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An Artist’s Experience of Reflexology

BY KAREN BALL

Most people recognize reflexology as an enjoyable way in which to improve physical health. I’d like to relate the experience of one graduate of theTherapeutic Hand & Foot Reflexology Professional Certification; an artist and massage therapist who was pleasantly surprised to discover that reflexology delivered much more than physical relief for her. The comments below were submitted as part of her overall feedback of the program (published with her consent).

“As a massage therapist, I am always looking for ways to enrich my client’s therapeutic experience. I knew reflexology would be a valuable addition to my practice since a major roadblock to healing is often a client’s inability to let go of tension. With these ideas in mind, I decided to enroll in Karen Ball’sTherapeutic Hand & Foot Reflexology Professional Certification training. The following paragraphs describe my experience receiving my session from Karen during that training.

I had been under a lot of stress in my life and had been experiencing visual migraines: brilliant, multihued bands of color flashing at my periphery, especially when rotating my head quickly. I wondered how or if reflexology would affect this.

As the session unfolded, the deep relaxation became a portal into an even deeper state approaching the hypnagogic experience. The hypnagogic state is a deep transitional state between sleeping and wakefulness, often accompanied by vivid, dreamlike imagery. For a visual artist, hypnagogic imagery is a rich source of inspiration and a way of communicating with the deepest expressions of the psyche.

My consciousness began to weave into unconsciousness as Karen worked on my left foot. When she moved to my right, I noticed that my toes were especially sensitive. That’s the last thing I remember before dissolving into the psyche’s gallery of liquid imagery. There, I drifted onto that dusky limbic edge where the veils between consciousness and unconsciousness are thinnest.”

In the next couple of paragraphs (omitted here) she described – and later painted! – the visual images she experienced during this session. She concludes with…

“As the session neared completion, my experience was accompanied by a sensation of fizzing, carbonated energy bubbles cleansing the dorsal areas of my feet. This sensation channeled upward through my legs and had an integrating effect on the total body. The level of relaxation was deeply profound. I “awoke” from the session feeling rested and rejuvenated.

The meaning of these images is both profound and illusive to me. They reflect a visual/kinesthetic language that is not easily transcribed into words. An artist doesn’t make these images meaningful, they come imbued with meaning. They have a cellular motility like a vitally morphing liquid screen. When fishing in this deep pond of the psyche, one discovers an experience that is both releasing and inspiring. I discovered that reflexology is one door to this healing experience.

Oh, and no more migraines!”

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SMART Goals

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Timely

Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:

*Who:      Who is involved?

*What:     What do I want to accomplish?

*Where:    Identify a location.

*When:     Establish a time frame.

*Which:    Identify requirements and constraints.

*Why:      Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

EXAMPLE:  A general goal would be, “Get in shape.” But a specific goal would say, “Join a health club and workout 3 days a week.”


Measurable – Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.

When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.

To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……

How much? How many?

How will I know when it is accomplished?


Attainable – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.

You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.


Realistic– To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress.

A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love.


Timely – A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? “Someday” won’t work. But if you anchor it within a timeframe, “by May 1st”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.
Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.

T can also stand for Tangible – A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing.

When your goal is tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.

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Fearful? Let go and have your life back…

Fear is defined as “an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger and accompanied by increased autonomic activity”, (www.merriam-webster.com). As for what is fear biologically speaking, when a person experiences fear, certain areas in their brain such as  the hypothalamus are immediately activated and appear to control the first physical response to fear. Chemicals such as adrenaline and the stress hormone cortisol are released into the blood stream

The acronym for fear is: False Expectations of an Altered Reality where the truth is obscured from view.

In Chinese medicine they have identified fear as one of the five most destructive emotions.

One of the greatest human fears is “not to belong” or the fear of being” rejected”, “left out” or “isolated”.

We often experience a disconnection for one of more reasons throughout our lives. Hence, we continue to search for something to give us back the sense of belonging and security. Through our attachment to work, possessions, persons and control over as much of our life as possible, in the intention of building a safe basis for our existence. To have fears in the face of life’s challenges is only human, but how we acknowledge and move forward from a position of fear can be instrumental to health and happiness.

Acute fear can be sometimes healthy though. It may help us maintain a positive status quo of our life. On the other hand, chronic fear has a “paralyzing” effect on your life creating illusions which can hold us back for years.

There are many types of fear a person can pass through: fear of failure that is basically built in since we were kids. “If you don’t do that, nobody would play with you”. Over years, you may find yourself avoiding situations where you would risk failure and hereby inventing excuses to perpetuate the fear. Interestingly, psychological studies that those who are afraid of heights usually fear failure. Fear of failure prevents you to live the moment, due to the fact of thinking too much about past perceived failures and being too anxious about the future.

Fear can be balanced out via the base chakra enabling you to live comfortably in the present knowing that the past is over and the future is the hands of GOD.

Another type of fear is the fear of “imperfection” or “not being good enough”.

If you are a perfectionist and try to control your world through such statements, you will often find yourself faced with fear. Perfectionists never sit still, driven by the need to finish one more task and convinced that if the job it’s worth doing, it is worth doing it myself.

Due to their own insecurity, they use criticism as a mean to keep others in their place. With a balances base chakra, you will be less harsh on yourself, accept things with love and ability to make mistakes.

A further type of fear is related to vulnerability. Some people don’t like others to see who they truly are. The fear of loss of control often protects an underlying fear of being vulnerable in front of others.  It if funny that we always thin that people doesn’t already know the darker aspects of our personality and still love us.

If you ever think why so many crises take place in our world, the answer is simple, because of fear.

We would not kill, attack, maim, and blow up other people if we weren’t afraid of them. And why is it important to know this? Because if we could just finally understand it’s fear that causes all anger, hate, war, murder, rape, abuse and everything else that isn’t love, then we can determine how to stop or at least drastically minimize all those archaic behaviors.

We have some sort of divine energy – life – in us, yet, those ruled by fair insist on making rules for salvation and deciding what people should believe and how they should act.

If you look around at all people who started wars or fought new ideas, it was driven out of fear. For example: Conservatives are afraid of a lack of order and new ideas. Liberals are afraid of conservatives.

A rapist is afraid that he can’t be happy or feel love the way he is, but needs control to feel worthy or special. A murderer is afraid of the person he kills, or the things that person represents. Why would anyone rape or kill if they loved?

I fear now that humans are beginning to lose the true nature of life‘s purpose.

I’m afraid people won’t understand that all separation among humans – through race, religion, or national boundaries – is based on fear. Anger and judgment are based on fear.

All of the conflicts that humans experience in society are based on fear, not love. If our society learns to understand the fear, let go of it– forgive, then we can finally have peace in this world. If we can just realize that we are all in the same boat, on the same planet, and that we are family, we can let go of the things that divide us.

Another way to think of it is that anything separating us is based on fear; our unity and similarity are a result of love.

It’s time to change our minds and our lives. We just have to learn that fear causes our separation and self-destructive behavior. When we know love and let go of the fears that have controlled us, only then we shall rise again.

Let go of your fears and move on :

“Boldness is the ability to step outside boundaries created by fear and insecurity. Transcend your own limitations”- Deepak Chopra.

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Heart Palipitation in Women with Menopause

Suffering from heart palpitations during menopause is with no doubt due to the changes taking place within the hormonal  system of a woman.

women during midlife time, tend to be more sensitive towards things and regimes that don’t serve them most.

For example, if you have been a regular caffeine drinker but now feel that you have started suffering from some palpitations during your menopause , a possible reason may be that your body cannot tolerate caffeine as before.  Aspartame ( often used in diet sugar) could also be one of the most common things used by women , however, when reaching their menopause stage , one needs to assess if the body can still tolerate it or not. Caffeine, aspartame and alcohol are categorized to be over stimulants for the heart. elements can work as over-stimulants for the heart.

The caffeine in one cup can take up to ten hours to be metabolized in women, hence it created a stimulatory effect on the central nervous system along with the heart nerves for some time.

Looking at your palpitations now from another aspect.. palpitations are defined as irregular heart-beating which incurs either regularly or irregularly.

When we feel such irregularities they are usually not only on the physical level.

Our body is a reflection of what we feel on all three levels, mental, emotional and spiritual.

If you experience palpitations the message is that you need to listen more to your heart.

Women with the change of hormones either during menopause, pregnancy or even during the Pre-menstrual cycle are prone to be more sensitive. Therefore, as part of helping yourself heal your palpitations you may need to  avoid any extreme emotions ( if you can!).

During midlife , a woman is seeking more balance and freedom for her heart, she needs to create a healthy connection between what she needs and how to get it.

I have once read that a woman stopped getting palpitations once she got the promotion she needed at work!

A woman needs to find a way to learn to listen to her body when there is anything calling for more attention , the heart needs more nourishment as we grow older so make sure you nourish it and enjoy the outcomeJ

Nada Rashed

CAM Practioner

International Reflexology Teacher

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Your Life in Color – Part 2

On the other hand, people whose favorite color is orange tend to be cheerful and can express themselves well. They are organized and think logically more than emotionally, however, they are prone to have digestive problems.

The main emotions associated with each chakra colour tells us the following:

  • Green is associated with unconditional love
  • Red indicates vitality and sexuality
  • Yellow may be used for low self-esteem
  • Blue is good for communication, intuition and expression
  • Violet is associated with spirituality
  • Orange, feelings of fear

Color Test

Close your eyes and think of the first 3 colours which come to your mind, the first colour you choose indicates the energies you are mostly using in your life, the second shows you the areas of challenges for you and the third tells you the energies which you need to work on those challenges.

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Alternative Ways to Heal Fertility

Alternative

Ways to Heal

Fertility 
 
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Dr: Nada Rashed

 Having a baby is a happy event that many couples look forward to. Yet many couples often experience problems nowadays and the following explanations may help identify some of the problems and offer some alternative solutions. 

The sooner you detect, address, and treat problems that may affect fertility, the better your chances of having a successful pregnancy.

Women’s Issues 

Here are a few of the common health factors that can affect a woman’s ability to ovulate, conceive, or carry a pregnancy to term.

Being Overweight

Body fat levels that are 10 to 15 percent above normal can overload the body with estrogen, throwing off the reproductive cycle.

Being Underweight

Body fat levels 10 to 15 percent below normal may affect the reproductive process.

Having a Hormonal Imbalance

Irregularities in the hormone system (characterized by irregular menstrual cycles or short, long, or heavy periods) can affect ovulation and even the ability to conceive hence it is recommended to deal with these problems once they arise and not to count on time to regulate them.

Having an Autoimmune Disorder

Diseases such as lupus, diabetes, thyroid disease, and rheumatoid arthritis can interfere with fertility.

Certain Medications

Antidepressants, antibiotics, painkillers, and other drugs used to treat chronic disorders may cause temporary infertility.

Using Tobacco or Alcohol

Smoking may increase the risk of infertility in women; and even moderate alcohol consumption can impair conception.

Fallopian Tube Disease

Fallopian tube disease accounts for about 20 percent of infertility cases treated, according to The National Infertility Association in the USA. Since tubal scarring or blockage is often caused by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), pelvic inflammatory disease, or certain surgeries. You need to be aware and share with your doctor if you have ever had:

  • An STD, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, or chlamydia. You  should detect and treat infections as early as possible (both partners should be treated even if one has the infection).
  • Pelvic pain, unusual vaginal discharge, and/or bleeding, with or without a fever.
  • Pelvic surgery for a ruptured appendix, ovarian cysts, or an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy that takes place outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes).

Endometriosis 

Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue from the uterine lining grows outside the uterus, on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, and/or bowel. This can lead to infertility because the following may result:

  •  Scar tissue: Rigid webs of scar tissue may form between the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes, preventing the transfer of the egg to the fallopian tubes.
  • Cysts: Endometrial cysts may grow inside the ovaries and prevent the release of the egg or its collection by the fallopian tube.
  • Poor egg implantation: Endometriosis may prevent the fertilized egg from adhering to the uterine wall. Early detection of this condition is key to its successful control and to preserving fertility.
  • In some cases, women with endometriosis have no painful symptoms and in such instances, the condition can only be confirmed with a surgical procedure called a laparoscopy.

Men’s Issues

The following is a partial list of risk factors that may contribute to male infertility:

Smoking

Smoking impairs the ability of sperm to move.

Taking Prescription Drugs

Some medications, such as those for ulcers or psoriasis, can slow or prevent the production of sperm.

Exposing Genitals to Heat

The frequent use of saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, whirlpools, and hot baths can temporarily impair sperm production and reduce sperm count.

Having Certain Conditions or Illnesses

Men with a history of prostatitis or gential infection, mumps after puberty, surgery on their hernia, undescended testicles, or scrotal varicose veins (varicocele

Alternative Therapy For Infertility

There are several ways in the alternative medicine approaches to deal with some of the infertility problems occurring in both men and women:

Reflexology

An ancient science based on the principle of applying pressure on certain points located on the hands and feet to stimulate the vital energy of the human body and create overall balancing effects. In infertility cases, reflexology stimulates the endocrine system, paying special attention to the pituitary gland, ovaries and fallopian tubes to enhance the functions of these organs.

Homeopathy

An old science based on the fact that “like cures like”, several remedies which are derived from plants, tissues, minerals can be given to stimulate the vital energy and enhance the functions of organs, it can also help to deal with painful period cramps, some STDs and cysts.

Acupuncture

The “scientific” explanation is that it changes levels of neurotransmitters, the chemicals that nerve cells use to communicate. By using thin needles it removes any energy pathways (meridian) blockages and hence the function of these organs. It regulates hormonal imbalances as well.

Aromatherapy

Use of clary sage oil massage which is said to improve estrogen levels.

Chakra Balancing

The Chinese believe that any disease is a result of emotional disturbance and chakra imbalances. The root and sacral chakras are both in charge of sexual organs, and the female uterus. Balancing the chakras is the same concept as balancing the meridians using acupuncture, it recreates the balance and any blockages released can lead to better performance of the organ.

Stopping Bad Habits

Quitting smoking, alcohol consumption and bad nutrition.

Improved Diet

Eating foods rich in estrogen for women (broccoli, soy, barley, clover, fennel, chickpeas, apples, parsley, brown rice, oats, pears, plums, olives, cherries, seaweed, mushrooms, celery, pumpkin seeds, prunes). As well as using more spices such as cloves, ginger, hops, oregano, red raspberry, sage tea, thyme, turmeric.

Vitamins

Ensuring you get the required amount of vitamins and supplements if recommended by your doctor:

Vitamin E (found in nuts, seeds, oils, and leafy greens), Vitamin C (found in many fruits and vegetables, with the highest levels found in red peppers, kiwi, oranges, and grapefruit), beta carotene, zinc (found in oysters, crab, red meat, poultry, and beans).

Also, remember that infertility is a heterogeneous problem and treating the body in a wholistic way is always a good way to deal with any disease or physical problem.

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