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How often should I get a treatment?

Clients often ask me how often they should come for a treatment. It’s a difficult question to answer because it is unique to each client. They are the only ones who can decide that. These three questions can help them decide.

What are you coming in for?

What is your budget?

How open is your schedule?

If you are coming for pain management, sleep problems, or coping with on-going stress then weekly is a good routine to get into. Many people are looking to maintain good health and so come weekly or fortnightly, but usually come less often.

Each of my clients have a different budget. Some can afford to come weekly while others can afford monthly treatments or less often. Most of my clients are looking to come back into balance, and worrying about paying for regular treatments may undo the benefits of the treatment! I do offer treatment bundles that can help clients save by paying for three treatments upfront.

What is your schedule like? Can you manage weekly sessions, or would monthly sessions be easier? Work and family commitments mean that th3 time available to come for treatments can be limited. So it’s important to see what time you have available and make a decision about how frequently you can get a treatment

So as you can see, there are a lot of unique considerations to be taken into account for each person when they’re booking treatments. It’s a decision to be made by clients rather than me the therapist!

Best wishes

Tracy Fitzgerald

  • Indian Head Massage
  • Reiki & Seichem
  • Foot Massage
  • Hand & Arm Massage
  • Facial

http://www.relaxfromstress.ie

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How Did I Get Into All This?

This is a question I am asked a lot…How did I get into Indian Head massage, Reiki, yoga and everything else like this. First a little review of what I’ve done and am doing.

I loved aromatherapy 20 years ago as a teenager and loved how the oils could help me feel mentally and emotionally better. When I went to study aromatherapy in 2007, the course was full and I was offered a place on an Indian Head Massage course. I was drawn to do Reiki and Seichem in 2012 as well as Meditation Facilitator training. Then I started my aromatherapy diploma at the end of 2015, Kundalini Yoga in 2016, and Aromatic Kinesiology in 2016 and 2018. This year I’m doing Reiki and Seichem level 3 and finishing my aromatherapy diploma.

I feel drawn to do it is the first reason. Another reason is because I want to earn a living doing something I love. I’ve worked hard to become as qualified as I am and it’s a joy to use my knowledge and experience to help other people. Whatever we aim for in life, we’re always working to create a life filled with joy. To get joy, we need to clear out mental and emotional patterns that no longer serve us. We also need to reflect on what patterns we want to create. People who get treatments or come to meditation or yoga classes find a supportive place to be themselves for a short time and figure themselves out. They feel great afterwards.

I do what I do to serve people and help them along in their journey, just as I have been helped by therapists and teachers.

Have a good weekend!

Sat Nam!

Tracy Fitzgerald

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Health and Unmanaged Stress

Some people may show signs of stress in a stressful environment while others thrive. It’s important to understand our individual signs and symptoms of stress so that our physical and mental health isn’t affected. Some people try to hang in and tough out a situation they find stressful because another person in the same situation is thriving. However, everyone’s individual needs are different and stress must be managed.

Research indicates that chronic, unmanaged stress can be one of many factors in the development and/or exacerbation of a wide range of physical and psychological health problems. If you subject 100 people to chronic unmanaged stress, they may not all develop the same stress related disease because of genetic predisposition, exercise levels, diet and stress coping strategies.

Some conditions linked to unmanaged stress include, acne, Crohns disease, ulcerative colitis, stomach ulcers, back pain, arthritis, infertility, PMS, asthma, diabetes, drug addiction, herpes, headaches, migraine, epilepsy, ADHD, pain, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, angina pectoris, increased colds/flu, irritable bowel syndrome, smoking, eczema, slow wound healing, psoriasis, bipolar depression, insomnia, anxiety, depression, alcohol addiction, fibromyalgia.

By understanding your individual and unique signs and symptoms of stress, you can implement self-care strategies, so you can thrive, not simply survive. You’re also helping to ensure that good physical and mental health is maintained. Stress management is about understanding how your body reacts to these pressures and learning how to build your body’s resilience to stress.

For stress management using Indian Head Massage and Reiki, contact Tracy on 086-2202734 or visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie

Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 13 March 2018

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How Prolonged Stress Affects The Body

Prolonged stress takes its toll on all parts of the body and mind. Stress affects the body in different ways for different individuals. Some feel it more in their muscular system, others feel it in their digestive system while others feel it more in their respiratory system. When one system is affected by stress, it takes its toll on other systems of the body.

High stress levels may cause excessive hair loss and some forms of baldness known as alopecia. Spasmodic pains in the neck and shoulders, musculoskeletal aches, lower back pain and various minor muscular twitches and nervous tics are more noticeable under stress. Stress can cause or aggravate diseases of the digestive tract, including gastritis, stomach and duodenal ulcers, ulcerative colitis and irritable colon.

Some individuals react to stress with outbreaks of skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Stress affects the reproductive system causing menstrual disorders and recurrent vaginal infections in women and impotence and premature ejaculation in men. High levels of mental or emotional stress adversely affect individuals with asthmatic conditions.

Cardiovascular disease and hypertension are linked to accumulated stress. Mouth ulcers and excessive dryness are often a symptom of stress. Stress triggers mental and emotional problems such as insomnia, headaches, personality changes, irritability, anxiety and depression.

Stress management is about understanding how your body reacts to these pressures and learning how to build your body’s resilience to stress.

For stress management using Indian Head Massage and Reiki, contact Tracy on 086-2202734 or visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie

Published in the Connaught Telegraph Newspaper on 6 March 2018

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Understanding The Relaxation Response

To counteract stress in the body, we need to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic system, or the rest and digest or relaxation response, brings the increased activity of the stress response back to a balanced state. The parasympathetic response is responsible for controlling homeostasis, or the balance and maintenance of the body’s systems. It restores the body to a state of calm and counterbalance and allows it to relax and repair. This system activates the more tranquil functions of the body; those that help maintain a healthy, long-term balance. Its role is to conserve energy, and defend the body against bacteria and foreign matter, and assisting the digestive process.

The body undergoes several specific responses when the parasympathetic system is activated.
Blood returns to the skin and digestive system. Saliva increases and digestive enzymes are released. The heart rate returns to normal. Breathing returns to normal. Muscles relax and urinary output increases. All of these changes are designed to maintain long-term health, improve digestion, conserve energy, and maintain a healthy balance in your body’s systems.

Stress management and the body means using techniques that protect the body from the effects of stress, including exercise, nutrition, regular sleep, breathing and relaxation techniques. Stress management is about understanding how your body reacts to these pressures and learning how to build your body’s resilience to stress.

For stress management using Indian Head Massage and Reiki, contact Tracy on 086-2202734 or visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie

Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 27 February 2018

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Understanding The Stress Response

The stress response or the fight or flight response, is a biological response mediated by the sympathetic part of the nervous system. During stress, the role of the sympathetic nervous system is to make enough energy available to prepare the body for emergency oxygen and increase strength and stamina. The body reacts to stress by deepening the breathing, quickening the heart rate, and sending more blood and oxygen to the muscles.

Unfortunately, the body doesn’t distinguish between physical and psychological threats. When you’re stressed over a busy schedule or a mountain of bills, your body reacts just as strongly as if you were facing a life-or-death situation. Your emergency stress response may be “on” most of the time if you have a lot of responsibilities and worries. The more your body’s stress system is activated, the harder it is to shut off.

In stressful situations, the body responds by preparing for action. It calls in energy reserves to maintain this state of preparedness. If the stressor is not relieved within a short time after entering the stress stage, the energy reserves become depleted. This leads to feelings of emptiness and lethargy, with everything becoming too much effort, bringing on feelings of depression. It is important to relax and unwind after stressful situations to protect the body from long-term exposure to stress.

Stress management is about understanding how your body reacts to these pressures and learning how to build your body’s resilience to stress.

For stress management using Indian Head Massage and Reiki, contact Tracy on 086-2202734 or visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie

Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 20 February 2018

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Understanding The Effects of Stress

Stress is difficult to define because each person experiences it differently. Things that are distressful for some people can be pleasurable for others. There are many physical and mental responses to stress. With awareness, people learn to identify their own stress warning signs and take steps to manage stress. Below is a list of some signs and symptoms of stress to help you understand how stress can affect us.

Some of the physical signs and symptoms of stress include churning stomach, diarrhoea or constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, excess perspiration, fatigue, headaches, nausea, palpitations, pre-menstrual syndrome, sense of heart pounding, shallow breathing, sleeping problems, increased colds/flu, indigestion, tension headaches or muscle tension.

There are also mental and emotional responses to stress, including anxiety, self-blame or blaming others,
catastrophising, cynicism, depression, guilt, fear, feeling unable to cope, frustration, anger, jealousy, irritability, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, impatience, lack of concentration, indecision, low confidence and self-esteem, thinking negatively or ruminating on events.

Keep in mind that the signs and symptoms of stress can also be caused by other psychological and medical problems. If you’re experiencing any of the warning signs of stress it’s important to see a doctor for an evaluation. Your doctor can help you determine whether or not your symptoms are stress related.

Stress management is about understanding how your body reacts to these pressures and learning how to build your body’s resilience to stress.

For stress management using Indian Head Massage and Reiki, contact Tracy on 086-2202734 or visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie 

Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 13 February 2018

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