Ouch! Why does my big toe hurt?

I hear this question once in awhile from a client during a session. If I’ve just been working the pituitary/pineal gland reflex, I normally will ask the client “How are you sleeping lately?”. Often the answer will be “Oh, I’m having a horrible time getting to sleep,” or “I fall asleep OK, but I wake up during the night and have a hard time getting back to sleep.”

To put it in really simplistic terms, the pineal gland is responsible for secreting melatonin which controls your biological rhythms. If that gland is out of balance it may be responsible for trouble dropping off to sleep, staying asleep or sleeping deeply enough to feel rested. In addition, you’ll usually have a tender spot in the center of the plantar surface of your great toe on one or both feet. This is the location of the pineal gland reflex. By working on that reflex, I am often able to help clients who are having trouble sleeping. In fact, research studies done in China and France showed a better than 90% success rate in helping resolve sleep problems with Reflexology.

Reflexology can provide a wonderful alternative to prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications for helping improve your sleep. It simply helps your body balance itself, so there are no side-effects and no grogginess. Many of my clients who have had insomnia report that the problem resolves following a series of Reflexology sessions. One client with insomnia came for a couple of sessions but then didn’t show up for her next appointment. I tried to call her, but no answer. Later in the day I heard back from her. She’d been sleeping so deeply that she hadn’t heard either the alarm or the phone and said “Well, at least we know the Reflexology is working!”

So, if your big toe hurts, I’d ask you to consider whether you are having any difficulty sleeping. If so, you might want to give Reflexology a try!

This is the disclaimer to remind you that I am not a licensed physician and cannot give medical advice or treatment.  The information presented here represents my summarization of research information and my clients’ verbal reports. As always, consult your doctor if you need medical advice or treatment.

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Who Uses Reflexology Anyway?

I’ve been doing one of those exercises to analyze my client base in order to better focus my business activity in the coming year and it’s really brought home to me just how diverse are the folks that find Reflexology helps them. Here’s the highlights to give you a little flavor of that diversity:

My clients are about evenly split between men and women and are all over the map with regard to race and cultural background. I’ve seen clients from just about every continent! Both sexes tend to find Reflexology helpful and folks from all over the world appear in my practice.

My clients are also diverse when it comes to their ages. Parents often bring in children for a session to try to address a problem such as allergies, constipation or bed-wetting without resorting to prescription drugs. I see teenagers with problems as diverse as PMS, chronic pain, fatigue, insomnia and sports injuries. Lots of young women see me as they feel Reflexology is helpful for everything from infertility to bunions. Many young men come in for help addressing back, foot, knee or arm pain caused by athletic activites and home improvement projects. Lots of middle-aged clients are trying to address all sorts of issues including high blood pressure, urinary system problems, bunions, emotional issues, insomnia, and ability to focus at work. I see seniors who are trying to manage issues such as balance, long-term pain, hearing or vision problems, arthritis, etc. I see people of all ages who need help with fatigue, recovery from stroke or surgery, receiving and holding a chiropractic adjustment, sleep and digestive issues, cancer therapy side-effects and more.

My clients include lots of nurses, doctors, hairdressers, retail salespeople, landscapers, construction workers, housecleaners, massage therapists and others who spend a lot of time on their feet, do a lot of lifting and may be dealing with plantar fasciitis, neuromas and low back pain or who are experiencing problems caused by repetitive motions such carpal tunnel syndrome and neck/shoulder problems. My practice also tends to be popular with folks who are under a lot of stress including corporate executives, realtors, business owners, counselors, therapists, teachers, accountants, financial planners, engineers, project managers and people in the information technology field. I also see a lot of very healthy people who find Reflexology useful to balance their energy, maintain a good mind/body/spirit alignment and enhance their performance including yoga instructors, fitness coaches, soccer players, runners, dancers and those who participate in martial arts.

So whether you’re from America or elsewhere, whether you’re young or not-so-young, healthy or not-so-healthy, professional, blue-collar, a student, employed or retired, and whether you’ve got health problems or just want to be as healthy as you can be, give real Ingham Method® Reflexology a try. You just may find it helps you, too!

This is the disclaimer to remind you that I am not a licensed physician and cannot give medical advice or treatment.  The information presented here represents my summarization of information provided by my clients and their verbal reports. As always, consult your doctor if you need medical advice or treatment.

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A Diabetic’s Best Friend?

Who can be a diabetic’s best friend? Their Reflexologist, of course! Here’s why:

foot on bed of nailsDiabetes can create cardiovascular problems resulting in serious conditions such as hardening of arteries, gangrene, blindness, loss of sensation or kidney failure. Diabetics are typically very slow to heal and there is usually a concern with any injury regarding infection. Diabetics also may struggle with neuropathy, which has many symptoms, but commonly includes burning, tingling, and loss of sensation in the feet.

Numerous research studies conducted in China recently have documented that Reflexology can be beneficial for diabetics in numerous ways, from improving blood sugar levels to helping wounds heal more quickly.

One of the nicest things about Reflexology for diabetics is just an improvement in simple comfort. Many of my diabetic clients initially reported their feet always felt cold, but after a few regular Reflexology sessions, we both notice their feet are warm when they come in! Reflexology’s wonderful ability to improve nerve and blood supply and promote the unblocking of nerve impulses is the key. One diabetic client reported he could feel the carpet under his feet again after several sessions. Several clients who have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic and were told to monitor their blood sugar levels, reported seeing lower levels after regular Reflexology sessions. So if you know someone struggling with diabetes-related problems or just trying to stay as healthy as possible despite their diabetes, introduce them to their new best friend – a Reflexologist!

This is the disclaimer to remind you that I am not a licensed physician and cannot give medical advice or treatment. These are my personal opinions and the summarization of research as well as verbal and written reports of some of my clients. As always, consult your doctor if you need medical advice or treatment.

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5 Ways Reflexology May Help Cancer Patients

Multiple research studies in various countries, including the US, have shown that Reflexology can be effective to help cancer patients in the following ways:

  • Decreased nausea and vomiting when undergoing chemo or radiation therapy. This isn’t really surprising since Reflexology has been shown to be effective in helping the body return to balance. Just about every sort of digestive problem can be positively impacted with Reflexology, including nausea.
  • A significant and immediate effect on pain; often reducing the need for pain medications. In fact, a study on non-traditional pain management techniques conducted with 1,800 cardiovascular, surgical, oncology and orthopedics patients found that many alternative therapies were capable of significantly relieving pain levels by more than 50 percent across the patient groups tested. For cancer patients looking for alternatives to prescription drugs to manage pain, the studies report Reflexology can deliver results.
  • Improved energy and reduced fatigue – Again this is one of the benefits routinely reported by most of my clients. It’s no surprise that cancer patients would experience the same benefits from Reflexology sessions.
  • Improved mental outlook – This was the effect that most surprised researchers conducting studies on Reflexology for cancer patients. Study participants reported markedly increased feelings of well-being and greatly reduced anxiety. In some studies participants reported they also felt more capable of coping with their situation after receiving Reflexology. Yet again, this is another benefit of Reflexology routinely reported by many of my clients.

I believe as we watch these research studies evolve in coming years another significant area will be documented and that is Reflexology’s ability to relieve stress. While not vastly different from the “improved mental outlook” benefit already reported, the ability to rid our bodies of stress is achieving more recognition today as an area of critical importance to our physical health. Some reports from the medical community have attributed up to 75% of our health issues to stress. Most of my clients who are also cancer survivors tell me relief of stress is tremendously important in their self-care routines post-cancer treatment. We lead such stressful lives these days! New clients are often surprised at the end of a Reflexology session by an understanding of how different they feel when stress is relieved. If our bodies don’t ever feel the absence of stress, how can we pursue vibrant health? I believe Reflexology can help us learn to better recognize and, hopefully, avert stress.

If a friend or loved one is battling cancer, please share this information with them. I’m pleased to provide more research study details in a free consultation.

This is the disclaimer to remind you that I am not a licensed physician and cannot give medical advice or treatment.  The information presented here represents my personal opinion, my summarization of research reports I have reviewed, and the verbal reports of some of my clients. As always, consult your doctor if you need medical advice or treatment.

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I’m Not Dehydrated, Am I?

I know, I know…you think you drink enough water. You’re not thirsty, right? A few years ago, I thought the same. Even though two Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners told me to drink more water. Even though my opthalmologist despaired over my dry eyes. Even though I had allergies, frequent headaches, dark circles under my eyes and kept gaining weight that I just could not lose. I was certain I didn’t need to drink more water. Then, based on some research I’d done and for entirely different health reasons, I made a decision to stop taking over-the-counter allergy medication and drinking carbonated beverages. That pushed me to start drinking much more water than usual and I found out what it’s like to really be hydrated. The headaches and allergies disappeared and the opthalmologist didn’t nag me about dry eyes for the first time ever. I dropped 15 pounds without even trying. I began to have more energy and to sleep better. Wow, this hydration thing was pretty cool!

As a result of my own experience, I became more aware of dehydration as a health concern. When I became a holistic practitioner, I was introduced to a book by the late Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D. (Dr. B for brevity’s sake), entitled Your Body’s Many Cries For Water. Dr B’s books explain his theory that the body has a drought management system and when it doesn’t have enough water it begins shutting down normal operations, beginning with the lungs and digestive system (high asthma rates and increasing obesity levels) and on a longer-term basis other systems including the brain (increasing dementia and Alzheimer’s rates). His book documented some remarkable results in helping asthma sufferers with appropriate water and sodium intake.

I believe Dr B was on to something about dehydration becoming chronic in our population. Most of us find it easy to stop for a coffee or soda, and never bother to drink just simple water. There isn’t a lot of research or advertising when it comes to just plain water and so we don’t have an awareness about it. Many of us don’t understand that caffeinated beverages act to dehydrate us further or how much of our body is water: muscles 75%; blood 82%; lungs 90%; brain 76%; bones 25%. Trying to run your body without adding water routinely is like trying to run your car without oil in the engine.

As I work with my clients, I find it’s a simple task to identify those who drink enough water. Their skin feels healthy and more elastic when touched. They seldom have complaints about allergies, headaches, constipation, joint pain and other common ailments. They seem to need detox therapy less than clients who don’t drink much water. What scares me, however, is that over 70% of my clients fall into the don’t-drink-water-consistently category. When asked how much water they drink, they’ll sheepishly admit they don’t drink enough or tell me they think they do, but then talk about an intake of just one or two cups a day. Those clients who educate  themselves more about drinking water and commit to it are often astonished by the benefits and surprised that I can tell almost immediately.

Most of us don’t know how much water we should drink. Dr B provided a simple guideline in his book. Divide your weight (in pounds) in half, then drink that many ounces of water per day. For example, if you weigh 170 pounds, you need to drink at least 85 ounces. There are 8 ounces in a cup, so that works out to a little more than 10 cups per day. If you drink something with caffeine in it, drink an extra cup of water to offset it. Dr B reiterated that we are misinterpreting many cues from our body as illnesses rather than requests for water. For example, two glasses of water will usually alleviate a headache. Try a glass of water rather than a snack the next time you think you’re hungry. You just might be surprised and delighted by what regular water intake can do for you!

This is the disclaimer to remind you that I am not a licensed physician and cannot give medical advice or treatment. These are my personal opinions and the summarization of research as well as verbal and written reports of some of my clients. As always, consult your doctor if you need medical advice or treatment.

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Battling The Winter Blues

This morning I’m just back from walking a couple of miles in today’s wonderful sunshine and fresh air.  I’m still getting over that nasty virus that’s been going around which lodges in your chest and takes weeks to go away, sapping a good amount of your energy in the bargain. You know, it’s been hard NOT to have the winter blues while trying to still take care of clients and handle everyday responsibilities. I had to force myself to just take a couple of days off and do nothing but rest and I had to schedule some time to let my chiropractor and massage therapist help me with my healing. I also took time for more self-help Reflexology and to do a few IonCleanse sessions just for me to help get my body back on track.

It seems as if the hardest part of healing for me is getting back to a mental attitude of good health and I always notice that the sooner I feel happy, the better I feel physically. Funny how that works, isn’t it? Those happiness vibrations just seem to spread throughout me and chase out the illness more quickly.

One of the things that made me happy the past few days was an e-mail from a regular client who came in last week for a session to address some back pain.  Here’s an excerpt of her message: “Praise God and your wonderful hands, today was my first day with no pain.  I felt so good I even went looking for early spring veggies to plant, but didn’t find any, so I bought my favorite early flower, cyclamen.  I got a very nice message from [her friend] Maria after she saw you today.  I believe you have another client/friend for life.” Now how could I not feel better after getting a message like that! And it reminded me how true it is that I am blessed with so many clients who have become dear friends.

So this morning I found a bit more time for me and my healing. I took that wonderful walk in the sunshine and noticed all the signs of spring so abundant in our area even in the midst of winter.  I found myself giving thanks for the blessings I enjoy and the opportunity I have to help others.

Here’s a few of the gifts from my morning to brighten any winter blues you might be fighting. I’m thankful for you … what blessings do you have?

Hang in there my snowbound friends!

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Reflexology for Bunions?

I’m getting a lot of calls this month from women wondering whether Reflexology might help with bunions or bunionettes. A bunion begins with inflammation and swelling of the small fluid-filled sac (bursa) on the first joint of the big toe, usually accompanied by enlargement and protrusion of the bone at the joint. A bunionette or tailor’s bunion is similar but presents on the little toe.  Although women seem to get them more frequently, they do affect men as well. Bunions can be tender, even painful, and often times are noticeably red compared to the rest of the foot. Very large bunions can make it difficult or painful to wear shoes other than flip-flops or sandals. Many women who consult with me are as concerned about the appearance of their feet as they are about the discomfort. They are looking for a non-surgical solution to their problem, not only to avoid anesthesia and drugs, but also to avoid surgical scars.

As a Reflexologist, by law I am not allowed to treat for a specific condition, but I can share that I have worked with quite a few clients who have bunions. They have reported increased mobility in the affected toe joint after a Reflexology session. We’ve also found that zero-point energy wanding combined with Reflexology seems to help reduce the inflammation and redness. Some clients even report they are fitting back into shoes they hadn’t been able to wear for a long while due to the bunions. They also tell me they are pleased with the improved appearance of their feet.

Everyone is different and how your bunions might respond to Reflexology and zero-point energy therapy depends on many factors including how long you’ve had them, what sort of shoes you wear, and how committed you are to improving your condition. In my experience, many of my clients have reported improvements with regular sessions.

This is the disclaimer to remind you that I am not a licensed physician and cannot give medical advice or treatment. These are my personal opinions and the summarization of verbal reports of some of my clients. As always, consult your doctor if you need medical advice or treatment.

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Reasons Athletes Use Reflexology

Whether you’re a pro-athlete, semi-pro, or a just a weekend warrior trying to stay healthy, incorporating Reflexology into your fitness program can provide amazing benefits. Here’s a few reasons both research and my clients say Reflexology can help athletes:

  1. According to research at Bonash University, Australia, Reflexology can remove lactic acid from the legs four times faster than massage. Some clients who run marathons and half-marathons find a session after their race provides helpful relief for tightness in their legs.
  2. Reflexology can increase circulation to an injured area of the body, so it helps support the body’s natural ability to heal itself and can promote faster recovery from injuries. If you have an injury to the foot, a Reflexologist can work on your hand instead. The hand is the “referral area” for the foot and vice versa, so it’s possible to help even when a hand or foot is too badly injured to work directly.
  3. Reflexology can address pain. Many athletes experience foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis, neuroma or tendonitis. These conditions can can be addressed by surgery and other medical treatments, but lots of athletes are holistically inclined and want to avoid drugs and surgery. Many report Reflexology has been a viable option for them. One client with plantar fasciitis pain had a first Reflexology session early in the week and then ran a four mile race later that week without pain. Several other clients who love to hike but have a neuroma found Reflexology helped to get them back on the trail quickly. Others who participate in sports that stress the shoulders, arms and hands such as golf, tennis, racquet-ball, or water-skiing have reported Reflexology helped to address their issues such as tennis elbow and forearm pain.
  4. A Reflexology session promotes deep relaxation and can improve sleep. Many athletes find Reflexology is useful to help ease nervousness and achieve better sleep in advance of an event. Research has shown a Reflexology session creates a deeply restful and healing brainwave state. One client who is a distance-runner, even uses our sessions for visualizing a successful race! She reports it helps calm her and believes it enhances her performance.

So there are good reasons for any athlete to consider adding Reflexology to a fitness regimen. Even if you’re not in it to win, the benefits can be terrific for your overall health and enable you to keep up your fitness routine!

This is the disclaimer to remind you that I am not a licensed physician and cannot give medical advice or treatment. These are my personal opinions and the summarization of research as well as verbal and written reports of some of my clients. As always, consult your doctor if you need medical advice or treatment.

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Study Shows Reflexology Helps Reduce Pain

From Personal Liberty News Desk – Summary of results in a recent study by Abbott Northwestern Hospital showed reflexology and other alternative therapies can effectively reduce pain levels by more than 50%:

Non-traditional Pain Management Techniques Found To Be Effective In Acute Care Hospital

Has reflexology helped reduce pain for you?  We love to hear your stories.

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Improving Health Through Detoxification

Read about a nurse who has used ion cleanse herself to help with kidney problems:

“I was skeptical,” she admitted. “I kept trying to find fault. But I felt better.” Now, four and a half years later, without dialysis, her kidney disease has remained stable and she takes no medications, other than potassium. [read more]

Are you skeptical about alternative health care?  I was too until I experienced the benefits  for myself.  I’d love to meet with you for a free consultation.

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