Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Many-Faceted Life of Lavender: Seasonal Allergies

 

A few Springs ago we made a trip to South Georgia to visit family. Now, being a resident of the Memphis, Tennessee area I am well acquainted with seasonal allergies; but nothing had prepared me for the sneezing, itchy eyes, and total discomfort of the allergy season I encountered there. Nothing at all!

As a reflexologist, I know the value of reflexology for helping to relieve allergy symptoms. Alas, I did not have one available to me. Young Living Essentials Oils, however, are also a big part of my life. Of course, I had a goody bag full of these with me. I had heard others say that lavender on the back of the neck just above the hairline often often provided them great relief. Guess what? I tried it! It worked!! And I used it ALOT!!!

Lavender is often nicknamed the "Swiss Army Knife" of essential oils, because of its many-faceted benefits. I had often used a drop or two on my pillow as a sleep aid. I knew its potential effectiveness for helping to heal burns and skin irritations (diluted please). The benefits list goes on and on.

With Spring a great time of renewal we expect the pollens in the air. A bottle of lavender in your medicine cabinet (or better yet, in your purse or backpack) may be a perfect natural choice for you. If you would like to learn more about lavender essential oil, please leave a message here on the blog. I would love to share more.

To learn more about Young Living Essential Oils, please visit this link.

Just as an afterword here, I've also planted some lavender in my herb garden. Looking forward to some lovely fragrant flowers later this summer.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

What's Growing in Your Herb Garden?


April 15th -- a well marked day on most all calendars at least here in The U.S. Tax Day! In the Memphis, TN area it marks an important day for gardeners as well. It is usually considered the safe date for the last frost to be past. Veggies, flowers, and herbs may be safely planted.

New growth belongs to Footsteps In Eden Reflexology's Spring renewal focus in the month of April. My thoughts have turned to an herb garden in a small prepared bed in my backyard. I'm eager to begin and even spent a little time this weekend to clean out some of it and discover a few new sprouts from last year's endeavors. I've also spent a little time investigating cultivation of herbs and have found a couple articles to share with my readers.

The first gives some basic information for planting herbs. It is found at The Tasteful Garden. The second -- and this one may be quite helpful to many of us -- discusses 10 things not to do with an herb garden. I'm perfectly willing to learn from another's mistakes. I'm including it here for you, too. It is found at The Skinny Gourmet. She grows her herbs on a fire escape in Chicago.

Where will you grow your herbs and what will you plant? I'm considering several herbs, and also some edible flowers. For those in the Memphis, TN area, the Memphis Botanic Garden Spring Plant Sale is this coming weekend -- Friday and Saturday, April 19th and 20th. Check their link in this paragraph to learn more. I know there will be lots of choices and lots of folks with 'sage' advice (pun intended) for those who would like to learn more. See you there!

By the way, I have found those poles for my front yard garden and will be ordering them this week. They are actually willow poles made into a planting sort of "tee-pee." Looking forward to my little piece of the garden world this summer. 


Photo from Canstockphoto


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Water with Lemon -- Are there Benefits?

Footsteps in Eden Reflexology is spending the month of April focusing on cleansing. Some aspect of this topic will show up each week this month as we prepare our weekly email communication with our clients. A recent challenge faced by a family member has me looking at the various cleansing options of which I am aware. Water with lemon is a common one, and one I believe may have some definite benefits for improving digestion and encouraging bodies toward a more alkaline state.

Rather than rehash it all here, I'm suggesting this link: Energize Alkaline Diet Blog. This blog writer has covered the subject thoroughly. Venture over there and learn much about alkalinizing the body, which may result in increased health and wellness.

High pH water is suggested. Last summer I discovered the BioCerra water system and invested in a filtering pitcher that enhances water with electrolytes and increased alkalinity. I have no vested interest in this product except to say that my family and clients have had the opportunity to benefit from the quality water it provides, and you and your family may as well. You will find this pitcher available at KHT Systems. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Enriching Home Cleaning with Essential Oils


Connie Scheel, a two time cancer survivor enjoying remission today, believes she has enhanced her life and her health by choosing many complementary and alternative approaches for herself and her family. I've invited her to share some of her story below along with recipes for simple, effective, and cost-effective recipes for green and healthy cleaning products created with Young Living essential oils. She would enjoy hearing your feedback. Please leave comments. You may learn more about Connie and the Young Living oils by visiting her on her Facebook page -- Catalysts to Connie's Wellness. 

Do you want it all when it comes to Spring cleaning? Perhaps quick, easy, inexpensive, pleasantly fresh smelling cleaning products that are anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-septic and anti-fungal without any harsh chemicals? Therapeutic grade essential oils offer all of this along with a boost to the immune system and mood.
This may sound nerdy but I was really excited and relieved when I discovered 2 simple cleanser recipes that use essential oils.
I’m a two time gynecologic cancer Survivor enjoying 2 years and 4 months of Remission. Essential oils and I met shortly after my last chemo treatment. My body was suffering the side effects of chemo. My knees were extremely sore and my feet were numb. I was only 36, but struggled to walk, move and sleep. I was often exhausted yet fought insomnia and anxiety. My reflexologist friend suggested I try peppermint essential oil. I welcomed the suggestion since the medications my oncologist had prescribed to bring my relief only caused more side effects. Therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil delivered quick relief from my knee pain, brought feeling back to my feet, and nurtured my energy back. And I never have to worry about side effects as there aren’t any!
Then came therapeutic grade Lavender. Sweet, multi-talented Lavender. It lulled my body into blissful sleep and my anxiety faded. I became more intrigued with essential oils as my body and Soul healed from treatment, and so I began studying them. I was hungry to learn of more ways to use them to enrich my life.
Lavender comes from the Latin word lavare which means ‘to wash’. The Ancient Romans recognized lavender for it’s healing, antiseptic and cleansing properties. In 16th Century France it was regarded as an effective defense against infection. And it was used to dress wounds during WWI. Lavender is the most versatile essential oil, and is an adaptogen which means it literally aids in restoring overall balance to our bodies. It’s also well known for it’s relaxing properties. Lavender helps to restore emotional balance and soothes your nervous system. What an incredible combo!
My studies of essential oils also brought me lessons in the dangers of many of the cleaning and personal care products in my home. If you’re curious, check out this article from Organic Consumer Alert- How Toxic Are Your Household Cleaning Supplies? I was shocked, and had an urgent need to find an inexpensive, quick but very effective ways to clean my home.
So, cleaning with therapeutic grade essential oils became a life enriching experience for me. It’s allowed me to remove toxic and harmful chemicals from my life while make cleaning an immune system boosting adventure. I hope it will for you, too.
All Purpose Anti-Everything-Bad & Mood Boosting Cleaning Spray
12-16  oz spray bottle
1 cup white vinegar
Add water, fill almost of the top
Add 10 Drops of Young Living Lavender Essential Oil
For a stronger degreasing cleaner solution replace the 10 drops of Lavender essential oil with 5 drops of YL Lavender essential oil and 5 drops of Young Living’s Orange essential oil.
Gently shake to mix.
Kitchen and Bathroom Essential Oil Scrub
Fantastic for tubs, sinks, countertops
Empty clean, perhaps recycled, 12- 16 ounce glass jar with a tight lid
Fill the jar 3/4s full with baking soda (or Super Washing Soda for even more cleaning power)
Add 10 drops of Young Living’s Lavender essential oil
Gently shake to mix.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Front Yard Gardening... What We're Planning this Summer

(Photo from Front Yard Farmer website.)

Front yard gardening has created quite a buzz and a stir in recent years. Some neighborhoods and communities have tried to stop homeowners from cultivating well maintained vegetable plants and berry bushes in their front yards (and sometimes the back yard, too) while nearby grass yards sometimes left to go to weeds and neglect, were considered quite acceptable. Seems rather a silly argument in the day when we are all looking for healthier options for our families.

"Tennessee Home & Farm" (a publication for members of the TN Farm Bureau)  Spring 2013 issue featured front yard garden ideas. You too may visit the featured farmer's website/business. This really captured my attention. I believe you will be seeing a bit of this incorporated in our yard this year. While my herbs thrived quite well in the partial shade of our backyard, veggies didn't fare so well. 

We were offered the option of a stake in a community garden, but we believe we are a bit short in the equipment and time categories to keep that going. From my adventures around websites featuring front yard gardening, a couple ideas have stood out to me as a starting point for our home. So, on to our front yard garden adventure. I've included several links below. As you browse through them, I hope you discover some great options for yourself as well. 

Be looking for some bamboo tepees in our front flower bed.  (Does anyone know where we can find these bamboo poles (8-10 ft) in Memphis?) Well assembled, I believe they will be nice architectural features in the garden. They will offer support for tomato vines and beans. (I see them in the winter featuring Christmas lights and trims lending festivity to the landscape.) I've also discovered some elevated rolling veggie beds -- practical and aesthetically quite appealling. (These are pictured in the photo above.) However, they may have to wait until next year's expansion plans. You'll find more great projects like this at The Front Yard Farmer's website

I would love to add some beautiful blueberry bushes, too; but, be assured, for the most part our yard will remain green (and brown) and inedible. I'm praying for a bumper crop on the small portion we devote to food. 

So, you're not into gardening, but you would like to serve your family fresh fruits and veggies, support local farmers, and find sustainably grown varieties -- organic when possible. I would like to finish this article, then by sharing with you the options for local farmers' markets and food co-ops. We are so thankful their excellence in delivering fresh locally grown selections -- some of them organic, as well. Our little front yard garden adventure will certainly not provide all the fresh produce we would like, and we will be taking advantage of the offerings from these as well. Many of the markets will begin to open in early April. The co-ops are ongoing. And while we are speaking garden here, please know that you will also find some excellent choices in meat and seafood at some of these locations. You may know of others in Memphis to add to this list. Please do so in the comments!


Memphis Ag Center Farmers' Market
Westwind Farms



Here are some great Front Yard Gardening Sites. ENJOY!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Green Facts -- Celebrating St. Patrick

This month of March at Footsteps in Eden Reflexology we have our focus on green -- green living, green celebrating, green facts, just plain green! It just seems appropriate for the month that celebrates St. Patrick. This blog post will share a few of the fun facts we've discovered about St. Patty, the Irish, and Clover. Our sole purpose for you to just ENJOY!!

So as we celebrate green, the first interesting fact we're choosing to share:
The actual color of St. Patrick is BLUE. GREEN became associated with St. Patrick's Day during the 19th century. Green, in Irish legends, was worn by fairies and immortals, and also by people to encourage their crops to grow. (Sounds a bit -- or maybe even a whole lot superstitious to me -- but a fun fact none-the-less.)

In Chicago the Chicago River is dyed green for St. Patrick's Day (with green vegetable dye).

Lucky Charms, a favorite cereal brand among many, young and old, was created in 1963, with its popular mascot, Lucky the Leprechaun. Its jig is a memorable tune for many, including the young at heart.
Hearts, Stars, and Horseshoes
Clovers and Blue moons
Pots of gold and rainbows,
And the red balloon

That's the luck of me lucky charms! 
Their magically delicious!

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the highest number of leaves found on a clover is 14.

The harp is the symbol of Ireland. The color green is also commonly associated with Ireland, also known as "The Emerald Isle."

On a more serious note:

After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped. According to his writing, a voice -- which he believed to be God's -- spoke to him in a dream, telling him it was time to leave Ireland. To do so, Patrick walked nearly 200 miles from County Mayo, where it is believed he was held, to the Irish coast. (Anyone else agree this many seriously could have used some reflexology?)

Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick's message.

Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love and total devotion to and trust in God should be a shining example to each or us. He feared nothing, not even death, so complete was his trust in God, and of the importance of his mission.


We learned these facts by visiting the websites below. Be sure to check them out for yourself to learn more about this man's fascinating life and the land where he lived.
www.kaboose.com  (check under holidays and St. Patrick)


Photo credit: www.canstockphoto.com

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Your Treasure Pocket Purchase Creates Treasure for Kids

Discover a way to make a little spot of your gift giving count for the kids at St. Jude Children's Hospital. Today there are a limited number of Treasure Pockets available. All the proceeds will be used to purchase art supplies for the kids at Target House.

Keep reading to learn all about these little treasures and Target House.

A word about Target House..... The children's artwork is beautifully displayed and a major acitivity for the children at Target House, a home away from home for families whose children are receiving treatment at St. Jude in Memphis, TN. Their masterpieces add a most wonderful touch, and always bring an extra smile to my face during my monthly visits.

A word about the Treasure Pockets...... These treasure pockets are one-of-a-kind fabric art creations -- no two designs/fabric combinations have ever been the same. Over the last few years I have sold them with proceeds benefiting a few different causes. Originally created with the idea in mind that they would hold 6 bottles of Young Living's amazing essential oils. As friends and family saw them everyone had their own ideas of their potential purposes. Here are a few of them:

*Sunglasses/eyeglasses case
*Makeup bag
*Sewing kit
*Gift wrap for money, gift certificates, jewelry, or other small items
*Keep pens and stamps conveniently 
*Checkbook or cash holder
*Coupon keeper
*Camera bag (small digital ones plus an extra battery and card fit well)
*I have one holding my crochet hooks, stitch markers, 6" ruler and other small knit and crochet items
*Believing you could think of a dozen or so more special uses....

Purchase yours from Footsteps In Eden Reflexology when you visit.
We are adding them to our Etsy shop. One is there now. We'll add more this week.  Be watching. We'll make the announcement.... on our Facebook page. Follow us.

Awesome value at $15.00 each (This is 50% of original selling price)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Gifting Fun with our Reflexology Clients

We've loaded the gifts on our "sleigh." Footsteps in Eden Reflexology is ready for some gift giving fun! Our clients are so special, and we would like to treat everyone of you who takes the time for reflexology between now and Christmas. Adding to the enjoyment, we've made it a game, too.
Think those little rubber duckies at the carnival. The children choose one and the number on the bottom corresponds to the prize. We'll be doing that with the ornaments on our Christmas Schefflera. Yep, that's what we're decorating! The cute and sparkly footprint ornament will be yours to keep. Each one will have a number on the back to indicate your special gift. We have a bunch!!! Their values? From a dollar or two to a Gift Certificate for a one hour reflexology session (value $65). And lots and lots in between. Like to know something even better? Every visit to Footsteps In Eden between now and Christmas means another gift for you. If you visit every week, you'll be taking home a lot more goodies, and we do have some wonderful gifts to share!

We've been saying in anticipation of the holidays, "Everyone's holiday stress level would be well served by weekly sessions. Schedule at least one for yourself during the holidays. You will be so thankful for the relaxation, respite, and oasis you allowed yourself in the midst of the hurried-ness of all the preparations -- a redirect of focus for the moment to ponder what's really important about the season."

We are looking forward to wishing you Holiday Blessings in person in the next few weeks! Memphis Friends, a simple phone call (901-674-3934) or an email will reserve your spot(s).

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Reflexology for Fall Allergies

It's Fall! In this reflexologist/writer's humble opinion, the most beautiful season of the year. Many of  you would agree. It's also a season of sneezing, dripping sinuses, itchy eyes, stuffy nose, etc, due to seasonal allergies. Sure does put a damper on enjoying the beautiful sunny and crisp autumn days. What triggers these Fall allergies and where do you turn for relief?

While many medications are available to treat the symptoms of allergy challenges, the root cause of those symptoms are not addressed by the meds.

 Web MD says the following about those root causes and triggers of Fall allergies:
Male plants release tiny cells called pollen into the air in order to reproduce. When these pollen or other allergy triggers get into the noses of certain people, their immune system mistakenly sees them as foreign invaders and releases antibodies -- substances that normally identify and go after bacteria, viruses, and other illness-causing organisms. The antibodies attack the allergens, which leads to the release of chemicals called histamines into the blood. Histamines trigger the runny nose, itchy eyes, and other symptoms of allergies.
Dust mites and mold spores are also mentioned as seasonal culprits and have the same effects.

May well be your reflexologist is just the place to turn for relief from your challenges. Therapeutic reflexology addresses these root causes as it works to bring all systems of the body into better harmony, while assisting the cleansing of toxins from the body. Besides the seemingly obvious reflexes of the sinuses themselves, your reflexologist will know other key reflex areas on the feet and hands where extra focus is indicated, including the lymphatic system to help with the removal of the histamines/toxins from your body. The reflexologist who also has knowledge of the use of essential oils may include these to further encourage the body's recovery.

Seasonal allergies are a major challenge in the Memphis, TN, area where I am located. Within my own practice (Footsteps In Eden Reflexology)  it is most common to hear clients (who often have not even mentioned their clogged sinuses or itchy eyes) comment on the relief they are suddenly feeling with their breathing or calming of sinus irritation during a session. The testimonial evidence I see in  my practice every day for allergy symptoms and relief of so many other health challenges as well, remind me over and over of the miraculous way in which God created our bodies. It is always amazing how -- while He certainly is able to act on His own without help -- He uses skilled and caring, gentle touch to enhance the body's ability to return to a state of harmony and wellness.

For those who may not be blessed to have access to a professional reflexologist, and for those who would like to assist themselves with sinus symptoms even more between sessions with their reflexologist, there are some simple self-help things you may do. Here is one from Livestong's website:
Hand reflexology can be an effective self-help method for alleviating allergy symptoms. Clear your sinuses by applying gentle pressure to the tips of your fingers just below the nail. Hold each finger for a few seconds until you begin to feel relief.

Above photo from: multi-mediastock website.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Be Rewarded for Regular Reflexology Treats In Memphis, TN

packag
Footsteps In Eden Reflexology in Bartlett, TN, has made many changes to our menu of services in recent months. Beginning in May of this year your investment per session was adjusted. Your ability to create a custom reflexology treat to best serve your personal relaxation, health and wellness goals has been greatly enhanced.

Another positive change was our gift plan for our clients who highly value the benefits they receive, scheduling regular appointments on weekly to monthly basis. The illustration above says it all. Treat Yourself! When you do it regularly at Footsteps In Eden Reflexology, we have a Gift Certificate for you! Some of our clients are already half way to their first one. We so value all of our clients, and we are looking forward to giving away lots of these! Here's how it works.

     You treat yourself to four (4) 3 session packages within a 12 month period --

Four (4)  Haven in Eden packages -- each package is three 75 minute sessions for $195 --
                       receive a $40 gift certificate
--or--       
                                              
Four (4) Oasis in Eden packages -- each package is three 60 minute sessions for $165 --
                       receive a $25 gift certificate

A full description of these packages may be found on our website

The fine print:
  • Only valid with the Haven in Eden and Oasis in Eden packages described above
  • The four (4) packages must be purchased and used within a 12 months* (this equals the equivalent of at least one session per month)
  • If you make the investment to be here weekly or bi-weekly and purchase your sessions by the package as described above, you will receive more gift certificates accordingly.
  • Only packages purchased for your personal use count toward the gift certificate. Packages you purchase as gift certificate(s) do not count toward the four.
  • Packages being used by different members of the same household/family may not be combined.
  • Gift Certificate will be presented at the 12th session.
  • Gift Certificate(s) may be used by you personally or gifted. 
  • Payment in full for each 3 session package is due at first session when package is purchased.

*For example: if the first package is purchased and begun on 8/1/2012. The 3rd session of the 4th package must be used by 7/31/2013.


Photo Credit: Can Stock Photo, Inc./Kbuntu

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Green Facts for Footsteps In Eden Reflexology

Does Footsteps In Eden Reflexology in Bartlett, TN, have eco-friendly practices, and what are they? While I have been pondering a blog post on this topic for awhile now, I was smacked in the face with it this morning as I was registering my business with Angie's List. That was a 'surprise' question to me in that 'setting,' but a great one as well to make me think how to answer. Kudos to Angie's List for asking!

First of all, don't you just love the green footprint?!?! How perfect to find that little jewel for a post on eco-practices in my reflexology business. Just love it! Now on to what Footsteps In Eden Reflexology does do to be green.

  • Just the very nature of reflexology makes it a VERY GREEN business. There's really nothing actually required for this therapy except a client and a reflexologist's hands (OK, they will need to be attached to the reflexologist - LOL).
  • I work from my home. Situated in a park like setting, it is surrounded by GREEN.
  • Products that are organic and sustainably produced are used whenever possible. These include, but are not limited to lotions and aromatherapy essential oils.
  • Paper waste is greatly minimized by reusable linens and hand towels.
  • All linens are laundered with eco-friendly products.
  • The Thieves® line of products from Young Living,* provides anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-fungal protection for cleaning routines, personally and within the space. Thieves® products are all natural and plant-based, with no added toxic ingredients.
  • Recently, we invested in a BioCerra pitcher. This allows us to provide our clients with filtered high pH, electrolyte added water in their own cup or a biodegradable to go cup. This is allowing us to eliminate the use of plastic water bottles.
  • Our space is located where heat and air are only used when necessary for clients' comfort, saving precious energy resources.
Do you have suggestions for more green ideas we might use? We would love to hear about them.

*Use "Thieves" as your search term on this website to learn much about these wonderful products.

Above photo from canstockphoto




Sunday, February 12, 2012

Reflexology: Perfect Valentine's Gift


Footsteps in Eden Reflexology would like to remind those of you still looking for the perfect Valentine's Day Gift, we have the solution. When you give reflexology you give an experience of relaxation, peace, and tranquility that expresses your love beautifully. Visit our website. We make it  easy to order your gift certificates for the special one or ones in your life.

Photo from www.multimedia-stock.com

Friday, January 13, 2012

"Help Your Baby with Reflexology Workshops" in Bartlett, TN

Footsteps In Eden Reflexology owner, Lynn Watson, will be hosting workshops for helping your baby with reflexology. You are encouraged to bring your baby. It is no real surprise that infants most often love the playfulness of the techniques you'll be learning.

In these hands on workshop, you will learn about every part of the body being mirrored on the hands and feet, along with some easy, but effective reflexology tips for your babies challenges with colic, teething, ear pain, sleeplessness and more. 

Workshops are being held at Singleton Community Center, Bartlett, TN. Here is the schedule through June 2012. Register for these workshops by calling the Community Center: 385-5593

Schedule:      Monday            January 23            7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
                      Saturday           February 18          9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
                      Monday            March 19              7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
                      Saturday           April 21                 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
                      Monday            May 21                 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
                      Saturday           June 16                 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Bartlett, TN Resident:        $20
Non-Resident:                    $25

Just so you will know my qualifications to teach you about the world of reflexology here are a few of my credentials: Registered Certified Reflexologist (TN); American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) certification; Maternity Reflexology Certification; many additonal hours of advanced training; Owner at Footsteps in Eden Reflexology, Bartlett, TN.

Maternity Certification in Reflexology includes pre-natal, post-natal care for mom and baby, as well as sub-fertility challenges.


Reflexologists do not diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any health condition. Please see your professional health care provider.

"Love Your Feet with Reflexology Self-Help Workshops" in Bartlett, TN

Leading successful Self-Help Reflexology sessions has been quite exciting. . . just love introducing people to this great therapy. "Love Your Feet with Reflexology Workshops" are now scheduled monthly through June. Here's your chance to discover reflexology for yourself and learn how valuable this experience may be for minor health challenges and just pure relaxation for you, your friends, and family. 

In this hands on workshop, provided by Footsteps In Eden Reflexology owner, Lynn Watson (that's moi) you will learn about every part of the body being mirrored on the hands and feet, and how to use your hands and a few common household items to do quick reflexology, self-help on yourself and family members.

A few aromatherapy suggestions, which may enhance your enjoyment of reflexology even more, will be included.

Below you will find the schedule with dates and times. All workshops are being held at Singleton Community Center in Bartlett, TN. Call them to reserve your spot: 385-5593.


Schedule:       Saturday        January 21                9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
                       Monday         February 20             7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
                       Saturday        March 17                 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
                       Monday         April 23                   7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
                       Saturday        May 19                    9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
                       Monday         June 18                    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Bartlett, TN Resident:        $25
Non-Resident:                    $30

Just so you will know my qualifications to teach you about the world of reflexology here are a few of my credentials: Registered Certified Reflexologist (TN); American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) certification; Maternity Reflexology Certification; many hours of advanced training; Owner at Footsteps in Eden Reflexology, Bartlett, TN.

Reflexologists do not diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any health condition. Please see your professional health care provider.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Very Special Reflexology Gift Certificate Special

This week ONLY Footsteps In Eden Reflexology is offering an incredible value on gift certificates. You love reflexology and know that many on your gift list would love it too. AND this is your opportunity to give them the gift of reflexology at an exceptional price with our holiday special! We all love Holiday Shopping bargains, and this shopping is from the comfort of your own home and in your jammies if you choose! Just that easy! You're excited, and here's the offer:

Gift Certificates for 30 minute sessions: 2/$49 ($80 Value)
Gift Certificates for 60 minute sessions: 2/$89 ($130 Value)


Gift certificates feature a festive holiday design, and if purchased in person, we'll include a gift box and tag (different from what is pictured above) for each certificate. If purchased through the website, we will mail them to you and include a nice quality envelope for each gift certificate.

These special price gift certificates may be redeemed though 6/30/2012. To purchase you must call 901-674-3934 or order from this link.

A Limited number of gift certificates are available at this special price. OFFER EXPIRES DEC 3, 2011 or while supplies last. Full price gift certificates may be purchased at any time.


The important fine print:

Only one (1) gift certificate purchased through this special may be redeemed for reflexology for you personally. 

Are you gifting this to a current client. Any current client of Footsteps In Eden may receive and redeem one gift certificate (at this special price) personally. They may redeem any number of full price gift certificates.

This offer may not be combined with any other coupons or special offers.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

4th Question & Final Opportunity in Our GiveAway

For our 4th and Final Opportunity for you to enter Footsteps In Eden Reflexology's Birthday Blessings Give Away, share with us your favorite Thanksgiving memory or tradition. What makes this holiday special for you?
We are looking forward to your answers while we remind you that to keep a spirit and attitude of Thanksgiving Alive! each and every day all year long.

The winner will be chosen on Thursday. Thanksgiving blessings from our home to yours!

Look What We Just Received to Enhance Our Clients' Reflexology Sessions

Yesterday on Facebook we announced we had received a new treasure. Here it is! And here's what it means for you. Beginning next week we will be offering our 
Pool of Delight in Eden
At Footsteps In Eden Reflexology we will prepare for you a delightful foot bath of sea salts and aromatherapy. The properties of the salts and therapeutic essential oils provide the potential for warmed muscles, increased circulation and detoxification. We add strokes of relaxing massage, preparing your feet and your whole body for the beautiful reflexology treatment to follow. We use an ionized copper foot basin, providing a healthy environment for your feet. Offered as add-on service to foot reflexology only. Sessions are extended 10-15 mins. This Lovely Delight will be available beginning the week after Thanksgiving. To learn more check out the "Sessions" link on our website.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Question 3 in Our Birthday Blessings GiveAway

At Footsteps In Eden Reflexology we offer . . . well . . . REFLEXOLOGY! Those of you who choose regular reflexology sessions as part of your health & wellness plan as well as those of you who sought it out for specific health challenges all have a story to tell about how reflexology has helped you in your life. I was asked on a talk show a couple of nights ago to share some of the dramatic things I had seen happen through reflexology. I shared a few that came to mind. I know all of you have great stories to share.

So, question #3 and another opportunity to perhaps recieve our wonderful Relaxation Give Away Package: Limiting yourself to just one thing (:-)that will be tough, of course), what would you say is the most dramatic single benefit you have received from reflexology?

For those reading this who have not yet experienced this amazing modality, it will be tough for you to answer this one. Gift yourself with that opportunity and learn for yourself what reflexology has to offer for you. In the Memphis area, we would love to hear from you and help you on your journey of discovery into reflexology. Begin by visiting our website.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

2nd Question! Your Answer/Comment is Another Opportunity in Our Give Away

We continue in this month of counting blessings and thankfulness with our celebration of Footsteps In Eden Reflexology's 4th Birthday.

From our very beginning, Footsteps In Eden chose to offer you way more than a reflexology "session." Our goal was to offer you an experience of delight for all the senses. We appeal to your sense of smell through the use of aromatherapy. In our case, high quality therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living.  Did you know that of all of our senses, the sense of smell is the only one where we react first and think about our response later? Something to think about, but not the question for today.

So, the question is, what is your favorite essential oil, how do you use it, and why? 

To familiarize yourself with essential oils and their benefits, begin your journey of discovery here.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Here It Is! First Question? Your Response Is Your First Entry!

It's your moment to relax. Where do your thoughts turn first? What is your favorite form of relaxation?

Comment here on the blog or on this post on our Footsteps In Eden Reflexology Facebook page. Your answer puts your name in the drawing for a nice relaxation package. (See previous post.) While we are in the Memphis, TN area, we would like to encourage everyone to participate. We will ship the package to any winner within the U.S. (If you're in Memphis area, we'll ask you to pick it up.)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Footsteps In Eden Birthday Brings Blessings for You

It's November. That means a season of Thanksgiving and a birthday for us. We are very thankful for ALL of you, and would like to challenge you to share some of your favorite things about reflexology and other natural health and wellness topics. Footsteps In Eden Reflexology turned 4 on November 1st, and we'll be celebrating by giving you opportunities throughout the month to do just that.

Be watching for questions and posts, which ask you to participate. You may comment here on the blog or on Facebook. Your answers must be specific and pertinent to the question asked. You'll see as we go along. Thanksgiving Day we'll choose a winner of a fun pack of relaxation goodies. If you're not in the Memphis area, but in the Continental U.S., we invite you to join in the fun. If you win we will send it to you. (In the Memphis area, please plan to come by and pick it up if you are the winner. :-)  Watch for first opportunity tomorrow, Monday, November 7, 2011. Here's a glimpse of what you may win.

There may also be some other fun surprises through out the month. So far we've announced that during November our eco-fin (paraffin alternative) hand treat may be added to a 60 or 75 minute reflexology session for just $5. That's a wonderful delight for your hands and a regular $12 value. You may find details about this "Delight in Eden" by visiting our website. Wonder what other specials we might dream up just for you.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Peace on Earth and in Your Holiday Celebrations!

Tranquility is life to the body." Proverbs 14:30



Peace on Earth. . .A major holiday theme, but often our lives are anything but peaceful during this very busy season of celebration. Running from shopping to cooking to entertaining to travel to parties to decorating and perhaps gift making as well we are often out of steam, stressed, and on edge.

The meaning of the season is almost sure to be lost. Add to that, stress is a major factor in 90% plus of all the dis-eases of our bodies. King Solomon shared the avove quote thousands of years ago. How true it is.  Is it time to take a closer look at those todo lists and calendar apps, and make the time to minimize your holiday stress and maximize your enjoyment of the holiday?

Reflexology's number 1 benefit  is stress reduction. With reduced stress, of course, healing on many levels has opportunity to take place in your body  Footsteps in Eden Reflexology has created a haven for you to spend 30-75 minutes totally relaxing, allowing a treat for all of your senses and an encouragement of your body toward greater balance and wellness.

In the Memphis area, give us a call today. 901-674-3934. Choose a short respite from your many to-dos.

Wishing you Peace on Earth... and in Your Holiday Celebrations!

Visit us at www.FootstepsInEden.com   and/or    Follow us: www.facebook.com/footstepsineden

Friday, August 26, 2011

Helping Your Baby with Reflexology


Does your baby (and therefore, you too) struggle with challenges of colic, teething pain, ear pain, sleeplessness, and more? Reflexology may be just the tool you're seeking. In the Memphis, TN area check out the workshop, "Helping Your Baby with Reflexology" to be held at the Singleton Community Center (Bartlett), October 7, 9-10 AM. The workshop is presented by Lynn Watson, certified reflexologist and owner of Footsteps In Eden Reflexology in Bartlett..

TV celebrities like Oprah and Dr. oz have created a bit of a buzz around the word reflexology. Because of them, many people have at least heard of this ancient and highly effective touch therapy, yet still wonder exactly what it is.

Every part of the body being mirrored on the hands and feet. With that in mind, this hands on workshop focuses on easy, but effective reflexology tips for your babies challenges. Infants most often love the playfulness of the techniques you'll be learning; so, parents are encouraged to bring their baby. 

To register for the workshop, call Singleton Community Center at 901-385-5593. Cost is $20 per person. One infant (only) per parent is encouraged to attend. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Self-Help Reflexology Workshop to be Offered at Singleton Community Center

TV celebrities like Oprah and Dr. Oz have created a bit of a buzz around the word reflexology. Because of them, many people have at least heard of this ancient and highly effective touch therapy, yet still wonder exactly what it is.

In this hands on workshop, you will learn about every part of the body being mirrored on the hands and feet, along with some easy, but effective self-help reflexology tips for challenges like sinus pain, headaches, toothache, indigestion, insomnia, and more. We will be working on hands and feet. You are encouraged to to attend with a friend. Cost is $25                                               per person.

To register contact Singleton Community Center, Bartlett, TN at 901-385-5593.


Workshops will be held on 
Saturday, October 8, 9-10:30 AM
Monday, October 10, 7-8:30 PM
Saturday November 12, 9-10:30 AM
Monday, November 14, 7-8:30 PM


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Staying Healthy with Thieves®

We've had a few cooler days, the kids are back in school in many areas of the country, and you may have thought about fighting germs and colds and flu bugs in the months ahead.

In our home we have found the Thieves® line of products from Young Living™ to be most helpful. We clean with it, we diffuse it, we wash with it and more. My clients often comment on the fresh and clean fragrance of my hand soap. It is diffused at my husband's office. While not everyone there may be in agreement about its effectiveness, the fact that when it runs out they ask for more, speaks for itself. The purse sprays are a healthy option for spraying shopping cart handles, and use in public restrooms. There is also toothpaste, mouthwash and hand sanitizers -- all made with wholesome, good-for-you ingredients. Thieves® has also been shown to be highly effective in removing mold and mold spores. Here's a little history of this great line. It just may surprise you to learn of its origins.


"A blend of highly antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-infectious essential oils,  Thieves® was created from research of a group of 15th-century thieves who rubbed oils on themselves to avoid contracting the plague while they robbed the bodies of the dead and dying. When apprehended, these thieves disclosed the formula of herbs, spices, and oils they used to protect themselves in exchange for more lenient punishment."

The entire Thieves® line is available at www.richinoils.com, where you have the opportunity to learn much more about the high potential of therapeutic grade essential oils.
 
*Quote above from Essential Oils Desk Reference, Third Edition, published by Essential Science Publishing.




Thursday, July 28, 2011

Really Seeing

Being aware of our senses and their benefits to us as we explore the world around us is a really big deal. A few blog posts and many days moving into weeks ago I share a post about discovering our senses and promised to share more. My plans were temporarily derailed. Back again, intending to expand on the subject.

As I recall building imaginary walls around myself to protect myself from the many pains of my childhood, I wonder how much of the world around me I really missed seeing. Really seeing. It was so easy to stick my nose in a book and escape on someone else's adventure than it was to participate in many of my own. I remember my mother encouraging me to look at "all the beautiful scenery." An invitation I often ignored.

With all the mental details flying through my mind, it often requires intentional effort to "take it all in." I've done much better with this, but it still amazes me at how easily I can have tunnel vision, drive down the street with my mind engaged elsewhere and miss everything. I'm believing I am not alone here. Our hurry up world with its super-sized demands on our time and attention can be an incredibly large distraction for taking time to view the details and beauty of the creation and the created all around us.

How do you make time to see this happen in your life? (pun intended)

Photo from canstockphoto.com

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Footsteps In Eden Reflexology Announces Winner!

A huge THANK YOU to all who participated! The 4th of July was the day for our BIG winner to be chosen, and today is the day Footsteps In Eden Reflexology reveals who wins the two Orla Fallon (at the Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center) tickets. We went out to Herb Parsons Lake yesterday morning for a leisurely early morning breakfast picnic and walk around the lake. We took the basket with all the entries (and there were hundreds of them) from our newsletter recipients and our Facebook followers. (We even made a video, but that was glitching out on here...sorry.) One individual had around 30 entries!!!! The winner, though, had just one entry. It was the only one she needed! And the winner is: JENNIFER CARDONA! Congratulations Jennifer!!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Footsteps In Eden Has Chosen our Winner

We have chosen the winner of the Orla Fallon (at the BPAAC) tix. We will be bringing you another post announcing the winner as soon as that person has been contacted. Stay tuned!

Yes, this is the original picture of the basket. We added lots more names over the past few weeks. Forgive us for not having that photo to post.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Win 2 Tix to Orla Fallon @ BPACC


All the information to enter as often as you like is in the copy below or you will find details on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/footstepsineden

We are growing and want to build our Memphis following on Facebook. This will allow you to be quickly updated on last minute appointment openings, news from Footsteps in Eden, and announcements of upcoming events. To enlist your help, we are giving away 2 tickets to see Orla Fallon (Celtic Women) in a solo concert on Friday, September 23, 2011 at the Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center in Bartlett, Tennessee. The contest runs from June 18 through July 4.

The winner will be drawn from entries, and to enter you can do all of the following:

- Since you already Like our Facebook page you automatically have one entry!

- Have a business page? Then make the Footsteps page one of your favorite pages. (Already fav our page? You will automatically have one entry!)

- Make a relevant comment on a post.

- Share our page with friends by
• Messaging them with an invite & a link to Footsteps in Eden facebook page
• Post an invite on THEIR WALL with a link to Footsteps in Eden facebook page
Your friend must “like” or “fav” the page for you to receive an entry.

- Email us at footstepsineden@gmail.com to be added to our newsletter list. (Already receive our newsletter? You have one entry!)

- Be on the lookout for special, one-time opportunities on our Facebook wall - you never know what we'll do!

Enter as often as you would like. You will need to email us with what you have done so we can credit you for each entry. You may include multiple items in your emails. Email to: footstepsineden@gmail.com

Winner will be drawn on July 4th, and announced on Facebook that day. Good luck!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Cumulative Benefits of Reflexology

How often do you recommend that I schedule my reflexology appointments?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions from clients. You may have asked it yourself. Rather than offer the "one size fits all" answer, here are some reasons for considering the cumulative effect of reflexology for your personal health and wellness goals.

Health challenges are often a part of life for months and even years -- often many years. When clients choose weekly or bi-weekly sessions, and make these a priority over a span of months and in some cases years, they often experience amazing results. (Some sessions may bring nearly indiscernible baby steps. Other times the client is amazed at the dramatic changes.) By allowing their whole being to enter that deep state of relaxation on a regular basis they encourage their whole body toward greater health and wellness for a lifetime.

Sometimes new clients "try" a few sessions over 6 or 8 weeks time expecting to see significant results for their long-term challenges. They become disappointed and choose to stop with reflexology. From experiences in my practice, I know that those with the most awesome stories to share are those who have chosen to continue regular sessions for months and longer, believing that positive changes are occurring within their body. Ultimately, they are most often rewarded with enhanced health and wellness.

New energy patterns are introduced into the body through reflexology. These are helping to bring all systems of the body into greater balance and strengthening the immune system. Consistent regular sessions help to maintain this enhanced state of health. I have some clients who consider regular reflexology to be their "health plan." They report such great benefits that their body knows when it has missed even one session.

Reflexologists do not diagnose or treat for disease. They do not prescribe or adjust medications. Please consult with your medical professional for your health challenges and concerns. 

Photo from www.multimedia-stock.com 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Several years ago I finally began to come to my senses -- or at least to begin to pay more attention to these five enormous assets. With an often painful home life and being  somewhat of a curiosity in my family growing up, I learned to tune out -- well -- almost everything. It was my survival mode. I've learned this great talent is not necessarily my best friend.

Our five senses -- seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching -- are so important in our discovery of life around us, and our overall well-being. A few days ago I posted a link on my Facebook page, briefly outlining using our five senses to recharge. Intrigued by this article because of my personal experiences and light bulb moments, I believed the article would touch others as well.

The article quickly skimmed the surface. In the next several blog posts I choose to be transparent with you, my readers, sharing my story of learning to experience and value the senses more deeply. By sharing, I pray your life my be enhanced as well.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Guest Post on Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis – What is it all about?

By guest blogger: Jen Froggatt
 
 
If I was to say to you that hypnosis could help you relax and de-stress, you would think of watch being swayed side to side and being told, 'you are getting very sleepy', am I right? Well you couldn't be further from the truth. Although hypnotherapy is a relatively new therapy, many have been using it as a relaxation technique for years.
 
Hypnotherapy works by communicating with your subconscious mind, to help you overcome negative thought patterns which in turn helps you to relax. A qualified hypnotherapist will help you achieve a deeply relaxed state (different to sleep) before starting your hypnotherapy session so you can use your full imagination.  Many compare this state as being in a daydream.
 
Hypnosis for stress can be very effective because hypnotherapy can help alter your reactions to possible stressful situations. A hypnotherapist can change your thought pattern so when faced with these situations you have a much more positive reaction. This is because it is not the situation that causes stress (otherwise everyone would be stressed about the same thing at the same time) it's the way we react to this situation that causes stress. When you are less stressed you will then find easier to relax and wind down at the end of the day.
 
For more information on how hypnotherapy could help you visit Hypnotherapy Directory
 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Reflexology: A Gift for Your Feet & Your Whole Body!!!


How kind are you to your feet? We call 'em our "dogs," but do we treat them as the beloved members of the family, like many do their furry friends?

Alice was certainly concerned about her feet as she grew taller and taller in the 2nd chapter of Lewis Carroll's famous tale:

"'Good-bye, feet!' (for when she looked down at her feet, they seemed to be almost out of sight, they were getting so far off). 'Oh, my poor little feet, I wonder who will put on your shoes and stockings for you now, dears? I'm sure I shan't be able! I shall be a great deal too far off to trouble myself about you: you must manage the best way you can; —but I must be kind to them,' thought Alice, 'or perhaps they won't walk the way I want to go! Let me see: I'll give them a new pair of boots every Christmas.'

And she went on planning to herself how she would manage it. 'They must go by the carrier,' she thought; 'and how funny it'll seem, sending presents to one's own feet! And how odd the directions will look!'"

I see great wisdom in Alice's thinking. Just from the perspective of my feet carrying me every where I choose to go, it seems being nice to them is more of a necessity than a chore. Who needs feet talking back?

Did you know that every organ, gland and part of your body is mirrored on your feet? When there are challenges in your body they show up in your feet, and when your feet have been mistreated that well may show up in the rest of your body. Reflexology may be your perfect solution. You and your feet and all the rest of you may be ecstatically happy that you finish reading this post, and take the suggested "steps" to be kind to your feet!

With the beginning of a new year focus often turns to sustaining or improving your health. Consider the option available to you to treat yourself to an amazingly rejuvenating experience. Reflexology encourages every system of your body toward greater balance, inviting your whole being into a deep state of relaxation and allowing it to find its place of enchanced health and well being.

At Footsteps In Eden Reflexology we make sending gifts to your feet much less complicated than the steps Alice encountered in gifting hers. What's more it is a treat for not only your feet, but your whole body as well. What will reflexology do for you? Besides being a most amazing experience, here are some ot the benefits you may expect from a reflexology session.

REFLEXOLOGY

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Revitalizes energy
  3. Assists functioning of circulation
  4. Assists functioning of nervous system
  5. Assists cleansing of toxins from body (immune system support)
  6. Assists the harmonizing of the body's systems naturally
  7. Is Prevantative/Supportive/Non-Invasive Caring Touch.
Visit Footsteps In Eden website to learn more about reflexology and Lynn Watson, Reflexologist. We have sessions and packages to meet everyone's needs.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Footsteps In Eden Reflexology Offering More Service Options in 2011

Re-evaluation on a continuing basis is absolutely necessary for a business owner wishing to thrive. My Memphis' area Reflexology business has been in process over the last few months. What began as an experiment in December, gave birth to a revamp of our services offered as we begin the New Year 2011.

Health & wellness plans are close to the heart of many of us. With a new year we also often bring a redifined focus in this area. Reflexology's benefits have such an abundant potential for helping to encourage the body toward healing from almost all health challenges. It is also considered by many to be the perfect therapy for maintaining health and wellness.

Since opening our doors in November of 2007, we have offered only an ultimate relaxation experience. With the above paragraph in mind, along with time constraints, budgets, and the individual's desire for choice, we have created 3 unique options for visits to Footsteps In Eden Reflexology. We have certainly kept what we believe to be the most wonderful experience and option, and definitely the best value.

A Little Touch of Eden:
30 Minute Session -- Especially designed for those with more limited time constraints, these sessions offer a spot of relaxation, health, and wellness. Enjoy a short escape to a place of stillness and refreshment.

An Oasis in Eden
60 Minute Session -- One definition of “oasis” includes this statement: “People actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests.” Our 60 minute sessions begin with hot moist aromatherapy infused foot wraps. You’ll find your body and mind quickly unwinding, bringing you into an oasis of relaxation and helping to encourage your body to greater balance, health, wellness, and rejuvenation.

OUR VERY BEST VALUE:
A Haven in Eden:
75 Minute Ultimate Experience -- Enhancing your experience with additional minutes of reflexology and relaxation, these sessions conclude with the touch of hot stone therapy and a second helping of hot moist aromatherapy infused foot wraps. Other luxurious touches may be included.

My work is done from my home -- a park like setting in Bartlett, TN. All sessions are experienced in our warmly inviting relaxation room, purposely designed for enjoyment by all your senses.


Maternity Reflexology and "A Little Peace of Eden" Wedding Packages are also available.

Further information on reflexology, our services, and our fees for services may be found on our website: www.footstepsineden.com. The website is now, also, fully accessible from iPhone.