September 6th, 2010 | Comments Off on Krieger-Kunz Style Therapeutic Touch

Therapeutic Touch is a contemporary interpretation of several ancient healing practices. Complementary therapies, such as Therapeutic Touch, have many implications for the health care of the future.

Therapeutic Touch was developed in the early 1970’s through the pioneering work of Dolores Krieger, Ph.D., R.N., and Dora Kunz. As a professor of nursing at New York University, Dr. Krieger has integrated Therapeutic Touch into mainstream professional nursing practices. Members of the entire spectrum of health professionals have incorporated Therapeutic Touch into their practices. Dr. Krieger has recently expanded her audience from these healing professionals to include all people who have an interest in learning the gentle art of Therapeutic Touch.

Therapeutic Touch is a healing practice based on the conscious use of the hands to direct or modulate, for therapeutic purposes, selected non-physical human energies that activate the physical body. This useful technique has a clinical and research base and is currently taught in universities, colleges and health care facilities around the world.

Therapeutic Touch is a non-invasive therapy used to elicit the relaxation response, reduce pain, accelerate the healing process and decrease stress response.

Therapeutic Touch is a contemporary energy-based therapy that uses the body’s own, Electromagnetic field, to promote healing and well-being of a client.

Therapeutic Touch promotes:

  • relaxation/ reduction of pain
  • releases tension
  • decreases anxiety
  • alters perception of pain and discomfort
  • enhances traditional medical interventions
  • assists in post-operative recovery
  • assists in wound and fracture healing
  • stimulates the body’s own healing mechanism
  • promotes a feeling of comfort and well-being

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September 5th, 2010 | Comments Off on Advantages of Therapeutic Touch

Therapeutic Touch is a gentle art that has had a great impact worldwide, by profoundly enhancing care from birth-to-death.

You maybe asking yourself; why should I consider sessions of Therapeutic Touch? Here’s a list of reasons I feel Therapeutic Touch will help you heal:

Therapeutic Touch can:

  • significantly reduce a stress and burnout in the work place
  • reduce pain within 5 minutes
  • reduce the need for medication pain relief
  • enhance wounds to heal significantly…research indicates by 25-30%
  • get quick results in only 2-20 minutes
  • be easily taught to you so you can do frequent sessions on ill family members
  • complement many psychotherapeutic approaches to health care.

Therapeutic Touch is a holistic approach that effects the body, mind, emotions, the spirit, and has been proven to be effective in reduction of anxiety.

Therapeutic Touch:

  • has been studied by the US Defense Department on the effects of burns
  • has no religious implications, symbols, sounds, or initiation
  • when practiced as taught, is completely safe
  • is inexpensive to learn

Support for Therapeutic Touch practitioners is provided by Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario

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September 4th, 2010 | Comments Off on Therapeutic Touch – What Is It?

Therapeutic Touch is a modern application of ancient forms of healing which use the laying-on of hands. And, as a Therapeutic Touch Practitioner I use my hands in the client’s energy field to assist healing.

As a client, you will remain fully clothed, in a sitting or lying down position. Then I will move my hands at a distance of a few inches from your body, although touching can be involved.

Therapeutic Touch was developed in the 1970’s by Dolores Krieger. She a professor of nursing at New York State University, and her mentor was Dora Kunz, an intuitive with clairvoyant abilities.

It’s been said that Dora Kunz grew up in Indonesia and lived in several different countries where she encountered the healing practices of various cultures.

Apparently when the scientist Dolores Krieger and the intuitive Dora Kunz met, they decided to join forces and they developed a method of healing. Since then tens of thousands of people have been taught this technique. Many of which are nurses or other health professionals, and many like myself, are lay people.

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September 3rd, 2010 | Comments Off on Bowenwork Can be Used to Treat…

Some of the conditions that often respond favourably to Bowenwork are:

  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Digestive and bowel problems
  • Earache and TMJ problems
  • Migraines and other types of headaches
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Hip, knee, ankle and foot problems
  • Menstrual and hormonal Irregularities
  • Neck and shoulder problems (including ‘frozen shoulder’)
  • Groin pain, pelvic tilt and uneven leg length
  • Respiratory problems and hay fever
  • RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow
  • Sports and other traumatic injuries

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September 2nd, 2010 | Comments Off on What is Reflexology?

Reposted here with thanks from the Ontario College of Reflexology’s website.

Reflexology is a focused pressure technique, usually directed at the feet or hands. It is based on the premise that there are zones and reflexes on different parts of the body which corresponds to and are relative to all parts, glands and organs of the entire body.

How Does It Work?

When the reflexes are stimulated, the body’s natural electrical energy works along the nervous system to clear any blockages in the corresponding zones. A reflexology session seems to break up deposits (felt as a sandy or gritty area under the skin) which may interfere with this natural flow of the body’s energy.

Manipulating specific reflexes removes stress, activating a parasympathetic response in the body to enable the disharmonies to be released by a physiological change in the body. With stress removed and circulation improved, the body is allowed to return to a state of homeostasis.

Homeostasis is the “automatic” process that the body incorporates to bring it back to the “normal” state. For example, if the blood pressure is abnormal, the kidneys will secrete the enzyme renin which is involved with blood pressure, and the hormone, erythropoietin that increases the rate of red blood cell production.

What Are The Benefits?

Reflexology demonstrates four (4) main benefits:

  1. Relaxation with the removal of stress.
  2. Enhanced circulation.
  3. Assists the body to normalize metabolism naturally.
  4. Complements all other healing modalities.

Reflexologists Do Not:

  1. Diagnose medical conditions unless qualified to do so.
  2. Prescribe medications unless qualified to do so.
  3. Treat for specific conditions except in emergencies.
  4. Work in opposition to the medical or other fields.
  5. Encourage the client to cease taking their prescribed medication.

Teacher for Certification Classes available

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September 1st, 2010 | Comments Off on Therapeutic Touch Can be Used…

Therapeutic Touch can be used by pain clinics, detox / addictions centers, and at rehab services as stress management.

Others who can benefit from Therapeutic Touch are:

  • hospice volunteers
  • labour / delivery coaches & midwives
  • dancers, athletes, sport trainers/coaches & sports medicine
  • bereavement counselors & pastor care
  • veterinarians, pet owners, & farmers
  • performers & musicians
  • plant owners
  • moms, dads and, people who just care about an other’s well being

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August 31st, 2010 | Comments Off on Athletes Foot – What is it?

Athlete’s foot is a very common fungal infection. It affects mostly men and young people. It attacks mainly the area between the toes, the soles of the feet, as well as fingernails, and toenails.

This infection is caused by a fungus called tinea pedis. It lives off the dead skin cells, and thrives in moist, warm places… such as gyms, locker rooms, and swimming pools.

The fungus is very contagious and is easily transmitted by coming into contact with wet floors, or by touching infected shoes or socks.

The skin on our feet is constantly being shed, little bits dropping off all the time. If the dead skin is infected with the athlete’s foot fungus… and someone else walks along the area where this dead skin is, it could stick to their feet, and consequently infect the person with the fungus.

Severe cases of athlete’s foot COULD also affect the groin.

The symptoms are: burning sensation between toes, itching, redness, scaling, blistering.

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August 30th, 2010 | Comments Off on Fungal Toe Nails

A toenail fungal infection is medically labeled onychomycosis. This infection can begin totally unnoticed as a spot under the nail that is yellow or brown. It may also just look though the toe nail is a little thick… and before you know it, they are thick and yellowish. And if the infection becomes bad enough, it may appear brownie-golden in colour.

Please also realize that not all thick nails are fungal-ridden nails. If a person has psoriases for example, it is not uncommon to have thick toe nails… or even flaky toe nails, and thick or flaky finger nails.

Yikes… where could I get this fungus from?

You could come into contact with a fungal toenail infection by going barefoot in public showers or around public pools, hotel rooms/showers, and school change room floors. The fungus lives in warm, damp areas.

Toenails are usually more commonly affected than your fingernails due to our custom of wearing of shoes, which create a dark moist place for this fungus to spread.

Other factors that can encourage this condition include heavy perspiration of the feet, socks that do not allow ventilation or absorb moisture, or having other conditions such poor circulation, athlete’s foot, diabetics, psoriasis, a weak immune system or an injury to a nail or skin. The nails can even have a foul smell to them.


There are some over the counter products available to treat fungal toenail infections, but most times they are not very successful in treating the problem. Some people even say Tea Tree Oil can kill the fungus but it is only effective for the odd person.

Soaking your feet daily for 15 to 20 minutes in a solution of two parts warm water and one part apple vinegar is yet another popular home-remedy.

An application of Vick VapoRub® has been suggested as well, after roughing the nail slightly with a file; however there is no evidence that any of these remedies will help this fungal condition.

Oral antifungal medications can be prescribed if you do not have certain health conditions, such as Sporanox, Lamisil or several others. So, be sure to check with your doctor before taking any of these.

Up until last year, I knew of nothing natural and not toxic being available to use in treating fungal nails for my clients. However, through one of my clients, I learned about an all natural product. Now when my foot care clients use this product, their fungal infections are gone in a matter of a few months.

A few of my foot care clients took a bit longer to be cured of their fungal infection because their nail growth was much slower. What a dilemma! However, I do find that with regular foot care toes nails will become thinner over time. Cleaning out the fungal gunk really can help.

Preventative measures

Here is what you can do to prevent such an infection. Keep your nails trimmed and clean, you can use an antifungal oil, powder or spray, wear socks and… no more going barefoot in public environments!

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August 6th, 2010 | Comments Off on Bowenwork Client Instructions

The Bowenwork Technique is a specific series of muscles and connective tissue movements designed to treat a wide range of problems and injures. Bowenwork addresses every system in the body: internal organ systems as well as the musculo-skeletal structure. These gentle, powerful moves send neurological impulses to the brain. The brain processes and feeds impulses back to realign the body. Respecting this feedback loops essential for allowing the body to restore its natural balance.

The Bowenwork Technique will continue to be integrated over the next five days. Your awareness in the following instructions will support this process.

Day of Treatment

Break up your sitting time… get up and walk around for a few minutes every 20-30 minutes and then you can sit down again. This is important even when you are driving, you really need to stop and get out to, walk around. However, you may lie down today and nap without getting up to walk around. Adhere to this for 24 hours unless you have low back problems do this for 5 days.

When you go to stand up either from a chair or bed as an example make sure you weight bare evenly on both feet as you did when you finished your treatment. This will help you to maintain the body balancing from your treatment.

NO strenuous exercising should be done after your Bowen work session. Only gentle exercise such as walking or swimming, these can be beneficial.

Drink plenty of water to help the body to expel waste products as you detoxify from your session.

NO hot tub baths, hot tubs, heating pads, or ice packs. But a brief warm shower is fine.

During the next Week

  • Please avoid all other forms of bodywork… massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, etc.
  • Also avoid hot tubs, hot or cold packs, long hot showers, or dental drilling or cleaning
  • Homeopathic medicines, or you medication maybe used as need
  • Continue to drink water at least 2 quarts per day as long as you do not have kidney problems
  • Gentle waking each day is recommended
  • CALL me if you have any questions about the process or how you are feeling

Follow-up session

Return in one week following your first treatment. The second session is essential for Bowenworkwork build a strong foundation in your healing.

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August 6th, 2010 | Comments Off on What to Expect From Bowenwork Therapy

Bowenwork Technique is gentle and can be done over light and loose fitting clothes. However, some moves will require your therapist to be directly on your bare skin.

These moves are very subtle movements that are performed over muscles and connective tissue in specific patterns. The moves send messages deep into the body’s tissue to retrieve memories of relaxation, helping the body to recall balance, and a state of wellbeing.

Pausing at certain crucial times in a pattern allows time for the nervous system and fascia to respond, and this begins the healing process.

The body will continue responding for several days afterward, unless interrupted by injury or a strong external stimulation, including trauma, heat and bodywork.

Often a few sessions are all that is needed to correct the clent’s problem. Bowenwork addresses not only the musculo-skeletal systems; it also affects fascia, nerves and internal organs. When this takes place the body can respond in its circulation, lymphatic, digestive, respiratory systems, really the whole body responds in a very deep way. The benefits are usually apparent within 2-6 sessions.

Many clients have described a Bowenwork session as being a gentle and calming technique.

As well as adults, this technique can be used on infants and the aged.

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