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REFLEXOLOGY – Every pair of feet tell a story



What is Reflexology and how can it help?
Today many people are turning to Reflexology to assist in their body’s wellbeing. Reflexology is an ancient science that states that all the body structures and organs are mirrored in reflexes in the feet, hands, ears and body. The reflexes are stimulated with the therapist’s thumbs and fingers. This triggers changes or corrects imbalances within the body, releases toxins, cleanses and revitalizes.
Everybody has different feet, and every set of feet tell a story of what is going on within the body. A trained Reflexologist will use corns, cracks, callouses, indentations, lines, markings, warts and freckles on the feet to get a deeper understanding of what is going on within the system of the patient. Callouses in a certain area often protect that organ which may be weak. These clues give us an idea of what is going on within the body as well as the type of diet the patient is on regarding wheat and dairy, if the system is dehydrated, acidic or if there is too much sugar in the system. It is a non-invasive therapy which helps the body to obtain and maintain physiological health and balance, working towards normalization of function. Reflexology aims to promote those organs or systems which are working in the body to function at their optimum and taps into the body’s ability to heal itself. It aim to bring about a state of HOMEOSTASIS which is the body’s ability to be synchronized and in harmony leaving the patient feeling vitalized and have a sense of well-being.
Reflexology benefits a wide range of symptoms, ailments and diseases. Here is some feedback, as it is one thing to hear how it works, it is something else to read someone’s experience of how it helped them! This is what one patient had to say who suffers from Crohns disease, [box] “I suffer from Crohns disease and was in agonizing pain when I came for Reflexology with a blockage in my intestine. I have had these blockages before and was hospitalized. I had an operation a few years ago for a blockage and I have been in hospital a few times for the same reason. After the first session I felt relief. After the second treatment I felt much better and eventually the blockage went without me having to go to hospital again. It is a wonderful feeling for me to have found a solution to my health problem and know that if G-d forbid it happens again I can go for reflexology instead of going to the hospital.”[/box]

A cancer patient who had reflexology treatments whilst having chemotherapy said, [box]Reflexology really helped me to keep well and active through the process. Besides the physical benefits of keeping my energy and immunity up, and my blood count high, I found that time spent in this calm and tranquil environment was balm for my soul, and allowed me to clear my head to process the challenge of what had come my way.”[/box]
A migraine sufferer says, [box] “I have been suffering from chronic migraines since I was 13 years old. I have been on countless medications and diets. The one thing that has truly helped my migraines – be it the pain, nausea, aura etc… is Reflexology. Within an hour of therapy, I am migraine free.”[/box]

[box] “I’m highly allergic to cats, dust and change of season. Reflexology helps me cope and assists my body in producing anti-histamines when I need them most”[/box]

Infertility is a challenge that many couples face. Not only is this a highly sensitive and intimate subject, it is emotionally draining and often devastating as the whirlwind each month brings hope and/or disappointments. Reflexology plays a huge role to not only support the patient physically but mentally and emotionally as well.[box] “I was desperate to conceive. Everyone around me had babies! My faith and hopes in falling pregnant were shattered following years of trying to no avail, and an IVF attempt that failed. Within 3 months reflexology managed to do what no specialist could. A natural conception! Not only did it restore my body physically, my faith was restored as well as I was so well supported”[/box]



Reflexology is beneficial to all ages, from a baby with colic, to an elderly person with arthritis. It also deals with different types of diagnoses, for example cancer, IBS, constipation, headaches, exhaustion, insomnia, infertility, menopausal patients…. and much more as you have read. Every reflexology treatments is personalized according to the symptoms or condition that the patient is presenting with. To gain the physiological benefits that Reflexology has to offer, it is important to know the level of qualification that the Reflexologist has achieved. The therapist needs to be correctly trained (minimum of two years) to have a full understanding of the workings of anatomy and physiology to be able to treat patients suffering from most medical conditions. We will be able to pick up certain issues through the feet, but we do not diagnose problems and don’t treat undiagnosed pain. We refer patients out to doctors with our findings and often work in conjunction with other practitioners. Through a detailed history taking, we are able to make dietary, supplement and lifestyle recommendations.


The premises used for reflexology is also important, and a tranquil and serene environment helps patients to relax and feel comfortable which is often the starting point to healing. The length of treatments vary from 5 minutes for newborns to 15 minutes in small children, then to 30 minutes for older kids and an adult treatment is 45 minutes long.


Some other benefits and results of reflexology are:

• Positive changes in the body’s physiology

• Stimulates the defense mechanism and immunity in the body

• Assistance in weight loss

• Pain reduction

• Reduces stress

• Calms and soothes

• Increases relaxation of mind and body

• Encourages elimination of toxins

Assists in normalization of function

• Promotes healing within the patient


The goal through reflexology is to help bring about normal body function and promote a feeling of well-being, while encouraging the body to perform at its optimum.


Reflexology Reflexology one step further, I am fascinated by the role that the thoughts we think and our attitudes in life have on our lives and our bodies. There is a strong connection between the mind and the body and this has to be taken into account if we are to treat the whole person and help them on their way to healing. The mind, body and soul are strongly connected and it is hard to separate each one into a category on its own. Some people will say that if your arm is broken see a doctor but if your heart is broken see a psychologist. I say, this is not so simple, and often we see these areas influencing each other. How come we can wait outside a job interview feeling butterflies in our stomachs and have sweaty hands at the same time. It is because emotion plays out in the body and has a physical manifestation as well.


The feet are also forever changing. For example, we find crystals or sensitivity in the toe area when a patient is presenting with sinus issues or headaches, while digestive issues present in the middle of the foot.


Once I had a patient who I treated regularly for sinus and allergy problems. The treatments were concentrated on clearing her allergies, stimulating her body to release natural anti-histamines and boosting her immune system. During one particular treatment I noticed that her urinary system was presenting with crystals so I questioned if she had a bladder infection. She was fascinated that I was able to feel that from her feet as she had just started experiencing pain a few hours earlier. The feet are fascinating and always have a story to tell.


My main emphasis through treatments is to promote healing within the patient, encouraging them to take responsibility for their illnesses, symptoms and diseases, and to understand deeper meaning behind them. When I discuss these ideas with my patients I like to tell them about a woman I heard of who wanted to be more responsible so she smoked outside so that her dogs didn’t have to inhale secondary smoke! They always laugh at this. Taking responsibility means finding a way to be an active participant in their own healing. This kind of work often involves looking at difficult parts of life or challenging events. It is not easy work. Often it is illness itself that awakens people to ask deep life questions. All of a sudden when illness hits, the blessing or gift of another day is not taken for granted. Life starts to feel a little more precious. It is this journey that I believe Reflexology helps people explore and connect to life more profoundly.


Here is a beautiful poem by an unknown author speaking about life and the lessons we learn along the way:

I asked for strength and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for wisdom and God gave me problems to solve.
I asked for prosperity and God gave me brawn and brains to work.
I asked for courage and God gave me dangers to overcome.
I asked for patience and God placed me in situations where I was forced to wait.
I asked for love and God gave me troubled people to help.
I asked for favors and God gave me opportunities.
I asked for everything so I could enjoy life.
Instead, He gave me life so I could enjoy everything.
I received nothing I wanted, I received everything I needed.

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