Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holiday Greetings from The Barefoot Dragonfly

"I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.

'We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,'
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December."

- Oliver Herford

Wishing you and your loved ones every happiness of the Season!

Amy Kreydin,
The Barefoot Dragonfly

Monday, December 13, 2010

Aromatherapy training is complete, let the studying begin!

Ten months ago I embarked on a journey through clinical aromatherapy with the RJ Buckle Associates course at Boston Medical Center. It has been an educational trip to say the least! I've just wrapped up the 4th and final module of the course and now the fun really begins: studying and preparing for the exam in March 2011.

It sounds very similar to my board exam in Reflexology:
- 33 oil case studies (I had to do 90 case studies in Reflexology)
- 3 hour written exam (same for Reflexology)
- presentation of my research project (I had a practical to demonstrate my skills in Reflexology)

I'm really excited to start recruiting for my research project, and I have eight brand new oils to work with from the weekend!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Greetings from windy Winnipeg!

This is my second full day at the Reflexology Association of Canada's 2010 Conference and I'll be giving my second, and final, workshop this afternoon.

Fellow speakers are all wonderful folks and I've enjoyed sitting down one-on-one with each of them and chatting for a spell.

When I arrived on Thursday (the 4th) I was quite impressed to receive a very positive reaction from the Custom's Agent when I explained that I was in town for a Reflexology conference. And our cab driver last night wanted to know when the demonstrations would be today so he could come and volunteer to have his feet worked on. Haha!

This conference has, so far, been a wonderful combination of educating and learning. I'm coming home with all sorts of new techniques, ideas, theories and methodologies as well as access to some Reflexology studies I wasn't aware were available yet in English.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hot Stone Reflexology is back!

Welcome cooler weather with warmer feet! Local beach rocks and ginger aromatherapy will have you skipping!

FAQ on Hot Stone Reflexology:

What is it?
Hot Stone Reflexology is the introduction of gently warmed stones into a Reflexology treatment.

Who should try it?
Everyone! The stones can be warmed at various heat levels so feet are comforted by the warmth but not burned. Persons with neuropathy and numbness in the feet will be introduced to lukewarm stones.

How do you clean the stones?
We use a plant-based disinfectant that is used in hospitals and clinics. Stones are always cleaned before use on another pair of feet.

How will it feel?
Most people find the technique delightful. One regular client confessed the stones are "one of my favorite parts of the session." Another client mourns the loss of heated stones over the hot summer months, "I just hate to see them go."

How do I book a session?
Check out our services page and select the session that best fits your needs (prenatal, pediatric, feet, hands, integrated, new client). When you call or schedule online just mention that you'd like to try the heated beach rocks during your session.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sign up for Fall CSA Farmshare with Stoneham Pickup

Fall is just around the corner and so is your fresh produce!

Once again we're working with Heavens Harvest Farm of New Braintree to bring fresh organic produce to the back porch here at The Barefoot Dragonfly. If you've been itching to join, or would like to renew, the time is now!

What: 9 week farm share
When: Starts week of September 20th running through week of November 15th
Full Share: $360 - feeds approximately 4 adults + small children
Half Share: $240 - feeds approximately 2 adults + small children
Single Share: $165 - for the bachelor or bachelorette
Egg Shares: $54 for a dozen every week or $27 for a half dozen every week

Complete the farm's application form and bring by the office before August 31st. Alternatively you may drop your application in the mail.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

First Week at the Stoneham Farmers Market

Farm Hill Farmers Market does not disappoint! I'm just back from a lovely stroll around Stoneham Common where I've had the pleasure of seeing familiar and new faces at this year's opening day. The bagel family is back!! And my favorite cheese couple have returned too. There's a few new booths: new farms, a gal with some awesome herbal tea from Winchester, a farm with local springtime and summertime honey. What more could Stoneham ask for?

I didn't realize it but The Barefoot Dragonfly was an opening day sponsor. Community liaison Judy Katz had asked if I wanted to donate to the Council on Aging's raffle for the market but I had no idea I was part of the first day! How fun.

Want more details on the market? Check out their website at Farm Hill Farmers Market. See you next Tuesday!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pressure Point Therapy in the Labor Room - Boston, June 6th

I'm delighted to be giving this workshop again! Doulas, midwives, birth partners, grandmas-to-be will all benefit from this hands-on class with a unique approach to comfort measures during labor.

For the first time this workshop will be held at the Cortiva Institute in Watertown - a great space with easy access from the Mass Pike.

What can you expect from this workshop?

- An introduction to ancient pressure point modalities - the histories, theories and practical applications.
- Points to use in early labor, active labor, transition and the pushing phases.
- Points to use in the immediate postpartum to encourage the release of the placenta, help with shakes or nausea, or to comfort mom after a cesarean.
- A yummy foot rub routine that is safe to use during pregnancy, postpartum and beyond!

This is a four hour workshop and has CE credits for DONA International and the NCBTMB. You don't want to miss this opportunity! Register now through the Cortiva website.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

May's Featured Session: Korean Hand Therapy

Korean Hand Therapy Stimulating Reflexology and Acupressure points on the hands

Developed in the 1970s, Korean Hand Therapy incorporates Hand Reflexology principles and the Acupuncture Meridian Energy System in one modality.

In this hand session techniques are employed using finger and thumb pressure, a small rod and "homework" may include a tiny press seed applied to a point for up to 24 hours.

Korean Hand Therapy, or KHT, has a different map system than Hand Reflexology so in this session one can stimulate the same area of the body from multiple reflexes.

This modality can be incorporated into a 60 minute session where we'll split the time between the hands and feet. You can also come in for a Half Hour Healing Session and we'll work on just the hands. Click here to book online.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Summer Farm Share in Stoneham

Heavens Harvest Farm is now recruiting for shareholders of the summer 2010 season. This is a 15 week season that starts in June and ends in September. Email the farm by April 15th to let them know you're sending your registration in the mail - they must account for crop sizes and planting now.

* Summer shares are for 15 weeks of produce (fresh produce will be delivered each week).
* Single vegetable/fruit shares - Bachelors/Bachelorettes pay $240 for fifteen weeks of produce.
* Half vegetable/fruit shares - $400 - 1/2 bushel containing 8-11 seasonal items each week.
* Full vegetable/fruit shares - $600 - full bushel with 10-14 seasonal items each week.
* Egg shares are available at an additional $45 for a half dozen and $90 for a full dozen.

The farm generously works with their members by honoring payment plans (give a half deposit at registration and pay the second half before the middle of the share is through).

To register:

* Visit Heavens Harvest Farm's website.
* Download and print their 2010 Summer registration form.
* Bring in your registration with check made out to Heavens Harvest Farm ASAP.
* Can't pop in to the office? Drop the registration in the mail to the farm directly (address is on the form).

Deadline to Reserve Your Summer Share is April 15th

Have questions for us? The Barefoot Dragonfly, 489 Main Street, Stoneham, MA 02180, 617-794-4755.

(picture by Timo Balk)

Thursday, April 01, 2010

April's Featured Session: 90 Minute Foot Hand Ear Reflexology

Foot Hand Ear Reflexology Session is Pure Bliss!

William "Bill" Flocco developed this style of Reflexology and teaches it at his LA school American Academy of Reflexology. I took this 18 hour course in 2006 and use the techniques often!

I call this session the "elephant gun" treatment as the relaxation is far reaching and deep. Most folks sleep through portions of this session as it really sends you off to La La Land!

The session starts with an overview of the maps then the Reflexology techniques are applied first to the right hand, followed by the ears, the left hand and lastly to the feet. Time ratios usually look like this - 30-40 minutes on the hands and ears, 50-60 minutes on the feet. It really is delightful!

Can't stand anyone near your ears? Not a problem! We can still work the hands and feet into a 90 minute protocol.

Book your session today
! 90 minute Integrated session is $100, maintenance rates can be applied.

(image courtesy ABMP)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Not too late to join the Spring CSA!

Heavens Harvest Farm will take new shareholders at a pro-rated rate up to the fifth week of the share. So get your registration in before April 9th for some fresh produce this season!

For more information about the CSA with Stoneham delivery read our March 1st blog post here.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

CSA Sample Share

Farmer Ashley brought by a half share box sample from the Winter CSA today. What a bounty of food in that box! It contained: Red Chard, Green Kale, Baby Arugula,
Greenleaf Lettuce, Grapefruit, Apples, Sweet Potatoes, Yukon Potatoes, Carrots and Summer Squash. Cool!

Spring shares start next week

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Women's New Moon Circle - March 17th

The Barefoot Dragonfly is hosting the March New Moon Circle on Wednesday, March 17th from 6:30-8:30pm. Women and lap babies are welcome to share a cup of tea and a chat. Registration is required, click here to reserve your seat.

What is a Moon Circle? Read more about the Women's New Moon Circles here.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Featured Reflexology Session of the Month: Ayurvedic Foot Treatment

Ayurvedic Foot Treatment at The Barefoot Dragonfly: A Reflexology Wellness Center in Stoneham, Massachusetts

In our adaptation of the traditional padabhyanga, or Indian foot massage, Reflexology and Indian acupressure techniques are combined on the feet. The session begins with a balancing and relaxing foot soak that prepares the reflexes and marma points for stimulation.

A general Foot Reflexology session is given that incorporates extra points such as the marmas (Indian acupuressure) and the reflexes of the chakras (seven energy points). After all points have been worked thoroughly the feet are treated to hypo-allergenic jojoba oil - a natural plant ester that matches the skin's own oil (sebum) - setting the stage for the Kansa bowl work. A Kansa bowl is made up of:

* Copper - for its Ayurvedic properties to help with inflammation and joint pain.
* Zinc - used in Ayurveda for digestion and immune systems support as well as thought to have an effect on diabetes.
* Tin - thought to be helpful for insomnia and headaches.

The bowl is used to stimulate the reflexes and marma points on the feet. Techniques are rhythmical and deeply relaxing!

Your session ends with heated beach stones applied to the feet and ankles to work out any remaining areas of tension. Your feet will hardly touch the ground when you leave!

Request the Ayurvedic Foot Treatment when scheduling over the phone or booking online.
(c)Amy Kreydin, The Barefoot Dragonfly 2010 (Any reproduction of content or images without the written consent from The Barefoot Dragonfly is strictly prohibited).
Image courtesy of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, used here with permission.

Last call for Spring Farm Shares in Stoneham!

Fancy yourself some fresh produce this Spring? With maybe some fresh eggs from some happy chickens? Then hurry up and register for our Spring Farm Share with Heavens Harvest Farm! We're taking registrations now to March 19th and shares will be delivered weekly starting the week of March 21st.

Curious about what a CSA is? Read Local Harvest's article on Community Supported Agriculture.

* Spring shares are for ten weeks of produce (fresh produce will be delivered each week).
* Single vegetable/fruit shares - Bachelors/Bachelorettes pay $210 for ten weeks of produce.
* Half vegetable/fruit shares - $320 - 1/2 bushel containing 8-11 seasonal items each week.
* Full vegetable/fruit shares - $450 - full bushel with 10-14 seasonal items each week.
* Egg shares are available at an additional $30 for a half dozen and $60 for a full dozen.Produce from Heavens Harvest Farms

To register:

* Visit Heavens Harvest Farm's website.
* Download and print their 2010 Spring sign-up form.
* Bring in your registration with check made out to Heavens Harvest Farm this week.
* Can't pop in to the office? Drop the registration in the mail to the farm directly (address is on the form).

Deadline for Spring Registration is March 19
Have questions for us? The Barefoot Dragonfly, 489 Main Street, Stoneham, MA 02180, 617-794-4755.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Reflexology quiz - week of February 15th

We're updating the Facebook and Twitter quiz to be hosted on the blog so everyone can see the answers! Please read the rules posted below to find out if you qualify.

February 15th quiz:
== Your mid-back is tight, what part of the foot would you rub? ==

This week's prize: Joelle Peeter's Reflexology book

Here are the rules:
- One answer per person - please type your answer into the comments field (we cannot guarantee that we will see all comments made on Facebook and Twitter).
- Prizes will not be mailed or shipped (unless otherwise specified as an electronic prize) - you must be able to come by the office to get your gift if you win.
- Prizes not claimed within 14 days of announcement will be put back into the mix for future quizzes.
- Multiple correct guesses will be assigned numbers and drawn by a random generator.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Stoneham Farm Share - Spring 2010

The Barefoot Dragonfly is hoping to participate in the Spring 2010 farm share with Heavens Harvest Farm this year. We need to meet a quota of families participating to qualify as a drop-off. If you live or work in Stoneham, Melrose, Wakefield, Winchester, Woburn, Malden and other nearby towns and want to participate with us please let us know ASAP!

Here's the skinny:

Spring 2010 shares start March 23rd and run for ten weeks. For $32-45 a week you can get fresh-picked, organic fruits and vegetables to get you through this non-growing season!
Summer 2010 shares start mid-June and run for 15 weeks - shares run from $26-40 a week for fresh, organic produce.

A full share will easily feed four adults and some little ones. A half share is just right for two adults and a little one or two. The single share is great for a bachelor or bachelorette. Some folks like to get a full share and give some to a neighbor or retired loved one when they get it home.

The farm will deliver the shares each week to The Barefoot Dragonfly on a specified day (Summer will be Thursday afternoons, Spring will be Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons). Then you just swing by the office that afternoon/early evening, grab your produce (it will be in a reusable bag with your name on it), and take it home! If you can't make it one week you can send a friend or neighbor in your place - otherwise we will donate any abandoned produce and goods to a local charity that can connect it with needy families.

If you're interested we'd love to have you on board! Taking sign-ups for the Spring 2010 season now so register ASAP!
Here's the flyer with info on the Summer share: http://thebarefootdragonfly.com/csa2010summer.pdf
Spring registration form is here: http://www.heavensharvestfarm.com/PDF/spring2010.pdf

Email or call us to let us know you're signing up then bring your check made to Heavens Harvest Farm and registration form by the office. You can also mail your check and registration form directly to the farm.

For those interested in items above and beyond produce I am getting word that special orders can be made for raw milk dairy items (yogurt, cheese), maple syrup, grass fed beef and select meats (lamb, turkey, chicken, venison), and soon some local-made natural wine.