15 minutes with… Learn to be well Founder, Charlotte Crowther

#PushTALKS health and wellbeing with practitioner Charlotte Crowther

Charlotte Crowther, an Oxford University grad who trained in reflexology and went on to study at the Grinberg Method International School, is the woman behind Learn to be well.

We caught up with her to find out exactly how reflexology works and talk through her approach to health, wellbeing and self-management.

Here’s what you need to know from our 15 minute session with Charlotte…

Charlotte Crowther

1. How does reflexology work?

On each foot there are reflex points which correspond to all of the organs, glands and parts of the body. Reflexology is the precise application of massage and pressure to these points. The stimulation activates greater bodily awareness and physiological changes to promote the body’s own healing process.

2. How does it improve health and wellbeing, what are the benefits?

As the person’s body is reflected in their feet, reflexology sessions can help clarify for clients which parts of their body require more attention to improve their health and wellbeing.

This saves clients time and allows them to focus effectively. Sessions are an opportunity to learn how to reduce pain and discomfort, improve sleep and digestion, breathe, enhance energy levels, alleviate the effects of stress, encourage relaxation or reduce the strength and frequency of symptoms and disorders.

3. What is the Grinberg Method?

The Grinberg Method was developed by Israeli Avi Grinberg (b.1955). He engaged in the study and practice of different techniques from various cultures dedicated to healing and recovery. After several years of applying what he learnt he realised that people lacked the know-how to self-heal and prevent limiting experiences diminishing their life.

Out of this observation he transformed his whole approach away from treating people to teaching them how to actively participate in their own wellbeing.

A one-to-one session consists of manual techniques, breathing exercises, verbal instructions and description to teach clients skills to achieve their goal. Skills they’ll develop include body attentiveness, breathing, contracting, resisting, and letting go.

4. What are the most common questions/queries clients come to you with during sessions?

The most common question clients come with during sessions is how to quickly achieve their health or wellbeing goal. I say it’s all in the practice! As individuals we’re happy to take the time to train to get fit, so we also need to take the time to learn and train our ability to be well.

5. What would you say to someone struggling to switch off in the fast-paced digital world?

Breathe, breathe, breathe! When we engage with digital it’s often through our minds and not our bodies. Breathing can help us reconnect with bodies and slow down the adrenaline.

6. How would you convince them to book a session?

No convincing is required! When someone’s ready to commit to their own health and wellbeing what I offer is simply logical. There’s no shortcut when it comes to getting to grips with one’s health – so the more we can train and improve the better.

7. How do you think technology/ digital/ social media impact the way we handle stress and anxiety?

I think technology, digital, social media are great tools – and like any tool it’s how we consciously use it that makes the difference.

For example, taking a moment to adjust the settings on our phones according to the way we want to be alerted about emails, messages, comments etc. can make a difference to how much we receive information and reduce the duplication of time and energy we spend on digital interactions.

8. Best part of your job?

Seeing people get well through their own choice and actions. Getting there takes courage and practice – when people create real change and improvement it’s a big achievement.

9. What are your tips for DIY foot analysis ahead of seeing a professional? For example, should we be checking/massaging our feet regularly? Should we be thinking about posture/ stance?

I recommend doing a few key things you know are good for you and sticking to them. This way when you see a professional you can focus together on building what you’ve started. A great tool to look after the feet in general are Holistic Silk’s Massaging Slippers as they have massaging insoles with magnets that stimulate your nerves and meridians.

The effect is similar to a Reflexology session, very pleasurable and you’ll find your feet buzzing as the blood and chi circulates.

10. What are you in-flight beauty recommendations?

Wearing the massaging slippers I mentioned above are great for use in-flight. Often the stress of getting to the airport on time, the pre-trip arrangements, the take-off nerves, and the pressure of the cabin can take it’s toll on us and our bodies. We can lose touch with ourselves, increase our adrenaline, reduce our breathing and not be as clear headed and relaxed.

Wearing the massaging slippers in-flight can support us in three ways – enhance our body awareness, care for our feet and promote a sense of wellbeing.

Intrigued? Find out more about booking a session via the website.

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