Reflexation Yoga fundraising for Ukraine in March and April

For March and April Reflexation Yoga is channelling its efforts into getting out there and fundraising for Ukraine! Inspired by peace and believing in healing, all are invited to come together on the mat to breathe, move and restore. At this time of great sadness and strife for the people of Ukraine, Russia and our wider world, let’s make a little difference!

We are supporting ShelterBox in the UK and Voices of Children, a Ukrainian charity helping children affected by war since 2015.

Observing war so starkly, I’ve been reminded once more of the daily conflicts and resistances in my own small world, inner and outer. Maybe you’ve noticed the same? Moments where we might communicate better, taking time to listen and understand more deeply, or nurturing the courage to speak up in an honest voice. Times where we could be kinder to ourselves, or those around us, building up instead of knocking down? Maybe. It is not always easy to stand up for ourselves, or even for peace, without knocking others down, in our hearts, minds or lives. And when we fall, who or what picks us up again?

At Reflexation Yoga we practice as we are, seeking to create calm, solidity, space and ease. Come join us, just as you are. All are welcome! Contact Chloë for info on how to donate and access our Zoom room.

Reflexation joins The Bird House Therapy Centre

In recent months, Reflexation has been having fun setting up a new, second clinic at The Bird House Therapy Centre in the heart of Falmouth’s bustling town centre. The new therapy room is now up and running, offering treatments in this warm and welcoming new clinic space, just one moment (and one floor) away from the hustle and bustle of town. The Bird House Therapy Centre is on Arwenack Street, just past King Charles the Martyr Church and directly above my friend Sophie’s gorgeous designer homeware shop, Sophie Tilston.

Our new therapy room at The Bird House beautifully complements our well-established Greenbank clinic therapy room, near The Greenbank Hotel. Our tranquil and superbly equipped Greenbank clinic remains open in parallel with The Bird House, for everyone who prefers the Greenbank location!

Here is a sneak peek of the new therapy space at The Bird House… our much loved plants come from fellow therapists, The Planted House Penzance and the little plant shop at the Old Brewery Yard, Falmouth.

Reflexation looks forward to welcoming you for a treatment at The Bird House or our Greenbank clinic (Stratton Terrace) soon! Get in touch any time with enquiries or to make your booking.

Opening Offer for bookings at The Bird House

To celebrate the opening of our new therapy room, we are offering £5 off your first treatment booked at The Bird House! We look forward to welcoming you for a restorative aromatherapy massage, pain relieving soft tissue therapy appointment or deeply relaxing and renewing reflexology treatment. Get in touch any time to request a booking, and make sure to mention this Winter Offer (offer valid until March 2022)!

Note to therapists in need of a treatment home…

Reflexation is looking for a few lovely people (professionally qualified and insured therapists/coaches) to share our new therapy space with! Perhaps you are looking for a flexible, affordable therapy room to use for your new or growing practice? Our beautiful new therapy room is superbly equipped for physical therapy, complementary therapy, reiki, beauty therapy and talking therapy/coaching. It is available to hire seven days (and evenings) a week on an ad hoc or part time basis. To find out more, head on over to our Therapy Room Hire page, or feel free to get in touch directly and we can explore whether The Bird House therapy room offers a good fit for you and your clients! We look forward to welcoming you.

Reflexation Yoga is Born

Phew. Over the last year I’ve been having QUITE a time doing my Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Keren Cooksey, Jo Longman and Amanda Brown of Falmouth Yoga Space and now… I’m delighted to introduce Reflexation Yoga!

For a long time I’ve been offering clients mindful stretching (yin yoga) and restorative yoga options to nurture the body and mind, and now I can also officially bring you the fun and challenge of flow yoga. Sure, vinyasa yoga is less lazy (ohhhh suuuuulk), but with its flowing movements and classic yoga shapes (asanas) it is simply GREAT for enlivening your mind and body.

Yoga whether Flow or Slow allows (sometimes insists, let’s face it) that you leave the busyness of life behind and come, just for now, to dwell in the present moment. It helps you find the ground, connect with your inner strength and rest in your innate ability to create (and re-create, again and again) balance.

Reflexation Yoga is offering Flow Yoga and Slow Yoga on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 5.30pm via Zoom. These classes are a development of the mindful stretching sessions that I’ve run ever since Covid came to our shores. Zoom classes are at an introductory price of just £5 each, payable by PayPal, BACS or iZettle link (gift places always available; please just ask). To join us, simply get in touch and I’ll send you the Zoom room access info (and payment info if needed)! For the time being, Reflexation Yoga also has a WhatsApp group for last minute updates (until a spyware-free alternative to WhatsApp becomes viable). Just ask and I’ll add you in!

Click here to find out a little more about Reflexation Yoga… and come join us any time!

Hello, World Mental Health Day 2020

For most of us, 2020 has rolled up it sleeves and had a really good go at shaking our mental health at its foundations. Our world and local communities have been turned upside-down by an invisible germ and the ups and downs of life have come to seem a little more stark. It is no wonder that for many, fear and anxiety have been having a heyday, while fun, freedom and fitness are ending up a bit short changed.

As a therapist I’d love to say that I’ve had a truly joyful lockdown and simply read on for my recipe to perfect tranquility and fitness. But I can’t. It has been a properly tough time in places, with so much to learn, most of it along the lines of upping my game when it comes to self-care and compassion. For me, Covid has been a minor factor in the background while more momentous challenges have played out. Strangely, many of my acquaintance can say the same: if 2020 had a facebook profile it really wouldn’t be getting many likes. Soul-shaking and growth inspiring, maybe, but not massively likeable. And yet.

The sun has kept shining. There have been precious opportunities for reflection, change and growth, particularly in compassion, for ourselves and for those around us. We have been creative at making the most of what freedoms remain, and many of us have found new ways of working, exercising and connecting to the people, places and things we we love – and need – to feel happy and healthy (or at least human). 

Saturday 10th October it is World Mental Health Day. What better moment to celebrate the things that make you feel good and recommit to them for the days and months ahead. World Mental Health Day is also a special way to remind ourselves that every one of us has our moments when it comes to mental health, and if you’ve been struggling lately, you are not alone. Best of all, there are things we can do to help get back to a happier place…

Below are some top ways to nurture wellness of mind and body. No rocket science, just simple stuff that lets us slow down or get in touch with our sunnier side. Perhaps you might like to explore these or reflect on and recommit to your own self-care practices, whatever they may be!

Meditation

Look no further than Daniel Goleman & Richard J. Davidson’s book The Science of Meditation: How to change your brain, mind and body for an account of the many mental and physical health benefits of meditation, from deeper spiritual practices to minutes-long meditations (for which, check out Headspace). Explore your own way to meditate and reap a greater sense of stability, detachment from stress and more calm reactions to life’s up and downs. 

Restorative yoga 

A wondrously lazy and yet powerful method of relieving stress on a deep level, restorative yoga is a true joy and brilliant exercise in self-care. Once you’ve got the hang of props and learned a few poses (check out Judith Hanson Lasater’s book Relax & Renew) restorative yoga will not let you down as a way to come down to the ground and find peace and release, no matter what your stress levels or emotions have been up to. Restorative yoga is a particularly good way to end the day, a before bed practice often paving the way for a good nights’ sleep, as your body goes into rest and repair mode (think heaven for your parasympathetic nervous system). 

Yin yoga

Mindful stretching as you’ll find in yin yoga, allows you to turn your attention inwards, moving from a whizzing mind to a sense of surrender and slowing down. Yin yoga is not only a great way to look after your body but it also lets your parasympathetic nervous system take centre stage, fading out your inner stress response and encouraging your mind and body to land in a place of ease. If you fancy giving this a go, you might like a peek at Yin Yoga: Stretch the mindful way by Kassandra Reinhardt or come along to one of my mindful stretching sessions on Zoom! Super relaxing, chill-out mode supreme.

Exercise you enjoy 

Get your body moving and happy chemicals flowing by taking exercise that you enjoy. Nothing medicinal that you’ll give up on before you’ve even started, but have a ponder: what activities put a smile on your face? Do those a teeny bit and go from there! I love yoga, whizzing along on my bike or playing Peter Pan on the aerial silks. Soooo much fun. 

Connect with those who get you  

Making time to connect with those special people who truly ‘get you’ is a brill way to nurture your sanity and joie de vivre. Even if it’s only occasionally, for a little goes a long way, it’s worth seeking out those loved ones who accept you just the way you are and help you see things in a new way. Somehow staying in touch with true friends helps us appreciate the many other lovely people around us, and feel connected to our communities, able to give, receive and build each other up. Reach out to a friend today – they’ll be happy to hear from you!

Be in nature

Going for a walk in the woods, by the sea or wherever you can access a little slice of nature, is a great way to provide balm to frazzled nerves. Where will you find yourself on your quest to take some space and take time out? 

Be part of something bigger

While it’s essential to look after ourselves with compassion, especially when we are under a lot of pressure and stress, it can also be liberating and uplifting to forget about ourselves for a while and make a positive difference outside our own backyard. We might write letters to friends and relatives or offer befriending in our community; we might volunteer at a school or charity; maybe spend an afternoon picking litter off the beach. Contribution benefits our mental wellbeing, and there are so many ways to be part of something bigger! 

Teach your phone some manners

When you wake up in the morning, if you lay eyes on a phone, even if you know it’s switched totally off, it still floods your brain with as much cortisol as if it was switched on. That’s before you’ve even looked at the screen. Lesson? You brain sees red when it sees a phone, it can’t help itself. Poor brain! Let it have a rest. No phones (or tablets…) in your bedroom! Feel the freedom of not having a clue what is going on in the world while in your precious sanctuary of sleep, aaaaaahhhh. And during the day put some limits in place! You could check your phone at specific times, use Do Not Disturb mode, leave your phone in a specific place in your home (we have a “tech basket”) rather than having it on your person etc. etc. – so many ways to set boundaries and help the needy, demanding, stress-inducing out of control thing that is your phone, learn some manners.

How might you change your phone hygiene today, and how different might that feel? What would you do with all the extra brain space? (Write excessively long blogs maybe…) Start by challenging yourself to switch off for a day, for a trip out, or see how it feels to have a phone free bedroom, just for one night.

Get extra support

If you’re really struggling with anxiety, low mood or other mental health issues there is specific support out there to help you move forwards. Whatever you’re going through, you’re not alone.

Local groups like ManDown Cornwall, SheSaid or Carrick Mind are welcoming places to find mutual support and counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and NLP offer their own unique forms of support. An extraordinary science-based technique called the Lightning Process is a show stopper for putting fatigue, anxiety and depression behind you, and for a life-changing technique related to the LP, but with compassionate mindfulness and self-care in the mix, head over to the BodyMind Programme. For a taster, have a read of Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body. You won’t look back.

Many find that regular holistic therapy treatments are supportive in helping them maintain health and wellbeing; therapies such as reflexology, massage or reiki can be deeply relaxing and restorative. Explore the range of treatments on offer here at Reflexation Therapy or for a truly life-affirming reiki & hypnotherapy practitioner who helps you relax like never before, I recommend Sarah Turner from Penzance!

To celebrate World Mental Health Day, you can book a Reflexation Therapy treatment in October quoting code WMHD2020 for £5 off!

As the evenings draw in and winter appears, spectre-like on the path ahead, how will you keep your light shining? No matter what twists and turns await, I wish you good health and happiness of mind, one day at a time.

I get lockdown. But I get up again.

– Banksy

Face Fitness via Zoom

Join me on Wednesdays at 5.30pm via Zoom, for a fun and revitalising Face Fitness session!

Face Fitness sessions begin and end with whole body stretching, focusing on all the myofasical lines of the body to help you shake off tension from all your hotspots. Our Face Fitness time is a series of fun and gentle resistance exercises for amazing muscles and connective tissue layers of your face, from the forehead to the eyes, cheeks, lips and neck. 

Face Fitness is a great way to reconnect with your sense of humour, lift your spirits and bring your face, and the rest of you, back to life. 

Simply get in touch to pick up your Zoom access code and come join in on Wednesdays at 5.30pm UK time.

Face Fitness is FREE throughout the period of the coronavirus lockdown. Small and very optional donations are welcome via BACS, iZettle payment link or PayPal (details on request).