December 8, 2016
1. Relieve pain! Rather than taking pain medication which often has many side effects, a Reflexology session not only has no side effects, but also feels really great. Consider going a more natural route and feel your pain melt away with a Reflexology session.
2. Reduce Stress! Bodywork soothes nerves and tired muscles. It calms the body and helps relax the mind. Less stress means a longer quality life. Less stress means more energy. More energy frees you up to (more…)
November 30, 2016
Reflexologists believe that specific areas on the feet and ankles correspond to all the glands, organs and parts of the body. Correlation has been observed between numerous medical conditions and various sensations in the feet, so it is possible to map the organs of the body to specific points on the feet. (For example, the big toes represent the head, or the ball of the foot represents the chest area). Therefore, by massaging the feet, all parts of the body can be “treated”. Similarly, the same mirroring happens in the hands. So, if it is not possible to treat the feet, then the hands do equally well. (more…)
November 30, 2016
Just in case you are having a rough day (week, year, and life), here is a stress management technique recommended in all the latest psychological journals. The funny thing is that it really does work.
1. Picture yourself lying on your tummy on a warm rock that hangs out over a crystal clear stream.
2. Picture yourself with both your hands dangling in the cool running water.
3. Birds are sweetly singing in the cool mountain air.
4. No one knows your secret place.
5. You are in total seclusion from that hectic place called the world.
6. The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a cascade of serenity.
7. The water is so crystal clear that you can easily make out the face of the person you are holding underwater.
There!! See? It really does work.
You’re smiling already.
November 8, 2016
It is a fact the commercial hand sanitizers are chemically-scented and made with toxic ingredients. While they do kill bacteria and viruses, these chemicals also seep into the pores of the skin and are absorbed into the bloodstream.
The primary active ingredients in these sanitizers are Ethyl alcohol and Isopropyl alcohol. Ethyl alcohol is also know as ethanol, pure alcohol, grain alcohol and drinking alcohol. This is what kills the germs. Ethyl alcohol is used in some cosmetics to enhance the absorption of other ingredients, which means that anything mixed with it will move through the skin and into the bloodstream more easily.
If you are not a fan of commercial hand sanitizers, here are two recipes that are very easy to make at home. The first one is more like the gel type of hand sanitizer and the other one is a spray. They both work great, it just depends on your preference.Both of these hand sanitizer recipes are nice to have on hand because they act as both a hand sanitizer and a natural antiseptic.
Each ingredient has many purposes in these recipes besides cleaning your hands. The tea tree and lavender essential oils help to fight germs with their anti-bacterial properties. The Witch Hazel is a natural germ killer among other things and the Aloe Vera Gel is so healing to the skin that it has been used by many cultures around the world for thousands of years. Vitamin E oil helps heal the skin while serving as a product preservative.
Gel hand sanitizer recipe
You will need a squeezable bottle for this recipe
- 1 Tablespoon witch hazel
- 8 ounces 100% pure aloe vera gel
- 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- Mix together the essential oils and the vitamin E in the squeezable bottle.
- Add the witch hazel and mix.
- Add the aloe vera gel and mix.
- Shake well before use.
Spray hand sanitizer recipe
For this recipe you will need a 4 oz. glass spray bottle. This is a great spray to have handy as it is a natural antiseptic spray too.
- 1 tablespoon witch hazel
- 2 teaspoons 100% pure aloe vera gel ( you can also use vegetable glycerin)
- 8 drops vitamin E oil
- 5 drops of essential oils (lavender, tea tree, lemon, orange, etc.)
- Clean water
- Combine the witch hazel, aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil and essential oils.
- Pour into a small spray bottle.
- Add enough clean water to fill the bottle.
- Shake well and apply as necessary.
October 14, 2016
Phantom limb pain is a condition where pain is appearing to come from an area where an amputated limb used to be. This pain is often excruciating and has been described in various ways such as “burning, aching, or ‘as if the limb was being crushed in a vice”.
In 2008, an exploratory pilot study was published in the Journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.
It was a 30 week study with 7 men and 3 women all having lower limb amputations and a history of phantom limb pain. There were five phases to the study, which also involved teaching the techniques to the participants of the study.
The result: “Each reflexology treatment made a highly significant difference and was effective in eradicating or reducing the intensity and duration of phantom limb pain.” (more…)