Ask the Expert: Questions About Reflexology & Hot Stone Massage Answered

Ask Lisa: Why do I need reflexology on my hands? I thought doing it on the feet took care of my whole body.

The bottoms of the feet, the palms of the hands and the ears all offer great access to end points of the body’s many nerve pathways.

I personally prefer working with the hands and ears, when addressing upper body concerns, and the feet for organ systems and for detoxing.


Lisa Manning, CST, CHt
Lisa is a Craniosacral and Myofascial Release Therapist. She’s also a Master Certified Hypnotherapist, specializing in Somato-Emotional Hypnosis to address chronic pain and anxiety. Lisa is trained in Ionic Foot Detox.


Ask Glynda: What is a hot stone massage? What can I expect?

During a hot stone massage, the surface of the stone is warm but, its core is hot. Massage therapists, like me, use hot stones to increase your circulation and to melt muscle tension, stress and anxiety.

The stones we at use Chesapeake Holistic are basalt. These stones are formed when lava reaches the earth’s surface or a mid-ocean ridge from a volcano. My stones were formed in Hawaii.

Hot stones are ideal for massaging tight and restricted muscles. The heat persuades the muscle tissue to surrender into the deep relaxation of the parasympathetic nervous system. In turn, this relaxation response allows your nervous system to rest and digest.

The stones are generally used in long flowing strokes to stretch commonly-bound muscle tissue, such as neck shoulders and back. I also place stones on energetic centers of the body (e.g., the abdomen).

Stones come from the earth and their use in massage is naturally grounding and heavy; keeping you anchored in the moment and connected to your body.

The warm edge of the stone is used on trigger points of the upper body and reflex points on the feet. These specific points, when given steady pressure, can create a widespread release throughout the body.

* When booking a massage with me, you do not need to book “hot stone” massage… just schedule a regular massage and I’ll work the hot stones in during your session.


Glynda Cullen, LMT, LE
Glynda is a licensed Massage Therapist and a licensed Esthetician. She offers therapeutic massage and facial treatments (and after-hours appointments). Glynda is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox protocols.

Ask the Expert: Virtual Visits

Ask Katherine: I had a BioClear appointment with you, and I really want to continue, but it’s hard for me to get to Annapolis. Can you clear my allergies remotely? In the past, I’ve worked with Carol and Cathy from my home.

Yes, we can do that! After our initial in-person consultation, I can teach you how to clear sensitivities at home using a hand scanner.

The scanner we use for BioClear Sensitivity Treatments (and for some of Carol’s protocols) may be purchased through Chesapeake Holistic or from recommended providers.

At-home clearings are still considered appointments. I need to be able to see you, using Skype or FaceTime, to guide your breathing and other facets of the clearing process, while I send the frequencies through the hand cradle to you.


Katherine Sale, MSW, MAc, LAc, CNC
Katherine is a Licensed, Board-Certified Acupuncturist, a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, an Integrative Energy Therapies Provider, and an Advanced BioClear Practitioner.


Carol HeckmanAsk Carol: At our last session, you mentioned we could do virtual visits… How does that work?

I offer virtual visits for both Health Coaching and Functional Nutrition. These remote sessions make it easy for those with busy schedules and/or those living far away from the Chesapeake Holistic office.

The process is simple. Once you’ve scheduled your visit with our office, I will send you an email with the appropriate health forms to complete. You’ll also get a chance to select either a video or phone visit. Email your completed forms back before the appointment.

For remote/virtual Health Coaching sessions, this is all you need to do. I will connect with you at the designated time.

Remote/virtual Functional Nutrition appointments, however, include additional individualized assessment using our Zyto biocommunication technology. For this visit, you will need access to a Windows platform. In my email to you, I will send directions for a software download to be completed prior to the appointment.

Our office will mail a hand cradle to you, which you will use to connect virtually with me and enable the assessment scans. At the time of this appointment, I’ll give you a special code to use the software.


Carol Heckman, RN, CNHP, MH, CNC
Carol is a Registered Nurse, as well as a Certified Natural Health Practitioner, a Master Herbalist, and a Certified Nutritional Consultant.


Cathy LoganAsk Cathy: Can you do Body Code sessions remotely?

Unlike Emotion Code, I cannot do The Body Code remotely. There’s a good reason: being a Body Code practitioner is like being a detective. We’re always looking for the underlying causes of things.

Many times it’s a trapped emotion, but it can also be a physical or emotional trauma, blocked chakra, nutritional deficiency, structural imbalance, the list is endless.

There are even limiting beliefs that need to be identified and cleared. What is a limiting belief? It’s any negative self-talk/belief you internalize and which becomes part of the energy you put out into the world. This negativity can influence your ability to form and keep relationships, attract negativity, the wrong people, etc.

So, we have to: identify the exact wording, release it, and install a positive message as a replacement. For example, if you’re telling yourself, “I’m so fat!” We would clear that negative statement and replace it with: “I’m on my way to a healthy weight!”

To find the positive statement/belief that your body/mind will accept and adopt, you need to be at the session. We often muscle-test for the wording that resonates with a client.

For this reason, as well as the complexity of finding and releasing trapped emotions (from the many body systems The Body Code covers), your in-person participation is truly necessary.


Cathy Logan, CHC, COT, CECP, CBCP
Cathy is a Certified Health Coach, a Certified ONDAMED® Technician, and a Certified Emotion Code® and Body Code® Practitioner. She is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox.


Ask the Expert: Flu Prevention

Jennifer SalosAsk Jennifer: What can I do to help prevent getting the flu this year?

A combination of healthy lifestyle choices (hygiene, nutrition, sleep) and supplements can help you and your family to stave off the flu. And, if you get it, these same steps should help to lessen and shorten symptoms.

Flu Prevention

To prevent the flu, the best course is to make sure everyone in your family:

  • Eats healthy foods (really limit junk food and soda).
  • Takes a well-formulated multivitamin (without GMOs, additives, etc.).
  • Avoids touching their eyes, nose and mouth, which is how germs spread.
  • Washes their hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds (the CDC has good suggestions regarding hand-washing).
  • Covers their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and washes hands afterward. Used tissues should go in a covered trash can.
  • Disinfects surfaces (e.g., cell phones, tables, school books, doorknobs, light switches, and faucet handles) that may be contaminated with the flu virus and other germs.
  • Gets plenty of sleep (10-12 hours/night for preschool and elementary school children; 10-12 hours for adolescents and high-school teens; and 8 hours for adults).

Flu Symptom Relief

If someone in your home gets the flu, I recommend (at the first sign of symptoms) that adults and children take Oscillococcinum as directed on the box. This OTC homeopathic remedy is readily available, at pharmacies, and can shorten the duration and severity of symptoms. The sooner you take it the better. I never travel without this product.

For adults and children, I also recommend Immuno Spray, which we carry at Chesapeake Holistic. Spray once every two hours for the first day, and then use two sprays three times daily, until symptoms are gone. For a fever, take one chewable calcium tablet every hour until the fever falls below 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The practitioners at CH also rely on Flu Nosode to prevent and alleviate flu. Homeopathic nosodes are believed to: help the body recognize disease-causing entities, provide a level of protection, and assist in the natural elimination of pathogens.

We like Flu Nosode because it’s a high-grade homeopathic that’s reformulated each year, with the naturally-occurring forms of current flu strains used in vaccines.

For a customized immune support program, for you or your child, please make a Nutrition and Functional Health appointment with Carol Heckman.


Jennifer Salos, MS, CNC
Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition. She is also a nationally Certified Nutritional Consultant and Diplomat of the American Association of Nutritional Consultants.


How to Take Flu Nosode

It’s safe and effective for people of all ages; and one bottle is enough to last throughout flu season for a family of four. They make a limited supply, so stop by our office, or call us, to order soon.

For prevention, we recommend you start taking Flu Nosode at the beginning of October, if possible. Once a week through April (end of flu season), place 10-15 drops under your tongue. Do this 30 minutes before or after a meal / drink.

To alleviate immediate or severe flu symptoms, take 10-15 drops every 15 minutes for up to 3 hours. For mild or improving symptoms, use 10-15 drops 3 times per day.

Ask the Expert: Fall Allergies

Ask Katherine: Now that my kids are back in school, their allergies are going crazy. Is it a seasonal thing or do you think it’s something else?

Well, the kids have been in school for a few weeks now… no more summer frolicking at the pool, beach and summer camps. For those with children, it’s all about the daily structure of school: carpooling, school lunches, after school activities and sports, and homework.

This time of year, late summer and early fall, is also the height of ragweed season. With children back in a classroom environment, for typically 6 hours or more a day, they definitely have more to sneeze at than just ragweed!

As anyone who lives with allergies can attest to, a school building can be a minefield of allergens.

New carpeting, furniture and wall paints, as well as janitorial cleaning products, can release volatile organic compounds (known as outgassing) into the air your child breathes. Furry classroom pets can also release dander, and leaky classrooms and bathrooms can harbor mold. And don’t forget about dust!

When you add in exposure to environmental factors found in playing fields and lunchroom areas, the mix of potential allergens your child may be exposed to can create a disruption for your child’s immune system and their school routine.

The most common allergens children are exposed to in the fall are:

  1. Ragweed. This pollen is easily the biggest fall inhalant allergy culprit, for children and adults alike. Ragweed pollinates in August and continues for well over a month, and the pollen can travel long distances. If your child suffers from fall allergies, ragweed is the number one suspect.
  2. Mold. Spores can accumulate in damp areas of the home or school. Since children spend more time inside during the fall season, they are highly susceptible to mold and other indoor allergens. Mold is also abundant on and underneath wet leaves: be aware of this when your child wants to tumble in that pile of leaves as part of autumn outdoor fun.
  3. Trees. There are certain trees that pollinate in the fall that are potential allergens. One of these is a type of sumac tree; you will see big bunches of pollen literally dripping from its branches and floating in the air in the autumn months.
  4. Food Allergies. In addition to exposure to a myriad of inhalants, back to school means school lunches. So, you pack your child a healthy lunchbox… only to find out they happily traded their healthy food for their friends’ food, usually stuff they don’t normally eat at home.

These items typically are in the “junk food” category, laced with preservatives, food dyes and artificial chemicals. Think about this if your child comes home with stomachaches or rashes.

Allergy or Sensitivity?

When we hear the word “allergy,” most of us think of sneezing, itchy red eyes and a stuffed up, runny nose. This type of “allergy” is often called hay fever or seasonal allergies. It keeps medical allergists busy in the spring and fall, as the suffering throngs get scratch tests and seek relief from their misery via shots and pills.

A true allergy occurs when your child’s immune system makes an antibody to something it mistakenly thinks is bad for her/him. For something to be called an “allergy,” one’s body must make an antibody to it, and if it doesn’t, it’s called a “sensitivity.”

In the case of an inhalant sensitivity (to dust, pollen…), your doctor would typically recommend either shots or medication (prescription or over the counter). The shots route, although successful, especially for inhalant sensitivities, may require injections for your child every week or two for a year or longer.

Another medical recommendation for handling sensitivity symptoms would be avoiding the offending substance. But how do you do that when your child is playing outdoors in a pollen-filled environment or sitting in a classroom inhaling mold spores or chemicals?

At Chesapeake Holistic, we offer another solution: a bioenergetic desensitization method for identifying and clearing sensitivities through an elimination program known as BioClear.

BioClear utilizes a galvanic skin response program, which can quickly and easily evaluate your child’s sensitivities to the environmental inhalants that may be causing their symptoms.

The inhalant treatment program includes testing and clearing of sensitivities, within each of the following categories:

  • Phenolics (chemical compounds)
  • Trees
  • Grasses
  • Weeds
  • Dust
  • Flowers
  • Mold/Fungus
  • Fumes
  • Epidermals (skin irritations)
  • Local samples/household chemicals

This season, take advantage of our BioClear Back to School / Fall Special for children and adults: $285 for the initial evaluation and $95 per follow-up clearing session. Call 410.349.9043 to book.


Katherine Sale, MSW, MAc, LAc, CNC
Katherine is a Licensed, Board-Certified Acupuncturist, a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, an Integrative Energy Therapies Provider, and an Advanced BioClear Practitioner.

Ask the Expert: What You Need to Know about Kids and Sleep

Carol HeckmanAsk Carol: How many hours of sleep should my kids get each night? Now that school’s started they are so tired…

Sleep is a major factor in our health and wellness. It’s not only an issue for adults, but sleep is an area of increasing concern for our kids’ wellbeing.

Truly, the business of our current lifestyle puts children’s sleep (routines, quality, and duration) at risk. The back to school transition is a great time to evaluate your children’s sleep patterns and needs.

Benefits of Good Sleep

Adequate sleep positively impacts brain health (e.g., mood and thinking) and overall wellness. Truly, there are so many benefits of a good night’s sleep for children:

  1. Appropriate growth – the growth hormone is primarily secreted at night. Italian researchers found that children who do not sleep deeply have deficient growth hormone levels.
  2. Heart health – Sleep prevents vascular damage from circulating stress hormones. Children with sleep disorders have excessive brain arousal (fight or flight), causing high nighttime blood glucose and cortisol levels, which may lead to diabetes and heart disease.
  3. Weight management – Blood glucose and cortisol levels are also linked to obesity. As well, sleep deprivation affects the hormone leptin, which fat cells create to tell our bodies when we’ve eaten enough to be satisfied. And, like adults, tired kids crave carbs and high fat foods.
  4. Fewer colds and viruses – Sleep helps to build a healthy immune system. As we sleep, the body produces cytokines: proteins that fend off infection, illness, and stress.
  5. Better sports performance and injury reduction – For children involved in sports, lack of sleep, and poor sleep quality, slows muscle growth and repair, decreases endurance, and reduces speed. All opening the door for minor and major injuries.
  6. Improved attention span and learning – For school-age kids, research shows adding just 27 minutes of nightly sleep makes it easier for them to focus, and to manage their moods and impulses. Sufficient sleep also improves learning retention.

Length of Sleep

When we look at sleep for our kids, like adults, how long we sleep is important. It’s recommended that preschool and elementary school children get 10-12 hours a night of sleep, while adolescents and high-schoolers need 9 hours.

Studies by the National Sleep Foundation found one-third of preschoolers, and one-fourth of elementary school-aged children, get less sleep than what is recommended. Sadly, our kids are starting to have sleep deficits at very early ages.

If you’re not sure how much sleep your children are getting, try tracking the time they fall asleep for a week. If they aren’t getting the recommended number of sleep hours, set bedtime an hour or so earlier.

For new information about creating successful bedtime routines, and sleep insights for special needs children, read more…

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Ask the Expert: Teen Skincare

Ask Glynda: How should I change my teenager’s summer skincare routine for good skin, without breakouts, in the fall?

Now is the time to consider how your teen’s skin will look this fall by boosting their summer routine. Actually, this is good practice for all of us, of all ages.

In August, and into late September, the excess heat and humidity outside may increase the oil production of your child’s skin. This can be especially troubling for teens with acne.

Exfoliating helps to rid the skin of dead cells that build up and trap the over-producing oil. However, exfoliation can also increase your exposure to sun’s rays.

What to do? Consider having your teens exfoliate only once a week. If using a new exfoliant, start by doing it at night to be sure your teen doesn’t have a reaction.

Once their skin is accustomed to the exfoliant, have them use it in the morning (but only on days they will not have maximum sun exposure). Transitioning use of exfoliants to the morning is important.

The morning is the best time to exfoliate since skin renews overnight while you sleep. We want to clear out the dull dead skin cells, while being mindful to not over-strip the young, fresh skin cells.

If you’re looking for a product recommendation, I suggest Shira’s Pure Pineapple and Papaya Enzyme Peel. First of all, it smells like vacation! Secondly, this peel is made with natural enzymes which gently dissolve the dead skin cells. Lastly, it also has an Aloe Vera base to hydrate and will deliver antioxidants for the renewal of your teen’s skin.

As well, a seasonal facial may be just the tool to find your teen’s balance. During the session, I will assess your teen’s skin and offer personalized suggestions for skincare for the upcoming season.

Frankly, everyone’s skin-needs change each season, so you should consider seasonal facials for yourself, too.


Glynda Cullen, LMT, LE
Glynda is a licensed Massage Therapist and a licensed Esthetician. She offers therapeutic massage and facial treatments (and after-hours appointments). Glynda is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox protocols.

Ask the Expert: Stress of the New School Year

Cathy LoganAsk Cathy: My kids are already starting to feel the stress of a new school year. Can Emotion Code help with that?

Yes! There are many different ways Emotion Code can help you and your kids.

First of all, Emotion Code is great for reducing anxiety during stressful times, such as the start of the school year, going to a new school, or going away to college.

There are so many changes these transitions bring… and that change usually comes with some knots in the stomach.

In addition to clearing stress, Emotion Code can eliminate some of the subconscious blocks (that we all put up) keeping us from achieving our true potential…

… Whether it be making new friends, or trying out for the sports team, or navigating through your first time away from home.

I’ve worked with many kids over the years with great results; children and young adults’ trapped emotions clear quickly. So set your kids up for success this year and let them try Emotion Code.

And, because your kids’ back to school transitions are hard on the rest of the family, too, a few EC sessions are not a bad idea for you either.

As my son is starting law school this fall, I can assure you I will be doing a lot of clearing on myself as well as my son!

If you or your child has never tried Emotion Code, come in for a free session.


Cathy Logan, CHC, COT, CECP, CBCP
Cathy is a Certified Health Coach, a Certified ONDAMED® Technician, and a Certified Emotion Code® and Body Code® Practitioner. She is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox.

Ask the Expert: Dental Work

Carol HeckmanAsk Carol: Why does Carol always ask about having dental work done? How can that impact my health?

Those are great questions! You’re right… I always explain to clients the nuances behind the connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body.

Newer research on gut microbiome is revealing how important the oral microbiome is to our health. And, if you know me, then you know one of the key areas (of nutritional health and function) I focus on is the health of your microbiome: the garden within your gut.

Research findings are also connecting poor oral health with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, systemic illnesses, and other health concerns.

Why? The mouth is the initial intersection between the outer world and our inner world. We swallow 1 trillion bacteria every day! Bacteria, viruses, molds, and toxins from the air, food, and water are introduced to our internal systems through our mouth.

If your oral microbiome and structures (tongue, teeth, gums, and oral mucus membranes) are not healthy, or have lingering bad bugs, these will be introduced into your body via your gut and blood stream at the time of dental care.

A healthy mouth environment is your first line of defense from these intruders. Signs of an unhealthy oral microbiome are often: bad breath, dry mouth, altered taste, gingivitis, receding gums, and cavities.

A healthy mouth = a healthy life!


Carol Heckman, RN, CNHP, MH, CNC
Carol is a Registered Nurse, as well as a Certified Natural Health Practitioner, a Master Herbalist, and a Certified Nutritional Consultant.

Ask the Expert: Emotion Code & Reflexology

Cathy LoganAsk Cathy: How do I know if my session with you worked? You cleared emotions in my stomach but it still hurts.

With Emotion Code and The Body Code, we clear things in layers. And each emotion has to be brought to the surface and cleared, so it’s not one and done. Usually people feel, at the very least, lighter after a session.

There may also be other reasons your stomach hurts. It may take a few sessions to discover and clear all of the underlying issues; sometimes things go way back to childhood traumas.

As Dr. Nelson (creator of The Body Code) says, “Anything can cause anything!” We just have to follow the trail.


Cathy Logan, CHC, COT, CECP, CBCP
Cathy is a Certified Health Coach, a Certified ONDAMED® Technician, and a Certified Emotion Code® and Body Code® Practitioner. She is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox.


Ask Lisa: Is reflexology better than a foot massage? How are they different?

Reflexology and foot massage are both wonderful for dialoguing with the body, and stimulating the body’s own healing response.

The feet are an especially sensory-rich area to work with. Why? We all use our feet all day long for grounding, support and movement; a little bit of bodywork attention here signals a big relaxation response!

In reflexology, the focus is on stimulating all of the nerve pathways for general healing and detox. Specific nerve endings correspond to different body systems and body parts.

Reflexology can be a very useful way to indirectly address health challenges, such as broken bones or areas of extreme inflammation.

With foot massage, the focus is shifted more to the muscles and connective tissues. Structure and balance can be evaluated, and corrective techniques may be used.

Usually I evaluate and apply a combination of all of the above, depending on what I find and the desired healing outcome.


Lisa Manning, CST, CHt
Lisa is a Craniosacral and Myofascial Release Therapist. She’s also a Master Certified Hypnotherapist, specializing in Somato-Emotional Hypnosis to address chronic pain and anxiety. Lisa is trained in Ionic Foot Detox.

Ask the Expert: Seeds

Jennifer SalosAsk Jennifer: I’m thinking of adding more seeds to my diet. Which ones are the healthiest? I’ve been told chia, flax and hemp seeds are good ones to try.

Chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp seeds are all good sources of fiber, protein and nutrients. And all three offer a nice bit of crunch and mild flavor to salads and other recipes.

Here are some details about each of these healthful seeds, to help you decide which are right for you:

Chia seeds. Of the three seeds, chia contains the highest amount of fiber. The key is that it’s largely soluble fiber, which assists in lowering cholesterol, reducing appetite and promoting regularity.

As well, chia seeds are high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, and other micronutrients, including calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. Chia seeds’ properties are also heart-healthy, support healthy skin, balance blood sugar and boost energy levels.

Because these seeds are easy to digest (and unlike other seed types may be consumed whole or ground) chia seeds are often used in recipes.

Flax seeds. These contain the most omega-3 fatty acids per serving (versus chia and hemp seeds), which reduces inflammation, constipation, and development of chronic diseases such as diabetes.

Flax seeds are also high in lignans, antioxidant plant compounds that help prevent cancer and heart disease.

Unlike chia seeds, however, flax seeds should be ground-up before consumption to maximize the health benefits. Flax is available as seeds, oil, powder, tablets, capsules and flour.

Hemp seeds. Compared to chia and flax seeds, hemp seeds have the highest amount of plant-based protein.

Hemp seeds are also rich in essential minerals (magnesium, zinc and iron) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) that assists with hormone health, ADHD, high blood pressure, and more.

However, hemp seeds contain a higher ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient many people already ingest too much through foods. Keeping this ratio low is essential for inflammation relief and prevention of chronic diseases.

To find out which of these seeds your body tolerates and processes the best, I do recommend making an appointment with Katherine or Carol.

Sources: Food is Medicine by Dr. Axe and Medical News Today


Jennifer Salos, MS, CNC
Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition. She is also a nationally Certified Nutritional Consultant and Diplomat of the American Association of Nutritional Consultants.


Client Story

“I first started seeing Jennifer in May of 2018 with my fiancé Jim W… I was a mess after losing my mother and husband within 6 months of each other, and then my 33 year-old son was diagnosed with cancer. I was eating and drinking alcohol excessively and became very unhealthy…

Within a few months of first seeing Jennifer, and following her supplements and eating plan, I am down 30lbs and I’m off 3 different Rx medications. My energy is through the roof and I have never felt better! I thank Jennifer for saving my life!”

– Terry M.