Reflexology Pre-Treatment Video. Fun!
This blog is for the person wondering how to fit it all in: Wellness and work. Folks are wondering how is it possible to get quality rest, relaxation and sleep with the demands of the day. One answer: Take a nap to make up for lost hours of sleep. However, all of this is not just a numbers game—quality matters. For me, now that my once chaotic home sphere is handled and beautifully orderly, I am moving into mastering R&R.
We have now moved into the “R” of SPR™: Recover.
Ever wondered how much sleep is enough sleep? How is it possible to sleep for 8 hours and still be fatigued? Could one pay back his/her “sleep debt”? What does the REM cycle mean and look like?
How to recover from surgery with fewer painkillers? What complimentary therapies exist for postoperative patients? What is reflexology after all?
What is recommended is 7.5 – 9 hours of sleep for adults over 18. Usually what follows this statement is others laden with incredulity: “Yeah, right, who gets that much anyway? Well a recommendation is not always reality.”
Not this time. No one says that you have to get it all at the same time. You can take a one or two-hour nap during the day—I recommend after work. This can be preemptive—building buffer into your sleep time just in case you lose it somewhere else in the week—or reactive—trying to catch up on sleep already missed.
Important to note: “If you’re giving yourself plenty of time for sleep, but you’re still having trouble waking up in the morning or staying alert all day, you may not be spending enough time in the different stages of sleep—especially deep sleep and REM sleep.” (http://www.helpguide.org/life/sleeping.htm)
There are two main types of sleep. Each is restorative and needed. Pictured below is what a sleepy cycle looks like:
There is a way to repay your sleep debt as this one comprehensive article “How Much Sleep Do You Need?: Sleep Cycles & Stages, Lack of Sleep, and Getting the Hours You Need” shares:
Paying off your sleep debt (Section in “How Much Sleep Do You Need?: Sleep Cycles & Stages, Lack of Sleep, and Getting the Hours You Need") Sleep debt is the difference between the amount of sleep you need and the hours you actually get. Every time you sacrifice on sleep, you add to the debt. Eventually, the debt will have to be repaid. It won’t go away on its own. If you lose an hour of sleep, you must make up that extra hour somewhere down the line in order to bring your “account” back into balance.
Tips for getting and staying out of sleep debt While you can’t pay off sleep debt in a night or even a weekend, with a little effort and planning, you can get back on track.
I was hoping to do something like this when I went on vacation the 15th – 19th, but one cannot really start something like the above while preparing an apartment for a new roommate.
I typically go to bed for 5 – 6 hours: 11pm/12am and wake 5am/6am. It has been less and it has been more. But lately, it has been five.
With the 5.8 earthquake August 23rd that hit the East Coast, the approaching hurricane (Irene) coming the weekend and the list of natural disasters that hit this year, it is clear that our Earth is bracing herself for some seismic changes.
In this milieu, I have been feeling greater calling to share my message for healing all over and developing my skills as a practitioner. To withstand the coming changes, it is imperative that we be well. Synergistically, avenues for development and teachers/guides have been emerging since my obedience to the call. I have particularly begun an interest in reflexology amongst other wellness therapies.
Philadelphia Introductions to Reflexology Class September 6th & 7th 6:30pm – 9pm. Call: 215-240-6360.
Neat fact on reflexology: Reflexology could be an effective way to relieve postoperative pain.
Tense bodies feel more pain. Thus massage can assist with postoperative care both physically and psychologically. In a Science Daily piece with research led by University of California San Francisco, it shared that postoperative patients who receive regular massage therapy, like daily foot massage or back massage, may experience less pain than their counterparts who are not massaged.
There is a foot-body connection. Reflexology is founded on the theory that the control center for the whole body is in our hands and feet. It splits the body into zones versus meridian points found in acupuncture. The control strings connected to one’s heart, liver, stomach, colon, etc, can be found in the endings of our hands and feet.
I will share how the class next week goes.
The instructor for the reflexology class with whom I spoke shared a bit of the African origins of reflexology and learning how to gather wild herbs as a compliment. We were vibe-ing off of the clarity that recovery is both science and art. It takes study and focus—and often a pleasant guide who is willing to open up his/her heart and life to those students who are ready to do the same.
This Wellness blog is to share the author's trials and triumphs in becoming more present and centering her daily routines around health practices that build from the inside out.
It is her hope to spark dialogue and resource sharing as well as encouragement for those newly embarking on their journey toward healing all over.
(This is a personal blog with resources for educational purposes only.)