Okay, I’m here. Can everybody hear that? Yes. Great. I’m here to introduce Michelle Brass, who is a naturopath. She is the- Louder. Speak to me. She’s the co-founder of Zea Relief, who produces… (We still can’t hear you.) No seriously. Yeah, that’s what I heard. We need a louder microphone, no? Can we get.. So, she has three products. Can everybody hear that? Yes. And, she’s here to speak about reflexology and aromatherapy. Good morning, everybody. Can you hear me? Yes. Yeah, cool. So, I was gonna say this at the end, but I’m gonna say it at the beginning because I’m very proud of him. My son, Hayden, I am the co-founder of Zea Relief and yes, I’m a naturopath, and I’ve been producing Zea Relief products now for about 10 years. Sadly, my husband and the father of Hayden passed away suddenly three years ago, and Hayden has jumped in and taken our company to the next level. So, I’m very proud of him because without him, I wouldn’t be standing here today. I can assure you of that right now. And, I’ve never done this before, so this is very new to me to get up and present. It’ll be coming from a very personal level, as a naturopath and a healer, and my own sort of life experiences. So, thank you. And today, I’d like to talk about reflexology and Kunzea oil. So, I use reflexology and Kunzea oil to help with balancing my clients on a daily basis. So, for all of you that know a little bit
about reflexology, it’s an amazing way to balance the physical body, but it’s also a catalyst to help relax the mind and balance the emotions, and together with Kunzea ambigua
oil, which is a beautiful antiinflammatory oil which helps to reduce pain, of course, when we reduce pain in people, we actually help to calm the mind, and so by using those both together, I find I’m able to bring complete relaxation to all my clients. It’s very powerful. So, the way that my presentation will run
today, I’m going to talk a little bit about the feet, and actually, I’m gonna take my
shoes off because as a reflexologist, I feel a bit weird with those on. So, there you go. I’m gonna talk a little bit about our feet because people don’t take a lot of notice of their feet, and it’s one of the most important
parts of our body, I believe. Then, I’m gonna talk about foot reflexology, followed by Kunzea essential oils, and then how I use both in my practise to help to keep calm and people balance So, a little bit about me and where I come from. So, I was born in Sydney, and at the right old age of 21, I got on a plane and went one way to London with two of my friends. I worked as a travel agent back then. That’s what you did. You got on a plane and you went one way, but I wait for 10 years, I didn’t come back for 10 years. My parents were horrified. So, I was meant to come back six months later, I just didn’t, ’cause I was having a great time over there. But, that’s why I got involved in alternative therapies in London. So, my story. The reason I got involved in alternative therapies. I’d experienced quite a lot of trauma as a
child, sexual abuse, and so when I was living in London and I had a lot of residual anxiety
because of that and anxiety attacks and panic attacks, and Parkinson. So, when I was living in London, I saw this opportunity to go to a health farm. I thought you know what? That sounds like a pretty cool idea. So, I checked myself in for five days and that’s where I saw a big sign up saying reflexology treatments, which I don’t think a lot of people even knew what reflexology was then, back in the ’80s, I mean thankfully people understand
it now, but back then, it was really new. So, I booked myself in for a reflexology treatment, and I still remember to this day how amazingly blissed out I was after that treatment finished. So much so that I said to the lady who did
it, I really need to learn how to do that, because I wanted to help people to feel the way that I felt that day. I had no anxiety, I had no stress, I just felt like I wanted to walk away on a cloud, and so that was what launched me into alternative therapies way back then; and she also said to me back then listen, if you feel overwhelmed, and if you feel really anxious, just take this oil, and she gave me some Ylang-Ylang, and just pop a couple of drops on a tissue and just inhale it when you feel overwhelmed, and you know what? I carried Ylang-Ylang around with me for 10 years in London in my side, and I swore by it and that’s what launched me into aromatherapy, as well. So, yeah. Anyways. So, yeah. So, the feet. The feet are so important. I’m sorry. You know what? Right there. That’s me. Yeah, I’ll just talk a little bit more about
me. If that’s okay with you, cause I forgot one
thing. Okay. So, I did return to Australia and went to Nature Care College of Sydney. Yes, I studied there for 10 long years. So, yeah. Part-time. I also was raising my three beautiful children. I studied and I qualified in employments of advanced arthropathy, aromatherapy, herbalists and homoeopathy, massage, iridology, and in the end, they threw me out. They said, it’s time to go, because I got addicted to the study. I really did. And, the more, I think you mentioned, the more you study, the more you learn, the more you wanna learn, and that’s what happened, and I literally just stayed there full time. So, I started my practise in Sydney. I’m a naturopath, and it’s so beautiful to have all these modalities to work with because as you know, we are all individuals, and we’re all so different. So, I realised that, my goodness, there’s gonna be some people who don’t believe what homoeopathy is, or what are those? There’s a lot of people who don’t wanna take herbal medicine. They don’t want their feet touched. Can you believe that? I can’t believe that, but I guess there are. And so, I was able to tap into all those
modalities, which is loving the people, but you know my passion always, always– Sorry. Sorry, I haven’t done this — That’s okay. You’re still good. But, my passion has always remained with reflexology and aromatherapy, and 80% of my clients now get it whether they like it or not because it’s what I find works. It’s what people are compliant with, and when you’re facilitating healing, I’m not their healer, they’re their healer, but I’m facilitating
that, and so you have to work with what people are gonna work with, right? If people aren’t gonna take herbal medicines, there’s no point giving it. But, what I found with reflexology and aromatherapy, somehow you get a really high compliance level, and that’s why I continue to use it today. So, yeah. Love these two modalities. Here we go. The feet. So, the feet are so important. A lot of people neglect their feet and I’m not sure why. I think that’s because in the western world we wear shoes, which is why I just don’t like wearing shoes very much, and we have to wear shoes, right? Because people judge us if we don’t. But also, I think it’s the other end of our body to our intellect, and we kinda forget about them, which is really not cool either, and so our feet are so important. We get up every day, like I did, we take a shower, get into the car, drive here. We don’t think about the fact that we need
feet to get there, right? So, if we don’t have our feet, we go nowhere in life pretty fast. We have to look after our feet, and what I’ve found with my clients is it’s only until something happens to their feet or they get pain or discomfort, and they go, oh, You know I can’t walk in. Look, I think that’s a sign sometimes when you need to look at the direction you’re walking in, or maybe you rest or something, because that’s what I’ve done in my own life, anyway. But you know, the feet are our contact with the earth, and it’s pointed out. Take your shoes off. Go walk in the grass. Go walk on the sand. This is our connection to our planet, and there’s no better healing than that, and you know, when I was trekking many years ago in the Himalayas, I noticed that my two guides didn’t wear shoes at all. They’d walk across the stones and the branches and rough terrain. I used to think, “oh, their feet” This was before I studied reflexology. Their feet must be really hurting. Not a flinch. It looked like they were just gliding on air, and you know what? They were also all smiling, and I reckon they were getting some pretty awesome reflexology, right? Yeah, it just amazed me back then. And also, the feet, as I said, I believe it’s walking in the right direction of life. So, sometimes if my clients hurt themselves, I personally actually hurt my own foot or my calf muscle, and it was a big sign for me that I had to stop. I was just go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go. And, if it didn’t happen to me, I wouldn’t have stopped. It made me stop. So, yeah. Listen to your feet. Listen to your body. You know, and also, for feet, an argument, apparently if you reach about 80 years of age, you’ll walk 100 feet, 1000 miles in your
lifetime, walk around the planet a couple of times. That’s scary. Pardon? Oh, sorry. Yeah, so reflexology. Reflexology’s been around for thousands and thousands of years in TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine, although, of course, as I said, when I studied back in the ’80s, not many people even heard of it. In fact, when I walked into Nature Camp, I remember asking about reflexology, and they were kinda like, what? And I’m like, oh, okay. I think it had just incorporated back then. So, yeah. Traditional Chinese Medicine, they look at our vital energy, that Qi flowing through our body, and it’s really important to keep
that flow of energy. If there’s no Qi, there’s no life. And so, when there’s a blockage in the Qi, then it’s really important to unblock those blockages and keep your vital force running, and we can do this so beautifully with reflexology, and with acupuncture. In fact, when I have clients who don’t really know what reflexology is, I just tell them, well, it’s kind of like acupuncture without
needles. Of course, there’s differences, but it’s working through the radiance, through the energy that fuels the body, and keeps that Qi flowing; and also, this is an interesting thing I’ll share with you about my own life. There’s always a correlation between the physical body and the emotional body. So, you know when you’re looking at the liver, there’s that correlating anger and resentment. With grief, it’s the lungs. With the kidneys, it’s fear. And with, obviously, with your digestion, it’s assimilated with the ideas. Now, this happened to me, so I know this is totally true, and I’ll see it time and time again in my clinic. As I said to you when I was young, I had a lot of trauma. So, when I was really young, sexually abused, and I actually wet the bed. So, I wet the bed for a long time because I lived in fear, and I wet the bed way passed when it’s appropriate to wet the bed. So, I didn’t wanna go to friends’ places because I was fearful I’d wee the bed, so I’d stay awake all night. This went on for a long time. So, I didn’t really have any idea what was going on with my body back then. So, when I started to study at Nature Care
College, I went to a TCM practitioner who was very well respected back then. I think his name was Rob I don’t remember him. And, I said to him, do you think my liver’s okay? cause as a teenager, I’d been drinking a bit of alcohol, and he goes, it’s not your liver I’m worried about. It’s your kidneys. I went, oh, really? Okay? So, you know that was a long time prior to me being diagnosed with a kidney disorder. So, after having children, I went to the GP just for a routine blood test and she said, everything’s fine, except your kidneys. Your kidney function’s not. It’s really not good. And, I was thinking, oh, that’s bizarre. That’s weird. And then, penny dropped, and I thought, okay. I’m gonna go back and see Rob. So, I went back to see Rob and we had a bit of a chat, and he said, you know, his feeling was, and I know this was true that you know all that fear, and I sat on that fear, I didn’t tell anyone about what had happened to me when I was a child until I was 35 years of age. That’s a long time to keep stuff inside, and to have that fear, and that anxiety chewing away. And so, he said he believed it was that that was actually then affecting my kidney energy. So, I went back and said this to my doctor and she went, oh, yeah. No, that’s nothing to do with it, but you know what? After we worked on my kidneys with acupuncture and reflexology, essential oils, and emotional healing, my kidneys are totally fine now. That’s the truth, and 10 years later, there’s never been a blood test result that has come back with negativity of any respect. So, I know how important that emotional, physical correlation is, and the beautiful thing about reflexology is when you tap into that. We can tap into the physical, but we can also tap into the emotional. So, yeah. What is it? It’s massaging the feet, and it’s working through the peripheral nerves of the feet, which tap into the central nervous system, so the brain, and the spinal cord, which then splay through the rest of the body and calm down the organs and all the systems of the body to help them to flow, to function optimally. So, this is really important. And also, reflexology is really important
for the mind and I believe, in the way that I work anyway, when I’m actually doing a reflexology
treatment, I’m working on the other part of the body, other streams of the body. I’m pulling energy down and grounding that person, and a lot of people feel like, I guess a state of meditation by the end of the treatment because they feel so relaxed. It’s free of left frenetic energy, ‘ cause you’ve been able to ground them down and get rid of all that energy, and for me, there’s nothing better. It’s amazing. So, yeah. Reflexology’s a powerful modality that takes you to a receptive place where you don’t have that conscious frenetic energy, and this is where the essential oils can really do an amazing job, and we know how powerful essential
oils are, right? They’re so powerful. They’re a medicine, and they are absolutely exquisite. So, let’s just talk about that now. No, we won’t. We’ll talk about something else. I’d forgotten about this one. So, when I’m doing a reflexology treatment, you’re looking at the feet, as we’re looking at here, and when we start a treatment, when we start with this whole area here, which is the area of the head, so if you’re looking at the two little toes to get the head, and then the circumference around that is the neck. Now, I’ll just interrupt here. If anyone’s studying reflexology right now, they may be taught in a little bit of a different way. Remember, I studied in London back in the ’80s, so I know there’s been a little techniques change somewhat, but I still practise the way that I was taught because I love that. So, then we’ve got the spine, and we’ve got the organs in the body. Now, the way I was taught back in London, is you always start on the right side; and interestingly, I’ve had a lot of treatments they start on the left, but the reason why the lady who taught me said to start on the right is because our heart is slightly centered off to the left, and she said it’s really lovely to warm the body up before you go smack right into the heart. So, I’ve always worked in that way. And so basically also, you always use the whole feet when you’re doing it. It doesn’t matter what somebody comes into me, if they came in for a kidney problem, or stress, or headaches, or whatever it is, I always do a full treatment if I can. Obviously, if I don’t have time, but ideally, it’s great to work the whole thing so you balance the entire feet, and maybe you know that from areas that you specifically want to work with. You can’t diagnose through reflexology like. You can’t diagnose, but you can actually feel congestion. You can feel areas of underactivity or overactivity and you can help to balance those and bring them back into balance. So, yeah. Reflexology is amazing. I do wanna just share with you one client experience I had in Tasmania. This lady came to me on different arches. So, she didn’t come to see me specifically for any reason. So, she’s lying down, chilling out, and I started doing the treatment on her, and I start at the head, as I do, and I was here on the pituitary, and she said to me, “oh,” she said, “what is that?” She said, “it’s really painful.” And I said, “it’s the pituitary gland,” and she said, “okay.” So, she laid back down, and I continued the treatment, and when I got to the area of the breast later on in the treatment, she said, “oh,” she said, “what’s that?” and I said, “it’s the breast,” and she said, “well, that’s really painful, as well,” and she looked up, she sat upright, and she stared at me, and I said, “are you okay?” and she said, “yeah, I am.” She said, “I just can’t believe what you just
said.” And, I said, “well, what?” and she said, “well,” she said, “what happened to me “is that two years ago “I started to get pain in one of my breasts “and a little bit of discharge “from the nipple, “a bit of puss and a bit of blood,” and she went to the GP and they did all the tests, your mammograms your ultrasounds, thinking it may have been cancer. They couldn’t find anything pathologically
wrong with her. So, she was past pillar to post and over the next 18 months, and then just three months prior to coming to see me for that treatment, she had been to see an endocrinologist, and he had done a CAT scan on the brain, and they had found a benign tumour pressing on the pituitary. So, the endocrinologist thought that because of the interrelationship, of course, with the pituitary being your master gland in control of your endocrine system, and such an intricate relationship with the hormonal system, felt that it was a nerve network that was actually doing something to create that disharmony in her breast. So, that was pretty amazing. So, I know she’d been diagnosed then, but had she come into me probably maybe a month or two months before seeing that endocrinologist, and we were doing the reflexology and she told me about the breast, and then we found the discomfort of the pituitary gland, I’m thinking that possibly it would have panned out that I would have been suggesting she sees an endocrinologist, knowing that that’s a pretty tight relationship there. So, yeah. Pretty powerful, the almighty reflexology. Okay. So now, essential oils, as I said, had been my other passion, and I’ve been using essential oils since I was like this high. My friends used to spend a lot of money on exclusive perfumes and I used to just be really hippy and use the oils, and still do. So, I just love my essential oils. I use them in a bath, on my body, in my burner back then, and now my diffuser. Every single day, I have people wafting past my clinic going, “what’s that?” Of course, in my therapy, I use it in my cytotherapy, and of course I do in reflexology. Essential oils are amazing. And, when I was part of studying essential oils, a few of them I kind of, ooh, vetiver and camomile and mmm. But now, I totally love these oils. Vetiver is one of my favourite oils because I’ve learned to respect them because I’ve worked with them and seen the power of them, and so I don’t think there’s one essential oil, quite honestly, that I don’t like. There’s not. And then, when I went to Tasmania, I lived in Tasmania, and discovered Kunzea oil, this has got to be one of my go-to oils. Of course, this is what we produced our products in a strength of Kunzea oil. It is a beautiful oil, but I didn’t know anything about it until I lived in Tasmania. So, let’s have a little look at Kunzea oil. So, Kunzea oil comes from, actually, the Myrtaceae family. So, related to the Melaleuca. It’s actually found in the cooler climates, predominantly in the northeast of Tasmania and in southern parts of Australia. So, it’s quite a beautiful plant. It grows to about five metres and there’s this beautiful, little, white, delicate flower that comes out in the spring, and I believe now, because it’s so pretty, that people are using it to put hedges down in Tasmania. Yeah. So, that’s pretty cool. Yeah. They’re also using dried Kunzea in alcohol. Now, can you believe that? Alcohol’s, like, for most information, So, there could be a big market there, right? So, Kunzea oil is beautiful. Now, as I said, I didn’t know anything about Kunzea oil until I went to Tasmania. So, I opened up my clinic there, and I had a couple people come in cause I sold essential oils and asking for Kunzea, and I said, “I’m sorry.” “I don’t have any,” “but I’ll look into it,” and I was still setting up my clinic, so I hadn’t had the time to look at it just yet, and this healthy man came in and asked for Kunzea oil, and I said, “I’m really sorry. Two other people have come in all looking. “What?” He said “What? “You don’t have Kunzea oil?” And I went, “no.” He said, “it’s a miracle oil. “You gotta get some Kunzea oil,” and I went, “whoa. If this is really such a good oil, I really need to look into it, and so, I did. I knew how all the Tasmanian people knew how good it was. I’d never even heard of it. So, the story goes, and I believe this is true, that the gentleman who actually first discovered the properties of Kunzea ambigua noticed that his whole fence in his property was rusting, except one little area, and that’s where Kunzea was growing. So, he reefed out some of the Kunzea, he took it to the Tasmanian University and they did some trials and tests, and it has been now declared an antiinflammatory, so it’s very good for reducing inflammation in the body. It’s very exciting. And, it’s also known as tick bush, so a lot of those settlers noticed that there are a lot of animals hiding under it because, obviously, didn’t like ticks, so they wanted to get the ticks off them. So, that was pretty cool, and also, the indigenous people, native Australians, used it for wound healing, so the inflammation, but also for head lice and also stomach complaints. So, it’s a very versatile oil. It also has not just antiinflammatory, but antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, and it’s also beautiful and pure for the mind. So, as native Australians used it for inflammation, we know inflammation is a big problem in
our society. It’s growing and growing and growing, unfortunately. So, not just your musculoskeletal problems, but inflammation, we need inflammation, of course we do, it’s survival, but when it gets out of hand, it leads to a lot of problems, and I see this time and time again in my clinic. So, leading to cancer, autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, all these modern diseases. We have to control inflammation, and we need to do that, obviously, through changing our diet. There’s a whole range of things we need to do, but to have an oil that is so powerfully antiinflammatory is really exciting, and it’s in the infancy of its tests and trials. There’s gonna be a lot more found out about this beautiful oil. Yeah. As I said, after uncovering the findings of Kunzea, of course I can use it now with everybody, whether they like it or not. I do. But, most people love the smell of it. Thank goodness. They go, “oh, yeah. “It’s just smells nice, clear, “and fresh, and beautiful,” and I’ve never had anyone, thankfully, react to it. It’s very safe, or as far as I can see, and they also take it home, a little bottle home to use. They get pots and pour it in the diffuser. It’s got antifungal properties, so great in a foot spa if they’ve got fungal infections. It’s great to clear the mind. There’s so many ways you can use Kunzea ambigua oil. And, why Kunzea? Because I work with a lot of inflammatory problems in my clinic. A lot. Even people who come in with back pain or in fact, I remember in your cytotherapist, as well, but a lot of people opt for the reflexology and Kunzea oil in preference to massage because they find it works better. So, that’s interesting. And, it’s non-irritant, non-toxic. It’s very safe, as I said, and it’s very good for emotional imbalance. And as I say, it’s in its infancy, so Kunzea oil, not a lot has Obviously, it’s now been declared and anti-inflammatory, and it’s also got the antiviral, antibacterial properties, but there’s so much more to be found out about it. What we do know is that there’s five very important sesquiterpenes compounds, and its the combination of these compounds that give its beautiful anti-inflammatory effect, but there is a lot of demand for Kunzea oil now, and this is not just in Australia, but worldwide. So, the more and more people that are finding out about its benefits and effects, more testing is being done, and I for one, because I’ve been working with its oil for 10 years now that there gonna be a lot more development of that oil in years to come. I’m very excited about that. So, reflexology, Kunzea oil, equals total balance. Yes, because this is what I’ve found in my path to just after, working with people for 15 years. Working with the reflexology and the Kunzea oil together helps to treat internally as well as externally. So, using both reflexology and Kunzea oil together gives a multifaceted method of targeting pain, pain being a big problem. Not just from a little pain. As I said, I do a lot of remedial therapy, a lot of remedial massage, but also, people come into me with other types of pain, internal pain, inflammatory bowel disease, endometriosis, migraines, pain associated with autoimmune disease, like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Pain, pain, pain. And, there’s a big call for something that’s going to help alleviate that pain. I find that I get a lot of success by using the oil with reflexology to get into the blood stream and target the areas you want to target, their initial pain. There’s this flow of positivity, which is so beautiful. So, we know that inflammation causes pain, we know that Kunzea oil helps treat inflammation and we know that if you reduce pain and inflammation, also you can calm the mind, and when you calm the mind, you get positive thoughts, right? And, that’s how this beautiful flow of positivity happens, and all too often I see the other thing happening in our society, this negative thing happening, which is just really not awesome. People come into me and they’ve been diagnosed with some type of inflammation or pain, and they don’t wanna change their diet or toothpaste or whatever. They doctor put them on anti-inflammatories. That then compromises the gut, and the compromised gut, they’re going to digest and assimilate their food, their nutrition, so that affects their immune system, so then they get something else wrong with them, and then they get a side effect from the drugs their taking, and then they get depressed, and then they get anger, and then that affects their liver, right? Because remember, liver and the anger. So then, there’s this really powerful spiral downturn. So, we really need to keep this positive flow, and that’s what I’ve been able to achieve with reflexology and the essential oils, Kunzea oil. And honestly, I would say that, yeah, I would say that 100% of people walk out of my clinic, walk out of the spa, and those people that’s helping with that positive flow of energy. And, why feet? Well, I love the feet. I’m a reflexologist. But, you know, the feet are amazing. There’s five layers of skin, there’s no hair follicles, there’s no sebaceous glands, there’s no sebum, and there’s beautiful open pores. So, there’s no sebaceous glands in the palms of the hand and the soles of the feet. This is a great way to actually get that oil into the blood stream really quickly. Now, when I studied aromatherapy back, back, back all those years ago, we were told They weren’t into ingesting essential oils back then. I still don’t. I’m not saying it’s not a good thing to do, I just don’t personally. I like to use essential oils absorbed through the skin or through the limbic system, which is the way that I was taught, because it’s very safe. It bypasses digestion because if you have a compromised digestive system or a liver that doesn’t respond well, then you may get toxic overload and that can be dangerous. So, I think it’s a very safe way to use on the feet to absorb straight into the blood stream, and then you can direct it with your reflexology to wherever you want it to go, and it’s amazing. Yeah. So, yeah. Reflexology balances the physical body and relaxes the mind to help regain positive thoughts, whilst Kunzea oil alleviates pain, inflammation, and discomfort of the body. I’m just going to say one thing, as well, about those feet. I remember when my kids were little and I was studying, and I remember one of my teachers saying, “hey, “if they get sick, “grate up some garlic, “rub on the soles of their feet, “leave the garlic in socks overnight, “and it’s all through the feet, “into the blood stream, “and works as a natural antibiotic,” and it worked every single time. We had a really smelly house, we had really well children. And you know, just to finish off, I’d just like to say that positive thoughts are really, really important, and as Kunzea oil, I believe this, cause I feel exactly how it feels, that it’s 10% what happens to you and what’s in our lives, and 90% what we feel about it, our thoughts, and this is so true. We can’t change the past. We can’t change the inevitable or the future. We can’t change our mom and dad. We can’t change anything that happens to our life. I couldn’t change the fact that my children lost their father three years ago, but we can change our thoughts, and positivity’s so important in our lives. So on that note, I’d just like to say that, from my point of view as a naturopath, reflexologist, and those other things that I studied way back then, I just believe to lead a really beautiful life you need to eat well, fresh veggies, avoid chemicals and processed foods, get some vitamin D, get some sun. Vitamin D deficiency is the biggest cause of depression. I came across so many people in Tasmania who are on antidepressants and I got them tested for their vitamin D levels, and guess what. I get them on the vitamin D, their depression goes. Walk along the sand. Connect with the earth. Check in for reflexology treatment with somebody once a month to balance your body, and bathe yourself in essential oils daily because it’s so beautiful. Smile. Surround yourself with really positive people, and yeah, enjoy life; and whilst we’re on the gulf coast, go down the beach, take off your shoes, and walk on the sand because your feet are gonna love it. Thank you.