Acupressure or Acupuncture - Fingers or Needles

January 19th, 2007

Acupressure and acupuncture are not one in same techniques. They differ slightly because acupuncture makes use of thin needles in approaching health concerns while Acupressure never breaks the skin. On the other hand, they do a have a few things in common. For instance, both are centered on touching meridians which carry energy or chi along those meridians right through an individuals’ body.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clearly states that illness occurs due to the blockage of chi in any of fourteen different meridians. Acupressure and acupuncture both advocate the free flow of energy without obstructions. Both methods are used to treat Arthritis, Allergies, Migraine Headaches, Depression, menstrual cramps, nausea and anxieties.

Because acupuncture uses very thin, long needles to puncture the skin it should be performed by an experienced practitioner who is skilled in traditional Chinese medicine. Acupressure is much less technical; it can therefore be learned from a book and may even be; in some instances, performed on oneself. Somewhat surprisingly, Acupressure was practiced long before acupuncture became known.

In addition, since acupuncture requires the skilled use of a tool (needles) it requires much greater accuracy in order to bring quick relief whereas Acupressure is less precise since the only tool is the practitioners finger. Due to the release of Toxins or through realignment of muscle groups, in some instances acupuncture can result in some short term, minor side effects.

Acupressure and acupuncture thus have different effects on the patient with Acupressure having fewer side effects. This may be somewhat akin to deep tissue Massages where there is also less chance of unforeseen side effects to the patient.

Acupressure and acupuncture are known as Zhen Jiu and Zhi Ya respectively. They are probably the best known of all traditional Chinese methods used in treating health imbalances. Acupuncture is now a very popular alternative therapy for Arthritis pain relief and Acupressure makes use of the same points while using the fingers to manipulate the meridian points.

By pressing down firmly with the thumb or finger on the groove that lies between the two large tendons running from the base of the palm up to the elbow, Acupressure is often used to provide relief for those who are suffering from nausea. Acupuncture can also achieve the same results through the use of needles. Both methods have a long history of success and neither is better than the other, it’s simply a matter of opinion as to which method is best.

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Foot Reflex Charts and Remedy Points

May 15th, 2006


Chart I (Refer to Key below)


Chart 2 (Refer to Key below)

Chart Key

  1. Top of Head
  2. Sinuses
  3. Pituitary Gland
  4. Temporal Area
  5. Neck, Cervical
  6. Upper Lymph Area
  7. Parathyroid Gland
  8. Ears
  9. Eyes
  10. Thyroid Glands
  11. Shoulder
  12. Lungs and Bronchi
  13. Heart Area
  14. Heart
  15. Spine, Vertebra
  16. Pancreas
  17. Solar Plexus
  18. Stomach & Duodenum
  19. Liver
  20. Spleen
  21. Spleenic Fixture
  22. Gall Bladder
  23. Adrenal Glands
  24. Hepatic Flexure
  25. Kidneys
  26. Transverse Colon
  27. Waist
  28. Ureters
  29. Ascending Colon
  30. Descending Colon
  31. Lumbar
  32. Small Intestines
  33. Sacral
  34. Bladder
  35. Ileo-Caecal Valve
  36. Appendix
  37. Sigmoid Flexure
  38. Hip & Lower Back
  39. Coccyx
  40. Sciatic Area
  41. Rectum
  42. Uterus
  43. Prostate
  44. Breast
  45. Lymph Drainage
  46. Fallopian Tubes
  47. Lymph Nodes (Arm Pit)
  48. Sacro Iliac Joint
  49. Ovary or Testicle
  50. Lymph Nodes (Groin)
  51. Maxilla/Submaxilla (Jaw)
  52. Tonsils

Remedy Points:

Skin

Acne : Liver(19), gall bladder(22), Adrenal Glands(23), ureters(28), bladder(34), Kidneys(25).

Eczema or HERPESZOSTER : Parathyroid glands(7), Adrenal Glands(23), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34).

PSORAISIS or DERMATITS : Parathyroid glands(7), Adrenal Glands(23), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34)

Digestive System

ANOREXIA : Thyroid glands(10), stomach & duodenum(18), small intestines(32), transverse colon(26), descending colon(30), rectum(41).

FOOD-POISONING : (induce vomiting)Stomach & duodenum(18), lymph glands(6).

GINGIVITIS : Maxilla & submaxilla(51).

Indigestion : Solar Plexus(17).

Halitosis : Stomach(18).

TOOTHACHE : Stomach & duodenum(18), small intestines(32), transverse colon(26), descending colon(30), liver(19), pancreas(16), maxilla & submaxilla(51).

STOMACHACHE : Stomach(18).

ULCER : Stomach & Duodenum(18).

FLATULANCE : Stomach & duodenum(18), appendix(36).

Diabetes : Stomach & duodenum(18), pancreas(16).

APPENDICITIS : Appendix(36), lymph areas(6).

DIARRHEA, NAUSEA : Stomach & duodenum(18), small intestine(32), ascending colon(29), transverse colon(26), descending colon(30), rectum(41), lymph areas(6).

Constipation : Stomach & duodenum(18), small intestine(32), ascending colon(29), transverse colon(26), descending colon(30), rectum(41).

HEMORRHOIDS : Adrenal Glands(23), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34), rectum(41).

HERNIA : Stomach & duodenum(18), liver(19), pancreas(16), small intestines(32), ascending colon(29), transverse colon(26), descending colon(30), rectum(41).

Circulatory System

ANEMIA :

Stomach & duodenum(18), liver(19), pancreas(16), small intestines(32), ascending colon(29), transverse colon(26), descending colon(30), spleen(20).

Hypertension : Head(1), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34), ear(8).

SWOLLEN LYMPH GLANDS : Lymph areas(6,47,50).

HEART PROBLEMS : Heart(14), stomach & duodenum(18), small intestine(32), ascending colon(29).

IRON DEFICIENCY : Spleen(20).

BLOOD Circulation PROBLEMS : Parathyroid glands(7), Adrenal Glands(23), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34), heart(14).

Nervous System

Anxiety : Head(1), Adrenal Glands(23), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34), duodenum(18), small intestines(32), transverse colon(26), descending colon(30), rectum(41).

Epilepsy : Head(1), lymph areas(6).

MIGRANE : Head(1), frontal and temporal areas(4).

Insomnia : Head(1), liver(19).

BACKACHE : Hip and lower back(38), spine(15).

NECK PAIN : Neck(5), sacral(33), spine(15).

Immune System

ALLERGY :

Parathyroid glands(7), Adrenal Glands(23), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34).

HAY FEVER : Nose (front & temporal region)(5), lungs and bronchi(12), parathyroid glands(7), Adrenal Glands(23), ureters(28), Kidneys(25), bladder(34).

TUMOR (Cancer) : Spleen(20), lymph areas(6), tonsil(52) (also reflex areas relating to the cancerous regions).

INFLAMMATION : Parathyroid glands(7), lymph areas(6) (also reflex areas relating to the inflamed regions).

Respiratory System

Sore Throat : Lymph areas(6), tonsils(52), thyroid area(10).

DRY NOSE : Nose (front and temporal region)(4), parathyroid glands(7).

Asthma : Parathyroid(7), lungs and bronchi(12), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34), lymph areas(6).

Bronchitis : Parathyroid(7), lungs and bronchi(12), Adrenal Glands(23), lymph areas(6).

RESPIRATORY DISEASE : Head(1), nose (front and temporal region)(4), lungs and bronchi(12), heart(14).

Joints

PAIN IN THE HIP JOINT : Adrenal Glands(23), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34), neck(5), hip(38).

INFLAMMATION OF THE HIP JOINT : stomach & duodenum(18), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34), hip(38), waist(27), vertebra and spine(15).

PARKINSON’s DISEASE : Head(1), neck(5), parathyroid(7), Adrenal Glands(23), stomach & duodenum(18), pancreas(16), liver(19), small intestines(32), colon areas(26,29,30), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34), rectum(41).

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Foot Reflexology and Foot Massage Tips and Techniques

May 4th, 2006

Foot Reflexology is “pressure therapy” and involves applying focused pressure to certain known reflex points located in the foot to cure or prevent disease. Foot Reflexology is based on the premise that our nerve zones or reflex points go from the bottom of our feet to the top of our head, encompassing all vital organs on the way.

A trained Reflexologist can put pressure on different meridiens or energy lines on the sole and side of the feet to determine the cause of illness.

The information below is a guide to foot massage. Some benefits of Reflexology will happen automatically simply by virtue of massaging the soles of the feet but the main objective is to help tired feet feel better.

Preparation for Foot Massage:

If you are giving a foot massage to your partner or friend than ensure that the massage foot is comfortably reclined on a pillow or a sofa. There are various creams and oils that can be used for a foot massage. However, we recommend the use of essential massage oils to achieve an ultimately relaxing foot massage. To begin with make sure the feet are clean, a foot soak with epsom salts is a wonderful way to de-stress before a foot massage. Make sure that your feet are completely dry (including in between toes) before you start.

Foot Massage Techniques:

Stroking- This technique stimulates the blood vessels in your feet and promotes gentle heat. Hold the foot in your hands and begin to massage the top surface of the foot. Use your thumbs in a slow, firm stroking motion, starting at the toes and moving up to the ankle. Once you have reached the ankle follow the same line back to the toes. Make sure you apply lighter pressure towards the toes than the ankle.

Ankle Rotation- Firstly gentle move the ankle side to side to loosen the ankle joint. Hold the heel of the foot in a cupping motion and hold the ball of the foot with the other hand. Rotate the foot clockwise and anticlockwise three or four times to relax the foot from the ankle joint, reversing the directions will calm and destress your senses.

Wear clean socks and shoes that fit you properly. Right shoes helps you put off injuries and soreness. If you feel your feet Sweat more than others, go in for leather or canvas shoes but not synthetic ones or plastic shoes. Plastic or vinyl shoes do not stretch or breathe. Sandals are also a good option. Use foot powder daily. - Random Tip

Pivoting - Gently hold the foot in your hand and use the other hand to massage the sole of the foot with your thumb. Begin with the area directly below the large toe and slowly move to the other toes. After initial pressure, roll the thumb back and forth. It may be seen as wiggling the thumb. Release pressure, and move.

Some handy and valuable tips on Foot Care:

a) Check your feet daily for cuts, sores, red spots, swelling and infected nails.

b) Do not cut corns and calluses (hardened or thickened part of the skin). Consult your doctor if you have developed corns and calluses rather than cutting them off using razor, corn plasters or some liquid corn removers.

c) Make sure your toe nails are trimmed properly. Trim them straight across and smooth them using a nail file.

d) If you are Diabetic, consult your doctor. Diabetic patients are at more risk to developing foot complications and wounds which do not heal easily. There are three major problems which a Diabetic person faces if he develops some foot disease.

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Quick Guide To Reflexology

May 3rd, 2006

Reflexology is just for the feet

Reflexology can be carried out on the feet, hands, face and even the ears! Foot Reflexology is the most popular, and many reflexologists believe that the sensitivity of the feet makes them particularly suitable for treatment. Hand Reflexology exercises can be given to clients to use between treatments as �homework�.

Reflexology is torture if you�re ticklish

Very rarely the case! As soon as you relax you�ll find that the firm, sure touch used by the therapist doesn�t tickle. I have never lost a client because they found the treatment ticklish, and many people who were bracing themselves for an ordeal have been very pleasantly surprised.

My feet look horrible, the Reflexologist will comment on them and embarrass me

Before starting a treatment, a Reflexologist will examine your feet. If they feel you may need treatment from a chiropodist or doctor for a foot condition eg veruccas or corns, they will tell you. Other than that they are there to do a job and aren�t judging your feet, or indeed you. Your feet have their own shape and structure, and are nothing to be ashamed of.

After a day on my feet they aren�t too fresh!

Again, your Reflexologist isn�t there to judge you. We all lead busy lives and there isn�t always the opportunity to wash your feet before your appointment. Most reflexologists will freshen up the client�s feet before starting the treatment.

Reflexology can tell me what�s wrong with me and then cure me

Reflexologists are not trained to diagnose, and do not claim to cure medical conditions. We don�t have medical training, and in any case that is your doctor�s job. Having said this, Reflexology naturally supports your body, mind and emotions and allows them to heal on their own, and it can have some astonishing results.

Reflexology is one of these newfangled crazes

Reflexology has roots in Ancient Egypt, India and China. For centuries scientists have explored the theory that the body has energy zones running through it. In 1913 an American hospital consultant, Dr William Fitzgerald, established that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to organs and areas in the body through a zone network. In the 1930s a physiotherapist, Eunice Ingham, developed Dr Fitzgerald�s work and called her method �Reflexology�.

Sum up Reflexology in a sentence, please!

Reflexology is the technique of applying gentle pressure to reflex points on the feet and hands to bring about a state of deep relaxation, stimulate the body�s own healing process and help a person return to a state of balance and well-being (homeostasis).

What does Reflexology actually do for you?

A Reflexology treatment works through each organ, gland and body system. Among the many benefits it can provide are relaxation, pain and stress relief, improved Circulation and digestion, stimulation of the immune and nervous systems, and balance for the mind, body and spirit. Reflexology is a holistic treatment, since the whole person is treated instead of singling out a symptom. Digestive disorders eg Irritable Bowel or Acid Reflux; Migraines; Sinus problems; PMS and hormone related problems; Pregnancy, Fertility and Menopause related problems; back and joint pain; and Insomnia, are just a few of the conditions Reflexology may help to relieve.

How quickly does Reflexology work?

Reflexology isn�t a wonder cure, although I have seen some astonishing results after just a handful of treatments. How quickly you are likely to respond to Reflexology depends on all sorts of factors, such as how long you have been living with a particular condition. Very broadly speaking, we would hope to see some improvements in your health and well-being after 4-6 sessions, and it is normally advisable to start the course of treatment with weekly treatments.

How can I get the most out of Reflexology?

Your body is a little like a car � if you treat it with love and respect, have it MOT�d and serviced regularly, clean it, give it water and oil, and carry out the appropriate health checks, it should serve you well for years! I often find that the people who get the most from Reflexology are those who put in a little effort themselves to improve their overall well-being and health. Your Reflexologist will have an in-depth lifestyle discussion with you, and together you may pinpoint ways in which you could help yourself to better health. These might include drinking more water and cutting down on caffeine drinks, eating a more balanced diet, seeking advice on nutrition, looking for ways to improve your sleep, or finding ways of relaxing and lowering your stress levels.

What happens when you go for Reflexology?

You don�t need to undress to have Reflexology, just to remove your socks, shoes and spectacles. Men may want to loosen their tie, and tight belts may be removed for your own comfort. Ladies need to remove their tights or stockings. After a consultation with your Reflexologist, you sit in a special chair or lie on a couch. This positions you so that you are comfortable and your feet are in the right position for the Reflexologist to work. After some foot relaxation, he or she will normally work on one foot at a time in a special sequence. The Reflexologist�s fingers and thumbs work gently around your feet pressing, thumb walking and using other techniques to stimulate the flow of energy through all the zones and release any blocks or energy imbalances. If they detect a possible energy imbalance they may ask you questions to find out what it might relate to. It is normal for you to feel deeply relaxed, and you may fall asleep. After your treatment you will be given a glass of water and the chance to rest and ground yourself.

Who can have Reflexology?

From Newborn babies to the very elderly, everyone can benefit from Reflexology treatments. Your age and state of health are taken into consideration by the therapist when planning the nature and duration of your treatment, and the pressure he or she uses will be adjusted to meet your individual needs better.

About the author

Siobhan Forsyth runs the At One complementary health practice in Egham, England. She is a fully qualified and insured member of the Association of Reflexologists, and trained at the Central London School of Reflexology - http://www.At-One.uk.net

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Reflexology and Maternity Reflexology

April 30th, 2006

Reflexology is the technique of applying gentle pressure to reflex points on the feet (or hands) to bring about a state of deep relaxation, stimulate the body’s own healing process, and help a person return to a state of balance and well-being.

It is holistic complementary therapy that aims to release blockages and improve the flow of energy in the body by working through body zones (rather like the meridians an acupuncturist or Shiatsu practitioner works on). Reflexology has roots in Ancient Egypt, China, Japan and India.

Reflexology can provide relaxation, pain and stress relief, stimulation of all body systems eg the immune and digestive systems, and balance for the mind, body, emotions and spirit. Most people find Reflexology an enormously comforting and nurturing therapy.

In general, Reflexology has been shown to help relieve a whole host of ailments, including:

Introduction To Maternity Reflexology

Maternity Reflexology can be applied as pre-conceptual care, and care during and beyond Pregnancy. The fact that many midwives now incorporate Reflexology into their practice speaks for its efficacy. These stages of life bring their own particular challenges, and regular Reflexology can help to maintain balance and well-being while tackling associated conditions and ailments. One of the major benefits of Reflexology is balancing of the endocrine system - the set of glands that produce the body’s hormones (chemical messengers). Hormones play a key role in Fertility and Pregnancy.

Pre-Conception

For couples hoping to conceive, it is desirable to treat both partners to balance and relax them, and get them into an optimum state for conception. As well as requiring healthy sperm and ova, there is a need for mental and emotional preparation, as Pregnancy can be a rollercoaster for both partners. Creating another person is a hugely significant undertaking, therefore it is best to be well prepared. The couple will want to have a good look at their lifestyle in terms of sleep, diet, stress levels, exercise, smoking, drinking and so on. Reflexology has a good reputation with helping couple to conceive, because of its balancing effects.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy brings a number of significant changes to the couple, and not just physical ones. Things that seemed to work just fine before don’t appear to work any more! Reflexology can bring balance and harmony when it feels as though your world has been turned on its head. You might find you’re suddenly constipated and bloated, or getting Acid Reflux, or that you burst into tears when you’re looking at baked beans in Sainsbury’s. You might get all sorts of odd aches and pains that appear from nowhere. It goes without saying that you must seek medical attention for serious complications of Pregnancy. However, Reflexology can help you to manage ailments such as:

Working with maternity Reflexology has shown me how it enhances health and well being as well as creating a wonderful caring environment for the mother and Incoming Soul (a lovely term coined by Susanne Enzer, maternity Reflexologist). I enjoy seeing how active the unborn babies become when their mother is treated - and spotting bottoms, heads, feet and other assorted bits of baby zooming around inside the confines of the bump!

Delivery

In a post term situation and with the permission of the obstetric caregiver and client, a skilled Reflexology can help to prime labour. Many post term women who are experiencing a problem free Pregnancy respond well to this, although ultimately the baby decides when it is ready to come. Not even medical induction is guaranteed to succeed, and this is no different. Reflexologists may attend births to assist their client with pain control, relaxation, and emotional and psychological support.

After Birth

Your Reflexologist can be at hand during the post natal period to help the mother, father and Newborn. A weekly session can help the mother in particular to adjust after giving birth, and she can hold and feed her baby comfortably during treatment. Reflexology may encourage Lactation and help with breast tenderness or mastitis, and can help the body return to normal function following delivery. It can also help the new parents make the emotional and psychological adjustments to parenthood.

Finally, the Newborn baby can benefit from Reflexology too. Playing with your baby’s feet and toes is a wonderful way of bonding with him or her. Did you know that ‘This Little Piggy’ is a version of a powerful Reflexology balancing technique?

You can play before your baby goes to bed, at bath time or perhaps when you’re winding them after a feed. Find a time that’s right for both of you. A Reflexologist can show you some simple, comforting moves to help with any problems your baby is having, for example colicky tummy, Constipation, poor feeding or distress.

About the author:

Siobhan Forsyth - http://www.at-one.uk.net

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Reflexology Today

April 14th, 2006

Reflexology as it is known in the West today had its origins in the study of Zone Therapy. This practice utilised the longitudinal lines of energy that run through the body starting at the feet and moving up to the brain.

In the early 20th Century Dr William Fitzgerald spent time broadening his medical experience at various hospitals. At a post in an American hospital where he was head of an ear, nose and throat department, he brought to the attention of the medical world his research into the ancient Chinese healing techniques.

He had discovered that by applying pressure to the feet he could bring about an increase in the functioning of other parts of the body.

By chance a Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist at a hospital overhead talk on Dr Fitzgerald’s findings and was immediately fascinated by his discoveries as to the benefits brought about by Zone Therapy.

In her practice at an orthopaedic hospital she introduced the practice of Zone Therapy after post operative surgical procedures on her patients, noticing that it speeded up the body’s natural healing and that they were able to move quicker after the operation. Eunice Ingham introduced Zone Therapy or Reflexology as we know it today.

In 1930 Eunice Ingham started a private practice as a Reflexologist. She was instrumental in writing the first book on Reflexology and was later to open a teaching school dedicated specifically to train students in the practice of Reflexology.

Eunice Ingham dedicated forty years of her life to Reflexology but sadly passed away in 1952.

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Reflexology Myths

April 12th, 2006

There are many myths about Reflexology. They can have harmful effects because, just like rumors, they always seem to have a willing audience. Here are some of the worst ones…

Myth: Reflexology is not safe for babies. Fact: Not true.

Reflexology is safe for EVERYONE! In fact, children love to have their feet worked on because they can experience the immediate and actual pleasure of it. Light pressure is used on the feet of infants, and has even been known to relieve Colic. The techniques must be adapted to tiny feet. In general, babies enjoy and benefit from very light pressure on the bottoms of their feet.

Myth: Reflexology is not safe for Pregnant women. Fact: Not true.

If the fear is of miscarriage, Reflexology can only HELP the body seek its own equilibrium. A miscarriage is a reaction of the body, NOT a reaction to Reflexology. Under no circumstances has Reflexology ever been shown to have caused the body to do something it didn’t want to do.

Myth: Reflexology is not safe for diabetics. Fact: Not true.

Insulin shock is the result of improper treatment of Diabetes. It is NOT the result of, nor does it have any connection with Reflexology treatments. A person who is Diabetic has a serious health problem which requires constant attention. Reflexology can and should be used with diabetics as well as with any ill person to help restore homeostasis.

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What Is Reflexology?

April 11th, 2006

For the Reflexologist, the feet are a microcosm of the human body and every organ and body part is represented in the feet. Where there are two organs in the body they will be represented on both feet, e.g. lungs and kidney and where there is only one organ, this will be represented on one foot, e.g. the liver will be on the right foot while the heart will be on the left. Where the organ or body part is reflected in the feet, this is called the “organ” reflex, e.g. the heart reflex.

The right foot represents the right side of the body as well as the past while the left foot represents the left side of the body as well as the present and future.

Each foot has over 7,000 nerve endings, 26 bones, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. This type of drugless therapy creates a physiological change in the body by naturally improving your Circulation, which reduces our body Tension and enhances relaxation. It aids in the elimination of the body waste and restoring the body functions to better health.

THE PRINCIPLES OF Reflexology

By stimulating reflexes on the feet with a type of pressure massage, the organs of the body are stimulated, thus allowing them to start unblocking and healing themselves. In addition to this, the stimulation of these reflexes allows the body to begin detoxing and eliminating poisons which have built up through bad diet, thinking and habit.

Centuries ago, man mapped out a healing energy that circulates through the body on specific pathways. This energy we call “life force” or “vital energy”. This force can be “tapped” at more than 800 points in your body.

Ancient medical philosophy teaches that to obtain and maintain health, which is the balance and maintenance of harmony within the body, there must be a free and unimpeded Circulation of energy flowing through the body’s organs.

Traditional medicine, not only of the Chinese, but from the use of Acupuncture in other countries as well, we learn that traditional medicine is based on the belief that the body’s blood Circulation follows the flow of energy. If this energy Circulation, which follows circulates freely in an endless cycle from the main organs through the channels beneath the skin, is blocked at some point, then the Circulation is impaired.

This blockage results in a deficient oxygenation of the tissues around the affected area and throws the body off balance. This imbalance produces malfunctioning not only of the tissues surrounding it, but, if not corrected, spreads to related organs nearby.

Tapping this healing current can bring prompt and natural relief from practically all of your aches and pains, chronic or acute, by the simple process of working the ‘reflex buttons’ located in your hands, feet and/or body.

Stimulating, pressing or ‘working’ a reflex point (or button) connected to a particular body organ, system or part sends a surge of healing energy for prompt relief of a condition. Working a reflex also loosens and flushes out Crystals and blockages within the body’s energy channels allowing the life force or vital energy to resume its free and natural flow through the channels. This encourages the body to swing back into its normal balance, so harmony and health are again established.

This method of restoring the body to normal functioning involves no expense, no special equipment (although reflex tools can be utilized and do help save wear and tear on your finger and thumb joints!), no drugs or medication. The results are amazingly fast, bringing relief often in a matter of seconds.

Reflexology, which helps a wide range of situations, not only cures specific ailments but can be used to keep you in good health and help build resistance to attacks of disease. In addition, this method often detects health problems before they become serious by you recognizing a sore or tender reflex.

Reflexology is a simple technique that can be applied at any time and practically anywhere. It is Nature’s ‘push button’ secret for dynamic living, abundant physical energy, vibrant health, better living without pain, retaining youthful vigor and enjoying life to the fullest.

STRESS AND Reflexology

The benefits of Reflexology and Stress can be explained physiologically. Tension can be equated with stress. There are as many definitions of stress as there are authors of books on stress. Today everyone suffers from stress but no one knows what stress is. It could be stated that stress is the difference between a persons perceived ability to deal with the stressor and the reality of the environmental demand.

This definition allows for varying degrees of stress to be felt by different people in the same situation. Irrespective of what the stressor is, the stress reaction is always the same.

Seyle, 1956, termed the reaction to stress as the fight or flight syndrome. What this means is that when we are faced with a stressful situation, we either fight it or run away. The body releases hormones into the system that allow us to physiologically cope with this. For example, you have all heard of mothers who have had the strength to lift up a car to rescue their children. This ability comes from the rush of stress hormones, e.g. adrenaline into the bloodstream.

We also perspire profusely, (to slip out of a grasp), blood pressure increases as the blood leaves the extremities (so you do not bleed badly when cut), Proteins and fats convert to glucose (to give you energy) etc. Once the stress situation is over the stress hormones come back to normal levels.

Today however, it would be socially unacceptable to hit your boss if he was stressing you or to run away from home if your kids or spouse were stressing you. This means that the stress hormones are continually being secreted and do not come back to a normal level. While these stress hormones play a vital role when faced with a stressor, they have a detrimental effect on the individual if they do not come back to normal levels. Prolonged secretion and Circulation of these stress hormones causes damage to the body.

The white blood cells (infection fighters) become depleted, neurotransmitters controlling mood are depleted and T-cells in the lymphatic system are broken down. Examples of the effects of this are not hard to find. Just look at how many people who have been under stress become sick. How many people do you know who have lost a “significant other” through death or divorce or who became ill or contracted Cancer?

Reflexology, by inducing relaxation, reduces the stress hormones so that the body is able to produce T-cells, white cells and neurotransmitters so as to start healing itself.

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Reflexology Charts

April 10th, 2006

The feet are a microcosm of the human body and every organ and body part is represented in the feet. Where there are two organs in the body they will be represented on both feet, e.g. lungs and kidney and where there is only one organ, this will be represented on one foot, e.g. the liver will be on the right foot while the heart will be on the left. Where the organ or body part is reflected in the feet, this is called the “organ” reflex, e.g. the heart reflex.

The right foot represents the right side of the body as well as the past while the left foot represents the left side of the body as well as the present and future.

Here are several larger charts - feel free to print them or save them if you wish! They will open in a new window.

Chart 1 - Reflexes in the left foot

Chart 2 - Reflexes in the right foot

Chart 3 - Reflexes on top of the feet

Chart 4 - Inner/Outer foot reflexes

Chart 5 - Large chart of reflexes in both feet

Chart 6 - Chart of foot sex and lymph glands

Chart 7 - Foot bone structure chart

Chart 8 - Hand bone structure chart

Chart 9 - Chart of ear reflex points

Chart 10 - Chart of body and foot zones

Chart 11 - Chart of foot skeletal points

Chart 12 - Chart of chakra points in the foot and hand

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Ancient History of Reflexology

April 10th, 2006

t is important to be aware of the great archetypal history manifested by the practitioners which dates back over 6,000 years.

Our study of the ancient Egyptian doctors starts 4,500 years ago. They were among the first to study the human body scientifically. They became masters at setting bones, caring for wounds and successfully treating many illnesses. Egyptian artists preserved the history of surgery, anatomical observation and medical treatments through their meticulous record keeping.

Ed and Ellen Case of Los Angeles, while on tour of Egypt in l979, discovered a pictograph on the wall of the tomb of Ankhmahar which is located in Saqqara. This is known as the tomb of the physician and has been dated by Egyptologists at 2330 B.C.

This is the third oldest recorded history of pedis/manus-cure Reflexology to date and gives the modern day practitioner a consciousness of its roots and a sense of connection with one of the oldest health care professions in the world. In the artist’s painted illustration of the original pictograph, the physicians are pressuring the Great toe (spleen/pancreas and liver meridians) and thumb (lung meridian) of their respective patients; while the patients themselves are putting pressure on a gallbladder meridian point under their arm.

Pain was an indicator of a problem according to the hieroglyphic translation made by the Papyrus Institute in Cairo. The patient says to the physician: �Don�t let it be painful.� The modern Reflexologist has some patients with the same request; while others embrace the pain; knowing that the best results are due to a strong “current of injury”.

The reply of the physician shows consideration of the patient; working within his pain tolerance level: �I do as you please.� A patient must be educated to the benefits of the pain created by pressure on a point.

As we consider the early origins of Reflexology, I wish to present some modern day considerations that must be adopted into the practice of this ancient healing art. It is of interest to me that the medical specialist had a practical trade as well as his therapy practice (stone carver/foot Reflexologist) in ancient Egypt.

Many modern Reflexologists combine their practice with another occupation (auto mechanic/foot Reflexologist). Don’t put off living your life until you are “better.” (”I’ll do it when I’ve learned more ….. when I’m older …..when I have more money …..when I have more time.”)

Look for all the positive things taking place in and around you right now. As you find them, naturally you’ll feel more joyful. In life we have either results or try to justify our failure. If we don’t have what we want (results), we usually have a long list of reasons why we haven’t had success.

My father used to tell me, “Son, Don’t rationalize (rational lies).”

Reflexology offers you an incredibly effective method of affecting the health of yourself and your family in a positive manner as well as a positive way to express your life.

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