What’s your Secret weapon this Winter?

What’s your Secret Weapon this Winter?                                                        Mine is Facial Reflexology.

Yes winter has arrived in Melbourne and it’s already made it’s presence felt. Cold frosty mornings have heralded in June and our heating seems to be on permanently.

Along with the start of winter, comes the usual cold and flu’s. Why is this so and why are we more prone to viruses at this time of year? One explanation is that people spend more time outside in summer. Whereas in winter, we tend to hibernate in warm environments where bugs flourish and these germs tend to recirculate around heated rooms.

Scientists believe that our internal body temperature drops after exposure to cold air. Consequently our immune response is weaker than when our body temperature is raised. Hence we can be more susceptible to viruses.

Viruses are thought to be around all the time but it’s during winter when people gather together in warm  conditions that the virus spreads. These are all scientific theories and no-one is entirely sure but it’s important to have some strategies for the colder weather.

Do you have a Secret Weapon? Many people swear by their intake of Vitamin C and Zinc, perhaps an immune boosting herb or even Olive Leaf extract. A healthy diet and regular exercise will also help boost your immune response.

I often use these tools too, but my favourite and most effective is regular Facial Reflexology. Facial reflexology works to balance the whole body. It increases circulation and nerve supply to nourish and innervate all cells.

It incorporate lymphatic drainage to remove toxins and any bugs that may be lurking around. It stimulates the immune system to balance the body and uses a range of nerve points that decrease inflammation, act as natural antibiotics and work directly on the spleen, thymus gland and immune boosting cells.

If you do happen to get a virus, Facial reflexology will help to shorten the duration of the infection.

So get your Secret Weapon out this winter and put it to good use. I’m certainly using mine!

To get you started, I have included a Facial Reflexology chart with nerve points you can work, to boost your immune system. You can work these points up to three times a day. If pregnant, don’t do any points until you have consulted a professional reflexologist.

Of course, a full treatment is preferable so if this sounds appealing, give me a ring.

Enjoy!

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References: www.webmed.com/colds-and-flu, www.scientificamerica.com, Multireflexology Dien Chan by Patrick Aguilar Cassara and Anna Rosa Carrasco. Photo by Teddy Kelly on Unsplash.com

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

 

Can your Face reveal your Health?

Can your Face reveal your Health? The answer to this may appear obvious. If you’re feeling ill, you may look very pale and tired. If you have a fever, you may appear flushed and hot. If you are in great health, you will appear bright-eyed and rosy cheeked.

However the Face can tell us a lot about our inner health, not just what appears on the surface. In Facial Reflexology areas of the face are palpated to see which organs or parts of the body are out of balance. If you are feeling stressed or have had a run of late nights with little sleep, small deposits like grains of rice may be felt in various parts of your face. For example if you have had a few nights out partying, these small deposits may be felt in your liver.

If on the other hand you have had long standing issues such as constant stress, hormonal problems, gut issues or more serious concerns, the areas of your face will feel denser and tight and may even form into a lump. By feeling these dense areas called deposits, a reflexologist can tell whether an issue is of long standing and also  which part of the body is most out of balance.

Lines and wrinkles can also reveal an underlying health issue. In Dien Chan Vietnamese Reflexology forehead lines depict different areas of your body that may be out of balance. Lines at the top of your forehead may indicate a Large Intestine issue. Lines along the middle of your forehead relate to your mind. So if you are constantly stressed or worrying, your face will reflect this. Lines along the bottom of your forehead relate to a possible imbalance in your Stomach or Liver.

Deep wrinkles along the sides of your nose may mean there is an issue with your Colon, whereas deep wrinkles just above the corners of the mouth may mean a kidney or adrenal issue. Deep furrows between your eyebrows usually relate to shoulder problems. Dark circles under your eyes may mean an kidney imbalance or low Chi, your body’s life-force.

Areas of your face that are out of balance can also relate to a person’s personality. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, if a particular meridian is out of balance this may not only mean an issue with the underlying organ, but may relate to the emotions of the person.

For example, if the Kidney meridian is out of balance, the person may be a very fearful individual. If the Lung meridian is affected, the person may be very controlling. Liver/Gall bladder issues can relate to anger or frustration while Stomach meridian issues can be associated with stress and worry.

The Face is an amazing map of what is going on in your body, not just physically but emotionally. It tells so many stories about an individual’s health journey. You just need to tap into it, look a little more closely then read and understand.

Remember that health issues can be tackled and with treatment the face will change. As your health improves, fine lines may disappear and your complexion will look brighter and healthier.

They say that ‘your eyes are the windows to your soul’. Perhaps the face is the mirror of your Health.

Give me a call if you would like to discuss your Health issues.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

References: Facial Reflexology (Sorensensistem), Dien Chan Multireflexology.

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

 

Can you Influence your Immune System?

Can you influence your Immune System? The short answer to this is, Definitely!

We don’t usually think of our Immune System and how it works unless something goes wrong. We get a cold or flu, frequent chest infections or recurrent asthma or maybe something more serious. It’s only then that we feel we may have been doing too much or are ‘run down’ or really start to consider that our Immune system may be depleted.

But how can we have an influence on it?

Our Immune System consists of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body. The Bone Marrow and Thymus gland are called primary lymphoid organs because they produce our defence cells, the lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. These are produced in the Bone Marrow and mature in the Thymus Gland.

The Thymus gland is the size of an orange in children and decreases in size with age. It was believed to have little use in adults but recent research has shown it can still have a significant function in immunity throughout our lives.

The secondary lymphatic organs are where these lymphocytes do their work. This is in the spleen, tonsils, mucous membranes of the bowel and in lymph nodes. Our lymphatic system transports these protective blood cells and removes old and damaged cells.

The Spleen acts as a filter for blood removing old or damaged red blood cells, stores platelets and white blood cells and also produces white blood cells to fight infection.

So as you can see, our Immune system works in amazing ways.

But what can we do to influence it?

Our brain and our Immune system are in constant communication with each other. If we are feeling stressed on a constant basis, our ‘flight or fight’ mechanisms kick in to help us survive. The endocrine system responds with the release of hormones such as cortisol and this severely depresses the immune system. It decreases inflammation, the production of white blood cells and increases the rate of tissue damage.

So reduction of stress is vital if we are to maintain our long term health.

A Diet high in sugar and processed foods has been shown to hamper the ability of white blood cells to fight infection so a healthy diet with plenty of whole foods, fruit and vegetables will make a huge difference.

Alcohol can affect the functioning of immune cells and increase your susceptibility to disease so look at moderating or reducing your consumption.

A good night’s sleep is vital for the replenishing of all your cells, especially your T-cells or lymphocytes so take measures to improve your sleep.

Other factors that can influence your immunity are exercise (increases circulation of antibodies and white blood cells, avoiding excessive use of antibiotics (weakens your immune system), smoking and obesity (trigger allergies and increase inflammation) and sufficient intake of water (helps remove toxins).

Regular Reflexology can have a profound affect on your Immune System too. It stimulates the functioning of your thymus gland and spleen and balances your whole body. It helps remove toxins via the liver and lymphatic system and powerfully reduces stress so your ability to fight disease is strengthened.

As you can see, there are many ways to boost your overall health and your ability to fight disease.

Can you influence your Immune System? Most definitely!

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

You can also like our page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/solevitalityreflexology

References: www.corehealth.chiro.com, www.livescience.com, www.webmd.com, www.psychologytoday.com, www.rediff.com

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

 

Staying on top of the Bugs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There seems to be a lot of viruses and flu’s around this winter, however this does not mean you will succumb.

Having a strong Immune system means that you can laugh in the face of a virus and send it on it’s way. How can you achieve this? Well the following suggestions may help you stay on top of the bugs.

If however, you are already ill, they may help shorten the duration of your illness.

 

Ensure you get a good night’s sleep. This may seem fairly obvious but your cells rejuvenate during the night. Lack of sleep depresses the immune system and the production of infection fighting antibodies and anti-inflammatory agents. This increases the likelihood of succumbing to illness, so try to avoid those late nights, especially on a consistent basis.

Putting YOU first. This may seem like a strange strategy to prevent the flu but if you listen to your own needs and those of your body, you will remain a lot healthier. If you’re tired, rest! Don’t just do one more thing because your boss, partner or child has asked you. Listen to what you really want and how you feel. Consider your own needs before those of everyone else.

Vitamin C. Certain cells in the body that fight infection need Vitamin C to function. It certainly is necessary for the healthy function of the immune system and also facilitates the absorption of Iron, strengthening the body’s resistance to infection. Vitamin C can be found in foods such as oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, strawberries, bell peppers, spinach, kale and broccoli.

Vitamin D. This important vitamin has been found to be deficient in much of the population due to diet, insufficient exercise and not enough sunshine. A lack of Vitamin D can increase your susceptibility to infection and can lead to increased autoimmunity. It is known as the ‘sunshine  vitamin’ because it is produced in our skin when it is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D2 comes from fortified foods, plant foods, and supplements. Vitamin D3 is found in fortified foods, fatty fish, cod liver oil, eggs, liver, supplements and can be made internally when your skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

Zinc. This mineral is very important for your body to help fight infection, strengthen your immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells and assists in the growth of healthy cells. Many people have been found to have a mild zinc deficiency due to poor diet, mineral-deficient soils and the effects of drugs. Zinc can be found in oysters, meat, poultry, nuts and seeds and unsweetened chocolate e.g. cacao.

Probiotics. These are good bacteria that help in the digestion of nutrients that boost the detoxification of your colon. They also support your immune system because they have a direct affect on your gut. Remember, 70-80% of your immune system lies in your gut. Leaky gut, a condition whereby the gut is damaged and allows through previously filtered proteins, is a major cause of various conditions. These include food sensitivities, autoimmune disease and a weakened immune system. Probiotic foods include kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, yogurt, apple cider vinegar and miso.

Herbs and plants such as Astragalus root, ginger, echinacea, elderberry, garlic, ginseng and oregano all stimulate the immune system, treat the symptoms of flu’s and colds, may be anti-microbial and reduce inflammation.

Exercise. There are so many benefits to regular exercise but one main one is that it reduces stress. As stress increase inflammation in your body, reducing the stress response may help protect you against viruses. Exercise also increases circulation and causes changes in white blood cells that may boost your immune response.

Essential oils. These are nature’s wonders in fighting infection. Many of them are anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so are an important part of your immune boosting strategies. The best ones to fight infection are Clove, Frankincense, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Myrrh, Oregano, Peppermint and Tea Tree oil. Essential oils can be inhaled via a diffuser, massaged into the skin with a carrier oil or added to a warming bath.   If I have a sore throat, I gargle with some warm water with a one or two drops of Tea-tree oil, making sure I don’t swallow the oil.

Reflexology. This is a powerful therapy for preventing infections, or if they have occurred, shortening their duration. Reflexology strengthens the immune system, increases circulation, reduces stress and help removes toxins from the body. I have seen clients who after regular treatments, have less colds, flu’s, infections or viruses.

Below you will find a Facial chart of Reflexology points that you might find helpful if you do get a virus this winter. These will help to boost your immune system and fight a sore throat if you have one. You can work these points up to three times a day. Click on the chart to see it magnified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me know how you go and please comment below if you have any questions.

 

Warmest regards,

Judy xx

 

Ps. You can also like our page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/solevitalityreflexology/

 

 

References: www.draxe.com/probiotic-foods, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/insomnia, www.ncbi.nim.nih.gov, www.organicfacts.net, www.articles.mercola.com, www.medicinenet.com/vitamin-d-deficiency, www.medlineplus.gov, www.draxe.com/essential-oils-guide, www.draxe.com/how-to-boost-your-immune-system, Multireflexology Dien Chan by Patrick Aguilar & Anna Rosa.

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

Feeling Stressed…………is it all in my head?

Stress has become synonymous with our daily lives and it’s something that we all encounter at some time, if not on a daily basis. “I’m feeling stressed’ has become the new byline. Just think to yourself how often you say that you are stressed or your life is very stressful.

Does thinking that you’re stressed actually contribute to the stress response? If I think I’m stressed, will I actually feel stress?

Stress is our body’s response to a distressful or dangerous situation. It’s that ‘fight or flight response’ that protects us from harm. Adrenaline and Cortisol are released and our heart rate increases, our blood pressure goes up, glucose is released to our muscles. All these responses help our body prepare for flight or react in an emergency.

More and more research is showing the connection between our thoughts and the physical changes that they may cause in our bodies. As soon as we perceive a situation to be stressful, we tense up, become anxious and may feel ‘butterflies’ in our stomach. A part of our brain, called the Thalamus detects negative thoughts as a real danger, not just a perceived one and sends sensory and motor signals to the rest of our body. Hence even thinking negative or stressful thoughts will cause physical changes.

Stress can also be beneficial in that it can help you stay focused, be more energetic or prepare for a challenge. If the stress is short term, our bodies return to normal but if the stress is ongoing over a long period of time, harmful changes may occur.

Every part of your body is affected by stress. It can suppress your immune system, lead to chronic fatigue, affect your digestive and reproductive systems, speed up ageing and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. It may also lead to depression, anxiety and mood disorders.

The good news is that we can change our thoughts and hence diffuse the situation and decrease the stress response. If we are under constant pressure, take time out to see what changes you can make. What can you cut back on?

Learn to say ‘No’. Delegate! Ask for help. Everything doesn’t have to be done at once. Learn to prioritise.

Don’t try and be everything to everybody. Respect yourself and your time. If you can help someone, do it, but if it stresses you or exhausts you, politely say ‘no’. You might always try and do it all yourself, but perhaps it’s time to let go of that control and ask for help.

Look at how you react to others. Why do they trigger you? Can you respond differently and see their point of view as well. Trying to diffuse a potentially stressful situation may help avoid the stress altogether.

Also, try meditation. Numerous studies have shown the huge benefits of stress reduction from regular meditation practice. If we calm our minds, we become more focused, less reactive and our bodies become calmer. Reflexology is another great tool to deeply relax you and reduce your stress response.

 

Take some time out from those stressful thoughts. They may only be in your head but they affect every part of your body.

Take care and please let me know what you think.

 

With love,

Judy xxx

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References: www.helpguide.org/articles/stress, www.powerofpositivity.com/negative-thinking-affects-your-brain/

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

Do you have Fibromyalgia………could Reflexology help?

 In my recent Webinar and eBook, I spoke about many areas of pain and how you could treat them using Facial Reflexology. However, what if the pain was everywhere? Could you still use these points and if so, how?

One such condition is Fibromyalgia.

In Fibromyalgia, Facial reflexology nerve points will help but there is a lot more involved in the treatment.

Fibromyalgia literally means fibrous tissue, muscle and pain which translates to pain that is felt in muscles and surrounding tissues. The pain experienced can occur all over the body affecting your muscles and joints. Your muscles may feel as if they have been overworked, even without exercise and sometimes they burn or have deep stabbing pains.

It is believed that painful sensations are increased because of the way the brain processes pain signals. There is an abnormal increase in levels of certain chemicals, (neurotransmitters) in the brain that signal pain . Also the pain receptors of the brain seem to develop a memory of the pain and become more sensitive, meaning they can overreact to pain signals.

Fibromyalgia is debilitating and exhausting and affects your sleep, memory and mood. It is also associated with tension headaches, jaw disorders, Irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression, hypersensitivity to cold or heat, inability to concentrate, dryness of the eyes and mouth, numbness or tingling in extremities, abdominal pain and incontinence, as well as that awful neck, shoulder, back or hip pain.

Everyone experiences the symptoms differently and not everyone suffers from all the symptoms.

The cause is unknown though there are thought to be genetic influences, infections that trigger the onset, or some physical or emotional trauma and some consider it to be an autoimmune condition.

Treatment involves a healthy diet, regular exercise, strategies to help you sleep, relaxation and stress relief. Complementary therapies such as Reflexology, massage, acupuncture, yoga and tai chi have also been shown to help.

So how can Reflexology help if you have Fibromyalgia?

Facial Reflexology looks at areas of your face related to Traditional Chinese Medicine, where the imbalance in your body first commenced. Fibromyalgia is believed to have a strong emotional basis and it has been said that 85% of illnesses have an emotional basis. A traumatic event or a severe stress will affect different people in different ways but it will definitely affect your hormonal system.

Our hormonal system reacts to any stress by releasing adrenaline, our ‘fight or flight’ response. Insulin levels also increase as our brains need glucose to react and make decisions. Facial reflexology treats the gland that is most affected by the stress response and also the whole hormonal system. The reason a sufferer has so many symptoms is because the hormonal system doesn’t act in isolation. If one gland is affected then another will be affected and so on.

The Brain is also treated. Within our midbrain we have what is called the Limbic system. This is where our emotions and memory are stored and our memories of pain. In turn, other areas of the brain are believed to be involved and this affects our tolerance to pain.

A Facial Reflexology treatment looks at the whole body and treats it accordingly. It has been shown to help improve sleep by relaxing the body and assisting the  Hormonal system to regulate your sleep pattern. It  reduces IBS symptoms by relaxing the colon, eliminating toxins and reducing inflammation. It helps with mental clarity and fatigue by working the areas of the brain affected and most importantly, it helps reduce the pain by addressing the reasons behind it.

Fibromyalgia is a complex condition but treatments are available and there are many support groups in each state.

Remember that if you take an active role in your illness and recovery, you will feel more in control of your health and will have a much better outcome and recovery.

Take care,

With love,

Judy xxx

 

References: www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condtions/fibromyalgia. www.fibromyalgia-symptoms.org/fibromyalgia_reflexology. www.webmed.com/fibromyalgia/guide. Webinars of Lone Sorensen/Facial reflexology. Image ‘sad-girl’ dreamstime.com.

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

 

Pain relief at the end of your fingertips

We have all experienced Pain throughout our lives and it can be very distressing and debilitating. When Pain occurs, our nervous system detects that there is an injury or underlying illness or distress in the body and we detect this as pain.

Facial Reflexology works with acupuncture points and nerve points on the face to help relieve pain. A Vietnamese form of Facial Reflexology that does this very effectively is called Dien Chan, Dien meaning Face and Chan meaning diagnosis or treatment.

It was discovered by an acupuncturist called Professor Chau. He discovered 564 points on the face that are related to the underlying nerves. Of these he currently uses 257 as he has found these to be the most effective.

The theory behind these nerve points is that when stimulated, the nerve point sends an impulse to the brain to release energy. This energy is then directed back to the corresponding organ. In other words, if you suffer from shoulder pain, when you press on the nerve point for the shoulders, a message is sent to the brain.

The brain detects the pain in that organ from the stimulation of the nerve point and endorphins are sent out to reduce the pain.

Stimulation of these nerve points is a very effective way of reducing or relieving pain. Rollers or implements such as the rounded tip of a ballpoint pen can be used or it’s just as effective to use your fingers.

Pain relief really can be found at the end of your fingers.

These points can be worked up to three times a day but remember – If you have had the pain for a long time, it may take days to a few weeks for your body to rebalance and adjust to the new normal.

I’m holding a Webinar on Treating Pain with Reflexology using the techniques of Dien Chan. I will be covering Headaches/Migraines, Backache, Period Pain and Shoulder Pain. Everyone who signs up will receive a FREE handout on treating headaches and migraines.

The Webinar is FREE too and will be held on Friday, 3rd March at 2pm. I would love you to join me.

Here is the link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/8572091345be30ddd746f627e8486654

Take care,

Love Judy xxx

 

References: Multireflexology Dien Chan by Patryck Aguilar Cassara and Anna Roca. www.fht.org.uk, www.painaustralia.org.au

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

Treating Pain with Reflexology

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We have all experienced pain at some time in our lives. It may be a small pain as from a scratch or simple cut, or it may be more severe, following a serious injury such as a fracture.

So what is Pain and how can Reflexology help?

Pain is an uncomfortable feeling that can start as a mild discomfort or as something more

severe. It can be irritating or agonising and we all experience it in different ways, depending on the actual pain and  our tolerance of it.

When pain occurs, our nervous system detects that there is an injury or underlying illness

or distress in the body and we detect this sensation as pain.

Pain may be acute when we have a sudden injury such as a sprain  or fracture or a medical incident such as appendicitis. This type of pain usually resolves once

the reason for it is treated.

However, pain may also be chronic where it lasts a long time.

It may follow an old injury that never healed properly, such as a back injury, or may be due to

degenerative changes such as arthritis.

Pain doesn’t always occur from a physical injury or actual tissue damage. It may be related to an emotional or social issue, can be influenced by our beliefs and is usually worse when stress is present.

How then can Reflexology help ease the pain or take it away completely?

Reflexology helps improve circulation and nerve supply to all parts of the body.

It helps eliminate toxins through lymphatic drainage and helps boost the immune system. Hence it helps more blood flow to any injured area bringing oxygen and nutrients to the cells. It also boosts the immune response which is part of the body’s healing process. When an injury occurs, inflammation follows. This is a result of increased blood cells flooding the area to begin the process of healing. Reflexology helps increase this response.

When pain occurs, especially if it is severe pain, we start to feel stressed. Our heart rate increases, our blood pressure rises and our muscles tense up. If we are able to relax and let go of this tension, the pain often diminishes. Reflexology assists this process.

Facial reflexology works on specific acupressure points to stimulate nerve endings. It also uses Vietnamese maps of the face to work on areas of pain related to dysfunction in the physical body. As a point on the face is worked for neck or shoulder pain, that area of tension or pain in your actual neck or shoulder, is released.

Reflexology also helps stimulate your Hormonal system so that ‘feel good’ hormones or endorphins are released. These work on the nervous system to help ease the pain.

Studies in the UK and Korea have shown an increase in the pain threshold and a person’s ability to tolerate pain, following Reflexology.  It has also been shown to decrease pain associated with cancer, arthritic pain, lower back pain, kidney stone pain and pain following surgery, just to name a few.

As so many people suffer from headaches and back pain, below are some points that you can work yourself to help with these issues.

Start off by using your index finger to rub up and down in front of the ears, 12 to 15 times. This stimulates the nervous system so starts the relaxation process. Then press firmly on each point for 30 to 40 seconds. Finish off by rubbing up and down in front of your ears for 12 to 15 times.

So simple and can be done up to three times a day.

Take care and let me know how you get on.

With love,

Judy xxx

 

References: www.fht.org.uk, www.reflexology-research.com, thanks and courtesy of Dien Chan, Multireflexology

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above reference. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

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Can You Improve Your Eyesight? Reflexology says “Yes”.

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We generally accept that as we age, our eye function will begin to deteriorate and it’s not uncommon for many of us to start wearing glasses after the age of 40. While taste is the first sense to deteriorate, this is closely followed by our vision. Deterioration in our eyesight may occur as a result of ageing or as a result of an eye illness. Apparently there are 570 of them! Lifestyle and genetics may also play a part and and as a result, certain countries have more eye problems than others.

As we age, the lens in our eyes becomes harder and loses its flexibility to change shape. Hence it becomes harder to focus on objects near to you, such as writing or reading a book. As you reach your 50’s or older, this becomes more pronounced and you may need stronger prescriptions for your glasses. However it has been found that exercise and nutrition, with a diet high in Omega-3 fatty acids can help to increase the flexibility of the lens.

Other conditions such as cataracts, where the lens becomes more opaque, and dry eyes where less tears are produced, may present as well. There is also the risk of more serious disorders such as Macular degeneration, glaucoma and Diabetic retinopathy with a serious loss of vision, even blindness. Hence the importance of regular eye checks.

This may all sound very dismal but there is something that you can do to help improve your eyesight and decrease the risk of eye disease and deterioration.

The Bates method of Natural Vision was developed by an ophthalmologist called Dr Bates, a hundred years ago. At the time, he was so successful that his work threatened the livelihood of optometrists and he was banned. Today his method of improving eyesight without glasses, is taught in many countries around the world in Natural Vision workshops. Conventional belief is that the muscles of the eye will become strained with age and lose their optimum function. Stress, both physical and emotional may also contribute to this. The Bates method teaches you to strengthen these muscles by releasing any eye strain, thus relaxing  the eye so that healing can occur.

I actually did one of these workshops a few years ago. Within a week of implementing the techniques, I was able to use the computer without the need for glasses. Unfortunately I didn’t keep it up, so my eyesight deteriorated again. It’s time I went back to my notes and started implementing Dr Bates’ techniques.

There is also another tool that I am using and this is Reflexology!

Chinese medicine believes that behind every eye illness, there is an underlying organ with a dysfunction. Every meridian or energy pathway in the body has an effect on the eye, so in Reflexology every eye condition is classed according to a particular meridian. Chinese medicine therefore, doesn’t support eye surgery as it says that if you operate on the eye, you are not fixing the underlying condition, hence it will return.

Facial reflexology treats the underlying meridian as well as specific nerves and acupuncture points around the eyes. It is especially effective in treating conditions where there is degenerative vision loss. It is important to know a person’s overall health as this may be contributing to their eye condition and this can then be treated too.

Blindness is classified as a person having less than 20% of eye function. So long as there is some degree of vision, eye sight can be improved. An example of this was given to me by my tutor in Ocular therapy. She treated a young boy who was born “blind” and severely disabled from a genetic condition. After extensive treatments from her and his mother, over a period of time the boy completely regained his full eyesight.

A reflexologist friend has also treated a young woman born with Astigmatism in both eyes, where the curvature of the cornea is irregular and objects in the distance appear blurry. After a series of treatments, this woman no longer has the condition in one eye and it has greatly improved in the other.

Prevention of any condition is always preferable and there are many foods that contain beneficial vitamins, minerals and herbs to improve your eyesight. A few of these are blueberries, dark grapes, bilberry, eggs, liver, spinach, beef, eyebright, gingko, garlic, carrots, blackberries, buckwheat, citrus fruits, sweet potatoes and asparagus.

However if your eyes are deteriorating, know that there is something you can do. Regular eye checks are important to look for any serious condition but if your prescription for glasses keeps getting stronger, perhaps take some responsibility for your own health.

 

There are often alternatives and I, for one, am going to try them.

 

Let me know how you get on and if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.

 

With love,

Judy xxx

 

 

 

References: Ocular therapy by Lone Sorensen, www.rebuildyourvision.com, www.allaboutvision.com, www.articles.mercola.com/bates-method-vision-program, www.thebatesmethod.com, www.visioneducators.com, Images by Pixabay

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

Top Tips to Beat the Winter Bugs

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As someone once said, “Baby it’s cold outside.”  Winter is definitely here in Melbourne.

Low temperatures, gloomy dull days and even snow in some areas. Along with the inclement weather, we often have to put up with various colds and viruses that seem to come out of the blue.

But what if there was a way to avoid these illnesses or lessen their duration and impact. Well here are some of my top tips and suggestions to beat those pesky bugs, keep them at bay and send them on their way.

1. Reduce your stress! You may think that this has nothing to do with getting the flu, but stress has a huge effect on our immune system. Studies have shown that continued stress has a detrimental effect on lymphocytes and natural killer cells by lowering their numbers. Hence when a virus is encountered, there are less immune fighting cells around to ward off illness.

Simple techniques such as meditation, regular Reflexology, time out for yourself, early nights and including some fun and laughter into your life will all help to reduce stress. Recognition of what causes the most stress in your life, is important so that you can see what changes you need to make.

2. Exercise.  You may put this into the “too hard” basket, especially in winter, but regular exercise helps to stimulate our circulation, increase oxygen into our cells and supply our body with vital nutrients. It also raises our body temperature which may fight circulating bacteria and it improves our lymphatic response to help the body detox. Rug up and go for a short walk, or exercise indoors at a gym or dance class. Do something you enjoy but make sure you keep moving.

3. Sleep. It’s very easy to want to stay in bed on these cold mornings and many animals hibernate during the cold winter months. Although animals do it to conserve their energy when food is scarce and most of us don’t have this problem, making sure you have enough sleep helps your body to become better equiped to fight off illness. Most of the healing and regeneration of our cells takes place overnight while we sleep, so having deep regular sleep is of vital importance for a healthy body.

4. Essential Oils. These are my ‘go to’ whenever I feel a virus coming on. Many essential oils can be inhaled via a diffuser, massaged into the skin with a carrier oil or added to a warming bath. Some essential oils can also be taken internally but these need to be of a Therapeutic grade such as Doterra oils or Young Living oils, both of which can be ordered online. If I have a sore throat, I gargle with some warm water with a few drops of Tea-tree oil, making sure I don’t swallow the oil.

Some of the best oils to use for their anti-microbial abilities, are Lavender, Eucalyptus, Tea-tree, Lemon, Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Clove Bud, Sandalwood, Peppermint, White Thyme and Sage. Others that boost the immune system are Lavender, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Rosemary, Sandalwood and Tea-tree.
Put 1 to 6 drops in a diffuser and let the healing aromas of the oils drift through your home. Mix 4 to 6 drops with some bath salts and add to a warm bath. If you have a head cold, add a drop of Peppermint or Eucalyptus to a bowl of warm water and inhale gently to clear your head.
Two brilliant oils that you can take internally are “OnGuard” by Doterra or “Thieves” by Young Living. These are combination oils that knock a virus directly on its head. They contain cloves, cinnamon, rosemary and eucalyptus and are very powerful.

5. Vitamin C. Much has been said about the benefits of Vitamin C but if taken at the first sign of a sore throat or runny nose, it has been found to stop the virus from developing. If taken once a virus has a hold on you, it can still help to lessen the severity of the infection. Though doctors are divided on its benefits, they do agree that Vitamin C does boost the immune system so it may be of benefit as a preventative. Foods high in Vitamin C include oranges, chilli peppers, red and green bell peppers, kale,broccoli, papaya, strawberries, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, pineapple, kiwi fruit and mangoes.

6. Zinc. Zinc helps to keep the immune system strong. It helps control infections and balances the immune system by decreasing inflammation in the body. Recent studies suggest it may help treat the common cold. It can be taken as a supplement or found naturally in oysters, red meat, poultry, lamb, sesame and pumpkin seeds, lentils, cashews and seafood such as crab or lobster, garlic and luckily, dark chocolate.

7. Olive Leaf Extract. Olive leaf Extract is made from the leaves of Olive trees and is naturally very high in antioxidants. Olive leaves have traditionally been used to enhance the functioning of the immune system. Taking it as a preventative reduces the likelihood of you getting a cold or flu and if you actually become ill, it helps to shorten the illness by reducing the activity of the microbes or viruses.

These are just a few suggestions to keep you healthy this winter. You may have many more and if so, I would love to hear them. Please leave your comments below.

Take time out for yourself on these cold days and learn to be still. Winter is meant for doing less so learn to relax and just be. After all, if animals have been doing it for thousands of years, why can’t we.

Take care,

With love,

Judy xxx

 

References: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, www.medlineplus.gov, www.naturallivingideas.com, www.livescience.com, The Fragrant Pharmacy by Valerie Ann Wormwood, www.researchnews.osu.edu, www.health.com, www. olea.com.au, Images by Pixabay.

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.