Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a reflexologist? There are a number of reflexology schools that offer certification and training to become a reflexologist, many of them local and close to you.
Studying reflexology at a school should be done with careful consideration and research. Reflexology schools come in all shapes and sizes, and choosing one can be a difficult task.
There is a great resource when selecting a reflexology school which can help you make a choice that much easier. Reflexology Schools provides listings for all the major reflexology schools in America.
There is nothing better than to have a “clean” internal system and the comfort knowing that bowel movements come several times a day without a thought to a lot of us.
Unfortunately most of us from time to time have issues with our colon and proves to be very difficult to avoid for many. Whether you are a new born or a senior, reflexology will help get the digestive system working at the best of it’s ability for your specific body.
A healthy individual should have bowel movements about 2-4 hours after each meal, three times a day is best. When this happens the bowels are clean and has little to no parasites or bad bacteria and yeast to complicate the whole digestive system. Headaches will start to decrease and back pain will minimize. The whole body is connected and when an organ, body part or gland is not working at it’s best, systems start to slowly fail and one problem starts to become a chain of many more.
There are special techniques that a reflexologist can do to increase bowel movements that will help many other areas of the body function at its best and in a whole make you feel relaxed and energized. The colon in reflexology is spread across both hands or feet and needs to be firmly stimulated by specific direct pressure.
There are also areas in the lower back and spine that will relax the nerve ending that directly relate to the digestive system. This will free up any blocked energy and get your system “flowing” by means of voiding or detoxifying the body as a whole.
Contact a local reflexologist today to learn more about how reflexology can help bowel movements.
Reflexology is a natural therapy that is a great way to relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy.
Many women have had a lot of success with reflexology in alleviating back aches, hip pain and swollen feet. There are so many benefits of reflexology, but for pregnancy, it’s best to start sessions in your second trimester.
Through continuous care by a trained reflexologist, women can benefit all through the pregnancy right up to delivery. There are many points in the hand and foot that can start contractions by gently but firmly administering pressure to the correct areas that relate to the body.
Oxytocin is a natural hormone that is made by the pituitary gland and can be easily stimulated through reflexology to be released in the body. Oxytocin is released in large amounts during labor and when breastfeeding.The middle of both the left and right hand and foot is the reflexology point that relates to the female reproductive system. Contact a reflexologist today and ask about how reflexology can help pregnancy become less painful.
A number of patients seeking reflexology are doing so because of cancer treatments that are causing them a lot of pain. We are asked many times if reflexology can be beneficial for cancer patients and the correct answer is for some yes, but not for all.
A recent study may force a change to that answer however. During a study of pain and anxiety in cancer patients, reflexology was proven as a source of relief. A 45-60 minute reflexology session was given to the study’s patients and the results showed a significant decrease in the amounts of pain and anxiety for the group.
The conclusion of the study went one-step further by making this recommendation:
Hospitals could have qualified professionals offer reflexology as a complementary therapy and teach interested partners the modality.
You can read the full study on reflexology on cancer patients here.
Many women trying reflexology for the first time have a specific reason for turning to the therapy. More often that not, recently that reason has been for infertility.
The cost and side effects that come with prescriptions that claim to help infertility can be staggering. Reflexology offers a safe, natural alternative to infertility and a new study in Britain has been launched to research and record just how much of a difference reflexology makes in helping infertility problems. In my experience I’ve seen first hand how much of a difference reflexology can make for some clients, I’m excited to see the results of the new study.
Read the full article on reflexology for infertility here.
Often an average headache is more than average. A migraine can occur for any number of reasons, stress, tension, eyesight problems and the list goes on.
At times you can even feel the throbbing strength of the migraine coming way ahead of its’ arrival. When this happens take a minute to stop what you are doing and practice a little reflexology on yourself!
Many people as us for simple techniques that can relieve pain or stress that they can administer themselves. This is by far the top self-reflexology technique for getting rid of migraines or headaches all the same.
Reflexology Raking to Relive Migraines and Headaches:
- Take your left hand palm down and place your right hand’s fingers at the base of your left wrist.
- Using your fingers and with some ‘comfortable’ pressure drag your right hand’s fingers along the top of your left hand all the way to your left hand’s knuckles.
- Lift your fingers off your left hand, place at the wrist again and repeat for at least 20 minutes, remembering to lift off each time.
- After 20 minutes (any amount of time is good) switch hands and start on the other hand.
- You can repeat as many times you like and even throughout the day at your desk or in some downtime.
Your headache or migraine should at least begin to have a dulling sensation after 20 minutes on each hand. Drinking plenty of water during this process is of benefit as well to relieve your pain.
Please comment and let us know how your first time with reflexology went!
Many diabetics have asked this question as sometimes those who suffer from this disease have used all other regular medical options.
Reflexology for diabetics provides relief from stress in the body, releases toxins and most importantly for those with diabetes – it increases circulation tremendously. The circulation benefit alone will provide a noticeable difference to many of those individuals with diabetes.
Many diabetics who get treated with reflexology have commented that the regular feeling of tingling or numbness in their hands or feet will often subside after a reflexology treatment.
Although reflexology does not guarantee the same results for everyone (we are all different in some fashion), many people with diabetes have turned to and returned to reflexology to ease their diseases symptoms. Contact your local reflexologist to discover more about how reflexology can help those who have diabetes.
This Endocrine system gland sits behind the bridge of the nose near the center of the brain. Many clients find that there is a sensitivity to this particular point when stimulated. There may be some issues with a hormonal imbalance or may have problems with the Nervous system in which case both systems should be worked to get the best results.
The pituitary gland is responsible for most body organs and other Endocrine system glands. It is in charge of the regulation of mineral and sugar content of the blood, fluid retention and energy levels. This gland also secretes hormones that control uterine contractions and is a great way to naturally bring on labor to a woman who is full term and ready to give birth.
If you have a fever and are in need of relief, press the pituitary reflex in intervals for as long as needed to get the temperature to drop. If you have low blood pressure you will find the pituitary reflex very tender to the touch because it secretes hormones that control blood pressure.
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Look at you feet as a final destination for over 7000 nerve endings that are connected to every organ, body part and gland in your body. When you massage and use acupressure on these specific points, you are directly stimulating blood flow to the correct areas to increase the function of your body parts that may not be operating at the best capacity.
By using pressure during your treatment, your therapist will be able to break up the disturbance under the skin or (grit) in areas that are of concern and flush them out of the body through the lymphatic system. As a result, many clients find there will be a need to urinate or have bowel movements more frequently directly after a session. This is all great in the eyes of the therapist!
There are many ailments that reflexology can help with and the outcome of treatments always seem to amaze me. To be able to pinpoint a possible problem on the client through the foot and to assist them in the healing process makes us as therapists understand the truly amazing powers that reflexology has on the body.
After a reflexology treatment, there may be some side effects that are not the most pleasant but needed to start the process of healing.
A reflexology session helps improve your bodily functions and may result in flatulence or burping. A backed up or clogged colon will cause many stresses on the body that may not be as easy to relate the problems to each other. Some of these symptoms are:
- feeling sluggish / no energy
- nausea / vomiting
- abdominal swelling
- loss of appetite/weight loss
- headaches / migraines
- back pain
Specific parts of the plantar or “bottom” of the feet are worked when a client comes with a issue like constipation. This should be relieved in a short amount of sessions when done close together. This is likely to be set up so there are 3 sessions in a week to 10 day time frame. Many people have a bowel movement or movements after their first session.
Along with reflexology, your client may want to do a flush of the colon or a gall bladder cleanse. This actually cleans your liver, stomach,small / large intestines,kidneys, urinary tract,basically your whole digestive system. A great way to do an internal clean that is not too time consuming, inexpensive and easy to accomplish. You will finish this feeling less bloated, easier bowel movements and be more regular.