Thursday, December 06, 2007

Did You Know?

Did you know that Reflexology can be helpful with many acute and chronic conditions? Here are some examples:
- Pain. Whether due to a trauma, injury or something that has been nagging you for years. Headaches, migraines, and TMJ to name a few.
- Allergies caused by seasonal pollens, dust and mold, animals and foods. Respiratory problems including asthma may be helped as well.
- Women's health ranging from menstruation to menopause: PMS, cramping, bloating, irregular cycles, infertility, mood swings, hot flashes and night sweats.
- Gastrointestinal problems such as acid reflux, diarrhea or constipation, colitis, Crohn's disease, nausea and vomiting (including morning sickness).
- Cold and Flu season: sinus congestion, headaches, body aches, lowered immune response, chest congestion.
- Decreased energy, insomnia, poor sleep quality.

Call today to book your next appointment at 617-794-4755. Or schedule a session online through our online scheduler.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Boston Area Red Tent Temple


Several professionals from the Boston area are forming a Red Tent Temple where women gather near the new moon of the month. Everyone wears something red and comes to relax, enjoy some tea, dance and sing, or whatever feels comfortable. This is a celebration of womanhood and is following the trend of Red Tent events across the country.

Please contact me for the contact information of this month's hostess in Boston's South End.

Friday, October 19, 2007

FAQ Series: What about Reflexology for babies and children?

Babies and children are a special population and should receive lighter and shorter reflexology sessions. For this reason it is ideal if a parent, or nanny, can learn a few, simple techniques and practice at home between sessions in the office.

The younger the baby the easier it will be to start this new habit of working on his/her feet. At each birth I've attended the baby receives a tiny amount of reflexology before I leave. Once the baby has grown into a toddler it is a little harder to chase after him/her but makes a great addition to the winding-down-for-bedtime routine!

I have worked with many parents to show them simple techniques to help comfort their child suffering from allergies, the common cold, constipation and diarrhea, teething, ADD/ADHD, and other common childhood maladies.

Sessions are never a replacement for medical care, but they complement the care and treatment prescribed by the child's pediatrician.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Fishy Reflexology

A new trend at spas in Japan, China and Singapore is the use of "doctor fish" for foot therapies. The Turkish Garra rufa fish species are being incorporated into sessions where you, the client, submerge your feet in a pool and the fish nibble away at dead skin. After 15 to 20 minutes with your spa fish you receive a short foot reflexology session!

Can't say I'll be bringing fish into the clinic anytime soon but this was an interesting read.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

FAQ Series: How often should I come for reflexology?

The frequency behind visits is dependent on the client's goals for the sessions. Someone who encounters daily physical, mental and emotional stress may benefit greatly from more frequent sessions, perhaps even weekly for a few weeks before tapering down to bi-weekly and then to monthly visits. While another may find the monthly addition of reflexology in his/her life very beneficial to get back in touch with him/herself and maintain that good health. Still another may come twice weekly with the goal of getting back into balance.

Reflexology should be a venue for finding balance and homeostasis within the body. It is not a cure all or end all of aches and pains but a tool to help the body reinforce its natural ability to heal and repair. It is recommended to try a series of appointments, three or four, and then to reevaluate how the body is responding to the sessions. If both the client and practitioner are seeing the body respond and the repetition of sessions are growing the response then sessions may be continued with the goal to reevaluate after another period of sessions. At no time should the client feel obligated to continue sessions if he/she is not seeing benefits of doing so.

If you have any questions about the frequency of your sessions don't hesitate to call or email! I encourage you to familiarize yourself with my maintenance plans and package discounts, setup to help make regular appointments easier on the pocketbook.

World Reflexology Week

Last week was the International Council of Reflexologists' World Reflexology Week. Reflexology organizations around the world planned a public awareness program during the month to promote this wonderful modality.

Right here in MA the Massachusetts Association of Reflexology's members got together for their annual member meeting. Donations were collected for the Life is Good Kids Foundation to support Project Joy. About twenty reflexologists were in attendance to network, educate and enjoy the company of fellow practitioners. A demonstration in hot stone reflexology was a big hit amongst attendees as everyone had a chance to practice on each other!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Healthy Child Healthy World

Formerly the Children’s Health Environment Coalition (CHEC), Healthy Child Healthy World's website is chock full of information for parents. Articles range from non-toxic household cleaners to alternatives to disposable diapers. They also have a video library with a few clips on "green" nurseries.
If you're looking for ways to live more natural at home for you and your family you might enjoy the tools provided by Healthy Child Healthy World.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Asian Foot Massage

In parts of Asia, reflexology and acupuncture points are incorporated into foot massages. They are frequently called "Foot Reflexology."

On Saturday I received such a treatment: 25 minutes of the lower legs and feet. The therapist started the session by applying Vaseline to my left foot and leg, all the way to the knee. Then she used long massage-like strokes with her hands from my ankle to my knee over and over for 90 seconds or so. She used her knuckles to "knead" my foot then traced the tips of my toes with her thumbnail. With her fingers around the base of each toe she twisted the toe and pulled up the toe snapping off with her fingers. I was not surprised by this technique, in fact it is one I am familiar with from the Rwo Shur method of reflexology used several years ago in a workshop I attended. The quick snapping off of the fingers draws the toe up and usually has a "pop" sound made when the fingers come off. If you are experiencing sinus congestion, tooth aches, jaw pain or headaches this move can be very sensitive and sometimes painful.

Another familiar technique the therapist used was the deep, knuckle pressure to the arch area which represents the digestive system, particularly the small intestines, in reflexology. This is also a common site for plantar fascia pain as the connective tissue here is stretched off the calcaneous, the largest bone in the foot also known as the heel bone. The therapist crouched at my feet and leaned her entire body weight into her knuckles as she dug very deeply here. She watched my face to make sure it was not too deep. Being an avid barefooter I carry little callusing over the heels so yes, this area was rather sensitive! Her pressure over the soft indentations between the heel and ankle bone would be too deep for someone ovulating, menstruating, pregnant or in the early post-partum period.

She used the same strokes and techniques on my right foot, as well as the Vaseline up to the knee. Towards the end of the session my therapist turned around, leaned over my feet and used her fists to pound into the soles. Imagine the same feeling of running on a hard surface such as the concrete sidewalk or paved road. This was invigorating for the feet. She proceeded to take the pounding up my calves, which I found uncomfortable and later found some bruising, and some brisk chopping motions with the outside of her hand to the calves and thighs.

Overall it was a fun experience but I saw several points that put the practitioner and client in a difficult, perhaps ethical, position. There was no client intake form for me to fill out and the practitioner spoke such little English she did not inquire of any health conditions or concerns. Anyone with circulatory issues, neuropathy (numbness), or diabetes would be contraindicated for a session like this. Also anyone that is pregnant or could be pregnant would want to avoid receiving this kind of pressure in a foot therapy.

If you're up for trying this and have no health complaints such as above, and can tolerate very deep pressure, I encourage you to go for the experience. You can find at least one location in Boston's China Town, and there are a few options for those in the 'burbs.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Take a swigg from SIGG!

I had a quest: find a water bottle that won't hold smells, will hold up to abuse (especially in the delivery room!), and doesn't leach nasty plastic chemicals into the beverage I am consuming.

What I found was the SIGG bottle. This Swiss company has developed a water bottle that I really like. It is aluminum with a special coating on the inside so you don't have a smelly bottle or one that tastes like the sports drink you put in there some weeks back. It is also quite durable. In fact, Backpacker magazine dubbed SIGG as "The World's Toughest Water Bottle" in June 2006. That's good enough for me!

Check out their website for more details!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Interactive Hand Reflexology Chart

Want to do some "homework" between sessions? Use this helpful, interactive hand chart to see what points you're working on! Brought to us by the husband-wife writing team, Barbara and Kevin Kunz, authors of multiple self-help and professional books on reflexology.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Countdown to Final Beach Days!

Are you getting in your last beach days of the season? Give your feet a treat next time you're at the beach with this tip:
Mix together in your hands a small amount of suntan oil (or vegetable oil) and a scoop of sand. Rub all over your feet paying close attention to the heels, ball of the feet and places where calluses tend to appear. When you are finished exfoliating dip your feet into the ocean! Simple, easy and more relaxing than a noisy nail salon!

For a variation try bringing your favorite aromatherapy oil. Choose from earthy scents like rosemary or cedar or pick something light and invigorating from the family of citruses or a peppermint for that tingly feel.

Those with health conditions should check the contraindications for essential oils. Always do a skin test prior to use to check for allergies.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Infertility and the Environment

In this month's issue of Vogue magazine you will find the topic of environmental toxins linked to infertility. A compelling article titled "An Inconceivable Truth: The Link Between Infertility and the Environment." Catch the article on newsstands now or read the attached pdf file: 2007_vogue.pdf

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Reflex Samplers at the Expo!

We've had a delightful time working at the National Business Travel Association's International Conference right here in Boston, Massachusetts this week. Myself and a colleague offered the high-heeled attendees some much-appreciated foot reflexology at the booth of Pan Pacific Hotels Monday afternoon through early Wednesday afternoon (7/23-7/25). A great credit to Pan Pacific for thinking outside of the box and using a bodywork modality with ties to Asia to add something different to their booth. We met a great deal of wonderful people and scored some adorable Sponge Bob luggage tags for the nieces and nephews in our lives!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hydrotherapy for Feet



Hydrotherapy is described as the use of water to treat disease or illness. In the case of the feet and lower legs hydrotherapy may help to improve circulation and bring relief from inflammation and swelling.


The Cold Foot Bath

In the cold foot bath the feet are immersed in cold water up to the calf. Some spend only a few minutes with their feet in the cold water, but all should remove their feet when you can no longer feel a "cold" sensation from the water. After the soak a nice walk can be very pleasurable. An alternative is "walking in water," which could take place in a cool mountain stream, in the ocean, or a shallow pool. This style of Hydrotherapy is commonly used for: circulatory problems, sweaty feet, varicose veins and edema or swelling of the tissues. Those that suffer from cold feet, have diabetes or other vascular or nervous system conditions should consult their doctor before use.

Another style of Hydrotherapy is the alternating warm and cool foot baths. In this case you can collect 20-30 rocks when you're next at the beach (or you can purchase polished river rocks at the craft store). Divide them evenly between two foot tubs (large dishpan basins work well too), and in one add warm water. In the second foot tub add cool water, with perhaps a few ice cubes nearby to keep the water cool. Start with the warm water, soak for a few minutes while pressing the feet into the smooth rocks. Then switch to the cool water, again, pressing your feet into the smooth rocks. Alternate several times, always paying attention to your comfort level. This method can help balance excess perspiration in the feet, revive your whole body, and feels great after a long walk or a run.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

See a Reflexology Treatment with Amy

Last year I joined Cathy Wong, ND, in Boston for a chance to demonstrate Reflexology on camera. Dr. Wong writes for About.com's Alternative Medicine section. In this video you will catch a glimpse of what goes on in a Reflexology session.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Chiropractic Helps New Mothers Produce Milk

"An article in the March 2007 issue of the scientific periodical, the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, presents three documented case studies of chiropractic care helping new mothers who were unable to produce adequate mother`s milk. A reduction in mothers milk, known as "Hypolactation" can be a serious problem that can create health issues for both the mother and child.

The first case was a women who went to the chiropractor on the referral of her midwife. She had given birth 10 days earlier to her second child and unlike her first, she was unable to establish a milk supply for her second baby. The patient had no other medical issues other than difficulty in swallowing a glass of water.

An examination determined that she had a subluxation, and specific chiropractic care was initiated to correct that issue. After her second visit the patient commented that she found it much easier to swallow. By the third visit she noticed visible changes in her breast and the production of milk. This improvement resulted in a positive weight gain for the infant who was forced to depend of formula until the mothers milk issues were resolved.

The second patient went to the chiropractor for upper back pain but was also unable to produce sufficient milk to feed her one month old infant. Her examination showed no medical history for her problems, however, the chiropractic portion of her exam showed subluxations.

She began a series of specific chiropractic adjustments for subluxation correction. By the forth visit the patient was noticing breast enlargement and the production of milk. She also became pain free from the upper back pain she was experiencing.

The third case was a women who came into the chiropractor`s office with her daughter six days after birth. She was sent there on the recommendation of the hospital lactation consultant. As in the previous cases, subluxations were found and care was initiated to correct them. In this case it took only 24 hours for the positive
results to show, and for this mother to be able to feed her infant naturally.

Based on their case studies and the volumes of previous research, these researchers concluded that subluxations and the neurological interference they cause play a major role in Hypolactation. The researchers suggest, "Chiropractic evaluation for subluxations would be a key element in the holistic assessment of the failure to establish milk supply in the post partum patient."

Visit my referrals page for two chiropractors I enjoy working with.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Computer Back

Dr. Jolie Bookspan is the Director of Neck and Back Pain Sports Medicine and Instructor at Temple University. In her article Stop Back and Neck Pain from Long Sitting-
Desk, Trains, Planes, Cars, Buses, Computers, Internet Cafe, and TV
, she clues us in on some easy ways to improve posture and reduce upper and lower back pain. A must read if you spend a lot of time sitting!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Walking


I am reminded how popular this form of exercise is every time I am at the clinic this time of year. Lake Quannapowitt is frequented by many walkers who enjoy walking "around the lake."

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, walking is the most popular form of exercise. For tips on making the most out of your next walk, including shoe fitting tips, cool downs and your ideal heart rate visit their article Walking: Rx for Health, Happiness.

Reflexology is an excellent tool for the walker - it helps to improve circulation of the lower leg and foot while being a nice treat after "pounding the pavement." Some clients find Reflexology helpful for foot complaints such as Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs and general aches and pains of the feet. However, open wounds and sores or deep vein thrombosis are contraindicated in a Reflexology session. If you are unsure if Reflexology is right for you consult your doctor. Feel free to contact me for any information available in Reflexology research and your condition.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Professional Birth Doula

In January I trained with Tara Powe and the Doulas of North America (DONA) to become a Birth Doula. A Birth Doula is also known as a Labor Coach or Birth Partner; the Doula is an experienced, non-medical, professional that works to enhance the childbirth experience for the mother, her partner, and her family through compassion and support.

Being a Reflexology Doula means I will bring my skills as a Reflexologist into the world of prenatal, labor, birth and postpartum.

To date I have attended three births towards certification with DONA. It is a wonderful experience to work with a client throughout her pregnancy and to witness the miracle of birth. Three beautiful baby girls so far with two more babies due in August!

New Reflexology Rates

Effective June 1st, 2007 the 60 minute reflexology session is $70 and the 30 minute hand reflexology session is $40.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Two New Summertime Treats!

Just in time for warm weather: our seasonal specials!

Arctic Blast for Tired Feet
Hot, tired and aching feet will welcome this treatment! Cooling aloe soothes sun-exposed skin, Witch Hazel acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, and selected essential oils (not used in prenatal sessions), compliment the treatment.
One hour......................................$70

Gardener's Hand Relief
After playing in the dirt treat your hands to some much deserved R&R with this treatment. Using Mother Nature's own ingredients in the form of a deeply therapeutic hand cream this session emphasizes relief for overworked hands.
Half-hour......................................$40

New Chair!

I am pleased to announce that I have a new Zero Gravity Chair here at the Lakeside Clinic. The biggest difference in this new chair is that it has a motor lift and conforms to your body a bit more than the old one. We've not retired the old chair though, we've just moved it to an alternate treatment room.


Description of the chair from BackSaver.com:
Our wood-frame Zero-Gravity Recliner takes its cues from a modernist era, with a sleek, curved armrest in natural, teak or walnut. The retracting legrest allows smooth exit and entry, and allows for an easy-to-achieve "conversation" position when you want to sit upright. The zero-gravity position, however, takes on whole new levels of comfort with the softness of leather, and an adjustable neck roll of WonderFoam® will have you relaxed in no time. Weight limit: 275 lbs.