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All articles written by Suzanne H. Eller unless otherwise indicated. © Suzanne H. Eller, 2011
| Greetings! |
This has been a beautiful fall. The leaves are turning rich reds and golds, and the weather has been cool in the mornings but warmer in the afternoons. It has been very pleasant most days. Even the rain is needed, and the cooler temperatures remind us that winter and the holiday season are just around the corner.
If you have been working in outdoors to winterize your home, you may be feeling the stresses of muscle aches or allergy attacks. Don't forget that a massage my help you relax, recover, and have a perfect autumn.
November is the time when we start thinking about all the blessings in our lives. It is a wonderful month to start a gratitude journal or to call or write out-of-town family and friends and catch up. Remembering the things for which we are grateful helps us relax, and good relationships with our loved ones can help us live longer.
This month, Suzanne and Susan will be attending the Southern Spa and Salon Conference for continuing education credits. We'll be anxious to share what we learn with you when we return.
We sincerely hope that you have a glorious autumn and a Happy Thanksgiving. We also hope to see your soon.
|The Benefits of Reflexology|
Relief for a variety of conditions
If your therapist regularly massages your hands, feet and ears, you are already receiving the benefits of the ancient art of reflexology, perhaps without realizing it.
The premise behind reflexology is that every area of the body correlates with a specific reflex area of the feet, hands, and/or ears. Massaging these reflex areas produces a change in the physical body. Thus, massaging the tips of the fingers or toes, which correspond with the sinuses, can help ease the pressure in a stuffy head.
Nearly every massage we give at Body Balance II includes some attention to the reflex points. For example, if I know my client is having trouble with his/her piriformis and sciatic nerve, I will pay particular attention to the heel of each foot (about a third of the way up) and to the area below the thumb called the thenar eminence. I will massage these with greater pressure and specific techniques such as "finger-walking". Thus, my client receives a mini-reflexology session that targets a specific health concern.
During a full reflexology session, which usually lasts an hour on just the feet and/or the hands, the massage techniques are more specific. Likewise, more attention is paid to zone theory. Zone theory divides the body into ten zones. The zones run in parallel lines from head to fingers and from head to toes and correspond to the ten fingers and the ten toes. Thus, if the therapist works the index finger (zone 2), all points in zone 2 on that side of the body receive the benefit.
Applying reflexology to the whole hand, foot, or ear encourages relaxation and a sense of well-being. When I speak to people about massage therapy as a career, I always teach them how to do a hand massage. Giving someone a hand or foot massage, even if you don't know specific techniques, can stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest), soothe the corresponding body zone, and shows your care and concern for another in a really personal and loving way.
Reflexology from a qualified therapist can address a number of specific health concerns. Headaches are often treated using reflexology as are respiratory ailments and digestive problems. One of the benefits of reflexology in a massage is that it can target organs as well as stress-related conditions or muscular problems.
Here is a simple technique you can use on yourself to relieve a headache:
- Find the adrenal gland reflex on the palmar side of your hand. It is located between the bones of your thumb and index finger but in the meaty part of the flesh under the thumb. This is a good bit below the webbing-a little more than halfway from the webbing to the wrist. If you have a headache, chances are it will be soft and tender.
- Press this area with firm pressure on both sides of the hand. It will seem like you are pinching it. On the dorsum side of the hand, this point includes the vital energy point.
- Hold one or two minutes then switch hands.
- You can repeat until the headache pain diminishes.
Reflexology is often used in conjunction with your regular massage, but it can also be used as a modality in its own right. If you would like to learn more, please ask your therapist.
|Essential Oil of the Month|
Sandalwood essential oil is one of the most precious of all oils. It is often used as a base note in perfumes and incense because it holds the fragrance of other oils. Traditionally, it was an embalming spice in the East. The wood of this small, nearly extinct evergreen was used in building temples in the Orient.
The Chinese used sandlewood to treat stomach ailments, nausea, and skin disorder, and the Ayurvedic Indians used sandalwood for diarrhea, urinary tract infections, and respiratory ailments. They also combined it with rose to make a precious perfume.
Today, the sweet-woody scent is used for these same ailments. Specifically, it is good directly on the skin or mixed with a carrier oil for acne and dry, cracked or chapped skin and barber's rash. Use it in the same way on the chest and throat for bronchitis, coughs, laryngitis, and sore throats or make a compress by adding six drops of sandalwood to a bowl of hot water, soak a washcloth and press the squeezed cloth to your chest or throat. Inhale sandalwood to relieve depression, insomnia, and stress-related problems.
Because sandalwood enhances and prolons the fragrance of other oils, it is often mixed with other oils. Try the following recipes:
- 2 drops sandalwood
- 2 drops bergamot
- 2 drops juniper
- 1 drop lemon
- 2 drops Roman chamomile
- 3 drops sandalwood
To order sandalwood from our storefront at Ancient Wisdom Essential Oils, please click here.
- Click "Shopping" on the navigation bar.
- Sign in as a New Customer.
- You will be prompted as you go.
Thoughts on Thankfulness
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?"
~William A. Ward
|DST Ends on Sunday, Nov. 6|
Don't forget to "fall back"
|Original art by Suzanne Eller|
It's time once again for time to fall back. Daylight Savings Time will end Sunday, November 6th, at 2:00 AM.
Don't forget to set your clocks back on Saturday when you go to bed. You'll gain an extra hour of sleep as we convert to standard time.
Remember to check the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide monitor. Doing so could save your life or the life of someone you love.
|Feng Shui Tips for Thanksgiving|
Guest author: Carol Olmstead
Many of us have a love-hate relationship with holidays like Thanksgiving that involve emotional family gatherings. We love the aromas and bounty of the food and the joy of seeing family and friends. But the strain of cooking all the meals, cleaning the house, and entertaining all of those out-of-town visitors can sometimes result in more stress than harmony.
The cause of this discord may not be you or your family. It could be how you arrange your house during the holiday season. As you get ready for Thanksgiving this year, try following a few Feng Shui tips to balance the energy in your home and create more household harmony- and a lot more fun.
Feng Shui (pronounced "fung shway") is the art of arranging your interior surroundings in harmony and balance with the natural world around you. Our surroundings have a powerful effect on what we attract into our lives. When the energy around us (called chi) is blocked or unbalanced, our relationships, prosperity, and family harmony can be profoundly affected. Feng Shui changes for your home can unblock the flow of energy and make you feel more comfortable in your indoor surroundings.
You Are WHERE You Eat
The holiday season kicks off with Thanksgiving, the ultimate foodie holiday. Here are a few tips to help you create a peaceful and harmonious turkey day:
- Use your dining room often during Thanksgiving because it is considered a place of wealth in Feng Shui; this is not the time to wolf down leftovers sitting in front of the TV.
- Bring out the good stuff: the china, crystal, silver, and all the other pieces hiding in your cabinets and closets; what are you saving it for if not for the holidays?
- Use a centerpiece of orange flowers to encourage conversation, or a display of fresh fruit and vegetables to symbolize good health and longevity.
- Entertaining guests is associated with wealth, so hang a mirror in your dining room; you will reflect your guests and symbolically double your wealth.
- A round or oval table is the best shape for Feng Shui-friendly dining because there are no sharp corners aimed at guests; if you have a rectangular dining table use a tablecloth to smooth the edges and make sure you seat your guests away from the corners.
- Place bowls of nuts, fruit, or candy wherever people gather in your home, and pitchers of wine or sparkling cider and water, to represent the prosperity to continually feed guests.
You Are WHAT You Eat
The colors, aromas, and tastes of food are strongly related to good Feng Shui. In Feng Shui, we divide energy into yin (the dark, heavy side), and yang (the bright, lighter side). Since the winter months are the yin side of our energy, we need to balance this darker, lower, colder energy with strong yang energy in our food for the holidays. Cooked foods, spices, and hot foods such as chile peppers, ginger, and garlic, are the perfect yang choices for Thanksgiving. Foods like raw vegetables and fish are yin, and are better used in moderation during this period.
You Are WHO You Eat With
Is your family prone to arguments when gathered around the Thanksgiving table? Try these strategies to minimize the hot yang energy and cool things down:
- Invite an even number of guests, keep the lights low and soft, and decorate with soothing earth tones like gold, brown, and green.
- Keep shiny surfaces and sharp edges to a minimum
- Remove the carving knife from the table after the turkey is carved, and you will avoid sharp words and arguments.
- Whoever is seated nearest to the door will be the first one to leave, so consider a seating plan if you have any annoying relatives.
Bring a little bit of the practical magic of Feng Shui into your home this Thanksgiving, and your life will be filled with peace and harmony through the coming year.
For more free Feng Shui tips and to sign up for a monthly Feng Shui e-zine, visit Carol's website: FengShuiForRealLife
|Carol Olmstead|Carol M. Olmstead is a consultant, author, and lecturer specializing in practical, real-world applications of Feng Shui for home, business, and real estate. A Certified Feng Shui Practitioner, Carol uses her natural intuitive sense to help attract prosperity, health, love, harmony, happiness, and abundance.
Carol has been featured in print and Internet publications including Cosmopolitan, Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Prevention Books, The Scientist Magazine, in home improvement and decorating websites, on Fox TV Morning News, and is a frequent guest on broadcast and Internet radio. She is the author of the Feng Shui Quick Guide Workbook.
|Gift Certificates Make Holiday Buying Easy|
It's not too early to begin thinking of Christmas presents.
Get the jump on your holiday shopping by choosing the gift of massage. The people who receive your speical gift will thank you.
Don't forget yourself. If you'd like to receive a massage as a gift, give your loved ones the hint to get one for you.
The Gift of Massage makes a wonderful present any time of the year, and it needn't break the bank. Whether you drop by the office to pick up your gift certificates or buy them securely online, a 30-minute massage is just $35.
If your special someone is a first-time visitor, a senior, or a teacher, you might even qualify for a discount on 1 hour massages. Please ask Suzanne if you qualify.
You can stop by the office to purchase a gift certificate from Suzanne Eller, Laura Queen, or Susan Smith. We'll even take a phone order and mail them to you. Just let us know how many you need. Be sure to call first if you're stopping by, as we work by appointment only.
Online gift certificates are also available from Suzanne Eller and Susan Smith. These can be ordered from a secure safe site where your credit card information is safe. Let online gift certificates take the hassle out of holiday shopping. You can even choose the background for your gift certificate and personalize it with a special message.
Gift Certificates Swedish and Deep Tissue:
30 Minutes: $35
60 Minutes: $60
90 Minutes: $90
Massage packages with additional discounts also available.
We hope you've enjoyed this issue of Warp and Weft. Post it to your Facebook profile or Tweet it to help us get the word out. Please know that we appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you soon.
Suzanne Eller, LMBT # 7619, 828-310-0161Laura Queen, LMBT # 3224, 828-638-3426Susan Smith, LMBT #6579, 828-320-6933
Order a flaxseed pillow from Mothers Earth Pillows for your loved ones this Christmas.
Mothers Earth Pillows are made from the hightes quality products. If you've had a massage recently, you've experienced their delicious, healing warmth for yourself. Many clients have purchased pillows for themselves and for their families and friends.
Our best sellers are:
- Small Bolster (neck pillow), which retails for $25.
- Large TriggerPoint (shoulder wrap-around), which retails for $46
- Little Heartbeat (great for kids), which retails for $19
- SpaBoots, which retail for $50
- WarmMitts (great for arthritis), which retail for $44
In most cases, you can choose the color of your pillow and the scent.
|Call your therapist at the number above to place your order. |