A Reminder of Our Referral Program

The new year is a time for reflection, resolutions and turning over a new leaf. At Discover Reflexology, we want to encourage restorative behavior in all its forms, which is why we’re reminding you about our referral program:

They just need to mention your name to get their first visit discount.

Your Referred Friends:
$10 off first session

$75
$65

You:
$10 credit for each referred friend
You can use your credit as you earn it or save up and combine them

1 referred friend $10 credit
2 referred friends $10 credit
3 referred friends $10 credit
4 referred friends $10 credit
5 referred friends $10 credit
6 referred friends $10 credit
FREE SESSION

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Adrenal Fatigue

Your adrenal glands are small glands of the endocrine system that sit above the kidneys and are about the size of a walnut. They regulate blood pressure and functions involved with stress reduction.

Adrenal fatigue involves signs and symptoms, resulting in a syndrome, that results when the adrenal glands function is below the necessary level. Commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress, it can also arise during or after acute or chronic infections.

This syndrome has been known by other names throughout the past century, such as Addison’s Disease and Cushing’s syndrome. Adrenal fatigue affects millions of people around the world, yet conventional medicine does not recognize it as a distinct syndrome.

What causes this? Fatigue is produced when your adrenal glands cannot adequately meet the demands of stress. The adrenal glands have to respond to the stress and maintain homeostasis. If their response is deficient, you are most likely to experience some degree of adrenal fatigue.

Signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue

Tiredness during the day.
Salty and sweet cravings.
Needing stimulants such as high doses of caffeine in coffee or colas.
Low blood pressure.
Loss of body hair.
Not recuperating from illnesses easily.
General body aches.
Feeling with more energy late in the afternoons than early in the day.
Difficulty getting out of bed for more than a few hours per day. Even with a good night´s sleep.
Abrupt weight loss

Diagnosis
To make an accurate diagnosis, doctors and naturopaths need to look at a range of tests. Some of these include cortisol testing, which is a test that is usually done 4 times over the course of a day, ACTH Challenge (adrenal corticotrophic hormone), which is testing baseline cortisol, then injecting ACTH and remeasuring the cortisol. Other tests include the thryoid function as the endocrine system is a delicate system in which one part of the system is not independent from another.

Dietary changes are also a very important part of healing the endocrine system. Timing your meals helps regulate cortisol and hormone balancing.

As your reflexology therapist, there is potential to help bring the endocrine system back into balance by working the endocrine system reflex points. I would encourage dietary and lifestyle changes as well to help reduce stressors and giving the adrenal glands a chance to rest and repair.

“You work on FEET?…and enjoy it??”

There is common response I get when asked what I do for “work”. Most often what asked this question I am faced with the response where the person has never heard of reflexology and asks for more information and a more detailed explanation of what it is and how my services are beneficial. Great! Followed by two possible paths. First, peaked interest, further discussion on how wonderful the practice is but also how much I enjoy helping others. This path usually leads to a potential appointment or a referral of someone else they know that could benefit. The second response I find amusing…”You work on feet…and enjoy it?” (insert cringed look here) I actually like this reaction as it allows me to still discuss the benefits and how I enjoy helping others etc. etc. But also to reassure them from sanitary point of view that the feet are cleaned prior to treatment and that when comparing hands to feet, hands are just as, if not more likely to carry a larger amount of germs. That here in Winnipeg people where socks and shoes/boots for a large portion of the year and are most likely cleaner than hands, since hands come into contact with so many things throughout the day. Take a step back and ponder for a moment all the things you touch vs how many times you wash your hands.

My “job” is rewarding. My goal for every person that comes through my door is regular monthly maintenance. Watching the varying degrees of progress and increased quality of life. The journey to get them there is inspirational and educational. If I run into a condition I don?t know much about I will read up on it, find the best course of action. What systems are affected? What oils can I use? What other changes can be made from the client, diet and exercise (increase, decrease, change), and/or another complementary therapy perhaps?

The rewards are great, for me, for them, and for you. When someone sees results they refer others to me to also reap the benefits of reflexology. This is a great gift and compliment to me as a professional. When working with children, the rewards are also great in that they have a more elevated sense of delight. They look forward to sitting in my chair. They love to chat about how their progress is going and everything else that is going on. Making it easy to know their activity levels and sense of quality of life. Recently I was given a rainbow loom snake from one of my “kids”. It made my day, and reassured my desire to work with more kids.

There is not greater gift than one of giving. Knowing I can better a persons quality of life, offer relaxation, and improve various conditions that one suffers.

So yes, I work on feet, and I enjoy it.

A gift from O.
A gift from one of my “kids”

Lavender, An Oil Not To Be Ignored

Lavender ~ derived from the Latin word lavare meaning “to wash”.

Lavender is a perennial herb indigenous to the Mediterranean and is part of the mint family. It has been used for centuries to provide support in curing headaches/migraines, insomnia, anxiety, burns, insect bites, acne and allergies. Lavender is widely known for its bluish-purple color but can be found in other colors including blue, purple, white, pink, and yellow.

Lavender has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties making it useful in both complementary therapies as well as western medicine. Lavender was used in hospitals during World War I with the oil on bandages as well as soldiers being given pouches of lavender seed to put into wounds on the battlefield to prevent infection and promote healing. As much as the essential oil from lavender showed effectiveness on wounds, it is said that lavender honey (honey made from bees that feed on the lavender plant) has the best effect on uninfected wounds. Caregivers also use lavender in patient rooms as it has calming properties to help alleviate anxiety and stress. Many commercial products are now on local shelves that include lavender scents, such as pillows, stuffed animals, air diffusers, and even socks.

You will find lavender used for landscaping (although considered a weed in parts of Spain), as a culinary herb, and as an essential oil.

In 2012, a study was submitted and published in 2013 regarding lavender and the nervous system. The following are just 2 pieces of information from this study[1]

    There is growing evidence suggesting that lavender oil may be an effective medicament in treatment of several neurological disorders.

    It has been shown that foot massage using lavender essential oil in 100 ICU patients of whom 50% were receiving artificial ventilation was effective in lowering blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, wakefulness, and pain.

This study shows that lavender is an important for many areas of healthcare.
I want to share this information so that therapists can begin to study the effects of lavender as well as other essential oils that can be a part of their practices.

As a reflexologist who works with people suffering from anxiety, stress, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I find the use of lavender to be an effective and promising means of use with clients. Of all the essential oils, lavender is currently at the top of my list.

Therapists should also take care when buying lavender as there are currently no regulations in Canada to prove the strength and pureness of essential oils. Try and purchase Lavender oil that is pure and free of any additives. Lavender oil that is extracted through the steaming distillation is best.

Lavender is an important tool that every complementary therapist should learn about and have in their arsenal. However, I do encourage professional continuing education training of some sort in essential oils or becoming an aromatherapist in order to have the best possible knowledge for your clients. Using essential oils should not be taken lightly and used blindly. Careful thought should be done prior to considering the use of essential oils. They are powerful and beneficial but their power can also be dangerous. In reflexology, lavender oil should not be used in pure form but should be mixed with a carrier oil. It should also be noted that woman who are pregnant or breast feeding should avoid lavender as the effects on pregnancy have not been studied and are unknown at this time.

References:
[1] Peir Hossein Koulivand, Maryam Khaleghi Ghadiri, and Ali Gorji, ?Lavender and the Nervous System,? Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2013, Article ID 681304, 10 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/681304

Mid Winter Sale

Discover Reflexology is having a Mid Winter Sale.

Adult Reflexology Session : $25 (Regular $55)
Child & Teen Reflexology Session : $15 (Regular $30 & $35)

Book an appointment for yourself or a loved one today!

Remember, Gift Certificates are also available.

Don’t delay sale ends February 15, 2013!

Focusing on our children

The more I read, the more I experience, the more I enjoy working with out youth. Reflexology can benefit and is safe for all ages. I have found that children have a particular enjoyment for their sessions and always ask when the next one will be. Even the ADHD child who can’t sit for 5 minutes has come to be able to sit through an entire foot reflexology session calm and relaxed. A child with allergies able to breath easier as one of the short term benefits. The conditions and frustrations are many but there is hope and help that can be done in a natural healing environment.

Reflexologists would never recommend anyone stop traditional medical intervention such as regular medicines. However, reflexology can help children with their conditions such as allergies and asthma in between doses. Some can benefit with fewer allergy pills or asthma inhaler usage.

It’s not miracles at work and nothing happens overnight. Time and patience will provide numerous rewards for everyone in the family to celebrate.

Start your child’s journey to better health now.

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