“It helped me sleep better, cured my worries & soothed my aches & pains” – An interview with pregnancy reflexology client and Lipstick & Loathing blogger, Gillian

“It helped me sleep better, cured my worries & soothed my aches & pains” – An interview with pregnancy reflexology client and Lipstick & Loathing blogger, Gillian

After the excitement of welcoming baby Ellie into the world,  Gillian from the blog Lipstick and Loathing managed to spare some time to share her experience of pregnancy reflexology with Atlas Therapies readers…

So how did you first come to hear about reflexology and what made you want to try it in pregnancy?
 Whilst pregnant I had issues with hip pain & sleep was in short supply. I tried pregnancy massages but I felt that it didn’t really leave me feeling as relaxed as it should. When I was looking at the different options, I came across an online forum for pregnant ladies who were discussing the benefits of reflexology. I could relate to so many of their pregnancy woes & decided I needed to give it a try. 
What made you choose Atlas Therapies for your treatment?
I read the reviews & all the information about Atlas Therapies & after speaking with Rachael via email, I knew it was the right choice. 
Tell us about the treatments you had, did you enjoy them? Was there anything you weren’t too keen on?
I had reflexology in my third trimester. I loved it! I used it not only to help with my aches & pains, but also as a time for me to clear my head & completely relax. 
Did you feel that reflexology met your expectations?
I didn’t know what to expect from reflexology, but it’s safe to say I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did I benefit from deeper, more relaxed sleeps, I also left feeling a sense of renewed energy. Something that was in very short supply toward the end of my pregnancy! 
Is there anyone who would you particularly recommend reflexology to?
Anyone who loves massage but wants a feeling of total zen & relaxation. Reflexology delivers these things without the discomfort of getting undressed in front of a stranger. 
And finally, what advice would you give someone thinking about trying reflexology?
Go for it! Go with an open mind & be prepared to learn things about yourself & your body. 
To read more from Gillian, find her blog at – www.lipstickandloathing.com

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Symptoms as Communication

Symptoms as Communication

Earlier this week I posted on instagram about how our body communicates with us through symptoms. Any symptom that you experience is a message your body is trying to communicate to you – ‘Hey, this thing is going on, please can you pay attention to it?’ 

Pain is the last resort that your body turns to. Generally we can see imbalance in how our body’s are functioning (or not functioning) well before we experience pain.

For example, you might get a headache out of the blue one day but before that, you had noticed that your neck was a little stiff and you woke up in the morning with a tight jaw from clenching your teeth 

“What we resist, persists” Carl Jung 

When we pop a painkiller, or drink, or use another numbing method – what we are doing is trying to silence and block out the pain – block out that message that our body is shouting at us. Effectively shutting our eyes and sticking our fingers in our ears. I get it, I’ve done this in the past and it has its place – it helps us get by when we don’t have the time or other resources to really deal with the issue but after a while, it harms more than helps. I also understand that sometimes it can be intensely uncomfortable to be ‘in your body’, especially if you have experienced trauma so please don’t feel ashamed if this is you at the moment. 

It becomes a game of Whack-a-mole, silencing one symptom only to have another pop. We end up resorting to more and more invasive and extreme methods of symptom management like surgery, or more and more powerful drugs. Sometimes this is because we haven’t found the right person to help – how many times have you heard of a woman’s pain being disregarded and minimised by their GP?

Now, I am not saying that allopathic medicine, surgery and pharmaceuticals do not have a place – far from it. It is not the point of this post to disparage those in any way and I have seen the life saving and life changing effect of all of these things. However I do think that all to often, we end up trying the ‘quick fix’. The problem being that these ‘quick fixes’ don’t actually fix anything, they just mask the symptoms and allows the underlying cause to continue to develop. 

The thing is, in my experience and from the experiences of the people that I work with, I know that what really helps is a wholistic approach to healing. This is the magic of reflexology, after your treatment I share things that you can do at home to help manage your symptoms and this way, you become your own healer ✨

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Atlas Therapies Launches New Service

Atlas Therapies Launches New Service

Bespoke Aromatherapy Blends.

Alongside offering reflexology and massage, Atlas Therapies has developed a new service to help you benefit from aromatherapy outside of the clinic!

Who is it for?

  • Anyone who wants to benefit from the effects of aromatherapy in a more flexible way
  • Women going into hospital to give birth – take a rollerball or room spray with you to create a more comforting environment (you can use the same scent during your pregnancy at home to enhance this effect)
  • People who have sensitive skin and can’t use many pre-blended aromatherapy products
  • People who would like to use aromatherapy to help with specific emotional and physical health issues
  • Women practising hypnobirthing who are looking for a pregnancy suitable massage oil
  • People who don’t have time for a treatment in the clinic
  • Someone looking for a special gift for a loved one – you can purchase a gift voucher for this service

How it works

Following an email consultation, a bespoke blend of essential oils will be created especially for you. Your blend will be created based on the symptoms and conditions that you wish to manage and for their therapeutic effect on mind, body and emotions. You can choose to have your bespoke aromatherapy blend made for use as a bath & massage oil, rollerball or room spray.

Personalised advice will also be given on how to use your bespoke blend at home and information on the oils included.

Great! How do I order?

Just email rachael@atlastherapies.co.uk and request a consultation form for Bespoke Aromatherapy. Once I receive your completed form, just pay via Paypal then I’ll get to work creating your very own blend! Choose to have the oil sent out to you or collect from my clinic.

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How To Use Essential Oils During Pregnancy

How To Use Essential Oils During Pregnancy

Aromatherapy and, in particular, essential oils have many benefits to offer during pregnancy. With a little caution, they can be used safely and positively throughout the whole of your pregnancy to help maintain your wellbeing and naturally manage any issues you experience. This guide will cover how to use adapt aromatherapy for pregnancy. This post details some of the safest and most effective oils you might want to use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using Essential Oils Safely
Dilution – Essential oils are sold in their highly concentrated form and therefore must be diluted prior to use. In aromatherapy, dilution is measured in percentage and a dilution of 1% or less is recommended for pregnancy. This equates to one drop of essential oil in 5ml of base oil (almond, coconut, olive, avocado, jojoba oil etcetera).
Skin sensitivity – Your skin can become more sensitive during pregnancy so it’s a good idea to patch test oils 24 hours before first use. To do this, just create your blend, add to a cotton bud and swipe onto your inner arm. Monitor for any itchiness, redness or irritation at the site.
Light sensitivity – Due to increased melanin stimulating hormone levels in pregnancy, your skin can be more sensitive to the sun. Citrus oils can cause further light sensitivity so make sure that your exposure to the sun and/or sunbeds is limited for up to 24 hours after using.
Smell sensitivity – Throughout pregnancy you will have a heightened sense of smell. Some oils that you liked previously might now smell overwhelming to you. This is another reason that a dilution of only 1% should be used.

How to use Essential Oils
Diffuser – fill the diffuser with water and add up to 4 drops of essential oil
Massage – use 1drop of essential oil per 5ml of base oil then gently massage into skin or book an appointment here.
Bath – Dilute 1 drop of essential oil in 5ml of base oil then add to your bath

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Twenty essential oils safe to use in pregnancy

Twenty essential oils safe to use in pregnancy

Many of my clients enjoy using essential oils at home but during pregnancy it can be difficult to know what oils are safe to use. It’s a question I hear a lot so, to answer it, I’ve put together this guide. I have grouped the oils into three distinct categories based on their main effect to make it easier to choose the most appropriate one for you.

 

Calming Essential Oils

The following essential oils are renowned for the soothing & calming effect that they have on the body and emotions. Best used when feeling stressed or anxious.

 

 

Chamomile

Soothing to the skin & emotions. It reduces oedema and encourages sleep.

Benzoin

A vanilla – like, warm and comforting oil. It helps relieve heartburn and is also good for healing cracked skin. 

Cypress

This oil improves circulation and eases the discomfort of varicose veins.

Eucalyptus

An excellent oil to use when congested, Eucalyptus acts as a decongestant as well as relaxing muscle tension.

Frankincense

Historically one of the most precious essential oils, Frankincense relaxes the body by encouraging deeper breathing. Often used in meditation.

Lavender

This oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It can reduce muscle tension & relieve insomnia.

Mandarin

A gentle and soothing oil, Madarin is great to use in skin care as it can help prevent stretch marks.

Energising Essential Oils

These oils have an uplifting effect on the body & emotions. They are good to use when feeling sluggish, tired or down.

Bergamot

Uplifting to the emotions, relieves insomnia & settles indigestion.

Black Pepper

Warming & stimulating. Black pepper eases muscular tension by encouraging blood flow to the areas that are achey.

Clary

Lifts the spirits and eases muscular tension

Ginger

Another warming oil that settles indigestion and nausea.

Grapefruit

This oil balances emotions and energises the body and mind.

Lemon

Uplifting, stimulating & cleansing.

Sweet marjoram

This oil is has a  warming and analgesic effect on the body.

Balancing Essential Oils

These oils are good to use when you’re feeling out of sorts and need some extra support. 

Geranium

Balances the mood and hormones. It’s also effective at reducing oedema.

Rose Otto

Regulates appetite, relaxes and balances emotions. It’s known for having an affinity with the female reproductive system and is often use to ease women;s health issues. 

Neroli

Relieves stress, anxiety and has an aphrodisiac effect.

Sandalwood

Very calming & grounding. Can increase focus but is almost sedative if too much is used. 

Ylang Ylang

Lifts the mood and promotes self-confidence

Tea Tree

Wound healing and stimulating to the immune system

Information taken from:

“Pregnancy Guidelines” by The International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists 

 “The Essential Guide to Holistic & Complementary Therapies” by Beckmann and Le Quesne.

“Aromatherapy: An A-Z” by Davies

 

Contact me to work together – if you would like to experience the benefits of essential oils with an experienced aromatherapist, you can book an aromatherapy massage at my clinic in NYR Glasgow online here, or I can create a bespoke aromatherapy oil blend for you. Email rachael@atlastherapies.co.uk for more information.

You might also find the next post helpful, detailing how to use oils at home safely.

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