by Sam Belyea a.k.a. The Foot Whisperer
When I initially looked at the cover of this book and read the title Mouse’s Best Day Ever I thought to myself “Why in the hell did Singing Dragon Publishing send this to me?” Then I read, in smaller print so the average child couldn’t see it, the words ‘Children’s Reflexology to Soothe Sore Teeth and Tums’. This was my first experience reading a children’s Reflexology book, I honestly had no idea that they existed but there is a huge market for parents looking for alternative and holistic ways to soothe their children’s pain and Reflexology is a perfect modality to fill that need.
I love this book! Perfect for the average do-it-yourself parent who wants to learn how to do Foot Reflexology on their children for three major reasons: 1) Increase child/parent bonding 2) Increase restful sleep in children (as Reflexology is known to produce in adults) 3) Alleviate pain from a range of child-centric dis-ease such as dental, digestive and immunity issues.
This book follows ‘Mouse’ on her best day ever as she encounters her five other animal friends: Hare, Otter, Squirrel, Mole and Snake. The cool part about this book is, in addition to being a perfect bedtime story book, each page instructs the parent on how to perform basic Foot Reflexology techniques as the story is being read – Genius!
As we follow the adventures of mouse, the story unfolds and each friend of mouse represents a key reflex area that is worked on the feet to alleviate pain in an area of the child’s body.
Mouse: The main character represents the Solar Plexus Reflex, a powerful group of nerves just below the diaphragm that help to induce overall relaxation and pain reduction according to the American Reflexology Certification Board.
Hare: Similar to the character Rabbit in our favorite childhood classic, Winnie the Pooh, there is a Hare character in Mouse’s Best Day Ever that represents the Chest/Lung Reflex areas.
Otter: Naturally a water-dwelling creature would represent a key water-based system of the body: Lymph, which is the immune-boosting fluid that fights infection when properly circulating.
Squirrel: Making multiple appearances is Squirrel because of the importance of the toes in Foot Reflexology. Learning to walk through the reflexes in the toes may seem repetitive, but in my Reflexology Certification Program we teach re-walking the toes multiple times as an important part of the routine which I was thrilled to find mirrored in this book.
Mole: The first character Mouse encounters is her friend Mole who represents the Digestive Reflexes. Unfortunately, I’m going to disagree with the lack of digestive system work suggested by the routine, but the book is so darn cute I’ll let it pass. My suggestion, throw in a couple extra ‘Caterpillar Walks’ over Mole’s section.
Snake: Right in the middle of Mouse’s adventures we meet Snake who represents the Spinal Reflexes; more important in adults who suffer from back, neck, and joint pain, but if you have an overactive child who is always bumping, falling or tackling then this is a great area to constantly re-walk for good measure.
I won’t give away the story, but I will tell you that this primer is essential for any Parent interested in Reflexology. Having this book on your shelf will eliminate the confusing and piecemeal search for videos on YouTube or the need for complicated professional-grade Reflexology books. Don’t think this routine is just for children either, you and your significant other can also practice this easy routine for fast and effective results on yourselves!
Congrats to Susan Quayle, Melissa Muldoon and Singing Dragon Publishing for producing such a wonderful book.
Buy the Book Here: http://singingdragon.com/usa/mouse-s-best-day-ever-34120.html