Did you know that there are over 300 points on the ear that map to other parts of your body? And just like the foot, hands and face, you can stimulate the ear to alleviate health conditions in other parts of the body?
It's called auriculotherapy. Auriculotherapy is based upon ancient Chinese beliefs but also includes discoveries made by the French physician, Dr Paul Nogier in the 1950s. Commonly used by acupuncturists - either using needles or a electro-acupuncture tool as part of their treatment plan or by affixing 'ear seeds' at the end of the session to reinforce a treatment.
There are 4 main ways that ear points are stimulated; using needles by an acupuncturist, using your own finger or a metal probe to massage or press an area, affixing a very small seed on the points or by using an electroacupuncture tool.
Auriculotherapy has long been used for pain control but recent studies are showing it is useful for many other conditions such as; dementia, insomnia, addictions, stress, weight loss, migraines, TMJ and others.
While I don't have a lot of training in auriculotherapy, I was given some instruction on this technique during my training for foot reflexology and in my Ocular Therapy course @ the Intl Institute of Reflex Therapy, some ear points are used for eye conditions. I've decided to do some further exploration of this technique and you, my lovely clients, have the opportunity to experience it yourself.
With your permission, I will use my new electroacupuncture tool at the onset of your session to activate a few master points. This will jump start the relaxation process. Then, if you have specific health issues, we can consider placing some ear seeds in your ear after your regular reflexology session. The ear seeds will apply a very gentle pressure on the points while the seeds remain in place. Some practitioners advocate pressing on them a few times a day yet others claim doing so may move the seed from the intended point and not be as beneficial. Typically, the adhesive will become loose in 2 to 4 days. At that time remove them. Seeds may be placed in both ears or can be done on one side one time, the other side the next time.
What do you think? Interested? If yes, please, lend me your ears so that we might learn and experience what auriculotherapy has to offer.
NOTE: There is no extra charge for this service using the tool or the basic ear seeds. If you'd like one of the decorative ear seed options (crystal or clear tape), a fee of $5 will be charged.
FIR = Far Infrared Therapy. What is it? Think of it as the sun minus the bad stuff like UV light. FIR therapy mat. Think of it as a penetrating heating pad minus the bad stuff (EMF). Heating pads do provide warmth but only at the skin's surface. Heating pads also provide a high dose of electro-magnetic fields (not a good thing!).
Far infrared penetrates deeper into the body and therefore, can have a possible therapeutic value. The mats are designed to keep EMF exposurevery low. Most FIR mats contain various stones (jade, tourmaline, amethyst are common). This produces negative ions (with the positive effect of triggering an overall better mood, purifying the air and more).
FIR therapy has been shown to relieve back pain in minutes, reduce stress, restore energy, boost the immune system, assist in restful sleep and aid in detoxification. And who wouldn't benefit from any or all of these claims. I now use a jade/tourmaline FIR mat so that your reflexology experience with me will be even better!
Plantar fasciitis = Ouch! This condition presents itself as pain in the heel and bottom of the foot overall. It can be particularly severe with the 1st steps of the day.
It develops over time, typically with one foot and possibly in both. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament. The plantar fascia ligament is made of fibrous bands of tissue and runs between the heel bone and your toes and stretches with every step. Inflammation develops when a tear occur in the tissue.
Why? The most common causes are;
1. An overload of physical activity or exercise.
4. Wearing incorrect shoes.
5. Mechanics of the foot(flat feet, high arches, pronation, or having an abnormal gait).
Regardless of the specific reason, INFLAMMATION is the common result. I believe by regularly providing circulation to the foot in various ways (both at home and with therapy such as TCM based reflexology) is going to provide relief.
BUT, can I say that for sure? Not yet and that is why this condition is my current PROVE IT SPECIAL. A PROVE IT SPECIAL is a way for me to determine how helpful Sorensensistem Reflex Therapy can be for certain conditions. Of course, I've heard many great stories from Lone Sorensen but I am looking to experience them with my clients first hand. In return for making a weekly commitment, you get a great price per session!
Japanese Face Lifting Sorensensistem is an anti-wrinkle natural beauty treatment using muscle stimulation, face acupressure points and lymphatic drainage. This technique is for YOU if you want to;
To be clear, this is not a facial involving masks though as with all face sessions, I do wipe your face with organic rose water and apply a small amount of organic rose hip seed oil.
I recently completed additional training from the Intl Institute of Reflex Therapy on working with mouth issues using Reflex Therapy. As a believer in natural body care (& making it myself if I can), I wanted to share with you some simple & natural mouth care ideas to support your quest to improve your mouth. I suggest only using natural and ideally organic mouth care ingredients. Why? Because the skin DOES absorb what you put on it to a certain degree. My understanding is that the thinner the skin, the more absorbable it is - this means your lips and gums!
The basic mouth care routine includes brushing your teeth & flossing regularly. Okay, boring, you all know that but what kind of toothpaste, what kind of toothbrush and let’s add a few other ideas to consider and hopefully add to your mouth beauty routine.
You don’t need fancy toothpaste and no longer do you have to worry about putting the cap back on the tube or rolling up the tube! Instead, using a homemade or store bought tooth powder is the answer. A bonus is that tooth powders travel well. Here are some recipes for you to try;
1. Sea salt. That’s it. Just sprinkle some sea salt onto your brush and away you go.
2. Baking soda with a drop of an essential oil.
3. Mineralizing recipe: 1 tablespoon each of turmeric, activated charcoal, sea salt and finely ground eggshells or calcium carbonate.
4. Herbal tooth powder recipe: 3 parts oak bark, horsetail and peppermint, 6 parts comfrey, 1 part cloves.
Brushing with a soft toothbrush that you replace regularly (monthly is best) is the way to go. You may want to dip your brush in a tea tree/water solution or hydrogen peroxide to keep it clean.
If you use a mouthwash, try a simple sea salt water solution or just filtered water with an essential oil like tea tree oil. Aloe vera juice is another good choice.
MASSAGE YOUR GUMS
Gum disease would benefit from massaging your gums. Add 6 drops of an essential oil to 1 tablespoon of oil (coconut, sesame, olive, almond, etc). Consider any of these oils; clove oil, myrrh, frankincense, chamomile, silver fir, bitter orange or basil.
Have bad breath? While bad breath has a deeper cause, using tongue scraper can help.
Whiten teeth over time by applying an activated charcoal paste or baking soda paste to your teeth. Let it sit for 15 minutes before brushing and rinsing. Do this weekly.
Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil (typically sesame, coconut or olive oil) in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. The theory behind oil pulling is that the oil breaks through plaque and remove toxins without disturbing the teeth or gums.
How to do: Swish for 20 minutes. Apparently the timing is key, according to Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy, as this is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out. It will also double in volume during this time due to saliva. At first, it can be difficult to make it the full 20 minutes. When done, spit oil in the trash can (not the sink as it may clog pipes). Do not swallow either as it likely contains bacteria & toxins (we hope). Rinse and brush.
TOOTH ACHE REMEDIES
OUCH! Mouth pain may be reduced by shining a red heat lamp on the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes several times a day. Hold a tablespoon of colloidal silver in your mouth by the tooth until it is mostly absorbed, spit out any excess. Topical herbs to apply on the tooth; Echinacea, ground cloves (or oil), goldenseal, oregano oil.
Last but not least is to use reflex therapy regularly. I'd be happy to design a protocol for your main concerns.
Oh, my aching tooth! Cavities, root canals, inflamed gums, pulled teeth are obviously related to your teeth. But did you know that joint troubles, emotional issues, etc may also be due to tooth problems?
According to Traditional Chinese medicine, each tooth is related to a meridian, cranial & facial nerves. If you have a problem with your health whether physical or mental, it can impact your teeth.
T was my case study for the Teeth Reflex Therapy course from The International Institute of Reflex Therapy. He had several teeth that had probable cavities and areas where his gums were receding along with some tightness in his jaw.
In T's case, 2 of the 3 problem teeth were in the same meridian so I used that information when setting up his tailored plan. Working over 10 weeks on both his face and feet yielded positive results. T not only enjoyed the work done especially the release of tension he felt in his face but noticed less tooth sensitivity and he felt that the receding gum areas actually improved.
Move it! That's what your lymph needs you to do in order for it to do it's job. Our lovely lymph is responsible for removing toxins & protecting against harmful invaders. But it does not have a pump so it's up to YOU to move.
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. The lymphatic system primarily consists of lymphatic vessels, which are similar to the circulatory system's veins and capillaries. The vessels are connected to lymph nodes, where the lymph is filtered. The tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are all part of the lymphatic system. (from Live Science website: www.livescience.com)
Good ways to move your lymph is walking, rebounding, drinking sufficient water, dry skin brushing, massage and of course, REFLEX THERAPY! I recently enrolled in a online course from Lone Sorensen's International Reflex Therapy school on performing lymphatic drainage on your face.
Using face lymphatic drainage is ideal for those on a weight loss program, while undergoing a cleanse, if you have an infection or are on medication, have cancer, edema, sinus problems and so much more. The special technique uses a light pumping action and is very relaxing as it invokes our rest & repair response (aka the parasympathetic system).
MOVE IT...and schedule your appointment today!
Have you thought about what your goals are for 2017? Whatever your goals may be, I'd like to support you with REFLEX THERAPY.
WEIGHT LOSS: While you need to do your part by paying attention to diet and exercise, face reflex therapy can jump start the shedding of pounds. How? Sign up for a few weekly face reflex therapy sessions which includes a few simple face techniques you do yourself at home and see what happens.
DETOX/CLEANSE: Are you planning on doing a juice cleanse or some other detoxification protocol? Then try TCM foot reflex therapy to improve your circulation and thereby enhance your cleanse/detox.
STRESS CONTROL: It's important to care for yourself and use various methods to keep stress under control. What better way than to schedule regular appointments with your reflex therapist!
OVERALL IMPROVED WELL-BEING: You guessed it...regular reflex therapy can play a part in this goal too.
MAKING A MILLION $: Okay, I can't help you make a million but a relaxing hour session on your feet or face might just make you feel like a million $.
LOOKING FORWARD TO HELPING YOU in 2017. Happy New Year!
FK, male, over 60 yrs old, has Raynaud’s disease, had left knee replacement surgery 2 yrs ago, high blood pressure (medication), various muscle/joint complaints particularly the left side of his body. FK concerns are his continued inflammation/pain in the left knee, weight issues & allergies. He has also noticed some inflammation/throbbing in his toes recently.
FK had the following to say about changes he noticed at the end of 10 weekly session: There is relief in my calves, especially in my left leg with the knee replacement. I don’t wake up with the weird toe sensation anymore. I look forward to these sessions as I know they will alter my mood.
FK used to visit me when I followed the Ingham method of reflexology based on an Egyptian model. Here's what he said about the differences: Working from foot to foot on same areas felt more balanced. Previously, one foot was done, as the other “waited.” There was a balance of positive sensation not previously felt with the other method. Quite effective.
BN, 62, requires reading glasses to read books or computer use. He tends to tilt head back to read up-close. He also frequently gets eye tics due to the stress on his eyes.
The distance he can read comfortably (w/o squinting or tilting head) with glasses at the start of therapy was 19.5 inches.
After the first session, BN commented that his eyes felt refreshed & bright. After the 3rd session, he noticed he is having less eye tics and at the end of the 10 session, the eye tics have not returned. Again, I measured the distance and he improved from 19.5 inches to 23 inches with glasses.
This was a case study for my ocular therapy course. Consider using Face Reflex therapy SORENSENSISTEM for near or far sightedness, astigmatism, diabetic eye related diseases, macular degeneration, cataracts, crossed eyes, poor night vision and more.