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By Melissa Blaque

REFLEXOLOGY

 

What is reflexology? 

Can it relieve stress?

Answer

from Brent A. Bauer, M.D.

Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears. Reflexology is generally relaxing and may be an effective way to alleviate stress.

The theory behind reflexology is that these areas correspond to organs and systems of the body. Proponents believe that pressure applied to these areas affects the organs and benefits the person's health.

Reflexologists use foot charts to guide them as they apply pressure to specific areas. Sometimes these practitioners use items, such as rubber balls, rubber bands and sticks of wood, to assist in their work. Practitioners of reflexology include chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists, among others.

Several studies funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Studies also show that reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of people with cancer.

Reflexologists claim that reflexology also can treat a wide variety of medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and cancer. However, scientific evidence is lacking to support these claims.

Reflexology is generally considered safe, although very vigorous pressure may cause discomfort for some people.

 Because I LOVE what I do....

I love to take away folks pain and help them feel better.  

The last thing I ever want to do is have anyone feel worse or even be in pain after a session.  

So know that what I do is Therapeutic. NOTHING about what I do is light or fluffy or "foo-fooy."

Trigger Point, Reflexology/Acupressure is what I am trained in, Licensed in, and Certified to do.

I have lots of info on my website so that I do not have clients come to me after a session and say, that hurt, or

that was too much pressure. 

When I do a Headache release for example, you may be a little tender in the areas where I used pressure.

This should NOT be painful or unbearable. Just a little tender in some cases. Better to be a little tender than in lots of pain. 

There are areas on our bodies where we aren't used to pressure or rubbing, when I use very specific and direct pressure

on those areas.... There is a high possibility that you will feel a little tender in those areas the next day.

If you are natural what I refer to as a "Tender Person" then you will most definitely need to inform me of that prior to your session.

 

I ALWAYS ask during and throughout a session "Is this too much pressure?" You MUST verbalize to me that it is uncomfortable or too much pressure. Remember I work on people who regularly request I use allot of pressure.

I feel it is crucial that there is an understanding prior to laying down on my table that the pressure I use, while not extreme, is intense.

It must be specific pressure or it wouldn't be Reflexology or Acupressure. In order to effectively, in many cases get those areas to release.

I want you to leave my office and tell all your friends collegeges and associates that you just had the most incredible body work you've ever had! Not that I used too much pressure or made you sore. I am more than willing to modify the pressure but you must verbalize to me when you feel it is too much. I really felt a need to be very direct and specific here about what you should expect.

This is a 2-way street, I will also expect that you will be open and honest with me about your needs and how you feel. Remember that everyone's a bit different and everyone has different thresholds and comfort level. I need to know what your is.

Allowing me in your personal space I never take for granted. I want that exchange to be wonderful not uncomfortable.

Please continue to read all about the wonderful world of Reflexology, Trigger Point, and Acupressure and it's amazing benefits.  

Reflexology Information Here will be Helpful And Informative

    Reflexology it's meaning and it's origins. 

 

Below you will find lots of useful information about Reflexology and Trigger Point

Also if you will scroll down you will find Services and Fees 

REFLEXOLOGY Chart

REFLEXOLOGY AN ANCIENT PRACTICE WITH MODERN APPLICATION

Reflexology is an ancient practice using the soles of the feet and palms of the hands as well as trigger or pressure points. 

These points or triggers are located on the body to stimulate certain nerves that also correspond to organs and regions in the body.

Stimulating these reflexes promotes pain reduction and relief, and encourages healing. 

Top of foot reflexes

Side View Foot

The Fascinating History of Reflexology

Reflexology

 


 

An example of a reflexology chart, demonstrating the areas of the feet that practitioners believe correspond with organs in the "zones" of the body.

Reflexology, or zone therapy, is an alternative medicine involving the physical act of applying pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on what reflexologists claim to be a system of zones and reflex areas that they say reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body. A 2009 systematic review of randomized controlled trials concludes that 

Mechanism

The Reflexology Association of Canada defines reflexology as:

"A natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears and their referral areas within zone related areas, which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes without the use of tools, crèmes or lotions, the feet being the primary area of application, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body."

Reflexologists posit that the blockage of an energy field, invisible,  or Chi, can prevent healing. Another tenet of reflexology is the belief that practitioners can relieve stress and pain in other parts of the body through the manipulation of the feet. One claimed explanation is that the pressure received in the feet may send signals that 'balance' the nervous system or release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce stress and pain. Many believe Reflexology should work in conjunction with a holistic lifestyle and that if serious signs of pre-existing conditions are present it is best to seek the advice of a medical professional. [MD] This is more closely my belief, that it is very important if you are under a doctors care that we discuss that and that you do not stop or discontinue important medical care. Serious illness is NOT my field of expertise.  

 

Use by population

 

 

An example of a reflexology chart of the Hand, demonstrating the areas of the hand that practitioners believe correspond with organs in the "zones" of the body.

Reflexology is one of the most used alternative therapies in Denmark. A national survey from 2005 showed that 21.4% of the Danish population had used reflexology at some point in life and 36.1% had used reflexology within the previous year.

A study from Norway showed that 55.6 % of the Norwegian population in 2007 had used reflexology within the last 12 months with a 60% higher rate of increase in healing from certain injuries as opposed to using no reflexology methods at all.

 

Regulation

In the United Kingdom, reflexology is coordinated on a voluntary basis by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Registrants are required to meet Standards of Proficiency outlined by Profession Specific Boards, as CNHC is voluntary anyone practicing can describe themselves as reflexologists. When the CNHC began making reflexology available there was a dramatic decrease in emergency room visits and daily general practice visits, there have been (depending on perspective) several ways to view theses findings. Skeptics would say the introduction of Reflexology has caused people who may have been more seriously ill to not seek critical care, or (as I prefer to believe) that Reflexology has made a significant improvement in their quality of life. 

 

History

The Chinese developed elaborate charting systems of the body utilizing pressure points we know call, Acupressure, to map out nerve endings, correlating organs and muscle and the Nervous System, of course they perfected this over thousands of years. This is truly where Reflexology was derived. A set principle of using very accurate pin-pointed pressure and release to assist the body in increasing blood flow, stimulating tissue, and aid in pain relief and encourage healing.

Reflexology was introduced to the United States in 1913 by William H. Fitzgerald, M.D. (1872–1942), an ear, nose, and throat specialist, and Dr. Edwin Bowers. Fitzgerald claimed that applying pressure had an anesthetic effect on other areas of the body.

Reflexology was modified in the 1930s and 1940s by Eunice D. Ingham (1889–1974), a nurse and physiotherapist. Ingham claimed that the feet and hands were especially sensitive, and mapped the entire body into "reflexes" on the feet renaming "zone therapy" to reflexology. Ingham's theories are prominent in the United States and United Kingdom, although modern methods also exist.

 

 

Relexes of the ear
Understanding Reflexes

The most important thing to understand about Reflexes is, the way the individual Reflexes correspond to the different organs and areas in the body. Also the way the body responds to touch and pressure points.

Have you ever applied pressure to an area on the foot or hands or even on the body and realized this area was sore or very uncomfortable? This area could very well correspond to an area in the body where there is a problem.

There are ways, if one were aware of certain meridians in the body, to understand when applying pressure and find a tender or sore spot that one can have an insight into what may be going on within the body.

Sort of an early warning sign. It's a known fact that the body's pain receptors are there to let us know there's a problem. What if you could use a keen knowledge of the anatomy and bodies responses to understand where those little signals were coming from and what they mean?

That's where I come in. Your reflexes mean something. Those little sore spots mean something. In studying Reflexology it has made it possible for me to give you a clearer idea of the area in the body that those little pains are coming from.

Do not expect Reflexology to be a light, gentle, soothing, feathery, experience. Your going to have very tender sore areas that should be worked through. If your looking for feathery and gentle...I'm not the therapist for you. I get into areas that are tender and loosen them up. Work them out. Release toxins and bring about pain relief, beyond the here and now. Over time it is possible to acheive longer and more sustained periods of relief. 

REFLEXOLOGY CLIENT BENIFITS

* Friendly and Professional Service

* Flexability In Scheduling Service

* Professional Care & Attention

* Friends, Family, & Community friendly

* Safe & Comfortable Atmosphere

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What Is Reflexology?

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU MUST READ BEFORE SCHEDULING YOUR SESSION!!!!! 

What Is Reflexology?

The following is a link that explains the history of Reflexology in the US:

http://www.reflexology-research.com/media.htm

Reflexology Rates

There are NO hidden fees. When you come to me you will be treated with respect...****NOTICE!!!**** 

I have recently lowered my rates due to recession. 

I have many options to chose from:

I offer a special "Lunch Break" Headache release treatment. This treatment takes all of

10 mins.___________________________________________________________________________________$20.00

This is a technique taught to me by my Malaysian Reflexology Master Ko Tan it literally takes headache away in seconds!  HEADACHE CAN BE DEVASTATING DON'T SUFFER ANYMORE!!!

I can relieve most any headache in 10 mins.  If you have a migraine & you get to me in the onset I can take it away. It's harder once the migraine is in full swing. 

 

 

I also offer a 10 min Shoulder/Neck pain release treatment that is also incredible:_________________________________________________________________________________$20.00

 

 

 

Come to me on your lunch break in pain go back to work feeling relaxed refreshed & pain free.   

Reflexology 

 

 

For the Feet:_______________________________________________________________________________$65.00

This is done with a Lotus Flower or Almond Blend base oil if you would like to add the wonderful benefits of

Essential Oils +:____________________________________________________________________________$10.00

Foot Reflexology is an hour treatment. This is a process where I begin using very specific reflex stimulation on your feet beginning with

your Left foot then finishing with your Right foot, your body will tell me what is going on as I find areas of the feet

that correlate to problem areas in the body. I cannot diagnose. I will however give you an honest and open and thourgh

Reflexology exam and treatment of your feet. This is the application of different types of pressure on the feet that may

locate tender, sore, callused area that may be telling us something about the condition of certain areas of the body.

In which case I simply recommend you follow up with your primary doctor for a more test with that problem area.

I ma recommend how often you'll need body work. Or I may recommend Ice treatments, or Heat treatments. certain

oils or Hot Stones. It's a Whole-istic (holistic) approach.  

Raindrop Therapy: _______________________________________________________________________________ $45.00  Raindrop therapy is a series of therapeutic grade essential oils which are used in 7 locations down the spine,

are slowly worked into the spine. warm towels are then placed over the back, along with a warm herbal heat wrap.

 This is left to soak into the spine for optimal absorption. Add Hot Stone therapy to this or any treatment + ________________________________________________________________________________________$10.00

Hot Stones Therapy:_______________________________________________________________$45.00

Hot Stone Therapy is a wonderful relaxing way to unwind, feel the penetrating warmth of the Hot Stones. I will align the stones down your spine, on either side of your Sacral spine, your neck and wrap you in warm towels and herbal heat wraps while you relax.

 If you'd like to have essential oils with this or any treatment you add:______________________________________________________________________________________$10.00  

 

 

Warm Organic Raw Sugar, & Sea Salt Body Rub:    _________________________________________________________________________________________$60.00

($50.00 if you chose it without essential oils) 

This treatment is incredible for your skin (especial in the drying Winter weather) In this treatment I use 100% Organic Raw Sugar, with Natural

Sea Salt, I can infuse this with Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils for an incredible delight for your senses! It feels amazing on your skin, and you will simply glow afterwords. The warm mixture is rubbed onto the skin, this is a sensation you have to experience to appreciate, then you are wrapped in warm towels and blankets, and the mixtures is removed. Its so invigorating and very relaxing all at the same time. Try it! You'll love it!

 

*******************************SAMPLE*PACKAGES***************************** 

I offer this in response to people asking for a sample of the different treatments I offer. 

"The Works"

Let me truly pamper you in a Holistic experience you'll never forget. Chose from the following 3 "The Works" samplers:

1. Raindrop Therapy, Hot Stones, Essential Oils, Warm Wraps, Neck & Shoulder release

1 1/2 hour treatment:____________________________________________________________**$125.00***

2. Reflexology, Feet & Hands, Trigger Point, Neck, Back, Shoulders, with Essential Oils,

1 1/2 hour treatment:___________________________________________________________***$150.00***

3. The "Oh Wow! this includes: Reflexology, feet & hands, Trigger Point, Neck, Back Shoulders, Raindrop Therapy, w/essential oils,

warm herbal wraps, Raw Sugar & Sea Salt Rub w/essential oils, this is a

2 hour treatment: ____________________________________________________________________***$200.00***

(must be booked in advance fees apply if cancelled under 24 hrs, gift certs available for all of the above)  

 

 

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