© 2010 Rachel Lord – Reprinted with permission from Shining Lotus Metaphysical Bookstore Newsletter Aug 10/Sep 10.
JUST FOR HEALTH by Rachel Lord, RN, Master Herbalist, Nationally Board Certified Reflexologist
Do your feet hurt? Or do you know someone whose do? This is one of the most common complaints that folks have. And no wonder. We stuff our tootsies in all kinds of shoe shapes, pound them on concrete and asphalt, stand and walk on them all day—and then wonder how come they hurt! Additionally, we use our hands constantly and then don’t get where that carpal tunnel came from.
Reflexology is a type of bodywork that addresses feet foremost, but also hands and ears. It is a science that maps out the reflexes to the whole body on all three places. By pressing specific areas on them, every organ, gland and body part is affected in a positive manner. It is a lot like acupuncture, in that you can work an organ from far away without actually touching it. It clears energy meridians or pathways. Remove a blockage in one place and you have opened up the whole energy line. Once that happens, pain disappears; the body returns to balance.
What does a good Reflexologist do? First she/he inspects your feet and hands. A skilled practitioner can help with actual foot and hand problems as well as accessing the reflexes. That means things like carpal tunnel, bunions, sprains, achy arches, heel pain, neuropathy can be relieved. Then there’s the relaxation aspect. A skilled Reflexology treatment can put you into “la la land”. And we all know the benefits of relaxation. That in itself helps the body heal and spirals up the immune system.
Ear Reflexology came from France. Both Reflexologists and acupuncturists use ear points. This is another way to access the entire body. There is something about getting your ears gently worked that evokes profound relaxation. So when you get a treatment, don’t leave out the ear part.
Just writing this article makes me want to rush out and get a treatment. It can’t be beat! Maybe you would like to become a Reflexologist, provide such amazing work and get paid for it too!