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Foot Reflexology
Foot reflexology is a "pressure therapy" that involves applying focused pressure to certain known reflex points located in the foot to assist in cure or prevention of disease. It is a complimentary therapy, intended for use alongside conventional medical care and not as a replacement of it.

The therapy is based on the premise that areas on the foot correspond to areas of the body. 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. These zones reflect the energy body and blockages of this energy in the body are reflected through "grits" or lumps" on the foot. Applying focused pressure to these reflex points located in the foot stimulate the corresponding area and thereby remove blockages in the energy body.

The benefits of a foot reflexology session are manifold - calmness and serenity, improved circulation, increased energy and balanced emotions among many others. It is appropriate for all ages as well as for a variety of ailments. Not only soothing to sore feet, it can benefit most other body aches and pains. If you can't handle pressure in a part of your body because of soreness or inflammation, there is a corresponding part in the foot that can bring relief.

Foot reflexology has been practiced for thousands of years in places such as India, China and Egypt. In ancient times, we stimulate reflexes naturally by walking barefoot over rocks, stones and rough ground. In today's modern world, we have lost much of nature's way of maintaining a balanced and healthy equilibrium. Reflexology helps to restore this balance and promote natural health and vitality.

Benefits of Foot Reflexology
Induces a state of deep relaxation by opening neural pathways
A reflexology session stimulates more than 7,000 nerves, encouraging the opening and cleansing of neural pathways,
Increases circulation, improving blood flow throughout the body
Cleanses the body of toxins and impurities
Stimulates the central nervous system
Stimulates energy work throughout the body
Balances the whole system thus revitalizing the body's natural energy flow

The healing power of touch is instinctive in human nature & when we formalize that instinctive touch into massage, it becomes a powerful healing tool.

When muscles overworked, waste products such as lactic acid can accumulate in them, causing soreness, stiffness & even muscle spasm. Massage improves circulation, which increases blood flow, bringing fresh oxygen to body tissues. This can assist elimination of waste products, speeds healing after injury, and enhance recovery from disease.

The basic goal of therapeutic massage is to help the body heal itself and to increase one's health & well-being.

 

Health Benefits of Massage
Reduces muscle tension
Improves blood circulation
Relieves of acute and chronic pain
Induces better lymph movement
Improve and increase mobility & range of motions of joints
Stimulate or soothes nervous system
Enhances skin condition
Aids digestion & intestinal functions

Boosts immune system

Reflexology is a wonderful, natural, holistic and a simple way of helping the body heal. It is based on the principle that the hands and feet are mini maps of the body. There are reflex points on the soles, tops and sides of the feet corresponding to certain parts, organs and glands in the body.

Reflexologists work on the reflex points using the tips of the thumb or fingers. The pressure applied is firm (but can be adjusted according to each individual) and in different parts of the feet or hands,different sensations will be felt by the person receiving the treatment.

Areas where more discomfort is felt indicate that the corresponding part of the body is more out of balance than those areas with less discomfort. A reflexologist can then address the imbalances in order to treat a wide range of disorders.

Reflexology aims at treating your mind, body and spirit rather than a set of symptoms. For instance when we are stressed, both our body and our mind are affected, physical sickness can be emotionally draining. Thus, reflexology aims at balancing the whole of your being.
Reflexology cannot, will not and does not make your body do anything that is not natural.

Reflexology and Stress:
It is seen that the more stress, anger and sadness someone experiences, the less able are their hearts to respond effectively to anything. It is like pressure is exerted on the heart by the constant emotional ups and downs of stress causing it to stretch beyond its capacity to bounce back to normal.

Reflexology can be a natural, low cost option to offsetting the effects of stress on the heart and overall health. Reflexology endeavors to treat the body, mind and spirit as a cohesive system by getting to the cause of disease not its symptoms. Reflexology possesses the capacity to cancel out the effects of stress while it helps the body to reach a place of deep relaxation where it can balance the body systems.

Through the relaxation process the body is more capable of dealing with the stresses placed on it by daily living and those associated with illness. Reflexology gently nudges the body towards improved functioning of the system by improving lymphatic drainage and venous circulation, simulation to the nerve pathways, and muscle relaxation.

Foot Reflexology:
The soles of our feet have numerous nerve endings, which when stimulated send messages to the brain to release hormones and endorphins (body's natural pain killers and feel good chemicals).

Energy blockages occurring along various zones can be cleared through stimulation of certain points. These blockages can be due to lifestyle, poor eating habits, poor blood and lymph circulation and also the emotional state of the person.

What does a reflexologist feel during treatments?
A qualified reflexologist believes they can feel crystal deposits on the feet and hands which could indicate areas of sluggish energy flow.
A reflexologist then works on these areas with the intention to break down the deposits and restore energy flow thus enabling the body to get rid of toxic waste products and heal itself.

Regular Reflexology helps keep the body systems balanced and maintain health.

People generally come for Reflexology for 1 of about 3 reasons.
1) their feet hurt
2) their hands hurt
3) or their really stressed out


This Modality will actually 'shift' your nervous system & put your body into a really relaxed state & then your body can heal itself.
Or the other reason some people come for reflexology is because there is some sort of imbalance going on in their internal systems.  They might be experiencing pain, having trouble with their digestive system, a lot of 'sinus' issues or any respiratory problems going on.  So we can have an effect on the health of those systems by working the reflexes into them.
The Spine:
The primary system that reflexology is working on is the nervous system, so this is really important area to pay attention to.

Benefits of Healing Foot Reflexology Therapy Treatments

  • Non-invasive natural healing
  • Alleviates stress and releases built-up tension
  • Improves blood circulation and activates lymph drainage
  • Assists in elimination of toxins
  • Strengthens the immune system and harmonizes vital functions
  • Enables a deep state of relaxation and well being
  • Promotes relaxation and a powerful sense of well-being
  • Suitable for all ages

Reflexology and the Nervous System:
The nervous system is an internal communication system, relaying signals with short electrical impulses. The central nervous system is composed of the brain and the spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system extends to all other parts of the body and provides somatic nerves to skeletal muscles and autonomic nerves to internal organs and glands. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) has two branches, the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) which governs the stimulating and excitatory responses, and the parasympathetic nervous system (PSN) which is responsible for storage, calming and restorative functions.

The overall function is to detect changes in the body’s internal and external environment and to operate a response. It works together with the endocrine / glandular system to control all body functions and maintain homeostasis.

Therapeutic Effects of Reflexology:
The feet have 1000’s of nerve endings and specialized touch and compression techniques used in reflexology stimulate them, sending nerve impulses through the open neural pathways.

Nervous system responses can be very rapid with consequently swift responses in the vital organs and other body structures.

Stimulation of the ANS activates the endocrine / glandular system and a cascade of hormonal responses may result.

Treatment of the nervous system improves the ability of the organs and a structure whose function has become diseased or depressed, to respond positively to therapeutic intervention – nerves supply all organs, the nerves are stimulated, organs return to normal function

Relaxation induced by reflexology helps balance the ANS, restoring harmony to its sympathetic and parasympathetic branches.

Break down of deposits in the feet and the stimulation of reflexology decongests energy pathways allowing the nervous system to work optimally (as it does for all systems).

Headaches:
Headaches are one of the most common presenting symptoms in general terms; a headache simply describes a pain in the head. Because headaches are so common as a side effect of other primary disease or drug treatment and has many causes, it is important to be able to identify those of potentially “serious” origin or outcome e.g. those associated with tumours, MS, impending stroke or meningitis.

Migraines:
Migraines can be a debilitating condition, which has a huge impact on the quality of life of sufferers and their families. For most people it is a great deal more than just a headache.

Some of the symptoms of migraines are:

Visual disturbances including blind spots, distorted vision, flashing lights or zig zag patterns. These symptoms, often called an aura are most often identified with migraine but in fact only about 10% of sufferers experience them. Migraine with aura is often called classical migraine

Intense throbbing headache, often on one side of the head only

Nausea and/or vomiting and/or diarrhea.

Increased sensitivity to light (photophobia)

Increased sensitivity to sounds (phonophobia)

Increased sensitivity to smells (osmophobia)

You may also experience stiffness of the neck and shoulders, tingling or stiffness in the limbs, an inability to concentrate, difficulty in speaking, or in very rare cases paralysis or loss of consciousness

Migraine attacks normally last between 3 and 72 hours and sufferers are usually quite well between attacks.

Insomnia:
We all spend approximately one third of our life asleep. Sleep is an essential bodily function needed to allow rest, recovery and recuperation. Sleep deprivation can lead to a whole list of health problems including headaches, irritability, and lack of concentration and lowered immune system

Insomnia is a condition in which either getting to sleep is a difficulty or there are repeated awakenings disturbing the sleep pattern. There are considered to be three discernible types of insomnia:

Transient insomnia caused by a temporary upset to one's routine (e.g. jet lag or shift work)

Short term insomnia brought about through worries, emotional upset or illness

Chronic Insomnia brought on by or drug/alcohol-related and other sever problems.

Emotional Stress:
One very difficult form of stress to cope with and manage is emotional stress. After all, it is often self-created, it can come out of nowhere and the stress caused by it only heightens the emotions felt. Thus, as the emotional stress increases, the emotions get worse, heightening the emotional stress. Thus, the problem recreates the cause and the problem only gets worse.

Emotional stress is often triggered by a dramatic event that puts a person's nervous system under severe strain. This could be an event such as losing a loved one, seeing someone die, or being put into a life-threatening situation. An event such as this can put severe strain on a person's mind and nerves and the incredible strain can cause changes in the way that the brain works. In fact, a severe emotional strain could even cause someone to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

However, emotional stress does not arise from a sudden shock. It can also arise from a total emotional strain that adds up to an overwhelming strain that prevents a person from thinking about anything other than the problems that seem to have no solution. Then, as the stress mounts, the mind is left in its own cocoon of stress that can only call attention to itself, cutting the person off from the world outside. Thus, emotional stress can lead to detachment, and inability to concentrate, fatigue, and even memory problems.
Unfortunately, emotional stress also increases moodiness, which can often make things worse. In fact, those attacks of emotional excess can turn emotional excess up to unbearable levels, leading to further attacks. Then, as these bouts of emotional stress keep adding up, it all becomes too much and the sufferer is left almost completely lost and alone in their own cycle of emotion that hammers incessantly at the brain.

Anxiety:
Anxiety is one of our most common modern feelings. Fear evolved to help us survive so that we could respond quickly if in danger. The fight or flight response was intended to prepare an individual in a dangerous situation to fight or run away. Modern life has unprecedented dangers, but they’re usually not the sorts you can hit on the nose or run away from. So our anxiety accumulates and our bodies are powerless to resist its pernicious effects.

Anxiety is a diffuse condition that ranges from mild sensations of uneasiness and tension to full-blown, disabling panic attacks. When the latter occur for the first time, it can be a terrifying experience because of the intensity of the symptoms involved.

Temporary anxiety is often the response to a stressful or demanding event, such as sitting an examination or speaking in public. Common symptoms of this form of anxiety may involve an uneasy situation of ‘butterflies’ in the stomach accompanied by muscular weakness.

However, this is generally a much less intense experience of anxiety than the symptoms experienced by those with long-term chronic anxiety. Long-term anxiety leads to persistent problems such as tension headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, general fatigue and burn out.

Panic Attacks:
A panic attack is a severe attack of anxiety and fear which occurs suddenly, often without warning, and for no apparent reason. In addition to the anxiety, various other symptoms may also occur during a panic attack.

These include one or more of the following:

·        Palpitations or a thumping heart.
·        Sweating and trembling.
·        Hot flushes or chills.
·        Feeling short of breath, sometimes with choking sensations.
·        Chest pains.
·        Feeling sick.
·        Feeling dizzy, or faint.
·        Fear of dying, going crazy, detached from yourself.
·        Numbness or pins and needles.

During a panic attack you tend to over-breathe (hyperventilate). If you over-breathe you 'blow out' too much carbon dioxide, which changes the acidity in the blood. This can then cause more symptoms such as confusion and cramps, and make palpitations, dizziness, and pins and needles worse. This can make the attack seem even more frightening, and make you over-breathe even more, and so on

A panic attack usually lasts 5-10 minutes, but sometimes they come in 'waves' for up to two hours

Panic Disorder:

At least 1 in 10 people have occasional panic attacks. If you have panic disorder it means that you have recurring panic attacks. The frequency of attacks can vary. About 1 in 50 people have panic disorder.

If you have panic disorder, you also have ongoing worry about having further attacks and/or worry about the symptoms that you get during attacks. For example, you may worry that the palpitations or chest pains that you get with panic attacks are due to a serious heart problem. Some people worry that they may die during a panic attack

What causes panic attacks?
Panic attacks usually occur for no apparent reason. The cause is not clear. Slight abnormalities in the balance of some brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) may play a role. This is probably why medicines used for treatment work well. Anyone can have a panic attack, but they also tend to run in some families. Stressful life events such as bereavement may sometimes trigger a panic attack

Depression:

The word depressed is a common everyday word. People might say "I'm depressed" when in fact they mean, "I'm fed up because I've had a row, or failed an exam, or lost my job" etc. These ups and downs of life are common and normal. Most people recover quite quickly.

With true depression, you have a low mood and other symptoms each day for at least two weeks. Symptoms can also become severe enough to interfere with day-to-day activities

About 2 in 3 adults have depression at some time in their life. Sometimes it is mild or lasts just a few weeks. However, an episode of depression serious enough to require treatment occurs in about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men at some point in their lives. Some people have two or more episodes of depression at various times in their life

What are the symptoms of depression?
Many people know when they are depressed. However, some people do not realize when they are depressed. They may know that they are not right and are not functioning well, but don't know why. Some people think that they have a physical illness, for example, if they lose weight.

The following is a list of common symptoms of depression. It is unusual to have them all, but several usually develop if you have depression.

• Low mood for most of the day, nearly every day. Things always seem 'black'.
• Loss of enjoyment and interest in life, even for activities that you normally enjoy.
• Abnormal sadness, often with weepiness.
• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or uselessness.
• Poor motivation. Even simple tasks seem difficult.
• Poor concentration. It may be difficult to read, work, etc.
• Sleeping problems:
• sometimes difficulty in getting off to sleep.
• Sometimes waking early and unable to get back to sleep.
• Sleeping too much sometimes occurs.
• Lacking in energy, always tired.
• Difficulty with affection, including going off sex.
• Poor appetite and weight loss. Sometimes the reverse happens with comfort eating and weight gain.
• Irritability, agitation, or restlessness.
• Symptoms often seem worse first thing each day.
• Physical symptoms such as headaches, palpitations, chest pains, and general aches.
• Recurrent thoughts of death. This is not usually a fear of death, more a preoccupation with death and dying. Some people get suicidal ideas such as..."life's not worth living".