Jul 8, 2010

Reflexology

Last night I had my first reflexology session. I have no idea why I waited so long to try this! (it took me months to get an appointment to see her). I have used acupuncture and massage therapy for years as prevention and treatment for many illnesses. I was having major hormone issues 3 years ago and acupuncture worked wonders to restore balance to my body and heal me. Of course none of these therapies work if you are eating HoHo's and drinking beers everyday. You need to have a clean diet, rich in whole foods and restricted of sugar and alcohol.  I really enjoyed my session last night. After a long 12 hour shift it was a perfect way to relax. I slept like a baby and I woke today feeling calm and refreshed. It was so interesting the way she could pick out the exact areas of my body that were bothering me just by feeling my feet. I did not tell her anything about myself before we started and as she began to feel areas on my feet she would ask me, "this is an neck point and it feels very congested, do you have cervical pain?". She pointed out many areas that were specific and very accurate.She brought attention to my liver (as all holistic practitioners do) and I was not surprised. I had mononucleosis when I was 16 and it did a number of my liver ans spleen. I have dealt with liver stagnation issues for years. I take milk thistle to support my liver and drink Pau de Arco tea.

Reflexology is based on the notion that each body part is represented on the hands and feet and that pressing on specific areas on the hands or feet can have therapeutic effects in other parts of the body. Most proponents claim:
  • The body is divided into 10 longitudinal zones—five on each side of the body.
  • Each organ or part of the body is represented on the hands and feet;
  • The practitioner can diagnose abnormalities by feeling the hands or feet
  • Massaging or pressing each area can stimulate the flow of energy, blood, nutrients, and nerve impulses to the corresponding body zone and thereby relieve ailments in that zone.
This practice is very old, there are records suggesting that the ancient Egyptians and Chinese practiced a form of reflexology before 2,330 BC. The North American pioneer for reflexology was Dr. William Fitzgerald, MD., an ear-nose-throat specialist in Connecticut. In 1913, he became interested in zone therapy, the practice of alleviating pressure on specific parts of the body.

Reflexology can assist in conditions such as:

* Allergies
* Arthritis
* Asthma
* Back Problems
* Blood Pressure
* Bowel Disorders
* Constipation
* Eczema
* Frozen Shoulder
* Gynecological Disorders
* Hay Fever
* Insomnia
* Knee Problems
* Multiple Sclerosis
* Muscle Tension
* Neck Problems
* PMS/Hormonal Problems
* Respiratory Problems
* Sinusitis
* Stress Disorders
* Thyroid Imbalance
Here is an example of the foot chart that reflexologists use

No comments:

Post a Comment

Followers