Thursday, January 31, 2008

Reflexology Mats

Reflexology Mats

Here's an example of one of them. There BIG news in gift catalogs and online. Just this morning I found a website showing one city's implementing of the theory by building three reflexology paths in their local parks. The paths seem to be a great idea. Reported results have been impressive.

I'm wondering about these rugs. Having given many reflexology sessions, and received them myself, I'm know first hand the awesome benefits of this complementary modality. And having been taught to avoid extra items (caring touch is so important) I find it most difficult to believe the idea of walking in circles on even a 6-8 foot circle would give the extreme relaxation benefit of reflexology. I'm curious though. Has anyone out there experienced one of these mats? Comments expected and appreciated!!!

For more information on reflexology, please visit my website, Included there you will also find links to other fun and healthful endeavors I've discovered and promote.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Now a Member - Reflexology Association of America

This is exciting! This week I've officially joined the Reflexology Association of America. Membership in a professional organization like this seemed like someone else's dream. In fact, taking the bold step out of my comfort zone and onto the path of learning and education to become a Registered Certified Reflexologist (RCR) must have been someone else's dream, as well.

In fact, in all reality, I believe my personal dreams were to0 deeply buried for too many years to even know they existed. Growing up with little encouragement from the home front to consider anything else than secretary or teacher as a future, I pretty much just made good grades because that seemed like the right thing to do, and received my B.A. just because it seemed like the right thing to do. That was in Journalism. Well, I didn't wish to teach or be a secretary, and it seemed like the next most right thing to do. . . . whatever the right thing is or was.

RCR, like many other endeavors in my life, came out of a journey I wasn't even aware I was traveling until post 50th Birthday. The discoveries are new everyday. And exciting events like being welcomed to join the Reflexology Association of America, and also recently, the East Memphis Business and Professional Women have been a welcome surprise along that journey.

You're always a welcome visitor at my professional website!

I've had some difficulty the last few days linking the blog to some of the other places I'd love for you to visit. Here are the web addresses. You may copy and paste to visit them.
Reflexology Association of America:
National Business and Professional Women:

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Reflexology Benefits for Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis. Does Reflexology help with this condition?

At Footsteps In Eden, my own reflexology practice in Bartlett, TN, I'm often asked about specific conditions and how reflexology may help. Over the next weeks, I will be posting what I believe will be some informative and helpful posts with links to further information on reflexology and its possible benefits for common (and perhaps a few not so common) health related issues. Your personal experiences are highly valued. Please share your comments for all of us to learn more.

The "Arthritis Treated with Alternative Medicine" website has this to say about reflexology for arthritis relief:
The benefits of reflexology extend past simply relieving pain. This alternative method of healing can also be used to achieve balance and health as well as to maintain good health, and
Reflexology can be used to achieve good health and balance or to alleviate symptoms from stress, migraines, infertility, back pain, arthritis and injury. It is not a means to cure ailments but rather a method to soothe and ease pain without the side effects of medications. Reflexology can speed the healing process and may be used alongside traditional medicine and medications.

Personally, I found this tidbit from the Universal College of Reflexology to be quite interesting. The part of the body affected (by arthritis) is shown by a knuckle enlargement of the corresponding finger.
Index Finger -- Hips & Lower Back
Middle Finger -- Knees
Ring Finger -- Legs and Feet
Small Finger -- Neck & Upper Back

For anyone with arthritis that is reading this, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this concept. Comments?

Explaining how reflexology may be helpful for arthritis sufferers, The Reflexology Clinic shares this from the Newsletter archives. (Visit their website to view the complete article.)
Arthritis is considered to be any abnormality of a joint with heat, pain & inflammation. Arthritis puts stress on the body that is often in a highly acidic state . . . . due to a large quantity of acid waste material (uric acid) which affects the bony structure of the body because it is not being eliminated properly from the system. Acid waste material collects in the joints causing swelling & in some cases can even cause complete calcification & deformity because of the erosive action.

Although modern medicine provides some relief from the pain of arthritis, we can go back to the simplicity of nature for help as well. Our body has the capacity to cure itself of any ailment that might attack it when given a little help from nature. Using reflexology we can stimulate the particular problem area such as the knee, shoulder, hip, legs, lower back, etc. as well as the organs of elimination to assist in removing acid waste material from the body. By stimulating specific reflexes we help detoxify an acidic system & enhance the immune system.

While it is important to understand reflexologists do not diagnose or treat diseases, and their services do not in anyway substitute for regular medical care, the caring & supportive touch therapy reflexologists offer may be helpful to those suffering from arthritis.

Visit my reflexology website: FootstepsInEden to see interactive footcharts, find information about other benefits of reflexology, to order gift certificates, and see what clients are saying about reflexology.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Reflexology Benefits for Pregnancy

Growing my reflexology business is causing me to plant my seeds in many locations. While completing my documented case studies for certification I was privileged to share the reflexology experience with two expectant moms. They were both intrigued with the benefits they experienced and how good they felt at the conclusion of the sessions. In the last few weeks I've researched the specific area of reflexology for pregnancy (mom, dad, and baby) even further. I'm looking forward in a week or so to receiving a text book specifically written on this topic, and the opportunity to further my reflexology education in this area.

This weekend I had the privilege of sharing what I do with a midwife in our area. I'm so grateful for her encouragement. What I would certainly like to share here is the benefits -- so, you'll be informed, too. Just for the expectant mommy the list goes something like this: reflexology may bring some welcome relief for morning sickness, Backache, Digestive problems i.e. constipation, Nausea & headaches, Stress & anxiety, Swollen/puffy ankles & legs, Pain & discomfort, Lack of sleep & fatigue, Cramps, Loss of bladder control, Heartburn, and to Bring on Late Labor.* Does that sound like a list of discomforts for which you would love some relief? This information and more benefits for daddy and baby, too, will soon be on my reflexology website. I invite you to visit there today, bookmark the page, come back soon, and those of you in the Memphis, TN area, please give me a call (the phone number is on the website). I would love to share this caring touch therapy with you during this special time.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Safety of Cosmetics

When introduced to ONEGroup's miessence certified organic cosmetics and skincare last spring, I believe I found a treasure chest of products. It's not really surprising, I suppose, to see all the companies out there with green claims, and perhaps healthy products. I visit to the SkinDeep website may shed some different light on many of the products you are trusting for your skin, and therefore, trusting for your body's health as well.

The lower the scores, the safer the product. It's wonderful to be able to report that all of the ONEGroup miessence products fall in the SAFE category. That is just not true for many of the products whose claims you are believing and whose products you are using.

This evening I read an article on the cosmetic lines incorporating nanoparticles technology being used in many lines of personal care products. It, too, is quite alarming. I encourage you to read about it at the link above.

My challenge to you: After reading about nanoparticles in cosmetics, and after checking out your particular favorites at SkinDeep, visit my ONEGroup miessence website. Look up those products, also, in the SkinDeep site.

Ready to give miessence a try? Please email me at

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Words You Say to Yourself

Our women's Sunday School class has recently begun studying the book, SELF TALK, SOUL TALK, by Jennifer Rothschild. A very key scripture of this study is the verse:
"Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14.

As you have considered this familiar verse have you ever thought about it including the words you say to yourself? What a total slap in the face of the God who created us when we call ourselves names like "Idiot," "Stupid," "Dumb," "Not Good Enough," etc. Anything less than speaking the truth of who we are in Him is language enough to bring us to our knees, breaking our hearts as we consider the wounds we have inflicted upon His.

It is amazing to me how often I awake with the voices from the past who have called me some of those names, speaking over and over again. The voices become my voice. I find myself crying out to God for forgiveness, and courage to seek and know and most of all believe THE TRUTH.

The verse above along with another treasured scripture have been my focus. Ephesians 2:10 tells us,
"We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
He created us and he has work for us. We have a purpose, and we are not dumb, stupid, or not good enough. He's expecting big things. Will we speak these words of truth to our spirits, and believe that He is sufficient in us to bring life through us?!

You might find some wonderful food for thought on the subject of the words we speak to ourselves at Jennifer's Self Talk, Soul Talk blog.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Saving on Organic Foods

Have you discovered just how tasty (and healthy) organic foods can be? We just love that they have so much more flavor, and are better for our bodies too! The price can often be another matter.

Several months ago I joined a wholesale buying club for purchasing natural and organic goods and non-grocery items. It has been wonderful to be able to split cases and share the savings of shopping this way. With great foods on hand, I make fewer trips to the health food grocery where impulse buying often pushes my grocery budget out-of-hand.

These clubs exist all over the country. Look for one near you. . . or become the coordinator for a brand new one, introducing more folks to this great idea.

Look for a group near your home: United Buying Clubs

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Learning How Reflexology May Help You

Earlier this week I found myself on an incredible internet journey. . . DESTINATION: Articles and Info about specific ways reflexology may help you, your family and your friends. I was serious about this. You must understand, in the USA not too much research has been done to document the results reflexologists see everyday. Other countries (Denmark, UK, and China mostly) have done extensive research. Their results have encouraged them to place reflexology into the mainstream of the medical community. Tennessee, the state where I live and practice reflexology, was the first state to actually set reflexolgoy apart from other modalities and professions, and its regulation does fall under health related boards. That is certainly a positive!!!

My journey did lead to some interesting locations I would love to share with you. I believe if you will check these out you will learn so much about the value of reflexology as not only one of the most incredibly relaxing experiences you may have, but also as one that may be of great benefit for health concerns you and/or your loved ones are facing.

The first site I found was that of Margie DeHays, another reflexoogist. She's in Ohio. If that's close to your home, I'm sure she would love the referral. Another website is that of The Pacific Institue of Reflexology, a school teaching reflexology in Canada: The wealth of articles and research on this site is a goldmine for learning more about refelxology and determining of this is an experience in which you choose to participate.

This were such wonderful collections of helpful information, I believe I will be adding links to them on my professional reflexology website soon!!!

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Dry Winter Skin? Try Almond Oil

Dry, flaky, scaly, itchy . . . winter takes its toll on skin. Even as a small child my skin has always been very dry. The winter made it worse . . . so much worse, in fact, that during Jr. High years I actually received a love letter to a mermaid describing that dry miserable skin in all its ugliness. What's worse, the teacher thought the whole thing hysterical, read it to the whole class, and then posted it on the bulletin board (with my name markered out, of course). Now that's some dry skin!!!

A few months ago it came to my attention that massaging Almond Oil into my skin before showering might just be the trick needed here. You know, (when I remember, of course), it really does make a huge difference. I'm using Hather Loraine Cosmetics 100% Pure Sweet Expeller Pressed Almond Oil. This is pure and natural chemical free skincare. The follow-up is also important: miessence Intensive Body Cream!!! This certified organic product from the miessence skincare line is a superb finishing touch! You'll find it at my ONEGroup website under Body/Oral Care. I've been amazed at how much more comfortable I am in my own skin this winter. That helps to keep the smile on my face!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Protesting Junk Food, Eating Organic

This little picture represents a big mouthful to the Mouth Revolution! Now this is quite an interesting twist on eating organic and saying no to the junk food world.

I've been checking out other health & wellness and green conscious blogs today. Sue's Healthy Blog had included this very funny, but serious minded video. Sue's blog is filled with helpful nutrition content. I've included it in my list of "Healthy & Nurturing Links for You and Your Family." Check it out. And for sure take a look at the Mouth Revolution video.

Cranberries -- Healthy Defense

The advice to drink pure cranberry juice for urinary infections has been around for a long, long time. Of course, the pure stuff (very tart) is best. The February 2008 issue of ALTERNATIVE HEALTH arrived this week. A small article in this publication touted this same berry for not only E. coli, and Streptococcus mutans, but also as a defense against H. pylori bacteria.

Translated that all means that this little red berry may be very useful on the defense against urinary tract infections, tooth decay, ulers, stomach cancer, stroke and heart disease. That's pretty impressive!

One suggestion offered by ALTERNATIVE HEALTH is to drink 6 oz. daily. They recommend you choose the pure 100% cranberry juice* and mix it with other 100% fruit juices* or sparkling water; or use a natural sweetener lige agave or honey.

*Personally, I believe the benefits only increase when choosing organic. It was a pleasant surprise to discover that the Kroger Private Selection brand of organic cranberry juice I had been purchasing met all the requirements. It's quite tasty, too!