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An Interview With Steve Hunt – Northampton Reflexologist

Steve Hunt reflexologyAn Interview With Steve Hunt

I recently had the good fortune of experiencing a supremely relaxing Facial Reflexology treatment with Steve Hunt and afterwards took the opportunity of asking him some questions about how he came to be a Reflexologist. Enjoy.


 

Steve, how did you get into being a therapist?

I had become increasingly frustrated in my previous job and knew that I needed to leave. I really wanted the freedom and responsibility of self-employment and I had had a long interest in complementary therapies. This journey took several years for everything to work out for me. Finally, I trained for a year in Reflexology while I was still in employment but gave up my job the day I qualified and was a full-time Reflexologist the next day!

Why did you decide on the therapy that you offer?

My wife was having Reflexology at the time and was reporting back the benefits she was experiencing. I looked into the training required and it seemed to be the right fit for me. I met with the trainers and asked some questions and never looked back.

What are the three biggest benefits you can offer your clients?

The training that I completed was the highest level available in the UK, so when a client comes to me they know they will be getting the best treatment possible. I also offer Facial Reflexology, so if someone wants to look at an alternative treatment, I am able to offer something different, with all the benefits of regular Reflexology with added facial rejuvenation qualities!

I am introducing my “Loyal Soles” scheme shortly, where for everything spent on treatments, clients will get 10% back to spend on Neal’s Yard organic and ethical, health and beauty products. Who doesn’t like free stuff!?

What are the most popular issues that clients ask you to help them with?

I would say stress related issues. That could be poor sleep, digestion, feelings of anxiety etc. PMS is another common one. Sinus problems are common at certain times of the year. Clients love the facial reflexology for the benefits for the skin as well.

Tell me about a day in your life.

I go out for a walk every morning at about 7am and my working day starts following that. The day is then split between treatments and admin tasks that can be less enjoyable but are hugely important. That can be banking, record keeping, social media, blogging, emails, or attending networking meetings. I offer appointments through until into the evening, so sometimes I might finish at 8.30pm, but I am very conscious of pacing myself and taking breaks throughout the day.

Can you give 3 tips that anyone can follow that will help them in their life?

Eat well, move more and plenty of rest.

What are the 3 things that have helped you during your darkest hour/worst times.

My wife.
Walking and fresh air.
A regular mindfulness practice.

What brings you joy?

Time spent with my wife and family.
Being outside.
Doing something for a living that I enjoy, seeing the benefits that it has for clients and the peace that it brings me.

Do you have a list of books that you would recommend and why?

Anything written by Jon Kabat-Zinn, although Full Catastrophe Living would be a good place to start. It is not an overstatement to say that Jon’s books and cd’s have changed my life.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your 20 year old self?

I would leave him be. All those mistakes were part of the journey that brought me here and so were part of the learning and what made me. I might tell another 20 year old to just find something that they enjoy doing. Work out what nourishes you and do that. Try to avoid things that drain you. Value time and experiences rather than stuff. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to travel the world or anything to exotic. Learn to appreciate the simple things. Slow down.

So finally Steve, how can people find out more about what you do?

I have a website, www.stevehuntreflexology.com and I am also on Facebook
People can find out more about Reflexology at the Professional Reflexology website at http://www.professionalreflexology.org/


I hope you enjoyed my interview with Steve. If you are looking for a Northampton Reflexologist I definitely recommend Steve – try out the Facial Reflexology, it is the most relaxing experience you could wish for.

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Interview With Nutritionist Andy Fox

www.andyfoxnutrition.co.ukAndy Fox has cost me money. He has been the cause of my having to buy new clothes as I dropped a size without dieting.  Not only that he has transformed the contents of my fridge and food cupboards.

I met Andy last Autumn at a networking event in Northampton, and made an appointment to see him, not because I wanted to lose weight (although that was certainly part of it), but because I wanted to be healthier and feel better.  As a complementary therapist I need my energy when doing all the treatments on clients.  Seeing Andy turned out to be one of the best decisions I made as I completely changed my eating habits for the better.  This is no faddy phase, this is a change for the long term.   Out with the comfort eating chocolate digestives and cheese and onion crisps, and in with the almonds, smoothies, juices, and delicious recipes.   What was great about it was how easy it is to do, and how much simpler (and cheaper) my weekly shop is.  Believe me if it was complicated I would not have stuck to it.

As well as advising you on what to eat (and avoid) Andy also finds out about you, what you like, what you don’t like not just in food but also in exercies and he advises on what type of exercise to do.  My favourite bit about the appointment though was the iridology.

So here I am less than three months later and I have lost over a stone.  I feel so much better in myself with more energy.

As part of my interview series of blogs, I had the opportunity to sit down with Andy to ask him a few questions.  Enjoy.


 

Andy, how did you get into being a therapist?

I have always been fascinated about how the body works since being a child. The big kicker for me was when I did a week’s fast in Thailand in 2002. This really was amazing and opened my eyes to the healing powers of our bodies.

Why did you decide on the therapy that you offer?

I’m a pragmatic kind of guy and with food you can see almost instant results over a few weeks. That definitely works with me!

What are the three biggest benefits you can offer your clients?

A practical approach to nutritional therapy; a detailed explanation on what is going on with their current health concern; support moving forward with their care

What are the most popular issues that clients ask you to help them with?

Digestive problems, lack of energy, hormonal issues, stomach issues with children, hypothyroidism, cholesterol problems

Can you give 3 tips that anyone can follow that will help them in their life?

Look after your digestion; this is key to understanding your health. Don’t be too hard on yourself; accept sometimes that things are not meant to be. And thirdly, surround yourself with people who love and support what you do and who you are.

What annoys you the most?

Nothing annoys me that much if I am honest but not screwing lids back on jars or bottles properly does irk me slightly!

What brings you joy?

Helping people to realise that health is in their court and they have choices. Spending time with my family and friends

Do you have a list of books that you would recommend and why?

Bear Grylls book ‘Mud, Sweat & Tears’ is great. Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers. I suppose the messages from these books are that ‘Fortune Favours the Brave’. If you are willing to give things ago then you will move forward and the universe will react accordingly.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your 20 year old self?

You’ll be alright in 20 years…..enjoy yourself and don’t be hard on yourself!!!

So how can people find out more about what you do?

They can go to www.andyfoxnutrition.co.uk or find me at www.facebook.com/andyfoxnutrition or on twitter @foxnutrition


 

If you are looking for a Nutritionist in Northampton, I would highly recommend an appointment with Andy if you are serious about making lasting changes to your health from the inside out.

 

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6 Essential Oils for Insomnia

6 Essential Oils for Insomnia – helping you sleep and relax

You know the feeling, your mind is hyper-active and you just can’t get off to sleep. Stress at work, problems with relationships, financial worries turn over in your mind just when you want nothing more than to relax. The clock is ticking away and you know that it won’t be long before you have to get up and start a new day. The anxiety of not being able to sleep is now keeping you awake. Your brain keeps turning over the events of the day, maybe noises keep you awake, the dog next-door barking, or traffic on the nearby road.

Sometimes we can get off to sleep okay, but for some reason we wake at some point and just can’t get back to sleep again.  Insomnia affects nearly everyone at some point in their lives.  We all need our sleep, it is vital for our overall health.  We need all the help we can get.

Here are six essential oils known for their sedative properties.  Put a few drops on your bedding (but not directly next to your skin), or on a tissue, alternatively use a diffuser. Remember you will only need a few drops as they are powerful oils.

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)Choosewellbeing, Clary Sage, 6 Essential Oils for Insomnia

Clary Sage is a powerful relaxant with a sweet and heady aroma. It is uplifting and relaxing, good for relieving anxiety, tension and mental fatigue. Promotes dream filled sleep. Good for calming children. Use sparingly. If you  simply want to relax and have a good night’s sleep then Clary Sage oil can help you. Chronic stress and anxiety are helped by the use of Clary Sage essential oil.

 

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)Choosewellbeing, Geranium, 6 Essential Oils for Insomnia

This is an uplifting oil with a natural sedative action, helpful with overcoming insomnia.  In addition it helps to alleviate stress, depression and anxiety.

Once you have dropped off to sleep, should you wake again, the sedative effect of Geranium should ease you effortlessly back to sleep.

Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)Choosewellbeing, Roman Chamomile, 6 Essential Oils for Insomnia

There are different types of Chamomile essential oil, but the best for insomnia is Roman Chamomile.  This is a calming and relaxing oil, good for relieving anxiety, depression and stress. Particularly suitable for children.  A good choice to help you relax.

 

 Choosewellbeing, Lavender, 6 Essential Oils for InsomniaLavender (Lavandula augustifolia)

An essential oil with balancing properties. Uplifting, soothing and therefore helpful for insomnia. Do not overdo the drops of oil or it will have the opposite effect and keep you awake. 2 drops is sufficient.  There are various types of Lavender but look out for Lavandula augustifolia as this is ‘true’ lavender with the best properties to help with insomnia.

 

Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana)Choosewellbeing, Sweet Marjoram, 6 Essential Oils for Insomnia

This is a soothing and comforting oil with a light aroma. It is calming and sedative and helpful for insomnia and periods of irritability.  Again make sure that you choose the right type of oil in this case Origanum majorana as this has the best properties.

Warning: Avoid during first five months of pregnancy.

 

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)Choosewellbeing, Ylang Ylang, 6 Essential Oils for Insomnia

Ylang Ylang has a calming and sedative effect and soothes the nervous system. This oil helps is helpful in times of stress and helps with anxiety, tension, shock, fear and panic.

 

Relaxation Blend:

2 drops Lavender

2 drops Roman Chamomile

2 drops Ylang Ylang

Place onto a tissue or on your bedding and inhale deeply as you settle down to sleep.

Choosewellbeing, NYR Night Time Blend,

 

Ready Made Blend:

Available from NYR Organic – Aromatherapy Blend Night Time.  Key action: Relaxing

This blend of grounding vetiver and relaxing lavender brings welcome relief when you find it difficult to relax and switch off. It will stop your mind whirring and give you a refreshing night’s sleep.

All of the links I have provided will take you to my NYR Organic UK page.  As a qualified Aromatherapist for many years now, I recommend these products as they are organic and the oils are second to none.

I hope that the information and ideas in this blog will help you sleep well and relax.

Sweet dreams.

Sue