Saturday, December 19, 2009

Don't Wring Your Hands. . .Rub Them!

I've always been fascinated by reflexology, whether it be foot, hand, or ear reflexology.

When I have time, I like to Google the "interest of the moment", so today I looked for "Hand reflexology". I found this wonderful interactive chart, and wanted to share the link with you:

Simply move your cursor over the drawing of the hand to see what your fingertips influence, or over a word in the list to find out the spot on the hand related to it.

There is also a link there for a foot chart, but our hands are so much easier to reach. Plus, you can press/rub the reflex spots on the hands just about anywhere, anytime without your great aunt wondering why you're pinching your palm. : )

Remember, reflexology is not meant to replace the care of a primary health care provider. Err on the side of caution and get your situation checked out by your doctor, especially if you are experiencing more than a minor ache or pain.

Have a happy and relaxed holiday!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Improve your energy level!

I love Donna Eden's books, and will be doing a review of her latest, "Energy Medicine for Women" after the holidays. Until then, here's something to get you started:

I've used the 3 Thumps to fight bronchitis before. . . now I use them to prevent it!

Stay warm,

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Relaxing Video

For those of you who like to see beautiful kaleidoscopes, this is a beautifully relaxing video. It would make a terrific Christmas gift!

Ken Mayering ( has been a jewel. When I first found his sample video on youtube, I liked it, but felt the images changed too fast to be relaxing. When I commented on it, he offered to slow it down. I loved the results, so ordered one this morning.

So visit his website, find a speed that you like, and contact Ken about your preferences. I can't wait to get mine, relax into the hammock, and bliss out!

Education to benefit you!

Whew! what a summer/fall it's been! This year, due to licensing changes, I had to do three times more CEUs than usual. This benefits both of us: I satisfy my craving for learning more, and you get even better service when you come for a treatment.

This year, I've learned headache and sinus care, shoulder care, and a wonderful new technique that is called SET (Simple Effective Techniques). I also just finished an ethics course, and one in body/mind theory, so I have learned enough to effect your body from head to toe!

Next month I'll have more time to post, so look for descriptions of these new treatments and how they can benefit you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Hammocks: Between Heaven and Earth

This summer I kept busy getting ready for the Class Ltd. fundraiser. It was a great success! I gave away a "Bathtime Bag", a pretty floral tote filled with relaxing bath supplies. A lavendar candle, nylon scubbie, rice eye bag, tea, Milano cookies, and a knight in shining armor. (The knight was on the cover of a paperback book!)

For those of you who've ever got me started talking about the many benefits of "Mayan Hammock Therapy" for pain relief, you know that I think these soft, comfortable hammocks are a godsend to those of us who are in pain.

Last year, I thought I might have to consider giving up my massage therapy practice due to arm and shoulder pain. Then I did some research and bought my first Mayan style hammock. After about a month of spending a minimum of 15 minutes a day in it, my pain was gone. I now have hammock hook-ups in my house, my yard, and my garden shed. Now I can grab a "hammock relaxation break" whenever I want or need it, no matter what the weather or time of day.

Mayan hammocks differ from American hammocks in that they don't have spreader bars. This makes for a more versatile and stable hammock. It's virtually impossible for a Mayan hammock to tump you out, where as those American ones can behave as badly as a bucking bronco. (I know, I've used both. I'll never go back to the American style.)

The trick to the most effective pain relief is that you lie crosswise instead of lengthwise in the hammock. (Another drawback to the American style--they're not big enough to lie crosswise.) This allows the fabric netting to conform to every curve of your spine and body, taking the pressure off all of your joints. Research has shown that these hammocks can be effectively used to relieve muscle pain, improve vestibular (inner ear) function, and soothe autistic children. They make delightful relaxation and meditation spots, and you can squirm around in them until you find the perfect spot.

The point is: I want to help people get a hammock into their home. They're just too valuable a self care tool to ignore! So I'll be stocking them soon (by September first for sure!). I've tried to keep the prices reasonable, and I may have a "Open Hammock" day where you can come experience firsthand the comfort of these beautiful floating beds.


Cotton Thin string in the following sizes:
Queen (supports up to 400 lbs, 7.31' wide, 14' long): $80
King (supports up to 480 lbs, 7.87' wide, 14' long): $90
Lg. hammock chair (supports up to 330 lbs.) $90

Colors will vary. Nylon models will be available if requested, but I don't find them nearly as comfortable or as effective as cotton for pain management.

A hammock, someone said, is like being cradled in the hand of God between heaven and earth. I heartily agree!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

New! Relief for headache and sinus pain

If your sinuses are blocked or you have frequent headaches, you know how miserable these conditions can make your life. Now you can do something about it!

I am now offering a 45 minute massage treatment that specifically helps alleviate this type of pressure and pain.

The treatment starts with a hot towel to relax your face. Then I work on your scalp, neck, and shoulders to release tension and soothe sore areas. I finish the work on your head with another hot towel for your face, and move to your feet to work sinus related reflex points there. Very relaxing--and effective!

Don't spend another minute suffering with headache or sinus pain! Call me and book your first sinus session before September 1, 2009 and receive a $10 off your treatment.

Stay cool out there!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Moist wipes. . .with a twist!

Another handy recipe, especially if you can't easily find wipes free of aloe and other ingredients you'd rather have on your skin. (My skin's fussy, how 'bout yours?)

You could also use this technique to make a few "Don't Bug Me!" (see posts) wipes for the road. Just fold a few paper towels and saturate with "DBM!" mixture and place in a ziploc bag. Or perhaps just choose citronella as the essential oil for this recipe. Be sure to mark those towels as bug repellent, not cleansing towelettes.

Moist Towelettes

20 to 24 Squares of white heavy-duty quality paper towels
1 cup Witch Hazel
1 teaspoon Glycerin
1-3 drops of essential oil of your choice

Combine the Witch Hazel, Glycerin, and essential oil. Mix well and set aside.

Next, separate and stack each of the paper towel squares from the roll; cut each square in half. You will now have rectangles. Fold each rectangle into thirds as if you would a letter. Now, fold each in half as if you were closing a book. Holding the stack of towels firmly closed, place in a pie pan and hold down with your finger. (Me, I'd just use those handy "Select-a-Size" rolls of paper towels, folding each narrow strip in half.)

Pour witch hazel mixture over towels. Let stand for a few minutes to absorb all of the liquid. Stack towels in an empty lidded plastic container or zip-lock type bag. Keep in your car, bathroom, gym locker or other useful places.

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Keeping the Bugs Away--Naturally!

If you're like me, you like the outdoors. But I don't like the bugs, and I don't like the heavy chemical laden bug sprays. So to my delight, I found this bug spray recipe that I'd like to share with you. Fox Farms in Joplin probably has the citronella oil, or you can order it online.

You might also want to test this on a small patch of your skin (and check it on your child, too) before using, just to make sure you tolerate it well.


2 c. witch hazel
1 1/2 t. citronella essential oil
1 T. apple cider vinegar

Combine into a 16 oz spray bottle. Shake vigorously before using. Requires no refrigeration. Apply liberally.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Rose Petals in a Fountain

Rose Petals in the Fountain
This is a photo I took last year in September when my friends Joy and Leila visited the Tulsa Rose gardens. We went there to relax and play mbira. When we got there, we were shocked to see the rose gardens still in full bloom. We spent an hour or so wandering through all types and colors of roses. Some were scented, all were gorgeous! It was really no surprize to find the fountain full of fallen rose petals. . .or were the fairies making wishes?
May all your wishes and dreams come true. . . .

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Massage in a chair

Starting the last week of March, I will be offering seated massage sessions at Sweet Designs Cakery at 311 N. Broadway. I'll be there on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 am to 1 pm.

Chair massage is a wonderful break from work. Choose a 5, 10 or 15 minute massage ($1 per minute). You'll be surprized at the level of relaxation you can acheive in just a few minutes. You'll be more productive the rest of the day, and Sweet Designs Cakery is probably just a short walk from your office.

Plus, you can get a cup of coffee and a baked goodie if you need a snack.

So come on down and try it out. As an extra incentive, mention seeing this on the blog and get a $2 discount on your first seated massage.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Pain management with a tennis ball

Tennis, golf, and whiffle balls are great for helping you get in shape, and not just on the playing field! In this post, I'll tell you about how using these balls can help you relieve pain, stiffness, and tension at home, the office, even on the road.

Find a tennis ball and tie it in the toe end of a long sock or knee hi. You've now created a tool that you can use in several ways to work on acupressure points and tight muscles. Want to know more about pressure points? See my book list for suggestions. Don't worry about knowing specific spots, though, just work where it hurts!

Cup the ball in the palm of your hand to apply pressure to an acupressure spot or sore area and save your thumbs.

Dangle the ball between your back and a wall to work the muscles on either side of your spine, the muscles on the shoulder blade, and that pesky spot on your hip. You know, that one right in the middle of the back pocket of your jeans. Working this point means that you will have less low back and leg pain. This point is very helpful in alleviating sciatic pain.

Holding the knot and tapping the ball on pressure points or tired muscles provides relief. Use this bouncing motion only on soft tissues, not on bony areas. Go gently at first until you learn what your body wants. Tap the top of your shoulders, your forearms, the back of your neck. Or have your partner tap all over your back.

Use an old golf ball to give your feet a treat. Simply place it on the floor and use it to apply pressure to the soles of your feet. Try chilling the ball in the freezer to help cool down tired feet at the end of a long, hot day. Pay special attention to those sore spots.

Hold a tennis, golf, or whiffle ball between your hands. Squeeze and roll to give your palms and fingers a much needed massage. Keep a ball by your computer to remind you to take good care of your hands!

Most dollar stores carry small round or football shaped balls that have stiff spikes on them. (Look in the toy section.) Try using them for your hands and feet, too. Careful, though, these balls are delicate compared to tennis or golf balls. Squash your tension, not your tools!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Ready to garden?

It's time to think about working in our yards and gardens. Today I was listening to our public radio station and "You Bet Your Garden". They had some great tips for working in outside without injuring yourself. Here's a link that takes you to some mighty useful information:

Now, where did I put that David Austin rose catalog. . .

Until later,

Friday, March 13, 2009

Getting started

Thanks to my friend Heather at, I've now entered into the world of blogging. (Heather, I may be by for a live tutorial soon!) I'm hoping I can share some of the things I've learned about reducing pain and tension, and living a happier, healthier life in general.

If you have suggestions or questions, please send me a post and I'll do my best to provide appropriate information.

Enjoy your weekend!