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
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!