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There is a definite chill in the air today, and the seasons are changing! Last week it was Autumn equinox meaning autumn is officially here! Although I love the summer months, there is something about the autumn that I enjoy as we countdown towards Christmas. And of course it also marks the start of Strictly!
September has been a busy month and I was delighted to welcome some new clients to Savanna Therapies. It was also my birthday too and Nick and I celebrated our ten year anniversary, so its been a special month. So, this weekend it is time for some self-care, and catch up on some much needed relaxation. I hope you find some time for some self-care too.
Easy way to reduce your carbon footprint
It’s World Vegetarian Day on Friday (1 October) so it’s a good time to try a new recipe over the weekend which is full of flavour and lowers your carbon footprint.
Did you know, if you had one meat free day per week for a year, you save the equivalent amount of greenhouse gases as driving from London to Edinburgh.
Every meat free day you have slightly reduces global demand for habitat destruction, thereby saving forests.
Although I’m not a fully-fledged vegetarian or vegan, I do eat a lot of veggie / vegan meals. Here are some of my favourites.
Why is it harder to wake up when its dark outside?
The number of daylight hours has seen reducing since the longest day in June, and it's probably only now you are really beginning to notice and feel the effects. I don’t know about you, but I find waking up so hard this time of year!
According to doctor and wellness expert Dr Susan Lovelle it’s to do with hormones. She says: “The reason we sleep – or don’t – has a great deal to do with the connection between two competing hormones, cortisol and melatonin.
Cortisol keeps us awake and alert during the day. Melatonin calms the brain and allows us to fall and stay asleep. According to Dr Lovelle ‘the issue is that melatonin is primarily released when it’s dark, while cortisol thrives on noise and light. That’s why we feel sleepier when it’s dark outside.’
You can find out more in the full article on the Stylist website
Modern day pioneers of Reflexology
In previous editions of my newsletter, I have talked about the origins of reflexology and how it dates back to ancient times. But how has it moved on in the modern world?
Dr William Fitzgerald (1872 – 1942) founded Zone Therapy, as we know it today. Fitzgerald discovered that there were ten longitudinal zones on the feet and hands, which ran the length of the body. Five zones on either side of the body, with each zone corresponding to a section of the foot and hand that lead up to each toe and finger. He could alleviate pain in one area of a zone by applying deep pressure to another area of the zone, usually on the hand.
He was able to perform minor operations without aesthetic by applying pressure to specific points on his patients. He also discovered that pressures to specific points not only anaesthetised corresponding areas it also removed the cause of the pain and so ‘healed’ the patient. He used equipment to apply pressure to his patients’ hands – metal combs, elastic bands, clamps and clothes pegs.
Eunice Ingham (1889 – 1974) is known as the ‘mother of modern reflexology’. She extended Fitzgerald’s theory of zone therapy and used it to develop reflexology.
She discovered that once you place the ten zones of the body onto the feet you can then place all the organs and structures of a specific body zone into the corresponding zone on the foot. She used zone therapy as ‘a principle of dividing the body into ten zones, aiding us in our ability to locate the reflexes in the feet relative to every part of the body’. She developed ‘footmaps’ of the body that form the basis of reflexology.
As well as mapping the body onto the feet, she also discovered the theory of crystal deposits and established that an alternative pressure on the feet has a stimulating effect on the body while a continual, uninterrupted pressure has a more numbing or anaesthetising effect.
Eunice spent many hours probing the feet, finding tender spots and equating them to the anatomy of the body. She then began working on people's feet, using her thumb and fingers to push and prod.
My diary is open for October, so please get in touch if you would like to book an appointment. I hope to see you soon.
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Love Andrea x