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Kick Arthritis to the Curb: Part Two

Posted on July 13, 2015 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (345)
At the end of last week we talked about the benefits of reflexology for arthritis. Did you feel like we left you hanging? Not to worry, we will always come back to where we left off!
When dealing with achy joints and painful movement, these are the areas of the feet to focus on! Refer to this foot map for the exact placement of the corresponding areas.

  • Liver and kidney – These organs are an essential part of the body’s detoxification systems. If you have been encouraged to make dietary changes to relieve your symptoms, then working these particular reflexes will help to speed things up. Drinking plenty of water helps in the detox process, so drink up!

  • Adrenal – As well as being a key area to work when you are struggling with the symptoms of stress, the adrenal glands are also involved in making and releasing cortisol (remember this post?). Working this reflex helps to adjust the levels of cortisol in your body to meet your requirements for pain relief.

  • Pituitary – The role of the pituitary gland in governing the production and release of hormones in other endocrine glands makes it an essential area to concentrate on when dealing with arthritis. Working here will help to make the adrenal, ovaries and pineal glands all work more effectively.

  • Pineal – If your sleep is poor or inadequate as a result of the pain you are experiencing, then working the pineal reflex will help to encourage better quality sleep.

  • Reflexes relating to the painful joints – Most of those coping with arthritis experience it only in specific joints. If this is true for you, make sure that you work the reflex areas that relate to those joints. The elbow, wrist, knee, hip and ankle all have specific reflex points that are easy to identify.

  • Ovaries and uterus reflexes in women – Many women report that their arthritic symptoms worsen during their time of the month. This is most likely to be as a result of the immune system’s response to changing levels of estrogen in the body. Working these reflexes throughout  the menstrual cycle is likely to provide some relief from your symptoms. 

  • Solar plexus – an essential reflex to work if you know or suspect that your symptoms worsen when you are experiencing stress.

  • Lymphatic and Thymus – These particular reflexes are worth concentrating on if your form of arthritis is related to an overactive immune response.  Working in these area will encourage the lymphatic organs and the general immune response to function normally.

Arthritis is one of those things that we recommend regular treatments for. it is much easier to keep under control when the reflexes are worked often! Be Well!

Kick Arthritis to the Curb: Part 1

Posted on July 10, 2015 at 8:39 AM Comments comments (306)
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The number one tell-tale sign of years starting to pile up is arthritis and joint pain. It is a constant reminder, especially in the mornings, of just how many times we have threaded a needle or ran a mile. Things that were once easy and painless are now activities we avoid at all costs because of the pain! But there is hope, symptoms can be manages and your quality of life can be improved tremendously through reflexology.

There is quite a bit of information on the subject of reflexology and arthritis, pain and stiffness, so erring on the side of caution (we never want you to get bored), we will discuss the benefits of reflexology this week, and the actual practices next week. We have to keep you coming back for more!

Reflexology can be useful for arthritis in these capacities:

  • Pain relief – The existing research into the effectiveness of  reflexology in treating arthritis has concentrated on its ability to reduce pain or the need for pain medications (always a plus in our book).  Regular treatments have been shown to reduce pain and, in some cases, help to alleviate the depression long term sufferers can experience.

  • Detoxification – Individuals coping with gout, pseudogout and certain other forms of arthritis are often encouraged to change their diets in order to improve their symptoms. That is because toxins cause inflammation in the body and inflammation, in turn, causes pain. Regular reflexology sessions can help to speed up the process of removing toxins from the body and will have a positive effect on your metabolic rate.

  • Improve sleep – Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons why people struggle with sleep. If you could get more and better sleep, your body has more time to repair, regenerate and reduce inflammation.

  • Improve circulation – Reflexology is an excellent way of improving the circulation of both blood and lymph. Improving the circulation will help to remove toxins that are contributing to arthritic symptoms. This is particularly important for those suffering from gout or pseudogout, where waste products of metabolism have been deposited around specific joints. Getting rid of these waste products will significantly reduce the symptoms of gout.

  • Reduce stress levels  - Living with the discomfort of arthritis is going to generate a certain amount of stress in your life. Long-term stress can leave you feeling exhausted, debilitated and prone to developing other symptoms of ill-health – as well as making your arthritic symptoms worse. Regular treatments can help to keep stress at manageable levels and to keep you in optimum health.

  • Improve the immune response – Some forms of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis in particular, are autoimmune conditions. They develop as a result of the body’s immune system starting to attack other body tissues. Reflexology concentrates on balancing all body systems; that includes encouraging the immune system to respond normally.

Want to know ways you can supplement at home in between sessions? Check back on Monday for all the details! Be well!

Meditation: Quietness of Mind and Spirit

Posted on June 17, 2015 at 10:18 AM Comments comments (374)
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When you think of meditating, what do you see? Someone sitting on the floor, crosslegged, hands posed on their knees saying "OMMM" with incense burning in the background, right? And thats just TOO weird. So you don't meditate, you don't quiet you mind and you miss out on all the benefits.

Getting the most out of a reflexology session is so important. Most of us don't have sessions every day, or even weekly, so we are wanting deep, lasting results. Mindfulness Meditation (MM) is a big part of this.

MM is simply the act of being aware of what you are doing, or rather, being in the present. Simple right? It sounds simple, and really it is, but with our fast-paced lives, it can get tricky. Our days tend to look more like this: In the shower you are thinking about breakfast and getting the kids to school, while at work you think about cleaning the house and your son's baseball practice, at baseball practice, you think about what is for dinner, and during dinner you think about all the things you need to get done before bed. It is rare that we stop and think about what it is we are actually doing, and it is a shame, because that mindset leads to the rushed feeling we all struggle with!

Reflexology sessions are already designed to be a calming and relaxing experience. By approaching the session as a way to relax even more, you are going to benefit longer and more deeply.

When most people start doing reflexology they may notice that their mind wanders, thinking about things that have happened during that day, or things they need to do. It is a natural tendency, but we must work to re-focus on the reflexology session we are experiencing. Quieting the mind and spirit during reflexology adds these meditation benefits to the long lists of reflexology benefits.

  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks
  • Decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
  • Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
  • Improves the immune system
  • Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy
  • Anxiety decreases
  • Emotional stability improves
  • Creativity increases
  • Happiness increases
  • Intuition develops
  • Gain clarity
  • Problems become smaller
  • Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation
  • A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger and frustration
  • An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress
  • The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection


Who wouldn't want this? We are so thankful for such a simple step towards complete and total health!

The 4 O'Clock Slump

Posted on June 1, 2015 at 2:28 PM Comments comments (345)
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It's Monday! Tired? Weekend too much? Or are you energized now but know around 4 o'clock you will be wishing your desk was a pillow?

What is it all about? Say it with me. BALANCE. Do I sound like a broken record yet? But really, if you think about it, your body is telling you something when you are exhausted. Why is it that one person can work full-time, have three kids, keep a clean house, cook dinner from scratch every night, all while writing a New York Times Bestseller?  A maid. Well, maybe they do have a maid, maybe they don't. It is clear however, that they have a lot more energy than someone who can barely make it through a day without needing a nap. Try these three reflexology points to rebalance your body for more energy!

The Adrenal Glands
Long-term stress can fatigue the adrenal glands. Stress causes the adrenals to release adrenaline and cortisol and if you’re always stressed, your adrenals are working overtime. (Remember our talk about adrenals and weight gain?)

The reflexology point for the adrenals is located right below the pad of your feet at the top center of your soles. To massage this point, use the knuckle of your index finger. Press into the point and then twist your wrist back and forth as if you’re turning a door knob. Massage for 15 to 30 seconds at a time, up to a total of 2 minutes two to three times a week.

The Thyroid 
Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones, slowing down your metabolism. Low thyroid function can cause people to feel tired, sluggish and depressed.

The reflexology point for the thyroid is the curve just below the ball of your foot. To massage this point, use the knuckle of your index finger. Start at the top of the ball of the foot just under the point between the big toe and the second toe. Press into this point and follow the curve of the ball of your foot with your knuckle until you reach the inside edge of the foot. Then repeat. Massage for between 15 to 20 strokes.

The Kidneys
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Kidneys are considered “the root of life.” Essentially everything that can feel like depression, tiredness, weakness, lack of energy can be attributed to the kidneys.

You’ve got a kidney reflexology point on each foot. It’s located on the sole of the foot. To find this point, imagine a horizontal line dividing your foot in half from the tip of your big toe to the base of your heel. It is located right below the adrenal pressure point.

To massage this point, press it with your thumb and rub up and down. If you feel extra-sensitive spots, press deeply and massage in small circles. Alternately, you can use your knuckles to rub in an up and down motion.

There is no "quick fix" for energy, unless you buy it in a bottle, and those are worse for you than having no energy at all! Keep practicing. Day by day your body will feel more and more energized. You will surprise yourself with how much you can accomplish when your body is balanced!

Earthing and Why We Love It!

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 1:19 PM Comments comments (679)
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The need to "earth" has only recently come onto the scene. Recently as in, the last few decades or generations. Let's just face it. Most of us have become "city folks." Even if we don't technically live in the big city, we are more likely to sit inside and watch a movie or surf pinterest than we are to go outside and play barefooted. It is what it is.

So what are we missing out on? A. LOT. Believe it or not, when you are connected with the ground, say through walking barefoot in grass or even gardening with bare hands, you are exchanging electrons with the earth. It acts as a detox for your body. This allows for better sleep. reduced stress and tension, less pain and better immune function. Not only that, but it could potentially eliminate the harmful effects of electromagnetic fields given off by all the electronic devices in our world (think cell phones people).

So how can you earth? So easy!

1. Walking outside barefoot
2. Sitting on the ground
3. Gardening without gloves (think hands in the dirt).
4. Even small things like mud masks!

According to earthing experts, electrons drawn into the body from the earth neutralize damaging free radicals and by extension reduce disease-related chronic or acute inflammation. 

So how does this relate to reflexology? Walking barefoot (the most common way to earth) stimulates the pressure points on the feet. If you've been with us for any time at all, you know that those pressure points directly correlate to the systems in your body. Stimulating the points means stimulating the whole body, Detoxing the whole body!

How cool is that?

Five Reasons We Use Essential Oils

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 9:08 AM Comments comments (278)
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Happy Monday! Mondays get a pretty bad reputation don't they? I personally like to look on the bright side of things and say that Mondays means only FOUR more days until the weekend! Whatever works right?

Let's get right down to the topic again today. Essential oils. I use essential oil blends on practically all my clients (unless they request otherwise). The benefits astound me everytime. They add the extra punch in a 1-2 punch when balancing and aligning your health. But why do we put oils on our feet? 

1. The bottoms of our feet are known to be one of the strongest places of the body.  Our feet support our weight for at least several hours a day. That is no easy feat (pun intended). 

2. The skin on the soles of the feet are far less sensitive than the skin throughout the rest of the body, allowing us to use oils that the body needs but can sometimes cause a mild skin irritation elsewhere for people with sensitive skin.

3. While the skin may be thicker on the bottoms of our feet, they house some of the largest pores on our body. This allows the essential oils to be absorbed very quickly, some within 20 seconds!

4. Sometimes a particular oil might smell a little more medicinal than pleasant. Each oil blend is unique. Whether it is sinuses or arthritis or hormones, the oil will smell different. Now, I love almost all oils and how they smell, but that doesn't mean you will. Applying the oils to the soles of the feet and then covering with socks lets us get the benefits from our oils, without having to smell the constant potency.

And last but not least, our favorite reason to use essential oils on the bottoms of the feet:

5. The bottoms of our feet are connected to the rest of our body. If you have been with us for any length of time, you have heard this before and we will keep saying it. So when we use essential oils on the bottoms of the feet, we are able to direct the benefit of the oils towards specific organs in the body. How cool is that? How healing is that? 

Monday morning blues got you down? Give us a call, and I'll oil you right up!

Cortisol, Stress and Muffins

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 2:02 PM Comments comments (388)
And by muffins we mean muffin tops. As in that extra tummy that spills over jeans that are too tight. Not something any of us want, but we deal. So why is it that belly fat is the last to go? We exercise and our legs look great and our arms tone up, but our tummies still stay the same. Stress. 

When we are stressed, our bodies produce three hormones, one of which is cortisol. This hormone is responsible for getting your body back to normal after it has experienced stress. The problem is when we experience chronic stress, which our high-paced lifestyles tend to throw at us, these cortisol levels go up, but never go back down.

When your cortisol levels are high, your body hoards the fats you eat. Not only that, it takes fat from healthier areas, like your hip and butt and move it to your tummy. And of course, your tummy has more cortisol receptors, Hello Muffin Top! This ab flab then leads to more cortisol production because it has higher concentrations of an enzyme that converts inactive cortisone to active cortisol. 

The more belly fat you have the more belly fat you will have.

That is a scary thought.

So what to do? De-stress your routine. I know what you’re thinking. You don’t have time to de-stress. But studies have shown that 10 minutes of meditation a day can reduce your cortisol levels by up to 60% when done consistently.


Not to mention adding reflexology into the mix. Through the process of relaxation through reflexology, the body is more capable of dealing with stress placed on it by daily living. Reflexology releases feel-good hormones that help to improve blood and lymph circulation, increase nerve supply to the cells and release toxins from the body’s tissues. Most importantly reflexology supports self-healing which is the only-long term cure for belly fat. Bodies need the ability to take on stress, and get rid of it just as easily.

The Slim Down

Posted on April 12, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (297)
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How many of you started out strong? I'm talking you didn't even look in the vague direction of the ice cream aisle for weeks, maybe even months. You were walking, and hitting the gym and looking pretty darn good in those jeans. Who says New Year's resolutions can't be kept? Ice cream. That's who. It's always calling. It's always there. Ice cream understands.

Have you ever wondered why ice cream always seems to win? Why weight loss is so hard? Why do you crave those sweets or potato chips when you have a refrigerator full of broccoli waiting to be eaten?

Lack. Of. Balance. The scales are not tipped in your favor. Pun intended. Reflexology for weight loss isn't a miracle drug, but paired with healthy diet choices and an active lifestyle, you could be well on your way to your goal weight.

Balance in the body is key to keeping your craving and appetite at bay. By stimulating the area that corresponds to the spleen, you can reduce hunger, the main culprit of weight gain. The spleen corresponds with the very outside edge of the left foot.

Continuing on toward the center of the foot, you will work the stomach and pancreas. Stimulating these points allows your body to absorb more nutrients from the food you eat, ensuring you are getting the maximum nutritional value possible from your well-balanced diet.

Next up are the points for your gallbladder (located where your spleen is located except it is on the right foot) and your endocrine system (thyroid at the base of the big toe, pituitary gland in the center of the bottom of your big toe and your adrenals located slightly under the balls of your feet). The gallbladder is responsible for storing bile and bile emulsifies fats in your food. Your endocrine glands deal with your stress levels and stress levels affect sleep and cortisol levels, both of which add to tummy fat and impulse eating. 

Reflexology alone will not melt the weight away, but as we said before, in addition to healthy lifestyle habits, it can propel you toward a healthy slim down.

Under Pressure

Posted on March 29, 2015 at 12:17 PM Comments comments (237)
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"PRESSURE. Pushing down on me, pushing down on you." Sinus pressure is not letting up! We are in the thick of it people and we have to do something before our heads burst. Last week we talked about the points on your feet, this week, we are focusing on the pressure points on the face that are so closely associated with all the sinuses pressure that leaves us feeling groggy and foggy.

These points seems some somewhat intuitive. They are the natural points you tend to touch when you start to feel uncomfortable. So spend time pressing, tapping and massaging your way to relief!

!. The Eyebrows
Place pressure with your thumbs upwards and slowly move outwards. It’s a great pressure point for relieving pressure behind the eyes.

2. In Between Your Eyes
You can press or tap the point located just above the bridge of your nose, in between your eyebrows, for around a minute. This helps the mucus to secrete properly, preventing the sinuses drying up and becoming inflamed and often infected.

3. Bridge of the Nose
To activate these points located at the very top of either side of your nose, press in and upwards. It plays a big part in relieving pressure behind the eyes due  to sinuses. 

4. Either Side of the Nostrils
Press down just outside of both nostrils. This will help the sinuses to drain more effectively and is fantastic for relieving pain in and behind the cheeks. Use two fingers and press against these points with your fingers at 90 degrees to the face.

Want all of these pressure points (and a few more) activated? Try a sinus massage from your reflexologist. You will breathe easier and feel a lot better too!


Pollen is Coming!

Posted on March 22, 2015 at 3:17 PM Comments comments (250)
So what does it mean when we say something to the effect of "Let's work on your sinuses," as we work on your feet. No we are not crazy. Its a little thing we like to call footmapping. 

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Believe it or not, your feet are the path to vital organs in your body! Focusing on manipulating these zones during a reflexology session you can improve your overall health by improving the function of your organs. 

Now that we have that quick lesson in footmapping out of the way, let's talk about sinuses, because according to the bees, pollen is out there. It started with pressure in my head, then a full blown headache, followed by my nose draining like the faucet in my house that I have come to think as part of the family. The nose drainage, not such a welcome guest.

Sinus issues come with the territory of Spring. A necessary evil during the best time of the year. So let's talk about ways to keep sinuses clear, moving and in check so your days outside aren't followed by a week inside feeling miserable.

This is something that is pretty simple. You can start working on your sinuses at home at the first sign of trouble. Stay hydrated, and work the tips of your fingers and toes by squeezing their tops in a rhythmic fashion for five seconds. It so is simple, you can do it in public without anyone noticing (your fingers, NOT your toes, please not your toes in public).

We pair this reflexology along with essential oils that help to clear the sinuses as a one-two-punch to get you feeling like yourself again!