Saturday, September 24, 2016

2-Day Pop-Up Puppy/People Event/Central Park

Join us at Chess and Checkers!
Thank You for Joining Us!!!
While it Was Two Grey Days, it Did Not Rain.
We Witnessed Late Summer Transforming into Fall.
Our Lungs Greatly Benefited!!! 

2 Day POP-UP 
REFLEX (ology) 
and PLAY (FunFoodFlip)!

Please, join us!

Please, bring your friends and puppies or borrow your neighbor's puppy. 

Wednesday, Sep. 28; 9am - 1pm 
Thursday, Sept. 29; 9am - 1pm


Central Park
Chess and Checkers House Terrace 
MidPark at 64th street

There's a flyer with additional info:

Definition of Reflexology by Reflexology Association of America (RAA) 

Reflexology is a protocol of manual techniques, such as thumb and finger-walking, hook and backup and rotating-on-a-point, applied to specific reflex areas predominantly on the feet and hands. These techniques stimulate the complex neural pathways linking body systems, supporting the body’s efforts to function optimally. The effectiveness of reflexology is recognized worldwide by various national health institutions and the public at large as a distinct complementary practice within the holistic health field. (RAA 2016).

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

9/11 Part One: Supporting 9/11 First Responders and Families

Reflexology at the bottom

It seems so fresh and yet so far away, 9/11, that is. 

Reflexology was offered via CRREW (many thanks to CRREW) at the annual Voices of 9/11 event at Downtown Marriott very close to the 9/11 Memorial.

I did this event once before and have worked in many communal settings.  The reflexology community I am part of (NYSRA) also did 3 fund raisers to benefit STWS (I have mentioned them in previous posts) which has been supporting the 9/11 community with holistic services.

My wonderful colleague Carol Schwartz who was also part of the 3 fundraisers in 2011 and I offered:

·      Foot reflexology
·      Hand reflexology

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Puppy Stress: Is Shelter, Food, And Love Enough?

Out and about with Mowgli
This is what happened one recent morning in the West 50s (Hell's Kitchen/Clinton) within ten minutes on the way back home: 

- A tiny dog, very friendly, and not afraid of Mowgli at all.  I chat with the owner.  Puppy lost one eye due to abuse by his former owner, but seems utterly happy just to be alive.  Nevertheless, this puppy would benefit from daily puppy reflexology despite the fact that it seems unaffected.  

- An owner sitting on the stoop with his puppy, 
a handsome pit bull, small but muscular.  He gets

Thursday, September 8, 2016

#wearewater Hello!

Peace pipes vs. pipe lines, please.
Pipe lines jeopardize the quality of water.  We hear so much about water contanimation; this can not be taken lightly.  This should be an easy decision.  The only way at this point in time is the clean green way, and it is possible.  If we can go to the moon, and we have, we can go green, too.  

The above photo of me and my older brother was taken in the Alps in the early 70s; everything changes but safe water has to be a priority, even 40+ years later.  #wearewater


Birgit Nagele, ARCB, LVCY, TSY
Reflexology (feet/hands/face/DIY/Dogs) 
Yoga (LV Chair Yoga, lTSY)
Private Clients, Corporate, Wellness Events
EuNYCe (Educating about Reflexology)
Wellness is a journey not a destination...
Tel: (917) 664-5792

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Climate Change: Cleaner Cooling Options/Pleasant on the Senses

chilled herb packs
(- Still have not figured out how to fix the formatting, but this is time-sensitive, so thank you for bearing with me.)

Does anyone still believe that Climate Change is a myth?
It has been so hot in New York.  Labor Day was last weekend, but there will be more hot days.    

A while ago
I found myself trenched in sweat and my hair felt like wool.  Somehow I had not been able to put it up neatly away from my head and look nice for a presentation I was doing during the day.  That has never happened before.  When your thinnish/straightish hair feels like wool, it must be very hot, no?  I was ready to take scissors and get to work but then I decided to list cool but simple ways I like to cool off and have cooled off with and to be more adventurous

I have mentioned these two before:

Chilled Jade rollers: Both Mowgli and I love them.
Sitali Breath is cooling, you can do try it right now.  Dogs do sitali, too, for sure.  It takes a teacher who has lived in the desert to teach this pranayama.  Thank you, Lakshmi Voelker.  I am curling my tongue right now.

I have used heated herb packs for chest colds, but I decided to explore using them for cooling.  I have two big packs (one for shoulders and one for the back) so I indulged in a few-minute meditation on the cooling sensations on the massage table and even added an eye pillow I stuffed with ice cubes but chilling it it is better.  Wow - a keeper for super hot days!  I did it again before I fell asleep.
The weather has been more extreme than ever, and I am getting older.  Still, air conditioners are overused in my opinion. What's the point of summer?  Heat has wonderful healing benefits (sweating detoxes) and hydrating adequately with water, eating water melon or other light and watery foods will often do the trick.  And the body conserves heat for the winter.  

chilled eyepillow 
We may also lose may lose weight during the summer.  In case you drink a lot of coffee and alcohol (which are dehydrating) you may have to drink even more water.  Better yet ease up on respective consumption.   

Wearing light clothing (cotton, linen) and straw hats help. When I was in the dessert many years ago I dumped my hat in water and then wore it - amazing and nobody noticed - sitali for the head, and once the head is cool, you will be overall cooler; does not work for the office, however.

Spending less time outside midday.  Morning or evening hours, etc., are better.   

Finding shady spots (I am a shade friend) oh and slowing down because you can't have a straight thought anyway; or is it just me?  And that is so relaxing; it also means you may have less "monkeys" in your head. 

Some time near Hudson River, in a shady public space with a fountain (Lincoln Center has a very nice fountain and if there is a breeze you may even get sprayed) or Central Park or perhaps a movie, but then one should remember to bring a shawl; movie theaters are often like ice boxes.  The nearby brand new state-of-the-art library is cool but not too cool. 
Then there is foot soaking - cool water with a drop or essential oil - perhaps lavender or peppermint.

Drinking mint tea.

hair like wool
And I personally am hoping to return to the Delaware sooner or later, wade in a refreshing creek or do some cooling off in a lake.   

And of course, there are the beaches one can get to via subway, such as Coney Island or Rockaway, but bring a parasol and/or hat and light clothes to cover yourself to prevent sunburn. 

In the meantime it's a combination of the above for me, depending on what is going on.  Also slow pace urban park yoga most likely early or late.  

At night have a fan blowing air over your body, but keep it away from the face.  You do not want to wake up with a head ache or a sore neck.  


Keep cool.


Birgit Nagele, ARCB, LVCY
Reflexology, Chair Yoga, DIY
tel: (917) 664-5792

Dragonfly: When Time Was Not Money (Labor Day Weekend)

Regaining Strength
I was studying, practicing and hanging out with Mowgli on the dock.  But I was also letting myself get interrupted and admired the mostly red dragonflies and other activity on the lake, when I noticed a blue dragonfly in the water.  

It seemed to be struggling and got tired quickly, so I got into the kayak and brought it on land.

One of the wings was damaged, but after cheering it on, petting its back gently (that was the reflexology part), but mostly just holding and admiring its' beauty, it regained strength quickly and the wings started moving faster and faster.  After about two minutes, it flew off.  I was secretly hoping for a visit the next day.