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.

Tigger Tale

I was trying to come up with a blog idea and it just jumped in my lap, well, Tigger that is.He just moved to the printer that he usually turns on. Tigger has had a rough week.

I went out to get the mail and Tigger ran in, soaking wet! There is a story there that I would love to know. I toweled him off and he went to sleep in his favorite chair. I could tell it hurt his feelings but no coughing or difficulty breathing. I gave him Sovereign Silver which is ok for cats. He didn’t sleep with me and my two other cats. Tigger is my go-to buddy. He watches over me.

The next morning he did not come out for his meat or to go outside. I called and called. No Tigger. I looked in all the usual places and then some. I couldn’t find him. I ran errands and came back determined to find him. Again, I searched. I called. I was getting worried, trying not to freak out. He was in this house somewhere!

I went back to the biggest closet and took out the vacuum and bags. I dove deep in the back of the closet. There he sat in a box. I was so relieved and aggravated. He was alive but not lively. I got a dropper and gave him water. He was not amused, but he drank it. I was worried about pneumonia. I just let him have his solitude.

Last night he came out and he was limping! At first I though it was broken, but then noted the other foot was bent in the same place. It isn’t the pad of the paw. I am not sure. Poor baby.

Today, he is more involved and not limping as bad. I put CBD oil on it but not sure it is the right spot. I still have not seen him eat more than a little meat. I know I should see a vet but that isn’t possible right now. My Emergency Fund is down and I am not working because of the coronavirus. I am using the tools I have. Hydrate and observe.

I hope your week has been better than Tig’s. I hope his and therefore, mine will be better.


Sharon West, RCR

Reflexologist Dyersburg< TN


This entry was posted on March 28, 2020.

Reflexology Tales

What a week! My office was closed because of the Corona Caution. I have heard terrible rumors, uplifting sermons and tons of news, I certainly have nothing to add. Would it be ok to just share a few reflexology tales? I’ve been a reflexologist over 30 years so I have a few (By the way Tigger, my cat, is helping. He has currently turned on the printer.)

Let’s start with my stories. Years ago, I had a kidney stone with miserable pain. I was working as a medical assistant. The doctor sent me home with pain meds. As soon as I got home, I took the medicine, pulled off my shoes and socks and began doing reflexology on my feet. I drank a lot of water as well. I mainly worked the reflexes for my kidney and bladder, but especially my ureter tubes. That is where the stones gets stuck. I found a very tender spot in that area. I worked the reflexes every 15 minutes between drinking water and going to the bathroom. The next time I did my foot, the spot was no longer tender. When I went to the bathroom, I PASSED the stone! Amazing! My foot told the story and I believe the reflexology helped. It reinforced my already strong belief in reflexology.

Everyday, I do the reflexes to my sinuses, brain and adrenals. The toes are the sinus reflexes and they are often quite tender. I have allergies. My brain needs all the help it can get. The adrenals are greatly affected by stress. Tender toes is how I got into reflexology, but that is another story for another blog.

Please, take care. I so miss my clients!! Rub your feet until we get back together….and we will.

Sharon West, RCR

Relax With Reflexology 731-589-0380

Reflexology, Dyersburg, TN

This entry was posted on March 22, 2020.

Taking Care of Clients During the “Corona Caution”

I am concerned about my reflexology clients during what I call the “Corona Caution.” I want to help them relax, which boosts their immune system. There are also two reflexes that I pay careful attention: the thymus and the spleen reflex. They both help to boost immunity.

The thymus promotes production of T cells, establishing immunity on a cellular level. The spleen stores plasma,red blood cells and lymph. It also produces B and T cells.

I absolutely use my Clorax wipes and wash my hands. I take care of myself as well, since I am in one of those special categories. “Corona Caution” indeed!

This entry was posted on March 15, 2020.

Reflexology Is As Simple As Washing Your Hands, But So Much More

Washing your hands is the first line of defense against the corona virus. Some people dismiss it as too simple to work, while paying too much for items they hope may prevent it. Simple does not mean it doesn’t work. We can get caught up into thinking complicated and convoluted somehow makes things better, more important. Boy, society has made a mess with that attitude.

Reflexology can be misunderstood this way. How can rubbing someone’s feet make a difference in their health? Reflexology is a science and a mystery. Reflexology is a relaxation technique based on reflexes in your feet. That is why we use the feet. We will call this the short version.

Clients’ feet tell me about their body by tender spots and crunchy areas, that I just call “crunchies.” It a simple technique that I have practiced over thirty years. It is simple to me after years of training, study and experience. I find reflexology to be powerful. I am surely going to use it during this time to boost my immunity by decreasing stress and embracing the mystery of reflexology.

Tarzan, Barefoot Reflexologist?

So, what does this photo have to do with reflexology and stress? Hummm. Tarzan sure appears to be the Barefoot Reflexologist in this photo! I should have known. I am impressed and delighted.

My childhood hero was Tarzan (the real one, Johnny Weissmuller, of course). I watched him every Saturday morning. Then, we played in the backyard. I was Tarzan, Jill was Jane and if my other cousin came over, we made him be Cheetah.Tarzan has come back in my life through a series of gifts. Years ago, my son gave me a Tarzan action figure that actually yelled. It lives in my shower and I see it every day. Recently, Steve has been sending me the coolest postcards with scenes from various Tarzan movies. I love them and him for being so thoughtful! They hang by my front door. Who can say that? Today my friend, Kim, gave me a six movie Tarzan DVD set. How cool is that! They are hard to find. This set came from England. She gets me and I love her for it.

See, my favorite scenes were when Jane jumped out of the tree into Tarzan’s arms. Sigh! I thought it was so romantic!! It was trust personified for this little girl’s heart. That’s why I still crush on Tarzan today. My heart has taken a beating through the years but Jesus and Tarzan have never let me down.

I believe good memories and touchstones can be stress relievers. When I see the gifts of love and giggles about my Tarzan, I am first grateful for the givers and then for the comfort of good times. I feel safe and secure.

Take a few moments and think of your childhood hero. I hope you giggle and take a deep breath. Come get your feet done and I will smile with you.

Sharon West ,RCR Reflexologist, Dyersburg, TN

731-589-0380



This entry was posted on February 24, 2020.