well known phrase, "Hamna Tabu" is actually used more often in Swahili.
I've been loving working in this new space, and my clients seem to love it too. The treatment room is nice and cosy, and smells calming. It does back out onto the train tracks but I use sound cancelling headphones so that you can truly relax and drift away into another space. Book your session in here now!
The treatment room in Teddington is now OPEN for business! Please get in contact if you would like to book a treatment in my lovely, cozy treatment room. I am also available for treatments in the local areas now too- including Hampton Wick, Twickenham, St Margarets and Kingston. The treatment room is a short walk from Hampton Wick station, and is situated in the garden at the back of my home. We are on the train tracks, but I have the option of using sound cancelling headphones if this is a problem for you, allowing you to peacefully drift off and zone out during your treatment. I will be offering the following treatments in the Teddington treatment room:
Reflexology, Maternity reflexology, Aromareflex, Natural Facelift Massage.
If the demand for hot stone reflexology is high then I will also offer that in the future.
A new month, a new monthly challenge. Can’t believe we are on 11/12 already!! Already planning my 2019 resolutions...
This one comes at a great time, just before the craziness of Christmas begins. Looking forward to feeling the benefits of cutting sugar out for a month. More energy, better sleep, and hopefully less pesky cravings by the end of the month.
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.
Georgie created "Retreat 4 Your Feet" in 2011. The blog includes fun facts, personal stories, and general information.