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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While it’s true that we don’t come into embodiment with a book of instructions, I wish we did at least show up knowing how to breathe.
Many of us breathe much too shallowly which keeps the body tight. Relaxation is difficult and body functions have a tendency to be stagnant. This makes all the little mundane things we do everyday much harder.
In the ideal situation, a person breathes slowly, deeply, consciously.
When you breathe slowly,
your mind relaxes,
your body purifies,
your energy level increases,
you maintain a sense of well-being.
When you breathe properly, you exercise your intuitive skills. Many people mistakenly believe they are not intuitive when, in fact, they are. The problem is they are breathing so shallowly that their body is too uptight to know when the intuitive sense is working.
If you feel you aren’t breathing properly, take yoga classes. Find a yoga teacher who will admit that s/he can teach proper breathing techniques.
Take some breathing classes from a breath instructor if you can. That’ll only make you a better reflexology practitioner or client-partner.
Singing classes may be an option for you as well.
Set aside 2-3 minutes a day in which you simply breathe mindfully. To do this, begin by sitting comfortable in a quiet, safe place.
Focus on your breathing. It may help to close your eyes here for a couple of minutes.
Find a place on your body where you can actually feel yourself breathing. That may be your nose, your abdomen or your diaphragm.
Now – just pay attention to your own breathing and nothing else. Notice the quality of each breath, how your body moves, how it feels to breathe.
As you do this, you should begin to feel some burdens lifting and some stress melting.
Try doing this exercise daily for several weeks. This may be something you find yourself doing daily over a long period of time. Or, this may be something that eventually becomes a meditative exercise for you.
In the meantime, try to spend a few minutes each day consciously breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. As you do this, be aware of your abdominal muscles contracting as you inhale. As you exhale through your mouth, feel your abdomen softening, expanding.
Some behaviors indicate poor breathing habits:
yawning a lot during the day
taking a lot of deep breaths,
holding your breath mid-conversation,
When this happens, you may not be getting enough carbon dioxide in your blood or not enough oxygen to your brain.
Notice your own breathing each day and observe how your client-partners breathe. Encourage better breathing habits for both you and your client-partners.
Guideline: Breathe slowly, deeply, consciously.
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Peace and food for all.