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Reflexology for Cancer Patients in Limerick

Reflexology for Cancer Patients in Limerick

Cancer Care Reflexology

So I recently expanded my knowledge and learning by attending a 3 day course on Cancer Care Reflexology.  Here in Limerick, I am a volunteer at the Cancer Support Centre, run by the Mid West Cancer Foundation, at University Hospital Limerick. 

Cancer Statistics

Why did I feel the need to attend this course?  Well, according ot the National Cancer Registry Ireland, every 3 minutes in Ireland someone gets a cancer diagnosis. Every hour someone dies from cancer. Incidence of cancer is growing and by 

  • By 2020, 1 in 2 people in Ireland will develop cancer during their lifetime.
  • In Ireland 40,000 new cases of cancer or related tumours are diagnosed each year.

While these statistics are a concern, research and medical developments have improved.  More emphasis is now on support and care available to those with a cancer diagnosis and their quality of life.  That’s where myself and other therapists come in by providing the all important support and care.

Benefits of Cancer Care Reflexology

The Irish Cancer Society state that many people find complementary therapies such as Cancer Care Reflexology very helpful in a number of ways. As a cancer patient they may make you feel: 

  • More positive about yourself and your illness.
  • Better able to cope with the physical side-effects of cancer and the distressing emotions cancer often brings.
  • More focussed spiritual dimensions, that also aid healing.

‘With cancer survivorship numbers increasing significantly, optimising peoples’ quality of life is a particular focus of patients. This emphasis on quality of life will be central in the implementation of the Strategy.’ Simon Harris, Minister for Health, National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026.

Everyone can support and care for someone with cancer.  One easy way to do this is by purchasing a loving Just Be Gift Voucher for Reflexology that can help improve that person’s quality of life.   Here at the Just Be Clinic, I will support and care for our loved one and help them restore a quality life.

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When life gets you down…

When life gets you down…

When life gets you down…

So it’s November and I’m wondering how I got here as life has been a whilwind lately of emotions, change and learning how to adjust.  As you know from previous emails, in September my Mum had major surgery to remove her kidney with cancer and is now on dialysis for the rest of her life.  Whilst I was prepared in some way for the logistics of my Mum’s surgery and the changes that would entale, I was in no way prepared for the emotional trauma and stress myself and my family have gone through.  Yes I am strong and resilient thanks to my work and practice of Reiki and Mindfulness, but sometimes life just gets you down.

Self Care & Top Tips

In the mist of all this I did reach out to my very trusted friends and work colleagues. I also attended the National Women’s Enterprise Day, with Limerick Enterprise Office at Adare Manor in October and to say it was inspirational is an understatement.  All the speakers had compelling stories to tell about their lives and the stuggles they have overcome.  What struck me most however, was all the speakers gave ‘top tips’ and everyone of them had ‘self care’ as a priority.  With all that was going on I forgot to care for myself.  What was I thinking?  I live and breath to ‘Just Be’ and here I was worrying about everyone and everything before myself.

So I let go of the outcome and trusted that my Mum and all of us around her would cope and adjust to our new normal.  Yes there has been immense change but here we are now in November and all is well I’m delighed to say.

I’ve also observed some of you have been through similar truamtic feelings, especially those of you who have lost a loved one.  One regular visitor to my clinic, who recently lost her Mum, told me about the book ‘Bringing Dealth to Life’ by Patricia Scanlon, Dr. Mary Helen Hensley, Aidan Storey and Pamela Young.  It’s a beautiful book exploring life, death and the afterlife.  If you or someone you know if going through grief or an emotional challenge, I strongly recommend this book.

I guess the important lesson from all of this is to always continue self care, as that is what pulls you through the good and the not so good.  So if I can help you this November please book now or call call/text 0868968409 for an appointment.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

This month’s case study focuses on Irritable Bowel Syndrome or as it is more commonly known as IBS.  IBS is a chronic condition that needs to be managed long term.  Symptoms can be quite debilitating and variable including tummy (abdominal) pain, bloating, gas and sometimes bouts of diarrhoea and/or constipation. Diet and exercise of course play a big part but if you have an energy block in the gut it needs to be released. Reflexology is very effective for most bowel/colon symptoms as it releases energy blocks and activates peristalsis (contractions of the bowel walls) to help move things along effectively. One lady in her 60’s started coming to the Just Be Clinic in November 2015 to do Reflexology for IBS, as recommended by her Cranio Sacral Therapist. She found it difficult to eat certain foods such as fruit and oranges in particular.  After just 2 treatments of reflexology and a blend of aromatherapy oils to use at home, her symptoms improved with all symptoms gone after 4 weeks.  After reviewing her progress, we moved treatments out to 2 weeks and then every 4 weeks after 2 months.  Today she comes once a month without fail for ‘her fix’ as she calls it, to maintain balance and prevent another flare up of IBS. She now eats everthing including oranges.  Even her family have commented on how much more relaxed she is around food and eating. She is also more energetic and able to do more exercise. I have to say I love to see how well this lady is today after suffering for years with IBS.  It’s so rewarding for me to know the therapies I work with are so effective and help people like this woman live a happy, healthy life. If you or someone you know has IBS, get in touch here or book now for an appointment.

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Reflexology for Fertility

Reflexology for Fertility

If you have any questions regarding Reflexology for Fetility please get in touch OR book an appointment now

I have put together some helpful tips including how reflexology can help you and what you need to know when planning your family. Whether you are in your 20s, 30s, or even your 40s every woman who wants a baby would like to conceive naturally and Reflexology can help.  Most of us don’t even think about it until we try to start a family. So, to help and support you during this time, 

I have also included some research at the bottom of this article outlining the benefits of Reflexology for Fertility.

First off, you need to know if you are ovulating?  Whether your cycle is regular or not, it is very important to track your cycle.  The first day of your period, is the first day of your cycle.  Ovulation varies from woman to woman, so you need to track your own cycle in detail.

There are some very distinctive clues that will give you a pattern to when you are ovulating

BASAL BODY TEMPERATURE

  • Your body temperature fluctuates with the onset of ovulation, so if you are tracking your basal body temperature, you will find a spike in temperature as ovulation occurs.
  • Basal body temperature (BBT) is your temperature when you first wake up in the morning, or after at least three hours of uninterrupted sleep. To record your BBT, you need to use a basal thermometer. This has a finer scale than a normal thermometer and lets you record tiny changes in your body temperature. Basal thermometers are inexpensive and easily available at your local pharmacy in Limerick.
  • To use a basal thermometer, you need to take your temperature before you get out of bed. Try to take your temperature at the same time each morning, and before you have anything to eat, drink, sex or going to the bathroom.
  • It can take two to three cycles to work out a clear pattern.

A note of caution – Remember that if you are ill, or forget to take your temperature immediately on waking, any pattern you find may be inaccurate.  Taking pain killers with paracetemol will also reduce your temperature whilst alcohol can increase your temperature.

When you ovulate, hormonal changes trigger a slight rise in your BBT, which lasts at least until your next period. You’ll probably notice your temperature spiking on other days but, unless it stays that way for at least three days in a row, you’re probably not ovulating. You’re looking for a temperature rise compared with the previous six days of about 0.2 degrees C.

You are most fertile on the day of the temperature spike and on the few days before. So, the first month or two of charting your temperature will only tell you when you’ve already ovulated. But you’ll be able to see whether there is a pattern.

If there is a pattern, you’ll be able to predict your most fertile days the next time around and work out the best days to have sex.  You have a window of 4-6 days but try narrow this down to the 2 days you know you will be ovulating.  Also, it’s important to know that sperm can live up to between 5 and7 days so do not panic if you miss a day of sexual intercourse.  If you do become pregnant, your temperature will stay elevated. If it remains elevated for 18 days or more, this can be an early sign that you are pregnant. To know for sure, you’ll need to do a pregnancy test.

CERVICAL MUCUS

Cervical mucus (CM) is one of many types of vaginal discharge. The type of mucus produced by your body provides clues to your fertility. As your hormone levels change during your period, the amount, texture, and colour of your cervical mucus also changes.Keeping track of the changes can help you to work out when you’re most fertile. Some women check their mucus by looking at the toilet paper after they wipe. Others need to collect some mucus using their finger. You can do this by inserting a clean index finger or middle finger into your vagina and reaching toward your cervix. You can then examine the liquid on your finger.Here’s what you can expect throughout your cycle:

  • During your period, you’ll discharge menstrual blood
  • Once your period is over, your CM may be dry for several days, or you may have cloudy-coloured CM that’s roughly the consistency of sticky rice. You’re not very likely to conceive on any of these days.
  • You’ll then notice that your CM becomes clear and slippery. This increases in volume, becoming more like raw egg white in colour and consistency as you enter your fertile window. Your body is making this fertile, slippery mucus to make it easier for sperm to travel to your egg.
  • About three days after the fertile mucus starts, clear mucus strings may appear. This mucus can be stretched between your fingers.
  • In the next day or two, your CM becomes even wetter and more slippery. As it becomes more watery, you may feel noticeably wet in your underwear. You are most fertile when your CM reaches a peak of wetness and slipperiness
  • After the peak day, your CM becomes dry or cloudy and sticky. Two or more consecutive days of this sort of CM is usually a sign that you’ve passed your fertile window.
  • Your CM will probably continue to be dry, cloudy or sticky until your period, though you may still notice wet mucus again just before your period starts.
  • If you have conceived, you may have some spotting or a very light period instead of your normal period. The average fertile window is about six days and the peak in wet slippery mucus usually coincides with the day before, or the day of, ovulation. Fertile mucus is due to the increase in oestrogen levels that accompanies ovulation.
  • To track your CM, try the two-day method to work out your most fertile days. This involves checking every day to see if you’ve got fertile mucus or not.
    After midday, or before you go to bed, ask yourself if you noticed any mucus today, and if you noticed any mucus yesterday. If the answer to both questions is “yes”, you may be in your fertile window. If the answer to both questions is “no”, it’s unlikely that you’re in your fertile window.
  • If your menstrual cycle is short, your fertile mucus may start in the days immediately following your period. If your menstrual cycle is long, you’re likely to have more days of dry or cloudy, sticky-rice mucus before fertile mucus appears.

 

NATURAL AND MEDICAL INTERVENTION

If you have any concerns, you and your partner should meet with a gynaecologist or fertility specialist. If you have a diagnosed issue such as polycystic ovaries or endometriosis this is a must from the off.  Your consultant will start with a detailed examination including bloods to check hormone levels and possibly further investigation to check the ovaries, fallopian tubes and womb.  However, it will be helpful if you have tracked your cycle for a few months and provide the consultant or therapist with this information.

If you chart your BBT and keep track of your CM, you should get a more reliable picture of your cycle than if you use one method alone.

Even so, you don’t have to do all these things to get pregnant.  Fertility guidance recommends having sex two to three times a week throughout your cycle is the best way to help you conceive. There’s no evidence that charting your temperature improves your chances of getting pregnant naturally.  Remember, sperm can live up to 5 days so don’t panic if you can’t have sex regularly.

HOW CAN REFLEXOLOGY HELP WITH FERTILITY?

I work frequently with woman to help with low fertility. Complementary therapies and Reflexology are becoming more widely known as solutions to low fertility levels. If there is a physical problem such as a disorder of the reproductive system, the couple should always follow the advice of their gynaecologist. However, where there are concerns over medical intervention e.g. prolonged exposure to elevated levels of hormones and/or there is no physical concern identified by the medical profession Reflexology, often in conjunction with lifestyle changes, offers a safe and natural approach. Reflexology by encouraging deep relaxation can alleviate stress and tension both physically and emotionally. This together with improvements in diet and lifestyle (where relevant) has the potential to increase fertility levels.

If you are going through IUI or IVF, reflexology is recommended now by many Fertility Clinics.  I have been working with many women here in my Limerick Clinic and see the benefits first hand.

REFLEXOLOGY & INFERTILITY Some Danish Reflexologists (Krogstad & Frandsen, 2004) believe that a couple could view low fertility/infertility as a ‘friend’ as it ‘often provides the information that the body of the woman or the man is not in a suitable condition, physically or mentally, to become pregnant, and thus offers a chance for change’.

Some work presented on the positive impact of Reflexology on infertility is presented below:

  • Has Reflexology an Effect on Infertility? (Ericksen 1996) To determine the effect of reflexology on infertility 108 women under 35 years with no previous children, and that had attempted to become pregnant for more than two years were selected 61 applicants. The 61 women were given sixteen 45-minute reflexology treatments over a 7-8 month period. Treatments were given 2 times a week for 4 weeks, then 2 treatments before ovulation. Nine women (15%) became pregnant within six months after starting treatment. Of two thirds of the women who had menstruation problems 77% experienced an appreciable improvement, with the majority totally getting rid of the problems. Three quarters of all the women reported improvements in other ailments such as: muscle tensions, psychic imbalances, indigestion, poor circulation and general imbalance.
  • Jane Holt a practicing Reflexologist has ‘published’ successful outcomes of pregnancies using Reflexology on the Internet. A table presented on the web is detailed below – reference Appendix I. Jane Holt presented no information on the frequency or duration of sessions.
  • Mind, Body Sole Site – suggests a treatment plan of 6-10 one-hour sessions across an 8-12-week period.

 

REFLEXOLOGY & INFERTILITY CASE STUDIES Kunz & Kunz at a recent seminar (June 2006) suggested that frequency; duration and strength of signal were important factors in successful Reflexology treatments. While Reflexology is not a diagnostic treatment Kunz & Kunz (2000) indicate some stress cues, which could indicate problems with certain areas of the body. Reference Appendix II for some cues related to reproductive disorders.

As part of the Reflexology accreditation 60 hours case studies must be submitted. Of the case studies undertaken two clients are trying to start a pregnancy. At the time of completion of the essay the ten sessions were not complete, however it is intended to take the ten sessions to completion.

In treating infertility in Reflexology special attention should be paid to the following reflex points:

Pituitary as this is the master gland and produces many of the hormones regulating the menstrual cycle

  • Hypothalamus as it regulates the Pituitary hormone production
  • Thyroid as over/under active thyroid function can impact fertility
  • Solar plexus particularly if the client is stressed
  • Reproductive organs; Ovary/testicles stimulates the gland to produce sex cells and hormones o Fallopian tubes/Vas Deferens: stimulate the points to release any blockages that may exist o Uterus/Prostate gland: to increase the blood circulation and promote normal functioning
  • At the end of the session chakra balancing could be completed
  • In addition, the following aspects of the clients’ life should be examined to determine if they are conducive to a healthy body and mind
  • Diet (for correct levels of minerals, vitamins; consumption of food pyramid groups etc)
  • Lifestyle (time for relaxation, stress – can they learn to manage it, exercise etc)
  • Time for self – in some case this may be the treatment itself

Since treatments first commenced, Client A has felt that the tension & stress are gone and her PMT has improved. She believes that the Reflexology has worked well in helping to re-establish a homeostasis within her body and while still obtaining Reflexology treatments is continuing to work on nutritional changes and her energy levels.

For Client B this case study has been the clients’ first exposure to Reflexology and she really enjoys it, as it allows her to take an hour in the week for herself. To date she has enjoyed increased energy levels after the treatments. Client B suffers a great deal from stress and this condition will be focused upon in further Reflexology sessions.

If you have any questions regarding Reflexology for Fetility please get in touch OR book an appointment now

 

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Maternity Reflexoloy Limerick – Natural Birth in 10 minutes

Maternity Reflexoloy Limerick – Natural Birth in 10 minutes

Natural birth in 10 minutes

Meet Sarah’s beautiful, happy, healthy baby boy Josh born 21st December 2017 at 9am weight 9lb8oz.

Sarah has given me persmission to share her story of natural birth in 10 minutes following reflexology sessions with me here at the Just Be Clinic.  Thank you so much Sarah, as I do 100% believe in the benefits of reflexology and see the results all the time so it’s lovely to be able to share this story.

Sarah came to me for her 4th pregnancy as she had previously had 1 natural birth and 2 C-sections.  The last C-section was very traumatic for Sarah as she bled out and didn’t see her baby for over 24 hours. Also, the recovery time was too long.

Her 4th baby was due just before Christmas, and as you do, she wanted a natural birth by her due date so that she could spend Christmas at home with her family.  Needless to say with 4 kids under 6 she didn’t want another C-section and be out of action for 6 weeks.  The maternity in Limerick wanted to do another section so she decided to go to Waterford who agreed to support her choice, if possible, of having a natural birth.

We did the last reflexology session on 19th December and I also gave Sarah an aromatherapy blend to help bring on labour and help body physicall and mentally prepare for the birth.  She had a check-up in Waterford the next day but was sent home after her check-up and was asked to come back again a couple of days later on the 22nd December.  Sarah and her family decided to stay in a hotel in Waterford until her appointment 2 days later.  That night she had a bath with the aromatherapy blend and then woke with discomfort the following morning.  She decided she would get the kids up and dressed, given them their breakfast and then head to the hospital just in case.  Later that day I received this message from Sarah:

Seeing Sarah and Josh a month later on 23rd January 2018, and hearing her amazing story she looks so well and happy.  I asked  if she was happy with the outcome, she said she was thrilled becuase she was out shopping Christmas Eve and had a lovely Christmas with the family as she wanted.  The short recovery was the main bonus.  I also asked if she felt the reflexology had helped and she said it definitely did.  I’m so proud of Sarah and she is continue her treatments so that she gets some Sarah time going forward.

But don’t just take mine and Sarah’s word for it alone. Clinical research shows the benefits of Reflexology in reducing pain intensity and shorter labour and delivery times.

Ten studies show the impact of reflexology on issues important to expectant mothers. Research shows that women given reflexology work during pregnancy or labour experienced shorter labour times and less analgesia use. In addition, reflexology work aided with the problems of retention of the placenta and primary inertia during labour, helping the women avoid surgery or medication.

1. Pregnant women given 10 foot reflexology sessions from 20 weeks into their pregnancies to term experienced a better labour time than textbook figures. The average for those receiving reflexology work was: first stage, 5 hours; second stage, 16 minutes; and third stage, 7 minutes. This compared to textbook figures of 16 to 24 hours’ first stage, and, 1 to 2 hour’s second stage. In addition, 89.0% of the women experienced a normal delivery.  Source: https://www.baby-bumps.net/pregnancy-reflexology/research/

2. In a study of 100 overdue women in the maternity unit at Walsall Manor Hospital in Walsall, England, researchers found that “more women went into labour sooner and needing less pain relief than those without reflexology”. The study was carried out by a team of midwives qualified in reflexology.

“The results of their study show that, overall, the length of the first stage of labour was four hours shorter than of those in the control group of women who had not had reflexology and that the second stage of labour, when the woman starts to push, was 21 minutes shorter. They also found that fewer women in the reflexology group needed strong pain relief during labour.”

The research was nominated for a Royal College of Midwives Award for Innovation in Midwifery.

Though the researchers acknowledge they had a limited sample, the women in the study expressed having less pain and greater relaxation, making for more ease in  theirdeliveries.  Source: https://reflexologyresearch.wordpress.com/category/pregnancy/

If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy and would like to discuss a fertility or maternity reflexology treatment plan, please get in touch.

Love & light
Yvonne

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Case Study – Releasing Anger using Reiki

Case Study – Releasing Anger using Reiki

Case study – release anger and restore peace with Reiki

So I work with alot of people who have have an illness, lost a loved one or a job and feel profound anger that they stuggle to rationalise.  They want to place blame somewhere but instead take the anger out on everyone without reason.  They feel frustrated at their feelings, thoughts and behaviour and generally don’t know how to release it.

Just this week I did a Reiki Treatment for a lady who has had cancer and come out the other end, and was signed off by the hospital about 2 months ago.  She started to explain that the hospital team ‘just said goodbye’ without any follow-up and she was worried the cancer might come back.  During the treatment whilst working on her throat chakra she started to cough and had to sit up and take a drink.  I explained it was the chakra clearing and that she needed to speak her truth.  Well, she did and the anger started to flow and she began to cry.  I continued the treatment and when on the sacral she laughed saying her tummy was going crazy.  Again, I explained this is where we hold anger and that it is ok to let it go.  I did a bit more probing only to find out she was not angry at the hospital or her treatment but with a friend who kept critising how the hospital pushed radiation and chemotherapy on her.  This poor lady made a decision about her treatment and was happy with her decisions and felt healthy and well again.  The hospital team were very supportive and helpful and had nothing bad to say about them.  But her friend can’t let it go. However, she did say she hadn’t realised how angry she was or why. She left feeling better and would speak to her friend about how she is now. We have a follow-up appointment in a couple of weeks to see how she’s getting on.

If you have emotions or thoughts you can’t rationalise maybe reiki can help you too?

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