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The Best DIY Reflexology Gadgets

Posted on July 7, 2019

DIY reflexology gadgets

As you may know, I love sharing tools for self care to interrupt stress in my blog and monthly newsletter.

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.

But first, I’ll cover what is reflexology, how does reflexology work, and what the potential benefits are.

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology uses a map of the body transposed on the hands and feet, and by applying pressure to specific points on the hands and feet various parts of the body are affected.

Reflexology is wonderful at relieving stress and helping you feel more grounded.

How does Reflexology work and what are the benefits?

We have 14,000 nerve endings on the hands and 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 reduce stress, promote circulation and help the body relax and balance itself.

The Best DIY Reflexology Gadgets

I use most of these reflexology gadgets first thing when I wake up, as a work break in the middle of the day, and right before bed. If you work from home, this can be a great way to unplug from too much screen time. (Because reflexology is working with the feet, it’s especially grounding, and too much screen time usually equals too much energy in the head.)

Each gadget takes only take a minute or two, yet actually goes a long way in helping your body balance itself. Several clients say their kids love them, too! Some tools you may already have around your home; others you can buy for $5-$25.

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–this is the reflex area to support digestion. If you feel crunchiness, tenderness, or tightness, pay extra attention to that area. Also remember that it doesn’t have to hurt to work; you can work the sensitive areas gently and it’s equally effective.

Million-Dollar Golf Ball Technique

I work with many clients with digestive issues, and 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, by a company called Foot Rubz, 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.


Pebble Reflexology Foot Mat

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 naturally thousands of years ago before we started wearing shoes. Any time you walk on uneven surfaces barefoot, you’re stimulating all those nerve endings. I haven’t been able to find this mat online lately, but if you search pebble reflexology foot mat, many options come up (which is prompting me to try some new ones, so stay tuned.)

Bonus: Walk barefoot on a rocky beach. You may need to work up to this one.

Last But Not Least: Dryer Balls

Maybe you’ve seen these, they come in a pair of two and are supposed to replace dryer sheets (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 position for about 10 seconds. You can also roll the foot around on the ball.

If your feet are more sensitive, do these techniques wearing socks and sitting down, and work up to doing them barefoot. And if you have any medical issues with your feet, or diabetes, be sure to check with your doctor or podiatrist.

Bonus: Here’s a short video where I demonstrate 5 additional reflexology tips with Dr. Oz. You can also explore the Reflexology Playlist I created on my YouTube Channel for more self care techniques.

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

Need additional support? I work virtually with clients throughout the world, offering Distance Reiki & Tao Hands and Virtual Hypnosis sessions.

Book a session to interrupt stress and experience deep relaxation and soul healing.

Want more? Here are 3 DIY reflexology tips for colds and flu. 

How to Stop Worrying

Posted on August 22, 2017

One of Master Usui’s Reiki precepts is “Just for today, do not worry.” Easier said than done, right?

But what is worry? If you think about it, worry doesn’t DO anything–if you fix what’s bothering you then you stop worrying when you start fixing it, and if you can’t fix it, then why worry?  Anxiety relief is nearby.

Often when you worry your worst case scenario is totally off and your instincts are wrong, and if your worst nightmare happens it usually doesn’t feel as bad as when you worried about it–let’s call it the “wild imagination factor.”

Worry doesn’t prepare you for anything–watching TV and reading the news, then feeling bombarded by fear–it’s a distraction. It doesn’t allow you to be in touch with your own freedom, power, and true self.

Well, Maybe Worry A Little

Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona, author of Coyote Medicine and a physician who combines Native American healing with traditional medicine, suggests keeping a Worry Diary. Make a list of worries for a few minutes each day and ask yourself if what you’re worried about will matter in 10 days, 10 years, or 100 years from now. And then be done with it for the day.

His Cherokee grandmother couldn’t write, so instead of making a list of worries, she set aside a certain time each day to think of everything that worried her, and when she couldn’t think of any more worries, she said a prayer, and worrying was done for the day.

Our minds can be free of worry and fear—just for today.

Your Next Session

Can you feel anxious when you’re getting a Reiki, Tao Hands, or hypnosis session?

You can try, but the session should help jump start your body’s own self-healing response–assisting the body in releasing deep-seated tensions, aiding in detoxification, improving organ functioning, and balancing mental and emotional states.

Alleviating anxiety is one of the top issues my clients face. In addition to the Reiki, Tao Hands, or hypnosis session itself, I love showing them self-hypnosis strategies they can do on their own to eliminate anxiety. Ready to book a session (no matter where you live in the world) to see for yourself? I’ve been offering virtual sessions since I started my healing arts practice in 2008.

Powerful Tools for the New Year

Posted on January 13, 2017

Powerful Tools for the New Year

Happy new year! How’s your year going so far?

I’m seeing more clients these past couple of weeks wanting to reset  and refocus—letting go of the past year and thinking about how they want to open up to the new year.

While of course I absolutely love seeing clients transform throughout the year, there’s something special about the energy at the beginning and ending of the year, and these are some of my favorite times to work with clients.

For Reflection & Planning

Some of you have told me you started using the 5-Minute Journal to change negative thinking.

I recently finished Susannah Conway’s free 5-day e-course: Find Your Word of the Year (my word is SPACE and I had fun creating a Pinterest board for my word to inspire me and help me embody this energy throughout the year.

And I’m in the process of filling out Susannah’s Unraveling the Year Ahead e-book and it’s free.

One of the questions in the e-book is:

What are you looking forward to in 2018?

Close your eyes and take a deep breath to settle into yourself and then spend a few minutes answering this question.

Here’s a glimpse of what I’m looking forward to:

Working and learning with clients and Reiki students; hanging out and laughing with my husband; exploring the Hudson Valley (hello Pam!); finding a new place to live; celebrating my parents’ 50th anniversary; traveling (maybe to the outer Hebrides—hello Nicola! or Iceland); going to Jacob’s Pillow and seeing dance with my in-laws; starting new creative projects—learning to paint, taking photos; reading The Artist’s Way; writing poems and sending them to journals; learning more from the immensely lovable Master Sha; deepening my meditation practice; getting together with friends more often; going to Block Island (hello Katie!) and trying janzu aqua therapy again; continuing to study and get sessions with Frans Stiene, Gary Strauss, and my beloved Pingo; reading novels; sitting on the deck; cooking more; seeing how my practice evolves; taking yoga and bar classes; AND having more fun

Making Progress

Any goals or projects included in what you’re looking forward to in 2018? Perhaps you think about making progress in your daily Reiki or meditation practice?

Here’s an inspiring quote:

After you have practiced for a while, you will realize that it is not possible to make rapid, extraordinary progress.

Even though you try very hard, the progress you make is always little by little. It is not like going out in a shower in which you know when you get wet. In a fog, you do not know you are getting wet. But as you keep walking, you get wet little by little.

If your mind has ideas of progress, you may say, “Oh, this pace is terrible!” But actually, it is not. When you get wet in a fog, it is very difficult to dry yourself. So there is no need to worry about progress. It is like studying a foreign language. You cannot do it all of a sudden, but by repeating it over and over, you will master it.
–Shunryu Suzuki

It’s such a good reminder for our daily Reiki or meditation practice, though it also applies to other goals or projects. Reiki teacher Frans Stiene shared this quote and it puts the idea of “progress” in perspective, doesn’t it?

Sometimes I see clients or students and they want to make dramatic, immediate changes all at once in their life (believe me, I can relate to this desire!). But often, this isn’t sustainable. Practice and repetition are essential to sustaining a shift over time.

Click to tweet: “Practice and repetition are essential to sustaining a shift over time.”

And this is where the importance of daily Reiki self care/meditation comes in. Three minutes of practice every day will be so much more powerful over the course of a year than an intensive hour once every six months.

How can you apply this to your life? What’s the next smallest step you can take to make a sustainable change in the new year?

Here’s to connecting with you in 2018—whether it’s through a class, a session, or online. Can’t wait to hear what you’re looking forward to in the year ahead and I’m honored to support you through the process.


Self-Care Inspiration: 7 Ideas

Posted on October 21, 2016
Since helping people take better care of themselves is at the core of what I do, I thought I’d share what’s currently inspiring me in the hope that these ideas inspire you.
Self-Care Inspiration: 7 Ideas
What’s Inspiring Me Right Now:

  1. Being in nature: I spent the weekend visiting a friend on Block Island. It’s such a magical place and it felt like the last hurrah of summer. It was still warm enough to swim, with a hint of fall crispness at night. (Growing up in sunny Florida, I’m a wimp when it comes to cold water.) Walking on the beach and sitting on the sand watching the waves roll in is one of my all-time favorite things to do.
  2. Getting a session: I tried a janzu aqua therapy session in the big Salt Pond on Block Island. It felt deeply healing and definitely pushed me outside my comfort zone.
  3. Exercise: I took my first Barre class. (It connects me back to my ballet roots, and it’s a good, intense workout. Yes, I’m sore!)
  4. Learning something new: I’ve been studying Tarot for the past few months as a way to connect to my intuition. I love the morning ritual of drawing a couple cards for inspiration for the day ahead. I just bought this gorgeous new deck.
  5. Reading: I just bought Gaby Bernstein’s newest book, The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith. I’ve talked about her books before (link here), and love her practical, simple, heart-centered tips and techniques to release blocks and help you find happiness and a clear sense of purpose.
6. Meditation: I’ve been using the free app The Insight Timer during my morning meditation. It has a lot of features I haven’t checked out yet (guided meditations, different saved settings, etc.) but in addition to the beautiful chime at the conclusion of my practice, it shows you how many people were meditating around the world at the same time. 3,500 other people meditating along with me? Inspiring!

7. Reiki: Giving myself daily Reiki each morning is the key component and foundation of my self care routine Learning Reiki is such an easy way to take better care of yourself, help you start meditating more regularly, and better deal with stress.

Do something inspiring this weekend! Sending you much love…


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