The Foot Mirror

“Mirror, mirror on the feet”

Quite often when sharing reflexology with client for the first time, they will mention that they never realized how sore their feet were.

This is because foot tenderness doesn’t necessarily always come from foot issues, such as: standing on your feet all day; footwear; or podiatric concerns. Your feet may be in perfect shape, yet still be sore.

Sometimes the feet are sensitive, because they solely reflect the stress that is being held within the body.

Also too, I find that some people initially feel very little tenderness or response to the application of reflexology; however, as they continue to receive additional sessions, sensitivity becomes more obvious. This is because everyone’s stress level is different, and it may take a few times for the body to respond to the amount of stress it’s holding on to.

Everyone is unique in the way they react to reflexology. Some it’s instantaneous, others react slower.

It’s important to realize that reflexology is cumulative. This is why I will always recommend to a first time client, a series of sessions (usually 3 spread out over a period of 1 session per week). Eventually, once or twice a month is a good maintenance program.

Reflexology powerfully works to break up the stress pattern that the body is experiencing. You may not even be aware of this stress, because ironically, high levels of stress become almost “second nature” to most of us. The body does an effective job of taking care of itself; however, eventually it needs some support – and this is where reflexology comes into play.

Nothing replaces the application of a full professional session; however, I do believe that we can all help ourselves through this modality. Applying reflexology to yourself in between sessions, gives you a wonderful opportunity to get in touch with your own body. Also, when you work on yourself, if a reflex point is tender, you’re more aware of how much pressure to apply.

Self-Reflexology Recommendation

*Try rubbing and pressing on your feet everyday. I know this may sound time consuming, but I assure you, that you can always fit it in during times when you’re actually doing other things.

*While on your computer.

*While watching T.V.

*While on the phone.

*While at your work desk.

*Just before getting into bed.

*Before getting out of bed in the morning.

Note: Even just a short amount of reflexology is better than none.

*If you should find a tender spot, firmly, but gently continue to apply pressure until sensitivity dissapates.

Remember, like a mirror…the feet actually do reflect the human body.

So take sometime and look into the mirror of your soles!

Be well

*Please refer to the Foot Map Page to familiarize yourself with the reflex points.

*To find a professional practitioner in your area, please refer to the Find a Practitioner link on the sidebar.

Photo: iandh

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Reflexology for a Common Cold

AACHOOO!@*#

Now that the Fall and Winter are upon us, it’s quite common to experience an occasional cold.

Reflexology can work wonders for relieving much of the physical discomforts, and also help support immunity – so that the body can naturally move into wellness.

Reflex Points of Focus

Head/Sinuses

*To help decongest the head and sinuses.

Lungs/Bronchial Tubes

*To help break up congestion

Spleen

*To help with immunity

Thymus

*To help with immunity

(the thymus reflex point is located on the inside portion of both feet, about 1 inch below the neck reflex point)

*Note: Please refer to the Foot Map Page to get a clear view of where these reflex points are located.

Application of Reflexology

*Using either your thumb or index finger – firmly, but gently press and rotate on each of the reflex points.

*Work each point thoroughly for approximately 1 minute – then repeat the process 2 more times.

*This can be done 3 times a day.

*Note: Reflexology effectively breaks up congestion in the head and lungs; so don’t be alarmed if after the first application, your cold symptoms seem worse. It’s simply doing some “house cleaning.” These symptoms will normalize.

Aromatherapy

The use of essential oils along with reflexology is very beneficial in supporting the body’s natural immunity.

 

Eucalyptus

The essential oil of Eucalyptus is effective against coughs and colds, both as preventative and as a remedy. Externally it works as a decongestant, expectorant, and is excellent for the immune system.

Aromatherapy Application

*After completely reflexology – blend 3 drops of eucalyptus oil to 1 teasoon of Jojoba oil.

*Apply a small amount to both feet and rub in well.

*Breath deeply as you do this, to receive the benefits of this wonderful essential oil.

*Cover you feet with a pair of gym socks and allow the mixture to penetrate the skin.

Caution Care

~Use only pure essential oils.

~For external use only.

~Keep essential oils away from eyes.

~Never use essential oils on the skin without first diluting with a carrier oil.

So if the “cold bug” gets you down…have no fear…Reflexology and Aromatherapy are here!

When used with care and respect, these two modalities will help your body, help itself…naturally.

Wishing you a cold-free season…aaaaachooo!#?*

Bless you!

Complete Reflexology for Life!

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Having this past month off from blogging, gave me the opportunity to investigate new publications on reflexology.

I’ve got to tell you folks, I was so impressed with this recently published reflexology reference book by Barbara & Kevin Kunz, that I felt the need to share it with you.

I own several of their other publications; however, the beauty of this particular book, is the fact that it’s like an encyclopedia of most of their works combined.

Not only does it contain information on foot reflexology, but also hand reflexology as well.

It blew my away!

The illustrations and information are clear, precise, and easy to understand.

Not only is it beneficial for the novice, but also the professional as well.

It definately taught me a plethora of some new knowledge!

 

Book Highlights

*The principles and techniques of reflexology

*Self-help sessions and treatments for any stage of life

*Effective ways to treat health concerns

*Treatments for personal and professional use

*The use of self-help foot tools

*Proper foot care

*Teaches you how to easily incorporate reflexology into your daily life.

 

As a professional…I highly recommend investigating this book.

You can either purchase it at your local bookstore, or you can visit Barbara & Kevin; where they can direct you on how to order it online.

It’s one of those books you’ll be able to use for the rest of your life!

So enjoy it…and be well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reiki for Animals

                                

“Moo-Moo Reiki”

 

 A great many people feel the healing power of animals, which express love unconditionally and often comfort us when we are fearful or not feeling well.

Without a doubt, the most enlightening and moving experiences I’ve had, was when sharing Reiki with an animal.

Animals have the natural ability to completely surrender themselves, and simply trust that they will recieve what is needed.

And this, is when Reiki shows it’s true power. 

All animals can be treated with Reiki – BIG and small.

I’ve shared Reiki with cats, dogs, birds, frogs, and squirrels (even bugs!). I knew of a practitioner in Florida, who worked primarily with horses. And to watch her work, was truly amazing. She never actually touched them. She would hold her hands about 5 feet from their body, simply allowing them to draw in what was needed. And to witness the horses reaction, was a sight to behold!

Whether sharing with a person or an animal, Reiki can be applied either hands-on or hands-off. I have found with cats, being ultra-sensitive to energy, if I start with my hands off, and then slowly move them in to an actual touch – they seem to respond better.

It’s funny, an animal will always let you know when it has had enough – it will simply, get up and move away.

Just as with people, Reiki can be used for all types of physcial and emotional issues concerning an animal.

 

Uses

*Pre & Post-operative proceedures

*Physical or emotional trauma

*For aches and pains

*When traveling

*Through giving birth

* Through death

 

Throughout the lives of both my cats, up to their senior years, and even as they were passing – Reiki provided them and myself, with tremendous support, comfort, and love.

Being a “hard-core” alternative health believer, I honestly don’t know what I would have done without Reiki.

Sharing Reiki with the animal kingdom, always strengthens and reminds me of our “healing connection” with all living things.

So, thank you Reiki!

And be well….precious animals!

 

*Please visit the Find a Practitioner link on the sidebar of this blog to locate a professional Reiki practitioner in your area. You may also find someone who works primarily with animals.

This post is dedicated to Vicki @ Animal Tales for her love and devotion to all of God’s creatures. Thanks Vicki!

Photo: MBoudin