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Tuesday Tip

Tuesday Tip – Drink your water! I advise all my clients to drink plenty of water, especially the first few hours after a treatment.

Why?

Drinking water helps your body to balance all the fluids you need to keep you alive, and nourishes your cells, tissues and organs for healthy fertility⁠ (this goes for men as well as women!).

Water helps your muscles to work properly⁠, and to recover well when you’ve been exercising.

Water helps your skin to look good – if you’re dehydrated you might notice drier, flakier, dull looking skin, especially the skin on your face⁠.

How can you get more water into your daily routine?⁠

➡️ Drink at least one glass every morning, before you start hitting the tea or coffee⁠

➡️ Have a glass of water with every meal or snack⁠

➡️ Take a bottle with you – in your bag, at your desk or in the car. A re-useable vacuum bottle is better than a plastic one, and many Refill locations mean you can top up if you’re out and about – check out Litter Free Coast and Sea for an app that helps you find the closest.⁠

I hope these tips help get you drinking more water – remember it can take at least 21 days for a new habit to stick. Challenge yourself to drink more water for the next 21 days and tell me how you get on (I’ll be your accountability buddy😇). If you want to send me a message – just click on the ‘Say Hello’ button.

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Week of self care

If you’re following my pages on Instagram or Facebook, you might have seen some of my week of self care tips. If not, don’t worry, I’m adding them all here for my lovely website viewers!

Day One – Take a shower  (or run a deliciously deep bath). ENJOY the hot water, feel how gorgeous it is to be luxuriating instead of rushing. GIVE yourself at least 10 minutes – TIP: use a timer if you need to. USE that special shower gel or bath bubbles you’ve been saving for a special occasion. Make YOURSELF the special occasion and LUXURIATE in this time for YOU. NOTICE how paying attention to something small makes you feel – note it down if you want to remember.  YOU are special and worthy of self-care.

Day Two – READ something REAL. An actual paper book, a magazine, your kids stories, even a gardening or clothes catalogue. REMEMBER how the texture, smell and even the typeface of words make the experience PLEASURABLE and so much MORE engaging of your senses than reading a screen. GIVE yourself at least 10 minutes – TIP: use a timer if you need to. NOTICE how paying attention to something small makes you feel – note it down if you want to remember. YOU are special and worthy of self-care.

Day Three – Try using a positive affirmation. Look at YOURSELF in a mirror and tell yourself : I am worthy of LOVE and JOY – say it with feeling. This is just for YOU so don’t worry if you feel silly – nobody is watching or judging. If you feel that a different affirmation would be more truthful for YOU then your magical search engine will help you find something GOOD and JUICY. FLOOD yourself with LOVE and positive energy. NOTICE how paying attention to something small makes you feel – note it down if you want to remember. YOU are special and worthy of self-care.

Day Four – LEAVE your phone alone. Really far away. Take a walk without it, try a meditation or a stretch. Bake a cake. GIVE yourself at least 60 minutes  phone free time. NOTICE how you feel WITHOUT it and what you did with that time instead (NOTE your feelings if you’d like a reminder). Pay ATTENTION to what’s around you right NOW. TIP: use a timer if you need to. NOTICE how paying attention makes you feel – note it down if you want to remember. YOU are special and worthy of self-care.

Day Five – TRY reflexology. Use the video posted on my IGTV and story showing you some quick and EASY HAND reflexology that you can use on yourself. Be MINDFUL of your self touch, you should be gentle and use smooth and flowing movements. USE these techniques for 2 minutes at least 3 times TODAY. NOTICE how paying attention to something small makes you feel – note it down if you want to remember. YOU are special and worthy of self-care.

Day Six – CALL (don’t text) a friend or someone special for a catch-up, short or long. TELL them how much they mean to you. REMIND yourself that CONNECTIONS with other human beings are part of the LOVING nature of life. NOTICE how you FEEL being part of someone else’s story for a few minutes and have GRATITUDE and LOVE for that person in your life
NOTE that feeling if you want to remember. YOU are special and worthy of self-care.

Day Seven – GIVE yourself a high five! If you’ve followed along all week and tried out everything I suggested, you’ve given yourself the GIFT of a week of SELF CARE. I hope you’ve enjoyed taking part. Let me know how you got on with the challenge – has it changed how you feel about giving YOU some time and attention? Will you repeat any of it? Drop your comments below or send me a DM- I’d love to hear from you.
YOU are SO special and worthy of self-care 

Love, Rowena x

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Do you know what’s in your deodorant?

Do you know what’s in your deodorant?

I found a great app, recommended by another instagrammer, called yuka_app. You can use it to scan product barcodes and find out *exactly* what is in them.

Have a look at the picture to see some of the nasties in my daughter’s deodorant. Needless to say, we’ll be having a conversation about this!

Endocrine disruptors, allergens and potential carcinogens are NOT good for you, and can have a significant negative impact on your fertility.

I challenge you to download the app and scan a few items at home. You can use it for food, as well as health and beauty products. Check sanitary items, skin products, shave foam and toothpaste. Let me know if you’ll be making some swaps when you’ve done it! Yuka helpfully suggests better (safer) alternatives for you. Download the app from your preferred app store.

If you want some tips on reducing your toxic load whilst preparing to conceive, and where to buy, I’ve made a quick file that you can access here: Reduce chemical exposure.

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Temporary Suspension of Business

I am writing to let you know that I am going to be suspending in-person treatments from today. It’s not what I want to do, but the current health crisis has forced many changes – one of which is that my husband is now having to work from home. As we share the office space, I can’t provide treatments whilst he is working.

Please know that I am thinking of you, and wish you and your family wellness. I will be recommencing treatments as soon as feasibly possible, and I am offering video consultations for new clients – so if you were thinking of recommending Weymouth Bay Reflexology to a friend or colleague, then please do so!

I will be making some self care hand reflexology videos soon, which will be available here on the website – do have a go if you’ve got some spare time and need a little guidance. I will also be keeping up my facebook and instagram pages, so do check in from time to time and say hi!

If you feel that you just want to talk to someone, I’m available during my usual office hours, by email or phone.

Much love

Rowena x

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We’re all doing our best

We’re all making it up as we go along…
Don’t beat yourself up about things you have no control over. Be kind to yourself first – it makes it easier to be kind to everyone else around you. Take it easy if you can, have a routine if it helps. Get some fresh air when you can.
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I’m here for chats if you need to talk.
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Big love 💙👣💙

Rowena

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Virtual Support

I want to play my part in keeping my clients (and myself) safe and well during the current Corona virus pandemic. That means that for my clients, hands-on treatments have been suspended for the time being. Currently suggestions from government mean that the earliest potential opening date for hands-on therapies may be some time in July.

I am providing online consultations / support at this time. If you do need support or would like further information or advice about the services I can offer, then please use the contact form to get in touch.

FERTILITY CLIENTS – If you are waiting for your fertility clinic to re-open, this may be the perfect time to prepare yourself using a holistic approach for when your fertility journey can begin again. We can work together online, with specific advice and self-care to look after your fertility during this ‘down-time’.

For everyone: I have a selection of self-care reflexology videos available for you to try (there are also simple diagrams to help you on the Freebies tab). Do have a go if you’ve got some spare time and need a little guidance. I am also keeping in touch via my Facebook and Instagram pages, so do check in from time to time and say hi!

If you feel that you just want to talk to someone, I’m available during my usual office hours (Mon-Thurs, 9-3), by email or phone.

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What I Do

Reflexology for fertility, and women’s wellbeing. That’s what I do – help support your fertility naturally – whether that’s :

  • to sort out monthly cycles so your PMS isn’t bothering you OR
  • preparation for natural conception OR
  • helping regulate PCOS / endo /fibroids OR
  • support for all kinds of assisted fertility treatment OR
  • reflexology for pregnancy, labour and fourth trimester support OR
  • peri-menopause OR
  • what is making you feel less than 100% yourself

HOW can you work with me? I am working remotely with clients via video consultations and recordings. You can book your live sessions with me. I will have self-treatment reflexology classes recorded to buy soon, you can also book a virtual distance reflexology treatment with me for foot or facial reflexology.

My hands-on treatments will not start again until September at the earliest, so if you are looking to take action on ANY of the above NOW, then click the get in touch or Book Now buttons.

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Men’s Health Week 2020

During this week, I’ll be adding posts to my social media with links to useful articles on men’s health, particularly in relation to their fertility. In my practice, unfortunately, I don’t see men coming for ANY reflexology very often, and I’d like to see that change. The majority of the work I do now is reflexology for fertility – however, when I see the female in a couple, I often don’t ever see the male, or find out what’s going on with them. That needs to change.

It seems like the role males play in their own or their partners’ fertility is being ignored, or downplayed – either by the men themselves, or by their doctors. As men contribute 50% of the genetic material to a potential embryo, I’d like to change that narrative, and work with both parties, as it makes such a difference – not only in the fertility side of things, but emotionally and within that relationship, where both parties are included within the process.

Anyway, off my high horse for now, here are the articles and podcasts that I’ve found for you, which might educate and inform you a little.

https://www.thefertilitypodcast.com/season2ep9/?fbclid=IwAR0uSFjnM9RbuAps4vkm5P9nmDj-y9G4_NoukUtRYJsnmLE98Wn8K4TG6fU

https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/sperm-faqs?fbclid=IwAR2oBlSC6us1pEhAyfGDI56dYMioXUdSzeSDVvWoK4aKbgMpjbsxVoWyTZM

https://www.instagram.com/p/CBgi9-ZARSp/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CBlkEdZpwpP/

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What is homeostasis?

Do you know what homestasis means?

It’s a term used in many holistic therapies, including reflexology.

Essentially, it means balance. Within your body all the many systems that keep you upright and functioning are very finely tuned. Trust me, YOU are a miracle!

If anything goes out of balance in an organ or system, it manifests as some kind of issue in your body, a pain, a feeling of wrongness, symptoms of illness, fertility issues and so on.

Reflexologists aim to encourage your body to re-balance itself through applying gentle touch – including massage and reflexology to the feet, face, and hands. It’s a powerful therapy.

Have you tried reflexology yet?

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What is a short luteal phase? And why is it important when you’re trying to conceive?

The luteal phase is the 10 – 16 days between ovulation (release of an egg) and the bleed. The phase length is governed by the corpus luteum, a temporary endocrine gland which forms from the empty follicle after ovulation. The corpus luteum is responsible for the production of progesterone, which supports the development of any embyros until the placenta forms at about 12 – 15 weeks gestation and takes over.

If you are trying to get pregnant, a short luteal phase could hamper your attempts, as the progesterone needed to help establish a pregnancy may not be sufficient. You may have been diagnosed as sub-fertile or experienced early miscarriage.

A short luteal phase usually means your body is producing low quantities of progesterone. Signs of this include PMS, pre-period bleeding or spotting, cyclical headaches, weight gain, painful or lumpy breasts, heavy/long bleed.

Short luteal phases can be caused by many factors:

Stress (emotional, physical, illness, trauma, surgery) – the body can suppress reproductive hormones when the hypothalamus reacts to body chemistry changes

Undereating – another form of stress where the body reacts to being undernourished

Medical conditions – these may be undiagnosed, but coeliac disease and thyroid disease are known to be a factor

Can you improve a short luteal phase?

Yes. Changes to diet, lifestyle,specific supplements and targeted reflexology have shown improvements in lengthening luteal phases.

Balancing your cycle helps your body to work in harmony (remember homeostastis in my last post) and regulate itself.

What’s your luteal phase like?