By: Queue Murphy
Reflexology is an interesting practice. According to the International Institute of Reflexology, it was practiced by the Egyptian culture as early as 2330 B.C.. They also state that doctors believe that over 75% of our health problems can be linked to nervous stress and tension. (http://www.reflexology-usa.net/facts.htm).
The practice of reflexology is that areas of the feet, hands and ears correspond to organs and systems of the body. Practioners and millions around the world believe that when you apply pressure to these areas, the person’s health is benefited including stress and depression reduction. People can be helped in a natural and holistic way without medication with this practice. The National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health have found that this practice may reduce pain and psychological symptoms of anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. It may also have benefits in palliative care of people with cancer (http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/what-is-reflexology/faq-20058139). I have also read that doing this practice can stimulate cramping in pregnant women – so contact your doctor before practicing on anyone.
My husband suffers from a chronic kidney condition and I watched as doctors continued to give him pill after pill after pill. The side affects were apparent and we worried about what other organs he was damaging. We worked on his diet, but I wanted to figure out something more. I started reading about reflexology. Most nights, he gets foot rubs from me now. When I first started with the map, his feet were very sensitive and he kept grimacing in pain. As I continued nightly, it changed. His sinus condition subsided, and his feet and lower legs improved in their color. His kidney condition reduces circulation to his feet and legs and this has improved the blood flow according to the much healthier color they are now.
My 97-year-old grandmother was recently taken to a rehab center due to a fall, in which she hurt her already painful back. I spent yesterday massaging her feet and relaxing her. She fell into a deep sleep and when I came back later in the evening, she was more comfortable, and had moved her bowels – something she hadn’t done in 3 days.
I don’t know if what I am doing is helping my husband and grandmother. What I do know is that they love it, they say it feels great, and they are much less tense. I can also see the physical changes in what they are going through. My conclusion is that reflexology has been a benefit for my loved ones and I will continue to expand my use of it – it definitely doesn’t hurt! Try it!
I visited this site for more info and charts: http://www.reflexology-research.com/index.php/tools-for-learning-reflexology-sp-841/reflexology-charts/foot-reflexology-chart
Other reflexology links that will interest you:
By: Queue Murphy
I have an appointment with the doctor to check my thyroid. I sit so much that I am beginning to be shaped like my office chair. For some reason I crave chocolate and sweets all the time. Even though I don't eat much, they throw me over the top.
The other day I went to give blood at work and they would not take me because they said my iron was low. They stuck 3 of my fingers to see if there was some mistake - can you believe it - I walked around with sore fingers all day. The Red Cross rep then asked me to eat a burger the next day and come in a few days later to try and give again!!! I think I'm going to wait until my blood goes up in iron on its own with my taking vitamins and eating better instead!
By: Queue Murphy
Today I got my umpteenth mammogram. I have had many in my life because when I was 16, they found a lump. Looking back, I think the lump they found was because I was jumping on my trampoline and kept doing front drops. My dad took me to a UAW doctor who said I needed surgery (my dad didn't know any better). They put me under the knife the following week (at a UAW facility) and cut a big two inch hole in one of my girls and took a chunk out. Needless to say, I still have that scar, decades later - not attractive.
Even though I have entered men-o-pause, I still have to get mammograms every year. Or should I say mamm-o-grams....I digress. I still get them every year because I have 'dense' girls. Isn't that sad - that I have dense girls? Having dense girls lends to a higher cancer risk. My blood-relative Aunt, also died of ovarian cancer in her mid-50's, which also adds to risk of breast cancer.
Mammograms - for the decades I have been having them, have not improved. They put your girls in a clamp, press on a foot lever, which then compresses the girls, and compresses and compresses and compresses. I have always been too afraid to look down to see how squished they get, but I know I can't breath! They then tell you not to breath (I stopped breathing way before they told me!) - they then give it one more squeeze - OH My Goodness!!!! Click for the picture, clamp is released, then they tell you to breath again - why they have to tell me to breath again, I don't know. Then another picture of the same girl...I usually get 3 or 4 of each girl.
I once asked them who gave them the hardest time. They said it was definitely the young ones. They forget to breath and pass out...which then just gave me a visual of a young woman hanging from a clamp, and I grimaced.
Needless to say, mammograms are one of those necessary evils, so still get them when your doctor tells you to. Make sure you also do monthly breast exams. I know many women this has saved, and I know some women who are no longer with us because they didn't observe the change in their girls, OK, their breasts. However, I am looking forward to the day when they can do it a much less uncomfortable way - like an ultrasound!
So here's to the girls!
By: Queue Murphy
Weight gain is very common in menopause. The hard part is carrying all of the weight around! I have not weighed this much since I was 9 months pregnant. One of our commenters suggested getting my thyroid checked. I will be doing that very soon and let you know how it goes.
I also know that I crave carbs - especially chocolate and wine - while it sounds great, I think it is helping me pack on the pounds! From what I have read, I am supposed to pick up my activity level and eat a healthier diet. Tomorrow I will start - I promise!
By: Queue Murphy
Why does this stage of life start with the word MEN? Did a man make up this name? Did a man feel his life was ‘Paused’ because his wife lie there every night sweating like a furnace next to him in bed…pulling the sheets on and off….tossing and turning not being able to sleep… Is his life ‘Paused,’ or is her life ‘Paused?’ Or is the ‘Pause,’ there because the loss of libido and sex drive by the woman, for the man? Who and what is pausing????
When sitting across from a dear friend or family member who has sweat dripping from her face while she talks to you, making you want to pull off your own clothes in support – do you ignore it? Do you help to fan her off? When it happens to me, do I want to be fanned off, or ignored – depends on who it is I guess! The young men who sit around me at work remind me of my own inner furnace going haywire when they respond to my question by saying that they’re not hot – the room temperature is fine – maybe it’s because I am sitting next to a window – yeah, that’s it, I tell them!
I look down and see my body shape changing rapidly – the pear shape I fought so hard against these past 10 years is now becoming an apple shape I feel I have no control over…who is this new woman in the mirror? This woman in Men-O-Pause!
I found a great site to help me understand some of what I and millions of others are going through…maybe this is where I start to ‘Unpause’ the ‘Pause.’
More Fire in the hole:
I found that whenever I drank wine, I would start heating up again. I wondered if it was the alcohol or the grapes. I sat down the next day with a bunch of grapes and ate them - I didn’t get any hot flashes….now I did not sit down with a bottle of rubbing alcohol to see if that was the genesis of the hot flashes, but I have my suspicions….
And more weight gain:
Two weekends ago I ran a 5K with some friends in Melbourne, Florida. It was 90 degrees and humid and I sweated like a ….well, you know. OK, so I actually walked the 5K because I have a knee healing from a torn meniscus - but I still sweated like a mountain stream after a torrential rainfall - I digress. I thought that I must’ve lost at least 10 pounds in sweat alone. When I got home a few days later - I had actually gained 6 pounds - ARGH - another symptom of menopause. Women usually gain 15-25 pounds during menopause and it appears mostly around the middle. The biggest issue with this is the other health factors that can be affected - heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea. I myself am having difficulty with higher cholesterol and higher sugar. I need to begin to change the way I am eating and exercising.
Queue is a mother of 4. She is raising her second generation of kids and loves to create. She loves to travel, bike ride and swim. She loves diversity, politics and long drives on untraveled roads.