The cold weather is officially here, and so is cold and flu season. The trick to surviving the season is to support your immune system that is now working overtime to keep you healthy!
Here are a few of my tried and tested tips for giving your immune system a boost in the fall and winter:
Reflexology therapy (of course) is an excellent way to stimulate your immune system and help improve lymphatic drainage.
Having a hot foot bath is a simple hydrotherapy treatment technique. Hot foot baths are not only warming and soothing, but they help to promote circulation throughout the body and increase lymph flow.
Stay hydrated. The fact is we just don’t drink enough water and our bodies need water at a cellular level to keep our immune systems functioning well.
Enjoying a hot tea is a great way to boost your immune system. Teas of all different types (herbal and caffenatied) have wonderful health benefits. Green tea is considered a powerful antioxidant. A great immune boosting warm beverage is a honey, ginger and hot lemon concoction. Simply mix simmer these 3 items (to taste) in a mug of hot water. Honey is antibacterial, lemon has Vitamin C and the ginger is anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant.
Enjoy a bowl of bone broth or freshly made vegetable soup. The collagen in bone broth soup is excellent for reducing intestinal inflammation. The glycine helps to detoxify and strengthen your cells. Whether you are making bone broth or a vegetable soup, be sure to include lots of onion and garlic. Onions and garlic are both known to have both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties…which are essential to fighting off colds!
Exercise regularly. Getting oxygen and blood moving through your body is important to helping your immune system staying functioning at it’s best. If you can try to get outside and go for a walk at least a couple of times a week. Walking and enjoying nature is a great de-stresser as well.
Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation is a major problem for many people these days. Investing time in figuring out how best to improve your sleep is vital. Your body and your immune system needs rest to kept operating at it’s best.
Shoebox: Get a standard size shoebox to pack for a boy or girl (or pick one u from Michele)
“Wow” Item: Select a quality “wow” to such as a doll, soccer ball with pump, or stuffed animal.
Other gifts: Pack your box or boxes full with other fun toys, hygiene items and school supplies
Label & Personalize: Be sure to label whether you packed the box for a girl or boy and what age range (i.e. 2-4, 5-9, 10-14). Feel free to include a personal note and photo in the shoebox
Include $10 Donation: Donate online, or by cheque or cash donation. Please make one combined donation for multiple shoeboxes. Tax-Deductible receipts will be issued for donations fo $20 or more (donations help with shipping costs)
Please DO NOT include in your shoebox any of the following items: Candy, toothpaste, used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures, chocolate or food, fruit rolls or other fruit snacks, drink mixes (powdered or liquid), liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers, aerosol cans.
It’s also a good idea to remove anything that might be considered garbage or excess waste when opening the packages (i.e. excess wrapping or or plastic/paper packaging) as many countries may have limited options for waste removal.
There have been some changes to how the Reflexology Association of Canada (R.A.C.) offers reflexology courses. Students must now take a Core Reflexology Course (theory based, pre-requisite) ) and the Certified Foot Reflexology Course (practical, hands-on) before being able to quality for certification. Starting as well in January 2019 all reflexology students will be required to take an additional R.A.C. Board Exam in order to qualify for the Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist (R.C.R.T.) designation.
I will be teaching 5 week long intensive reflexology certification courses in the New Year! The week long intensives blend the 2 core required courses above and is called the Core + Certified Foot Reflexology COMBO Course.
The COMBO course is ideal for those that are wanting to receive professional designation as a Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist (RCRT).
Benefits to taking my Core + Certified Foot Reflexology COMBO Course:
Week long intensive allows you to complete 40 hours of in-class training in one week
Completion of course requirements provides you with the skills required to apply to have your RCRT National Recognition
Start your studying today! When you have confirmation of registration, your manual and workbook will be sent to you within 10 days. The workbook must be completed before the first day of class. Registration link
Training by experienced Licensed Canadian Reflexology Teacher (LCRT), who is also a practicing and thriving RCRT with over 8 years of business
Students provided with additional online training and study resources (eg. Quizzes & Worksheets)
Students provided with access to Video Demonstrations of sequences & techniques
Facebook Group for current & past students to share information and resources
Once you’ve registered I will send you a copy of the course manual and workbook so you can get started early on your studying,. Reading the manual and completing the workbook is a course requirement…before the start of class!
Dien Chan Multi-Reflexology offers a variety of beautifying and healing facial reflexology techniques. If you haven’t already be sure to try out a Dien Chan treatment session at West Coast Reflexology. There are also a wide variety of inexpensive tools that can be purchased and use daily for self treatment. The following 6 Zones Reflex-Drainage treatment uses tool number 133 or 101 to:
Enhance facial skin tone
Enhance hydration and cell regeneration
Improve the lymphatic system to facilitate better drainage
Watch this video demonstration for tips on the 6 simple steps:
With the sun and heat in full force it is hard to even think about the cool months of fall just around the corner…but now is the time to start strengthening and building up your immune system for the pressures of fall.
The sun has given us a good boost of Vitamin D, which is important for our overall health and immune function. We also want to boost up our bodies natural antioxidant defences. For this I recommend doTERRA’s On Guard essential oil.
You can diffuse a couple of drops of On Guard in your favourite diffuser, dilute one drop into four fluid ounces of liquid and drink, add it to your all natural cleaning product or try adding a drop to to some fractionated coconut oil and rub it on your feet.
There are a variety of different On Guard products available that include this powerful essential oil including: beadles, soft gels, concentrated cleaner, foaming hand wash, laundry detergent, natural whitening toothpaste, and throat drops.