Healing, Reflexology, Relaxation, Wellness

“The Benefits of Reflexology” at Atwater Library during World Reflexology Week

The Benefits of Reflexology
Tuesday, September 24 from 6PM – 7:30PM
at Atwater Library (1720 Foxon Road, North Branford)

In celebration of World Reflexology Week (September 23 – 29), Julie Thackeray of Solutions for Wellness will host a presentation on The Benefits of Reflexology at North Branford’s Atwater Library (1720 Foxon Road) on Tuesday, September 24 from 6PM – 7:30PM. The event is free, but guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the North Branford Food Pantry.

While looked upon today as an alternative medicine technique, Reflexology — the stimulation of pressure points located on the feet, hands or ears — is actually an ancient healing modality dating back to as early as Egyptian times. It can be used either as a stand-alone therapy that can assist the body in returning to homeostasis and relieving stress or as an adjunct complimentary therapy to Western medicine. Other benefits include: improved blood flow, reduced anxiety, pain reduction, enhancement of medical care (i.e. diabetes and asthma), complimentary to cancer care, easing PMS and menopausal symptoms, and helpful for foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis. Young and old alike can benefit from the effect that reflexology has on the entire body because it promotes the relaxation response and the release of the beta endorphins to leave you feeling peaceful and relaxed.

Curious? From now through October 15, Solutions for Wellness is offering a 30-minute reflexology sampler session for $36.00 or 20% off a regular 1-hour Reflexology Treatment.

Traditionally trained in nursing, Solutions for Wellness owner Julie Thackeray, LPN, CRT, CH, ADS, offers restorative mind-body services that help participants move toward an improved quality of life, empowered with an effective care plan that lets you take control of your wellness. She is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, a NADA Acudetox Specialist, and nationally certified by the American Reflexology Board. Solutions for Wellness services include: Mindfulness, Guided Relaxation, Reflexology, Energy Healing, Hypnosis, and the use of Essential Oils.

For more information about Reflexology, current programs and special offers, email or call (203) 215-6087.

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Break Out The Flip Flops (and Reflexology) – Summer Is Finally Here!

Finally – we’re able to put our boots and winter woolies away (hopefully!) and bring out our sandals and flip flops!

This past weekend, my partner and I took advantage of the warm temperatures and headed to the beach, my all-time favorite place! Exploring the trails at Hammonasset Beach, walking the path along the shore, and finally onto the warm sandy beach to dip our toes in! Heaven on earth!

So what could possibly go wrong? Later that evening, as we continued to relax and reminisce about our perfect day, Jim started to hobble when he walked. After all our walking, he had started experiencing tenderness and muscle spasms in his feet and lower legs – why you might ask? He wore flip flops to do all this walking and now was feeling the painful reminder about the importance of wearing the right footwear for the activity. Who would have “thunk” it!

Flip flops are great for short distances and especially to slip on when walking on the hot sand. Yet for longer walks that are on different surfaces – sand, trails, pavement – flip flops can actually cause strain in the muscles of the foot and lower leg as your foot grips the shoe to keep it on.

A better choice may be a more supportive type of sandal or other type of athletic footwear that supports your foot and doesn’t cause muscle strain.

Yet once the discomfort is there, what can you do?

First, apply gentle reflexology, massage to the area to ease the discomfort.

Put your feet up on the sofa or ottoman and point the toes up toward the ceiling and then gently down toward the floor. This gives the calf and foot muscles a gentle stretch.

While your feet are up, draw large circles clockwise and counterclockwise with your feet.

While sitting, gently roll the bottom of your foot on a tennis, lacrosse or golf ball.

Freeze a tall 8 oz. disposable water bottle, put a sock on (never put ice packs directly onto the skin – it can damage the tissue) and
gently roll your foot on the ice bottle. The cold can help ease the discomfort and “massage” the sore areas.

Soak your feet in an Epsom salt foot bath.

Apply essential oils such as Young Living’s Aroma Siez, Marjoram, Pan Away, Basil, or Oregano. If needed, use a carrier oil and test patch the oil.

Take care of those tootsies! When they feel good – you feel good. After all…everything is interconnected!

For on-going comfort, schedule a Reflexology session with Solutions for Wellness. Click here for more information.
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*As always, listen to your body and call your healthcare provider when you feel it is necessary. These are suggestions not medical advice.
Reflexology, Relaxation, Wellness


The clinical definition of reflexology is “stimulation of pressure points located on the feet, hands or ears that connect, correspond to every organ, gland and function of the human body.” Yet there is so much that this doesn’t tell you!

Through the power of touch, this ancient healing technique can improve blood flow, increase oxygen saturation and lowered respirations, promote relaxation, reduce anxiety, help with pain and much more.

Click here for more information about Reflexology