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Stressed, Emotional, Sleepless and Anxious

29th August 2019

Another sleepless night and the alarm-clock signalling time to get ready for work. Stella (not her real name) struggled to move. She loved her marketing job and the fact that it allowed her to travel, but life had become increasingly complicated lately and she was starting to feel anxious and worn out.

She had turned thirty-eight this year, the desire to have children was getting stronger but she no longer felt in love with her partner of six years. Also, a family member overseas had become terminally ill and she was feeling guilty because she could not provide much support. She had started attending counselling therapy in recent weeks but it would take time to sort through all these conflicting emotions.

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She needed to become more resilient to be able to get though this stressful period in her life and she needed someone to support her on that part of her journey.

Meanwhile, she was feeling drained from lack of sleep, experiencing more frequent stabbing pains in her legs, her concentration at work was suffering and anxiety was setting in. When Stella contacted me to enquire about reflexology treatments she had a very clear objective. She needed to become more resilient to be able to get though this stressful period in her life and she needed someone to support her on that part of her journey.

Her company’s health insurance package allowed her to reclaim most of the costs of a maximum of eight reflexology treatments. She had already marked out the dates she could be available. Within a few day’s we got started on her wellbeing plan.

Her company’s health insurance package allowed her to reclaim most of the costs of a maximum of eight reflexology treatments.

As a result of Stella’s first reflexology treatment, the pains in her legs were significantly reduced, which coincided with a good night’s sleep. After her second treatment there was no further mention of physical pain. During the treatments, Stella was able to release all tension and enter a deeply meditative state.

I encouraged her to continue her meditative practices at home. She started to implement some Pilate’s exercises too. I gave her additional self-care tips for grounding and some insights for dealing with conflict and difficult conversations. She bought my book ‘Seven C’s to Calm- Reclaiming your Anxiety-free Self’ and told me, after reading it, that she found it "extremely helpful and inspiring".

As the weeks went by, Stella returned to me more radiant and self-assured. Her conversations with her partner had improved and surprisingly they remained open to each other. Also, the possibility of change did not seem so daunting. She was benefiting from renewed vigour and feeling more focused in her job. She had managed to travel overseas to provide some support to her terminally ill sister. Overall, she felt more in charge of her life, the challenges she faced felt more manageable and she was being kinder to herself.

Stella is not the only person experiencing these stressful phases in life. It happens to us all. I am supporting clients as they navigate challenging life situations. A lot of stress stems from unhappy relationships, including divorce and separation, especially where children are involved. I see clients who want to conceive to have children of their own but because they have so much stress from other sources, including work, they know this is not helping matters. I have assisted clients who were shaken by the trauma of bullying and even a client who had experienced physical assault. Some clients need support as they go through changing life circumstances, dealing with illness or managing special needs.

We are humans with amazing potential which we can tap into when we apply ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually but sometimes we need support on our journey through life.

In 1999, I experienced a burnout in my job. The job was certainly stressful at that time but I was also struggling in my personal life. I knew nothing about mindfulness, healing or self-care back then but I realised very quickly the importance of getting support. I examined every aspect of myself to develop a better outlook and life experience. I uncovered talents I had previously ignored and became fascinated by the healing potential of human beings.

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My clients can benefit not only from my reflexology therapy but also from my experience of developing authenticity on a path to wellbeing.

Supporting others during their stressful times is rewarding and satisfying as I see them emerge stronger and more empowered.

If you are recognising the signs of stress in your own life and want to regain your spark and vigour the best thing you can do is reach out for support. Reflexology is great for tension release and there are additional benefits to be gained from giving your body and mind a break.

I provide a bespoke reflexology wellness service for clients in Carlow, Dublin and some parts of the south-east of Ireland. You can find out more about reflexology and my treatment plans in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Caroline Cunningham

I love reflexology, it has served me well in my path of transformation to becoming much healthier and happier. I specialise in helping clients who want to succeed with their personal and business goals. I do this by providing reflexology therapy and personalised support and strategies for managing stress and achieving balance. My therapy services are available in Carlow and Dublin and nearby counties in Ireland. Through my blogs I hope more people will be inspired to take steps to improve their wellbeing. Read more about my educational background and expertise here.

Testimonials

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  • Calming & Super Knowledgeable

    My reflexology treatment was very relaxing and calming. Caroline’s observations encouraged me to make small changes in my day to day living. Caroline is very friendly and super knowledgeable. I highly recommend her wellbeing services.

    Katie Dunne, Tullow, Co. Carlow

    Incredibly Relaxing Home Treatment Cancer Care

    I found Caroline’s reflexology treatments incredibly relaxing and I really looked forward to her visits while undergoing chemotherapy. Caroline has a lovely friendly personality and the option of home visits was fantastic.

    Claire, Dublin

            Motivation & Focus        

    The reflexology treatment was wonderful! It was just what I needed. I started running again which I always enjoy but I had lost my motivation for a very long time. So, the next day knowing I had two hours free I just started jogging all along the west-peer and surroundings. Felt great and focused afterwards.

    Maria Muffat, Dublin

  • Energised & Fewer Headaches

    I have been feeling really good since my reflexology treatment, more energised and motivated. My tummy seems to have settled and I have fewer headaches.

    S. Lynch, Dublin

    Helpful physically & emotionally

    The reflexology treatments were helpful both physically and emotionally. Caroline is an experienced therapist with a friendly attitude and good advice, I highly recommend her as a therapist.

    Hazel, Dublin

                Feeling at Ease            

    Caroline is very approachable and knowledgeable. I found the reflexology good for overall health and feeling at ease within myself. I felt more focused, energised and motivated as a result of a course of treatments.

    Melanie, Dublin

  •           Stress-free Zone           

    Caroline is an excellent therapist with extraordinary skills. The healing element is vital but she manages to put her clients in a total stress free zone. I adored the chimes as the music played by some therapists can be so very distracting. Caroline has healing hands and I felt excellent afterwards

    Colette Coughlan, Dublin

                Walking on Air            

    Thank you so much for reflexology! Before treatment I was tired and my feet hurt from walking around. Afterward, I felt so much more energetic, I felt like I was walking on air and the swelling had gone down in my broken arm.

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    The next day, I had a 10 hour flight. I was anticipating a lot of discomfort with my arm. To my delight, I was nearly pain free throughout my travels. Reflexology really works!

    I highly recommend Caroline for Reflexology. She is gentle, but she works miracles!

    Anna is the Author of Amazon Best Seller “Black Belt Selling: Closing with confidence

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    Tummies settled & sleeping better

    I brought my two little boys to Caroline and she was fantastic with them and with me. Caroline showed me how to do some home treatment with my boys and it has helped a lot as they sleep better and their tummies have settled.

    A. O’Shea, Carlow

  • Calming & Super Knowledgeable

    My reflexology treatment was very relaxing and calming. Caroline’s observations encouraged me to make small changes in my day to day living. Caroline is very friendly and super knowledgeable. I highly recommend her wellbeing services.

    Katie Dunne, Tullow, Co. Carlow

  • Incredibly Relaxing Home Treatment Cancer Care

    I found Caroline’s reflexology treatments incredibly relaxing and I really looked forward to her visits while undergoing chemotherapy. Caroline has a lovely friendly personality and the option of home visits was fantastic.

    Claire, Dublin

  • Motivation & Focus

    The reflexology treatment was wonderful! It was just what I needed. I started running again which I always enjoy but I had lost my motivation for a very long time. So, the next day knowing I had two hours free I just started jogging all along the west-peer and surroundings. Felt great and focused afterwards.

    Maria Muffat, Dublin

  • Energised & Fewer Headaches

    I have been feeling really good since my reflexology treatment, more energised and motivated. My tummy seems to have settled and I have fewer headaches.

    S. Lynch, Dublin

  • Helpful physically & emotionally

    The reflexology treatments were helpful both physically and emotionally. Caroline is an experienced therapist with a friendly attitude and good advice, I highly recommend her as a therapist.

    Hazel, Dublin

  • Feeling at Ease

    Caroline is very approachable and knowledgeable. I found the reflexology good for overall health and feeling at ease within myself. I felt more focused, energised and motivated as a result of a course of treatments.

    Melanie, Dublin

  • Stress-free Zone

    Caroline is an excellent therapist with extraordinary skills. The healing element is vital but she manages to put her clients in a total stress free zone. I adored the chimes as the music played by some therapists can be so very distracting. Caroline has healing hands and I felt excellent afterwards

    Colette Coughlan, Dublin

  • Walking on Air

    Thank you so much for reflexology! Before treatment I was tired and my feet hurt from walking around. Afterward, I felt so much more energetic, I felt like I was walking on air and the swelling had gone down in my broken arm.

    Read more...

    The next day, I had a 10 hour flight. I was anticipating a lot of discomfort with my arm. To my delight, I was nearly pain free throughout my travels. Reflexology really works!
    I highly recommend Caroline for Reflexology. She is gentle, but she works miracles!
    Anna is the Author of Amazon Best Seller “Black Belt Selling: Closing with confidence

    Anna Scheller U.S.A

  • Tummies settled & sleeping better

    I brought my two little boys to Caroline and she was fantastic with them and with me. Caroline showed me how to do some home treatment with my boys and it has helped a lot as they sleep better and their tummies have settled.

    A. O’Shea, Carlow

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