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ARTICLE: Bone strength during Menopause

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Reflexology, Wellness | 0 comments

ARTICLE: Bone strength during Menopause

Reflexology supports the hormonal changes taking place in the menopausal body and helps alleviate side effects! I came across this informative article that I want to share with you from www.motherpedia.com.au. A Woman’s Guide To Improving Bone Strength During Menopause: How can you combat the effects of bone loss? By Expert Tips Date: March 16 2017 Tags: health, tips & advice, diet, exercise, fitness, menopause, From the age of about 35 years old, it is natural for women to gradually lose bone density. However, after menopause, bone loss intensifies. In the five to seven years that follow menopause, women can lose up to 20 per cent of their bone density. This is quite a startling statistic. In this post, we are going to take a look at the reasons why bone loss speeds up after the menopause, as well as providing some top tips on the steps to take to improve bone strength, including using natural algae calcium. Why does bone loss speed up after the menopause? Oestrogen is a female hormone that helps to protect bone strength. Once you have gone through the menopause, your levels of oestrogen will start to fall, and this is why bone strength also depletes. As you are producing fewer hormones, it has a negative impact on your bones. The longer you have oestrogen, the better it is for your bones. This means that if you have a premature or early menopause, it will have a worsening effect later on in life. This is why it is even more important to take the steps to keep your bones strong. How to keep your bones strong after menopause There is no way to entirely halt bone loss once you have experienced the menopause, however, there are steps that you can take to slow bone loss down. This is the perfect time to review your lifestyle and your diet. A few simple changes can make a lot of difference, and we have some suggestions for you below. Natural algae calcium – The first suggestion is to add natural algae calcium to your diet. This is a whole food, which is proven to increase bone density. Clinical trials have shown that there have been improvements noted in people as old as 80 years old. You are probably already aware of the fact that calcium is good for bone strength, and this is a good way to ensure you get the right dosage. Quit smoking – If you currently smoke, now would be a good time to stop. Of course, there are many benefits to gain by quitting smoking, however, did you know that cigarettes are linked to a higher risk of osteoporosis? Vitamin D – It is important to make sure you get enough vitamin D. During the summer months, sunlight on your skin can trigger the production of vitamin D. However, during the winter months it is advisable to take a vitamin D supplement to get the dosage you need. Food sources of vitamin D include breakfast cereals fortified with vitamin D, eggs and oily fish. Nonetheless, getting enough vitamin D from food alone is very difficult. Diet changes – It is important to eat a balanced and healthy diet, which includes vitamin D and calcium. This will help you to maintain healthy bones after the...

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Time to REPLENISH – Navigate your way into 2017

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Treatments, Wellness | 0 comments

Time to REPLENISH – Navigate your way into 2017

Reflecting on the past year and finding time to replenish – 2017 Over this past year I have had the privilege to lecture on various topics related to healing & wellbeing, in Israel and New York, to run my MINDBODY workshop to women throughout Israel and to have one-on-one Reflexology and Logotherapy (meaning -centered counseling) sessions with many different people with a wide range of illnesses and symptoms. I have also pushed myself out of my comfort zone and opened a new clinic once a week in the Kfar Saba Yeroka Mall on the 11th floor with breathtaking views. My goal here is to speak more Hebrew and work more with Hebrew speaking patients.  I’ll be honest, its scary to do something new, but I’m pushing ahead. It is my passion to work with people accompanying them on their journey to health and wellbeing of the MIND, BODY and SOUL. Please see my 50NIS discount voucher at the end of the newsletter  This year particularly, I have worked with many patients who are absolutely depleted. As women we have so many different roles to play but we often forget that the MOST important role we play is SELF! There is a saying that says, “You can’t pour from an empty pot.” You can’t give out what you do not have. If you are not going to replenish yourself and take some time out to fill yourself up, then you are going to find yourself feeling overwhelmed or even burnt out. So lets start 2017 off getting stronger in ourselves and for ourselves. Lets think about what brings us joy. When we feel inspired, we are able to inspire others. When we feel fulfilled, we are able to fulfill the needs of others. For those of you who know me well, you know that the upcoming picture speaks for me on nurturing! Don’t wait until you are depleted to book a treatment. Nurturing yourself is the greatest gift you can give to those around you. I’m sure you have heard this, “If mom isn’t happy, then nobody is happy!” Martha Beck has shared such a beautiful message through this video (12 minutes – worthwhile) This is what she conveys, “FINDING YOUR WAY IN 2017. My hunch is that the weirdness of last year is only going to continue, so let’s talk about accessing your inner navigator to guide you through whatever may be coming.” I hope this brings you inspiration. “Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.” ―Bell Hooks Upcoming “MINDBODY” WORKSHOP (End January) – Decoding your body’s messages (See discount voucher below!) Empower yourself to understand your body (and symptoms) as a powerful healing tool and communicator.     Tap into your body’s ability to heal itself. What’s your body telling you about your life? Do you experience headaches, neck or back pain, fatigue, insomnia, general pain, skin or sleeping problems, digestive issues, sinus….and more? Then this “MINDBODY” workshop is what you’ve been waiting for! Through 2 inspiring sessions you will identify and understand the messages that your symptoms are communicating to you, through your body. Learn how to transform these messages (symptoms) into real solutions for a healthier and enhanced life. I’m inviting you...

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My frustration with the ‘SUPERMOON’

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Wellness | 0 comments

My frustration with the ‘SUPERMOON’

How I turned my frustration around. I woke up on Monday morning with a message from Facebook to say that there would be a ‘supermoon’ that evening. This meant that the moon would be the closest in its orbit to the Earth than it has been since 1968. Wow, news like that excites me. They also said that the next time this would occur would be in 2034. I arranged with a friend to climb the ‘rubbish hill’ in Raanana at 8pm so that we could be high up and have the most advantageous view to take photographs. It was all very exciting. Apparently the moon was going to be extremely large. Being a lover of nature I planned my day to be able to see it. I was in Jerusalem seeing patients in the afternoon and at 5pm I went onto the balcony on the 4th floor of my patient to look for the moon rising. But to my disappointment there was no moon to be seen. “Never-mind,” I thought. “I will get a chance to see it before I leave and as I drive back to Raanana.” From 7pm until 8pm I was on the highway. I could see for 360 degrees around me, but no moon! Major frustration. I was picturing myself at sixty something  trying this again in 2034! All the while driving I was speaking with my friend who said that she could see the moon. Eventually when I got into Raanana at 8pm I saw it! All along it had been there, high up in the sky (above my car!) To make matters worse it was the smallest moon. It was quite a disappointment. Then I realized that every night there is a new moon in the sky It is constantly changing in size and each night it is a miracle. Not just the supermoon, but every night we have a moon. Sometimes we lose out on that which is around us and we take for granted the beauty that we have everyday like sunsets and full moons. Anonymous quote, “A grateful heart is one that finds countless blessings of God in the seemingly mundane everyday life.” So I looked up at the ‘small’ moon and felt a sense of gratitude for being able to enjoy everything that is around me in the moments that they are there. Each day we have the ability to appreciate nature around us. We tend to take for granted that the sun will rise everyday. This is not our rite, this is a daily gift that comes our way. See what you can appreciate today , don’t take anything for granted. They call it the ‘present’ because it is a gift! Here is a wonderful TED talk about a woman without legs who has transformed her life in such a creative way! enjoy. https://www.ted.com/talks/aimee_mullins_prosthetic_aesthetics    ...

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Products

Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Infertitlity and Pregnancy, Logotherapy, Wellness | Comments Off on Products

Welcome to our PRODUCTS page. These audio downloads and workshops are for you to empower yourself on your journey to finding meaning and wellbeing. Each one offers something unique that will inspire you and open your heart to new ideas. Please scroll down for various options. Let the journey begin… Our latest product is a workshop – “Decoding the Body’s Messages” – see below #5   1 – Logotherapy – your inner strength revealed Every day we have opportunities to find meaning in whatever is going on in our lives despite whether they are ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Logotherapy encourages and guides people to find this meaning and to do something to make that potential for meaning real. Logotherapy doesn’t ask “why” things happen, but helps and encourages one to find answers to “what now”. Dr. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) author of Man’s Search for Meaning , a psychiatrist and neurologist who lived in Vienna both before and after WWII has helped millions of people through his teachings to overcome life difficulties. You are invited to explore some of his stories and lessons, and become inspired. Learn to start asking “What now?” and become empowered in the midst of your own challenges. There are two tracks in this lecture totaling 47 minutes. Part two came about by wanting to share even more inspiration. Enjoy!   $20.00 – Add to Cart Checkout Added to cart   2 – Forgiveness and healing Forgiveness is the key to letting go of the past and allowing healing in. Too often we are caught up in resentments that eventually surface in our bodies as symptoms or diseases. Free yourself from this downward spiral of resentment and watch as miracles start to take place in your life. Forgiveness is not about the other person; forgiveness is about you deciding that you will no longer live your life being hurt by the past. It is freeing for you. Forgiveness allows us to stop suffering. When we forgive we release burdens of anger and resentment that we have been holding inside our bodies and free ourselves to start living in the present. Lets explore the concept of forgiveness. Firstly, what are the effects on our bodies when we carry resentments around with us on a daily basis? Secondly, what are the benefits of forgiveness and finally how do we go about forgiveness? This CD also includes a relaxation exercise with forgiveness affirmations to help you release pent up resentments from your body. Lecture – The power of FORGIVENESS General body relaxation with forgiveness affirmations   $20.00 – Add to Cart Checkout Added to cart     3 – Relaxation and Visualization CD – Looking for more “PEACE and MEANING in your life?” Do you need to relax? We are so busy with our day-to-day ‘hectic’ lives that we don’t often take time out to recharge ourselves. We wouldn’t drive our cars without fuel, yet we push ourselves to the limits every day. Here is an experience that you can have where you can literally replenish yourself in less than 20 minutes. This will energize and vitalize you to be able to function on a higher energy level. Even you have time for this! You decide each time which track is needed, then sit back, close your eyes and feel the changes starting to...

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Reflexology and Logotherapy – Where Body meets Spirit

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Logotherapy, Reflexology, Wellness | 0 comments

Reflexology and Logotherapy – Where Body meets Spirit

Recently I watched an inspiring movie called UNBROKEN. Louis Zamperini was bullied by his classmates when he was growing up in California. To escape their cruelty he ran from them which became his passion. His older brother had faith in his abilities and trained Louis to be a runner. In 1936 he became a hero for his country at the Olympic Games in Berlin where he was congratulated by none other than Hitler. Later on he joined the United States Army and during WW2 his fighter plane was shot down over the Pacific Ocean where he and a few of his platoon survived 47 days floating in a raft. When all hope was lost he was rescued (and captured) by a Japanese war ship and subjected to barbaric war crimes in a Japanese P.O.W camp in Tokyo. He was thought lost forever and declared dead to his family. His jailer was a brutal cruel commander who subjected Louis to all types of abuse, but Louis was a survivor who would not be broken. His fighting spirit inspired his fellow inmates which in turn gave him the courage to overcome the sadistic cruelty. In the end we see a powerful scene where Louis while still a prisoner rises above the commander and is as if he is a free man, while the jailer who has become obsessed with breaking Louis spirit is actually imprisoned by his obsessions. I have been raving about this movie ever since, and my kids always tease me and say, “Can’t you just watch the movie and enjoy it? Do you always have to look for the meaning in everything?” The truth is yes I do. Logotherapy is such a powerful outlook and way of life that I find it inspiring and see opportunities for growth and meaning all around me. Logotherapy is the teachings of Dr Victor Frankl which encourages one to find meaning within any type of suffering and overcome. Dr Victor Frankl says, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” In 1996 my father was diagnosed with colon cancer. This was devastating news in my happy life. I became obsessed with the role of the patient and wanted to learn everything I could about empowering the patient to be an active participant in his own healing journey. At the time I was running a successful Interior Design company and eventually could not deny my new passion for healing. I closed one door and opened a new one entering into the world of Reflexology. Reflexology took me so far enabling physical improvements within the patient, but I wanted more. I wanted to help my patients find a deeper meaning not just a healing of the body. I wanted to help them bridge the gap between body and spirit. In the movie Manhattan, Woody Allen is told by his girlfriend Dianne Keaton that she is having an affair and that she is leaving. She gets very angry and asks him why he doesn’t get angry and show some emotion, to which he replies, “I don’t get angry, I grow a tumour instead!” While this appears to be very humorous, this is...

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Coping with Terror

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Reflexology, Wellness | 0 comments

Coping with Terror

This week we have seen the escalation of terror and violence throughout Israel. I have heard many people say that last year when the war was happening at least we knew when there was danger as the siren was sounded and we could go off to our shelters. Now, the violence is on the streets without warning and this is scary. If you are feeling escalated levels of stress or tension please remember that a REFLEXOLOGY treatment will help to settle your nerves and enable you to feel more calm and in control. I came across this article that I thought was very informative and practical and I wanted to share it with you. I hope it helps to bring some coping skills and a sense of peace into your life. Coping with Terror Dr. Batya L. Ludman website at www.drbatyaludman.com. If you’ve recently had a sense of uneasiness that you can’t quite put your finger on, but somehow can’t help but feel it’s related to the current security situation, then try and take some comfort in the fact that you are not at all alone. Things do seem as though they have escalated, and your increased angst, while feeling unpleasant, is absolutely normal. Let’s face it, we all like to feel as if we are in control, and that is hard to do when at the moment things seem anything but “normal” or the least bit predictable and the tension in our small country is quite palpable. Still, how you personally cope through all of this will have a direct impact on your own well-being as well as that of your children and others around you; so stop, take a few nice deep breaths, and let’s work through this together. When feeling a sense of increased stress, there is often a sense of déjà vu that takes us right back to a time when we have felt vulnerable in the past. Whether it is the sound of a siren, a news report of a terrorist attack, the threat of a suicide bombing or simply the fear of driving on an isolated road or walking in an area that could be unsafe, we are innately primed from past experience to prepare and be on guard just in case something could happen. As a result, you might notice that you are checking the news feeds far more frequently, sleeping more poorly, eating more (or less) and having more conversations with others about the current situation. You may feel more anxious for no apparent reason. Your heart may feel like it is beating faster, you may find it harder to focus, concentrate or make simple decisions, and you may feel obsessed with checking on your loved ones. These are all very normal responses to a very abnormal situation – a fear for our safety and that of our loved ones. The following suggestions are meant as a guide for helping you and your children cope in the current environment. It’s most important that you “put your own oxygen mask on first” and look after yourself, so that you can then give your children what they will need in order to cope well.  For you:  Recognize your feelings and say them out loud to yourself. You may be quite surprised by your anger,...

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What Shimon Peres said at TEDx White City (Tel Aviv)

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Wellness | 0 comments

What Shimon Peres said at TEDx White City (Tel Aviv)

About the future and realizing dreams   Today I attended the TEDx White City (Tel Aviv) event. What a great day of innovative speakers. The highlight of the day was listening to ex-President Shimon Peres being interviewed. Firstly, the man is already 92 years old and carries himself with such upright dignity like that of a 40 year old. Secondly he is still so sharp and with it. What an inspiration. Not only that, he is so advanced in his Hi-tech knowledge! It was truly a gift to hear him speak. I think that by  the age of 92, one comes to a place in ones life of absolute wisdom. This shone through as he spoke. Here are some of the ideas that he share with the audience of about 1800 people! “The past is dead, it doesn’t have any future.” “Don’t use your brain to dwell and remember the past, use it to imagine, to dare, to dream about the future, the bigger the better.” “My greatest regret in life is that my dreams were too small.” “Count the number of achievements in your life and your dreams. If the number of achievements are bigger than your dreams, then you are still young.” “Be a powerful human being and remember to serve other human beings. Then you will find your life has purpose.” “Judge things by their value and not by their price.” I loved the ideas that he was sharing and I wanted to share them with you to inspire you as well. They were strong LOGOTHERAPY messages (meaning-centered). This is what I learned from him: So much of our energy is drained and consumed by the past. If we want to step into our futures, we can’t wake up each day carrying a ball and chain from yesterday. This will slow us down. We all have amazing potential and if we would believe in ourselves enough we would be capable of achieving so much more… The sky is the limit! Don’t get to the end of your life and have regrets. We don’t know when that time will be so I guess, don’t get to the end of your DAY and have regrets. None of us are guaranteed a tomorrow so today is what we have. Let’s use it for the GOOD! Let’s get to the end of each day and feel a sense of pride that today we made a contribution in the world. Keep dreaming, and dream big! The last one obviously was awesome. The difference between price and value. This one made me so excited and of course it is self-explanatory! I hope you too have been inspired by all this. It was an awesome day....

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Rosh Hashanah message – Remembering our Center

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Wellness | 0 comments

Rosh Hashanah message – Remembering our Center

What’s our origin? I read a story that I want to begin with from Rabbi Perez’s book, ‘Leading the way’. A woman is sitting at the edge of the river where she sees a scorpion struggling for safety. The scorpion is slowly drowning as it battles. Eventually she puts out her had to try and help it but it stings her with his tail and continues struggling in the water. Again she tries to save it but keeps getting stung. After a while a passerby shouts out, “Fool, do you want to kill yourself trying to save that creature?” To this she replies, “Because it is the nature of the scorpion to sting, why should I deny my nature to save it.” This story highlights the limitless potential for greatness that we all have access to, despite adversity. On Rosh Hashana we have an opportunity to connect to our moral conscience and the spiritual beings that we can be. This power of transformation, transcending the physical to be spiritual is what Rosh Hashana is all about. Mrs. Ester Wein (from Torahanytime.com) quotes ideas from Rabbi Moshe Shapiro on the theme of Zichronot – Remembering that I want to share. There are 3 themes of the Mussaf Amidah which correspond to the 3 names of Rosh Hashana. Art scroll has clearly labelled these for us. – Yom Hadin – Malchiyot, Yom Hazikaron – Zichronot, and Yom Teruah – Shofarot. The main theme of RH is judgement, so we would expect to ask somewhere in the davening, “Give us life” תן לנו חיים. It is not there or anywhere in the davening. We don’t daven for anything that we need on Rosh Hashana. In the first three berachot we have זוכרנו לחיים which was added by the Gaonim in the 800’s. This was a controversy at the time because it is against Halacha to add requests into this part of the Amidah. Therefore it is not a request; it is a statement, a reminder that Hashem will remember us for life. Rosh Hashana is the anniversary of when Hashem decided to create man and the world. Nissan is the first month of the year and this is when Hashem actually created man. Rosh Hashana is the anniversary of this initial decision to create man. Each year on Rosh Hashana, Hashem is deciding if man is worth ‘re-creating’ again. At this point in our history we had no needs. It makes no sense to daven for things yet because we are not yet in existence. So what are we praying for if not our needs? We are praying to continue to live in a world that is aligned to the master plan from original creation. Man was created perfect with an intense inner knowledge and spiritual connection to the Creator of the world. Hashem had a spiritual goal for his creations. From that moment on we were given freedom of choice and we started to slip up, we started to sin. These sins have taken us further away from that initial goal. But luckily it is possible to return to that center and that alignment through teshuva. If that center or alignment is not within us, the moral conscience that we were created with, then there is nothing to return to. We have lost what...

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A lesson in LIFE

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Wellness | 0 comments

A lesson in LIFE

What’s LIFE got in store for me? This week I had an opportunity to sneak off to the beach alone for a few hours. This time is absolute bliss for me as I reconnect to myself and take in the beautiful sea air. It’s a gift I give to myself where I leave my many roles of mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend behind. It’s a time to replenish and just be ME. The timing was perfect as I had a chance to contemplate the year coming to an end and how my year was ending, what I had achieved and what I hadn’t gotten around to yet. After a long walk, I entered the sea for a swim. This is the best prize after a vigorous walk. At first the sea was manageable and I noticed people further in jumping over big waves. I was looking forward to reaching the place where they were so that I too could be carried over the waves. I waded through the sea and had to jump over some very strong waves. Caught off guard at the strength of the waves I was pulled under and found myself struggling to get back on my feet and above the water. I even took a big gulp of water which hasn’t happened for many years. This didn’t stop me and eventually I reached the perfect place where I could just lie back and float over the waves before they crashed behind me.  “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” Napoleon Hill While I was floating over the waves it occurred to me that I had just experienced a very profound lesson in life. Sometimes we enter into situations thinking we are prepared and knowing where we are going. Then we get hit by a ‘wave’ which pulls us under and offers us new challenges. Often we struggle to get back on our feet and this may even leave a ‘salty’ taste in our mouths’. The more we persevere and push forward the closer we are at arriving at the place where we originally set our goal at reaching. Once there, we can lie back and enjoy the ride and the blissful feeling of being carried or supported. Often times the reward at the end is so much greater if we have been through some kind of struggle along the way. Who knew that some time out at the beach could leave such an imprint about...

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5 choices to make around Habits

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Wellness | 0 comments

5 choices to make around Habits

Are you ready to change your HABITS? Today I read this wonderful piece/poem on habits from my Yoga teacher friend Liat Fineberg. I think that we all are ‘trapped’ by habits that we would like to break.For a few minutes today try and focus on where you are in taking responsibility for these habits. Maybe it is time to stop or do something different. The ideas are simple and powerful. While reading it, decide which one you are, and then decide which one you want to be. 1) I walk down the street. There is a hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost…. I am hopeless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out. 2) I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I’m in the same place. But it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out. 3) I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in … it’s a habit. My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately. 4) I walk down the same street There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it. 5) I walk down another street.   Speaks for itself…  “We become what we repeatedly do.” Sean Covey   Due to the success of the MINDBODY Workshop – Decoding the Body’s Messages, I have been asked to run more workshops. It will be easier for me if you let me know what days of the week are best for you. I have had requests for an evening workshop which I am happy to run as well. 2 Upcoming workshops (please reply to this email for details – BOOKING ESSENTIAL): Jerusalem:  Evening Workshop – 17th and 24th June Morning Workshop – 18th and 25th June Tel Aviv: Morning Workshop – 21st and 28th June Here is some feedback from the workshop, The workshop taught me how to connect to my body and how to decipher the personal messages that my body is communicating to me. This helps me to live my best life! So worthwhile! Wishing you a beautiful week filled with contemplative moments and resolution around some habits. Please LIKE my Facebook WELLNESS page . Feel free to share with friends. DKWellness is all about empowering you to be well in your life. MIND, BODY and SPIRIT. Please see my WEBSITE for this months specials, treatments I offer and for previous BLOGS...

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