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|Posted on June 20, 2016 at 3:12 PM||comments (1806)|
How many times do you check in with yourself a day? Once? Twice? Do you even know what it means to check in with yourself?
How is your stress level? Have you taken time to be still and assess your emotions, your body? Any aches? Any pains? Are you tense? Why is it important?
Lets talk about the mind-body connection. We have all heard stories of people who become sick, and decide they will not be sick, and guess what? They get better. We chalk it up to good luck, but what if your mind could tell your body to get well? It can. Our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes can positively or negatively affect our biological functioning. In other words, our minds can affect how healthy our bodies are!
Our body gives us cues. And our brain knows what to do when those red flags pop up. Call it good engineering. Our lives have become so hectic, that when our body is screaming and our mind is trying to pick up on the cues, we overwrite the program with stress, and homework, and work, and tv, you name it. The lines of communication get lost and what we have is a failure to communicate. We wind up sick and tired.
How do we fix this?
Taking time to check in. Really check in. This is why yoga, meditation and reflexology are so important. Do not be a passive participant, but engage. Check in. How do you feel about today? How does your body feel? How do you feel about how your body feels? How do you wish it felt? See where I am going with this? Connect with your mind. Connect with your body. Connect.
|Posted on March 15, 2016 at 9:54 AM||comments (53)|
|Posted on February 23, 2016 at 1:19 PM||comments (240)|
I hear it all the time. I think my ears are just tuned to pick up on people talking about essential oils, but I pick up on quite a few conversations of people talking about the wondrous liquids. What stops me dead in my tracks is when they talk about putting the oils in their water as flavoring.
Believe me, I know how good lemon water tastes and how boring plain tap water is, but I don't believe the drinkers of these homemade concoctions realize what they are really drinking. This? From a true EO lover you ask? Yes!
Did you know:
Essential Oils contain very concentrated properties of the herb or plant they are derived from. A very small amount of an essential oil has the qualities of many cups of herbal tea from the same plant. For instance, one drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 26-28 cups of peppermint tea. If you wouldn’t ingest dozens of cups of an herbal tea, you should probably think twice before consuming the equivalent amount of essential oils.
If you aren't going to put the juice of 50 lemons in your one class of water, do not put the oil in. It affects your body the same way those 50 lemons would, and that can be havoc on your liver and kidneys!
If you are looking for flavored water, trying infusing fresh fruits and herbs!
|Posted on January 19, 2016 at 11:12 AM||comments (96)|
We talk a lot about the pros of essential oils over here. Their benefits are too many to count and if I had to choose one thing to be stuck on a desert island with, it would be my oils. Part of the power of the oils is the knowledge of when and how to use them. Too often I see oils for sale in the Vitamin Shoppe, surrounded by young women who want to see what all the hype is about. They are all the rage right now. And while, yes, they are AMAZING. They can also do terrible harm if not used properly. Over the next few weeks we will touching on oils you should avoid during different times in your life. It is important to be educated, because while I make sure to use the correct essential oil blends for my clients, not everyone does. You know what they say, knowledge is power, and all that jazz.
This week is it all about pregnancy.
As you already know, essential oils can affect hormones, gut bacteria and other aspects of health. Danger Will Robinson. Extreme caution should be used during pregnancy for the safety of you and your sweet baby. Studies have shown that essential oils can cross the placenta and get to the baby. The effects of essential oils are then magnified. So 10 drops of the oil to you, can become harmful to baby. Don't get me wrong, essential oils are, well essential for overall health, but do your research. Here are a list of oils that are absolutely NOT safe during pregnancy:
Aniseed, Angelica, Basil, Black pepper, Camphor, Cinnamon, Chamomile, Clary Sage, clove, fennel, fir, ginger, horseradish (should not be used by anyone), Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Mustard, Mugwart (should not be used by anyone), Myrrh, Nutmeg, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Wintergreen.
Peppermint essential oil may decrease milk supply while nursing, and as such, I avoid it topically while nursing.
Knowledge is power people, so bring on the knowledge!
|Posted on November 15, 2015 at 8:21 PM||comments (113)|
As we gear up for the winter season, we think about all the warm fuzzies of the season. Family dinners, Christmas tree decorating, sugar cookie eating, gift giving and family traditions, no matter how obscure. Very rarely do we think about how the winter weather can affect how much we enjoy the festivities of the season.
Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a mood disorder that shows up when people who have typically healthy mental patterns most of the year, but experience depressive symptoms in one of the seasons, particularly during the cold winter months.
The reasons for the winter doldrums have much speculation surrounding them. Is it the weather? Lack of sunlight? Lack of exercise outdoors because of the weather? While we may not be able to pinpoint why we feel down in the dumps, we do know of a few simple changes we can make to our daily/weekly routine that can help perk you right up.
Keep in mind that feeling down in the winter months is common, while the more severe SAD is less common. Changes in lifestyle can lead to positive changes in mood across the board. If you are experiencing extreme depressive moods, please seek medical counsel.
|Posted on September 21, 2015 at 9:35 AM||comments (60)|
So what is plantar fasciitis? It is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. It commonly causes "morning foot" which is a stabbing pain that occurs with the first few steps you take in the morning. Sound familiar? There is an actual diagnosis and even better, a way that we can treat the symptoms through reflexology!
Risk factors for plantar fasciitis are obesity, arthritis, flat feet, high arches, running or walking long distances, being a dancer and wearing high heels on a regular basis. Essentially anyone can have this problem. If you are in good shape because you are a runner or walker, you are at risk. If you are in bad shape because you aren't a runner or a walker, you are at risk.
While reflexology is subtly aligning your body, it is also triggering hormones that reduce pain and stress throughout the body. It also stretches the areas the cause plantar fasciitis, relaxing the ligaments and muscles of the foot and calf. This increases circulation and flexibility which reduces pain and inflammation. It is a cycle and reflexology can help break it!
Join us again to learn exercises you can do at home to help prevent plantar fasciitis!
|Posted on September 12, 2015 at 4:27 PM||comments (28)|
Fall is in the air. You can almost tell the exact moment when it hits can't you? You walk into the grocery store to grab a gallon of milk while it is still Summer and walk out into Fall. If the crisp air, pumpkin spice lattes and colorful leaves haven't given you the tip, chances are your sinuses have. What a time to have to slow down. It feels so good, you actually want to be outside. School is in swing, tailgating for football is a must and that fall festival is getting closer and closer. The good news is that you can take your sinus issues into your own hands, literally!
We've mentioned it here before, but the hands, like the feet, are a map to every organ in your body and by gently massaging individual pressure points, you can provide the balance you need to thrive.
So what about those sinuses? As you can see, the sinuses (in bright green on the diagram) are located at the tips of the fingers (and toes). When we are feeling the pressure, we like to gently massage the tips of each finger alternately as well as giving our lungs a little extra power by running our thumbs along the base of the fingers. It is so easy, you can do it while cooking, cleaning, watching tv, going for a walk outside, enjoying a tailgate, you name it!
|Posted on August 17, 2015 at 10:38 AM||comments (39)|
|Posted on July 31, 2015 at 11:57 AM||comments (23)|
Let's talk about babies and how they get into this world. No, this isn't th ebirds and the bees talk. Watch enough television and you can have that figured out. Today we are talking about reflexology and the effects it can have on pregnancy as well as labor and delivery.
the changes a woman's body endure while pregnant, can often be overwhelming. Luckily, maternity reflexology has been effective in treating morning sickness, lack of energy, pain and discomfort, digestive disorders, heartburn, indigestion, fatigue, swollen extremities, backache, cramps and incontinence.
Studies have shown that continual treatment during pregnancy reduced heartburn, hypertension and swelling by a sweet 50 percent. The study also used reflexology as an alternative for labor inducing drugs with much success.
In another study, first-time mothers between the ages of 20 and 25 who received reflexology regularly during their pregnancy had an average labor time of just five to six hours (with some lasting two to three hours). Many of these women did not require anesthetics during or after delivery.
Be warned that maternity reflexology is an art and should only be performed by professionals who have their certification in maternity reflexology. Without proper training, one could induce labor far too early on accident.
Lucky for you, I have my certification and have seen first-hand the benefits of reflexology during pregnancy!
Join us on Monday as we talk about reflexology and infertility!