Available Appointments in August

Integrative Reflexology 

by Kitty Ward, E-RYT, RM, CCH 











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A message from the owner... What led me to teach Yoga is what I learned about how I was taking care of myself. I have had many situations in my life which have caused severe stress and I thought that the stress wasn't affecting me. It was Yoga that made me realize that it was affecting me more than I thought and the deterioration of the state of my health. When my daughter passed away from cancer, depression took over my life. I needed to find a method of dealing with depression and long standing issues of anxiety that was different from traditional medicine. Not only did I have stress pile up, now I had to deal with depression, anxiety, and insomnia. I had practiced years before but life took me away from my practice. If you could call it that at that time. Yes, I practiced Yoga at a studio...But it wasn't a weekly commitment. Sometimes I would skip weeks..Yeah ok, months! But, this time around after my Dr. suggested I get back into it, my yoga practice and I found that it was helpful in dealing with my depression and anxiety, and a lifelong issue of insomnia as well. I noticed immediately a sense of peace and tranquility. Years back when I did practice, it wasn't the same..I think I was trying too hard and competing with my self and others in the class. Trying to keep up! But I what I did do was push my self to opening old injuries. The biggest of a long standing back issue of disc issues and my Morton's' Neuroma in both feet. So If you think that you can't do yoga! Think again....I had a very bad back problem and still deal with my Morton's Neuroma every day....Effected my balance on many levels...But if I hadn't gotten back to yoga when I did...the outcome would be worse. I am so thankful for my practice of Yoga and it saved my lfe! So getting back to my story here, The very first I noticed, I was able to cope and handle stress so much better. I started to listen to my body and my needs, not what everybody was doing in the class. Even though I was following along with the teacher. I wasn't going off and doing my thing....That's I when I noticed that my strength, flexibility, and concentration were beginning to improve. I was regaining my flexibility that I had in my earlier years. As I continued practicing Yoga again on a consistent weekly bases, I realized I was healing on so many levels with no medications at all. My back issue completely healed. That is when I knew then, at my age I was reversing health issues without meds! I wanted to help others help heal themselves. I became aware of how helpful Yoga is in dealing with certain illnesses. It truly is about the mind, body connection. It changed my life! I hope after reading my story it will change your too! Here are a few examples of the types of classes and why they work. For golfers, core strength, flexibility and balance are required to play consistently. All three diminish over time. As golfers age they lose their flexibly, have back issues, and their balance isn't as dependable. Golfers, just like Yogis, work in 3 planes of motion. There are no programs in Lexington specifically designed to help golfers improve their flexibility, balance, and core strength. Let's talk about our backs!!! Many people experience back care from time to time, whether this pain is severe and chronic or mild and short lived, it often causes misery and curtails everyday activities. The Yoga for Back Care class helps alleviate the symptoms and improve your condition so you can get more enjoyment out of living. Then there is cancer on the rise, I am currently working on my certification with Yoga for Cancer at Kripalu's Center for Yoga & Health with Tari Prinster. This class is the other main reason for opening this Yoga studio. This class is coming from my heart. This class is for the patients, survivors and the caregivers of this disease. Come join me and see what is possible with your life; learn how to breathe, stretch, strengthen, relax, restore, and bring a more peace to your world. No, I am not a thin, young yogi, but a yogi with past injuries, pre-yoga injuries, but I am passionate about helping others dealing with pain, stiffness and other issues in the body and can relate with what going on in your body. Let me guide and assist you with the poses in a safe non-judgmental atmosphere. My goal is when you are on your mat, you feel as if you are on an island, with no one to compete with or push you to do more; being your unique self as it was intended to be, just you and the present moment. Find out how and why, come join me!! This Studio is dedicated to my daughter, Nicole L. Anderson who passed away in 2010 from cancer.

WHO SHOULD RECEIVE AN INTEGRATIVE REFLEXOLOGY SESSION?

  • Babies can receive a reflexology treatment that focuses on points for colic, sinus congestion, constipation and relaxation.
  • Children will also benefit from stimulation on their feet. It will increase their immune function and ease their digestion. It can also minimize the symptoms of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

  • Adults with a stressful lifestyle benefit from the deep relaxation and deep breathing effects of reflexology.  Stress is the number one reason to receive and Integrative Reflexology session. 

  • Pregnant Women often hear that they cannot receive a foot massage or reflexology because it could put them into early labor. A trained Integrative Reflexology therapist knows where they may safely work and which points to avoid. The points for hips, spine, sinuses and digestion all bring welcome relief from common pregnancy induced discomforts.

  • The Chronically Ill will receive both pain relief, as well as digestive support from an Integrative Reflexology session.

  • Elders love reflexology because they are often touch-deprived, and they do not have to get undressed to receive this work. The reflexology session will increase their circulation and provide a deep relaxation experience.

  • Cancer patients will benefit from the increase in immune function provided by the reflexology session.  Reflexology can alleviate the nausea that may accompany their treatments. The endorphin response will help alleviate pain.

  • Clients who suffer from Autoimmune Disorders will benefit from the increased immune function and pain relief.

  • The Terminally Ill will respond to reflexology in profound ways. It will ease their anxiety and assist in breathing. It supports the functioning of the organs, the digestive system and the kidneys.


WHAT TO EXPECT IN A SESSION?

      As an Certified Integrative Reflexology practitioner I  will create a unique approach to giving a therapeutic reflexology    

      session. In general, the entire session will take 60-90 minutes.  Your session may include:


  • A therapeutic foot soak. The 5-minute foot soak may have essential oils, herbs, rocks and even lemons.
  • A foot scrub with either salt or sugar and aromatic oils.
  • The use of organic hydrating foot cream.
  • Whole hand strokes to release tension and increase circulation.
  • Specific stimulation of reflex points and areas.
  • Foot and toe stretches.
  • Lying on a massage table.
  • Hand reflexology to further enhance the relaxation and therapeutic response.


BENEFITS YOU MAY EXPERIENCE FROM AN INTEGRATIVE REFLEXOLOGY SESSION.

  • A deeply relaxing and therapeutic response.
  • Increased digestive response and constipation relief.
  • Sinus drainage, perhaps while still in the session.
  • Decreased bronchi and lung congestion.
  • Uterine reflex stimulation can help to bring on overdue babies or late menses.
  • Uterine reflex stimulation will also relieve some of the symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome).
  • Reduced muscular tension in the neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, sciatic area and spine.
  • Reduced swelling in the feet and lower limbs.
  • Increased lymphatic, nerve and blood circulation.
  • Kidney stones have been reported to pass with the stimulation of the kidney reflexes.
  • Many clients report they are as relaxed as if they had a full body massage.