24 September 2010

Reflexology and Parkinson's

Today at my Reflexology NY practice, I saw a lovely woman (named Em) who has had Parkinson's Disease for about 16 years. She was managing it very well until this last year when it started to take a toll on her fine motor skills and balance capabilities. Since Parkinson's has been known to respond to Reflexology and Champissage complements to allopathic medicine, I proposed that we do both in one session starting with a full Champissage massage and moving into about 10 minutes of Reflexology on each foot.
While working, I played the CD, "Relax and de-stress", an arrangement by the Apollo Chamber Ensemble performing 'psychoacoustically' arranged music of Vivaldi, Mozart, Debussy and more. The psychoacoustics - the inquiry of what happens with different sounds and rhythms - in this album was designed to soothe the heart rate, brainwaves and breath. Apparently when we are tired or stressed, our ability to perceive complex auditory data is diminished - yet the times we are overwhelmed are when the vital harmonics of sound are of greatest value. So the music on this album is purposefully very slow and easy - sonic "manna" for a fatigued nervous system. Anyway, while gently massaging Em's head and face during Champissage - I heard a beautiful sweet voice accompanying the music. Seems that she had been a singer and in the space of our work together - she was moved to sing along with a Schubert piece. After our hour long session she reported feeling deeply relaxed and feeling wonderful. Turns out that while we were working - Obama passed by the Salon on his way to a UN meeting. About an hour later - he passed by again - and I got to see him. My colleague Lee said, "he's not in a good mood today because yesterday when he passed by - he waved at us". Oh well, I did not mind because I was in a very good mood after working with Em and sharing a psychoacoustic song.

17 September 2010

How did a year and a half pass so quickly????

The last time I posted was in March 2009. How many dozens of feet I have worked on since that time. Every week brings a kaleidescope of clients from dear friends to UN colleagues to dancers and artists to senior citizens and children. Each person who puts their feet into my hands - inspires me, teaches me and challenges me. Just yesterday NH came for Champissage. N, a well-known and very accomplished artist suggested we do a "swap", that is, a piece of her art work for several Reflexology or Champissage sessions. I was delighted but not sure how Reflexology could possibly compensate for her amazing artwork - which she sells anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars a piece. Well, I proceeded to spend several hours at her studio (it would take days really) and found something so perfect - just touched my heart and soul - a really beautiful piece of artwork. Money was not the issue here. We traded gifts of the heart. P.S. This is not to say I dont work for money - I do. And everyone finds my prices very fair. But every once in a while - the opportunity for a "swap" comes along and in this case - it was superb!!