Reflexology For The Spirit

Healthy Small Steps

There are, literally, thousands of things all of us can do.  It’s the small changes which add up to meaningful  health improvement.  I’m  offering  a group of changes in each blog post which you can choose from.  Choose one new thing each day if you can.

My grandmother used to say to me:  “You take care of the nickels and the dollars will take care of themselves.”  Healthy Small Steps are the same thing.  Add healthy habits or lose unhealthy habits a day at a time to change your life for the better.

Substitute A BOTTLE OF WATER for that daily soda.  Water is cheaper and wonderful for your urinary health.  Don’t like water? Choose tea.  There are many flavors out there without sugar, artificial colors, artificial flavors, in the lineup of ingredients.

Spend five minutes every day STRETCHING.  You can do this while you’re watching TV.   Your joints and muscles will thank you.

Put OLIVE OIL in your salad dressings.  Your food will taste better and your body will be appreciative.  My olive oil is organic and comes from California.  It tastes delicious.  It’s nutritious.  Organic olive oil is a clean food.  My salads are yummy.

Do you eat  cereal?  Sweeten it with CINNAMON instead of sugar.  Your blood sugar levels will improve a bit.

Give yourself a TREAT!  Call a friend to chat.  Buy yourself a flower.  Have a luxurious bath with  scented soap.  These are all simple, inexpensive ways to reduce stress in your life.

Add a POWER NAP to your day.  Spend just a few minutes each day with your feet up, your eyes closed, breathing deeply, relaxing.  The remainder of your day will go easier for you!

Switch to WHOLE GRAINS.  Whole grain breads and cereals taste better and offer better nutrition.  What’s not to love about them?

Sniff a sprig of ROSEMARY.  This will give your brain a treat.  You’ll be more alert and you’ll enjoy the scent.  If you can’t get a sprig of rosemary, try putting a drop of rosemary essential oil on a tissue as a substitute.

QUIT SMOKING.  Okay.  This one may not be so easy, but the benefits are HUGE.  Go for it!

Get a good night’s SLEEP.  Okay, this one may not be so easy, either.  But the benefits are also HUGE.  For starters, schedule enough sleep time in every daily schedule.

Try some of these tips.  Lifestyle changes have multiple health benefits.  I’ll be sending more along in the next blog.

And, thanks for reading this blog post.

BOOK UPDATE:  The second edition of “A Healer’s Handbook” should be out this week!  And, I’ve begun volume 2!

I thank all of you for this.  If no one were reading this book, this blog, there would be no need for a Volume 2.

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Thurman Greco

 

Ten Good Tips!

Can I offer you Ten Good Tips that will improve your life significantly and still be easy to adapt to your lifestyle?

I hope so!  Well, they may not all be super easy to become a part of your life but don’t hit the  escape button yet.  Please just read these Ten Good Tips and see how many of them you already do and how many of them will be easy for you and how many will be a challenge.

I honestly believe this list is going to be easier than you think.  Just, give it a try.

Please.

Drink a cup of tea each day and then drink seven more cups of water throughout your day.

Walk 10,000 steps a day.  Actually, this may be a lot easier than you think.  Many people already walk 10,000 steps daily.  If that doesn’t work for you, try to walk for thirty minutes every day.

Can you quit smoking?  Have you already quit smoking?

Every day, sit down and put your feet up.  Get quiet for five minutes.  That’s all.

Reach out to a friend every day.  Just to say “hi” if nothing else.

Enjoy a piece of chocolate every day.

Sleep well.

Eliminate prefabricated foods from your diet.  You know what I mean.  The instant macaroni and cheese that I lovingly call “yellow death” and the canned chili with ingredient words no one can pronounce.   And, don’t forget the peanut butter with an ingredient list that takes up half the label.

Switch over to olive oil based salad dressings to control cholesterol.

Skip sugary soft drinks and bubbly sodas that have sugar substitutes instead of sugar.  Either way, your body won’t miss them.

Add blueberries to your diet to enhance your memory.  I buy frozen wild blueberries in bulk to cut their cost.  Wild ones actually have more nutrients which are found in the skins because wild blueberries are smaller than the farmed ones.  I put them over plain yogurt.  Love it!

I’ve added a couple extra items to the list so you’ll have a choice.

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Thurman Greco

The Second Edition of “A Healer’s Handbook” should be available within about two weeks!  Thanks to every for your support of this book!  Thurman

Still Can’t Sleep?

Still can’t sleep?  It’s turning out to be a cold winter in Woodstock this year.  But, still not as cold as one would think.  The snow melts between the storms.

All these temperature ups and downs invite insomnia in some people.  As many articles as I’ve written about sleep, there are always more tips waiting to find space on the blog post.

Still can’t sleep?  Have you changed your pillow?  If you find yourself awake at night and slugging it out with your pillow, it’s time to go to a store and find one that’s just right for you.  There are so many kinds of pillows out there now that a person can get confused.  Don’t give up.  Think about the kind of pillow you need.  You’ll find it!

Sip some mild tea as you relax yourself before going to bed.  Give yourself an hour to slow down your systems,  calm your brain and nerves.

Still can’t sleep?  Try to eat your last meal of the day about three hours before you go to bed.  If you are afraid you’ll be hungry, eat a banana before you go to bed.

Wear ski socks when you go to bed.  Studies show that people sleep better if their feet are warm.

Have you moved your office out of your bedroom?  If not, now is a good time.

What about your curtains?  Heavier curtains block light and encourage sleep.

Finally, if you have read all these blog posts about sleep, and none of the tips seem to work for you…it might be time to try a sleep center and take a sleep test.

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I’ll be posting more regularly now that the reflexology book is going into it’s second edition and the hunger book is nearing the end.  You’ll be reading about their availability  soon!

Thanks.

Thurman Greco

Sleep, Glorious Sleep

For a person struggling to sleep, it sometimes feels as if a good night’s sleep will never happen.  Well, I don’t believe that.  I’ve had too many client partners   journey down the path to good sleep habits.

  1.  Regular reflexology sessions really help.  Begin with three reflexology sessions a week.  After the first week, cut back to two sessions a week.  Try to get two sessions a week for two months.  Then, cut back to one session a week and continue with this weekly schedule until better sleep habits begin to be a part of your life.  Then, you can cut back to a session every other week for awhile.  Regular reflexology sessions definitely encourage sleep, glorious sleep.
  2.  Self Reiki offers a better night’s sleep.  Whenever you wake up in the night and think you’ll never be able to go back to sleep, spend a few minutes offering yourself a Reiki session.
  3. Write a sleep meditation for yourself which you can use when you are awake at night.  Recite this meditation to yourself when you can’t sleep.  Edit it over time until you feel you have it just right.  In this meditation, you want to tell your muscles to relax so you can sleep.  Tell your body that you are surrounded by a relaxing light that will encourage and support your sleep for the remainder of the night.
  4.  If you feel hungry when you wake up in the middle of the night, fix a small snack for yourself.  You don’t want to have an entire meal, or even a large snack, but a small serving of yogurt or a cup of a relaxing tea can coax you back to sleep.
  5. Try not to let yourself be overcome by  worry.  Sometimes urgent worry can keep you from returning to sleep when you wake in the middle of the night.  Realize that the worry will seem smaller in the light of day.
  6. Do not let your thoughts control your night and your ability to sleep.  After all, they are just thoughts.  Let them slip away into the night.
  7. If you feel you cannot return to sleep, get out of bed and read for a few minutes.  Then, maybe you will feel more like sleep when you return to bed.
  8. Gentle yoga before bed helps.
  9. Finally, give yourself permission to rest and to sleep.

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Thurman Greco

Eight More Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep.

I can blog posts until the end of time and never overestimate the benefits of a good night’s sleep.  A healthy night’s rest is one of the most important things a person can do to maintain a youthful appearance and lifestyle.

  1.  Sleep Improves your Memory.   As you sleep, your brain organizes your memories for you.

2.  Adopt a Sleep Schedule.  Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.  As you work on your sleep schedule, allow yourself   eight hours sleep in every 24-hour period.  This can be a real help because your body will soon prepare itself to sleep in the evenings when it’s time to go to bed.   Your circadian schedule will really help you out here.

3.  Make your bedroom dark at night.   It’s easier to sleep in a darkened room.  The darker you can keep your bedroom at night, the better.

4.  Check your meds.   There are many meds which can interfere with your normal sleep.  Check the meds you’re taking.  Change out any meds and/or foods and beverages which might be the culprits.

5.  Nothing is more likely to induce sleep than being in the dark.   Night time is when we produce melatonin.

There are things we can do to encourage sleepiness.  When night approaches, keep your lights down low and avoid overhead lighting.  Use dimmer switches on lights and lamps.

While you are enjoying a calming evening in a darkened room, this is a good time to enjoy softened and restful music.  Or, this is a good time to do some gentle yoga stretches.  Or, this is a time to do some calming breathing.  Finally, this is a good time to enjoy the cool stillness of the night air, the stars in the sky,  a moonlit night.

But, whatever you do, include darkness as part of your nightly routine.

6.  High Blood Pressure?  Sleep helps lower blood pressure and elevated stress hormones.  Get treatment.

7.  Valerian  has a reputation for improving sleep quality.   Taken properly, this may work for you.

8.  Anxiety, Depression, and Tension are three common causes of insomnia.  If you think you suffer from one of these, get treatment.  Treating your anxiety, depression, or tension may well take care of your insomnia issues.

As you try out these different tips, remember that getting from insomnia to a good night’s sleep is a journey.  You’ll find things that work and things that don’t work.  And, none of it will work or not work 100% of the time.

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Thanks for reading the book.

Thurman Greco

Trouble Sleeping?

More and more people seem to be suffering from lack of sleep.  Stress is   overtaking our lives, it seems.  About a third of the people I encounter are battling insomnia.  But, stress isn’t the only cause of insomnia.  Low levels of estrogen and thyroid can rob you of your sleep.  Adrenal imbalances prevent sleep.  Nutritional deficiencies contribute to insomnia.  And on and on and on…

With this article, I offer  the first in a series of posts dedicated to suggestions you can use to assure you a better night’s sleep.  You may have some client partners  to share this information with also.

Some suggestions may be things you already know about.  That’s okay, it’s always nice to review and update information you may have forgotten  you know.

Other  suggestions will be new.  That’s good, too.  It’s always nice to add new skills to your tool box.

But, whether they’re tried and true, or brand new, give them a try.

  1.  Simplify your bedroom.  By that, I mean:  Move all your electronic devices out of your sleep space.   Computers, phones, TV’s, etc., emit signals as well as lights which can disturb a good night’s sleep.
  2. Hide your alarm clock  under your bed or in your closet.  The last thing you need on a sleepless night is to be continually reminded of how quickly or slowly time is passing.
  3. Regular Exercise  is important.  Try to get at least twenty minutes of exercise daily.  This habit will not only  help you sleep better,  but it  will help you feel better during the day, too.
  4. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco in the evenings.   I know this sounds super boring, but this suggestion is both real and completely spot on.   As evening approaches, drop the coffee, and go for other foods and beverages which are relaxing.  One of my favorite bedtime snacks is a small container of plain Greek yogurt topped with whipped cream.   It’s nutritious, delicious, and it never keeps me awake.  If I wake up in the middle of the night, I eat this as a snack to help me go back to sleep.
  5. Then, there’s the old tried and true Usui Reiki Therapy.  When a client complains of insomnia, offer to teach him/her Reiki.  I find Reiki to be one of the best sleep aids out there.  When I use Reiki as as way of going to sleep, I never make it through a session.  I’m always asleep in less than 20 minutes.
  6. Develop winding down habits to help you prepare to be sleepy as you go to bed. This may mean a guided meditation, calming music, warm bath.
  7.   SKIP THE SLEEPING PILLS.   There are many herbal and nutritional preparations that may work for you.  Try them out until you find one you like best.  For your first selection, you may want to try melatonin, a product which should be taken about an hour before going to bed.  Melatonin is not a sleeping pill.  It will only work if you have  a low melatonin level.  
  8. Start paying attention to your sleep habits by learning when you go to bed in the evenings.  Your goal is to be able to allow yourself about eight or so hours to sleep each night.

Finally, I don’t know about you, but I hate the way I feel when I don’t get enough sleep.

Thanks for reading the first in this series of sleep promoting posts.  Insomnia is so prevalent these days.  It’s accompanied by depression and anxiety.

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Check in regularly to learn more things you can do to get a good night’s sleep.

Thanks!

Thurman Greco

PS:  I have more information about insomnia in my book.

 

Continuing Education: Self-Care for You, Reflexologist – 5

Do you attend continuing education classes, workshops, sessions throughout the year?  If not, you’re missing out on the most important part of self-care.

Continuing education classes not only teach us new ideas, techniques, attitudes, postures…they stimulate our minds.

Continuing education classes offer emotional and spiritual stimulation.

Continuing education classes offer networking opportunities of a quality not found anywhere else.

Every continuing education experience is reflected in better work on your client partners.

In addition, continuing education classes usually offer a chance to receive and give body work while you’re learning.

You return to your table renewed and rejuvenated.

Continuing education classes offer you a chance to expand your service skills.  I am  a reflexologist.  This is the work I offer  my client partners daily.

I am also known for being a companion animal   massage therapist,  a Reiki master teacher.  I have been attuned to nine different forms of Reiki.  Finally,  I read tarot cards.

I learned all of these skills on continuing education hours.

To be honest, I’ve studied things that I don’t practice but not one minute of the continuing education hours were a bust.

I am a much better practitioner, blogger, writer, teacher  because of  my fellow professionals who shared their knowledge with me through continuing education classes:  Jonathan Rudinger, Penelope Smith, Dawn Hayman, Mary Ruth Van Landingham, Shoshana Hathaway,  Tom Rigler, Rev. Dan Chesbro, Kerrith McKechnie, Marge D’Urso, Alberto Villoldo.

So, my message is this:  enrich your life, expand your practice, get continuing education hours!

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Thurman Greco

Self-Care for You, Reflexologist

When you look at your calendar for the coming week…where are YOU on the schedule?  If you are not on the schedule, you are not doing the basic self-care things things to protect your career.  Self-care is the difference between a two-year career as a healer and a twenty-year career as a healer.

You are the healer.  You join the professional organizations.  You pay your taxes.  You make sure your office is “just right”.  You take  continuing education classes.  In short, you do the things necessary to protect your business.

But, what about you:   your body, your spirit, your emotional strength, your thoughts?  Where are they lined up here with the bills and the available appointments, and the marketing activities?

For many healers, body workers this is the most difficult thing to do on the entire list.  As reflexologists, we’re accustomed to give, give, give.  And, we enjoy giving.  Obviously we enjoy giving or we would never have taken even the first class.

The bottom line here is that you commit to your own private, inner, personal wellness when you receive a weekly session.  You also set an example for your client partners.

Things you can do!:

Begin by filling your spiritual tank.  Schedule a session for yourself each week.  Every week.  Do something.  Get a massage.  Get a Reiki session.  Schedule a session with a shamanic healer.  Try out that new chiropractor who just moved into your neighborhood.

Do something!  The important thing is to get on someone else’s table at least once a week.

Personally, I receive an hour-long  Reiki therapy session every week…no matter what.  I also receive a reflexology session every week.  The work I do the rest of the week is much better for this hour which I invest in myself.

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Thurman Greco

 

 

Forgiveness

In 1513 Juan Ponce de Leon went exploring for the fountain of youth in what is now Florida.  He found it and it exists.  A branch of it is probably at a fitness center in your community.  I found one in my community.  It’s called the Fitness Connection and is on Albany Avenue in Kingston, New York.

There is a branch of the Fountain of Youth within reach of you.  Can you name one?  Do you use one?  Regularly?

Being tuned into the Fountain of Youth is important.  Don’t ever mistake this.  But, it’s also important to be healed.  The quality of your life will be much better when you can forgive those who injured you in some way.  Forgiveness opens the door to healing.

Without forgiveness, we go through our daily life carrying  anger, blame, fear, guilt, hurt, regret, resentment, revenge, sadness.

Getting rid of  negative baggage can change your life for the better.

Begin to release this negative baggage by listing the people in your life who you need to forgive.  Include yourself in this list if you blame your self for things as well. (Don’t we all?)

Now, spend some time each day  forgiving those who need forgiveness.  You are forgiving people for yourself…nothing more.  You know that when you offer forgiveness, miracles can occur.

Don’t worry about the person anymore.  You are releasing this person’s energy into the universe.  You are releasing this person’s karmic connection to yourself.  You are cutting the cords which have been binding you together.

Healing you never expected will  take place.

How does forgiveness  happen?  How can you make this work for you?

Sit for a few minutes  in a quiet place and offer forgiveness to each person individually:

“I offer forgiveness to …………………………..  I forgive you for …………………………………..

Now, I  am free and you are free, too.  I release you to your divine plan of life.  Everything between us is cleared up, now and forever.”

When you have forgiven everyone you can remember, go into your past lives and offer forgiveness to those  who need it:

“I offer forgiveness to everyone in my past life who has damaged me in some way.  I forgive everyone for whatever he/she did.  Now, I am free and you are free, too.  I release you now.  Everything between us is cleared up, now and forever.”

These forgiveness meditations may take more than a day.  Actually, they may take several weeks or even months.  Don’t worry about this.  Take whatever time is necessary.  Forgive a  person or few persons each day when you have a few moments.

As you do this, notice how you feel when this happens.  Notice how much better you feel with each meditation.  Notice how much better you look.  Notice how much younger you act.  Notice how much excess weight you are losing.

You may not observe any changes immediately.  However, you will begin to see yourself, your environment, and your world improved, healed, more beautiful.

As you forgive people and release them to their divine plans…

You will feel better.

Your vocabulary will change.

Your thoughts will be positive.

You will feel free.

You will feel light.

Replace the negativity with love.

Bring love alive in your life.

Eat, sleep, and breathe love.

ENJOY!

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Spread the word about “A Healer’s Handbook”!  Thank you to everyone who has purchased this book.  Thank you to everyone who will purchase this book in the future.

Thank you to Michele Garner for contributing her heart art at the top of this blog.

Thank you to Sangi van den Nouweland for contributing the cover art on “A Healer’s Handbook.”

The information about the Fountain of Youth came from the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park in Saint Augustine, Florida.

Thurman Greco

 

TT

Juice Cleanse Tips

  1.  Begin your cleanse by spending a few days eating fresh fruit, salads, sprouts, nuts, and seeds and avoid all processed foods.  Maintain a raw food diet for about three days before you  actually focus on the juice part of the cleanse.
  2. Make sure the water you drink is the cleanest  you can find.  A big decision here is whether you prefer ultrapurified water or spring water.   This choice is a personal one.  I’m happy with either one.  When I’m doing a cleanse, I prefer ultrapurified water.    When I am at home and just drinking water on a daily basis, I prefer spring water.  I like spring water because I live in the Hudson Valley of New York State  where I have access to superior water.  I know what spring the  water comes from, even.  In some cases I’ve actually visited a spring and personally seen it.  I never drink water shipped in from another continent, country, state, or even another part of New York State.  That being said, I would probably make different decisions about the water I drink if I lived in another part of the country.  Certainly, if I lived in a foreign country, I would do different things.
  3. When having a cleanse, be sure to rest several times during the day.    Include some guided meditations that you’ve chosen especially for this cleanse occasion.
  4. Set aside time for reflexology sessions and chakra healing sessions.  Begin each day with a Reiki therapy session if you can.
  5. End your cleanse by eating easy-to-digest water, plump fruits and leafy green salads.  Avoid processed foods for as long as you possibly can.  This is crucial to the success of a cleanse.

Reflexologists, now is a good time of the year to conduct a cleanse as a group with several of your fellow practitioners and client partners.  Include a nutritionist in the group to help supervise the cleanse.

ENJOY!

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Thurman Greco