Reflexology For The Spirit

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Bladder Infections can take many forms due to germs in the kidneys, ureters, or bloodstream.

Bladder infections usually begin in the lower lower urinary tract:  urethra and bladder.  If not treated, they can progress up the tract to the ureters and kidneys.  Several factors cause urinary tract infections (UTIs):  sexual intercourse, long-term catheterization in the bladder, congenital urinary tract abnormalities, bladder obstructions and   an impaired immune system.   Examples here would be diabetes, or a person taking high doses of cortisone.  Incomplete emptying of the bladder also encourages UTIs.

FOR WOMEN:  Things which help prevent UTIs include wiping from front to back following a bowel movement, avoiding deodorant sprays, douches, powders.   Drink  plenty of water, consum yogurt, kefir, and acidophilus milk.  Always urinate whenever you feel the urge, urinate after intercourse, wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes.

There is an spiritual/emotional component to bladder infections.  The urinary system begins to break down when your life is upheaval.  Words that describe situations inviting bladder infections include anger, irritation, bitterness, fear, grief, guilt.

Reflexology for the spirit sessions are definitely called for with a UTI.  The homeostasis offered is a significant contribution.  However, a healthcare professional must be consulted because these infections can quickly escalate from a nuisance to something much more serious.

Begin the session by working the solar plexus and diaphragm reflexes.

Work the spleen reflex.

Work the digestive system with emphasis on the liver.

Work the endocrine system with emphasis on the adrenal glands.

Work the urinary system with emphasis on the bladder and kidney reflexes.

Work the lymphatic system reflexes.

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Urinary System – Bottom Line Information, 15 Essential Oils, 35 Foods that Nourish the Urinary System, and 6 Improvements to be Expected from Sessions.

Although the urinary system is not complicated, it is a very important part of the body.  Infections and other issues should not be ignored.

Essential Oils to Use When Working the Urinary System include blue fennel, cedarwood, clove, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, melaleuca alternifolia, mountain savory, orange, oregano, rosemary, thyme

Foods which Nourish the Urinary System include apples, bananas, bing cherries, blueberries, carrots, cider vinegar, cranberry juice cocktail, decaffeinated coffee, fish, fruits, garlic, grapefruit, hazelnuts, herbal teas, legumes, lemon juice, low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt, mackeral, non-fat cheese, nuts, onions, orange juice, pomegranate juice, potatoes, rice, salmon, soy, tofu, Swiss chard, vegetables, water, watermelon, whole grain breads and cereals.

Of the foods in the above list, the following foods are also on Johnny Bowden, Ph.D.’s list of the 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: apples, bananas, blueberries, cranberry juice, coffee, garlic, grapefruit, hazelnuts, herbal teas, lemon, low fat milk, low-fat yogurt, mackeral, non-fat cheese, onions, pomegranate juice, salmon (wild Alaskan), Swiss chard, water

So, you’ve actually got two lists here.  The top list is the list of foods nourishing the urinary system.  The second list is those foods on Johnny Bowden’s list.  This gets a little complicated but is worth knowing.  Please let me know if you’re having problems with the information and how it’s listed.

Improvements to be Expected from Sessions to the Urinary System:

When a practitioner works the pelvic cavity, the blood supply to the urinary system helps detoxify the body.

Sessions offer deep relaxation which, in turn, offer relief to the kidneys and aid healing.

Fluid retention is relieved with regular sessions which offer an opportunity to “unclog” spiritual issues which appear to be stuck.

Urinary tract infections are helped with regular sessions, thus assisting the drugs taken to cure the infections.

The relaxation qualities of Reflexology for the Spirit sessions encourage the stressed bladder to return to a more normal function, thus facilitating homeostasis.  This is important because anger is a contributing factor in Urinary Tract issues.

Regular sessions encourage homeostasis, an important component of a healing urinary system.

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Reflexology Blog – The Urinary System

Urinary System


The urinary system is made up of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and the urethra.

The kidneys,  a fascinating and very important part of our bodies,  filter toxins from the blood and then send these toxins down the ureters to the bladder.

And, the urinary system has one other part that no one thinks about:  the skin.  Skin acts as a third kidney because when a person perspires, the urine output is diverted to the skin.  The chemical content of perspiration is the same as urine.

The ureter in women is shorter than it is in men, and, as a result, women have more bladder infections.  Incontinence occurs more frequently in women because of a weaker pelvic floor resulting from pregnancy issues.

Both men and women suffer from incontinence issues resulting from lumbar spinal injuries, Alzheimer’s disease, weakening pelvic floor muscles, etc.

Men suffer from kidney stones more frequently than women.

The kidney function of both men and women suffer as a result of chronic high blood pressure, and diabetes.

People suffering from urinary tract issues can benefit from regular Reflexology for the Spirit sessions.

Encourage your client-partners to drink at least two quarts of water daily and to drink cranberry juice or tomato juice.  They should also try drinking apple cider vinegar in small amounts morning and evening to combat inflammation.

Everyone should make a habit to urinate about once every two hours.

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What Separates Reflexologists From Other Licensed Healthcare Professionals?

Page0009Well, for one thing, it’s our vocabulary.

Every healthcare professional has his/her own vocabulary which is unique to what s/he practices.  Reflexologists have their own vocabulary.

Homeostasis is an important word in reflexology.  This is the balancing of all the body systems which  a session encourages.

Reflexology practitioners include  body systems in the professional vocabulary:  muscular system, skeletal system, respiratory system, circulatory  system, urinary system, nervous system, endocrine system, digestive system, spiritual/emotional system, physical system, mental system, sense organs,

There are also several words NOT in our vocabulary. Reflexology practitioners do not treat, cure, recommend, advise, examine, prescribe, dispense, diagnose, or administer.  Those ten words are not appropriate for our career field.  I tell students that those ten words are “copyrighted” for allopathic practitioners.

The seven levels of illness are definitely in our vocabulary.  These are the seven diseases which build upon one another as a body progresses from well to diseased.  These diseases begin with fatigue,  and progress to fever, irritation,  inflammation, enduration, ulceration,  and finally cancer.

Disease is caused, in the final analysis by  nutritional deficiencies, sedentary lifestyle, poor sleep habits, improperly used prescription, over-the-counter, and recreational  drugs, digestive difficulties, inflammation, toxicity, depression. endocrine system imbalances, DNA.

These words, terms as it were, set reflexologists apart from other healthcare professionals.  If you ask chiropractors, massage therapists, dentists, acupuncturists what the main causes of disease are, you may hear some of the same words but I doubt if you’ll hear them all.  Instead, you will hear terms that are reflective of the career field of the professional you are asking.

The same holds true for the other words in our vocabulary.  Many professionals may not even be aware of the theory about levels of disease.  Certainly, this concept is not widespread in allopathic medicine.

And, body systems vary from textbook to textbook.  It doesn’t matter really whether or not we combine the muscular and skeletal systems or include the reproductive organs with the endocrine system.

It’s simply that these words, terms, concepts define the lens through which we view our client-partners and their physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional issues which they bring to our tables.

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Simplify Your Life – And, That Includes Your Medicine Cabinet

Page0004 (1)“Every morning, after we do our yoga, we each take a clove of garlic, chop it up and swallow it whole.” – Sara L. and A. Elizabeth Delaney

Americans spend billions of dollars yearly on heartburn relievers, stomach coaters, hemorrhoidal preparations, eye drops, tranquilizers, sleeping pills. nose drops, decongestants.  The pharmacy shelves are lined  with totally worthless items, many of which are expensive.  Many of these over-the-counter products may also be health risks for the users.

Whenever I feel that I need something to ease some type of distress, I get a reflexology session or Reiki therapy session and then, if I still feel like I need something, I take one of two  products:  aspirin or garlic.

For me, aspirin is a true miracle drug.  I doubt seriously if it would pass FDA testing and even get on the market if it were introduced today.  It’s my drug of choice on most everything.  For me, if aspirin and/or reflexology doesn’t help…it’s time to call the physician.   I usually give the aspirin and reflexology  1 day’s  chance before I call her.  (And, I rarely call her.)

Aspirin is a respected pain reliever.

Aspirin is thought by many to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Aspirin is used as a fever reducer.

Aspirin is used to stop aches and inflammation.

Garlic is the other  indispensable item in my arsenal.  Garlic is a true wonder drug which can be eaten raw, cooked, crushed, or chopped.  It can also be taken as a supplement.

Like aspirin, scientists aren’t sure what makes it the miracle worker it is.  What many professionals  agree on, however, is that garlic is the best tonic out there.

Tests have shown that garlic eaters have less stomach and colon cancer.

Tests have shown that garlic lowers cholesterol

Tests have shown that garlic lowers blood pressure.

Tests have shown that garlic helps prevent heart attacks.

Tests have shown that garlic improves brain function.

Tests have shown that garlic acts as an antianxiety drug.

Tests have shown that garlic has antiaging properties.

So…if garlic does all these things, how should it be taken?  Garlic can be taken fresh, powdered, or dried.  Books and magazine articles claim  garlic supplements have the same chemicals as fresh garlic and don’t cause bad breath.  My experience with several different kinds of garlic pills is not that positive.  I get garlic breath from the pills as well as from eating fresh garlic.

Cooked garlic is milder than raw and also is probably not as effective as the raw. (That’s my opinion, anyway.)

So, how much garlic is too much?   Any product or food which claims to be therapeutic can be overdosed.  Eating more than three raw garlic cloves daily has been  known to cause gastric distress.  If you’re taking the supplements, limit your intake to what the manufacturers recommend.

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Searching for the Fountain of Youth? Eat Foods and use Essential Oils High in Antioxidents.

So, what are antioxidents anyway?  Antioxidents are chemicals in food which fight free radicals.  A popular theory is that we age because of the free radicals which cause oxidation.  In other words, we rust.

This oxidation process damages our cells and tissues, allowing diseases such as heart disease, alzheimers, cancer to invade our bodies.  It’s possible to take antioxident pills but studies show that eating the foods high in antioxidents is more effective.

If your health interests include a longer, healthier life go for the food.  Choose foods with a high Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC).

Try to eat five servings daily of foods high in antioxidents:  alfalfa sprouts, avocado, baked beans, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cherries, cranberries, garlic, kale, kiwi, onions,  oranges, plums, prunes, raisins,  raspberries, red peppers, spinach, strawberries, white grapes.

Some essential oils also have significant to high ORAC counts.  If you use essential oils, you might as well choose those with  ORAC counts:  Anise,  Basil, Black Pepper,  Blue Cypress, Blue Tansy, Cardamom,  Cassia, Cedarwood, Celery Seed,  Canadian  Cinnamon Bark, Cistus, Citronella, Clary Sage, Clove, Coriander, Cumin, Cypress, Dill, Douglas Fir, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Eucalyptus Globulus, Fennel, Fleabane, Frankincense (Boswellia carteri), Galbanum, German Chamomile, Ginger, Goldenrod, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Hyssop, Idaho Balsam Fir, Juniper, Kaffir Lime,  Laurus Nobilis, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Mandarin, Manuka, Marjoram, Melaleuca Cajeput, Melaleuca Ericifolia, Melaleuca Quinquenervia, Melissa, Mountain Savory, Myrrh, Myrtle, Nutmeg, Orange, Oregano, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Roman Chamomile,  Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sage, Spearmint, Spikenard, Thyme, Tsuga, Vetiver, White Fir, Wintergreen, Yarrow.

While you are doing this, please don’t forget that weekly reflexology sessions encourage homeostasis which is extremely important for continued good health.

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In the Kitchen – What are Some of the Best, Healthiest Foods to Have on Hand?

Hippocrates is believed to have said that our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.

As we work to stay healthy and live long lives, this statement cannot be overdone.

What are some of the best foods we can eat as we work to stay healthy?  An important component in this statement is that we tend to eat what we keep in our kitchens.  So the question isn’t what are some of the best foods to eat but, rather, what are some of the best foods to keep in our kitchen?

Begin with leafy greens:  spinach, kale, watercress, and arugula.  These leafy jewels help clear our arteries of cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, and lower our risks of cancer.

Cancer fighting greens include broccoli, kale, cabbage, Brussel sprouts.

If we’re concerned about heart disease, some forms of cancer, and immune system power, onions and garlic top the list.

Big cholesterol fighters include nuts.

Yogurt is important for its probiotics,  important for digestion.  For vegetarians, yogurt is a good source of protein as well.  It’s also a fermented product which we don’t get enough of.

Yellow and orange foods strengthen our blood vessels, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.  They also  help prevent allergies, inflammation, and strengthen veins and arteries.  Yellow and orange foods include oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes, gratefruit, papaya, pineapple, and nectarines.

White and green foods are anti-inflammatory, anti cancer, fight allergies and asthma.  Again, think onions and garlic.

Green tea has powerful anti cancer properties.  Green tea is believed to be more powerful than Vitamins C and E.

An important concept to remember is that your body is made up of whatever you put in your mouth.

When asked if we eat a healthy diet, the most popular  response is usually  “Yes.”  But, for three days, step back from your diet and look at each food you cook with, serve, and eat as if you had never seen it before.  Read the labels.  Ask yourself objectively:  is this food really good for me?  If the answer is “no” or “I’m not sure”, do some research.  Eliminate from your diet those foods  which are not good for you.

The goal is to not get caught in the trap of eating products manufactured to be eaten which are, in fact, not food.  The goal is to eat the food.

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Sinusitis – Reflexology for the Spirit Helps

A scourge.  That’s what Sinusitis is.

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes that line the sinuses.  It can be caused by allergies, pollutants, temperature extremes, and upper respiratory infections.

Several things can be done to deal with sinusitis.  One of the first things is to try to determine what the underlying causes might be:  allergies, dental infection.

If you know you have a tendency to suffer with sinus infections, try to deal with the allergies, use saline nasal sprays daily, and take natural decongestants and immune-enhancing herbs.

Visiting an otolaryngologist and an allergist helps also.  The main thing is to keep the sinuses as clear as possible and to maintain drainage.  This will encourage homeostasis when the reflexology session is given.

People become susceptible to sinus infections when they experience irritation, fear, anger, frustration.  Sinus infections tend to occur when a  person has a difficult situation in life and doesn’t know how to resolve it.

When offering a Reflexology for the Spirit session to a sinusitis sufferer, begin by working the endocrine system with emphasis on the pituitary gland and adrenal gland reflexes.  Work the respiratory system with emphasis on the sinus reflexes.  Focus on the lymphatic system reflexes.  End the session by working the liver and solar plexus.

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Lung Disorders Often Have Grief as an Underlying Factor

Sangi's feetThe respiratory system is often unable to  function well because of infections, inflammation, abscesses, emphysema, and many other diseases.  These conditions are all connected in some way to grief.

When a client partner comes to your table suffering with a lung disorder, begin by working three reflexes:  the diaphragm reflex, the respiratory system focusing on the lung reflexes, and the endocrine system focusing on the adrenal reflexes.  End the session by working the liver and with a solar plexus hold.

Always encourage your client partners to consult a competent health care professional with all respiratory system issues..

Encouraging your client partner to begin to take a sufficient amount of essential fatty acid Omega-3 Oil daily.  This doesn’t mean s/he should go down to the local drugstore and purchase a bottle of pills.  In order for the omega-3 oil to be effective, it needs to be the right kind of oil, the right amount, and the oil needs to have the cleanest origin.

It’s important to get not only your essential fatty acids but also your nutritional supplements from someone you can trust.  I get my oil from Liz Malgieri at Woodstock Apothecary in Woodstock, NY.  Her phone number is 845-679-0790.  I’ve built a trusting relationship with her because I feel she’s a person who knows her products and will not sell something which is either worthless or harmful.  It’s also important to have a person knowledgeable about nutrition, which Liz is.  In the end, I know that I’m going to save money by using Liz because I’m not going to waste money on products which aren’t going to do anything for me.

There are other nutritional supplements which will help people suffering with respiratory system issues.  However, for my money, the one bottom line product which will make a difference in the life of a respiratory system sufferer is Omega 3 Fatty Acid.

For the average healthy adult who is not taking a blood thinner, 3000 milligrams daily is a good basic dose.  To make sure you are going to get the correct  amount add the total of the EPA and DHA numbers one the label.  The number should be 3000.  Then, call your  professional health care practitioner and discuss this decision with him/her.

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A Guided Meditation – An Angel, a Gift, and a Safe Place

Page0002 (2)For this meditation, the first thing to do is get as comfortable as possible.  This means being in a comfortable chair, recliner, or lying face up on a massage table or other flat surface.

Straighten your spine, relax your shoulders, allow your chair, recliner, or massage table to support your body.

Now, make sure your clothes are comfortable.  Loosen anything that is tight or constraining.

Uncross your arms, legs.

Focus on your breath as you go within.  Gently , bring your awareness to your breathing.  Be aware of how you relax as you breathe in and out.  Feel your spine, neck, shoulders, arms, and legs relax as you breathe.

Use your breath to allow yourself to become more relaxed.  As you breathe in and out, use your out breathe to release tension.  Use your in breath to bring relaxation and appreciation into  your body through your respiratory system.

As you breathe in, continue to allow your breath to bring relaxation and appreciation to your entire body, ending with your feet.  Breathe deeply and relax with each in breath and each out breath.

As you become more and more relaxed, you realize you have a visitor,  a very special visitor in this space with you.  Quietly, as you breathe in and out, you see an angel close by.  This angel has come to visit with you for a few moments and to bring you a special gift.

Notice  this angel now.  How does this angel appear?  What colors do you see?

As you note the angel’s size, colors, and general appearance, you become aware of the angel offering you a special gift.  As you make contact with this angel and begin to communicate, you learn that your angel is giving you a beautiful glass bottle with a stopper.

You notice what this bottle looks like, how large it is, what color the glass is and what the stopper in the top of the jar looks like.  Your angel offers you this special jar and you are happy to accept it.

You begin to realize that this jar has a special purpose just for you.  You see that this jar is empty now and that it is waiting to be filled by you.

You know that your angel wants you to take your burdens and put them in this beautiful container.  So, you remove the stopper and begin to place your burdens in the bottle:  work, anxieties, apprehensions, stress, fear, dangers, questions, pain.

Continue to place these concerns and burdens in this bottle until you have filled it  with every concern you have.

Now, very carefully, place the stopper on the bottle.  As you are holding this bottle filled  with your concerns, you look around and see a  table nearby.  You gently place the bottle on the table.

You realize that by placing your problems and concerns in the jar on the table,  you are disposing of each and every one of them.

You know that, should you need them, you can return for them.  But, you also know that if you don’t need them, they are gone.  Thank you angel.

You thank your special angel for this wonderful gift.  What a lovely thing…a bottle especially created to hold your worries.

You now become aware of your breathing again.  You are ready to return to the present.  You breathe deeply for a few more moments and then begin to gently move your hands and arms, feet and legs.

You are back in the room now.  Rested.  Relaxed.  Happy to have visited with your angel.  Happy to have received the beautiful bottle with the fancy stopper.  Happy to have disposed of troubles.

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