Of course, we're all ageing every minute, but getting older is both better and worse than it was twenty years ago.
Gone are early retirement ages and decent pension pots (for most people anyway). And over 55's are likely to have a heavier burden than ever before - looking after grandchildren and their own elderly parents or relations. But medicine is much better able to keep us alive for longer and there is much more support for the elderly in the community (although always room for improvement).
Looking at some of the literature for ageing well, there's a strong emphasis on keeping fit and healthy, but fit and healthy are not necessarily the same thing. Good health is much more than fitness - good health is the result of a complex combination of mental, physical, emotional and genetic qualities.
As we get older the changes can be much more challenging - family moving away, loss of parents and other loved ones, declining health, trying to keep up to date with technology, or fear of the future.
The relaxing effect of a reflexology treatment can help put things in perspective and provide a listening ear. Often it's the job of the over 55's to listen to the trials and tribulations of others - family, friends, the stranger at the bus stop. So having a listening ear during a reflexology treatment can be the only time some of older folks are heard.
Health is about eating well, sleeping well, breathing well, having a good posture, having an effective stress management strategy and supporting an active and robust immune system. Reflexology can help with most of these: the relaxing effects of reflexology helps to deepen breathing and release tight muscles allowing posture to improve and it also helps to improve resilience to stress. Many clients find the quality of their sleep improves after regular reflexology treatments - again perhaps because of the relaxation effect. And that relaxed state allows your body to do it's repair and renewal work, so it helps support a more robust immune response.
Reflexology can improve well-being and restore balance to mind, body and emotions - something that we all deserve, but especially well-deserved by Mums in this Mother's Day month.
So if you want to treat your mum this Mother's Day, ditch the flowers and chocolates and get something really useful - a Reflexology voucher.