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Why Discomfort After A Session Is A Good Sign

Posted on February 3, 2014

(& why 3 is the magic number)

Deborah Flanagan Reiki Session

People often feel great after a session. And the immediate effects can last for several days, especially if you consciously support the process.

But discomfort later that day, or over the next few days, can actually be a good thing. I know, I know, we want that instant gratification of feeling good, but sometimes our bodies respond differently.

Discomfort can mean the session is starting to move things in the body, helping it rebalance itself. Occasionally, people will notice an increase in symptoms the next day or so, followed by feeling much better.

What You Might Notice.

You might notice heightened emotions, unusual dreams, change in sleep, or physical symptoms like a headache.

Now I don’t want to give you leading ideas about how you should feel. Everyone processes the changes following a session in different ways, and it varies from session to session, person to person.

Why 3 is the Magic Number

When you’re experiencing a lot after a session (either positive or negative), getting 3 sessions somewhat close together (every week or every other week) can be especially beneficial.

This helps you have a time frame to measure preliminary results from the sessions. And if you’re noticing changes, additional sessions will help continue the process, especially if you’re dealing with a specific issue, or chronic or acute condition.

And as always, I want to hear from you following a session, so I can provide support and feedback if you need it.

Is It Better To Give Or Receive?

Posted on August 18, 2013



The saying says it’s better to give, but I disagree.

Giving and receiving are two sides of the same coin, and one is probably harder for you to do than the other.


Giving is a transfer of energy and takes you outside of yourself. According to Dr. Judith Orloff, giving causes stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol to decrease and endorphins to increase–for both the giver and the receiver. It doesn’t have to be a big present–watch for little chances to connect and be of service, e.g. calling a friend you haven’t talked to in a while, putting a few extra dollars in the tip jar at the coffee shop, etc.


How hard is it to accept a compliment, especially without giving one back (which dilutes and deflects it)? It’s often more common to be unable to truly receive.

There are a number of reasons why receiving is difficult. One factor is cultural conditioning; giving is generally viewed as praiseworthy. Receiving seems selfish, which has a lot of negative connotations for most of us.

How Reiki, Hypnosis, & Reflexology Can Help

Sometimes clients ask me what they should do during a session–if they should think of an affirmation or focus on their breathing, etc. But a Reiki, Hypnosis, or Reflexology session is truly the perfect time to do nothing and just receive. The session is much more effective the more you let go and and are open to receiving whatever you need in the moment.

And the self-help Hypnosis and Reflexology techniques I show you in your session, as well as learning to give yourself Reiki by taking a Reiki I class, are wonderful ways to give to yourself.

Receiving and giving are opposite energies that are inextricably linked, like inhaling and exhaling. Notice if you’re better at one than the other this week, and try to strike a balance.

Chill Out Workout For Your Feet

Posted on May 30, 2013

Recently, I taped a reflexology segment for Jeff Halevy’s show, Workout From Within, on Veria Living TV (a health/wellness network). It aired last week, but you can see the 5-minute segment here.

It was fun to do, especially because my all-time favorite sister came with me as moral support (visiting all the way from Hawaii no less).

The Veria Living segment gives you a chill out workout for your feet and offers tips you can do at home to help with mental stress (who doesn’t have that?!), digestion, and back pain.

Remember, any time you can take time out of your day to interrupt stress your body will thank you. Ready to interrupt stress?

I’m not sure if it’s possible, but I think my sister might be an even bigger fan of reflexology than me. This is the photo she sent me: multi-tasking with her various reflexology gadgets.

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For more reflexology gadgets, see my previous post. Let me know how it goes!


The Best DIY Reflexology Gadgets

Posted on May 15, 2013

If you’ve been a client or student for a while, then you know I like to give you tips you can do on your own to interrupt stress.

With flip flop season right around the corner here in NYC, summer is a good time to give your feet a little extra attention. Believe me, I’ve tried all sorts of reflexology gadgets, and these are my top picks for giving yourself a mini-reflexology session in under 5 minutes.

We have 14,000 nerve endings on the bottoms of our feet, and those nerves connect to the spinal nerves, which connect with the various organs and parts of the body. Reflexology is such an efficient way to promote circulation and help the body relax and balance itself.

I use most of these first thing when I wake up, and right before bed. They each only take a minute or two, yet actually go a long way in helping your body balance itself. (Several clients say their kids love them, too!) Some you may already have around your home, others you can buy on trusty Amazon for between $5-20.

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Foot Roller

Standing up, (or sitting if the pressure is too much) roll the bottom of the foot on the foot roller. Focus on the bottom arch of the foot to support digestion.

Million Dollar Golf Ball Technique

I’ve talked about this one before, but it bears repeating–it’s a good one! I see a lot of clients with digestive issues, so this is one of my favorite self-help tips: the Million-Dollar Golf Ball Technique created by leading reflexologists Barbara and Kevin Kunz. This technique helps regulate and support your digestion. 

  • Interlock fingers.
  • Roll the ball around the lower area of the palms, or heels of the hands. (You can use a golf ball, or I like the nubby green ball in the photo above to get even deeper results.)
  • This corresponds to the digestive reflexes for the small and large intestines.
  • You might notice the area feels a little crunchy or bumpy if you have digestive issues.

Flintstones Pebble Foot Mat

Ok, I made this name up, but it does remind me of the Flintstones. I keep this mat in front of my kitchen sink. (My husband actually loves it!) It basically simulates the way our ancestors used to get reflexology thousands of years ago before we started wearing shoes. Any time you walk on uneven surfaces barefoot, you’re stimulating all those nerve endings.

Last But Not Least, My Latest Favorite: Dryer Balls

Maybe you’ve seen these, they come in a pair of two and are supposed to replace dryer sheets and fabric softener (see the blue spiky ball in the photo above). I like to stand up for this one. Press each part of the bottom of the foot into the ball: starting with the heel, then the arch, then the ball of the foot, ending at the toes–holding each of for about 10 seconds.

If your feet are more sensitive, do these techniques wearing socks and work up to doing it barefoot.

Again, using any one of these is a great way to interrupt stress, help your body relax, and bring yourself into balance.

I’d love to hear your feedback, or other favorite reflexology gadgets. Let me know how it goes.

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