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).

Reflexology for Anxiety & Stress

May 12th, 2006

Point 1

Find the skin crease that runs right across your wrist at the base of your hand.

Use the width of your thumb (i.e. the width of the knuckle nearest the nail), as a measuring tool.

Measure two thumb widths up from the skin crease, towards your elbow.

The point is between the two main tendons running along your inner forearm.

Tip: Clench a fist to make the tendons stick out, then measure two thumb widths up from the skin crease to find the point. Relax your hand when pressing the point.

Press with your thumb nail until you feel a comfortable pain. Hold the pressure while you knead the point with very small circular movements for about 1 minute.

Repeat on the other arm.

Press both points 2-3 times a day and whenever you feel Stress, Tension, Anxiety, etc.

Benefits

  • Calms your mind
  • Relaxes you
  • Regulates your heart beat
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Also used for Insomnia, Vomiting, stomachache, palpitations

Point 2

This point lies ON the wrist crease that you used to locate Point 1, above.

It’s almost at the end of the crease, just inside the edge of the wrist bone (the pinky side of your hand).

Use your thumb nail to press the point until you feel a comfortable pain. Hold the pressure while you knead the point in very small circular movements for about 1 minute.

Repeat on the other wrist.

Press both points 2-3 times a day and whenever you feel Stress, Tension, Anxiety, etc.

Benefits

  • Calms your mind
  • Relaxes you
  • Also for Insomnia, palpitations, poor memory, emotional upset

Point 3

Sit on a firm but comfortable chair, or on the edge of your bed.

Lift one foot and rest it on the knee of the other leg so that you can see the bottom of your foot.

If you divide the length of your sole, between the base of your toes and your heel, into thirds, the point is found at the junction of the first and middle thirds. If you’re having problems finding this point, look at the thicker-skinned ‘ball’ of your foot under the toes. This point is located just where the tougher/thicker skin ends - directly below the middle toe.

Use the tip of your thumb to press the point deeply for 1-2 minutes. If your thumb gets sore, rest it for a moment then continue.

Press hard enough to cause a comfortable pain.

Repeat on the other foot, using the other thumb.

Massage these points anytime you want to Relax and at night before bed to help you sleep.

Reflexology & Face Massage Techniques

May 5th, 2006

There are dozens of Acupressure points on the face, and many massage techniques. However, all you need to get started is the five common Acupressure points and two massage techniques illustrated below.

How to do face Acupressure

  1. Locate the points with your index fingers.
  2. Gently press them until you feel no more than a comfortable pain.
  3. Hold the pressure while you knead the points with very small circular movements.
  4. Breathe slowly and deeply and Focus your mind on the points as you massage them.
  5. Massage each point for 1-2 minutes several times a day.

Point 1

Located on the inside edge of the orbit of each eye (inside corners of eyes where they meet the nose)

Press and knead for sore, tired eyes and as a preventative against eye problems.

Point 2

Located on the medial end of each eyebrow (inner end towards nose).

Press and knead for frontal headache, sore, tired eyes, sinus pain, and as a preventative against eye problems.

Point 3

Located on the temples behind each (even with each) eye.

Use your index and middle fingers to press and knead for one or two sided headache, to calm the mind, and for eye problems. Also used preventatively.

Point 4

Located next to each nostril - at the edge - the beginning of the ‘laugh line’ creases that go from the outside of each nostril to the mouth.

Press and knead for nasal congestion, Sinusitis, Rhinitis, and to help prevent these problems.

For greater effectiveness use your index fingers to rub up and down the sides of your nose between this point and Point 1) for 1-2 minutes, several times a day.

Point 5

Located under your nose, on the midline just above the top lip.

Use your knuckle or the tip of your middle or index finger. Pressing this point draws energy up to your head and helps your nasal passages adjust to weather changes. Also used as a revival point after fainting or shock.

Technique 1 (Forehead Rub)

Use your index and middle fingers to rub across your forehead, from the middle to your temples.

Massage and rub this area for frontal headache, sinus pain, Insomnia, sore eyes, Stress, and to help prevent these problems.

Technique 2 (Head Massage)

Use the tips (including the nails) of your fingers and thumbs to press and rub your scalp from the midline to the sides, and from the front to the back of your head.

Relieves and prevents headache, and is highly relaxing, especially when done by someone else.

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.

About the Author

Ashley Green: for http://weightloss-health.com/ your complete and most comprehensive family guide on Health.

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

Stress, Anxiety and Ear Reflexology

May 2nd, 2006

Ear Rubbing

The ears (just like the feet) contain Reflexology areas and points corresponding to major body parts and areas. Consequently, rubbing your ears is highly therapeutic and relaxing.

Sit somewhere quiet and comfortable. Keep your back straight.

Use your thumbs and the outside edge of your index fingers to rub and gently pull your ears from the top to bottom.

Ear rubbing can be done for 1-2 minutes, 2-3 times a day.

You can also use the tips of your index fingers to rub the inside surface of both ears. Start at the ear opening and work your way to the outside edge. Be sure to rub ALL the curves and folds of each ear, including behind your ears.

Do this for 1-2 minutes per ear.

Benefits

  • Calms & relaxes you
  • Helps you sleep when done before bed

To enhance these Acupressure and Reflexology for Anxiety techniques, it is highly recommended that you also do Breathing exercises every day. Slow, deep Breathing plus Acupressure and Reflexology combine to form a highly effective self therapy for emotional Stress, Tension, Anxiety and nervousness.

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

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.

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.

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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