First of all - happy spring. Even though we had a mild winter, spring always feels like such a relief. And I know that I am LOVING working in my yard and bringing some life to my home. Plus, I love the smell of mulch. Is that weird?
Second of all- THANK YOU!! Thanks for being so patient while I am taking my certification course and being so accommodating with the limited availability. Thing should settle down in June. But, I urge you to schedule a session if you haven't already because many folks have already scheduled their appointments through the summer, so if you snooze, you lose.
Also, thank you for making my practice what it is today! Many of you have been with me since I first came to Armonk over 3 years ago and I appreciate your loyalty. You have all helped my practice grow into something I am really proud of.
To that end....there are a couple of BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS to make so read on...
My practice has grown beyond me being able to handle all of the scheduling myself in a timely manner. So, online booking is here. This should make for much faster scheduling for you - instead of emailing to ask about availability and going through 3-4 iterations of email, you can simply see the schedule and book immediately.
If you have any questions or experience any problems, please let me know!!
Nothing much here that will change your life. But, over the next week I'll be streamlining the design of the website just a bit. For now, the BOOK NOW button is just kind of stuck on there so I could launch the functionality. But, I'll be updating the format of things just a bit so it all makes more sense and is nice and clean. Just a head's up!
In addition to outgrowing my previous scheduling practices, the practice has now grown beyond me renting a room - I really need my own office. But, rent being what it is in Westchester, very soon I will be working just to pay the rent. With a hard cap on how many clients I can see in a week, it doesn't make sense and I risk burnout and injury. So, to prevent that, have decided to move the office to my home in Harrison at the end of the summer.
I know this may come as a surprise, but I assure you...it's great news!
I am located 13 miles from the current office and I usually get door to door in 18-20 minutes. Parking is not a problem - you'll just park in the driveway.
The room is of similar size to what I have now, but because no one is at my house during the day, it's QUIET!! You'll have all of the privacy you want with the same great service you have come to trust and expect.
I encourage everyone to see me at least 1-2 times in the new office and see how it goes. I drive to Greenwich, CT for my massage every 2 weeks because her work is the best for me and it's more than worth the 15 minute drive each way. I think you'll find that it's not terribly inconvenient after all.
I will be tweaking my hours a bit when I make the change. I know for certain that I will be adding some early hours (perfect for treatments BEFORE work). Beyond that, I have not made any decisions, so more on that later.
I will be at the new location starting in August or September. This gives those of you not interested in commuting to Harrison plenty of time to use up any outstanding gift certificates and packages. Otherwise, stay tuned over the next few months for more specific updates.
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Reflexology is almost here!
Reflexology will be a permanent service offering in June. If you have any questions about reflexology or whether it is right for you, don't hesitate to reach out!
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a method of working on the feet (hands and/or ears) which presumes that specific points and areas on the feet (hands and/or ears) correspond to every organ, gland, and system of the body. By applying pressure using specific techniques to these areas, reflexology can help to reduce stress and normalize body functions to achieve balance in the body.
It is important to note that reflexology is NOT massage. Massage is a circulatory modality whose objective is solely to treat the soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, etc) of the foot and ankle to reduce pain, inflammation, and tension, and increase range of motion.
But, reflexology is an all-encompassing treatment. All organs, glands, and systems of the body can be affected through the feet and hands. It is very efficient, more far reaching, and less invasive with fewer contraindications than even massage. And I find that it has a MUCH faster and longer lasting impact on relaxation.
Benefits of reflexology
Reduction of stress
One of the most powerful impacts reflexology makes is the reduction of stress. Reflexology helps to reduce stress by activating the relaxation response (parasympathetic nervous system). Because the long-term effects of stress on the body can be adverse to the overall state of health, stress reduction and management are a critical part of preventative health care.
Did you know that the daily (and often multiple times daily) ups-and-downs of psychological stress are more wearing on our systems than one large stressful event? Think of it like this...a zebra being chased by a lion has one distinct stress response that is then resolved (he's either eaten or goes back to grazing after the escape). But, in our daily lives, we often have a multitude of stressful responses throughout the day (running late, traffic, a big presentation, child's illness, etc.) that build onto each other without one having the chance to completely resolve before the next one begins. And our coping skills tend to be non-existent or of the unhealthy variety (stress eating, alcohol, etc.) Over time, our body's ability to relax is diminished and the healing and repairing process itself can become damaged.
I am receiving a lot of reflexology during my training and I can attest that I feel wonderful. But, more profoundly, things that would typically "set me off" are rolling off my back with ease. It's a welcome feeling that I want to maintain!
Read more: Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky is a great book to read about how chronic stress impacts our body's health.
When we hear the word circulation, most of us think in terms of our circulatory system, or relating to blood. Reflexology is not considered a circulatory modality (like massage) because it does not manually push blood and fluids through the body. This is an important reason why reflexology is not contraindicated in certain conditions (such as clotting disorders) where massage might be.
While not considered a circulatory modality, all of the systems of our body are comprised of a circulatory process (not as it relates to blood flow). Our respiratory system circulates air, our digestive systems circulates nutrients and waste, our nervous system circulates nerve signals, the endocrine system circulates hormones, and on and on.
Manipulating the foot and applying pressure in specific ways helps increase the blood flow locally, and any local improvement impacts the system corresponding to that area on the foot. By improving organ function we are also improving the circulatory process in each system.
When all the body's systems are working in harmony, our body has achieved homeostasis, or dynamic balance. By reducing stress and the flow of stress-related hormones to the body, and improving circulation and organ function, reflexology helps the body stabilize and access it's own unique and natural intelligence to maintain health.
You can see how complex and specific the mapping is. And this image shows just the sole of the foot. There are a host of reflexes on the top and sides of the feet as well.