2nd Anniversary

We officially celebrate two years at our location in the Fort Garry area of Winnipeg. I have been blessed and grateful to everyone for their support and continued growth in our community, city and province. There is so much more we can do and I hope to share with more people as we head into summer.

As a thank you to our clients, current and future, we are taking 15% off all regular priced reflexology sessions until June 28, 2019.

Discover the benefits of what we can offer you.

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

10 Things to Help Reduce Stress

A simple list of things to do that can help reduce your stress level. Practicing some (or all) of these suggestions on a regular basis may reduce stress levels for longer periods of time, meaning a feeling of control and calm more often.

1. Breathe. No joke. Far too many people unintentionally hold their breath when they are feeling stressed. Right now, close your eyes, and focus on the sound of your breathing. Just 5 minutes is all it takes.

2. A reflexology and/or massage session

3. Take a long bubble bath. Bubbles always make a bath more relaxing, just don’t fall asleep.

4. Go for a walk.

5. Yoga. If you haven’t tried it, now is a good time.

6. Vigorous exercise. This releases endorphins which will make you feel better and possibly reverse the stress level you are feeling.

7. Aromatherapy.

8. Make sure you are eating healthy. It is proven that eating “junk food” induces depression.

9. Make a hot cup of tea and grab a book.

10. Go to bed. Making sure you are getting enough sleep is one of the most important things you can do to keep that stress away.

Working With Children with ADHD

Below is an article by Karen Ball dated May of 2012. It is obvious to me that additional studies, like the one mentioned in this article, are needed to help support more family members living with ADHD.

Working with Children with ADHD

At the recent Reflexology Association of America conference in Orlando, Dr. Jesus Manzanares of Spain shared his findings from a small study he conducted with children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The results will be of importance to any parent whose child lives with ADD (with or without the hyperactivity component) or any reflexologist wishing to provide therapy to this population.

The first thing Dr. Manzanares shared was that the medical profession now classifies Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as a syndrome, with scaled expressions of the condition (like autism is). The latest research also shows the ADHD-diagnosed brain to exhibit organic lesions.

His study investigated the effects of foot reflexology on attention levels and school performance of children diagnosed with ADD. The study employed the ADHD Rating Scale-IV tool, the industry benchmark for assessing diagnostic criteria of ADHD, to evaluate the children?s speed levels at testing and accuracy at mathematical calculation.

Group 1 ? the Control Group ? was composed of 20 children, each of which received 20 weekly foot reflexology sessions at Dr. Manzanares?s clinic, followed by 15 sessions given at home by parents who were trained to duplicate the clinic session. Stimulation was applied to the reflexes in the pelvic region of the foot (heel).

Group 2 ? the Reflexology Group ? was composed of 22 children, who received the same number of clinic and home sessions. The reflexes stimulated with this group were those of the frontal cortex, parietal lobe cortex, left temporal cortex and eyes.

Results

No significant changes resulted in Group 1 in any of the tests used to assess attention level and school performance.

Group 2 showed an improved reading speed average of 19% and improved mathematical calculation average of 21%. On the ADHD scale, a score of 18 or more indicates a diagnosis of ADD; 18 or less, not. The ratings of the subjects in Group 2 dropped from 20 to 14.

Another speaker at the conference, Lilian Tibshraeny-Morten, an acupuncturist and reflexologist, spoke of the importance of stimulating the liver reflex when working with children of ADHD.

So, there you have it ? the latest guidelines in offering productive reflexology sessions to children with ADD: detailed work on the brain reflexes, eyes and liver. Let us know your results.

Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety in different ways and some more severe than others. Symptoms that my be familiar include:
? Worrying (obsessively)
? Feeling overwhelmed and wanting to cry all the time
? Obsessive and repetitive thoughts
? Unrestrained emotional mood swings
? Difficulty concentrating or becoming easily distracted
? Memory loss
? Insomnia
? Being unable to relax
? A loss of sex drive
? Changes to appetite

Common Therapies to Severe Anxiety
When first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, medication is not always the immediate response. There are anxiety medications out there, however, research into anxiety suggests that medications are generally not as effective as receiving treatment from other therapies ? particularly cognitive behavioural therapy, psychotherapy and counselling. Those with anxiety are often encouraged to look at psychotherapy first and/or the range of complementary and alternative treatments available to them that have a track record in reducing anxiety symptoms.

Why Reflexology for Anxiety?
Reflexology has that track record in anxiety management. With a number of studies done and ongoing reflexology is fast becoming known for its reduction of stress. A study carried out at the University of Canberra in 2000 indicated that reflexology was extremely effectiveness in relieving anxiety, nausea and pain in cancer patients. Other studies in Europe show reflexology to be very useful in treating stress-related anxiety and managing both pain and anxiety during labour and childbirth (and reducing the length of time in all stages of labour in the process).

Reflexology is a great way of relaxing and learning to manage your stress levels and anxiety symptoms. Having a treatment from a professional reflexologist, gives you reassurance that the sessions will be professional and focused.

Specific Reflex Points to Focus on to Relieve Anxiety
? Solar plexus ? One of the most valuable reflex points to learn as a means of controlling anxiety symptoms.
? Head & brain ? These help to control any sense of being overwhelmed, and will encourage clear thinking and a more balanced approach to your problems.
? Stomach ? work the stomach reflex areas if your symptoms include nausea or changes in appetite.
? Small intestines & colon ? These are worth focusing on if you are also experiencing irritable bowel symptoms.
? Adrenals ? If you have anxiety symptoms for a long time, your adrenal reflex areas will be quite painful when worked, don?t give up.
? Pineal ? The pineal gland is responsible for the sleep-wake cycle of the body.
? Pituitary ? The pituitary gland itself is one of the most important endocrine glands and is closely linked to the body?s stress response.

Since anxiety develops when we are facing a stressful situation ? moving house, a big event, bereavement or domestic abuse, the symptoms are the body?s early warning system. Your body recognizes that some form of danger is near, so you are kept alert in order to cope. Some people experience a difficult situation, overcome the obstacle and are able to move on with their lives. Others, unfortunately, are not so lucky. When symptoms prevent you from living with everyday life, you may have developed an anxiety disorder and should contact your physician for further advice and diagnosis.