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Reflexology Relaxes the Body, Mind, and Sole

By  Eric Huffman
October-November ‘08 CHICAGO HEALTH+WELLNESS  MAGAZINE Pg. 65

 In today’s fast paced world, people are confronted with ever-increasing levels of physical, mental, and emotional stress. The American Medical Association stated that 85% of all illness is a result of stress. To help combat stress, many people are seeking out foot reflexology.

Foot reflexology is a safe, non-invasive, natural modality which focuses on areas of the feet which are believed to correspond to all the areas of the body. Pressing these “reflex points” with the fingers helps the correlating body part to relax and recover.

In America, foot reflexology is steadily making its way into mainstream medical practices as an effective form of alternative therapy. On The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Professor of Surgery, stated that “Every patient that I operate on at New York Presbyterian Hospital gets a reflexology type treatment.” Although new to America, reflexology has been used as an effective complimentary therapy for centuries across the globe.

Foot reflexology is also used to help a wide range of health conditions including back pain, sports injuries, migraines, sinusitis, infertility, and sleep disorders. People who receive regular reflexology sessions attest to its positive results.  Foot reflexology is a great option to relieve stress and improve wellbeing.

Reflexology reduces Pain by 40%

and may be as effective as drugs.

Reflexology involves applying pressure to specific points on the hands, feet or ears-that is believed to stimulate the body’s production of pain-relieving endorphins in the brain and spinal chord.

Source: Study of reflexology by researchers at University of Portsmouth, England, published in “Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice”.


A copy of the study costs $31.50 USD.  

For detailed information, please refer to the following article in Mail Online:

 

 

Reflexology reduces Pain

Reflexology can reduce pain by 40%and may be as effective as drugs.

Reflexology involves applying pressure to specific points on the hands, feet or ears-that is believed to stimulate the body’s production of pain-relieving endorphins in the brain and spinal chord.
 
Source: Study of reflexology by researchers at University of Portsmouth, England, published in “Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice”.

A copy of the study costs $31.50 USD.  
 
For detailed information, please refer to the following article in Mail Online:
 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2306227/Reflexology-effective-painkillers-conditions-ache-arthritis.html

Professional Organization I Am Charter Member of: RAC

Mission Statement

The Reflexology Association of California is a professional organization committed to assisting each member to realize their vision, bringing our community together through shared activities and enhancing our profession as a whole through education, communication and action.
History

In March 1989, the first statewide meeting was held to discuss issues facing the field of Reflexology. Three authors, eight teachers, five schools or methodologies, two associations and three states were represented among the thirty participating reflexologists.

Over the next three years, several meetings were held in the Los Angeles area and Sacramento to discuss by-laws, legislation, membership, communication, licensing, standards and goals.

Since its founding in April, 1992, by a small core group of practitioners, teachers and supporters, the Reflexology Association of California has grown to become a globally recognized organization known for its integrity and dedication to Reflexology.

Today the Reflexology Association of California is one of the largest associations of its kind in the country. It is committed to advancing the profession of Reflexology through continuing education, legislative activity, and developing public awareness of the benefits of Reflexology

The Faces and Feet of Fibromyalgia By Linda Chollar


“The foot holds many clues to solving the riddle of fibromyalgia pain.”
–Dr. Howard G. Grossell, Author of East Meets West From The Bottom Up

 

Fibromyalgia, as the name of a condition, has many faces. There are the commonly listed associated symptoms, a myriad of theories and research findings, volumesof written information and yet it is largely a misunderstood and as yet, unsolvable, ‘invisible illness’.

 

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a syndrome (a collection of symptoms), estimated to affect millions of Americans that is characterized by widespread amplified pain in the body and multiple system imbalances. Controversy has surrounded FM that essentially lacks a medically defined cause and diagnostic medical tests. The previous criteria for a diagnosis was a model of tender points in the body. A revised fibromyaligia questionaire, called the FIQR has been adopted to more fully understand the emotional and psychological elements of fibromyalgia.

 

Associated symptoms can include fatigue, depression, sleep problems, gastrointestinal distress, poor concentration, poor circulation, restless leg syndrome, anxiety, headaches, deprivation of deep relaxation, ‘brain fog’ and many more. The primary complaint is chronic pain and the key issue is why do these people  have so much pain.

 

People with chronic pain frequently see many practitioners in their quest for relief from their symptoms. Unfortunately, this quest can resemble the story of the six blind men, each placed at a different part of the body of an elephant and then asked to describe the elephant. Or the adage, ‘when one’s primary tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail’. So each provider can have a different explanation of the problem as they see it and present their own magic bullet. The primary approach by conventional medicine for the treatment of fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms is medications. Unfortunately, the secondary concerns are the alarming side affects.

 

It’s no wonder that patients and clients are frustrated and that practitioners are confused seeking to understand a condition without a clear cause or origin, no definitive medical tests, controversial criteria for diagnosis and as many treatment options, drugs and opinions as there are symptoms.

 

As a Reflexologist who specializes in pain management, I’ve worked with FM clients for ten years and used reflexology successfully to manage and eliminate their pain with resulting improvement in FM symptoms. My clients were my best teachers to learn the real story to this condition. As I studied and researched FM, my techniques became grounded in the understanding of the body’s way of communicating PAIN. With FM this body function is compromised and is in a sympathethically maintained pain syndrome. This of course impairs organs, glands and systems (Dr. Manual Lavin). What is reflexology known for?

The research of several doctors became the basis for my reflexology approach for pain relief with FM clients. I simply banked on the research and knowledge that signals to the nervous system cause the pain experience and that I knew the feet held the key to breaking that pain-cycle. Of course, I focused on the most potent reflexes in the feet to dialogue with the nervous system.

 

Dr. Robert Bennett, M.D. of the Oregon FM Foundation states that pain is the overriding problem for most FM patients and that many other problems are secondary results of relenting chronic pain. When pain is even partially relieved, significant improvement occurs emotionally and mentally, and sleep and function improve.

 

Researchers Dr. Roland Staud, MD, from the University of Florida and Dr. Manuel Martinez-Lavin, MD, from the National Cardiology Institute of Mexico, explain the pain of fibromyalgia and point to the nervous system and the sympathetic autonomic branch (ANS). They say that a fibromyalgia patients’ sympathetic nervous system is persistently hyperactive, but hypo-reactive to stress and this explains all FM features, including sleep disorders and hormonal abnormalities in FM.

 

Dr. Jesus Manzanares, M.D. and researcher from Barcelona has validated the central nervous system’s role in the process of reflexology. Stimulation of reflexes (nociceptor neurons) in the feet and hands trigger positive physiological changes in the body, making foot reflexology an effective and gentle touch therapy for fibromyalgia. Manzanares’ EEG studies show that reflexology induces Theta brain waves and the parasympathetic response.

 

This NS response helps to break the pain cycle that leads to muscle tension, reduced circulation, pressure on nerves, stiffness and more pain. C.S. Lewis said, “Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of Nature.” As we work with the natural laws and inclination of the body to heal, we realize the intelligence of the body and that the laws of Nature will always hold us accountable, according to how we care for the body/mind.

  

 

As above, so below. What can we observe in the shape and structure of a typical ‘fibromyalgia foot’? Not evident in every case of fibromyalgia, but watch for patterns of stress in the feet and how the foot has adapted or moved ‘out of balance’ as a result of chronic pain.

 

A common shape of a FM foot is a broader forefoot and narrow heel; space between toes 1 & 2 and a callous formation may exist at the diaphragm line. Myofascial trigger points are prevalent in the FM foot and are often mistaken as tender reflex areas. These need to be addressed and can result from poor foot biomechanics or postural compensation.

 

Poor foot biomechanics is a main root cause of latent pain in fibromyalgia, according to Dr. Howard Groshell, Podiatrist, who specializes in treating FM. Postural pain (pain all over the body) often begins in the foot. When the foot is out of balance, anything above that unbalanced foot will be out of balance as well and the whole body becomes stressed. For this reason, I often do a gait and postural analysis on my FM clients to have a baseline for tracking progress, both in the feet, posture and pain levels.

 

There are clearly many dynamics involved in the health care of the fibromyalgia client. Healthy lifestyle, nutrition, exercise, healthy mental/emotional life choices are all areas to be addressed in the multi-disciplinary approach that is needed. The FM client also needs a team of providers working together to address the whole person, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically.

 

Reflexologists can be an effective and valuable member of that team and make a difference in fibromyalgia clients’ lives. Understanding the unpredictability of the FM clients’ pain patterns versus the common chronic pain of the average client is essential. Intake and assessment skills are needed to understand the individual’s needs and to plan an effective session approach. No two clients will present with the same symptoms. The more you understand this “multiple-systems syndrome”, the more effective your client-outcomes and long term resolutions.

 

In closing, the feet really do hold clues to impacting the FM client. The hallmark of reflexology and most commonly reported benefits are pain reduction and sleep improvement. Those two results can have immediate effect on the chronic pain body. From there, it just gets better.

 

 

Resources

East Meets West From the Bottom UP, Dr. Howard Groshell
The Complete Guide to Reflexology, Kevin Kunz
Principles of Reflexology, Dr. Jesus Manzanares
Fibromyalgia Frontiers (Vol.10, #3, 2002) Journal of National FM Partnership  The Fibromyalgia Label: Creating an Illness    

 

Linda Chollar, AAEd, has been a Fibromyalgia advocate for two decades, including teaching, writing and lecturing on reflexology through the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA), fibromyalgia support groups, TV & radio. A Reflexologist for 20 years, she serves on the ACARET Board of Directors as President and is a business coach to Reflexologists. For an instant dowload of her CE webinar: “Understanding Fibromyalgia for Professionals” visit: http://www.ReflexologyMentor.com

Hand Reflexology

Hand Reflexology is equally effective as foot reflexology, but not well known. There are reflex points on the hands indicating every organ, gland, and parts of the body.

Hand Reflexology

By using the unique thumb and finger techniques on these hand reflexes, the body responds by relaxing, rebalancing, and improving blood circulation. The hands are not as sensitive as the feet and the reflex points are much deeper, however, a hand reflexology treatment can be worthwhile.

Hand Reflexology Chart

Hand reflexology can be preferred for the start or end of a foot reflexology treatment. It can also be applicable as a stand-alone treatment in its own right. When the foot has injured or other problems that can stop performing foot reflexology.

Thu, 2010-06-24 17:46 — Thiruvelan     http://healthy-ojas.com/systems/reflexology-hand-chart.html

How To Use a Diffuser

Rose oil 325 Mhz.

How to use: Using the Diffuser: The Young Living Diffuser consists of an air pump, an oil well base, and a glass nebulizer connected by a flexible air tube. Attached to the air tube is a flow control valve. You can set the pump on the floor or under a table so that it is out of sight. For your convenience, you can attach the pump to an appliance timer so it will turn of and off automatically.

Assembly: Carefully remove the parts from the packaging. Connect one end of the clear plastic tube to the air pump outlet and the other end to the air inlet of the well. Place the glass nebulizer over the jet.

Operating Instructions : Pour 15 to 20 drops of oil directly into the well approximately one-quarter inch deep. You only need enough oil for the mist to start coming through the top of the nebulizer. You may wish to place the bottle of essential oil upside down in the well located next to the nebulizer. Be sure that the plastic orifice (drop reducer) is still in the bottle opening. Push down on the switch that is attached to the electrical cord. Turn the knob on the flow control valve until the arrow points in the direction of the tube.

How much oil will be used?: Thicker oils will diffuser more slowly than thinner ones. You can leave a bottle of thicker oil upside down on the well because it diffuses slowly. Thinner oils should be poured directly into the well because they diffuse quickly. Note: Never add water to oils or thin them with another substance. This could clog the jet and possibly alter the oil’s effects.

Changing Oils: You can change from a single oil to a blend or from a blend to a single. Simply allow the first oil to be completely diffused. If there is too much oil left to diffuse, use the enclosed eyedropper to return it to its bottle.

Mixing Oils: Avoid mixing two or more blends, as this may change the desired results. A single oil may be added to a blend, or two single oils may be mixed together and diffused. Avoid using vegetable oils such a V-6 Mixing Oil, massage oils, or other vegetable-based oils in your diffuser. Oils of this thickness may clog the diffuser.

Cleaning the Diffuser: Disconnect the plastic tubing from the air outlet on the well. Remove the glass nebulizer and clean it with soapy water or rubbing alcohol. Seal both ends of the nebulizer and shake. Rinse with water or alcohol. Let dry completely. Use a blow dryer on low heat for quicker drying. Thoroughly clean the inside of the well with rubbing alcohol or soapy water.

How long should a diffuser be used?: In the home, a diffuser may be used for any length of time-anywhere from 5 minutes to continuous use. Short periods of 5 to 15 minutes are recommended for anyone who is experiencing oils for the first time. In large offices or commercial areas, the diffuser should be used for 15 to 30 minuets at a time until everyone in the area becomes acquainted with the oils. After that point, it may run continuously.

Cautions: The glass nebulizer should always be placed over the jet before starting the diffuser. Low grade oils or “perfume essences” may clog the air jet. The diffuser should be placed on a steady surface that is protected in case spills occur.

Troubleshooting: When a diffuser is functioning properly, you can see oil being projected through the glass nebulizer as it turns into a mist. If this is not happening, check the following: No air output. Be sure the pump is plugged into an active electrical socket and the tubing is properly attached. Check to make sure that the switch on the electrical cord is pushed down, and the knob on the control valve is turned with the arrow pointing to the tubing. Make sure there is oil in the well or in the bottle.

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10 Natural Ways to Relax and Rejuvenate…

…Easy Ways to Manage Stress and Build Immunity

By Monique N. Gilbert

Originally published in Massage & Bodywork magazine, April/May 2005.
Copyright 2005. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.

Protecting the immune system and managing stress are vital aspects of living longer, feeling younger, and being healthy. Here are 10 ways to reduce stress, boost your immune system, and slow down the hands of time.

Physical activity. Regular exercise — whether it’s walking or dancing — strengthens your cardiovascular system, heart, muscles, and bones. It also stimulates the release of endorphins, improves mental functioning, concentration/attention, and cognitive performance, and lowers cholesterol, blood pressure, cortisol, and other stress hormones.

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Yoga and stretching. The slow movements and controlled postures of yoga improve muscle strength, flexibility, balance, circulation, mental focus, and calmness.

Hand hygiene. The most effective measure in preventing the spread of germs is good hand hygiene. Washing your hands as soon as you come home, and always before you eat, greatly reduces your exposure to bacterial and viral infections. Carry alcohol-based hand wipes to control exposures away from home.

Laughter and humor. There is truth to the saying that laughter is the best medicine. Laughing reduces stress hormones like adrenaline (epinephrine) and cortisol and benefits the immune system.

High nutrient diet. Eat foods rich in antioxidants (strawberries, oranges, tomatoes), omega-3 fatty acids (walnuts, salmon, soybeans), and folate (dark green, leafy vegetables). Antioxidants neutralize molecules that can cause heart disease, cancer, and premature aging. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular-enhancing, and immune-regulating properties. Folate prevents age-related cognitive decline, ensures DNA integrity (important during
pregnancy), and promotes healthy red blood cells.

Music. Listening to your favorite music is a great method of reducing stress and relieving anxiety.

Sleep. Sound sleep has a profound impact on stress
levels, immune function, and disease resistance. Your body and immune system do most of their repairs during sleep, so strive to get in seven to eight hours each night.

Positive thinking. Optimism can counteract the negative impact stress, tension, and anxiety have on your immune system and well-being. Often it is how you perceive things that determine if you get overwhelmed, both mentally and physically.

Tea. Regularly drinking green and black teas throughout the day can help strengthen your immune system and your body’s ability to fight off germs and infections.

Hydrotherapy. Relaxing in a hot bath relieves sormuscles and joints, reduces stress and tension, and promotes sleep. Add music, soft lighting, and scented oils to create a spa experience in the privacy of your own home.

Monique N. Gilbert, B.Sc., is a health, nutrition and lifestyle coach, certified personal trainer/fitness counselor, and author of Virtues of Soy: A Practical Health Guide and Cookbook. She has offered guidance in natural health, nutrition, fitness, and stress management since 1989. Contact her at www.moniquengilbert.com.

Biofrequency and Disease

Frequency is a measurable rate of electrical energy that is constant between any two points. Every living thing has an electrical frequency.

 A “frequency generator” was developed in the early 1920‘s by Royal Raymond Rife, M.D. He found that by using certain frequencies he could destroy a cancer cell or virus He found that these frequencies could prevent the development of disease and others could destroy disease.

Bruce Tainio of Tainio Technology in Cheney, WA developed equipment to measure the biofrequency of humans and foods. He used this biofrequency monitor to determine the relationship between frequency and disease.

Measuring in megahertz, it was found that processed canned food had a zero Mhz frequency; fresh produce measured up to 15 Mhz; dry herbs from 12-22 Mhz; fresh herbs from 20-27 Mhz. Essential oils started at 52 Mhz and went as high as 320 Mhz which is the frequency of rose oil. A healthy body typically has a frequency ranging from 62 Mhz to 78 Mhz, while disease begins at 58 Mhz. The frequency for cancer is 42 Mhz.

For years, research has been conducted on the use of electrical energy to reverse disease. Scientists in the field of natural healing have believed there has to be a more natural way to increase the body’s electrical frequency. This led to the research and subsequent discovery of the electrical frequencies in essential oils. Clinical research shows essential oils, having the highest frequency of any natural substance known to man, can create an environment in which microbes cannot live.

Unhealthy substances cause lowering of frequencies. In one test, the frequencies of two individuals, the first a 26 year old male and the second a 24 year old male were measured at 66 Mhz each. The first held a cup of coffee in his hands (without drinking any) and his frequency dropped to 58 Mhz in 3 seconds. He put the coffee down and inhaled an aroma of essential oils. Within 21 seconds his frequency had returned to 66 Mhz. The second man took a sip of coffee and his frequency dropped to 52 Mhz in the same 3 seconds. However, no essential oils were used during his recovery period and it took 3 days for his frequency to return to the initial 66 Mhz. Another individual droppped his frequency from 65 to 48 Mhz when he held a cigarette. When he smoked it his frequency dropped to 42 Mhz, the same frequency as Cancer.

Another interesting aspect of this study was the influence of thoughts on the body’s electrical frequency. Negative thoughts lowered the measured frequency by 12 Mhz. Frequency was raised 10 Mhz with positive thoughts and prayers, and meditations increase our frequency by 15Mhz.

If you would like more info about Aromatherapy or to plan an Aroma Party call Carol Dawn at (805) 546-8660