It was late summer 2015. I'd just finished writing and illustrating the book FLAWD - How To Stop Hating On Yourself, Others and the Things that Make You Who You Are for Penguin-Random House with Emily-Anne Rigal. My share of the advance money had been generous, but it was all gone.
While writing the book I was living on Mousum Lake in Acton, Maine -- which, from the outside, looked idyllic -- writer living on a lake -- internally I was really suffering with hopelessness and helplessness. No one knew it, but I was deeply in debt and nothing I was coming up with to build on having written a book -- which, by the way, had been named by Oprah’s Book Club (alongside Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic) as “one of 6 self-help books that really help” -- was panning out. At all.
Work harder, try harder, get even more creative, throw more spaghetti against the wall -- something’s got to stick. I was exhausting myself. And I was going down. I remember swimming in the lake one afternoon and thinking how nice it would be if I could just will myself to drown.
Remembering how strongly I felt the desire to die tells me how real the bottom that I was hitting was. It was disappointment and sorrow and being so sure that there was no way out.
"Do something - anything - to bring in money," a friend advised me. She knew that feeling solvent again was the way up and out of my despair.
"But I don't know HOW to do anything besides be creative!" And then it occurred to me... "I know reflexology."
I'd become certified as a reflexologist back in 1991. It had been my main gig for years. And then I burned out on rubbing people's feet. That will happen when something is your main gig. So, for the past 20 years I'd really only done it for my inner-circle peeps - and only when asked.
I got on the phone and called everyone I knew in New York and told them I was going on Jeanne's Exciting Reflexology Tour, did they want to be one of my stops? Everyone said,
"Sign me up!"
On Jeanne's Exciting Reflexology Tour I was reminded how much I love having my hands on people's feet... and how much people like having my hands on their feet.
I'm back in the foot business!
Happy Feet, Happy People
"Thank you. I'm so glad you're doing this again. You're... the best. That was especially epic. You're old school. Nobody does it like that anymore. They've hybridized too much. You've mastered the bottom of the feet. It's like Chinese doctors don't even do it. The flow of it. And what you did with the ankles this time, that was... yeah, ankles. That's a critical joint. And the Achilles. ...It feels like I got a back massage because of how it's affected my hips and legs. Thank you. When are you back?"
"You're the best reflexologist on the whole planet, Jeanne. You are. Why can't you be here more often? There's no one like you."
"The best of the best. That's what this is. The very, very best. When are you in again?"
"Jeanne's hands.... I forgot how good."
"Thank you for bringing sunshine to my feet. I'm ready for my talk tomorrow. Grounded!"
"That was great. See you tomorrow?"
Randy is a dandy of a new client. Tennis playing advertisement dad with a black lab on the west side of Manhattan.
"There's so much love in it."
"Man, oh man, oh man... Wowee, Jeeeean-neee... You've got the mojo, baby. Really. Roto-rooter... Jeanne... what a privilege."
"Delicious. I didn't want it to end. Can I get another one when you're in the city? It was yum."
"Wonderful wonderful wonderful wonderful wonderful."
"I wish I could get one every day."
"Peter, say something. I need a quote from you."
"Jeanne, you can't knock me out and then expect me to say something."
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a science and an art which deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body.
Stimulating these reflexes properly can help a host of health problems in a natural way. Many people use it as a type of preventative maintenance.
What Does Reflexology Do?
Reflexology is used primarily for relaxing tension. Doctors agree that over 75% of our health problems can be linked to nervous stress and tension. Reflexology improves nerve and blood supply, and helps the body to achieve homeostasis (its natural state of balance).
Can Reflexology Make a Condition Worse?
No, it will not make any condition more acute. Reflexology helps to normalize body functions. A Reflexology session relaxes the stress that can affect your health. It is a safe and effective way to better health.
Want a Foot Reflexology with Jeanne?
Well, you need to be in either the Walpole, NH area (where I live) or NYC (where I go to see clients once or twice a month).
You can contact me here.