The Corona Chronicles

The Corona Chronicles

How is everyone doing?  Or should I say…how are you today?  Because, if you’re anything like me I’m currently waking up in a different mood every day!  Desperately trying to stay positive in these crazy times, and it’s mostly working, but we all have our off days.

We’re coming to the end of week two of the UK lockdown so I thought I’d write a blog about what I’m up to, how I’m trying to keep my business going and share some reflexology tips on what you can do to help yourselves keep calm, happy, safe and well.

A touch of the Covids…

I’ll start by sharing my experience of this horrible virus (Covid-19 in case there was any doubt) which struck me down a couple of weeks ago.  I’d already decided it was time to shut up shop following guidance of the Association of Reflexologists and a few days later I suddenly had a tickly scratchy throat.  Didn’t think anything of it but a couple of hours later I started coughing.  By the evening my neck was aching but I felt otherwise ok.  I had a glass of wine and went to bed thinking I was being paranoid.

But paranoid I was not.  I had horrendous night feeling hot and cold, ached all over, my skin hurt and I felt really rough the following day.  I had a headache, weird shooting pains through my head, was only coughing occasionally and my chest felt a little tight. Temp peaked at 102 degrees and I slept most of the day.  I was convinced I had a touch of the covids.

The following day I felt a little better but temperature was still up and down but I wasn’t coughing as much and chest felt fine.  I did feel completely exhausted and just going to the loo wore me out.  I had no appetite and had only eaten two crumpets in two days but had been drinking plenty of water.

By day three I was feeling a lot better, despite a dodgy nights sleep filled with weird, trippy dreams and I was glad the headache had gone.  I woke up feeling hungry which was great, but this is when I discovered I’d completely lost my sense of smell and taste!  I was still wiped out but definitely on the mend.  I was a bit nervous about the dreaded day 5 when I’d read this is when the virus can spread to the lungs but I felt ok and was pretty confident I’d seen it off.  I had no shortness of breath or pain and was feeling much better.

I’m convinced I fought it off by following the advice of drinking LOADS of water (your wee needs to be clear!), resting (didn’t really have a choice on that one) and staying positive.  I know I was very lucky, only had a mild case and have a pretty robust immune system so wasn’t overly worried.  Fear weakens the immune system so positivity was a must!  I’d kept myself isolated in my room and we’d all been following stringent hygiene but now my worries turned to my family and the wait to see if they came down with it.  I was pretty annoyed that I’d caught it as had been so careful, but could’ve picked it up anywhere I guess.

We actually think Edie might have had it about 4-5 weeks ago as she had a temperature, was wiped out, no appetite and a slight cough but as it was in the early days before it was declared a pandemic, and as far as we knew hadn’t come into contact with anyone infected, thought probably not.  But who knows.  Jay and the kids have all had coughs, Elliott lost his sense of smell and taste and Jay had one night of feeling a bit rough but other than that they’re all ok.  I’m still waiting for my sense of taste to fully return and can only taste really strong flavours which is rather frustrating when food is one of the few pleasures we have at the moment!  If you feel you’re coming down it, the government has launched this symptom tracker:

https://covid.joinzoe.com/

Immune system support…

Reflexology is great for supporting the immune system and helps us recover quicker, which is why it makes it extra frustrating that I can’t treat people at this time.  I’m sure a lot of you would benefit at the moment, even if only for the stress busting benefits!  But there are things you can try at home.  If you can get someone to rub your feet, work the lymphatic reflexes on the tops of the feet to improve lymph flow and immunity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u3t2oWhduc

You can also boost the lymphatic system by having a bounce!  Here’s a little more info on my Facebook page.  You too can look like a wally while entertaining (or worrying!) your family while getting that lymph flowing:

https://www.facebook.com/lifespanreflexology/videos/515865656030356/

You can also try some thymus tapping.  The thymus gland is located behind the sternum and produces T-cells to help fight infection.  Although it shrinks as we age it still functions and you can help it along by tapping your sternum Tarzan style.  And you can also tap the thymus reflex on your feet.  Here’s a video showing both techniques:

https://youtu.be/mTYJ1l7Socc

A big fat THANK YOU…

It’s so scary watching the news and heart breaking to hear stories of all those who have lost their lives.  And bloody frustrating to see some idiots still not adhering to the government guidelines and staying home!  But I won’t go into a rant about that here.  But I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all frontline workers.  Not just the doctors, nurses and hospital staff who are risking their lives to look after people but also to shop workers, rubbish collectors, royal mail, teachers, carers, delivery drivers, farmers, cleaners and all other industries that are helping to keep the country going.  Our lives are made a whole lot easier because of you.

Down days…

Once I felt fully recovered, the reality of what the coming months might be like suddenly hit home and I was really down and miserable for a couple of days.  I knew I had to keep the business going somehow and had lots of ideas but couldn’t be bothered to put anything into practice.  When I can’t be bothered to take photos of my feet, you know something is wrong! I miss my mum, I miss my sister, I miss my friend,!  I miss live music,  Don’t mention Glastonbury ☹  I miss my clients!  I miss REFLEXOLOGY!  This social butterfly isn’t meant to be caged! But thankfully, the grumps didn’t last long.  After chatting with friends, having a cry, going for a run, being boosted by the enthusiasm of my Southcote family… I had a word with myself and snapped out of it.  I’m sure I’ll have my down days, as we all will, but it’s important not to dwell on the negative.  But sometimes, it’s ok, not to be ok.  Excuse the swearing but this struck a chord (source unknown unfortunately)…

If you’re struggling with your mental health, visit these websites for help, support and advice:

http://www.get.gg/

https://www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk/

https://youngminds.org.uk/

https://www.mind.org.uk/

If you’re feeling stressed or down, try this little hand reflexology technique to calm you down.  It won’t magically make everything better but might give you a  few minutes calm and clarity:

https://youtu.be/BCFxLy-n4OQ

Looking up…

So this week, I’ve been really productive and have lots of plans going forward to bring reflexology to the masses and to my lovely, loyal clients.

Southcote are now providing support remotely in many therapies, including chiropractic, massage, counselling, homeopathy and reflexology.   I’ll be available on Wednesdays for online consultations, for new and current clients, to teach you how to perform reflexology on yourselves to relieve stress and help any ailment you might be suffering with.  I’ll arrange a telephone call beforehand so I can find out what you’d like help with and prepare charts and instructions on how you can treat yourselves, or get a family member to help, in a video call.  All you have to do it visit the Southcote website at www.southcote.com, login and book your appointment.  I’ll also be offering this one to one service for non-Southcote clients so please get in touch to discuss if you think this will work for you.  This will of course be at a huge discount.

I’ll be running my facial reflexology workshop for beauty and wellbeing online via Skype or Zoom as well as a workshop for kids / teens, foot reflexology for couples and women’s health.  Please make sure you’re following my Facebook page for updates or let me know if you’d like to register your interest.

https://www.facebook.com/lifespanreflexology/

So, apart from taking reflexology online… what else will I being doing to fill my time?  Thank goodness for my Lollypop!  She’s getting me out the house every day and the lovely weather has helped.  It’s a shame a lot of the parks are closed so she can’t have a good run that often but we’re taking full advantage of our hours exercise and Jay and the kids have been taking her out too.  The poor hound is shattered!

I’ve written a book!  It’s actually been in the pipelines for a few months but I’ll hopefully get it finished soon and just have to wait for my amazing illustrator to create the artwork.  So if anyone has any contacts in publishing children’s books, please let me know!  It’s all very secret squirrel but watch this space….

The Association of Reflexologists directed me to these fab websites offering free courses and I’m interested in a few.  From anything from languages, computer coding, social sciences, nutrition, health, art and design, engineering…there’s something for everyone so have a look if you’re bored and want to learn a new skill:

https://www.classcentral.com/

https://coursesity.com/

I’ve started running again.  I’m still rubbish but enjoy getting the steps in.  I’ve also got the sketch pad out and will digging out the paints too.  I’m creating my own reflexology charts, again something that’s been on the to do list for years!

How do you like my Picasso?  I’m free to take commissions!

Keep an eye on my Facebook and Instagram pages (LIFESPAN REFLEXOLOGY, I try not to duplicate posts on both platforms to keep things interesting) as I’ll be sharing self help techniques and spreading some positivity.  I’m here if anyone needs any help with reflexology or in other ways.

That’s all for now folks.  Stay safe.  Stay smiling, Stay home!  I miss you all loads and cannot wait until I can start treating you all again.  I think we’re all going to be desperate for some human contact and interaction when all this is over and what better way to celebrate coming together than with REFLEXOLOGY.  And a bloody massive party!

Lots of love,  George xxx

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Georgina Strickland

Georgina Strickland BSc MAR

I qualified as a Reflexologist in 2004 having trained at the Philip Salmon School of Reflexology in London and have been a Full Member of the Association of Reflexologists since then.

I am registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council and I am also a member of Fedant