Reflexology and Rainbows

I was more than okay for this past weekend to be a little more low key than action packed. Friday blocked sinuses thanks to allergies morphed into a blocked nose, sore throat and then cough that I’m nearly over. Saturday evening I couldn’t sleep, everything ached and in desperation I tried the head massager thingy which helped and then the idea of reflexology popped up. 

A quick Google search later for reflexology for block sinuses later I was breathing better. The site then suggested facial reflexology to help sinuses. I just wanted the cold gone and be able to sleep so I was okay lets try it. As long as I wake up, didn’t find the kiss the dragon pressure point I was game. In addition I tried to release the pressure point behind my ears by my jaw (which hurts!) I think I did it right as afterwards was like after an osteopath visit where they use your energy to heal. Energy was flowing everywhere. A few nerves were twitching, a few fingers moved, my shoulder twitched a few times and I swear I felt rapid eye movement. I was free to open my eyes at any time but I was lets see what happens. For the next 2 hours I think my body reset itself. I had get up to pee (detox) a few times, but when I did finally get up, my shoulders were no longer sore, I felt rested despite not getting much sleep with my nose feeling better until late afternoon.

Anyways, I leave you with a little weekend recap on the Thursday as that’s how it goes sometimes.

Friday run and running errands. The waves later were so much fun!One of the city’s many fake building facades while renovations are under way.

No gym on Saturdays which means Tone It Up workouts. I’m still enjoying the Beach Babe 5 workouts. The rest of the day was chores, the beach and managing to make Miin before they closed. I took a different way back, which felt like a mini explore seeing different sights. Even though I’ve cycled back this way a few times, the feeling of being someplace new was what I needed.

Arc de TrimofPalais de Justice

Sunday run up the coast and some monkey bar play. I skipped the previous Sunday’s run. I wasn’t feeling it (I think from overtraining) and chose instead a Dice Lida-Klein hour’s flow on Yogaglo which I enjoyed way more. I recently discovered his classes and am really enjoy them. He’s more into correct alignment, how to self correct during the classes and I enjoy the challenge they provide as well as the mental aspect.

Thankfully it wasn’t busy out running, a new wider pavement and traffic lights has been installed along a stretch of road that can be tricky running and cycling along and the beaches were nearly empty as most people have started their holidays. I just wish sometimes at the weekends the city’s (Barcelona) beaches were as empty. Every year they seem to get busier and busier.

Port fishBadalona beaches

Of course the beach and the zoo later! No app predicted rain or storms and with dark clouds starting to roll in shortly before I left the beach and it looking like it was likely to rain I choose the zoo anyway. I could shelter under a towel and the trees would provide some cover. One of the orangutans did the same, obviously way cuter and cooler than me! I got a little wet, my cold was fine, the lightening was amazing and it was so so refreshing being out in summer rain.

Please excuse the focus. I hadn’t checked the setting. Then me. Oh dear!

After rain must come sunshine and rainbows. And the feeling of space cycling back as the beaches cleared, bliss!Have you tired reflexology?


  1. says:

    I haven’t tried reflexology Natalie. Wasn’t even sure what it was, but as you described “pressure points” I have read articles on it. Looks very fascinating, and I might even try it sometime.

    Always nice when there is improvements made to make it safer for cyclists, pedestrians and runners. It becomes a win-win situation. Less traffic volume and a healthier population. 🙂

    1. says:

      I think it’s pressure points. Osteopaths and physios also do something similar, using our energy to heal. It’s amazing how our bodies work!

      As for that stretch of road, the traffic volume is still the same! I think the problem was no everybody/pedestrians on the narrow pavement there didn’t let others pass in either direction. I think it’s because as not many drive they don’t have the mentality if it’s your obstacle you stop to let the others pass. I’ve noticed this a lot in Spain. People don’t let others pass. Coming from the UK where people who hold doors open get a thank you it still makes me mad. Very few say thank you if you a door open for them. Or even acknowledge someone held a door for them! I get it’s their culture and am more or less used to it but running, you always had look over your shoulder and step out. It got to the point I expected them not stop or rather not make any sign of seeing you or make any effect to let you pass so always stepped out. I was always surprised when some did! I’m happier more the blind corner on this stretch is now wider, though it hits a side road side on! Phew!

      1. says:

        Common human courtesies is something I treasure in the interactions we have between humans and it makes life less caring when it is not there. If you can, be that change and keep holding doors for people even though it very seldom is acknowledged. I appreciate you for your caring and your courtesies towards others. Thanks for sharing this Natalie! 🙂

      2. says:

        Thank you for appreciating! Sometimes I let it get the better of me especially a few who’ve seen you but not seen you and stroll past like it’s their right you hold the door open for them. I sometimes sarcastically say thank you and either they ignore it, look at me like what? and one I remember said de nada – you’re welcome (USA) or no worries (UK and literally translated of nothing). I know they shouldn’t and now have begun to let it slide. 12 years and I haven’t seen much a change. I’m nearly always surprised when people let me go first or hold a door open. I’m so used to waiting! And don’t get me started on the metro. In London we’re told via loudspeakers left those alight first. Here no chance!

      3. says:

        With reading this Natalie, you would be surprised when people show courtesies. I so appreciate everything about you and all that you are. Keep being you! 🙂

      4. says:

        Thank you! It’s hard when the culture isn’t towards courtesies you’re used to!

  2. says:

    I’ve tried reflexology here in China, it is a very common activity and it is simply called “foot bath”. It is amazing what those people can know only touching your feet. Once I went with two friends and just by rubbing their feet one was told she should not eat spicy because it wasn’t good for her stomach and the other was told she had some problem in her head (she had depression). I only was told I had a high pain threshold haha. Now we go to the massage place at least once a month, C. has the foot massage but I always go for the back massage, I prefer it.

    1. says:

      I think various osteopaths and physios have used it on me at some point without me knowing! A lot of self healing from the body’s point of view comes from Eastern medicine. The west is take a pill! It’s amazing how they can detect upsets in the body and how our body’s work!

  3. says:

    I have never tried Reflexology. I’m glad it gave you some comfort. That stuffy, painful nasal canal is the worst feeling.

    1. says:

      It’s the first time I’ve tried it myself, though I’m sure various osteopaths and physios have without me knowing it! It’s amazing how our bodies can heal! And get sick with allergies!

  4. says:

    I haven’t. Did you do it on yourself? I went to a chiropractor years ago and he pushed and pressed on lots of spots in my neck, back and shoulders that felt great. It was more of a deep tissue massage.

    1. says:

      I did it myself which is why I hoped I’d wake up! I’m pretty sure various osteopaths and physios I’ve seen have done reflexology on me at some point!

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