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February 2009

Reflexology and Champissage by Barada.  Located at 359 East 50th Street (near First)
Make an appointment today.  Call 212-741-5541 or e-mail 

Hello there.  I hope you are doing well.  I have now been in my new practice for exactly one month.  Some of you have come for a Champissage or Reflexology session, or both, and loved it.  Well, I loved it too!  What a privilege to be able to do this type of work and to see how many of you have felt better afterwards.  Quite a few of you have also bought gift certificates or told your friends and colleagues about Reflexology and Champissage. That is wonderful and I thank you very much.  So do come (again) for a session when you can -  my introductory offers still apply until the end of April.  And dont forget, I am located inside Natasha's Salon where I have come for the last 20 years to have my manicure, pedicure and facials done.  The reason I have returned all these years is because these women - Lyuba, Lilia, Lina and Elena - are wonderful at what they do!  

As for me, my little toe which has been broken since Christmas is healed.  In fact I worked on my hand every day.  Yes, that's right - the "referral area" on my right hand at the base of my fifth finger (where it was at first excruciatingly sore) exactly where it corresponded to the break in my little right toe.   Isn't that amazing!  This week I returned to dancing and riding my bike from home to the Salon on 359 E. 50th Street which is how I hope to travel most days.  It was a glorious ride and my body felt so good to be moving again. 
In this second Newsletter, I wanted to share with you some of the questions that have come up from many of you since I started.  I do hope the answers are helpful.  Enjoy it and pass it along to a friend.  I look forward to seeing you/hearing from you.   In good health, Barada

QUESTION: I am worried about what my feet look like?
ANSWER: The way your foot feet look can provide a lot of useful information for the reflexologist.  It is important to remember that feet come in all shapes and sizes - much like their owners.  Your feet tell the story of your life.  They have literally carried you through your life.  They are amazing and will be treated as such by me.

QUESTION: What if my feet are ticklish?
ANSWER:  Reflexology should not tickle!  The pressure is very gentle, yet firm and is applied mostly with the thumbs. Clients with very ticklish feet are surprised at how they are able to tolerate a treatment and usually comment that it is not what they expected.  

QUESTION:  How many sessions does it take to feel better? 
ANSWER: Clients usually report feeling better after one session.  Reflexology works on the most current stress first.  If you were out digging in your garden over the weekend and came to have Reflexology, you would feel better after one session.  If you had whiplash or lower back pain for 20 years, although you may feel better after one session, it would take a few more sessions to have lasting relief. For those issues that have existed a long time, I would suggest a weekly or bi-weekly session for several weeks in order to return as quickly as possible to balance and health.  After relief or a plateau is reached, regular monthly or bi-monthly maintenance sessions would be suggested depending on your personal goal for wellness. 

QUESTION:  How does Reflexology compare with conventional or orthodox medicine and can the two co-exist?
ANSWER: Reflexology is understood to be a complementary therapy which is holistic in approach - meaning that each client is seen as a unique individual and treatment is tailored to their personal needs. It is also seen to be natural and non-invasive, and therefore safe, without the unpleasant and often dangerous side effects of orthodox drug therapy.  Reflexology is actually known to reduce the side effects of many prescribed drugs, enhance other forms of treatment and work well in conjunction with both orthodox medicine and other complementary and alternative therapies.   
                      The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), defines complementary and alternative medicine as diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.  Scientific evidence exists regarding many complementary and alternative therapies.  Reflexology and Champissage are Complementary therapies falling under the heading of manipulative or body-based methods.  They are used ALONG WITH conventional medicine (for example, using reflexology AND drug therapy to reduce the discomfort of fibromyalgia).

                   Reflexology does not claim to cure diseases nor is reflexology a substitute for orthodox medical treatment. However, it has proved to be very beneficial for a wide range of chronic and acute conditions, especially for stress related problems. It is deeply relaxing and as so many modern illnesses are the result of negative stress and tension, most stress – related conditions respond well to treatment.  The wonderful news is that most major NYC hospitals have facilities for integrative or complementary methods.  For example, the Integrative Medicine Services of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center held its first "Reflexology for the Cancer Patient" training course on June 14 and 15, 2008 in New York City.  A little more than a year before that, it was only a pipe dream. 

QUESTION:  As a holistic and complementary approach what kind of diseases has Reflexology successfully addressed? 
ANSWER:     In my experience, I have witnessed healing results working with the following health issues: stroke, cancer (patients undergoing chemotherapy), elbow, knee and shoulder injuries, sciatica, neck pain, asthma, allergies (hay fever), upper and lower back pain, constipation, PMS, menopausal symptoms, stress and emotional discomforts and there are many more.  All of these cases are documented and many of my clients have written testimonials which are available to share upon request.
                   Research is now available which shows that through each stage of life, the quality of life can be improved with Reflexology. Birthing mothers showed reduced labor times, colicy babies stopped crying, seniors reduced pain and improved control over falls. Those seeking to age well will find that the research has discovered reflexology work to be par with exercise for lowering cholesterol. In addition, reflexology work provides a therapeutic effect on a common pathway for aging, cancer and other diseases - the free radical. For men, reflexology was shown to reduce the enlarged prostate (hyperplasia).  And for women, reflexology was found to impact menopause, menstruation and PMS.
                     Finally, my teacher and fellow practitioners have reported that clients with problems such as diabetes (type II), sinusitis, asthma, migraine, depression, muscular and skeletal disorders, hypertension, bowel and gastro-intestinal disorders, planter fasciitis, ear, eyes nose throat and sinus problems, menopausal and menstrual problems etc. have benefited from treatment.  In fact, published research can be found on line for most of the above conditions.  Oh yes, Reflexology has also helped maintain athletes in peak condition. 

QUESTION:  How does Reflexology work?
ANSWER:     Reflexology is a holistic healing therapy based on the principle that there are reflex points on the feet/hands that correspond to every part of the body, organs and systems.  There are over 7,000 nerve endings on the feet.  An imbalance in the body, systems or organs is felt as crystalline deposits, air bubbles or hard areas anywhere on the  foot which is an indication of an imbalance in a corresponding and specific area of the body. Experienced and trained hands can detect these tiny deposits or imbalances in the feet and by working on these points can release blockages, restore the flow of energy and help the nervous system to achieve normal function. Tensions are eased, the immune system is stimulated and circulation and elimination are improved. This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace, often counteracting a lifetime of misuse. 

QUESTION: What are the after effects of Reflexology?
ANSWER:    The immediate effects at the end of a session may be for example: deep relaxation; an emotional release; light-headedness; a feeling of elation; a deep sense of well-being; increased energy or a really good night's sleep.  
                   After the first or second treatment your body may show that it has begun the self-healing process. Although you will normally feel very relaxed by the treatment and experience a sense of well-being, sometimes people feel tearful for a while, lethargic, headachy or nauseous. Others may notice an increase in bowel movements or need to empty their bladder frequently for a day or two afterwards - these are all signs that the body is trying to rid itself of toxins. They will be short-lived in most cases and you may rest assured that the body is responding to treatment.
                    Whatever the affects, it important that you relay this information to me at the next treatment session or by e-mail in order to help in formulating a treatment plan that is unique and beneficial for you.

QUESTION:  How does Champissage work?
ANSWER:     Stress can manifest itself into tension, stiff muscles, eye strain and headaches and contribute to emotional uneasiness.  Indian Champissage works with a firm yet gentle rhythm to help loosen muscles as well as ease tension and relieve the uncomfortable accumulation of toxins in the body.  Indian Champissage or 'head massage' is a stimulating massage of the upper back, shoulders, neck and head, where tension is normally held. Champissage is a simple and safe therapy that promotes relaxation while alleviating aches and pains. It is non-invasive and is performed with the recipient sitting on a chair, fully clothed.
                    A Champissage treatment can decrease our compulsive behaviours and quiet our thoughts allowing us to bring attention to the present moment. In this state, the body is able to heal itself naturally fromailments and the mind is able to think more clearly. When our mind, body and spirit are in balance, we can work towards fulfilling our life purpose without added stress.  Oh, and by the way, did you know that "Champi" is the Hindi word for head massage and is where the word shampoo is derived

QUESTION:  Shall I select a Reflexology or a Champissage treatment? 
ANSWER:     I am a great believer in our body's innate wisdom.  If we take a moment to review the benefits of both treatments, then ask ourselves which of the two can better serve us at this particular time - we will know which one to select.  
                    Once again,  Champissage is a highly effective therapy which has been practiced throughout India for thousands of years. It focuses on the release of tension in the head, neck, shoulders and the upper back – leaving you totally stress free.  
                     Reflexology is an ancient practice which has evolved into a new therapy that activates the innate healing powers of the body through pressure techniques administered to specific reflex points of the foot². These reflex points correspond to all the glands, organs and parts of the body.  Although it may not be used as a diagnosis or a cure, reflexology will return the body to a state of balance by stimulating the body's own healing mechanisms.
² It is believed that reflexology originated in China over 5,000 years ago, however, the first documented evidence showing the practice comes from Ankamahor's tomb in Saqqara, Egypt (dated around 2330 BC).  

Did you really read all of this?  I am impressed!  I hope this information served you in some way.  I look forward to talking more about it next time we meet.  Barada