Decreasing stress with reflexology

Who doesn’t have stress? There is no avoiding this issue in our fast paced society today so why not manage it with a little relaxation and a full body work over with a reflexology treatment? Reflexology is a great way to unwind the body and work all major systems that are related to the stress most of us carry around day to day.

Reflexology works the body as a whole and every organ, body part and gland are targeted during a full session. Since stress effects the whole body, it is only natural that as a therapist we recognize this and make sure all areas are stimulated. When treating a client for stress or related issues, the body releases the feel good hormones like serotonin. The body then starts the process of healing which will put you in a relaxed state of mind, body temperature lowers and then specific areas will be targeted through pressure points of the foot, hand or ear.

The nervous system is a very important system of the body to work with when dealing with a highly stressed out individual. The client may not make the connection but there are probably going to be areas in the body that they have not made a connection to that are giving them grief as well. Eyes, ears, pain in the center of the chest,(solar plexis). These are some of the related areas of the nervous system. When working on stressed out individuals, the endocrine system also plays a major part in the recovery process. This is your hormone based system in the body and trained therapist know to work both systems well when dealing with stress. If a person is not sleeping well, the body goes into overdrive and the hormones in your body are all mixed up. Reflexology will balance this all out and allow the healing to rake place once the individual can relax and reduce stress.

Experts say that up to 90% of all disease is caused by stress. That is a huge number and more alarmingly, most of us do not manage stress properly and have all kinds of serious problems and illnesses that are not being dealt with at all. High blood pressure, heart palpitations, skin conditions, stroke, high cholesterol, shingles, sleep problems, constipation, these are some of the conditions that happen when stress is not managed properly.

Pregnancy and Reflexology

Every woman who has been pregnant can relate to the general discomfort of one or more body parts during the course of 9+ months. Some women go past their due date and body aches and pains start to take over. Hips start to widen, pelvis starts to ache, sciatic pain or back pain tends to set in when carrying the extra weight due to pregnancy. Reflexology is a great natural therapy that will be able to relieve those aches and pains without any adverse side effects in very little time.

A trained certified reflexologist knows that all the bodies systems have to be working together for the best outcome of a reflexology session. We can normalize a woman’s body by getting all organs and glands the blood flow that is needed to stay healthy, happy and pain free. Working both feet or hands for a full session by a reflexologist will lubricate all areas of the body that are of concern and stimulate the lymphatic flow so it is moving freely throughout and eliminate all toxins or viruses that tend to hang around in this clear fluid. By elimination, we mean though urinating, bowel movements or sweating. Do not be surprised if there are many bowel movements after a session of reflexology, this is very common and very good!

There has been many reflexologists that have been called upon to help naturally stimulate labor. This can work very well if the woman is ready to give birth and is showing some symptoms that the baby is coming soon.

There are numerous areas of the foot, hand and ear that work to stimulate contractions but will have different reactions for everyone. Through the years of practicing reflexology, refelxologists have come across some unusual feelings when stimulating certain areas. When putting pressure on the general sex organs of the client though the foot, there has been a uncontrollable itching in that specific area of the foot. It’s like a mosquito bite that would not go away. That specific area is located in the middle of the bottom of the foot where the arch is usually located.There are many areas that you can stimulate the reproductive system through the feet. Both sides of the heel, directly down from the ankle is the uterus and vagina. These areas tend to be very tender for the sole reason that they are preparing for labor.

Reflexology has been used many times during labor to help with pain management. There is a very specific gland located easily in the hand and foot called the pituitary gland. When stimulated correctly, this will help release the hormone Oxycontin which is naturally produced in the body and amazingly will help manage the pain of labor.

Reflexology has been around for any years, since the Egyptian time and has been used in most cultures around the world to help normalize a woman’s body for various reasons.
Not only will this natural therapy help with the discomforts of pregnancy and with pain management during labor but it will also help the reproductive system of a woman’s body work to its best way possible to accept the fertilization process. If a woman’s organs, body parts and glands are at their peak, this will only lead to a vibrant, healthy pregnancy.

Reflexolgy and Neck Pain

There are millions of people in the world that are constantly living with acute or chronic neck pain. People in general just tend to live with this pain when there is no need to. Reflexology is a natural, virtually pain free therapy that has had amazing results in this specific ailment or injury. There are many cases where clients have had results in a very short time and with maintenance, this could be a problem in the past very quickly.

We need to take care of our spine and the cervical vertebrae is an extremely important part of the neck that needs immediate attention when there is injury or discomfort. What many don’t realize is that there are other issues in the body that are directly linked to the spine, specifically the cervical vertebrae that can cause discomfort in areas that you may not have made the connection. Because the neck is located so close to the shoulders, most time this is a combined complaint and can be addressed through a certified reflexologist.  Though these pressure points are located on different parts of the foot, the body all works together and tension in the shoulders due to a neck pain can be relieved in a full reflexology session. A reflexologist will work the whole foot, (both feet equals the whole body) and specifically work the areas that relate to the neck. The beginning of the big toe on both feet, front and back will be stimulated and may be slightly painful but once the pressure is done there should be no pain.The shoulders on the foot are located under the small toe on the pad beneath it. There is also a general area across the foot on the top and bottom that runs from one side to the other, which equals to the length of the shoulders on the body. Shoulders are always worked on in a reflexology session when a client complains of neck pain, this is all related and has to have special attention to relieve the pain. Sometimes during a reflexology session there is a little discomfort but is definitely needed to increase the blood flow to the problem area to relieve any blockages and get the healing started. Increased blood flow to the neck means the organ, body part or gland will be functioning at its best and you will start to feel better quick.

Reflexology is all about treating the whole body and when the body as a whole is working at its best, your client will feel balanced and have a sense of well being. This is a proven therapy for all types of neck injuries and has given the client a holistic approach to relieving a variety of neck and shoulder issues. Reflexology will not hurt anyone and all ages can use this therapy. A trained certified reflexologist will know how much pressure and the amount of time to work on an individual for optimum results.

Use Reflexology to Ease Migraines Yourself

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:

  1. Take your left hand palm down and place your right hand’s fingers at the base of your left wrist.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. After 20 minutes (any amount of time is good) switch hands and start on the other hand.
  5. 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!

Does Reflexology Help With Diabetes?

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.

Possible Cleansing Responses to a Reflexology Treatment

RELEASE OF GAS

This is a great way to release excess toxins from the large intestine and should not be viewed as anything to be embarrassed or concerned about. Often when working the colon you may feel a bit bubbly in the stomach area, this is a good sign that the fluids in your body are flowing and reacting to the pressure points being stimulated.

IMPROVED OR INCREASED URINATION/BOWEL MOVEMENTS
Your muscles in your urinary tract tend to relax in most cases, which can cause more frequent urination temporarily. By applying pressure to the area of the liver, gallbladder, stomach or digestive tract this can normalize or speed up bowel movements (diarrhea).

OVERALL COLD FEELING DURING SESSION
During reflexology, you will be totally relaxed and your body will be put into a para-sympathetic mode, (this simply means you are in a healing state and this is when the body starts to repair itself naturally). You will become totally relaxed which makes the blood flow to the center of the body and away from its limbs, which will make you feel slightly cold.

EMOTIONALLY DRAINED
This reaction surprises most clients but there is no need to be concerned. When working on your feet, pressure is applied to all your glands, organs and body parts. Your emotional reactions come from the Endocrine System where most of your hormonal based glands are located. The feelings will not last long and should be viewed as it is time for your body to rest and repair itself and do its job by eliminating toxins, getting your lymph fluid to flow freely and increase cardio-vascular blood flow.

NAUSEA/HEADACHE/FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS
The body is trying to cleanse itself as naturally as possible and sometimes when the liver and the bowels are worked on the reaction may be as stated above. This will not last long but is important to rest if this occurs. Be aware of these symptoms and take it easy and drink lots of water to allow the toxins eliminate as quickly as possible.

OTHER POSSIBLE RESPONSES
Improved digestion, energized, watery eyes, itchy all over body, increased mucus, very sensitive to touch, ease of pain in certain conditions or increased fertility.