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SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT THE RIGHT PORTABLE MATTRESS TO SLEEP ON…

With schools just broken up and Covid-19 numbers still rising I am sure there will be double the amount of people deciding to camp and self cater. But, without the right portable mattress it could end up ruining your holiday and leaving you in a lot of pain.

I’m sure many of you back pain sufferers are similar to me when staying away from home. The mattress that you sleep on can either make or break your holiday. For me personally, to hard and then I am as stiff as a board, to soft and my back wakes me up with every move I make.

I have written a few posts on mattress toppers as they are so important to back pain and fibromyalgia sufferers but I must admit I have not tried any camping mattress toppers. 

I came across the Duvalay, which specialise in mattress toppers for travel and caravans. The Duvalay travel mattress toppers is used by our customers as a portable mattress topper, caravan topper, camping topper, and in a huge variety of leisure vehicles such as boats, motorhomes and campervans.

  • Comes with a zipped, washable protective cover
  • Highest density memory foam for maximum comfort
  • 2.5cm depth foam rolls up and stores easily
  • Secures with straps for easy use and storage

Innovatively designed to promote a restful night’s sleep, this compact topper just rolls out smoothing away all surface lumps and bumps.

For ease of use they recommend using there zipped sheets which only need to be removed for washing. They also have storage bags for all of there toppers

They are all supplied with a luxurious inner stretch fabric cover and elasticated straps that keep the mattress nearly rolled for storage. A must for any back pain sufferer. They start from £79.95

The Duvalay sleep system combines optimum sleeping comfort with incredible ease of use. This clever product consists of a bottom pocket with memory foam (available in 3 different thicknesses) and the top pocket houses a conventional duvet (available in 2 different thicknesses). Simply unroll your Duvalay sleeping bag to use; making your bed takes just a few seconds.

Duvalay memory foam sleeping bags are specially designed for use in your motorhome, motorcaravan, truck, boat etc. Most caravan and campervan beds are at best a compromise, often being designed primarily as daytime seats with sleeping as an afterthought, and a collection of cushions pushed together is never going to make a truly comfortable mattress. The Duvalay memory foam evens out these joins, taking your camping comfort to a whole new level.

Another benefit of the Duvalay sleeping bag is that because the memory foam and duvet are attached all down one edge, you can’t suffer either from the duvet falling off during the night, or from it moving and causing a cold spot against the wall. But unlike a conventional sleeping bag, because the Duvalay is only attached on one edge, you can kick your legs out during the night if you wish.

The concept of Duvalay’s simply ingenious, comforting mattress toppers arose from necessity…

Along with the many millions of people worldwide who embrace caravans as their ‘homes from home’, Liz and Alan Colleran were troubled by the insomnia and back pain associated with caravanning, where the perfect leisure environment is so often compromised by a frustratingly uncomfortable bed. This was the start of their journey which took them onto Dragons Den. 

The Duvalay story rocketed to fame in 2011 when Liz and Alan – along with their much-loved, heroic flagship product, the Duvalay memory foam sleeping bag – embarked upon a nerve-wracking journey to the Dragons’ Den. Their appearance on the hit BBC show led to national brand awareness, as well as a business-boosting investment by ‘Dragon’ and Pall-Ex empire founder Hilary Devey CBE. Fresh from the Dragons’ Den, Duvalay outgrew its original factory and eventually moved on to a new site in Gomersal – complete with its welcoming and homely drop-in showroom, exciting enhanced production line and office space for its growing workforce.

 

 

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USE YOUR HANDS TO HEAL WITH HAND REFLEXOLOGY…

Hand reflexology is a great way to treat yourself to help relieve some pain. There are four basic reflexology techniques you need to learn. These actions are creeping, rotating, spinal friction and achieving the right pressure when carrying out hand reflexology. The techniques are easy to pick up and you can start to heal yourself straight away.

The Daily Mail has a great article on the techniques you use for hand reflexology. Just check the article here. The techniques are easy to pick up and you can start to heal yourself straight away. Always start on the right hand first and complete the entire sequence before treating the left hand. This, according to practitioners, helps trigger the energy called ‘chi’ in the correct direction.

For lower back pain press the point where the centre of your hand joins your wrist and stimulate it. Always take medical advice if you do not know what the problem is. This is a perfect antidote to backache caused by sitting at a computer for too long.

The reflex is stimulated by direct pressure to the particular point. On the palm and wrist there are some 45 reflex points, and on the back of the hand 28 reflex points, that represent a particular organ, region, or function of the body. Combinations of reflex points are used in Reflex therapies.

Since hand reflexology is performed by applying pressure from fingers and thumbs on reflex points on the hands, the practice can provide an easy, cost-effective and safe way to treat ailments.

While reflexology hand mapping feels best (and may be more effective) when done by someone else, it is possible to work on oneself.

There are a number of online sites that show you how to apply hand reflexology from WikiHow to AOR Hand Reflexology Explorer where you can move the cursor to view the hand reflexology points and what they correspond to.

A great book with images is Press Here! Hand Reflexology for Beginners: A Practice for Promoting Self-Care by Stefanie Sabounchian  available on Amazon which says has colourful illustrations and clear instructions show simple but powerful techniques to add to your daily routine.

Practicing hand reflexology on yourself can help you achieve your goal of natural, holistic healthcare without the expensive weekly treatments. Hand reflexology, unlike the more common foot reflexology, is easy to incorporate into your wellness routine because it can be used anywhere—from riding the bus or listening to a lecture in class to enjoying a party. 

This fun, easy, and accessible introduction to self-care through hand reflexology teaches the fundamental principles of reflexology and guides you through the reflex map of the hands, where every part of our body has a corresponding reflex point. Follow the illustrations and simple instructions to quickly learn techniques to use daily for overall good health and a balanced body and mind. In addition, guided techniques help you learn how to use reflexology for specific health issues, organized by ailments.



The Press Here! series offers contemporary takes on traditional hands-on healing practices for a new generation of practitioners. These introductory guides feature easy-to-access organization, clear instructions, and beautiful illustrations of each technique. Other Press Here! topics include massage, reiki, and acupressure.

Try having a go on yourself by pinching the finger tips and thumb of your right hand. The pressure applied to each finger should be firm, but make sure it is not painful. A few seconds for each single finger tip will be sufficient. Now do the same with the other hand.

Always remember to check with your GP first if you are on medication.