Feel the fear and do it anyway

Well, I am delighted to post this guest blog review from Claire O’Hanlon who accepted the challenge to overcome her foot fear.  It is worth a read……

‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’ that’s how the motto goes. Well yesterday I felt the fear and did it anyway. No, my fear wasn’t jumping from a plane, or being chased by a wild animal. My fear… someone not only seeing, but, actually touching my feet!!

Anyone who knows me remotely well will know that no one sees my feet and god help the poor soul who thinks it might be fun to jokingly try to tickle my feet…. That my dear, will not work out in their favour.

But, those who know me well will also know that I can’t resist a challenge, and last week I was offered just that. When Gerardette McCann from Happy Feet Podiatry Clinic in Belfast walked into my blogging workshop, I had no idea that it would lead to me sitting in a chair and having a foot treatment that lasted half an hour…. Yes, half an hour of foot poking and prodding and tickling, that was supposed to be enjoyable… I couldn’t have imagined anything worse!

Thanks to the girls at MANI NI www.mani-design.co.uk who suggested challenging someone to overcome their fear of feet would be a great idea for some blog content… at that point I so wished I hadn’t just told Gerardette that she would never see my feet!

So, the challenge… a half hour foot treatment in return for a review post. She had me! I can’t resist a challenge. How could I refuse?

As I drove to Happy Feet Podiatry clinic yesterday, I had goose bumps and as I got closer my heart raced a little faster. How could I possibly let anyone near my feet? Surely this wasn’t going to go well…I was genuinely afraid that with reflexes like mine I might do poor Gerardette an injury as soon as she put her hands anywhere near my feet.

I got to the door of the clinic and walked slowly to reception, kind of half thinking of turning on my heels but once I got to reception there was no backing out. The receptionist took my details and Gerardette called me in for my appointment bang on time… no time to sit and fret… that was good. Then up the stairs to the treatment room and as Gerardette filled the little foot sink I thought…great there’s bubbles, I’ll slip my feet in there so quick she’ll not even catch a glimpse. The water was so lovely and warm and the seat so comfy that I was already actually starting to relax a little. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad after all.

Gerardette then calmly explained what the foot treatment would involve then it was time to take my feet from the water. I must say that having someone dry my feet felt so unnatural to me but at the same time the part of me that craved some pampering loved it. Then out came the nail clippers… my heart raced so fast as I thought ‘this is it, she’s going to touch my feet…’ but actually it wasn’t so bad, and once she had the first toe done I actually relaxed. And before I knew it half an hour was up and my reflexes hadn’t hit out, I felt relaxed and my feet felt…well…happy.

Gerardette used the perfect mix of foot soak, foot treatment, and foot rub with local product Pedisalve from Marble Hill www.marblehillonline.co.uk . Even now, over 24 hours later, my feet still feel like they’ve had a little piece of heaven.

So, have I overcome my fear of people seeing and touching my feet? Probably not.

 Will I be back to Happy Feet Podiatry Clinic…absolutely!!

But no one else is seeing my feet!!

happy jumping feet

I Hate Feet!!!

Well, I don't hate feet as you well know, but the number of times I hear that comment or simply a screwed up face when I mention that I look after feet for my chosen profession.

I hate feet

In fact it happened again today to me, and I thought i'd reach out to you to see if you can explain why some people really do hate feet?  Is it that they hate feet or that they hate their feet being touched? The recipient of the comment today told me "you'd never get to look at my feet" as she backed away from me during a blogging workshop that she was hosting.  

This got me thinking and I have offered her a proposal......  I will give her a complimentary foot treatment (which I know most people would adore), and if she would DARE accept I would love her write me a review as a guest blogger here and see if I can banish her foot fear and possibly encourage some other foot haters to treat their feet.  How could she refuse?

Go on, tell me if you hate your feet....

Glitz and Glamour!

Receiving the nomination for "Clinic of the Year 2015" and making it through to the top 5 was such a prestigious accolade.  The staff went all out getting dolled up for the occasion and looked the part in the magnificent venue of the City Hall, for the Ulster Tatler Awards 2015.

Taller awards 2015

It was a very proud evening for me, to have Happy Feet considered top class in the service we provide to our patients and an honour to have my staff present at the ceremony. 

Taking my First Step!

Well, thats it I've gone and done it...... started my blog that is.  I've been talking about doing this for a while now and I've finally taken the plunge.  Firstly, I'd like to welcome you and secondly thank you for taking the time to read this.  I want this area to focus on foot care advise, hints and tips for looking after your feet and also highlight important events in the Happy Feet calendar. 

So keep in touch and let me know your thoughts on any foot topics we can discuss. 

Gerardette McGivern

Gerardette McGivern