reflexology therapy

Benefits FAR Infrared - SOQI Bed Benefits.

Also known as Hyperthermia Dome. FAR Infrared light is invisible part of the Sun's spectrum, not to be confused with ultra violet light, that can be damaging. The human body can easily absorb FIR, because its deep penetrating ability. Studies have shown, that FIR can penetrate up to 2-3 inches deep. "And why is it good for me?" — you ask. Here it is!


Hyperthermia helps to:

  • Accelerate the biochemical metabolic processes of the entire body and increase detoxification significantly
  • Increases the permeability of cell membranes to water, oxygen, nutrients.
  • Supports reparative and regenerative processes
  • Increases overall circulation and promotes blood circulation of tissues and organs, opens clogged collateral vessels
  • Relieves the tonus of striated and smooth musculature causing muscle relaxation Increase the velocity of nerve conduction
  • Activates sub-acute and chronic inflammation processes by way of promoting their cure
  • Influences the immunological system profoundly
  • At sufficiently high temperatures, restricts the propagation of microorganisms and viruses and malignant cell division

Impressive! Yes, it is! Otherwise I would not invest money and valuable space in my cozy office in Stamford.

I am ready to see you in my healing studio Monday through Sunday by appointment. I am devoted to your health and I am here to answer any of your health related questions. 15 min. phone consults are still FREE and welcomed.

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How to find a qualified Reflexology practitioner wherever you go.

If you are reading this, I know you are serious about Reflexology. You know the difference between the foot rub and a real Reflexology session. Very often I am asked how to find a real Reflexologist in other parts of the country for your friends and family. Here is my advice:

1. First you ask around, as word-of-mouth is the best referral. Then you do your homework.

2. Check if the practitioner has a full listing here - American Reflexology Certification Board,  an independent certification agency with strict adherence to the standards of the Reflexology profession.


3. Check for Continuing Education Units - CEUs, Experience and Membership in Professional Associations. The ARCB requires 12 CEUs every two years and it lists certificants in good standing on its site

4. Another good resource for serious local reflexologists are national and state association. You will find the listing by State here Association members are concerned with the professionalism and advancement of reflexology, as well as protection of public health and safety.


5. You may see a current  professional liability insurance certificate in the office of a serious practitioner.

 If you are looking for a reflexologist in New Hampshire, North Dakota, Tennessee or Washington, then a person should have a current State License. Our Connecticut State does not have Reflexology State Licensure laws on the books.

Reflexology is a unique therapy that should be administered by a Certified Reflexologist, such person has completed unique Reflexology-specific training (typically 200-300 hours in the USA). According to the standards of most state and national reflexology associations along with the national certification board, this training must include classroom instruction on techniques for the feet, hands and ears, application of different protocols for particular body systems or particular pathologies. as well as learning anatomy, physiology, professional standards and ethics.

It also requires a completion of a minimum 100 documented practical sessions and it teaches how to keep session notes. The National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) defines reflexology as a separate therapy. True reflexology is performed only on the reflex maps of the body located on the feet, hands and outer ears and it is different than massage or acupressure techniques. Also be aware that there’s a recent trend offering online training in reflexology.

Learning to locate reflexes on different individuals and modulation of pressure, etc., cannot be taught online.

From time to time I hear the horror stories of feeling unwell from the so called “Reflexology” performed by an untrained person. Foot rubs at the strip malls/nail salons are not qualified to be called Reflexology, even if they advertised as such.

Expect the fee for your real Reflexology healing session to be higher than the price for a salon foot rub.  It may be between $60 and $150 per session, depending on area of the country and the length of the session. This difference reflects education, experience and proper certification of a qualified Reflexology practitioner.  So, my advice is: do not risk your health and waste your money on false ads and claims.

Be more concerned about your health than your wallet in such case! 

In my 17 plus years of actively practicing professional Reflexology, I have performed over 20,000 sessions. This number does not include countless sessions on friends and family outside of work.  So be bold, ask about the number of client sessions in the practitioner experience - not necessarily the number of years of work. This will insure you’re working with a truly experienced reflexologist.

If all these steps are too much for you, I am happy to do them for you. You know, where to find me. :)

60th Birthday – Let the Good Times Roll


Last month my dear husband gave me the best 60th birthday present - a getaway experience at The Buttermilk Inn,  which included great farm to table dinner, breakfast, lunch and Spa treatments.  You can see some  of the dishes of my celebratory  dinner: Fritz with Truffle oil, fantastic  fresh greens salad with goat cheese, and then Nicholas devouring Ruben sandwich at lunch. Yes, in our raw/vegetarian  family style eating, Ruben sandwich  is a rare treat for my man. It  happens once every three years, and I am happy to share this moment with you.

We all have the most comforting favorite childhood food, for me it is potatoes in any shape/form -the Irish streak in me,  for Nicholas it is famous NYC Ruben.

Our Dr. Dexter, the dog had fabulous time kissing Holly, the donkey every time we passed by the pastures with llamas and donkeys, chasing ducks to the pond or posing with Hudson river on the background.

Tools to Sleep Well



These are some great books to help calm the mind and create a heart-based peace before bed. 
The Genie Within, by Harry Carpenter LINK
The Heart Math Solution, by Doc Lew Childre LINK


  Following you can find in my dispensary  HealthWave under Sleep Aid LINK

  • Magnesium supports normal biorhythms and sleep patterns. It is one of the first minerals to be lost during food processing, and one of the first to leave the body during everyday stress. A dose of 200-300 mg magnesium glycinate or citrate before bed supports sleep onset and duration through the night.
  • Glycine is an amino acid and neurotransmitter that starts working right away. Try 3 grams within 30-45 minutes before bed. I prefer Glysom brand - you can check the website for more details on sleep phases. I can get it for you at a reduced price. Just ask me.
  • 5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin that is often useful for sleep support when taken 30-60 minutes before bedtime at a dose of 50-200 mg.
  • Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland, part of the body’s built-in clock known as the circadian system.   Studies demonstrate enhanced sleep onset and sleep quality. 1-3 mg is usually ideal, but more is not always better. Just 0.5 mg can promote sleep onset within 30 minutes.
  • GABA is another calming neurotransmitter that  helps brain cells “calm down” as a prelude to a normal sleep cycle. During the day, it can help with stress management and mood without causing drowsiness.   For sleep support, mix 500-750 mg with one cup of water. Drink half 30 minutes prior to bed, and if you awake in the night, drink the remaining half.
  • L-theanine is a unique amino acid that promotes mental and physical relaxation within about 30-40 minutes after consumption. It does not cause drowsiness, but like GABA, it can create a calm mental state conducive to sleep onset.

Simple exercise

  • Do the Hook Up. From Donna Eden book "Energy Medicine"  While in bed, press down your belly button with the middle finger of one hand and with the middle finger of the other hand press and hold above the bridge of your nose between your eyebrows.  Breath in deeply through your nose and out through your mouth for at least 20 seconds. (I like to do this for a few minutes). This creates a connection between your central meridian (which sends energy up the front of your body) and the governing meridian (which sends energy up your spine). 

  • Here's 1 minute demonstration by Donna: LINK

Bio Medici Magnetic Pulser -  portable personal frequency machine.  -   you can use the Bio Medici on the sleep setting, which is switch 1 + 8 on, and put upside down under pillow. I have been using this machine for the last four weeks, ask me to show you. 

Regular price for this device is $169, you can enter  this code : IRINA to get to $132.05 discounted price for my clients, and the free shipping within US

Ear Plugs - 

Sleep Mask


My Take On Sleep



These two are my animals, Dr. Chipper and Dr. Dexter - perfect sleep models.

When was the last time you fell asleep within minutes, and woke up feeling rested? Are you among 60 million Americans that experience sleeplessness to a point that they seek support from a medical provider?

We all know, that stress, physical health, medications, and menopause/andropause are common underlying factors. Psychological factors are among the biggest culprits.  Whether you are having trouble falling or staying asleep,  I compile the strategies for you to manage stress, that prevents you from sleeping like cat and dog above.

Tips to Manage Your Sleep Routine

Blue lights which are  TV/computer/cell phones are off 2 hour prior to bedtime

The ideal sleeping temperature is said to be around 18 degrees Celsius or 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Go ahead, turn your thermostat down.

Eating for better sleep

Sleep depends on proper neurotransmission—the communication between neurons in the brain and nervous system. Healthy cell made from from healthy foods we eat. And here we are again, we are what we eat. Keep in mind that eating a large meal close to bedtime may cause you to toss and turn. On the other hand, not eating enough may cause you to wake up in the middle of the night. It will certainly help you to keep a diary as to what you eat and how well you sleep, to determine what works for you.

Foods to eat for better sleep

  • Fermented vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Root vegetables
  • Kale, spinach and other dark greens
  • Berries
  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Nuts, seeds and whole grains -if you can tolerate them
  • Lean meats in moderation
  • Cold-water fish (salmon, mackerel, herring, trout) - in moderation

Foods to avoid for better sleep

  • Packaged foods
  • Caffeine-containing beverages after 2:00 PM
  • Refined carbohydrates - bread, cookies, pasta, etc and sugars
  • Alcohol