“Doing Feet” in This Pandemic

Tonight, I did a reflexology session on my porch. He wore a mask and I wore a shield. He sat in my rocking chair. There are challenges being outside,hot,humid weather, thunderstorms and critters, but tonight it was lovely.

This entry was posted on August 1, 2020.

Checking In

Everything just seems more complicated during this pandemic. How are you? How are we really doing? My mother fell and it worked out for me to be home. I could not work, but qualified for unemployment. I could not see my doctor at Vandy, but we did FaceTime. Now, I am waiting on the plumber, again, and writing my blog. I am doing alright. I hope you are. We need patience with ourselves, and hang on, we will “do feet” real soon.

This entry was posted on July 15, 2020.

Sciatica and Reflexology

Sciatic pain is awful! I have had several clients find relief with reflexology. Right now, my challenge is with my mother. She is 89 and recently fell. Her CT scan was ok, so she probably has a bone bruise and sciatica. The reflex for the sciatic nerve is very tender, as well as the hip reflex. We are doing everything we can think of, plus her meds. Reflexology is certainly part of the plan. It helps me feel not so helpless and a soothing touch for her.

This entry was posted on July 6, 2020.

Father’s Day Stress

Father’s Day can be a day of celebration and love, but for some it just isn’t. It can be a sad, depressing and an angry time, if your father has died or just absent. That sure causes stress. If so, it is important to be kind to yourself through this time. Reflexology helps to reduce stress.

Sharon West, Registered Certified Reflexologist

Dyersburg, TN 731-589-0380

This entry was posted on June 20, 2020.

Homeostasis-Cooler Than It Sounds

Homeostasis is what reflexology is all about. It is balance. Siri defines it as: the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements. Reflexology helps set up a safe environment for healing.

The USA needs a reflexology session. Right now our adrenals are shot (Adrenals are greatly affected by stress.) We need balance. We need a safe environment for healing from COVID-19 and anguished protests. I don’t know how we get there, but we must.

This entry was posted on June 8, 2020.

Facing My Anxiety

As I looked into re-opening my reflexology practice, I realized I was feeling anxious. It was important for me to analyze my feelings and not give in to some vague notions.

Would opening be safe for myself and clients? Would my clients wear a mask? How would I wear a mask all day? Would my clients return? What if they didn’t? What if cases increase after I open? If I had to shut down again, would I still qualify for unemployment? The vicious circle goes on.

These are legitimate questions. The answers are somewhat unknowable at this moment. Only in going back would I know. Is it worth the risk? That decision is the hard part.

I checked out my adrenal reflexes and they weren’t too bad. The adrenals are greatly affected by stress. I’ve started praying more about what to do. I’m leaning toward re-opening June 2, but not sure yet. It may be best to wait until July. I have to admit that I have enjoyed staying home. I have watched a zillion movies and spent hours on the porch. I don’t really go that many places. The thoughts of getting back into a routine are a little stressful. There are people out there! Some I miss terribly. At some point, I’ll get out there.When? Stay tuned.

Sharon West, Registered Certified Reflexologist

Dyersburg, TN 731-589-0380

This entry was posted on May 20, 2020.

Listening to My Father and My Son

I said I would be praying and contemplating when to open my reflexology office. Please understand, this is about my situation. It is not a judgement of yours. My answer came as a thought that said, “Honor your Father and mother and your son.” I found that confusing since my daddy died many years ago, but when I wrote it down, it came out as capital F. Father as in God.

My son has already asked me to stay home for a while for my protection. My mother’s protection is paramount. How could this decision honor my Father? I suspect it is a trust issue. I tend to be independent and want to take care of myself.

There is something quite bizarre about all of this. Years ago I would have been among the first ones back, calling myself brave and free, a rebel. Guess what? I am still a rebel! While I was not ordered to open, this time I’m rebelling against a government attitude that pressures me out beyond my principles, scientific data, and common sense for me.

I work because I love reflexology. I’m a reflexologist; it is what I do. Reflexology supplements my Social Security, so I am grateful for unemployment. It will probably be cut off tomorrow.

How do I honor my Father, my mother and my son? I will stay home until June or whenever it is safe. I trust my Father to take care of me. I keep protecting my Mother by staying home as much as I can to not expose her through me. Steve will have one less thing to worry about and the satisfaction of knowing that I really listened.

Yeah, that feels right. I will see you when all this settles down. We will “do feet” and tell tales.

I love you and I miss you, not just your feet.

P.S. Tigger’s cut is almost healed.

Sharon

Sharon West, Registered Certified Reflexologist

Dyersburg, TN 731-589-0380

This entry was posted on May 10, 2020.

Relax With Reflexology Waits For Safe Opening

I could go back to work with restrictions this Wednesday. I want to work and to see all my clients, but I want to stay safe. Still, everyday in both Tennessee and Dyer County, the number of cases rise. This puts me in a quandary.

I will not go back for at least another week. It is a serious decision. My Mother is 89 and I am a senior myself. I’m old enough to pick my risks carefully. Yet, my world needs reflexology, especially now. It is time to pray and contemplate!

Sharon West, Registered Certified Reflexologist

Dyersburg, TN

731-589-0380

This entry was posted on May 4, 2020.

What to do?

It is a little stressful to think what to write in these difficult times. All of us need reflexology right now. It doesn’t seem right to just talk about all the positive attributes of reflexology, when I can’t show you with a session. I tried to share a great poster, “Let Yourself Rest” by Jeff Foster from my Relax With Reflexology Facebook page. That didn’t work. Please, check out my page.

I have gift certificates to offer. I can take your debit or credit card info over the phone and send a receipt via text or email. If you prefer an actual certificate, I can leave it at Sunflower Health Food for pick-up.

Reflexology isn’t magic. It is a practical, yet wonderful way to relax. If you haven’t tried it, make it part of your new way to leave stress behind.

Sharon West,RCR 731-589-0380

Dyersburg, TN

This entry was posted on April 20, 2020.

What Does A Reflexologist Do When She Can’t Do Feet?

I tell you what she does–she does her own feet! I did a full session today on my own feet. I must say it was lovely. Most days I do a few reflexes to get me going,but I seldom (almost never) do a full session. It is awkward to be sure but I will do better. I was so glad I could reach my feet easily.

This stay-at-home order is tough but oh, so necessary. My plan is to load a video I did about this. The adrenal reflex is just under the ball of the foot. The adrenal glands are greatly effected by stress. Boy, are we all stressed right now! If you find the reflex, it might be quite tender. Hold it for 7 seconds x 3. Breathe.

We will do reflexology together soon. Until then, be very careful, one day at a time.

This entry was posted on April 6, 2020.