Researchers have once again shown reflexology to have benefits for reducing pain thresholds. A recently published study in Complimentary Therapies in Clinical Practice suggests that reflexology may be useful on its own or as an adjunct to medication in the treatment of pain conditions. Fifteen volunteers took part in a controlled experiment where they immersed their hands in a container of ice. Threshold levels were measured until they were unable to tolerate the pain further. Before submerging in ice they received a reflexology session and a separate session using a fake TENS treatment (an electronic method of pain relief—Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) to rule out any placebo effects. The unit’s power was off. Results showed that reflexology increased acute pain thresholds 40% and a 45% increase in thresholds occurred compared to the fake TENS treatment. The authors concluded that reflexology likely causes the release of chemicals from the brain that lessen pain signals.
I just read a great article by Karen Kingston, feng shui expert and author of many books on clutter clearing, getting organized and getting rid of STUFF that may have emotional underpinnings. She talked about someone who agonized about letting go of six boxes of handicraft materials she had hauled from home to home for years and never used. Sound familiar? I had a neighbor with the same problem. Turns out the stuff was her deceased mothers and together they planned to start a crafts business. She never forgave her mother ‘for dying’ and spent the past ten years mourning what she should have done with her life, burdened with a garage full of craft supplies. What is it that makes some people want to hold on to things, and other people not to care about them at all?
“I can’t afford it”. It’s likely that no one ever told you that your business as a holistic healer involved you being prepared for what it would feel like when prospective clients’ money issues came flying at you…or what to do about it!
First off, knowing some basic consumer-psychology behind this phrase, “I can’t afford it”, will enable you to empower your clients to invest in themselves. Secondly, as a business owner you must be secure in your service and value to attract financial flow. Let’s reframe the phrase. It’s not an objection but actually a worry. When we help clients to feel safe, to trust and believe that we provide solutions to help them feel better, the value for them becomes priceless.
Entrepreneurs have the greatest opportunity! Independent professionals in business (I call us “Holistic-Preneurs”) - what a profession - to love what you do and do what you love! As the captain of your ship, you get to decide many things in your business: to choose this as a livelihood or fulfillment or both; how much money you want to make, the hours you want to work, when to take vacation and just what you want to do and when! Does your reality match up with the dream? If not, what’s missing?
We are living in such an important time period for healing and transformation…in personal lives and in our collective world. As we move into the Lunar Eclipse Full Moon on April 25, the energy message is that major world events will continue to bring more discussion, change of direction and clearly potential issues that have been put off or patched up are coming front and center needing transformation.
First, the bad news: stress-related illness is at an all time high. The ugly: constant stress is dangerous to health. The good: there are helpful and effective ways to reduce and eliminate stress. The key is to start now and practice consistency.
Statistics show that 95% of healthcare visits in America are stress-related. More than 30% of people say they are under constant stress and 80% indicate their stress has grown in the last 5 years. Fibromylagia, a chronic pain condition thought to be stress-based, is on the rise. Chronic unresolved stress causes useless fatigue, emotional and physical pain and subsequent dis-ease.
New research suggests that reflexology may be as effective as painkillers. The University of Portsmouth researchers said results of a study showed that those who received reflexology felt 40% less pain and felt relief for 45% longer.
Dr. Carol Samuel said that reflexology could be used in conjunction with drugs to treat such as osteoarthritis. back pain and cancers. She said: “As we predicted, reflexology decreased pain sensations. It is likely that reflexology works in a similar manner to acupuncture by causing the brain to release chemicals that lesson pain signals.” The study has been published in the Journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.
What exactly occurs in the tissue of the feet to cause those lumps, bumps, tightness, thickness and painfulness that reflexologists refer to as tender reflex areas? Research by Dr. Jesus Manzanares, MD defines the phenomenon of these abnormalities as DEPOSITS. Deposits of what?
Through study of biopsies performed by Dr. Jesus Manzanares, MD, science clearly reveals a specific composition of organic tissue that explains more than meets the fingers. Theories have always abounded to attempt an explanation that includes toxins, calcium, inorganic waste matter, congestion and the confusing and inaccurate term of ‘crystals’ for lack of an intelligent answer. Dr. Manzanares had several goals in his early research and one was to determine exactly why the feet manifest these distinct and palpable tissue variances.