About Holly

MeandkHolly is a Traditional Chinese Reflexologist and Certified Massage Practitioner who has been practicing Chinese Reflexology since 2004. She is the creator of ChineseFootReflexology.com, an online resource that teaches people how to heal their bodies with Chinese Reflexology and the Mind/Body/Spirit connection.

Holly studied at Five Branches University, completing the Asian Massage and Bodywork program and two years of the Masters Program in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She learned Traditional Chinese Reflexology from Dr. Gilbert Tay, a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor and the founder of this style of Chinese Reflexology.

Holly is also a Dragon Spirit Guide who can tune in to people’s vibrational energies. She specializes in connecting people with the life force energy of the Universe. She integrates Dragon Spirit healing with her Chinese Reflexology sessions so that people can bring their bodies back into balance and heal faster by releasing negative emotions and subconscious thoughts held in the body.

Holly lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, son and cat. When she’s not teaching about healing, you may find her biking the trails, skipping along the sidewalk with her little boy or channelling the Universe.

If You’re Curious, Here’s My Story

At the age of 25, I was in a car accident that left me with chronic neck, shoulder and back pain. The regular doctors had nothing for me other than, “Take some aspirin”. The accident propelled me to explore alternative healing where I found some relief from the pain I experienced.

However, it took two significant shifts in my beliefs before the real healing began. The first shift occurred when my boyfriend asked if we were still going to bicycle across Canada as we had planned before the accident. I was about to say, “No,” when I heard a voice inside me say, “If you say no, this car accident will define you for the rest of your life.” Thankfully, I listened to my inner voice and said, “Yes”.

The second shift came when I attended a movement workshop and the instructor told the story of how her ankle had been run over by a car. She released the emotional trauma from the event and after she left the hospital, her ankle didn’t swell up and was fine in just a couple of weeks.

Her story opened my way of thinking. I had always thought that I would have residual pain from my accident, but I suddenly realized I didn’t have to live this way. My mind held the power to heal my body. From those two mind shifts alone, I was able to recover 95% from the car accident. In less than two years after the accident, I was strong enough to bicycle 3,500 kilometres across Canada.

There were still a few lessons for me to learn…

Despite this incredible recovery and amazing discovery of the power of the mind to heal, I made some poor choices and found myself in a work situation that was extraordinarily stressful. When work got particularly stressful, my health began to fail. I visited the hospital emergency room three times in 9 months, and experienced multiple infections and bizarre illnesses. Over the course of a year, my health deteriorated so badly that I wondered if I was dying.

Every Western doctor told me my tests were normal and that I was perfectly healthy, despite feeling sicker than I had in my entire life. Alternative healers gave me multiple treatments and remedies, but nothing seemed to help.

Finally, my husband (who was my boyfriend at the time) suggested I see his Chinese Reflexologist. Ironically, for someone who embraced alternative healing, I was entirely skeptical. I asked, “Isn’t that where they rub your feet? How is that going to help me?”

The first time I received a Traditional Chinese Reflexology treatment, I was in tears. It was incredibly painful and according to the reflexology points my feet, all of my major organ systems were a disaster. However, after receiving regular treatments for a month, I noticed the points on my feet started hurting less.

I also noticed that instead of wondering what weird ailment would strike me next, my health stabilized. Once I started studying Chinese Reflexology, my health got even better. Within a year and a half, I felt so good that I was training for my first triathlon. Two years after learning Chinese reflexology, I looked back and realized that I had not experienced a single recurrent pain episode from my car accident. I had recovered 100%.

One more health scare…

I wish I could say this was the end of my story and I experienced amazing health from that moment on, but I was particularly stubborn in listening to my head vs. my heart. I continued working in a high stress job and I began having problems with my vision. Experiencing ocular migraines and being diagnosed with early stage macular degeneration was the wake-up call I needed to walk away from my job.

I made a decision to listen to my heart and as a result, my life and health completely transformed. I discovered I could channel the Universe and I embraced the connection between the Mind, Body and Spirit. As a result, I completely healed my eyes and have not experienced a single ocular migraine since.

More importantly, I learned that the key to amazing health isn’t about practicing the perfect health routine or regime. It’s about taking ownership of your health and bringing your body into harmony with its natural healing energy. Now, I simply listen to my body’s wisdom and automatically make small adjustments to “recalibrate” my health.

While many people experience more health issues as they get older, my health just gets better and better. I have boundless energy (as a full-time mom to a little boy, I have to!). I completed two triathlons last year. My body is strong, healthy, flexible, and I look 10 years younger—and feel 20 years younger—than my actual age.

Embracing the Mind/Body/Spirit connection is how I live a life of amazing health and vitality. It feels awesome to feel awesome and that’s why I’m so passionate about sharing what I’ve learned with the world. It’s my wish for you to experience amazing health and vitality too.

14 thoughts on “About Holly”

  1. Hi Holly, my facebook friend Marielle said you might be able to help me out with the symptoms of pneumonia. I am on antibiotics but they are rather hard on my stomach and my lungs are still congested.

    Thanks in advance,

    Chris

    1. Hi Chris,

      Just reading your message now. I hope you’re feeling better. If you still have a few traces left, I’d recommend rubbing your lung points and stomach points on both feet. You can download the free reflexology charts from the link in the navigation. Also, acidophilus is awesome for restoring the natural balance of good bacteria in your digestive track. Just take it at least an hour or two away from the antibiotics.

      Holly

  2. Hi Holly,
    Been reading your website and it is absolutely marvelous. I have been trying to learn reflexology myself but I’m curious is there a different type of reflexology technique..one taught by the western and chinese? Which one should I learn?
    Thanks again Holly!

    1. Thanks for your kind words. Yes, there is a difference between the Western and Chinese style. I noticed that there are some differences in where the points are located on the feet, but overall, a similar concept about how the feet correspond to the body. The style of reflexology that I learned is very intense and normally, you would use a wooden stick to massage the feet. The Western style is more gentle and soothing. For example, if an area is painful, the Western practitioner would recommend easing off on the massage. In Traditional Chinese Reflexology, you would massage more intensely. The theory behind the Chinese Reflexology is that the pain on the foot corresponds to energy disharmonies in the body. Massaging the foot intensely helps to balance the energy faster.

      It’s really up to you which is best. It is much easier to find someone to teach you the Western style as it is very popular. I studied reflexology from a Buddhist Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine who was the originator of this style of Traditional Chinese Reflexology. So, that kind of thing you can’t find very easily :). I am planning to record some videos teaching more of these techniques, so come back to my site every so often 😉

  3. Hi Holly
    I’m really glad I found your website. I knew there was a marked difference of styles in Western and Traditional Chinese Reflexology. I was told this by a Polish friend who studied in her own language I have found it difficult to find any info about it in the UK. Is there any centre in London you can direct me to? Also am intrigued about the reflexology stick!

    Nadia

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    1. Hi Nadia,

      Thank you so much for your comment. I’m glad that my site has been helpful. Unfortunately, I’m not aware of any centres in London. Were you looking for a Chinese Reflexology session or to learn how to practice on yourself?

      Healing practitioners of Chinese Reflexology are easier to find in Taiwan and China, but not so much, outside of Asia. In North America, there are a lot of the $20 foot massage places, but it’s really not the same. I’m a big believer that energy is a huge component of the healing process and I feel that it’s much more beneficial to see someone who has the energetic intention to support you in your healing process.

      It’s been so awesome hearing from people that I really feel inspired to create more articles and instructional videos on this site. As a full-time mom, it takes me a little longer to get things done :). I was considering creating a distance learning course to teach the complete system of this style of Traditional Chinese Reflexology. Would this be something you might be interested in?

      In the meantime, I’ve got plans to share about how to use Chinese Reflexology to improve vision, spring detox and get seasonal allergy relief. Check back again and thanks for subscribing to “Amazing Feet”! Beginning next month, I’m going to start including a “Point of the Month”.

      Cheers,
      Holly

  4. Hi there Holly! You are like a Knight in shining armor, and God bless your soul, for wanting to help as you do!
    I have had an intense, dynamic life and my feet show the discrepancy, especially on the ball, under the big Right toe, and yes – imbalance in the left jaw. while I was young, I would bite down hard when I slept. I have had 6 surgeries on my left side, and I have a lot of scar tissue from my left upper arm all the way down into my chest. I also had aggressive, advanced breast cancer and a port, all on the left side. Years earlier, I had the arm broken, set wrong, reset – but broken again because it never healed, then a bone transfer/graft from my left front chin, a ectopic pregnancy on the left side, ending in a removal of left ovary and fallopian. tube. I am sure I can name many more injuries on the left, and just a few on the right, lol. Thanks again Holly!

    1. Hi Roberta,

      Thank you so much. You are too kind. Wow, it’s very interesting that the intensity you’ve experienced in your life has been predominantly on the left side of your body. And, you seem to be a natural at identifying the corresponding reflexology areas on your feet! Wishing you much harmony and balance 🙂

      Holly

  5. Hi Holly
    Just found your site and am soo happy to know there is a difference between western and Chinese reflexology!

    I found out the easy way – my daughter massaged the outside of my feet (they had been driving me crazy for days) and the harder she worked the area the better my feet felt. It was only after she stopped that I noticed my knees no longer hurt and I could turn my head all the way to the left without pain in my shoulder. My book on reflexology couldn’t answer my new-found-freedom, so I searched Chinese reflexology and found an interactive chart…and there it was. That site gave me the locations, your site gave me the how too’s.

    I have one problem I don’t know how to help… My mother-in-law lives with me (almost 90yrs old) and has been having small strokes ever since her bigger stroke in 2007. She has recovered enough to feed herself and even walked 3 meters! We are happy for her and encourage any attempt she makes at self improvement (she has been incontinent since 2007, but asked and was able to use it yesterday). The problem is 6 days every three weeks she will have a mini-stroke cycle. During this time she will not sleep much at all; can only understand the Arabic dialect she grew up with and isn’t able to understand regular Arabic (she is Saudi and we live in Saudi); is confused and disorientated in time and place. Doctors say there isn’t anything they can do for her (tried many meds and they don’t help for more than a month or two), we just have to accept this is her condition.

    I don’t accept this, I believe reflexology can work to reduce her mood swings and help her to sleep…I just don’t know how to do it.

    Please help her. This woman’s other relatives didn’t show her compassion and it was only when she came to live with me last year that she learned there was compassion in my home for her condition.

    Thank you so much. Keep helping people – it is your calling. 🙂

    1. Hello Pamela,

      Thank you for your message and for sharing how reflexology has helped you. I am sorry to hear about your mother-in-law’s current condition. I admire and appreciate your compassion and dedication in supporting her and her healing process. I believe as you do that you don’t have to accept her condition as is. There is always something or someone that can help.

      As you live quite a distance away from me, obviously it would not be practical for me to see her. However, what comes to mind is an energy healing system that I am currently developing with another healer. We are at the very early stages of creating it, but it is designed to heal the whole person on four energetic levels: mind, body, heart and soul. And, it could also be applied regardless of distance. If you are interested in learning more, please send me a message at holly [@] chinesefootreflexology.com. If there is a way to help, it will be revealed.

      Insha’Allah

  6. Narayana G Hegde

    Good Morning Holly,
    First of all,I would like to wish You and Your family”,A Happy New Year,”
    I am late in seeing Your website on this wonderful method,
    But,I am not too late,as I am getting your regular messages,videos,
    Thanks for the nice narration and details,
    Apart from it,I went through your life story,it is really amazing,Your indepth belief in self has given the way of Health now,I must also say thanks to your Hubby too,
    As I am in to alternative therapy practice,I would love to receive your regular guidelines,
    With best wishes again,I Welcome YOU to our city Bangalore,Karnataka,India
    (dr.N.G.Hegde)-Alt.therapist

  7. Hi Holly,

    I am very interested in finding a Chinese Reflexologist in the area of Los Angeles, with similar qualifications as your own. Could you recommend a reflexologist in my area? It would be so appreciated!
    Thank you so much,
    Nicole

  8. Hi,
    I am so happy that I got to know about this site. Can u please help me with my eyesight, (myopic from the age of 12 years), high prescription, -6.00 (contact lens), lots of dry eyes. Will I be able to see without glasses again, Plz help me. I have subscribed to your site. I am from India, Bangalore.

    1. Hi Shantha,

      Congratulations on wanting to improve your vision. I am writing another article this month on how to use Chinese Reflexology to heal the energy related to eyes. I used the eye reflexology points to cure my early stage macular degeneration, although I’m sure the medical experts would say this is impossible and that I must have been misdiagnosed.

      In terms of vision improvement, each person and each body is different. I’ve heard from a few people that they’ve seen improvements in their vision just from following some of the 5 simple habits I wrote about in this article: https://chinesefootreflexology.com/improve-eyesight-naturally/.

      I’m going to be taking things deeper in the next few articles in terms of energy work and emotional awareness/clearing. I also have plans to do a vision improvement course for the spring. That’s the time of the year associated with the liver meridian. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver meridian is associated with the eyes.

      Thank you for subscribing to my site and as always, subscribers will be the first to learn of new articles and classes.

      Take care,
      Holly

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