By: Tanya Goreing RRPr, Doula, Educator, Infant Massage Instructor
I think I’ve mentioned before, my goal is to “change the world”. With that in mind, I quickly realized once becoming a mother that the best way to go about that goal was to start with our children, and making healthy lifestyle choices that will enable them to grow up healthier and happier. I could talk forever about the various lifestyle choices one could make in the best interests of their children, but today I’m going to focus on the benefits of alternative health!
I was pregnant when I started my journey to become a reflexologist. My main goal at that time was just to have my own business with flexible hours that would allow me the freedom to walk my child to school, and be there at the end of his school day to pick him up. It didn’t take long to realize that reflexology would play an even greater role in our life! 5 weeks postpartum my exclusively breastfed child was in horrible pain from digestive issues (gas and constipation). I felt helpless, vulnerable and panic stricken at my lack of knowledge to help my child. I did much of what any “normal”, sleep deprived new mama would do. I called the doctor’s office (where the secretary assured me that this was very normal, even for exclusively breastfed babies, and if I was bothered by it I could give him prune or pear juice), I called my friends (bring on the fennel tea!), I cried. 5 days in, after trying everything people suggested, the lightbulb went off and I decided to try reflexology. And I was rewarded with results – that were obtained safely, naturally and effectively. I could hardly contain myself and knew I had to teach other new moms how they could do this as well! The postpartum period is stressful enough. It was time to give new parents some extra tools to empower them.
At home, we implemented regular reflexology into our routines after that. Until of course the time came when he could get away from me!! That child never sat still for a minute once he figured out how to move. I was so disappointed that our bonding time over reflexology was going to come to an end. But, two years later, my heart melted when he handed me his feet one day and said “Mommy, rub my feet please?” Words of joy to a mama reflexologists ears!
Now, as a young boy, he understands the benefits of touch therapies very well. He has felt them, he has seen results, he hears me talk about them, he has learned that relief doesn’t come specifically from a medicine cabinet. He is so healthy that he actually tries to play sick sometimes because he sees that other kids are off school lots for illness! (We reward him with special days off school instead, health days of fun!!) For the times he does feel a bit “off”, like a tummy ache, his first request is for a tummy massage. If I happen to be under the weather or not having a great day, he will often massage my back or feet or head to try and help. To me, that means I am doing my job – not only as a parent, but as a health care practitioner! Spreading the benefits of touch therapies with the younger generations so they can grow up healthier. Healthy children are our future, and we can help build that future today!
Tanya Goreing is a trained Baby/Child Reflexologist and Infant Massage Instructor. Her clinical practice, Soul Treatments, is located in Cambridge ON and specializes in the optimal health of Women and Children. She regularly offers workshops to help new parents learn about healthy touch and so much more! To learn more, visit her website at www.soultreatments.ca
If the rising ragweed pollen counts are getting you down, why not try Indian Head Massage for some relief!
Indian Head Massage is a relaxational massage that helps to clear congested sinuses, relieve headaches, improve mental clarity, and release tense neck, shoulder and jaw muscles. Recipients are not required to undress for this massage so it can easily be done in your office or home setting using a chair, or you can come into the office and lie down like traditional massage. As it is only a half hour treatment, many people find it easy to book it during their lunch hour or on their way home.
This allergy season be clear by getting a jump start on allergies :)
Can you believe it's almost the end of summer!! This year the summer flew by. I remember as a kid it used to last forever and I'm sure that's the way my son felt this year, but for me it seems like I blinked and I was trying to find back to school items because it's just around the corner. It seems my little baby isn't such a baby anymore as he begins grade one and full time school!
Over the summer I was able to work with 4 clients using Maternity Reflexology to prepare for labour. That's 4 beautiful babies that are now welcomed to the Soul Treatments family :) It was so exciting and such a pleasure to be a part of such an experience with these woman.
I also got to have some visits with my beautiful Doula baby girl who was born on May 19th. I loved being there for her birth and working with her mom and dad to prepare for their new world as a family of 3.
I also had a chance to take a bit of a vacation with my family (we usually only have winter vacations so this was a great treat!). I hope you had an opportunity to get away and enjoy the sunshine and great outdoors as well!
In my busy baby work, I just realized I didn't send any specials for the summer! So I'm taking advantage of that by releasing some fall specials early. See below! There will be more specials coming as I settle into my fall routine.
Allergy Relief - Package for $150
We lucked out at the beginning of the month, but no more. The pollen count is up followed by itchy, watery eyes and runny noses. Regular Indian Head Massage combined periodically with Reflexology can provide the much needed relief from the stuffy sinuses due to allergies. Book three Indian Head Massage treatments (1/2 hour sessions) and receive a combo treatment (1 hour session) for only $30 (savings of $25).
Healthy Pregnancy - Package for $150
The summer heat can cause serious issue for pregnant feet! Swollen extremities can strike a pregnant woman (or any of us) at any time of year, but during the hot days of summer, it can be especially bad. It's not comfortable or healthy for your body to be holding onto all of that fluid. Did you know that reflexology can help? Not only will we be supporting your urinary and lymphatic systems to work more efficiently but we will be improving the circulation in your feet significantly. Bring your "small shoes" because today's shoes will be floppy when you leave! (It is important to know when to see your doctor. If swelling is accompanied by severe headache or blurred vision, nausea or vomiting, dizziness or double vision, decreased frequency of urination, and/or rapid pulse you may have pre-eclampsia and should seek the advice of your medical care provider immediately.) Maternity Reflexology (read more about this in my recent blog post!) is also great for other pregnancy ailments such as nausea, insomnia, indigestion and can be used to naturally prepare your body for labour. Book three sessions for the package price of $150 (savings of $15)!
***If you are looking for more support for your pregnancy and birth, remember to ask about my Labour Support and Doula services!***
Soul Treatments is opening it's own new space! We have joined with Oh Baby Fitness to start a Mom and Baby whole body wellness facility. If you are (or know someone who is) an alternative health care practitioner with experience in, or interest in, Materntiy and Postnatal care, and are looking for a new opportunity, please contact me to discuss this unique opportunity to join our clinic. Stay tuned with grand opening details coming soon!
Enjoy the first day back to school! I look forward to seeing you again this fall :)
End of 2011 Promotions
What a great time of year this first part of November always is! So many colors still outside, not too cold yet and the sun can still shine pretty brightly making everyone smile warmly. As we approach the end of 2011, check out some of the promotions I have going on to keep that smile a permanent fixture!
Has all that leaf raking caused some neck and shoulder strain? An Indian Head Massage takes 1/2 hour and is a quick and effective way to relief some of that extra stress the fall season can create. Targeting the key tense areas, Indian Head Massage works on everything from your mid-back, up - shoulders, neck, scalp, face and ears - in a relaxing, stress relieving massage. Walk away feeling refreshed and tension free! $40
Many people have tried Hot Stone Reflexology since I obtained my certification in September. The general consensus is........they LOVE IT!! Adding heated stones to an already amazing treatment provides the extra benefit of a deeper sense of relaxation and increased blood circulation. For anyone who has trouble taking time to relax, this treatment is for you! You won't be able to stay awake long enough to worry about anything. If you haven't given it a try yet, use the upcoming cooler temperatures as your excuse!! Special price for first time treatments $60 until December 30th (regular price $75). Also available to purchase as a Gift Certificate for that busy bee on your list.
If Head to Toe, Total Relaxation is the goal then this special is for you!! Prepare to walk away in the clouds. This package begins with a Hot Stone Indian Head Massage, followed by a Spa Reflexology treatment which includes Foot Reflexology, Foot soak, exfoliation and lotion application. This experience will calm your mind, body and soles! Special price $100 until December 30th (regular price $120). Also available to purchase as a Gift Certificate for that special someone.
The cooler temperatures often bring on colds and sinus pressure. Get relief this year by booking a Serious Sinus Relief package from Soul Treatments!! This package incorporates cold and sinus aromatherapy with a Hydrotherapy Indian Head Massage (a treatment known for it's ability to improve sinus pressure) to encourage sinus drainage and is followed by a Reflexology treatment to balance the body and continue working on the sinus region through the referral zones. Talk about serious sinus relief!! Special price for an hour treatment of $60 until December 30th (regular price $70). Also available to purchase as a Gift Certificate for that hard to buy person on your gift giving list.
Today's world is a stressful one! It comes at us from every avenue - work, home and even the social events we partake in. This build up of stress often causes serious health concerns, including sleep troubles, headaches and digestive malfunction. One of the greatest benefits of Reflexology is that it offers stress relief, in addition to being able to help improve many health conditions! By sending repeated messages through the nervous system to the brain, we are able to provide outstanding health benefits. If improved health is part of your 2012 goals, take advantage of this special promotion to peel away the layers of stress and start feeling better today!! Special price for a Three Treatment Package of $120 (regular price $150). To be well on your way to reaching your health goals, purchase this package at the special price until December 30th and book your treatments no more then one month apart. Great for pregnant woman who want to maintain a healthy pregnancy through the benefits of maternity reflexology, or stimulate a healthy labour when the time comes. Show others you care by giving the gift of health! This package is also available to purchase as a Gift Certificate.
Take care, I look forward to speaking with you soon!
Tanya Goreing is the proud mother of one boy and the owner of Soul Treatments. The natural health of woman and children is her passion!