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Cheryl Foster's Profile - Read a bit more about her reflexology practice as featured in the local publication, Natural Awakenings: https://www.naturaltucson.com/2020/01/06/294231/cheryl-h-foster
Reflexology: A Moving Experience - by Cheryl Foster
A different slant on 'being moved'. Read about how reflexology helps move fluids including blood and lymph as well as energy too! https://www.naturaltucson.com/2019/12/31/293721/reflexology-a-moving-experience
Reflexology: Making Space - by Cheryl Foster
Read how beneficial reflexology is for reducing tension and freeing the energy of the body. https://www.naturaltucson.com/2019/12/01/291910/reflexology-making-space
Reflexology for Ageless, Radiant Beauty - by Cheryl Foster
The phrase, “beauty is only skin deep” is interpreted as physical beauty being just superficial. But the skin is important and, in fact, the body’s largest organ.https://www.naturaltucson.com/...
Our feet, which bear the weight of the whole body, allow locomotion and do a lot of work. Still, they are the least pampered part of the body. To pamper your feet and keep them strong and flexible, a daily foot massage for a few minutes is good option.
Reduced depression and anxiety. In a 5-week studyTrusted Source in pregnant women who received massage therapy for 20 minutes weekly, participants not only reported decreased leg and back pain but also decreased depression and anxiety.
While inhaling and exhaling is something we're born doing, it's often something we take for granted. But the simple act of breathing can have a significant effect on our day-to-day stress levels, our ability to fight disease and more.
When was the last time you thought about your breathing? For many of us, the answer would probably be along the lines of the last time we exercised or felt out of breath trying to catch a bus. Breathing is just second-nature. But given that we take over 17,000 breaths a day, perhaps it’s something we ought to be paying closer attention to.
It’s the first thing most of us do upon waking up — stretch and yawn. This movement has a name: pandiculating.
Hospitals are flooded with patients as Covid-19 cases surge to unprecedented heights. Over half of all Americans know someone who has been hospitalized with the virus or has died. Small businesses are drowning. Millions are unemployed. Unemployment benefits are trickling away while Congress is in deadlock about what to do. And parents are at their wits' end while trying to teach and work.
According to the research, a hug may make an individual feel happy by reducing feelings of loneliness and harmful physical effects of stress. Hugs can change negative moods by helping the body and brain, boosting these feel-good hormones.
As an integrative medicine physician focused on mind-body health, this is one of the most common questions I receive. To help answer it, I first want to address why anxiety affects breath and assure you that you are not alone in this feeling.
Practicing mindfulness in conjunction with lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and salt reduction, can help treat and prevent high blood pressure, according to a new hypothesis published in Medical Hypotheses.
Prolonged stress is bad for us. It raises our cortisol levels. Stress can manifest itself as a physical and mental health problem. Stress causes an increase in cortisol levels, which leaves us in a continual state of alertness, ready to jump into a fight, flight or fright response. This prolonged rise in cortisol levels is not good for us. It can result in high blood pressure and puts additional pressure on the blood vessels in the heart and brain.
Before COVID-19, loneliness was considered a national epidemic, and as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. But by the middle of June 2020, social isolation had become the ‘new normal’ for more of us, with 7.4 million British people having experienced ‘lockdown loneliness’, according to the Office for National Statistics.
It's truly a fall gale of epic proportions, as turbulent winds of uncertainty pummel us from one high anxiety to another.
In contrast to jobs in the construction industry, where work often takes place outdoors, there are plenty of employees in that generally work indoors in large warehouses or production halls with plain floors that form their workplace.
During a fight-flight-freeze response, many physiological changes occur.
The reaction begins in your amygdala, the part of your brain responsible for perceived fear. The amygdala responds by sending signals to the hypothalamus, which stimulates the autonomic nervous system (ANS).
Prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications have soared during the coronavirus outbreak and many people are turning to alcohol and drugs to soothe their worry.
If business casual indefinitely means your "good" pajamas, you're probably spending the majority of your time in your decidedly non-ergonomic couch office. As the pandemic carries on, your daily stretch habit to combat the physical strain of WFH life may be falling to the wayside. But you might want to bring it back front and center, because stretching changes your brain in ways you might not expect.
More than 60% of Americans report feeling significant stress on a daily basis, according to a Gallup poll conducted in March 2020. Stress is the emotional or physical tensions caused by any event or thought that triggers frustration, anger, or nervousness.
According to Medical News Today, mental exhaustion can affect physical well-being, causing a person to feel physically exhausted.
What are the symptoms of mental exhaustion?
Long before COVID-19 became a health concern when shoe shopping, foot conditions such as Athlete’s foot and plantar warts posed safety concerns. While the impact of the coronavirus continues to loom large, these more commonplace foot issues can still pose a health risk to the public and should not be ignored.
Cultivating more control over our lungs can bring many benefits to our mental and physical health. Is it time to relearn breathing?
As the nation grieved in the days after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, strangers embraced and held hands to give and receive the ancient comfort of touch. In the pandemic year of 2020, though, millions of people are fighting the coronavirus by withholding touch.
There’s an ever-changing yearning for homeostasis within our body. Through our breathing, we search for this balance, engaging two branches of our autonomic nervous system – the sympathetic branch, which speeds things up and readies us for action, and the parasympathetic, which slows things down, and facilitates rest.
According to psychiatrist and neurobiologist Dr. Dan Siegel, each of us has a “window of tolerance.” Siegel coined the term to describe normal brain/body reactions, especially following adversity. The idea is that human beings have an optimal arousal zone that allows emotions to ebb and flow, which, in turn, enables a person to function most effectively and manage the everyday demands of life without difficulty. Thanks to the deleterious events of 2020, for many people that ebb and flow has been dammed.
There seems to be something very wrong with our modern-day lifestyle. If we look at the state of the developed world's mental & physical health, statistics would suggest that we are rapidly becoming unhappier and more physically unhealthy year on year. Technological progress it would seem is making is depressed & anxious.
An August 2020 report in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology reviews, suggests that whether you have contracted COVID-19 or not, the pandemic has likely changed your brain. The Coronavirus can cause several significant neurological disorders, but aside from that, pandemic isolation and worry can alter brain chemistry and cause mood disorders such as anxiety or depression.
Trauma and emotional distress can change us on a physiological level. If we are pushed too far, we may lose our ability to cope — and our bodies pay the price. Fortunately, you can mitigate your trauma response and enjoy better health.
It's an unprecedented time in our lives, and many of us are dealing with feelings of great uncertainty about our individual futures and the future of our world. We're learning to adjust to new schedules, and seeking ways to handle a deluge of new information and cope with life changes.
The economic fallout of the pandemic may continue for years resulting in prolonged unemployment and an increasing percentage of the population with untreated serious mental health problems.
The term "fight or flight" is also known as the stress response. It's what the body does as it prepares to confront or avoid danger. When appropriately invoked, the stress response helps us rise to many challenges. But trouble starts when this response is constantly provoked by less momentous, day-to-day events, such as money woes, traffic jams, job worries, or relationship problems.
Life is stressful. From health and safety worries to balancing work and family, we have a lot on our plates.
Timothy Ainger, Ph.D., assistant professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Neurology, says the word ‘some’ is key. Ainger specializes in neuropsychology which is the brain-behavior relationship. He says it is true that a small to moderate amount of stress or pressure does help a person focus and perform at their best.
Positive human touch is an integral part of human interaction. Whether it’s a warm embrace, a reassuring hand on the shoulder or one arm linked through another, physical contact is a large part of how we show concern and establish camaraderie with friends and loved ones.
I smashed my elbow a few weeks ago. There was no bone break — just a bad bruise after slipping in the kitchen and landing on my arm — but at times the pain has been excruciating. So I’ve been following doctor’s orders: babying my elbow, icing it, and taking an occasional over-the-counter painkiller. (PS: I wear sneakers in the kitchen now.)
Recently, the world has seen a dramatic overhaul of our usual ways of life. People are suddenly working from home and many children have cut their school year short. Needless to say, what the future holds is uncertain.
As shelter-in-place regulations start to loosen and temps rise, many dancers are itching to take their cross-training outdoors. What types of exercise are particularly suited to dancers, and what can you do to stay safe outside? We spoke with Carina Nasrallah, Houston Methodist athletic trainer for Houston Ballet, for pointers on crafting the best outside sweat session.
Kat Romett was struggling and knew she needed help.
About five years ago, the mother of two, including an autistic son, was experiencing loss of feeling in the left side of her body and loss of taste.
Kathy Calabrese caught a cold while visiting friends in New York City the first weekend in March and struggled to shake it off after she got home.
Several practices that help calm the mind can also lower blood pressure. All are types of meditation, which use different methods to reach a state sometimes described as "thoughtful awareness" or "restful alertness."
If you’re looking for the best men’s hiking boots, look no further. We’ve tested dozens of hiking boots for men from the best hiking boot brands over hundreds of miles to determine which hiking boots are right for you.
During hectic times, it’s tough to remember that relaxation is more than a luxury. In fact, humans need to relax to maintain balance in their lives. Work stress, family strife, and mounting responsibilities can exact a tremendous toll. Relaxing should be at the top of the list as a healthy coping measure and as a rewarding self-gift. Why do we so often neglect this healing self-care? Do you know the healthiest ways to relax your mind, body and soul?
Q: The coronavirus outbreak has raised my stress level. I am worried that it is making me more susceptible to infection. What can I do now to feel calmer?
Have you ever heard of "touch starvation?" It's something doctors are seeing more and more of these days and researching its effects at the same time. So what is it and how can you combat it?
This is the first time in recent history that such a large population is experiencing touch deprivation. For those isolating alone, a complete lack of human touch adds an unprecedented mental strain to the stress of a global pandemic. As social isolation measures stretch into the future, it’s disconcerting to imagine what a future without touch might look like.
If you’ve got a good pre-workout stretching routine in place, chances are that you work your way down from your neck to your ankles, giving all of the muscles in between the ooey-gooey love they need to get you going. But the one muscle you’re probably forgetting, way down there at the very bottom? Your feet. And according to Nike run coach Traci Copeland, that’s a big mistake.
The palpable stress stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic has made things once considered stressful — such as deadlines or traffic jams — seem pretty trivial in comparison. But while you may not be able to avoid the stressful situations that come your way, there are ways to mitigate your body's response to those events.
Your doctor has cleared your return to sport after injury, but your gut says you’re not quite ready. You’ve physically recovered, so what gives?
The vagus nerve is so named because it “wanders” like a vagabond, sending out sensory fibers from your brainstem to your visceral organs. The vagus nerve, the longest of the cranial nerves, controls your inner nerve center—the parasympathetic nervous system. And it oversees a vast range of crucial functions, communicating motor and sensory impulses to every organ in your body. New research has revealed that it may also be the missing link to treating chronic inflammation, and the beginning of an exciting new field of treatment for serious, incurable diseases. Here are nine facts about this powerful nerve bundle.
Have you ever wondered why people go a bit cray cray in times of deep stress? It’s really out of our control… Well the huge demands (stessors) placed on people such as they may be experiencing now, with job losses, financial pressures and trying to keep themselves and their families healthy, starts a chain of events.
In the 1960s, when a Harvard cardiologist first proposed that the harmful effects of stress on the body could be countered by inducing a “relaxation response (RR),” colleagues were skeptical.
Don’t shake hands, don’t high-five, and definitely don’t hug. We’ve been bombarded with these messages during the pandemic as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19, meaning we may not have hugged our friends and family in months.
Stomach pain, at the minimum, is unpleasant and uncomfortable. At its worst, stomachaches can be quite debilitating—making it difficult to eat, move, or sleep well. If your diet and overall health haven't changed, but you're experiencing more stomach pain lately, it might be a symptom of stress.
THERE'S nothing worse than getting into bed... only to toss and turn the whole night. But before you reach for the sleeping pills, you might want to give yourself - or get someone else to give you - a foot rub.
It had been seven weeks since I’d touched another human being. Arms outstretched, I walked quickly toward my dad, craving his embrace. In the instant before we touched, we paused, our minds probably running quick, last-minute calculations on the risk of physical contact. But, after turning our faces away from each other and awkwardly shuffling closer, we finally connected. Wrapped in my dad’s bear hug, I momentarily forgot we were in the midst of the worst global crisis I have ever experienced.
Carolyn Ellis and her mom describe themselves as a very “huggy” family. So both knew it would be an adjustment when COVID-19 triggered social distancing, lockdowns, and quarantines. But neither of them realized just how hard it would be to go months without hugging.
Nowadays, simply tuning in to the daily news is likely to be stressful. Add on the stresses of daily life — such as handling work demands or adjusting to retirement, dealing with family issues, coping with illness, or caregiving — and you may begin to greet each day with apprehension and worry. In other words, you can become anxious.
In a new commentary published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, experts in mind-body medicine call for broader use of stress-reduction practices, such as meditation, yoga and mindfulness, in patient treatment plans and medical research.
Non-pharmacologic integrative medicine approaches such as aromatherapy and reflexology can dramatically reduce the pain and anxiety associated with cervical radiation therapy, according to a clinical study currently underway at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).
If you've ever searched for information on how to deal with stress, you've probably found lots of tips for calming down when you're already in the throes of worry. Once your muscles start to tense, your breathing gets shallow, and your heartbeat spikes, you can reframe your inner dialogue or phone a friend or therapist.
During the first week of social distancing, Lisa Bien found herself in line at a Mount Laurel Shop Rite chatting it up with a shopper behind her.
Your feet are the foundation for almost all movement. But most of the time they're stuck in inflexible footwear and tend to be forgotten in our self-care routines. Keeping each foot mobile, strong, and flexible is important for improved posture and movement.
Despite it being many years ago, I still remember the days of retail work, when I’d fall into the bath after a twelve-hour shift with the soles of my feet burning like hellfire.
If you're spending most of your time at home and inside, it would make sense if your footwear preference as of late has been, well, nonexistent. While going barefoot has its benefits (no more lost socks in the washer?), it might not be the best choice when it comes to the health of your joints.
When the coronavirus began spreading stateside, I decided to double down on some of my favorite immune-boosting, inflammation-reducing remedies. While there is no cure for the virus yet, I thought it couldn’t hurt to reach for some of my go-tos: elderberries, Vitamin C, the Nue Co.’s immunity supplements, turmeric shots, ginger tinctures, and echinacea drops. But while many have explored supplements, tinctures, and tonics to help safeguard our immune systems, it’s important to note that the two most important, scientifically backed factors are sleep and stress levels. At first blush, they sound like simple enough factor to address, but having struggled with each of these things prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, I know firsthand it’s easier said than done. My main question: How do you improve sleep quality and reduce stress during a time of global panic?
Whether it’s a few moments spent holding hands, a hug hello, or cuddling on the couch, simple touches from those we care about can bring a smile to our face — even on our most difficult days.
While out for a morning run, an angry dog jumps out onto your path and starts growling and barking at you.
In the second before you turned on the lights in your empty house, your coat rack looked like it was a person standing right next to you.
Insomnia is the most common sleep condition in the world, with half of adults globally reporting occasional episodes. Chronic insomnia, though far less prevalent, affects as many as 10 to 15 percent of the adult population.
Stress isn’t just an emotional experience — it’s a physiological process. Whether you’re nervously preparing to give a presentation at work or having a full-on panic attack on a plane, the physical symptoms that come with stress can range from inconvenient to totally overwhelming, especially when the body’s defensive reaction feels out of proportion to the stressor.
Trauma affects more than a person’s mental health: it rewires our nervous systems, which has ramifications far beyond what you might think.
Arthritis or joint inflammation is a symptom as well as a disease because it affects daily life activities so significantly. There are a number of conditions in which arthritis occurs, from osteoarthritis to rheumatoid arthritis, affecting a whopping 54 million Americans.
If you experience a racing heartbeat or tightness in your chest when you read a news story about the pandemic, it’s because of your sympathetic nervous system. When the brain senses a threat, it triggers the fight-or-flight response.
We all know that a night of peaceful, restful sleep can work wonders to help the mind and body restore and heal. If you're lacking that kind of deep slumber in your life, I recommend trying the natural relaxation effects of reflexology. It's easier than you think to give yourself a mini reflexology session to promote the rest you desire.
Our ability to feel pain and react to it is both a boon and a curse, simultaneously. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.” This means that pain is highly subjective, and it is informed by a mix of past experiences, our current emotional state, and future expectations. Since pain is an emotional and sensory experience it affects our quality of life immensely, and treatment is complex.
I don't love my feet. They're big, with proportionally big, wide toes. I’m barefoot a lot, so they’re calloused and sometimes dirty. I even gave up nail polish in an effort to lower my body's chemical burden, so I can’t hide my not-very-nice-looking feet behind a pedicure anymore. Last month, on a weekend vacation in Mexico, I went to take a picture of my feet in the sand to text my husband, and I couldn't bear to press send. They looked deceased! Missing only a toe tag! So I booked a reflexology foot massage at the hotel spa, because my poor feet were stressed, and they deserved better.
Daisy Clark, a 53-year-old ultramarathoner from Seattle, has had her fair share of foot pain: aching joints, toenails peeling off in your socks, and even nerve damage (from tying your laces too tight) are all part of the sport. On one of her first 50-mile races, Clark developed a blister “that was my entire heel — one giant blister with blood.”
For many of us, going to the doctor can feel daunting and fill us with anxiety. Here are some tips to help overcome your fears and make you calmer
People often complain about stress, but it's actually a natural reaction with an essential purpose. When the body senses danger, it starts its fight-or-flight response. Your nervous system releases hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, which jolt the body into a protective mode. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breathing quickens, and your senses sharpen.
There are a lot of signs in plenty of windows that say “Reflexology.” Typically in an ad on in massage parlors, usually it isn’t anything more than a foot rub. Massage therapists can take a short course in Reflexology as part of their training or as continuing education. Typically it is under 12 hours of training.
It’s no good being on the best diet in the world if you’re over-stressed and your cortisol is raging!
Ask any new mom what an ideal day to herself might look like and you could expect something that includes all or some of this: a full night's sleep, a quiet room, a long bath, a yoga class. I didn't *quite* understand just how attractive a "day off", or heck, even a few hours to myself, looked until giving birth to my daughter a few months ago. Quickly, I learned that while fun and rewarding, being a new mom can also be stressful, like seriously stressful.
When you're working out, the last thing you want to worry about is what you're wearing. Comfort should be more important in the gym than almost anywhere else in life, since your main focus should be your physical performance.