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Summer 2009

Reflexology and Champissage by Barada
Located at 359 East 50th Street (just west of 1st Avenue)
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Hello there.  I hope this finds you well and maybe even enjoying the cool (and rainy) days of early summer.  Although the heat will be here soon - I must say I do love the coolness, the rain and the mist. Maybe I should start a practice in Seattle or London??  To those of you who have come for Reflexology and/or Champissage sessions these last few months - I want to say thank you to each and every one of you.  So many of you have benefitted from these sessions - which in turn is very gratifying and joyful for me.  You also referred friends and family members, shared thoughts and personal experiences about healing and/or just allowed our time to be one of silence and deep relaxation.  Here are some of the many comments I received over the last few months:

"...I still had pain from a sprained ankle I had suffered a few months ago.  It disappeared after 2 sessions.  Another time I felt really miserable with menstrual cramps and the hour long session was coming to an end when you suggested I rest an extra 10 minutes.  When I got up, I felt fine and walked the 10 blocks home!  Whatever points you massaged or squeezed combined with your gentle touch, soothing words and advice totally helped and convinced me reflexology is part of my life.";

"I feel amazing - so much has released from my back - I had no idea I had been living with so much tension."

" I am fine and can report that I felt only good results from Tuesday's reflexology session. As I settled into bed last evening (Wednesday) I was acutely aware that I was breathing differently without congestion.  I began to think it was "in my mind only" but let myself accept that indeed it may well be as a result of Tuesday's session......"

"I walked out very light, as if walking on clouds! Had 3 nights of good sleep! Considering the stress at work, it’s a feat!"

"I always feel good and light after each session.  What I appreciate most is that I have less swelling in my lower extremities the day after...."

"Just to let you know that night (after the session) I slept soundly........."

"reflexology produced some wonderful results......... I haven't had any flashes since Tuesday AND I have no noticeable back pains"

After each session I always ask you to BE CURIOUS and to see what you notice in the next hour, day or few days.   Why exactly am I asking that?  The reason is so you can participate in the healing process more fully.  So you can begin to explore where your body is "calling for energy" and how reflexology is supporting your body in its own healing processes.  You may notice some after-effects including feeling a bit more tired, or emotional or a need to urinate more often.  It is also possible that existing symptoms may worsen before improving.  This is known as a "healing crises" which indicates that the body is beginning to eliminate toxins.  And that is a good thing - a natural healing event.

As I have previously mentioned - there are 7,200 nerve endings in each foot.  Can you picture this?  Incredible!  Perhaps this fact, more than any other, explains why we feel so much better when our feet are worked using Reflexology.  Nerve endings in the feet have extensive interconnections through the spinal cord and brain with all areas of the body.  Surely our feet are a gold mine of opportunity to release tension and enhance your health.  Can we say that good health is so precious that every possible means to achieve this state must be considered?  That is why I am extremely grateful I can share with you the gift of Reflexology.  Now - please read on................


One. What's New at the Salon (special offers, gifts and reflexology tools)

Two. Hand Reflexology

Three.  Reflexology - taking a Holistic approach


**Starting July 15 I will be giving one free Hand Reflexology session to anyone who buys a package of 3, 5 or 10 reflexology sessions.  The offer will be good until the end of October. 
**  I will also be offering mini-Hand Reflexology sessions to Salon customers.  How relaxing it will feel to have your hands worked on while having a pedicure.....ah! 
** Starting now - Yoga toes (the authentic ones) are in.  If you purchase them yourself on line they will run you $57 with tax and shipping.  I am selling the authentic yoga toes for only $45.
** And also starting now - Foot rollers are in.  Called the Relax-a-Roller, this unique design imitates the reflexive or pressure point effect of Reflexology on the foot.  It is particularly effective on the feet as the pyramidal designed points break up the tension of the feet being pressed flat by the weight of the body.  Within seconds of use, you can feel the feet relax.  It has endorsements from chiropractors, naturopaths and reflexologists.  It was recommended to me by my Reflexology teacher/practitioner and I use it every day and sometimes several times a day.  It costs only $16.

What is hand reflexology? Hand Reflexology adheres to the same theories and techniques that Foot Reflexology does. A mirror image of the body is reflected on the hands which creates a micro-map of each organ, gland and part. Stimulation of these points will promote relaxation, improve circulation and encourage the body to heal itself. So quite literally you have your health at your fingertips

Who can benefit from Hand Reflexology. Now although Hand Reflexology is not nearly as popular as Foot Reflexology, there is certainly a use for it. We use our hands everyday for so many repetitive tasks: washing the dishes, gripping the car’s steering wheel, writing with a pen, typing, and so on. As with our feet we don’t start thinking about them until something is wrong – and that something usually starts with pain or discomfort.  This summertime it will be wonderful for those of you who are looking for stress reduction from the many sports activities that require use of your hands - golfing, tennis, baseball - to name a few.  It will also address the tensions accumulated from those of you who work with computers (my UN colleagues) or who play musical instruments - especially the guitar and other stringed instruments.

Self-help techniques.  During our session I will also show you some self-help techniques!  Our hands are much more accessible than feet so they make a great self-help tool for adults and children. Many are surprised to hear that a spot they have been rubbing on their hands for months or years corresponds to a part of the body that has been bothering them. For example, a friend of mine had always worked on the webbing between his fore finger and thumb when he was in pain. When I told him that this corresponded to his adrenal glands he was amazed that he had intuitively been working towards pain relief.

What is holistic healing?  Holistic or "wholistic" healing addresses all parts of the individual, not just the physical aspect of a person where illnesses are most apparent. Holistic healing is not intended to serve as a band-aid or a one time fix. It is an ongoing journey of discovery in search of more answers and ultimately; living better, being healthier, and striving for wholeness.

How can I focus on "wholistic" healing when one part of my body is in pain?  It is true that our pains and other physical discomforts demand our attention. It is difficult to ignore the obvious when we are physically hurting. Common sense tells us that we should seek help to alleviate our discomforts. Holistic healing is not an "alternative" to conventional medical care. Sometimes going to a medical professional is the best solution to addressing a dis-ease. However, many physical illnesses are the symptoms of a greater imbalance that may or may not have a root cause in the physical. Therefore it is often the experience of physical discomfort that will first prompt a person's pursuit of holistic healing. 

How can I be receptive to holistic healing?  It is helpful to remember that holistic healing encompasses all parts of your life.  In this way, not only physical healing but mental health and wellness, emotional well-being, and spiritual beliefs and values are considered.  If you embrace the desire to find wholeness within your being - you will soon learn the importance of tending to relationships, caring for the planet and our environments, having compassion for humankind in general, and accepting and tolerating differences among a diverse population of people.
What is the role of someone engaged in holistic healing?  My role as a Reflexologist with a holistic approach is to recognize that your discomforts or pains are usually symptoms of an imbalance. The imbalance could be a physical issue.  In that case - as a reflexologist, I will always be careful not to treat, diagnose or prescribe. If someone is ill and they have not seen a doctor, I would make sure they are referred to a medical practitioner.  The imbalance could also be the result of abusing the physical body through an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, or too little sleep. Or, the imbalance may be the result of mental, emotional, or spiritual needs not being met.
Therefore,  I look at YOU, the "whole person" in order to make an evaluation and I use all the information I gather before working on your feet.  That is why it is also important is to listen to what you report to me after a session.  Many times I find we start to work as a team.  That is, by becoming more aware of the healing energy working in your body - you become open to what else your body may need.  For example, some of you after a few sessions have decided to start or return to Yoga.  Others have told me they are starting homeopathic remedies or asked their doctors to lessen or change their medication.  Others have mentioned they are reading inspiring books, beginning meditation, spending time with their families or themselves.  The list goes on and on.  So in becoming receptive to holistic healing, you are tapping into your own innate knowledge of what you can do to live healthier - a more wholesome life..
What are some other types of holistic healing therapies and treatments besides Reflexology and Chamissage?  The types of holistic therapies available are extensive. Several among them are:
Ayurveda medicine
natural diet
herbal remedies
naturopathic medicine
bodywork - reflexology, Champissage, craniosacral therapy, deep tissue massage, neuro muscular therapy, Shiatsu, etc.
energy-based therapies
prayerful intention
Chinese/Asian medicine
We have come to the end of another Newsletter.  It was great to "e-share" with you.  In the next issue (Fall, September-October) I am planning to research and write about Research!  You will be amazed at how much published scientific Reflexology Research is out there - continuously validating that Reflexology works.  Also, I will be presenting a very interesting history of Champissage which has been around for thousands of years.  If you have any health issues and/or questions you would like me to report on - please let me know.
Until next time, have an enjoyable, healthy and peaceful summer.  And dont forget to take care of those 14,400 nerve endings in your feet! 
In good health,  Barada