Reflexology as a therapy
Reflexology therapy aims to stimulate the body's innate self-healing systems and meridians, thereby reducing anxiety and creating an optimal homeostatic condition to increase circulation, promote healing and improve wellbeing. Thus encouraging the body to use its intrinsic ability to heal itself and restore a natural balance, a holistic approach that is becoming widely recognised and respected in modern medical practice.
On the surface, it appears that reflexology is just a physical therapy, but it is much more than this.
The client/therapist relationship is of paramount importance.
Typical reactions during and after a reflexology session are:
Everyone is different, and some people may feel nothing during a treatment and this is also normal! Reflexology works in the way that we need it as individuals.
Models of reality do not have to be scientifically true. You can take a model as a philosophy if it empowers you
A message from Julian Wait, Port Adelaide Magpies League Player
For example radicular pains in neck and lower back. (Pelvis/Groin Injuries) treating such areas via reflexes in the feet is safe and can often give considerable relief.
Diarrhea and constipation caused by stress in competing sports people may respond well to reflexology.
An athlete aims to prevent injury, condition muscle and enhance performance.
Professional Athletes have a program that includes Exercise, Nutrition, Mental Health and Physical Fitness. The goal is to balance all to gain peak performance.
To have access to an accredited reflexologist is rare. We have a club doctor, physiotherapist, sports trainers, and chiropractor plus management team.
Research has shown the specific techniques of reflexology to be effective and beneficial in many ways. A survey of 170 reflexology studies from 21 countries shows that reflexology is effective, impacting a variety of physical and psychological concerns.
RLD ~ Reflexology lymph drainage
RLD is an award winning reflexology technique which focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet. The aim is to cause an effect on the lymphatic system in the body. It is a unique sequence that has been researched and developed by Sally Kay BSc(Hons), whilst working in Cancer Care. The results appear to support the theory of reflexology.
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch) and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow
RLD Video Click Here,
Reflexology complements cancer care
Positive Health explains in detail the benefits of Reflexology when used in the care of patients with cancer
Results from 24 studies conducted by nurses in ten countries are reported in Medical Applications of Reflexology: Findings in Research about Cancer Care (Kunz, Barbara and Kevin, RRP Press,2011). The results show that reflexology helps cancer patients improve the physical and emotional symptoms of the cancer experience.
From chemotherapy to symptom management and from postoperative care to palliative care, research demonstrates reflexology’s effectiveness at alleviating pain, relieving anxiety, easing nausea and more for cancer patients.
For the 28 million people fighting cancer worldwide and the 1.3 million diagnosed each year in the US alone, findings from the reflexology research offer potential, potential for improved quality of life and easing of their symptoms.
Speaking of such potential, are the results realised by the total of 1,173 cancer patients participating in the 24 studies:
• In eleven studies totaling 697 cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, reflexology was found to be effective at in easing symptoms such as nausea vomiting, fatigue, and anxiety.
• For those under cancer care with concerns about management of symptoms, six studies of reflexology which included a total of 255 patients demonstrated its effectiveness in reducing pain and anxiety
• Two studies of post-operative cancer patients including a total of 89 cancer patients noted results of lessened pain and anxiety reported by patients to whom reflexology was applied as well as significantly less use of analgesics.
• Five studies of reflexology applied to a total of 69 cancer patients in palliative care found that reflexology helped with alleviation
Reflexology works on the 7,000 nerves in your feet...
Vagus nerve theory
Well - this is very interesting
a study in Taiwan on both healthy subjects and people with coronary artery disease, showed that there were improvements in Vagal modulation, blood pressure and heart rate following reflexology treatments.
This points us towards a cautious hypothesis, therefore, that when we are stimulating the Vagus nerve - and if it is so, it gives the client access to a number of benefits:
Reflexology for athletics
In 2004, The Chinese Reflexology Consortium conducted research on the effects of reflexology on professional athletes after big athletic events, i.e. World championships, Olympic Games, preseason training in rugby, cricket, football, etc. This has proved that reflexology can be very effective in the treatment of all sports-related issues.
Makes the body more effective and stronger by unblocking nerve impulses as well as improves circulation, and lymph drainage, by aiding detoxification.
Relief from stress and tension, of pre-event nervousness, by promoting deep relaxation that improves respiration and revitalises energy.
Promotes recovery from muscle fatigue after ' similar events to marathons, triathlons, Olympics, pre-season training in rugby, cricket, football.
Athletes can get back to training a lot faster.
Understanding the feet provides fascinating and beneficial insights into the workings of the subconscious mind, through the study of the ever-changing characteristics of the feet.
Out of Kilter?
"If you're feeling
out of kilter, don't
know why or what
about, let your feet
reveal the answer,
find the sore spot,
work it out"
Exploring our feet through self-reflexology can be an easy and free way to support our mind, body and spirit.
Our feet are home to literally thousands of nerve endings and almost seventy acupuncture points, which is why foot reflexology is so effective. By massaging and stimulating specific areas on the soles of our feet, we can provide general support for our entire body, improve sleep patterns, increase physical and mental wellbeing and also alleviate chronic conditions such as sinusitis and digestive upset. Although it is wonderful to work with an experienced foot reflexologist whenever possible, we can also develop a practice of treating ourselves to a self-reflexology treatment if we take some time for this purpose before we begin our day or in the evening to relax before going to bed.
Share reflexology techniques CTS evening Class Dumfries & Galloway College
There are a number of different ways to work the soles of your feet, including walking barefoot on river stones, rolling each foot over a golf or tennis ball, or just using your fingers and hands to massage your feet. When starting a reflexology session, it's a good idea to begin with loosening up your ankles – rotate each foot clockwise then counterclockwise about ten times. You might also want to pinch the end of your toes, which can increase circulation and drainage in your sinuses and stimulate your pituitary and pineal glands. Then you can begin massaging the ball of your foot, the arch, and the heel. If you find that an area is tender, it may indicate some distress or dysfunction occurring in the corresponding area of the body. You may want to explore what is going on with that organ or system.
Whether we are able to spend just a few minutes a day on this kind of self-care or a full half hour, our efforts are never wasted. By taking responsibility for our own health and taking time every day to connect with our body, we can not only assist our body in letting go of stress and dysfunction, but we can also continue to support an ongoing sense of wellness and vitality.
The foot is an extremely complex anatomic structure made up of 26 bones and 33 joints that must work together with 19 muscles and 107 ligaments to execute highly precise movements. At the same time the foot must be strong to support more than 100,000 pounds of pressure for every mile walked. Even small changes in the foot can unexpectedly undermine its structural integrity and cause pain with every step.
With the added 7,000 nerve endings.