Resuming treatments June 1, 2020

I am pleased to announce following Provincial guidelines, I will resume giving foot reflexology treatments on June 1, 2020.

Please read and print the attached Pre-Screening_Questions and Treatment protocols. I require a signed copy of the Pre-screening questions for each treatment.

If you are interested in booking a treatment, please email, text, or phone me at brinjackson@shaw.ca or 250-247-8577.

In view of having to close my practice for the past several months, I have decided to extend the draw date. Thank you to the following local businesses who generously donated to the Gift Basket Draw.

Happy Hippy Soap, La Belle Vie, Woodfire Restaurant & Catering, Pilates & More, Brent G’s Hair Salon, Silver Bee Designs, Indian Summer Leather Design, and Linda Homes Art.

Draw to be held August 1, 2020.

I look forward to seeing you!

Warmly,

Brin

Water and pain reduction

I was at a week-long conference in Salem, MA. Upon my return, my pain level increased. This got me wondering – why?

The conference required I sit for hour and a half long sessions. There were two sessions morning and afternoon with a lunch break in-between. There were also evening sessions. That’s a lot of sitting which, for most of us, translates into lower back pain.

The difference between the conference and being at home? Water intake.

During the conference I drank 800ml (3 c. approx.) per 1-1/2 hour session and at least that again in the off-time. That works out to about three litres of water per day. I was hydrated, and pain free.

Upon my return, filled with distractions, I failed to keep up my water consumption. My pain increased. After two days of increasing my water intake, my pain is reduced.

There are equations for water intake online.

During the conference, I drank a minimum 12 cups of water per day.

How much water do you drink per day? Do you notice a difference in your pain levels when you drink lots of water? Let me know – I’m curious.

Warmly,

Brin

World Reflexology Week

De-stress with reflexology: you deserve it!

Every year in the last week of September reflexologists around the world celebrate World Reflexology Week to promote awareness of our wonderful therapy.

Members of the Reflexology Association of Canada are Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapists, (RCRT™) so you know you’re getting the best treatment possible from registered, insured, professional practitioners.

Here’s a few comments from some of RAC’s practitioners:

Have questions? I’m happy to answer them.

Warmly,

Brin

Weird weather, winter boots, The Foot Collective, and ?

I have to say, the weather this month is peculiar. Sunday night it began snowing and Monday morning, I awoke to this:

Snow brings its own set of problems – what to wear on our feet? By now, most of you know I’m a proponent of minimalist footwear, and finding winter boots can be challenging. It’s virtually impossible to find zero-drop boots in local stores; one has to look online. Thankfully, there is a growing market for seasonal footwear, and a quick Google search brings results.

One site I’d like to draw attention to is The Foot Collective. I admit I’m smitten with the site, and have no affiliation with it.

If you haven’t clicked the link already, I’ll quote their homepage: “We’re a group of Canadian physical therapists on a mission to help humans reclaim strong, functional and painfree feet through foot health education. We’re empowering people with the knowledge they need to protect their feet from the dangers of modern footwear and the guidance (to) fix their own feet.”

There is a wealth of information on this site, and, best of all, they have an online store! Yippee! I encourage you to check them out. They’re also on Instagram and post daily thought-provoking photos. I’m hopeful you’ll find them intriguing and want to learn more about foot health.

Stay tuned for the final three essays in the Body Systems and Reflexology series. I’ll post them all at the same time.

I encourage you to treat your feet to a lovely soak. Check out the post Here.

Warmly,

Brin

 

Reflexology and the Urinary/Renal system – The Water-works!

Remember that headache, and sleepless night? Considering our bodies are 60% water, low water intake can often be a culprit. When I give a reflexology treatment, it often becomes apparent which individuals might not be drinking enough water.

Opinions vary, with recommendations we drink eight glasses of water per day, to as many as fifteen glasses per day for men and eleven per day for women.

How much water do you drink per day?

 Did you know:

Our kidneys filter about 400 gallons (1,400 liters) of blood every single day. In the process, they form urine, but have other equally essential jobs to do.

  • Urine is formed to remove wastes from our bodies.
  • Whenever the cells throughout or bodies do their jobs, they produce waste products. Examples being: urea and ammonia.
  • The kidneys play a role in regulating our blood pressure by removing excess water from our blood, help control pH, or level of acidity, stimulate red blood cell production in the bone marrow, and control the amount of sodium, calcium, magnesium, and potassium in our blood.
  • Special cells in the kidneys monitor the level of oxygen in the blood. Other specialized cells in the kidney activate the vitamin D that is made by the interaction between skin cells and sunlight. Vitamin D’s presence is necessary for bones to be able to convert calcium into bone tissue.

During a reflexology treatment, as well as the reflexes from the Nervous, Endocrine, Respiratory, Cardiovascular and Digestive systems, the reflexologist will work the kidney, ureter, and bladder reflexes of the Urinary/Renal System.

My challenge to you: Drink a minimum 8-10 glasses of water per day. (This doesn’t include herbal teas!)

If you do suffer frequent headaches, it might be interesting to note whether an increase in water intake helps decrease the frequency of your headaches. And, with an adequate water intake, chances are you’ll sleep better too.

Brin Jackson, RCRT™
January, 2019

Seasonal change

Cool November temperatures, falling maple leaves, and welcome rain, bring home to me the startling passage of time.

Many friends and clients greet seasonal change with gusto, delighting in crisp morning frosts whilst others feel changes in their emotions and bones. I notice this change in my reflexology practice. The focus often shifts from maintenance to one of support. A reflexology treatment can help soothe the emotional swings of Seasonal Affective Disorder, ease wintry arthritic pains, support the immune system in thwarting a cold, or in some cases, accelerate recovery.

This is the season of colds and flu. Several months ago I began a series on reflexology and the body systems. If you’re curious, you can read the first in the series, “Stressed out? Reflexology and the Nervous System” HERE, or the latest entitled, “Reflexology and the Digestive System”, HERE.

Several self-care go-to’s for me are: a soothing mug of fresh ginger-root tea with lemon and honey, a delicious Epsom salts soaking bath at the end of the day, or a tried and true nutritious broth.

Do you have old stand-bys you use to prevent colds and flu?

I’d like to offer you and a friend each a discount. During November and December, when you each book a foot or hand reflexology treatment, mention your names, this post, and you each get $20 off. What a great way to support yourselves!

Go to my Comments page and leave your healthy winter go-to’s or ask a question, or  go to my Contact page to book a treatment.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Warmly,

Brin

Reflexology and the Digestive System – A long, winding road from A to B!

We’ve looked at Reflexology and the Nervous, Endocrine, Respiratory, and Cardiovascular Systems. Now, it’s time for the Digestive System.

The Digestive System has more organs than any other, yet it’s focused on one job: to get your cells the nutrients they need to carry out their different functions.

I think we’ve all encountered a loss of appetite, constipation or diarrhea due to travel, public speaking, or any activity which pushes us from our comfort zone. Adding other forms of stress, sleepless nights, or a headache (one side-affect of constipation) to the mix, only compounds digestive system health issues.

The Digestive System consists of the mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and rectum.

Digestion begins before food enters our mouths. When we smell or see food that appeals to us, it stimulates the secretion of saliva. Salivary enzymes help breakdown starch.

Once chewed, food is swallowed through the esophagus. Using a peristaltic motion, muscles contract and move the food to the stomach.

The stomach, a mucosal lined sac, secretes a strong acid which starts the breakdown of protein in our food. It’s also an important chemical barrier against germs and organisms. The stomach is mostly concerned with changing the food by continuing to break it apart before moving to the small intestine. Stress can contribute to different types of ulcers affecting the digestive system: mouth, esophageal, peptic (stomach & upper small intestine), and, the ulcers themselves, often cause additional stress.

The liver has over 600 known functions, but one of its major functions is to manufacture bile and to store sugar.

The liver constantly secretes bile (a grease-cutting detergent and emulsifier) like a slow drip, which is stored in the gall bladder. When food comes into the stomach, the gallbladder is alerted through a chemical messenger — a hormone (Endocrine system), and bile comes down the common bile duct onto the fatty food to help break it down. The pancreas, a dual-function organ, is alerted when food is in the stomach. It produces a digestive enzyme called pancreatin that breaks down almost everything: protein, carbohydrate, and fat.

If everything works properly, enzymes are released and the mix, called chime, goes through the small intestine – roughly 18-20 feet long.

We tend to think of digestion as something the stomach does, but really, it happens in the small intestine. It is here food molecules are broken down into their individual components; proteins to amino acids, fats into fatty acid molecules and carbohydrates into glucose molecules.

Once food is broken down into small enough molecules, these have to get to the cells that need them. The absorptive surface of the small intestine is where the nutrients are pulled by the vilii in the small intestine and enter the blood stream.

After a while in the small intestine food is moved via peristalsis to the iliocecal valve and appendix.

This is the junction of the small and the large intestine. The ileocecal valve is like a ring valve and functions to prevent backflow. From this point, food is slated for elimination – no longer digestion. Water is absorbed, and the waste is concentrated. The appendix whose function wasn’t known until recently, helps to prevent mucous production in the intestines and is also immune tissue. The appendix has an immune function.

At this point the food residue travels through the large intestine reaching the rectum and anus. These are valves. They are given messages as to when it’s time to eliminate.

The major function of the digestive system is to extract the energy value and nutrition from food. Whenever possible, it’s important to eat regular, nutritious meals. Anything we can do to support healthy functioning of our digestive system  improves our overall health. We’ve all heard not to eat after 7:00 p.m. The digestive system needs time for rest and repair as well.

During a reflexology treatment, it’s not uncommon for your digestive system to start making noises. This is perfectly normal, and a good sign that you’ve dropped into the parasympathetic healing and rest state.

As well as the reflexes of the Nervous, Endocrine, Respiratory, and Cardiovascular systems, the following reflexes of the Digestive system are worked during a reflexology treatment: Mouth, Upper and lower teeth, Esophagus, Gall Bladder, Stomach, Liver, Pancreas, Duodenum, Appendix, Ileocecal Valve, Ascending Colon, Hepatic Flexure, Transverse Colon, Splenic Flexure, Descending Colon, Sigmoid Flexure, Sigmoid Colon, and Rectum/Anus. Phew! (Pun intended!)

Urinary/Renal System is next, and yes, this body system can also be affected by stress, headache, and loss of sleep.

Warmly,

Brin Jackson, RCRT™
November, 2018