Importance of aftercare after holistic treatments
So you just had your reflexology session. You feel relaxed, less stressed and enjoy the feeling that looking after yourself gives you. This was time dedicated to you and your wellness and health and, of course, you want to make this feeling last for as long as possible. You have been told by your therapist that reflexology can result in deeper sleep, improved digestion, increased cell function, healthier skin and minimise symptoms associated with tension or migraine headaches, menopause, menstrual pain and many more.
After your treatment, some of the following responses of your body are possible (although the effects of reflexology are unique to the individual). And so, while some will experience relaxation and wellbeing, others might feel energised. You might be lightheaded or use the bathroom more frequently or can also feel quite emotional. All of this is common and nothing to worry about.
So how can you reap the benefits of reflexology, helping your body and soul to balance and start a vital healing process?
Stay hydrated. Do your best to drink plenty of water to help flush out excess toxins and waste released by the reflexology. Hydrating your body before treatment is equally as important to aid detoxification.
Eat light. Avoid heavy meals for up to 2 hours after your treatment. A large meal will divert blood to your digestive tract rather than where your body needs it.
Avoid caffeine. Coffee, tea and fizzy drinks can dehydrate your body and increase your heart rate.
Avoid alcohol. Alcohol and smoking can undo benefits you got from your treatment.
Rest & relax. It is important to let your body recover naturally after a session of reflexology. Give your body time to relax during the day and be sure to get a good night’s sleep.
And, of course, make sure to book your next treatment 😊.
The harrowing history of menopause
When I recently read about international women’s day and heard that we have come a long way but there is still so much to do, I thought that there is another part of a woman’s life that we all go through if we are lucky enough to reach that age, but it is still something that is often misunderstood and stigmatised: Menopause.
It is interesting that, what in the beginning of history was more a natural part in the female life cycle, turned over the centuries into an illness that could be cured with a pill or so, fostering a culture of silence and shame.
Menopause was mentioned quite early on, Aristotle the Greek wrote about it as something that occurred in a woman’s life around 40 years of age. Considering that over 50 percent of people had a lifespan of 20-35 years, it was probably not the biggest health issue they had!
The middle ages were, from a female perspective especially, not called the “dark ages” for nothing.
Although a network of “wise women” with a lot of knowledge about female issues was around where skills and traditions were given from mothers to their daughters for centuries, something new came up to threaten this: physicians. They were, of course, all male and did not like the competition of wise women who would have better results than them (the study of medicine at those times was very poor). Wise women lost their historic role and were pushed aside by the male physicians (if they were lucky – the unlucky ones ended up under terrible torture or being burnt at stakes as witches).
Although there was quite an interest developing of the female body and its issues, they were all about the time in the woman’s life when they were fertile – females were deemed inferior to men and especially when they could not fulfil their role as child bearers. So, the fact that a woman’s value is based on her fertility has smugly developed over many, many centuries.
In 1821 a French doctor coined the word “menopause” for the first time, with very few ideas what it was about.
If you think it got better then, you could not be any more wrong! In Victorian times, the menopause was the focus of deep distrust. Physicians thought there was a direct link between the womb and brain, making all women susceptible to insanity!! The term “climacteric insanity” was created. Women who were lucky (!) got the offending organs removed to make them more compliant, docile, and harder working (I am not making this up). The unlucky ones were locked up in asylums. Of course, as it was deemed essential to “cure” this mental disorder, including “nymphomania” and “hysteria” there were many ways women were treated, but they are too gruesome to be mentioned here. BTW, any sign of sexual desire in women was thought to be a sign of insanity.
By 1930, the hormone oestrogen was discovered and menopause was classed as a “deficiency disease”, to be cured by the intake of testicular juice, crushed ovaries of cows or the urine of pregnant women(later replaced by horses urine due to cost issues).
After being able to produce synthetic oestrogen, the pharma concerns had to try and flog it to the women. In 1966 Dr Robert Wilson wrote a book in which he praised the use of HRT to avoid the “living decay” caused by falling oestrogen levels. He described menopausal women as “flabby”, “desexual”, with “shrunken breasts and genitals”. This was 1966!!! I’m surprised nobody kicked him in his shrivelled genitals!! It is probably no surprise that it was revealed later that his book was paid for by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, who produced the HRT…
Menopause is a big cultural issue, shaming us for ageing. If a women’s worth is still mostly defined by whether she can give birth, the societal value of women will drop from a certain age.
There is much more focus now on menopause and how women can be helped with the symptoms. Companies are starting to look at implementing clauses in their contracts as they are losing many skilled, experienced women due to symptoms as “brain fog” and there is support out there. There are also some really good books out there to inform ourselves.
And yet, I often see clients who find little or no support from their GP’s for their issues and questions and often they are patronised if they listen to their bodies.
So, if menopause is still sometimes called “The Change”, I think it is time to look at it with knowledge, support and all the help us mature women deserve.
Hello everyone and welcome to my BRAND NEW website!
Thank you for finding me on the interwebs 😊
I hope my website gives you some information about what I am about and what I love doing. It is very hard to put into a small text how I feel about holistic health and treatments. I have seen again and again how beneficial it is and was privileged enough to support clients on their journey to health, to relaxation and much more.
Sometimes, this journey is not all smooth and then it is the extra time of sitting with someone, supporting them through their emotional pain and helping them to come to terms with grief, loss and illness.
I have learned so much from my clients over the last 7 years and can genuinely say that I love every minute and unequivocally believe holistic treatments work and help.
Any home treatment tips that I give are based on my own research and personal experience after years of seeing what works and what doesn’t.
Finally, I wish you that you also may find joy in the work you do and don’t ever be afraid to change what doesn’t make you happy!
Love, Gisela xx