Thursday, April 30, 2009

Reflexology and the Swine Flu

Swine flu is all the buzz lately and I'm responding to it just like normal cold and flu season. Here's what we do at The Barefoot Dragonfly during cold and flu season:

* Wipe down surfaces with hospital grade, all-natural disinfectant made from oil of Thyme.
* Diffuse anti-viral essential oils such as Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Geranium and Peppermint.
* Use a tissue when sneezing or coughing, especially with allergy season!
* Washing hands more frequently, in addition to our office hand washing policies (washing hands before and after every session as recommended by the CDC for practitioners that come in contact with human skin).

A lot of clients find that Reflexology is helpful for bolstering the immune system so when I am giving a session during cold and flu season I make sure to emphasize these reflex points:

* Respiratory reflex areas - lungs, trachea, diaphragm, and bronchi
* Cranial reflex areas - sinuses, eyes, ears, mouth and throat
* Immune system reflexes - spleen, lymph nodes, thymus, skeletal reflexes, appendix

I've written an article with helpful reminders on Natural defense against swine flu: Protect you and your family holistically for tips to use at home!

Let me know if you have any questions about these or other practices employed at The Barefoot Dragonfly.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Auricular Therapy Workshop - Boston July 2009

I am excited to announce that I will be teaching a workshop on Auricular Therapy: Ear Reflexology, this summer! Thanks to the Cortiva Institute in Watertown I will be offering a six hour course geared towards Reflexologists, Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, and other practitioners that use touch therapies in their practices.

Auricular Therapy is such a unique form of Reflexology - it is easy to apply, generally fast-acting and can be taught to clients as a form of self-help for between sessions.

Want to read more about Ear Reflexology? Check out this article How Reflexologists Use Auricular Therapy.

Photo courtesy: Helmut Gevert