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Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Therapeutic Reflexology

Therapeutic Reflexology – A Step-by-Step Guide to Professional Competence is a really good book. In addition to 343 pages of content and 94 pages of useful Appendices, it comes with a DVD demonstrating reflexology techniques and self-care stretches, and offers an online companion study guide. There is even separate online access for instructors – a . . . → Read More: Therapeutic Reflexology

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Why You Should Attend These Classes

I love to share my knowledge and experience regarding the safe and legal use of essential oils in my practice and my success in helping people with chronic headaches. There are some good reasons to add this information to your tool kit, and there are some great opportunities to learn in the next few weeks. I wrote this post to clarify what these classes are about and why you should attend. . . . → Read More: Why You Should Attend These Classes

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Make The Senses Work For You

The five senses often hold the key to quick stress relief. Turns out that engaging all of the senses, rather than just one, can multiply the benefits. This is so easy to do in a bodywork practice. Visual How does your space look? How it looks affects how people feel. Remove clutter. Clutter engages the brain; you want to encourage your clients to disengage from thought, if only for one hour. Choose soothing colors, textures and images. Bright colors, mind-engaging art draws the attention first outward and then towards thought. Lighting. Provide adequate lighting for pre-session discussions and for your client to disrobe and get dressed following the session. Dim the lights during the hands-on portion of your time together. This subtly distinguishes a separation between the outer and inner worlds. Some clients love to block out all visual contact when receiving; have an eye pillow on hand. How are you dressed? Neutral, calming, conservative clothes, or bright, stimulating, eye-catching attire? . . . → Read More: Make The Senses Work For You

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Peripheral Neuropathy and Reflexology

Nicole Banner, 2014 Academy grad, decided to investigate whether regular foot reflexology sessions would help someone suffering from peripheral neuropathy due to chemotherapy treatment for a rare disease he was diagnosed with. The 5-week study charts the effects of hour-long reflexology sessions on his physical discomfort, sleep patterns and medication use. It’s worth a read, especially if you know anyone suffering from this progressive condition. . . . → Read More: Peripheral Neuropathy and Reflexology

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Nighttime Coughing

Many of us grew up with moms who rubbed Vick’s VapoRub on our chests at night if we were suffering from a cold. I clearly recall those strong vapors rising into my nostrils. Do you? I always like to tackle problems from more than one angle though. As an adult . . . → Read More: Nighttime Coughing

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