Posted by: wellness training services | August 15, 2012

Taking a Step to a Healthier Future – Re

Taking a Step to a Healthier Future – Reflexology
By Danielle Gault

I often say that many health imbalances might get some relief through the use of one of the natural alternative, non-invasive healing arts such as Yoga, Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, or Reflexology. In this blog I want to introduce you to Reflexology. Perhaps it will be a suitable modality for some of your needs at this time.
A Brief Description
How does Reflexology work? It uses the principle that feet (hands and ears too) contain nerve endings (72,000 nerve endings in each foot) or reflexes that run to every part, organ, and gland in the body. Applying pressure with the hands to these points has an effect much greater than that of a foot rub. The Reflexologist works on each reflex point related to each part of the body in a specific way applying pressure directly on each point. Generally the Reflexologist, after doing some warm ups such as rubbing and stroking and stretching the foot/ankle, will start their pressure point work on the bottom, or plantar side of the foot, and begin with the toes. From the toes, they will work their way down the foot covering the ball of the foot, the instep and then finally, the heel area. From there, they will go to the back of the leg and do some squeezing of releasing of this area followed by going to and working the top of the foot called the dorsal side. After that, they generally work the outside of the foot called the lateral side and finally the inner side of the foot referred to as the medial side of the foot. After the whole foot has been worked thoroughly, which takes about 45 to 60 minutes, the Reflexologists will then do some oiling and massaging of the foot as a final relaxing technique.

The Benefits
Because of the connection between the feet and the rest of the body, these treatments help to increase circulation, normalize a body condition (homeostasis), unlock nerve channels, eliminate crystalline deposits in the related body area, relax the body systems, and all of these benefits assist in revitalizing the body. Reflexology treatments facilitate the opportunity to bring the body into that wonderful healing state of relaxation known as the parasympathetic state of rest and repair. This rest and repair state assists the body in tapping into its own natural intelligence which assists in normalizing and balancing it. We, as Reflexologists, assist in nature’s ability to bring healing to the body by pressing the buttons. Even a 20-minute foot break can be just the thing to lift you from that tired feeling.

How Can You Become More Knowledgeable About Reflexology?
Newcomers to Reflexology are sometimes baffled by the way in which precise pressure on specific areas of the feet (hands or ears) can relax the tension in areas of the body due to lower back pain, sciatica, bursitis, arthritis, and dozens of other body disharmonies. I could go on but I think you get the idea that taking a step to a healthier future is really at your fingertips. For more information on courses, please go to http://www.wellness-training-services.com and sign up now for either an Introduction to Reflexology or for the Reflexology Association of Canada’s certification courses which I teach. I would love to share more about Reflexology with you, so do please inquire.
What kinds of benefits have you had with the healing arts? Share your stories, thoughts and questions – we’d love to hear from you.

Stay awake, aware, and alert and strive to lead a well-tempered life – a life that possesses both hardiness and flexibility. The good news is that once you are awake, you can never go to sleep again, but if you do, do it on purpose and prepare yourself for the consequences.

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