Articles of Interest


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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/...


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.



What Happens to Your Body During the Fight or Flight Response?

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.


The Anatomy of Insomnia

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.


How to Combat ‘Flight, Fight, and Freeze’

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 Memories and the Body

Trauma affects more than a person’s mental health: it rewires our nervous systems, which has ramifications far beyond what you might think.


Does Reflexology and Massage Help with Arthritis?

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 There Was Ever a Time to Activate Your Vagus Nerve, It Is Now

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.


DIY Foot Reflexology For Your Best Sleep Ever

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.



How A Reflexology Foot Massage Changed My Life After Just One Hour

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.


SCIENCE AS WOMEN’S RUNNING TAKES OFF, THE SHOE INDUSTRY IS RACING TO KEEP UP

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.”


What Is White Coat Syndrome?

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


Don’t stress about heart health

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.


Five Things Certified Reflexology Can Do For You

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.


Happy Hormones Self Care: Step 2 – Rest and Stress Management

It’s no good being on the best diet in the world if you’re over-stressed and your cortisol is raging!


6 Ways I'm Learning to Manage Stress As a New Mom

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.


Why You Should Never Wear Work Boots in the Gym

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.

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