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FITNESS, HEALTH AND WELLBEING………

I don’t know about you, but I always feel a sense of accomplishment after getting through the summer months; maybe it is because it is such a busy time for us in the salon. It could be that you’ve survived the summer and are looking forward to the children going back to school! Whatever it is, this is the perfect time to think about ‘You’ for a minute, and don’t you dare feel guilty!

There are many ways to relax, and finding one that works for you is the first step. It may be gardening or reading a book, having a soak in the bath with aromatherapy oils or going down a treatment route; which I will be looking at today. With such a variety of treatments available, designed to help our health and wellbeing, I wanted to highlight a couple of options and their benefits.

Massage

With so many therapeutic benefits to both the body and mind, this is often the first treatment people think of when they want to relax. However, if you choose the wrong type of massage then the experience could leave you feeling more stressed than when you arrived.

Aromatherapy massage is a wonderful way to relax as, not only do you benefit from the physical actions of the massage such as soothing muscular tension and improved circulation, it is the restorative properties of the oils themselves that have immense benefits. An aromatherapy massage can be deeply relaxing or more uplifting depending on the oils and the massage techniques used by the therapist and all of this should be discussed during your consultation. The oils you choose can help with disturbed sleep, digestion issues, hormonal imbalance or a lack of energy. If you haven’t experienced massage before then this would be the perfect introduction in my opinion.

Reflexology

This is often overlooked due to a lack of understanding about what the treatment is all about – it is not just a foot massage! Reflexology is a very individual treatment which is tailored to you as person, considering both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting your wellbeing.

Some people find it works for them - some don't. The best way to find out is to try it!

The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. Usually after a treatment, your tension may be reduced and you might feel relaxed. You might also notice yourself sleeping better and find your mood and sense of wellbeing improving. You may also find that other aspects improve too; however, this happens on an individual basis.

With ever increasing levels of stress in everyday life, it is important for people to take more responsibility for their own healthcare needs. Reflexology may be one of the ways to mitigate the stresses of modern life.

As amazing as the above treatments are, there are some things you can try which won’t cost you a penny:

• Laugh – it really is the best medicine. Laughter releases endorphins that improve your mood whilst decreasing levels of the stress causing hormones; it tricks your nervous system into making you happy. However, a spontaneous burst of laughter at your desk could raise a few eyebrows so pick your moments carefully…


• Sleep - probably the most effective stress buster there is. Although stress can cause you to lose sleep, lack of sleep is a key cause of stress. A vicious cycle which causes the brain and the body to become out of balance. Try to get the recommended 6-8hrs per night. Turn off the TV, don’t look at your smart-phone and do your best to get into bed and relax.

It’s Time to Relax