Reflexology For The Spirit

Choose Water!

When you think about dieting, you probably don’t even think about water.  Instead, you think about things you’re going to give up in order to release those unwanted pounds.

Before you even decide many details of your diet, explore what you’re going to drink…and why.  You may find that you’re thinking MORE and not Less.

For starters, drink more for a successful diet.   Think more ounces, and cups, in glasses, bottles, and cans.

But…more and not less of what?

For starters, drink less tea, carbonated drinks, alcohol, and 100% fruit juices.  Better yet, skip anything with a calorie.

Now is the best time to eliminate carbonation.  Break the diet soda pop drink habit today!

Choose water!

If you’re stuck on diet sodas, you may discover many options you never considered before.  It may take several days or weeks even to try out all the new found options just waiting for you to try on  grocery shelves.

As you sample  the many drinks out there, avoid artificial sweeteners if you can.  These artificial sweeteners haven’t been proven to support your weight loss.

As you test different products,  put them in categories because there are so many choices.

Water is Your First Choice.  Not all water tastes the same.  You’ll have fun choosing your favorite.

For starters, put waters in two basic categories:  natural spring water and purified water.  Personally, I went for the purified waters to begin with.   I found so  many delicious spring waters that now I keep several different waters on my pantry shelves.

There are many, many infused waters to choose from.

Also on this first list, include strained homemade broth.

Your Second Choice is Water with Stevia-Sweetened Flavor Drops.  These products are essentially products with liquid water enhancers added.

Decaffeinated herbal teas come in the water-with-enhancers category.

Flavored Drinks sweetened with Stevia are your third choice.

Artificially flavored sweetened beverages make up your fourth choice.   This choice includes sugar-free popsicles, sugar-free gelatin and any broths with MSG.

This last category is your jettison section. 

Don’t even consider diet soda pops, seltzer waters, sugar-sweetened beverages, fruit juice, milkshakes, and fancy coffee drinks.  Erase them from your consciousness.

Discovering your new favorite drink may take some persistence and a few trips to the super market.  Don’t rush this search.   This is an important discovery for you.  You’re searching for a beverage to live with.

Take all the time you want.

I shopped in my super market for years and never really paid a lot of attention to what waters were sitting on the shelves.

Recently, I went to my favorite super market and looked at all the different bottled/canned waters out there.  This time, I really looked at what was on the shelves.  What I saw amazed me!

It seemed my new diet was opening up a whole new world for me…a world of waters!

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But first, do the spiritual work.

You need spiritual work because  your weight loss diet brings change – spiritual change.

Success is easier when you speak to your inner self and ground your core in  the new goals you’ve set for your spiritual work.

Now is a good time to embark on this spiritual journey.  Choices, problems, challenges overwhelm us daily with information and current events.  Everywhere we turn, people,  animals, plants, air,  water, and the earth even,  cry out for help. We are drowning in all the needs for healing.

Spiritual work looms large.

You need spiritual work because a weight-loss diet brings change  – physical,  mental and spiritual change.

To understand what is swirling around you, go to your spiritual center.  This is the source of your strength, grounding, and peace.  Here is where you’ll find your truth, your love and the core of your focus.   This is where you’ll find  weight loss success in your spiritual work.

This is where you’ll realize how much easier your life will be when your physical  body is no longer weighted down with extra pounds.  For some of us, there are pounds and pounds of protection to release.

Guided meditations can be a positive experience for you now.  I’ve relied on guided meditations for years.  My three favorite guided meditation books were edited several years ago by Larry Moen.  Entitled “Meditations for Awakening”,  “Meditations for Transformation”, and “Meditations for Healing”,  these books are  available on Amazon.

For me, these guided meditations offer a link between  feelings,  weight loss, and  wellbeing.

Forgiveness is helpful.   As forgiveness heals your soul, dieting will be easier  because  you won’t need to hoard  pounds.

When forgiveness happens, some of your protection pounds will evaporate into the ethers.

That doesn’t mean  you don’t need to change your eating habits and exercise  more.  But it does mean that  it’s easier  to accomplish a weight-loss  goal.

Forgiveness can be a path all its own.  Begin by forgiving  everything past, everything present, and everything future.

Forgive everything and everybody – including people and events you’ve forgotten.  Simply forgive everyone.  Forgive everyone who even possibly needs forgiveness.

The idea is to clear everything up between you and everyone, now and forever.

Release people to their own lives  – now and in peace.

And, last but not least, forgive yourself!

Write a daily forgiveness mantra.

You may find inspiration in some forgiveness prayers by Dr. Catherine Ponder.  I didn’t copy them here because I couldn’t find out for sure whether they are copyrighted.

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When you read them, some things  will resonate with you.  Others will not.  But, whether you  use some of the guidelines or none, one thing is for sure.  You will, day by day, leave the past behind.

Diets are not always easy.     But anything worthwhile can have its challenges.

Each of us, on  a diet or not, is on a spiritual journey.  Each of us is travelling separately.  But, we are all together.

It’s time to change old patterns,  seek  freedoms found in forgiveness, and  see beyond the past into an expanded  now.

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Are You On a Diet? Let’s get active, eat better, and lose weight.

I don’t know about you, but  I’ve discovered some interesting extra pounds recently.  Not only am  I eating more but I’m also moving less.  It seems  with each passing day, I’m older and  rounder.

Sometimes I feel like I can’t win this battle.  Then, I think about my situation and I realize that I can win this battle.  I need to go on a diet.

The last time I went on a diet, I lost almost three dozen pounds.  That was a long time ago.  Almost thirty years ago, to be exact.  I kissed carbs goodbye and the pounds went along with them.

This time I think I can have a more successful diet and my life will be easier, too.  So…I’m taking this diet week-by-week.  I plan to lose weight using newer, more effective, techniques.  I plan to be healthier.

I hope to do some more interesting things along the way, too.

Will you join me?

I’m hoping to  share  effective weight-loss tips to make weight loss easier and more fun.  I’m also hoping I’ll be able to keep the weight off!

For my first week on this diet, I’m thinking of ways to move more.  I’m getting active for more energy.

I have a weekly zoom yoga/fitness class with Carolyn Abedor on Thursday mornings.  I would prefer to have two classes each week with her but I’m working  on Tuesday mornings when she offers her other class.  I would love to rearrange my work schedule but, so far, have been unable to do so.

I spend a few  minutes on a personal trampoline each day.  Reflexologists love personal trampolines and I’m no exception.

At least twice daily,  my 5-pound chihuahua walks me down the street.  That will soon end when the snow comes.  Taco can’t stand icy roads.

So, I’m seeking other active options.

I try to walk more at work and I like to walk  more when I food shop.

A new goal is to put in about 300 extra steps every day – no matter what.  I plan to add more physical activities over time until I’ve move these 300 steps to 30 minutes of daily exercise.

I’m searching for low-impact activities on exercise videos such as YouTube and Amazon.  I’m planning to check out some videos at the library.  I also plan to contact my area hospital to see what programs are available at its wellness center.

Thank you for allowing me to share this journey with you.  I wish us all success in this quest for better health and a better weight.

Meanwhile, for this week, Let’s Move!

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Thurman Greco

 

Is it a Cold, the Flu, or Coronavirus?

For months we’ve all been reading and hearing about a resurgence of  the coronavirus combined with the flu.    So…what does this mean?

Every year I hear the same question at the beginning of flu season:  HOW DO YOU KNOW WHETHER IT’S A COLD OR THE FLU?  This season, the question is a little different:  HOW DO YOU KNOW WHETHER IT’S A COLD OR THE FLU OR CORONAVIRUS?

There are some real differences.

Fever is rare with a cold.  Fever is common with the flu.  It’s usually high and lasts three or four days.

Headaches are rare with a cold but common with the flu.

Cold sufferers may have slight aches and pains.  Flu sufferers have definite aches and pains which may be severe.

Extreme fatigue and/or weakness is just not a factor with a cold.  Exhaustion is common with the flu – especially at the onset of the illness.

Sore throat, stuffy nose, and sneezing are common with a cold.  A person suffering with a cold may have mild symptoms to include a hacking cough.  With the flu, these symptoms can become severe.

With colds, treatment includes antihistamines, decongestants.  With the flu, the patient needs to consult with a physician about any needed medication.

Coronavirus complicates things.

Many people experience fever as the first symptom of Coronavirus.

The second  symptom is often  a combination of a cough and muscle pain.

Nausea and vomiting make up the third tier.

These symptoms are usually followed by diarrhea.

And, that’s not all.  Some people experience a loss of taste or smell.

And, some people experience deeply reddish-blue toes (chillblains).

Others  have headache and dizziness.

The bottom line here is that coronavirus has many symptoms while colds and flu

are much less complicated.

If you suspect coronavirus, go get tested.  Waiting around while you try to decide you are sick and contagious or not is not good for you and it’s not good for those around you.

There  are several tools at your disposal which can help you early on.

A thermometer is essential.  Take your temperature daily.

When I’m out in the community, my temperature is the key to getting into the office  where I have an appointment.

The no-touch forehead fever thermometer gun has become ubiquitous on  receptionists’ desks wherever I go.

There’s no reason why you shouldn’t take your temperature every morning.  Your temperature can accompany your blood pressure reading.  You can keep your thermometer gun beside your blood pressure cuff.

Then, you only need one other item: a pulse oximeter.  A pulse oximeter estimates the amount of oxygen in your blood.

If you have coronavirus, your pulse oximeter will register a lower oxygen level in your body.  This is because with coronavirus, your lungs are inflamed.  (Actually, with coronavirus, inflammation is all over your body).

So, if you are concerned about your health because you may become exposed to coronavirus, you can help yourself with your temperature,  your blood pressure, and your oxygen level.

If you feel ill, you will help your healthcare professional with  these three scores.

For those who aren’t really familiar with an oximeter, it is the little plastic  clip  placed on your finger when you get your blood pressure measured.

These devices are not that expensive, are easy to use, and you can find an explanatory chart which will explain the meaning of the score.

Whatever you decide, prevention is important.  Wash your hands often, wear a mask always when you leave your home, use hand sanitizer and don’t go anywhere around other people if you can help it.

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September Solstice – a Time to Focus on Wellness and Healing for Ourselves and Our Planet

The September Solstice is a time to promote wellness and healing throughout the planet.  Please take a moment to dwell on a planet where all beings experience wellness and coexist in honor and support.

Visualize a world where all beings experience positive renewal and growth as wellness and healing become real.  Get to know all the wonderful opportunities in your world for growth and hope throughout our planet.

As the planet goes into its next phase, support your spirit and encourage healing and wellness to all plants and animals on earth.  Make a place for yourself during this time to encourage spiritual growth.

Think of ways you can invite universal balance in your life.  Think of how you fit into your day, into your world, into your goals.

Check in with yourself to give support to your spirit.  Focus on a world where everyone  works together  with respect and harmony in support of all needs.

Create  a vision of peace and wellness for yourself.  Attract spiritual calm.

Expand your peace and wellness and spiritual calm to include every living thing in the world.

Thank you for reading this meditation.

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Thurman

4 Times to Rely on Your Abdominal Brain: Know When to Go With Your Gut

 

Hello there, cerebral brain!  It’s me, your abdominal brain.  There are some important situations in life when we can work together.   Actually, we work together daily.

I send you information all the time.  I want you to know what happens in the abdomen where I live and work.

When I send red flags bubbling up, I hope you listen.

Example 1:

You are looking for a new job and may have an offer.

In this process, you sometimes when you need need more information.

You don’t have a job offer until you know the day you are expected to report to work, where you are expected to be on the start of your first work day, the name of the person you are to report to, and the amount of money you will be paid.

Can’t decide whether the job offer is for you?  List all the positives about the job.  Next, follow that list with a list of all the negatives.  If the positives outweigh the negatives, you can begin to feel good about your offer.

If you don’t…think about what your abdominal brain is trying to tell you.  Maybe, for the moment, you need to override your abdominal brain and use your head for a while.  Or, maybe you need to listen to your abdominal brain and learn from its wisdom.

Example 2:

When you can’t eat or sleep, your abdominal brain is talking to you.   Something isn’t sitting right for you.

You may have a stomach bug.

Or, you may also be hearing from your  abdominal brain.  What situation is causing physical stress?  Is your abdominal brain working with your intuition to tell you  it’s time to   deal with it.

What decision-making skills do you need to reduce this stress and  live a more comfortable life?  Your pros-and-cons list can help here.  You can also listen to your inner self which tells you what you need to know.

While you decide what to do, spend some time reducing your stress.  As you  lower your stress level, you may find yourself in a place where it’s easier to  listen to your inner voice and your abdominal brain wisdom.

When this happens, you make way for a path to appear for you.

Example 3:

You encounter a situation or someone who is suffering.

Your abdominal brain appeals to you to help others.  But, then, your cerebral brain or your friends and coworkers try to talk you out of it.

You experience objections:  “I’m in a rush.” “This may be a scam.” “If I give this person money for food, she may just buy drugs with it.”

Think, for a moment, about a time when you were in need.  How lonely was your situation?  If someone stepped in to help, did your view of the world change?

This might be a time to pay your gratitude forward.

Example 4:

You are in a situation where a person is talking to you and suddenly your gut does flip flops or you get negative chills or you feel trapped.

This is not a time to dismiss your abdominal brain message.  You are in a situation which is not good for you and your body knows it.   This is a time to follow your gut.

Physically, remove yourself from the premises.

At a party or other group gathering?   Leave.  Now.

Getting ready to get on an elevator?  Back off.  Don’t get on the elevator.  Go somewhere else instead.

Walking down a hallway and suddenly realize you are alone in a dark, public place?  Get out of there immediately.  Find people.  Find lights.

In all of the above situations, you must make a stand for what your gut  knows.  It’s okay.  This is one of the things your body is built to do.

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Thurman Greco

It’s Here! A Wellness for All Reflexology Video

It’s time!

THE VIDEO IS AVAILABLE NOW!

What began as reflexology class notes years ago has now become an informative and entertaining video  just waiting for you!

One evening several months ago Karen White, Arlene Ferrieri and I drove out to Palenville to my publisher’s studio and very casually produced this video.  Our intention is to offer a dialogue about reflexology which is easy to follow and use.

I hope you like it!

And, the price is sooo right.  Simply go to

www.thurmangreco.com and click on videos.

There it is!  It’s waiting for you and your donation.  Every penny is destined to feed the hungry.  No one received any payment for providing this video.

It is our hope that you will enjoy this video and find it informative as well as entertaining.

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It is my dream that people will be as happy with this video as they are with the book,  which is going into its third edition.

If you like this video, I hope you’ll send thoughts of gratitude to Karen and Arlene and everyone at Turning Mill who gave of their time with love.

Thurman Greco

 

Use the reflexology you keep in your toolbox – Part 6

One nice thing I like about reflexology:  it’s adaptable.

You don’t have to do a lot to prepare for a reflexology  session.  Don’t get me wrong.  Your session preparation can be as elaborate as you can imagine and desire.  It can include music, incense, essential oils, enfolding comforters, gentle lighting, and anything else you want to add to support your client partner.

But when the going gets tough, all you have to do is gently touch a person’s hands or feet for a few moments.  Reflexology warm-ups and warm-downs are powerful.  And there are few to no contraindications to touch a person.

And, a person doesn’t have to be lying by the side of the road to qualify for a gentle touch and nothing more.

Reflexology works well with other modalities.  I love to add Reiki therapy and chakra healing but there are many more modalities that work fine.  The choice is up to you.

On a gurney or roadside, I would certainly add Reiki but, honestly, it’s not necessary.  Reflexology will do the job quite well.

Popular reflexology holds which are appropriate for gurney or roadside situations include simply holding the person’s hands  or feet.

If I can’t make contact any other way, a hand placed on a shoulder can be effective.

I like to begin a session with a gentle solar plexus hold.  After that, I might hold the person’s heels to offer comfort and support.  Gently holding a person’s lymphatic reflexes for a  minute can bring calm.

And, truthfully, Reflexology’s job is to bring about homeostasis.  This  happens in a session, no matter the circumstances.

At your table, reflexology will generate a different result during each session.  That’s because your client is different every day on a cellular level.   This daily difference produces a unique outcome at every session.

But, no matter the circumstance, reflexology is a heavy lifter in your toolbox.  It will not let you down.  After a session, don’t waste even a minute thinking you should have done something else or touched the person’s feet or hands another way.  Your hands did the right thing at the right moment for this person.

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Thurman

Healing Music – an important part of your toolbox – Part 5

Music is an important component of healing because everything has its very own musical component.

When we speak to one another (or to ourselves), our voices transmit a unique spiritual music.  Each person’s voice is individual.

When we move, our bodies send a tempo representing our feelings at the moment.

Everything around us is musical because we are all composed of energy.

When we offer reflexology or Reiki therapy or chakra healing or any number of other healing modalities, each one has it’s own music.  But, that doesn’t mean that an added layer of healing music isn’t important.  The healing music you play while you heal a person contributes to that person’s wellness.

I have known healers who used only one or two musical selections for everyone.  Other healers had stacks and stacks of cd’s to choose from.

I have also known client partners who preferred a specific song.  One  client partner wanted only a  special song playing when she entered the healing room.  She wanted nothing more.  For her, healing began when she heard the music she chose.   Her choice:  “Nada Himalaya” by Deuter.  New Earth Records produced this CD.

My thoughts on this:  Whatever works for your client is the right choice.

The important thing is not whether I like the music or not.  My preferences don’t matter.   The important thing is that the person who needs and receives the healing responds positively to what she hears.

I have client partners who only want to hear chants.  Others dislike the chants and don’t want to hear them.  My job is to discover what music each client prefers and have it playing during each session.

If you don’t know what to offer, you can’t go wrong with some quiet Bach or Pachelbel.  Music by Steven Halpern or Deuter have been staples in healing rooms for decades.

But, whatever you select, your choice is important, very important.

Not long ago, I lost a client because of the music I selected.  This woman was a recent regular client – coming to my table weekly.  She appeared to be happy with my services and healing modality environment.

She enjoyed a variety of music and I had enough CD’s to offer a different selection at each session.  Then, one day, she walked into the healing room and immediately went on alert.  She was even a little fearful.  I didn’t know why.

Before the end of the session, she commented to me that I was playing her “favorite song”.  The musician was not well known and only had one CD out.   She revealed  me that this love for the music we were listening to was a deep dark secret that she had never shared with anyone.

I had, inadvertently, invaded a  private space she was not prepared to share.

Do I need to tell you what happened to this client?

Every client has a private space where no one can be invited in.  One of the jobs of a healer is to find the  door, make sure it’s locked, and throw away the key.

The music you share in your healing space is as intimate as the work you do.

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Feel good about your feet!-Healing tools in your toolbox. – Part 4

 

Once you see the soles of your feet as more than just the bottoms of your feet, you find your soul.   You have a better understanding of the path you travel to a deeper consciousness.

I’m a reflexologist, teacher, writer, speaker, dowser.  And, whether I heal, teach, write, speak, or dowse, my intention is the same.

I want us all to become more conscious of our unique selves.

I want us all to take charge of our own healing.

I want us all to release things we don’t need anymore.  This will make room for changes that are important for our current time and place.

As we  journey through life, we discover things about our selves that we never knew.  We rediscover things we once knew but forgot.  And, finally, we see things about our selves which we may have felt weren’t important but now realize they are.

My job is to help you find your feet.

Once you see the soles of your feet as more than just the bottoms of your feet, you find your soul.  You have a better understanding of the path you are traveling to a deeper consciousness.

After awhile, everything falls into place.  For some, this shortens the journey.  For others, it takes months or even years.

Historical references to our feet as healing conductors can be found in the Physicians’ Tomb in Saqqara, Egypt in wall paintings dating back almost to 2400 BCE.

Ancient Chinese writings describe pressure points on thumbs and toes.

The Medicine Teacher Temple in Nara, Japan has stone carvings of Buddha’s feet.

In India, Vishnu paintings highlight points corresponding to reflexology points on feet.

Ayurveda medicine incorporates foot reflexology.

When I work a person’s feet,  I feel as if I’ve opened a book filled with stories, all waiting to be told.  This is the Language of Your Feet.

But, many of you already know this.  You practice reflexology, or some other healing modality, either as a hobby or as a  profession.

But, however we describe our Reiki therapy, our healing modalities, our Yoga classes, our music, our meditations – let us never forget:  These are tools to use throughout life.  They exist to get us through the tough times, the crises.  They “get us down the road” as my grandmother used to say.

I’m so grateful we have these tools!

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Thurman Greco