Reflexology

January 17, 2011

Reflexology is a holistic science based on the premise that there are reflexes on the feet, hands, and even ears, which correspond to each organ and system of the body.  Each area or body system can be stimulated and/or relaxed using a type of compression massage using thumb, finger and hand techniques that act upon the central nervous system.  (There are approximately 7,200 nerve endings on the bottom of each foot).  By working specific areas, Reflexology promotes balance and normalization of the body, increases circulation and the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to cells supporting energy flow and stimulating the body’s nerve supply.  Reflexology promotes deeper relaxation, which has a positive effect on the body’s ability to create balance in spite of any kind of stress it may be experiencing.  Reflexologists are natural health practitioners, not medical doctors, and are not able to prescribe or diagnose, but are able to assist the body in accessing its own natural ability to heal.  Reflexology is an excellent compliment to other medical treatment.

Reflexology works on the following body systems and conditions:

  • Central nervous system including brain and spinal cord as well as vertebrae.  Acts directly on the nervous system and nervous conditions caused by stress or illness.
  • Endocrine system including all glands and reproductive organs.  Balances hormones, stimulates under active glands and relaxes over active glands.  Examples may include hypo- or hyperthyroidism, adrenal exhaustion, menstrual difficulties, enlargement of the prostate, maintenance of general reproductive health.
  • Joints and muscles where one may experience tightness, chronic tension or arthritic conditions.  Stimulates the nervous system to enhance healing needed from trauma or injury from sports or accidents.
  • Cardio-respiratory system includes heart, lungs, diaphragm, and sinuses.  Alleviates allergy symptoms, assists recovery from cardiac events and supports lungs for optimal respiration.
  • Digestive system includes all major organs of the alimentary canal as well as accessory organs including liver, gallbladder, and pancreas to support proper healthy digestion, assimilation, and elimination.
  • Urinary system includes kidneys, bladder and ureter.  Alleviates symptoms of chronic bladder or kidney infections, etc.
  • Lymphatic system includes lymph nodes and vessels.  Allows efficient movement of lymphatic fluid to aid the body in more effectively eliminating waste and toxins.

A typical Reflexology session may last from 30 minutes to one hour and includes general treatment to each body system on the feet and/or hands and ears.  Reflexology is an excellent addition to massage or bodywork. Reflexology does not require the removal of clothing with the exception of socks, shoes and jewelry.

A “mini” session includes simply a general overview of each body system on the feet while a “full” session includes additional treatment on trouble areas and may include work on hands and/or ears as well as the use of essential oils for enhanced healing.

For acute symptoms, like sinuses or bronchial congestion, for example, one may experience improvements in symptoms with only a few sessions and improvement can be seen in only one session though results vary from person to person.  For chronic conditions, more sessions may be needed.  See your natural health practitioner for more details.

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Happy New Year

January 2, 2011

Upon looking out at the horizon that is 2011, I am so excited to be returning to blogging activity.  Took a necessary hiatus, but will return in the new year with so much to share.  May 2011 bring you all balance, peace, health, happiness, joy, and abundance in all good things.  I leave you with my favorite blessing:

“The Lord bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and grant you peace…” (Num 6:24)

Happy New Year