Reflexology For The Spirit

Cleanse Your Way to Health

Improving your health means doing lots of different things over time to  feel, think, look, and act better.  Cleanses are popular change-of-season  ways to offload toxins collected in the body over the past weeks and months.  They work well in conjunction with reflexology sessions which offer a mild cleanse as well.

Water is one of the best cleanses out there.  A one-day water cleanse is easy, fast, cheap, and  effective.

Begin your cleanse day with a large glass of water.  Add a slice of lemon if you want.  Then, throughout the day, drink a glass of water.  You want to drink at least one  large glass of clean water every half hour.

But, of course, the cleanse doesn’t have to be water.  Raw, organic, juices of all kinds make good cleanses.  A juice cleanse is best if the foods used are organic, fresh, cold pressed, and raw.  When the juice meets these qualifications, the most nutrition is  available.

Avoid  processed, pasteurized, juices if you possibly can and try not to use anything  with a  shelf life of over two days.

One of the easiest, fastest, cheapest, most effective ways to improve your general health is with cleanses.  In my book “A Healer’s Handbook” I write about intestinal, liver, and lymphatic cleanses.  But, there are other  cleanses out there.

A reflexology session offers a cleanse.  Your regular clients receive a mild cleanse regularly as part of their visit.

When you offer reflexology to client partners who are cleansing, please focus on the intestinal tract, the lymphatic system, and focus on the liver.

Remind them of this bonus as you offer them a drink of water at the end of the session.

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Make Time for Yourself, Reflexologists!

One of the really nice things about being a Reflexologist is that 25 sessions per week is considered to be a full time career.

Even with less than a full time client-partner load, it’s easy to lose sight of yourself and your personal needs as you  look after your client partners and their needs.

You can prevent this from happening if you pamper yourself regularly and make sure your own needs for time and space are met.

A reflexologist who  protects a bit of personal  time and space is a much better healer to his/her client partners.  Your life is just as important as those of your client-partners, family, friends.  Actually, an argument can be made that you are most important because all these people depend on you.

We all enter the healing arts wanting to be the best practitioner we can be.  Taking time for yourself is part of that mix.  Don’t  feel guilty about this.  You need rejuvenation and energizing as much as other practitioners, and at least as much as your client-partners.

Begin by claiming one of those 25 weekly sessions for yourself.  Make a weekly appointment  with another practitioner and receive a session.  This might be a good opportunity to get to know other practitioners by visiting a different professional   every week.

Throughout the week, there are other things you can do to maintain your rejuvenation and energy.

  1.  Script  a healing journal.
  2. Pamper yourself with relaxing baths.  Use candles, salts, essential oils.
  3. Read a book.
  4. Take a few moments  to enjoy a cool  fruit smoothie and a magazine.
  5. Exercise regularly.
  6. Pursue a hobby.
  7. Get yourself out in nature to enjoy the sounds, sights, textures, and smells without technology.

Finally, don’t take everything on your own shoulders all the time.

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Sustenance! What is that?

Vitamins and minerals are  important to prevent  disease and   retard aging.

Many, many books have been written about which vitamins and minerals we should all be taking.  An early  draft of  my book “A Healer’s Handbook”   had much information included in the chapters.   I was uncomfortable with the information and removed it.  It took months/years to assemble the information and get it in the manuscript.  It took only a few minutes to delete it.  I’ve never regretted that move.

Years later, the book is now out…without the information.   I’m still happy with that decision.

That being said, I’m now going to share information about some nutritional supplements with you.  This information is based on my own research, what I’ve learned over many years.  I’m offering my professional opinion here.  You may not, probably will not, agree with any or all I present.  That’s okay.  The whole subject is very controversial.

The controversy is based on differing opinions between science-based and belief-based groups.  These 2 groups of people  see supplements in different ways.  Belief based people see supplements as natural products which:

promote health

overcome dietary deficiencies

are preferable to FDA products.

Science-based groups see supplements as being:

of questionable value

and of questionable safety.

I could continue on about this conflict for another 10,000 words…but I’m not.

There are many, many supplements out there.  The questions to ask yourself are 2:

Which of these products  should I take and how often?

I recommend that, whatever you choose, make sure the products come from reputable companies whose products are routinely tested by independent laboratories for purity.  You want to be able to purchase a vitamin, mineral, or other supplement,   composed of chemicals which are listed on the label.

You want your supplements to be manufactured by companies which have independent laboratories buy their vitamins or supplements off the shelf, test them in their own facilities, and publish the results.

There are many, many books out there recommending vitamins, minerals, etc.  The authors of these books will list the products and then tell you how much and when to take them.  I won’t  duplicate this information.  What I’m doing is telling you what I use, and why I use it.  Nobody is paying me to recommend these products to you.  I’m not selling them, either.

These are simply  the best products I can find.

The first product is one that I feel virtually everyone should be taking.

Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil is an Omega-3 Oil.  It’s processed from Alaskan Pollack grown in a well managed fishery.  The fish is turned into oil and purified, then bottled and shipped out.  This Omega 3 Oil is 100% American made.

If you can’t find Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil in a store near you, contact Village Apothecary, Woodstock, NY, 12498 and they’ll ship it to you.

I’m really sold on Omega 3 oils.  If you are only going to take one thing…make it Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil.

Everyone recommends multivitamins.  A multivitamin is a basic in our culture now. Like all the other health care professionals, nutritionists, etc. I recommend that we all, at least, take multivitamins.

I take multivitamins every day with lunch.

The multivitamin I take is manufactured in Boulder, Colorado by Nutriplex, a woman-owned, organic company.  All Nutriplex products offer whole food nutrition with superior quality and nutritional standards.  All Nutriplex products are formulated from evidence-based research.

The name of the Nutriplex multivitamin is Whole Food.

I take 3 Nutriplex products daily:

BFood

Whole Food

Promin.

Whole Food is the multivitamin that everyone recommends.  .

BFood is a formula offering B-vitamin nutrition.

I take other nutritional products as well, but these are the basic ones I take.  I rely on these products to do the job they need to do.

I hope you feel the same way about the supplements you take.

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Thurman Greco

 

 

Sleep for a Healthy Lifestyle

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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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Thurman Greco

 

Oil. Oil. And More Oil!

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The next time you need to purchase olive oil, read the labels on the bottles, jars, and cans.  Don’t just grab the container that’s on sale or the one on the end cap or the one  with the prettiest label.

I recently did a study on olive oils.  I wanted this information for myself and to share with my client partners and you, my readers.  Boy, did my eyes get opened WIDE!

Most olive oils on grocery store shelves are imported.  The names on the labels evoke history, romance, travel to exotic places.  Stand in front of the olive oil display for a couple of minutes and your brain may even wander to  skin,  water and  summer moons:

Bertolli

Pompeiian

San Leandro

Filippo Berio

Taste Inspirations

Nature’s Place

DeCecco

Buonaturae

Spectrum

Olivari

Botticelli

l could go on and on.  The least inspiring labels were Rachel Ray, Spectrum, and Hannaford’s.

When you finish reading those labels, you’re going to probably be thinking more about travel than anything else.  Imported olive oils are mostly  a blend of oils from many different countries:

Argentina

Australia

Chile

Egypt

Greece

Italy

Morocco

Spain

Tunisia

Turkey

Uruguay

U.S.

The average label listed 5 countries for the oil of origin.  When an olive oil company blends so many oils from so many places, I feel that things  get confusing.  How can there be controls, health guidelines on a product coming from countries all over the world?  And, truth be known, there are no controls  on imported olive oil.  The blend may not even be olive oil.

Oliveri oil comes from Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey, Tunisia, and Morocco.

Pompeiian oil claims to have oil in its bottles from Italy, Greece, Spain, Argentina, Tunisia, Turkey, Morocco, Chile, U.S., and Egypt.

The only olive oil I buy and trust is organic American Extra Virgin Olive Oil.   Olive oil is a food which can be therapeutic.  If I’m eating something partially because of its therapeutic qualities, I want to know that I’m getting what I pay for.  And, let’s face it, olive oil is not cheap.   I want it to be organic and I want it to be EVOO and I want it to be what the label says it is.

When I read the labels, I discovered that most of the companies with these romantic sounding names claimed to use oils from most every country.  There were some exceptions:

Pompeiian produces several different olive oils.  One is American and 1 is Portuguese.

Carapelli, DeCecco, and Buonaturae sell pure Italian olive oils.

Taste of Inspirations has an oil from Italy and an oil from Greece.

San Leandro’s oil comes from Spain.

As far as my research leads me, the only Sicilian olive oil comes from Trader Joe’s.

The principal oil used in my kitchen is organic  American Extra Virgin Olive Oil because medical experts believe that it is a good food to help prevent several diseases which I’m not interested in dealing with:

cancer

heart disease

high blood pressure

osteoporosis

rheumatoid arthritis.

There’s a method to this.  In order for your EVOO to be therapeutic, you need to use an EVOO regularly enough to consume about 2 large spoonfuls daily.  This means you’re going to cut out some less desirable oils.  An easy way to do this is to substitute olive oil for margarine,  butter, peanut oil.

Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat – a healthy dietary fat.

You may not even know it but your EVOO is a heavyweight in your kitchen.  It’s important on your reflexology table too.  When your client partner voices dietary health concerns, this is your opportunity to share the health benefit information.  One of the easiest ways to begin to eat healthy is to rely on American organic extra virgin olive oil.

ENJOY!

Bertolli Olive Oil

Pompeian Olive Oil

Olivari Olive Oil

Carapelli Olive Oil

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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.

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Thurman Greco

 

 

A Healthy Heart

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A healthy heart and circulatory system are necessary to feel and express emotions positively.  When you work the circulatory system, you  distribute love and healing.  This improves your client’s sense of self worth and balances blood flow.  When your client’s sense of self worth improves and when the emotions are expressed positively, life improves physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

When I begin to address my client partner’s heart health, the first place I go is to the fourth chakra.  This means that I work the heart chakra on the reflex points on my client partner’s feet.

I also include an essential oil in the reflexology session when I work the heart and circulatory system.  I may choose lavender.  If my client partner needs grounding, I’ll reach for geranium.   You may have other oils in your tool box which will attract you.

If my client is overweight or underweight or if the skin color is not too good, I’ll offer a list of healing foods that are important for heart/circulatory issues.  If I think it’s a good idea, I’ll recommend a visit to a nutritionist.

Heart health issues  often take years to show themselves in the body.  Lifestyle habits contribute.  Heart health issues involve the whole body – the physical, mental, spiritual, emotional layers.  Spiritually, heart issues reflect long standing  wounds, rejection, and self-criticism.

If I have time, I’ll include a guided meditation in the session.  Guided meditations are always good for fourth chakra issues.  My favorite fourth chakra guided meditation invites my client partner to go beyond the curtain to a past life  because heart health baggage is often past life.

This can be a little challenging if your client partner doesn’t believe in past life issues.  When that happens, go to the time right after birth. Some past life issues are still open for you and your client partner in infancy.

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Thurman Greco

Is it a Cold or the Flu?

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I hear this question every year at the beginning of the flu season.  So HOW DO YOU KNOW?  How do you know whether it’s a cold or the flu?

Well, there are some real differences.

Fever is rare with a cold.  Fever is common with the flu.  It’s usually high and lasts 3 to 4 days.

Headaches are rare with cold but common with 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.  With the flu, exhaustion is common…especially at the onset of the illness.

Sore throat, stuffy nose, and sneezing are common with colds.  However, with flu, these symptoms are not important.

Chest discomfort and coughs are mild with colds.  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.

Regular Reflexology for the Spirit sessions, Reiki therapy, and chakra healing strengthen the immune system, an important tool in fighting both colds and flu.

Prevention is important.  Wash your hands often and stay away from anyone with a cold.  These measures also work with flu but include  an annual flu shot.

Complications to a cold include sinus congestion, ear infection, and asthma.  Complications to the flu can be serious.  They include bronchitis and pneumonia.

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9 Things Reflexologists Don’t Do – and 5 Things we Do

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Cure – Reflexologists do not cure.  Instead, we promote healing, which can be a very

different thing, depending on the issue.

Patient – Reflexologists do  not have patients.  Physicians have patients.  We have client partners.  Some reflexologists have  clients.  But, whatever we have, we don’t have patients.

Recommend – We do not recommend.  Instead, we work feet.  We concentrate our energies on facilitating healing.

Advise – Reflexologists do not advise.  We support our client partners in their healing path.  Our work brings about homeostasis and synchronicity.

Examine – We do not examine.  We read feet or hands or ears.  .We notice where our findings are located.  We work the feet, hands, ears,  to bring about healing, homeostasis, and synchronicity.

Prescribe – We do not prescribe.  That’s for physicians and other medical professionals.  We rely on our hands and hearts to tell us what we find, to encourage healing, to facilitate homeostasis, to see synchronicity.

Dispense – We have nothing to dispense beyond the sessions we offer.

Diagnose – We do not diagnose.  Physicians assist us in our healing efforts when they offer a diagnosis.  This is important because it’s much easier to overcome a health issue if it has a name.

Administer – We do not administer anything.  Instead, we read feet, offer sessions.   Our noninvasive sessions have been offered to client partners for ages and ages.

Reflexology for the Spirit practitioners use our hands, brains, and hearts.

We do not need to over schedule our days to be successful.  Twenty-five appointments a week is a full time practice for a Reflexology for the Spirit practitioner.

We are not wedded to advertising.  Some of us don’t even have business cards.  Referrals work well for us.

Because Reflexology for the Spirit works well with other modalities, many of us also practice yoga, massage, Reiki therapy, flower remedies.  That means we are always growing, learning.

We honor our heritage.  Reflexology for the Spirit practitioners take our traditions back many, many years:

Our history takes us far back in time  with beginnings shrouded in mystery.  What we do know is that early references to reflexology can be found in China, India, Japan, Egypt, Greece, North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, the Mediterranean, South American and North America.

Historians tell us that Egyptians practiced both hand and food reflexology as early as 2500 BC.  If you ever travel to Egypt, please visit the burial ground at Saqqara.  The Physician’s Tomb there has a famous wall painting showing two people receiving reflexology.

If you ever find yourself in Japan, be sure to visit the Medicine Teacher Temple in Nara.  There you’ll find a stone carving depicting the soles of Buddha’s feet in a carving dating to 790 AD.

In India, there are paintings of Vishnu, the Hindu god’s feet with symbols corresponding to several reflexology points.

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian form of medicine  becoming popular in our country.  Reflexology is incorporated in Ayurvedic medicine.

Reflexology has been recorded in ancient Chinese writings describing pressure being applied to fingers and thumbs.

From this glorious history and recent twentieth century trailblazers, we now have thousands of people practicing various kinds of reflexology throughout the world.

Reflexologists the world over work in tandem with physicians as our field moves toward integrative medicine in the twenty-first century.  Integrative medicine works to heal the total person:  the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual.

Reflexology has endured the test of time and is modern as tomorrow in the 21st !century.

Thank you for reading this blog.  It has been a long time since I’ve posted an article.  I have been working full time/overtime on the new book!  It’s happening!

Thurman Greco

Woodstock, New York

 

Progress of the Book

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The book is, at last, being edited!  Real book progress is being made.  I hope to get it to the publisher soon.  I plan to go over it one last time about mid July.

Thanks to everyone for your patience.

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Thurman Greco

Woodstock, NY