Sleep difficulties ? Massage to the rescue

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Over the last couple of weeks, for a number of weird and wonderful reasons I have been having real trouble with sleep. Getting to sleep, staying asleep, weird dreams – it’s all been a bit of a drag really.

At times I have felt weary, emotional, overwhelmed and frustrated. Never underestimate the importance and benefits of good quality sleep. Any insomniac will tell you that !

I have been doing guided meditations, having small evening meals, baths, warm drinks, taking magnesium and calming herbs. They’ve all helped but nothing really gave me that lovely ‘knocked out for eight hours’ feeling.

Last night my daughter, who doubles as the most skilful massage therapist I have ever known went to town on my sore muscles. She knows her stuff, she is intuitive and her help in getting me some sleep has been beyond measure. Yes, I am unashamedly biased – she is lovely, kind and talented but apart from these qualities she actually does have some serious massage game and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Check out her website or FB page for testimonials to her skills.

Some of you know her as Feel Better, Move Better Remedial Massage.

After a quick assessment she went to work easing sore muscles, finding strange spots that I didn’t even know I was holding tension in, resolving my imbalanced hips and lower back, calming my central nervous system and leaving me feeling cared for, loved up and more relaxed and calm than I thought possible. What followed was nine hours , yes NINE HOURS, of restorative slumber.

We have undertaken to do weekly massages to see how this affects my sleep – thank you massage gods for blessing me ! I’m sure it’s going to be a raging success.

So if you need some help with sleep, sore muscles, injuries or stress take my advice and book an appointment. You won’t regret it, I promise !

 

 

 

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Watching out for our most vulnerable – mental health for teenagers and children

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Did you know that 1 in 5 children or teenagers are affected by a mental health issue ? Depression, anxiety, compulsive disorders, self harm – these are all very confronting topics and difficult enough to deal with as an adult. Take a moment to think how it must feel to be a child or young person trying to navigate their way through a mental minefield.

For people aged between 18 and 24, the prevalence of mental health issues is the highest of any age group. If you feel like a child or young person you care about is struggling you should know that there is help at hand. The worse thing to do is to put your head in the sand. It can be difficult to discuss but, handled carefully and with kindness and respect, you can see this as the first step to helping someone get their life back on track. Talking helps take away the shame, embarrassment and stigma often associated with these types of problems. The person who says they have never had a time of mental turmoil or difficulty is lying. Let your kids know that you understand and that they have nothing to be ashamed of.

It can be difficult to work out whether your child is feeling depressed or anxious or just going through some normal teenage turmoil. My thoughts are that it is better to be safe than sorry. Talk to your child. Let them know they are not alone in feeling this way. If it is a passing thing – great – at least your child knows you cared enough to talk with them. If it is something more serious you have made the first step towards getting some support and getting better.

Look for the signs – social withdrawal, a change in school or work abilities, use of drugs or alcohol as self medication, teariness, changed sleep patterns, changed appetite or weight fluctuations, risky behaviours, anxiety, racing heart, hyperventilation, feelings of overwhelm.

At NaturoCath Naturopathy we provide a caring, supportive and effective environment. We employ a number of strategies to help you and your child through this difficult time. We look for underlying causes such as thyroid disorders, nutritional deficiencies, adrenal issues and hormonal imbalances. We treat with herbal medicine support which offers effective treatment of symptoms without any risk of suicidal tendency associated with some antidepressants or any issues of addiction or withdrawal.

Along with herbal and nutritional support we offer counselling from a qualified and compassionate counsellor with many years experience dealing with young peoples special needs.

There is no pigeon holing, no addictive medications, no sedatives or mind altering medications and no hard and fast rules. Call today for the help you need.

Herb of the Week – Passionflower

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Passionflower is one of my favourite herbs. This safe, gentle and effective herb gives great relief from insomnia, anxiety and depression. It has also been used effectively in the control of high blood pressure, neuralgia pain, sciatica, shingles and migraine. Due to it’s calming affect on the central nervous system it is also beneficial for people suffering with muscle spasm, nervous tics, Parkinson’s Disease and asthma.

Some studies have shown passionflower to be as effective as benzodiazapines. Fortunately it has none of the addictive qualities of these pharmaceutical drugs. The dosage is able to be tailored to your specific needs and situation to avoid any feeling of drowsiness or incapacitation usually associated with those types of drugs.

If you are feeling anxious, agitated or are having trouble sleeping passionflower is one of the safest first line treatments to help you get back on track.

Get in touch to see how I can help you

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Herb of the Week – KAVA

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Kava, piper methysticum, is used safely and effectively in naturopathy for the treatment of anxiety and it bears no relation to the hallucinogenic and drugging drink of the islands that many people may have heard of.

One in five people will have an experience of anxiety in their lifetime and for many this can be a very stressful, frightening and debilitating time.

Many studies have shown that kava can be as effective a treatment for anxiety as benzodiazepines and has the added benefit of not having any issues of addiction, brain fog or dulling of emotions. Another benefit is that this herb can be used on an ‘as needed’ basis rather than being on sedating medications which can leave you feeling flat, fatigued and emotionally dulled. It also has the benefit of not having the same weight gain and libido crushing issues often associated with antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs.

Kava, quite simply, is a relaxant, antianxiety, muscle relaxant herb and can be used for anxiety, panic attack, insomnia, emotional stress, muscle tension and cramp.

If anxiety is a problem for you call me today to find out how I can safely and effectively help you through the use of herb, nutritional supplements and counselling we can get you back on track.