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Guest Blog – Aroma Reflexology by Ula Boyle

Aromatherapy oils are naturally fragrant oils that come from a variety of plants, flowers and fruit and contain many therapeutic properties that have been known for centuries, originating in ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures. Combining essential oils with Reflexology has many health benefits as together they can stimulate and enhance the body’s ability to rebalance itself and heal. When inhaled the aroma of the essential oils is processed by the brain producing strong physiological and psychological effects.

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Reflexology is a natural, gentle healing therapy dating back to ancient Egypt and China. It uses specific techniques and pressures on the feet and hands to clear congested energy pathways within the body, activating the body to heal itself and regain its natural state of wellness and balance. The anatomy of the body is understood to be mapped out in reflex zones on the feet and by stimulating a reflex it can have a positive effect on the corresponding organ or body system. A treatment can therefore benefit the whole body and help to maintain or restore good health.

Essential Oils are massaged into the feet using reflexology techniques increasing heat and circulation and the absorption of the oils (containing specific healing properties) into the skin and blood stream. Different oils are chosen and blended depending on the health and healing needs of a client to create a desired effect such as enhancing mood, relaxation, mental/physical invigoration, pain relief. Incorporating Aromatherapy into reflexology treatments offers a wonderful sensory journey to wellbeing and can be used effectively to treat a wide variety of common complaints including:

Reducing stress related disorders, alleviate anxiety & depression, enhance mood,  Improve sleep and reduce fatigue, Relieve headaches, arthritis, Help to improve respiratory problems such as asthma, sinuses, hay fever, Pain relief, Ease tension & aching muscles, Relief of painful menstruation, symptoms of PMS/menopause, Relief of digestive problems, Strengthening the immune and nervous system.

Ula Boyle works from Ananda Centre.

Telephone her on 086 0872526 to make an appointment.

www.soleserenitythearpy.ie

VTCT Dip Reflexology/Aromatherapy Massage

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Massage Therapy can help reduce depression in Pregnant Women

New research shows massage therapy reduced depression in pregnant women, and also reduced the incidence of massaged women’s babies being born prematurely.

The study was conducted by researchers at the Touch Research Institutes, where pioneering research about massage has been conducted since 1992.

Pregnant women diagnosed with major depression were given 12 weeks of massage, twice per week. A control group did not receive massage, according to an abstract published on http://www.pubmed.gov.

The massage-therapy group versus the control group not only had reduced depression by the end of the massage-therapy period, they also had reduced depression and cortisol levels during the postpartum period.

The massaged women’s new-borns were also less likely to be born prematurely and low birth weight, pubmed noted, and they had lower cortisol levels and performed better on the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioural Assessment habituation, orientation and motor scales.

Brenda has been working with Pregnancy Massage for 7 years. She received her training from the Well Mother, training with founder Suzanne Yates (Body-worker and Birth Educator).
Well Mother (wellmother.org) trains therapists in Pregnancy and Post Pregnancy Massage, Shiatsu and exercise for maternity care and support: supporting the wisdom of parents and babies.
Below is a guided visualisation that Suzanne has done to help with connection between you and baby. Enjoy!