One of my favorite self-care modalities is going for regular Reflexology sessions. Not only do I find it so beneficial for my health and wellness, but it’s so relaxing! And I am one of those people who love having my feet touched, rubbed, and given attention :-), so this works for me.
In reflexology, pressure is placed on areas of the hands and feet in order to improve healing and reduce pain. The idea is that there are points in the hands and feet that correlate and are connected to other areas throughout the body. These points are called reflex areas.
You may have seen a reflexology chart before that shows these areas of connection. For example, the ball of the foot is connected to the heart and chest while the lower back and intestines are connected to the heel of the foot. Reflexology dates back to at least ancient Egypt. Illustrations on tomb walls show physicians using the foot to heal the entire body. Over
time, this practice has evolved, and today modern research backs up the premise
that these points exist. (http://reflexology-usa.net/history.htm)
Reflexology and massage often go hand in hand, but
they aren’t the same thing. Massage can
take place all over the body and focuses on the soft tissue in the body such as
muscles and fascia. Reflexology is a
specialized practice that focuses on the reflex points in the hands, feet, and
ears, whereas massage often takes place over the entire body.
Acupressure is another similar healing art, but it is
also different from reflexology.
Acupressure addresses energy lines called meridians. With this practice there are 14 long lines of
energy that run the length of the body and there are hundreds of pressure
points along these lines.
Some of these pressure points are found along the
feet, hands, and ears. However, there
are relatively few compared to pressure points found throughout the entire
body. Again, reflexology focuses only on
the feet, hands, and ears.
Reflexology may be combined with massage or
acupressure, but it can stand alone as well.
Some reflexologists choose to get certified in multiple therapies while
others work only in reflexology.
Reflexology has been known to have health benefits for
thousands of years. It can help to
improve physical and mental health by reducing the effects of stress and
anxiety. It can provide relief from
headaches and other forms of pain. It
can improve blood pressure, circulation, and can be used to combat the symptoms
from cancer and cancer treatment.
This healing art can improve your sleep, increase your energy, and assist with improving your mood. If you suffer from mental health issues, arthritis, diabetes or a neurological condition you’ll find that reflexology is complementary therapy.
As far as side effects go, reflexology has relatively few. Some people report having sensitivity in their feet after a session. You might also experience fatigue, a runny nose, or coughing afterward. This is because the practice of reflexology can release toxins and your body will work to rid itself of those. Side effects usually last less than a day and are rarely serious.
I highly recommend this wonderful modality as part of your regular self-care. Taking care of yourself is a very high form of self-love and is so, so important. Reflexology is an excellent way to practice self-love, healing, and improving your overall well being.
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who loves to both encourage and see people do more things to show their body that they indeed love it. She believes the more you love and show your body you love it, the more it will love you back! 🙂
“When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.” ― Diane Von Furstenberg
Those that know me, know that I love, love, love, celery juice and that I tell everybody about it.
Yesterday, I ran across this short video with some awesome testimonials from some people who have had tremendous benefits from drinking straight celery juice. Many of them completely off of all of their medications!
I am so grateful to Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium for getting the world on the celery juice train. If you have joined the celery juice movement, please share with me, your success story. I’d love to hear it! 🙂
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Life Coach who loves empowering people to make simple lifestyle changes that create BIG results.
Today I went to the Shoppers Drug Mart website to look for something and I saw this picture. I was astounded at this number! Two Hundred and Forty Three tons of medication that was brought back, as in unused, expired or discarded for whatever reason. Why I was so shocked is that this is just the number that was brought back! Imagine then how much is consumed by people?
I am not against medication by any means, it has a purpose and a place and is an important part of health and wellness care, but I was instantly jolted into how big this industry really is and saddened that there are so many people on all of these medications. Something is wrong with this picture. I am sure you would agree, that life should not be this way!
I googled and 243 tonnes is 486,000 pounds of meds! OMG! And this is just in Canada I am assuming.
I will continue to do my part to help people learn natural ways to add more nutrition, more JOY, more nature, more laughter, and more healthy additions into their lives so they can improve their health and peace of mind in a way more so the way nature intended it to be.
The link mentioned above also stated that 375,000 Canadian teens have abused
prescription drugs and 55% got them from a home! If we can get people healthier with less emphasis on prescription drugs, can you see the impact it would have on our children also?
Let’s all do our part by continuing to work on improving our personal health and leading the way for our children and the future children of the world.
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Life Coach who believes in the power of nature and in laughter as medicine. She encourages her clients to make small and manageable life changes to enhance their physical health, emotional health and spiritual well-being.
Ginger is used in numerous forms, including fresh, dried, pickled, preserved, crystallized, candied, and powdered or ground. The flavor is somewhat peppery and slightly sweet, with a strong and spicy aroma. I have found that people either love it or hate it, but with that said, if we realize how amazing it is for us, it would be wise to learn to love it yes?. 🙂
Ginger has been purported to exert a variety of powerful therapeutic and preventive effects and has been used for thousands of years for the treatment of hundreds of ailments from colds to cancer.
It is known to greatly aid in digestion and assimilation and is widely regarded to help prevent colds, flu, motion sickness, and vertigo. Ginger can also help to alleviate menstrual cramps, nausea, heartburn, migraines, sore throats, exhaustion, fatigue, and constipation and it is great in providing relief from the stomach flu and food poisoning according to Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium.
Anthony also states that ginger also contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols and is a powerful painkiller which makes it especially beneficial for those who suffer with joint, muscle, and nerve pain. Ginger has incredible immune-boosting and germ fighting abilities and has even been shown to help provide protection and relief from E.coli, Staph infections, and Candida albicans.
In ancient times, ginger was highly regarded as a spiritual cleanser and used before and during holy days as a way to awaken and purify the body, mind, and spirit. Fresh ginger is one of the most potent ways to receive its health benefits. Try making a liter of ginger water or tea everyday by adding freshly grated ginger in water and let steep for 10-20 minutes. Adding some raw honey and fresh squeezed lemon juice will enhance its flavor and add to its protective and healing properties.
Fresh ginger is also excellent juiced with apples and celery for an energizing and immune boosting drink. Using fresh ginger in any of your cooking or preparing of food will also provide healing benefits and should be added whenever possible. If you find fresh ginger too strong for your liking, then try using ginger in powder, capsule, tea, or tincture form that can be found online or in your local health food store.
I personally am looking for more ways to add this feisty plant, from a plant family that includes cardamom and turmeric, into my daily diet. Today, for example, I threw in some chopped fresh ginger root, fresh chopped turmeric, chopped apples, cinnamon, maple syrup and honey into a slow cooker with water. It’s gently brewing right now and I can’t wait to try it. I will strain it and drink it like a warm and soothing tea with benefits. 🙂 So many good ingredients in there! My body and soul are going to love it!
I just tried it and it’s the best hot drink I’ve ever had! Be sure to sign up for my email list to get the recipe when I send it out!
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach learning as she goes and experimenting with adding in more nutrients into her diet that are healing, nutritious and soothing to the body and soul.
Just as the sun rises and sets every day of our entire lives, so does our ability to recreate ourselves anew each and everyday!
Every time you look at either a sunrise or a sunset, reflect on the power of this to teach us trust. We can trust the sun will rise again. We can trust that we are given a new day. If you are struggling with chronic illness or pain, trust in a new day. A new day always promises HOPE. A new day means there are new cures, new advancements, new stories of miraculous healings, and new opportunities for healing and growth.
Let the sun be your beautiful reminder of the trust and hope in a new day and all that that implies.
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who believes in miraculous and spontaneous healing. She also believes in the power of LOVE, HOPE and TRUST.
“If you own the story you get to write the ending.”
When it comes to our health, a big key, to personal healthy empowerment is in realizing
1) there is always HOPE and
2) WE are a key proponent in our own health care
As Brene Brown’s quote states ‘you get to write the ending’. As a Life Coach and Nutritionist, I hear often people telling a story about their health that would be better left untold, if truth be told. 🙂 It is easy when in pain or suffering, to lose hope and to tell a story that stems from the pain and hopelessness.
If you are suffering, I encourage you to start sharing a new story and envisioning your own happy ending. Some useful phrases might be:
. Everyday my body is getting stronger
. Everyday new research is happening and helping with healing
. In the past I was very sick, but now I am getting better and stronger everyday!
. I believe in miracles and know that I am deserving of one
. I love my body and am showing my body through supporting it to support me!
. My body is always working for my highest good even though I don’t understand it all
These are just a few ideas to add to you daily ‘story’. I would love to hear the ones that you come up with.
MaggieHolbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and Board Certified Nutritionist who focuses on helping people to have more JOY in their lives. She also works with the physical body and brain to assist in determining toxic heavy metal loads and safe removal as well as liver health which can be an underlying culprit in many health areas such as weight gain, blood pressure issues, digestive health, brain fog, and more.