Heal & Toes Footnotes on Arthritis – February 2015

Greetings fine footed friends!

A middle aged client, LS, recently decided to give reflexology a try because she has lots of pain from both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It made sense to work on both her hands and her feet and the results have been very good. LS is active with her husband and their store business as well as with community and club activities, so naturally she has no time for pain. Now she is happy to report that the reflexology she is receiving from Heal & Toes along with the massages she’s been getting for quite some time work well together to help her feel much better. More over she enjoys the deep relaxation caused by the release of endorphins during a Reflexology session at Heal & Toes.

Jan 18, 2012 by Nicola Jenkins
Arthritis can sometimes seem like a sentence, not a diagnosis. The pain, stiffness and swelling of your joints and other associated connective tissue never quite goes away. Living with arthritis is more about managing your symptoms successfully and finding ways of improving your quality of life.
That’s where reflexology can be very useful. This particular therapy can offer the following benefits to those coping with Arthritis:
Pain relief: The existing research into the effectiveness of reflexology in treating arthritis has concentrated on its ability to reduce pain or the need for pain medications. Regular treatments have been shown to reduce pain and (in some cases) help to alleviate the depression long term sufferers can experience.
Detoxification: Individuals coping with gout, and certain other forms of arthritis are often encouraged to change their diets in order to improve their symptoms. Regular reflexology sessions can help to speed up the process of removing toxins from the body and will have a positive effect on your metabolic rate.
Improve sleep: Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons why people struggle with sleep. It’s also a bit of a catch-22 situation; if you could get more and better sleep, you wouldn’t be as aware of the pain.
Improve circulation: Reflexology is an excellent way of improving the circulation of both blood and lymph, particularly in peripheral areas. Improving the circulation will help to remove toxins that are contributing to arthritic symptoms. This is particularly important for those suffering from gout or where waste products of metabolism have been deposited around specific joints. Getting rid of these waste products will significantly reduce the symptoms of gout
Reduce stress levels: Living with the discomfort of arthritis is going to generate a certain amount of stress in your life, no matter what else is happening. Long-term stress can leave you feeling exhausted, debilitated and prone to developing other symptoms of ill-health – as well as making your arthritic symptoms worse. Regular treatments can help to keep stress at manageable levels and to keep you in optimum health.
Improve the immune response: Some forms of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis in particular, are autoimmune conditions. They develop as a result of the body’s immune system starting to attack other body tissues. Reflexology concentrates on balancing all body systems; that includes encouraging the immune system to respond normally.
Read more: http://www.naturaltherapypages.com.au/article/reflexology_for_arthritis#ixzz3OuP1Oo4s

Fuss – German word for Foot

Our feet stop growing when we hit our teen years and the last bone in the foot to mature fully is the 1st metatarsal. In about 20 % of the population the second toe is longer than all of the others.

Shoe sizes were first “standardized” in the 14th century by King Edward II who declared that the diameter of a grain of barleycorn would be the measure for one full shoe size. We still use this system!

Both Mary Ellen, who lives near Seattle, and I belong to the Washington Reflexology Association. Mary Ellen recently shared, “It makes you feel good to practice when you’re as old as your clients. I am still working at 89 and loving every minute of it. I did a Wellness Fair for the City of Enumclaw recently and as always thought it was a fun time. All of the employees come to a taco lunch; I did reflexology for people ranging from the Mayor to my garbage collectors.” Note: Mary Ellen still works in her back yard which contains a marvelous reflexology path and she also walks to get her massage treatments. What an inspiration you are, Mary Ellen. Thanks so much!

Thorbecke’s Fit Life Health Fair: February 9, 2015 4 – 7pm; Chehalis; FREE mini-sessions
Centralia College Health Fair: February 18, 2015; 9am – 1pm; Centralia College;  FREE mini-sessions

Thorbecke’s Fit Life is a wonderful facility with opportunities for getting into good shape and being healthy. Thanks Dale! Heal & Toes Therapeutic Reflexology helps the body systems balance and brings deep relaxation and better circulation which are good for health. So it only made sense Lorna promoted both. So here’s how it went: One very recent foggy morning Lorna was pruning trees at the top of her ladder (pruning strengthens her hands and wrists the better to work on your feet with) and a Thorbecke’s member stopped to ask about the pruning as she was peddling by on her way to Thorbecke’s. They talked as Lorna clipped along and of course Lorna promoted the upcoming Health Fair at Thorbecke’s. The woman had never gone to one but now will schedule her turn out right before and then swing in for the wide variety of vendors and of course to try out a FREE mini-session with Heal & Toes. See you there friendly neighborhood cyclist!
Past business instructors would smile, they always said, “market where ever you are and when ever you can!”
Some of you may remember Lorna’s promo photo? On the foggy morning she was in those trees bunddled up pruning where Giske Image Design took the photo in warmer weather.

Bring mobile reflexology to your special events such as bazaars and fairs, reunions and parties. Call or email Heal & Toes for questions and arrangements. Lorna is also available to give talks about the history and benefits of reflexology and demonstrate with mini-sessions.

In coordination with Keysar Center of Massage
Lorna Smith, CR #60394451
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