Reflexology For The Spirit

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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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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Thurman Greco

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

 

Release Your Clients: Self Care for You, Reflexologist – 4

At the end of each and every day, it’s important to release all the client partners you worked with, spoke with on the phone, booked future appointments for.

Release the person, the session, the issues, into the universe.

Throughout the day, you do what you can for your client partners.  At the end of the day, It is  time for them each  to accept your healing and go back out into the world.

Each person and his/her issues are now separate from you until the next appointment.

Releasing your client partners at the end of each day is important for them as well as for you.  For one thing, when a person comes for a session, it’s important that she/he  become  separate  after the session.  This separation promotes healing. .

One easy way to release your client partners is to cut the cords at the end of the day.  An easy way to do this is to visualize the cords connecting you with your client partners.  Now, take a pair of beautiful, golden scissors and snip them.

A second easy way is to offer a releasing meditation at the end of each day you work.  You can write a releasing meditation to use just for this purpose.

A third way is to offer a releasing ceremony.  To do this, simply write your own ceremony for releasing your clients.  To end the ceremony, drape a special closing cloth over your healing table.  Leave this ceremonial cloth on the table until you remove it when you return to work the next day.

A fourth way is to find a piece of music which signifies to you an ending.  Play this music for a few moments at the end of each work day.

Smudging is also an effective way to end your day.

Essential oils are important also.  Suggestions include frankincense,   Idaho balsam fir, lavender, myrrh,  palo santo, patchouli,  and sandalwood.

Reiki is always appropriate  for ending your day.  A self-reiki session is a meditation in itself.   Reiki the space you worked in all day.

So, here you have a selection of options to choose from.  Over time, you may vary your releasing techniques.  Experiment.  Find out  what works best for you.

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Thurman Greco

Self Care for You, Reflexologist – 3

Reflexologists, body workers, healers, whatever the title…we all have days when the clients seem to be lined up outside the door in an unending line.

OR, one client comes in for an appointment and it turns out to be a challenging day.

So, whether it’s one client or ten..days can be challenging.

What is a reflexologist to do?

One thing I do, no matter what,  is take a power break.

A power break  manifests itself in many ways:

  1.  A short meditation of two or three minutes can completely change the energy –  not only in your space, but in you as well.  This meditation can stretch beyond the three minutes if your schedule allows.  Do you have even fifteen minutes?  Go for it!
  2. Take a clean air break and step outside for a moment or two.  Breathe deeply.  Enjoy the day – whatever it is.  It doesn’t really matter whether you step out into the most beautiful day of the year or walk out to greet a major storm.  The important thing is that you have stepped out of your space into the world for a moment.
  3. Find a quiet corner, lay down on the floor and prop your feet up the wall.  This posture, for two minutes can change your energy dramatically.  It can rejuvenate you for the rest of your day.
  4. Walk around your area for a moment and just do nothing.  Walk around aimlessly.    This will allow you to empty your head in a way no other activity can.
  5. Can you nap for two minutes?  I’ve learned to do this and it is very refreshing.  The ideal nap  is fifteen minutes or more but two minutes can go a long way if it’s all you’ve got.
  6. Give yourself a quick Reiki session.  A few  minutes of Reiki therapy will offer much rejuvenation.
  7. Cut the cords.  This is easy, quick, and very effective.  Whenever you meet with another person, no matter how briefly, you connect on spiritual and emotional levels.  When you cut the cords, you sever this connection.  This cutting of the cords is important at least at the end of each day.  Cutting the cords after each appointment is a positive move.  Think of these cords as different colored ribbons attached at each end to you and the other person.  Cutting them will offer a release for you which can be freeing.

Whatever you do,  choose an activity you can rely on for rejuvenation, relaxation, stress release.  Make this power break part of your day, every day.

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Reflexology blessings to you!

Thurman Greco

Self-Care for you, Reflexologist – 2

Working a full day is challenging.  Only  another body worker or healer knows what a  day full of appointments means to you, the reflexologist –  physically,  spiritually, mentally, emotionally.

There are things you  can do to minimize the fatigue encountered on just such a day.

One thing you can do that will help immensely is  release the  appointment when your client partner’s session comes to an end.

What you want is to release the person, the issues, the intention, the time spent to the universe.

When you do this, do not forget to “cut the cords” between you and the person to emphasize that the session is over.

You have done what you can for this person in the time allotted during the session.  It’s time now for him/her to accept your healing efforts and return to  the  world.

Once you release the person, both the your client partner’s body and  issues are gone from you until the next appointment.

The whole release may not take but a few moments.  A suggestion is that you write a script for release and mentally repeat it as each client partner leaves your table.

If you are a ceremony person, you may write a ceremony of release to practice in your space at the end of each shift.  This ceremony may include essential oils, smudging, prayer, Reiki therapy.

This releasing gesture seems easy enough but many people don’t do it.  This release makes a  difference in your health, your energy, your career.

Whatever you do, it’s important to  release each and every client partner who comes to your table.

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Thurman Greco

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

 

Sleep for a Healthy Lifestyle

Bully 6

As a reflexology practitioner, it’s important that you stay as healthy as possible.    When you  take care of your body, you  inspire your client partners to take care of theirs.

Many conditions  lurk unnoticed for years to develop in the body before they are recognized for what they are:  diseases that, in the early stages, are seen as fatigue, headaches, insomnia.

But, whatever these conditions are called, they are actually ongoing health issues that no one has solved.  Often, we just ignore these problems.

“I just need to learn to live with this……” is a remark I hear often.  The problem is common, persistent, chronic.

Now is the  time to see these issues for what they are and take steps to deal with them before they become full blown, serious,  illnesses.  Look at yourself:

Do you look healthy?

Do you feel healthy?

Do you have enough energy for all the things you want to do each day?

Do you sleep well?

Do you have digestive issues?

Do you feel toxic?

Make 2017 the year you turn your life around.

Begin  by learning to get enough sleep.

The first step in a healthy sleep is having a healthy sleeping environment.

Do you or your sleep partner snore?  This can rob you of hours and hours of sleep, necessary to good health.  People don’t realize it but snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea, a serious medical condition which contributes to Alzheimer’s.  So, today, begin to address the snoring.

Snoring is not always  expensive to treat.  So, make your first step to a healthy year, a trip to a physician to address any and all snoring and sleep issues.

The second thing to do is declutter  the sleep space.  Move the home office into another room.  Move the TV out.  The bedroom is for sleeping and sex.  Everything else goes in another part of your home or apartment.

About an hour before you are ready to go to bed, begin to calm yourself down.   Prepare your body to sleep.

Taking sleeping pills is not the answer.

Instead, don’t watch television or play video games immediately before sleep.  Attend fewer evening meetings.

Is your bed comfortable?  Do you have enough blankets?  How about the pillows?

What is your most comfortable sleep position?  Do you sleep better on your stomach or are you a sleeper who prefers to be face up?  Do your bed, bedding, and pillows encourage a healthy sleep every night?

Finally, schedule sufficient hours to sleep.  You need at least eight hours of sleep in order to get the optimum energy and rejuvenation out of your body the next day.

One thing you can do to improve your sleep situation is to receive a reflexology session weekly.  People universally claim that regular reflexology encourages better sleep.  So, while you are offering reflexology sessions to your client partners to encourage their improved sleep, schedule  reflexology sessions for yourself.  At least, that way, you’ll know exactly how wonderful a reflexology encouraged sleep really feels.

Make it a habit to offer self-reiki therapy to encourage sleep.  Teach reiki therapy to your client partners so they can give themselves sessions as they go to bed at night.

One of the secrets to a healthy body is sufficient sleep on a continued basis.  Share this secret with your client partners!

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8 Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

I estimate that one third of your client partners have problems sleeping.  Many of them have just given up on getting a good night’s sleep.  This is not a good thing because there are many things that a person can do to sleep well…every night, not just once in awhile.

A person who gets enough sleep looks and acts healthier because there is more energy available to do the things to get through the day successfully.  So, here are some suggestions that have proven to be successful.  Try them.  Share them.

  1.   Receive a reflexology session every week.  People who get reflexology regularly  tell me they sleep better.  This is important for practitioners, too.  I receive a session weekly.  It’s one of the most important things I do in life.
  2.   Reiki sessions are wonderful for sleep.  Do you teach Reiki?  Attune your clients to be reiki practitioners so they can give themselves sessions every night when they go to bed.  Sleep is sure to follow.  A well intentioned Reiki therapy session is better than a sleeping pill.
  3.   Have a regular sleep schedule so that you go to bed every night at the same time.  Schedule your evenings so that you plan on sleeping 7-8 hours every night.
  4. An hour before going to bed, turn off loud music, scary TV shows, and consciously wind down.
  5. Do you have a lot of things to do tomorrow?  Before you go to bed, make out a list of all the things you have to do tomorrow.  Then, put that list in another room and forget about it until tomorrow.
  6. Make your bedroom a sanctuary for sleep.  This means moving all the clutter and junk to another part of the house.  That includes the TV and anything else that is a sleep distraction.
  7. Take a look at your bedding.  When was the last time you bought pillows, sheets, blankets?  Does your mattress sag in the middle?  Are you sleeping in worn out sweat pants with holes?  It’s time to focus on sleep-inducing comfort.
  8. Get a pen and journal notebook.  Early in the evening, every evening, spend a few moments writing about one thing that you feel thankful for.

Thanks for reading this blog post.  I will be offering more sleep tips throughout the coming year.

The book “A Healer’s Handbook is available as an ebook on Amazon an d Nook.  The paper version is available on my website:  thurmangreco.com.  So far, the response to the book is very positive.

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Thurman Greco