Prevention is Still the Best Medicine!

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By Laura Norman Special to The Pineapple “When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all.Augusten Burroughs No matter what time of year it is, most people focus on their health, for as Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Health is your greatest wealth!” A millionaire with severe arthritis would certainly trade his wealth for the ability to walk easily, free from pain. Anyone faced with a health challenge, from an acute headache to chronic migraines, immediately shifts their priorities toward regaining a state of well-being. As 2013 winds down and we look ahead to the New Year, it’s a great time to take a good look at what steps we can take to ensure optimal health and well being. “Prevention is better than cure.” – Desiderius Erasmus Being healthy is more than merely the absence of symptoms. It is experiencing vitality down to a cellular level. It’s about waking up feeling refreshed, eager to begin your day with the confidence that your body is up to the challenges at hand. In my practice, one of my primary goals is to help my clients remember how good it feels to be healthy and to stay healthy. “A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs.” – Joan Welsh Reflexology, a five thousand year-old healing science, focuses on restoring the natural balance your body is capable of, resulting in profound relaxation, rejuvenation and regeneration down to the cellular level. In my practice, I extend these physical benefits of traditional reflexology to encompass my clients’ mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of wellness – what I call Holistic Reflexology. Many of my clients started seeing me to help them with a specific condition – achy joints, constipation, insomnia, inability to concentrate, diabetes, weight gain, depression, just to name a few. The first thing we do is deal with their current health challenge. Then we can focus on using Holistic Reflexology to help them stay in balance and prevent dis-ease. Allow time for yourself! One of the biggest reasons I hear that keeps people from taking time for self-care is time! Clients have said, “I’m just too busy! I have so much to do! I don’t have time to _______!” (exercise, drink water, sleep, meditate – fill in the blank with your own reason.) I tell my clients that, if they truly feel their schedule is full, they certainly want to stay out of the doctor’s office where the wait is long and they risk being around other sick people! As you set your New Year’s resolutions for 2014, choose now to make your health your top priority! Make a commitment to taking care of yourself, so you can be there for the important people in your life. Some suggestions to get you started: Take the time to nurture yourself. Eat healthy, stay well hydrated, exercise regularly and sleep at least 6-8 hours a day. Make time on your calendar for those you love. Connect with your spiritual center – meditate, pray, express appreciation and gratitude. Allow for healing support and pampering – schedule regular massages or reflexology sessions. “Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.” – Lao Tzu We at Laura Norman Wellness wish you a wonderful holiday season and a fabulously healthy New Year! Laura Norman, M.S., LMT, Holistic Reflexologist and author of the best-selling book, Feet First: A Guide to Foot Reflexology, offers private Reflexology and Life Wellness Coaching sessions and Holistic Reflexology Training Programs in Delray Beach , Massachusetts and New York City. Visit www.lauranorman.com • Call 561-272-1220