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  1. Good Vibrations! An Introduction to Crystal Healing Reflexology

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    Good Vibrations! An introduction to Crystal Healing Reflexology

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    'You know the world is a magial place when Mother Earth Grows her own jewellery .'

     

    I've always been fascinated by crystals, over time I have always felt compelled to enter new age shops selling crystals and incense, as well as burning smudge sticks and incense in my home. Somehow, I feel a connection with them, but it was only quite recently that I have become more attuned to them as memories of mum and me foraging for herbs and hedgerow medicine, that crystals found their journey back to me.

    It was during lockdown I found a piece of Jade once belonging to my mother and began carrying the stone on me daily.  Carrying this little piece of stone seemed to be having a powerful force on me, as well as a sense of my mum being close. Mum passed in 2008.  I began to have wonderful dreams about the two of us together and a real sense of calm and direction.  It was then that I decided I wanted to explore the world of Crystal Healing and continue my journey with crystal healing where I left off, with mum and my ancestry guiding me, all of whom strongly impacted my beliefs in how everything is connected, as well as following my heart.

    The new age of Zen

    Crystal healing seems to be everywhere at the moment with more & more people becoming aware of crystal energy.  The digital era is embracing once taboo ancient holistic healing methods to de-stress and unplug.  You only have to turn the pages of beauty magazines to see how crystals are being mentioned.

    The Elixir in Zone Face Lift carries an amethyst stone, you can find crystals in makeup, water bottles, facial oils, in massages & facials, jewellery, birth stones and more. Ancient wisdom & knowledge of crystals are coming back into the world.  You may yourself find yourself being drawn to crystals for a number of reasons.

    What is Crystal Healing Reflexology?

    Crystal healing raises our energy vibrations and can help balance our own energy system as well as our space and others.  They can help clear feelings when we feel blocked, run down or in need of some calming as well as cleanse your space and support you. All you have to do is be guided by your heart as you sit quietly listening to your thoughts and feelings; you will hear and sense a difference if you work with your heart and not your mind.

    The treatment begins with a full consultation to take down any physical or emotional imbalances before the treatment can commence.  This is followed with crystals being used on or around the body or under the couch to begin relaxation as the energies from the crystals are transmitted to you at the start of your treatment. 

    As you receive either facial or foot reflexology, different crystals are used for balancing different energies and conditions relating to you.  This encourages the release of stress, helping to balance and rejuvenate the body as well as calming both body and mind. Crystal healing can enhance healing throughout your reflexology treatment by working with you interactively.  The treatment also includes a visualisation to help you truly tune into the crystals being used. 

    Using Crystals at Home

    There are many ways you can incorporate crystals into your lifestyle at home from using a crystal healing water bottle to drink from, using crystal rollers and crystals oils, to  elixirs in your facial routine as well as a gua sha tool to lift and tone.

    When buying a crystal hold it, look at it, talk to it and buy ones you are drawn to,  whether that be for you, a friend or a loved one.  Some people like to carry crystals in their handbag, in their bra, in their pocket or as a piece of jewellery.  You may also want to place some in your work place or home.  I like to keep mine in a pretty bowl where I pick one out each day and carry it around in my pocket. You may also like to incorporate them into your yoga or meditation practice to enhance the energetic work you’re already doing,  or if like me,  have them with you for your manifestation at a full or new moon.

    Crystals are part of nature and simply having some in your life or being near them can help you connect with mother earth and wisdom.

    6 Crystals to get you started

    There are hundreds of different types of crystals, all carry different energies & power.  Here are some examples:

    • Clear Quartz

    Great for clearing your mind, body & spirit & any clutter, ideal for focusing energy & balance & improving clarity

    • Rose Quartz

    Also known as the love stone.  It can encourage self-love, warmth & compassion & beneficial when dealing with strong feelings of love or grief & is often used simply to calm in times of stress.

    • Amethyst

    A lovely crystal to aid a restful sleep & strengthens your intuition

    • Citrine

    Considered to be a crystal that represents the manifestation of one’s desires. The crystal of ‘success’ and can increase personal power It is symbolic of the energy which resides in sunlight to help create new life. The crystal affirms that negative energies and emotions can be transmuted into positive ones.

    • Blue Lace Agate

    A perfect crystal for an overactive mind and calming the mind

    • Carnelian

    Carnelian crystal is a warm, vibrant stone that boosts confidence and the power of true expression. It empowers your self-confidence in all aspects of your life

    Cleansing your crystals

    It is important to regularly cleanse your crystals & after purchasing them before use, because they naturally absorb the energy around them.  Here are a few ways to cleanse your crystals. 

    • Bury them in the earth overnight
    • Wash them in salt water
    • Leave them outside under a full moon
    • Cleanse them with incense or a smudge stick or even a candle flame
    • Leave them on a window sill in the sun

    Some crystals do not like water or sunlight so it is important to do a little research first before cleansing. 

    Crystal Reflexology takes its foundation from Reflexology and Crystal Healing combined.  If you would like to dip your toe in the water, why not try a treatment of facial or foot reflexology with combined crystals, at Indigo Blue Reflexlogy. 

                            

     

     

  2. Reflexology for Runners

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    How Reflexology May Help you as a Runner.

    The key to top athletic performance is being able to keep the whole body in balance.  Our body has muscles which are never alone because each set of muscles is balanced by another set of muscles.  When one contracts the other relaxes.

    Top athletes work consistently on all muscle groups so that, no one set dominates.  To be in top performance, each muscle group must be uniformly developed and must be in harmony with one another.

    Other things to consider when you exert yourself hard with exercise like running is to give the body time to rest and let tissue recover.  Training hard is stressful on the body and this can build up endurance however a wise athlete will incorporate active rest days. Reflexology is very relaxing and may help to keep physical, mental and the emotional body in balance of energy required to stay in control and keep a cool head in a race.

    Introducing reflexology as part of your regular training could well improve concentration, help you receive fewer injuries and help muscles recover in a much shorter time if injured.

    For serious, top athlete’s reflexology would benefit from reflexology about two days after a sporting event, for runners it can be beneficial two to three days before the race. For less serious runners who do it for fun, health and fitness as well as amateur athletes and sports enthusiasts, a little reflexology earlier in the day could be just the thing to help them unwind and help get them ready for their run.  

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    Some studies have shown that lactic acid can be eliminated from the legs faster by applying reflexology and can greatly benefit marathon runners.

    Benefits of reflexology for runners include helping to remove lactic acid, calming the body to promote better sleep and help regulate breathing.  It can help improved blood circulation and promote oxygen supply, mineral supply and increased energy as well as helping release strain on back and shoulder muscles as well as relieving stress body relaxes encouraging blood pressure reduction and helping to simulate energy flow and prevent blockages. Enhanced circulation helps facilitate the removal of waste products from the body helping to prevent many aches, pains, spasms and cramps that typically follow exercise periods

    Reflex Areas

    Lung and chest with emphasis on the shoulders to relax the upper back and deepen breathing
    Lungs and Chest to relax the chest region and help regulate breathing
    Diaphragm to relax muscle
    Adrenal to help increase energy and help with mineral balance
    Pancreas to help balance blood sugar levels
    Spine to help release strain on the back muscles
    Hip/Knee/Leg to help relax and bring circulation to these areas
    Sciatic nerve on the heel, inside of the leg and outside foot and ankle to stimulate energy flow and prevent blockages

     Reflexology traces its roots back to ancient Egypt, but was only introduced in the West in the early 20th century. Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. A modern-day reflexologist applies pressure to these points to identify areas of the body that aren’t working properly and to stimulate the nerve endings that correspond to their proper function.