Volume 1, Issue 1
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Victor Frankl
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a way of noticing what is going on around you in a deliberate and thoughtful manner. It means paying attentions to where your mind and body are in a particular moment "in the now". You don't think about the past or future you concentrate solely on the now in a non-judgemental manner. There is no fault or bias in the moment, there is just observation. “
There are many simple ways you can be more mindful. Here are seven tips to incorporate into your daily life.
1. Practice mindfulness during routine activities.
Try bringing awareness to the daily activities you usually do on autopilot,
For instance, pay more attention as you’re brushing your teeth, taking a shower, eating breakfast or walking to work. Concentrate on the sight, sound, smell, taste and feel of these activities. “You might find the routine activity is more interesting than you thought,”
2. Practice right when you wake up.
Mindfulness practice first thing in the morning helps set the ‘tone’ of your nervous system for the rest of the day, increasing the likelihood of other mindful moments. If you find yourself dozing off, just practice after having your coffee or tea. But, don’t read the paper, turn on the TV, check your phone or email, etc. until after you’ve had your moments of concentration.
3. Let your mind wander.
Your mind and brain are natural wanderers – much like a crawling toddler or a puppy. And that’s a good thing. Having a “busy brain,” is actually an asset. The beneficial brain changes seen in the neuroscience research on mindfulness are thought to be promoted in large part by the act of noticing that your mind has wandered, and then non-judgmentally – lovingly and gently— bringing it back,
4. Keep it short.
Our brains respond better to bursts of mindfulness. So being mindful several times a day is more helpful than a lengthy session or even a weekend retreat. While 20 minutes seems to be the standard, starting at a few minutes a day is OK, too.
For instance, you can tune into your body, such as focusing “on how your shoes feel on your feet in that moment, or giving attention to how your jaw is feeling, tight, loose or hanging open at the audacity of the person in front of you in the coffee line".
5. Practice mindfulness while you wait.
In our fast-paced lives, waiting is a big source of frustration – whether you’re waiting in line or stuck in traffic. But while it might seem like a nuisance, waiting is actually an opportunity for mindfulness, Halliwell said. When you’re waiting, he suggested bringing your attention to your breath. Focus on “the flow of the breath in and out of your body, from moment to moment and allow everything else to just be, even if what’s there is impatience or irritation.”
6. Pick a prompt to remind you to be mindful.
Choose a cue that you encounter on a regular basis to shift your brain into mindful mode. For instance, you might pick a certain doorway or mirror or use drinking coffee or tea as a reminder,.
7. Learn to meditate or do relaxation exercises.
The best way to cultivate mindfulness in everyday life is to train in meditation,. Practicing mindfulness can be like learning a new language. Practicing meditation and relaxation techniques are how to learn mindfulness. Meditation and relaxation helps you tap into mindfulness with little effort.
Mindfulness isn’t a luxury, it’s a practice that trains your brain to be more efficient and better integrated, with less distractibility and improved focus. It minimizes stress and even helps you become your best self.”
Some people have a tendency toward withdrawal, avoidance, negative thinking and other anxiety or depressive symptoms, whereas others are naturally positive, curious, happy and outgoing. Through mindfulness and relaxation exercises we are able to retrain our brains and shift our outlook on life.
As part of my Reiki and Reflexology practice I guide my clients through the relaxation and meditation process.
There is a mindfulness App on Itunes and Google play that can be downloadeded
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Volume 1, Issue 5
Reflexology is a non-intrusive form of therapy that involves targeting pressure points on the face, ears, hands, legs and feet. Therapists believe that these points affect other areas of the body to stimulate healing.
As with any form of therapy it's important to be aware of reflexology contraindication. Even a non-intrusive form of therapy such as reflexology isn't going to be available to everyone. It's good practice to always get the all clear from a healthcare professional before going ahead.
What does Contraindication Mean?
A contraindication is a condition, reason, or cause for a person not to receive a certain type of medicine or medical procedure. This is because doing so would cause more harm than help.
Absolute contraindications mean that a certain course of action should absolutely be avoided. For example, someone with an allergic reaction to a certain food or medicine has an absolute contraindication to the foods and medicines that cause the reaction.
They are there to help people be aware of any conditions that may mean they are not suitable for a treatment. You should always take the time to read the contraindications for any treatments you are looking into. Failure to do so could result in irritating an existing health conditions or causing other problems
Contraindications in reflexology mean that the patient should seek permission from a medical professional before going ahead with treatment. You should always disclose and discuss any relevant information with your reflexologist prior to treatment also.
Some minor problems with certain areas of the body may be possible to work around. This will be discussed in your pre-therapy consultation.
Reflexology Contraindications That Require Special Medical Permission
There are some absolute contraindication, or conditions that require special medical permission. These are areas for serious consideration, and patients with any of the following should always proceed with caution.
Special Cases and Additional Notes
Reflexology focuses mostly on the feet. If you have any unhealed wounds, fractures, gout, or other painful conditions it may be possible for the reflexologist to focus on other areas. Such as the hands, legs, face and ears.
You should discuss all of your concerns and conditions with the therapist in detail to see if they offer a solution.
Reflexology improves blood circulation. This is where a lot of the healing abilities come from as is stimulates the body’s natural healing process. But this can also prove dangerous if the patient has blood clots.
If you have any concerns that you may have a blood clot, or have a history of this condition in your family, seek medical clearance before treatment.
Pregnant women can have reflexology. The type of treatment will be tailors depending on how many weeks pregnant the woman is. It’s not advisable in the final trimester as it can cause contractions.
Children and Babies
These techniques are beneficial to young children and babies. The biggest challenge is usually having them concentrate for a whole session. So shorter modified sessions are usually formulated.