Therapeutic Music

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I started using the music of Liquid Mind over ten years ago when I first became a Reiki practitioner. And since then, have never found anything better in allowing a client to fully relax and enjoy the benefits from my sessions.

 

Liquid Mind was created by songwriter and composer Chuck Wild.

 

When Wild started releasing the Liquid Mind albums in 1994, the first persons to use them were alternative health care practitioners, chiropractors, and massage therapists, followed soon by more mainstream medical practitioners who report utilizing the music in clinical situations to assist in relaxation.

 

Liquid Mind V: Serenity which is my own personal favorite, is a peaceful and soothing musical journey designed to help you relax deeply during meditation, massage, yoga, rest, or in times of stress. For many, it is a wonderful background for massage, meditation, healing, yoga, Pilates, Reiki, shiatsu, or reflexology.

 

The fifth in Liquid Mind’s elegant electronic series of slow relaxation music, takes the listener to a place of deep calm and tranquility.

 

 This gentle album has been used by some people for things such as:

 

* relieving stress

*by parents to help quiet hyperactive children

*by insomniacs to assist themselves in going back to sleep in the middle of a difficult night

*by others to relieve tension after a busy day at work

 

 

So it is with great pleasure that I highly recommend the music of Liquid Mind.

 

If you would like to view the complete collection, and even sample it, please take a relaxing journey over to Liquid Mind.

 

Enjoy!

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Reflexology Recliner

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Eight years ago when I was first certified as a foot reflexologist, I began searching for a portable recliner that I could use when making out-calls.

 

I needed something comfortable, compact, and durable.

 

One day I happened to walk into a Brookstone Store, where I spotted a fabulous looking recliner which I found out was made by a company called Lafuma.

 

Now what’s really interesting is that the recliner was not advertised as something for reflexology. It was actually a chair to be used for home use.

 

But after trying it out I knew it would be perfect, because it was absolutely one of the most comfortable portable recliners I’d ever sat in.

 

It was also the ideal height and width for administering a reflexology session.

 

So I made the purchase and couldn’t be more happier. And every client who sits in it immediately comments how wonderful they feel.

 

The cushion part of the chair is suspended from a metal frame with elastic woven cords, so it gives the feeling of “gentle buoyancy.”

 

The recliner also came with an adjustable headrest.

 

The chair easily reclines and returns to an upright position without any effort. And once reclined, the chair can be locked in that position.

 

What makes Lafuma recliners so special is something called Zero Gravity.

A zero gravity recliner is a chair that allows you to rest with your feet raised higher than your heart. By extending your lower legs and feet above your heart, the load on your spine is reduced, allowing your vertebrae to decompress after a full day of walking, standing, and sitting upright.

 

The recliner model I purchased (which is identical to the photo above), has a cloth padded seat, however, Lafuma also makes recliners in a special material for outdoor use.

 

So if you’re a foot reflexologist searching for a comfortable recliner that’s durable and portable, or even if you’re someone who simply wants a quality recliner for home use, please head over to Lafuma.

 

They have many models and colors to choose from with prices ranging from $129.99-$269.99.

 

You’ll find the investment well worth it.

 

 Enjoy your recline!

Massage Stones

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I did a lot of research on various companies when I decided to add hot stone work to my reflexology sessions.

 

I finally made the choice to order my stones from Th.Stone and I’m so glad I did.

 

Th.Stone offers stones harvested only from areas of high energy vortex’s. These smooth (naturally formed) stones of (basalt) warm and sedimentary (cold) mineralogy, orbicular in nature, differentiating in mineral composition their smooth texture also facilitates the gliding process.

 

Not only did I find their stones high-quality, but I also liked the fact that they offer a wide variety and very affordable stone packages, which include: a heater, stones, instructional manual, and DVD/Video instructional video.

 

Some of the packages offered are:

*Massage Stones
*Pedicure Stones
*Facial Stones

 

They also supply specialty stones which can be individually purchased or in sets.

 

You will find accessories such as: massage oil, instructional books, and videos.

 

And if you’re a licensed or certified practitioner, Th.Stone also offers a national and international certification program for home-study courses, which can be applied to your continuing education units.

 

I found their customer service efficient, friendly, and extremely helpful in assisting me to make my selection.

 

I think their mission statement says it all…

“As the leading Stone Therapy Product supplier with a worldwide distributor network we are committed to building long lasting partnerships with our clients. Our company’s philosophy is to offer you unsurpassed quality in product and innovational education.”

 

So if you’ve been searching for the perfect massage stones, please take a look at Th.Stone.

 

You’ll be glad you did!

A Timeless Art of Self Healing

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For those of you who may be looking for a clearer understanding of reflexology, I highly recommend Ann Gillanders video Reflexology – “The Timeless Art of Self Healing.”

 

I first discovered this video while I was training to become a certified reflexologist. I was looking for additional information that would assist me to delve even deeper into this amazingly effective self healing modality.

 

Ann Gillandersis one of the foremost practitioners of Reflexology in the world today, and she is recognized as a pioneer of modern Reflexology. Her school in Essex, England is a direct result of her effectiveness as a healer and the tremendous popularity that has grown from it. She is one of Reflexology’s best teachers and an internationally recognized author. Amazingly, she achieved all this in spite of being severely handicapped.

 

Not only do I recommend this video to the novice, but also to the professional reflexologist. I myself refer to this video time and time again.

 

The step-by-step demonstrations are cleverly interwoven with fascinating “footnotes” and tips, providing you with ample time to fully learn and perform each technique. It’s fun and entertaining.

 

 Running Time: 75 minutes

 

The video also comes with a wallet-size reflexology chart which shows the various reflex points located on the feet.

 

So if you’ve always wondered about reflexology, please allow Reflexology -“The Timeless Art of Self Healing” to introduce you to it’s many benefits.

 

And if you would like to find out more about Ann Gillanders and her plethora of knowledge, please check out her friendly and helpful website All Reflexology.

 

Enjoy!

Seasonal Feet!

                               

Ahhh…warm footsies!

 

Feet are the great “barometers” of our body that reflect the totality of how we feel.

If you can think of the feet as an external thermometer, you will begin to see how they can greatly assist us in regulating our body’s temperature.

When our feet are hot…our whole body feels hot.

When our feet are cold…our whole body feels cold.

During this Winter season, it’s important to keep our feet warm and snuggly – so that we feel the same.

I would like to offer you some helpful suggestions for keeping your extremities in “toe.”

When Outdoors

*Be sure to wear cotton/wool socks when walking in snow. It’s very important to keep your feet warm in extreme temperatures. Boots or shoes that are water-proof are very helpful. The minute your feet become wet…your entire body will become chilled. If your feet do become wet, change your socks immediately upon returning indoors.

At Home

*Be sure to wear a pair of socks or slippers, if your home is not well heated. This will keep your body at a consistant even temperature. Cold bathroom tile floors are the worst culprits for shocking the body into an extreme temperature change.

 

                                 

A Warm Foot Bath

 

Nothing feels better than a warm relaxing foot bath during the cold Winter months.

*Mix 4 drops of Rosemary pure essential oil to a cup of Epsom salts. Fill a large basin with warm running water, as you add the mixture.

*Soak your feet for 20 minutes.

*Do this after spending the day outdoors…your entire body will LOVE you for it!

 

Caution Care

*Use only pure essential oils.

*Foot baths are not recommended for those individuals who have a diabetic condition.

 

So remember, keeping your feet comfortably warm, will reflect the same throughout your entire body.

Enjoy this Winter season…without a case of “Popsicle Toes.”

And stay well, folks!

 

Photos: Crittz & Mass Distraction

 

 

 

Reflexology and the Pituitary Gland

                              

The Body’s Orchestra Leader

 

The Pituitary Gland, also known as the “master gland” is considered the most important in the body – as it controls the functions of all the endocrine glands.

You can think of the pituitary gland as a powerful “conductor” of a large orchestra.

About the size and shape of a cherry, the pituitary gland is attached to the base of the brain.

Numerous hormones are produced by this gland – influencing growth, sexual development, metabolism, female menstrual cycle, mineral and sugar content of the blood, fluid retention, and energy levels. It maintains the efficiency of the various structures and prevents the excessive accumulation of fats.

 

Pituitary Gland Reflex Point Location

Traditionally, the pituitary reflex point on the feet is located on each big toe, where the “whorl” of the toe print converges into a central point. However, since each of us are unique, I find that the “exact” location requires a little searching. More often than not, this reflex point is found to be slightly off-center. Since the hormonal system is extremely sensitive and easily thrown off-balance, this reflex point is usually very tender.

Note: an effective way to find the exact location of the pituitary reflex point on your own feet; use the “eraser-end” of a pencil and firmly, yet gently, begin pressing into the center of your big toes. Gradually move the eraser slightly to the right and then the left of the point, as you continue pressing – you will eventually find the direct location. If sensitive, continue a constant contact with the point for approximately 1 minute – then release the pressure. Do this 3 times.

 

Because the pituitary gland hormonizes any imbalance within the body, this procedure will effectively relax and/or energize.

I quite often do this for myself right before bedtime – to help calm and relax my body. I also apply some pressure to this reflex point before getting out of bed in the morning – to help naturally “jump-start” my energy level.

Professionally, I will always begin and end my sessions with the pituitary gland reflex point (along with the solar plexus reflex point). It always seems to give the client what they need…when they need it.

So, begin to acquaint yourself with your body’s very own “orchestra leader”…the Pituitary Gland.

And create some healthy, balanced, and beautiful music together!

Be well, folks!

 

Portions of this post gratefully supplied by: “The Art of Reflexology” – Inge Dougans with Suzanne Ellis

Photo: Florenda 27

 

 

 

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