How Sophrology can help to go through September?

After having experienced a long period of confinement, a hasty return from vacation for some, and now the start of the school year, many of us may feel anxious, stressed, and even experience disturbed sleep (difficulty falling asleep, nocturnal awakenings, along with difficulties in sleeping or falling back to sleep). If you want to learn how to overcome these difficulties or help someone around you, sophrology is the tool for you. It is for anyone wanting to improve their lifestyle and develop their well-being and relaxation. Specific sessions can be offered to young children and adolescents.
Sophrology encourages a person to work on their own values and to better know themselves. It is an effective tool for building confidence and hope. Through better knowledge of oneself, this discipline allows everyone to strengthen and improve on their daily lives by having a new perspective on their present and their future. It is also recommended for situations such as preparation for exams or sports competitions, preparation for birth, burnouts, ongoing support in cases of illness or assisted medical reproduction, and much more.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or to make an appointment.

New: Japanese Facial Massage – Kobido


The Kobido massage: a good alternative to aesthetic surgery!

The KOBIDO massage is an ancient facial method that was used by women in Asia (Japan, Korea and China).This whole technique came back in style with the various methods, facial Yoga, facial gymnastics… but all with the same goal as a massage for any part of the body. It aims to help you regain tonicity, rebuild the contour of the face, lift the features up and push back or completely avoid aesthetic surgery.

KOBIDO is a deep manual massage, working on the 50 facial muscles and on all the layers of the tissues: While working on the facial muscles, we stimulate the fibroblasts, responsible for producing the cell collagen, drain excess fluid to flush out toxins and rejuvenate the skin as we reactivate blood flow, bringing nutrients to the tissues. We can complete the massage with acupressure points that help with relaxing the entire face and body. 
The added benefit of this Japanese massage technique is that you will rapidly notice changes if done on a regular basis.

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COVID TESTS AVAILABLE

We are working with TDL (The Doctor Laboratory) to provide you two types of tests:

  • Home Test Swab to detect the virus on symptomatic patients. We we will post the test for free to you as if your symptomatic the guidelines are to self isolated for 14 days. More info and to buy: here.
  • Blood test to detect Antibodies. This will be performed by our nurse at Make Me Feel. TDL is using Abbott Test, results within 24hours. To book: click here.

For more information, contact us: info@makemefeel.co.uk

Hand Sanitizer Gel Recipe

What you need :

  • 20 ml of 99% rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) or ethanol
  • 10 ml plain aloe vera gel
  • 8-10 drops essential oil (tea tree oil for example with additional antiseptic properties)
  • bowl
  • spatula
  • funnel
  • plastic bottle with pump or squirt top

et voilà !

Antiseptic and antiviral essential oils

Antiseptic and antiviral essential oils help fight viruses and bacteria and naturally complement traditional medicine. Depending on their properties and uses, some of these essences are considerable health allies.

Antiseptic essential oils

Whether used in diffusion or dermal, antiseptic essential oils are highly valued for their purifying and disinfecting effect. Bacteria do not resist their 100% natural virtues and their broad spectrum of antiseptic properties makes it possible to fight against all types of bacterial infections. Most essential oils are antiseptic, but some are richer in purifying active ingredients.

The 5 main antiseptic essential oils

• The most famous of the essential antiseptic oils is undoubtedly that of benzoin. Used for its healing and disinfectant properties, it is very effective by the skin, but also in massage for its respiratory benefits.

• For its part, bergamot essential oil is a powerful bactericide, which it is advisable to use by inhalation in the event of bacterial infection.

• Delicately scented, rosewood essential oil has a milder effect, especially on the skin, to relieve ENT or bronchopulmonary bacterial infections.

• White sandalwood is more specific, since its essential oil is recommended to relieve urinary and genital infections.

• Less known, the oil from black spruce needles is particularly purifying. In inhalation or diffusion, it is a real antibacterial barrier.

Antiviral essential oils

Certain essential oils are particularly recommended to fight against viruses. Their purifying and sanitizing power allows them to be used orally, topically or even in inhalation and by simple diffusion.

The 5 main antiviral essential oils:

• Powerful and delicate, coriander essential oil is ideal for fighting viruses that reach the ENT sphere or the urinary tract. Its applic

• Its application must be done by massage, diluted in a base of vegetable oil.

• Pretty purple flower, the hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis var. Montana) gives an essential oil whose properties are suitable for the treatment of influenza, bronchitis and various ENT conditions. It can be used in olfaction or by massage via a vegetable fatty substance.

• The essential oil of marjoram with shells, more commonly called marjoram of the Orient, is reputed to fight against viruses that affect the ENT sphere, and also viral or skin infections, such as shingles, chickenpox or psoriasis . Antifungal, it also helps to fight fungal infections. In skin application, it is used pure or diluted in a fatty vegetable base.

• Small and large winter viruses cannot resist the power of ravintsara essential oil, a plant native to Madagascar. In olfaction, diffusion or application, it relieves ENT disorders and viral skin infections.

• Finally, tea tree essential oil is much talked about for its many properties, including a powerful anti-infective power. It is particularly used by the cutaneous way to fight against the disorders of the skin.

Why is my tummy not back to normal after birth: what you need to know about diastasis recti

Diastasis recti is defined by the separation of your abdominal muscles, which happens after pregnancy. It’s a common condition that affects 2/3 of pregnant women, and easily preventable or treatable with pelvic physiotherapy.

How do I know if I have a diastasis recti?

During pregnancy, the muscles of your tummy have to move aside and stretch in order to make room for your baby to grow. These muscles sometimes don’t come back to their original place after birth, or not enough which results in your tummy sticking out. Seeing that belly bulge staying around even after you’ve lost your baby weight can be the sign of diastasis recti. A pelvic specialised physiotherapist will be able to diagnose abdominal separation via a physical examination.

Is diastasis recti serious?

Having your abdominal muscles not back to their place and your tummy sticking out can seem worrying, but it’s actually a common condition in pregnant women and can be resolved in a few sessions with a physio. The fact that the muscles of the abdominal haven’t entirely come back together isn’t necessarily the real problem. What is more important is the connective tissue underneath this gap. With the movement of the abdominal muscles during pregnancy and the appearance of a gap in the tummy, the pelvic organs, bowel and uterus end up with only a thin band of connective tissue holding them in place.

Connective tissues are really important in supporting the back, the pelvis, rib cage and abdominal organs. Restoring and keeping this integrity is what matters the most before working on getting your tummy muscles back in together and your belly flat.

How can I treat diastasis recti?

A women’s health physiotherapist will be your best ally to check your abdominal separation and provide you with advices and exercises to regain that integrity in your connective tissue. A few sessions of postnatal physiotherapy will help reinforce the support of your abdominal muscles, pelvic muscles and organs, assuring a quick recovery and preventing from further consequences that can happen with the lack of pelvic support (incontinence, back pain, constipation, prolapse…).

More information:

Mummy’s Physio is a team of physiotherapists and osteopaths with years of experiences and qualifications. Passionate and highly trained, they will be able to provide you the best treatments and rehabilitation in London, at the practices or at home.

For further information, visit our website on www.mummysphysio.com or contact us on 0207 125 0262 or at info@babyphysio.com.

Winter tomato and herb soup

What could be more comforting than a good creamy and fragrant soup recipe when the cold appears? Here is a version only made with the ingredients of the cupboard, with a good taste of onions and almonds, new!

Sometimes you want to have a quick supper and not always fresh ingredients on hand. Although I encourage everyone to cook daily with seasonal fruits and vegetables in large quantities, a small setback can occur and we can quickly find ourselves helpless!

But the cupboards of people accustomed to organic and vegetarian recipes are full of dry products easy to use in a soup, even if we do not always suspect it. The proof with this pretty colorful soup, rich in minerals thanks to almonds (magnesium, manganese, copper …) and antioxidants including the famous lycopene, present in good quantity in the sauce or tomato puree.

INGREDIENTS
1 cup of mash or tomato sauce
½ red onion
20 almonds
5 tablespoons of flakes (oats, buckwheat or chickpeas)
1 small bay leaf
3 sage leaves
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1 teaspoon sweet paprika powder
2 teaspoons whole cane sugar
Salt
Olive oil


-Cut the onion into cubes and brown it in the bottom of a pan with oil, herbs and almonds.
-When the onions start to become translucent, add the powdered spices and cook for another 3 minutes, stirring well.
-Add the tomato sauce, 3 cups of water and the flakes and cook over low heat for at least 5 minutes.
-Add the sugar and salt then mix the soup in a hand blender or blender, trying to grind all the almonds, already softened. You must obtain a homogeneous texture.
-Cook for another 5 minutes, then correct the texture by adding water if necessary: ​​you want to obtain a fairly thick and creamy soup.
-Finally, taste and adjust the seasoning with salt or even sugar before serving hot.