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Nicole Twork works on a client’s feet as she uses relexology techniques to heal and balance the body. Twork’s reflexology business is located at Northland Terrace, Marinette. People may contact Twork at 906-290-4709.
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Nicole Twork works on a client’s feet as she uses relexology techniques to heal and balance the body. Twork’s reflexology business is located at Northland Terrace, Marinette. People may contact Twork at 906-290-4709.
MARINETTE — In the midst of upcoming holiday fervor, stress can sneak up unknowingly, like too many pumpkin pie slices.
To combat stress and reduce tension, Nicole Twork, a certified reflexologist and Reiki practitioner, said her goal is ultimately to help people. While Twork aims to do this by reducing tension and helping people to live more positive lives, year-round, the holidays can be particularly stress-inducing.
“During the holidays people are sometimes scattered, they’re so busy that they’re not grounded,” Twork said. “If you can learn to breathe and reduce tension for yourself, it brings more clarity and focus.”
Twork discovered reflexology many years ago when she was trying to find an alternative for her son, Sam who was sick.
She started seeing Dr. Jay Vanden Heuvel in Oneida, Wis., who was certified in reflexology and kinesiology.
While Vanden Heuvel didn’t practice reflexology on her son at that time, he later encouraged Twork to take classes in reflexology.
“I learned it in order to help him out,” Twork said of her son. “I used to work on his feet all the time.”
Reflexology involves only the addressing acupressure points on the hands and feet, the acupressure points correspond to reflex areas in the body.
The client remains fully clothed during the process, only taking off their shoes, Twork said.
“What reflexology does is it reduces tension in the body, it increases circulation and it helps to ground the body,” she said.
Twork took Vanden Heuvel’s recommendation and after 100 hours of classroom learning and 100 hours of hands-on practicum, she was certified in reflexology.
She has been practicing reflexology, alongside Reiki for 10 years now. Reiki is a Japanese form of hands-on healing.
Reiki, may lead clients to feel more clarity or emotional or physical clearing, Twork said. Though she reiterated she is not a doctor, but reflexology and Reiki can be preventative measures to getting well and healing.
Her son who is now 18 and has experienced Reiki and reflexology said both have benefits for clarity and peace of mind.
“Just like a massage it’s stress reducing,” he said of reflexology. “It’s not massage therapy, but it’s a different form of stress reduction.”
All sessions that Twork offers are focused on reducing tension and stress. She also works with essential oils as well, which she added, may also promote stress reduction.
“When you reduce tension and stress in the body and when you reduce physiological stress, the body does what it’s intended to do and that’s to heal itself,” she said. “It’s really, really important to reduce tension in the body for me, to help people in that way.”
Twork also helps with breathing techniques, visualizing positive thoughts or giving her clients homework like taking walks or doing positive affirmations.
“It’s not just touching the feet,” Twork said. “I try to teach them to condition themselves with their own talk. Put out there what you want not what you don’t want.”
Twork also recently relocated her reflexology business to a studio at Northland Terrace in Marinette.
To contact Twork for a reflexology or Reiki session, people may call 906-290-4709 or for more information, visit her website at www.nicoleannmarie.com.