I hope everyone had a nice 4th of July. I spent some quality time with my family and we even made time for reflexology. I showed my parents some self-help techniques they can use when I’m not in town to give them a session. My 94-year-old grandfather even got involved, trying reflexology for the first time. It’s such an wonderful thing to share, and I really enjoyed connecting with them in this way.
For self-help reflexology techniques you can do on your own, here are some techniques from one of my past articles.
I’m also happy to be included in an article in Organic Spa Magazine, “Restore Your Soles ,” on how to take care of your feet during the summer. It also gives a good description of how reflexology works.
This is one way to interrupt stress: no matter what is going on, how busy you are, or what the news of the day reports, take a moment and pay attention to what you love. Really take it in and allow yourself to be nourished by it.
“Interrupt stress and do it frequently.”
This is something internationally-recognized reflexologist, author and researcher Kevin Kunz talks about a lot. Kunz says the feet and hands help set the tension level for the rest of the body, and because of this, reflexology is an easy way to interrupt the stress signal and reset homeostasis, the body’s equilibrium.
The benefits of reflexology (and Reiki!) have to do with the reduction of stress–both general stress and very specific stress. For example, when you come for a reflexology session usually you walk away (pun intended!) feeling refreshed and relaxed overall. If you come with a specific issue: neck/shoulder/back pain or digestive problems, for example, I use specific protocols to support and relieve stress in these areas.
Try This: The Golfball Technique
This is a great technique to use between sessions, especially if you have digestive issues, sinus headaches, allergies, diabetes, or asthma. And it only takes a minute. Do it once or twice a day.
All you need is a golf ball: watch this super-short video to see it for yourself.
Hold a golf ball in your hand. Clasp your hands together interlinking fingers. Roll the golf ball over the palms of your hands. Focus on the palm of the hand below the thumb for headaches, sinus headaches and problems, allergies and hay fever. Focus on the heel of the hand for digestive upset.
Your Next Session
If you need a way to interrupt your stress, book a session or package series, to help keep you in balance.
And feel free to ask me at your next session about other self-help techniques that will help you interrupt stress.
Let me know if you find the Golfball Technique helpful; I always love hearing your feedback.
What’s the difference?
I hear this question every now and then. I also see many clients who are very clear on the difference, and say they’ve received what was called reflexology but was in fact more of a foot rub. They’re coming to me in hopes they’ll get a true reflexology session. So what’s the difference?
Massage focuses on the soft tissue of the body–muscles, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue.
When I use reflexology, my focus in primarily aimed at the organ systems of the body. I’m paying much less attention to the muscles and attachments of the foot, and am much more focused on the spine, adrenals, intestines, thyroid, and kidneys, just to name a few.
This is one of my favorite things about reflexology. With a massage you just can’t access some of the organs of the body, or if there’s an issue with a particular organ, it may be painful to work near that area. With reflexology, it’s an all-encompassing treatment. All organs, glands, and the skeletal system can be stimulated through the feet and hands. In this way, it’s very efficient. MORE…
Last week, two studies from Sweden found that one hour a week of hypnotherapy for 12 weeks eased symptoms of irritable-bowel syndrome in 40% of patients (compared with 12% in a control group) and that the positive effects can last as long as seven years.
In the article, David Spiegel, a psychiatrist and director of the Center for Health and Stress at Stanford University who has studied hypnosis for 40 years says, “We can teach people how to manage pain and anxiety.”
And that’s what I love about hypnosis. In a hypnosis session, I teach clients self-hypnosis tools they can use to reduce pain, anxiety, and stress (among other things like weight loss and smoking cessation).
Read the full article, Medical Hypnosis: You Are Getting Very Healthy, in The Wall Street Journal.