The treatments can reduce and alleviate pain; promote better sleep; help relieve anxiety, stress, and depression; and promote overall relaxation, to name a few of the benefits.
Reiki is performed while the person is fully clothed. Because reflexology treatments involve the feet, a client must remove her shoes and socks. And, Raindrop Technique accesses the feet and back; so the client needs to remove shoes, socks, and clothing to the upper torso.
No. Depending upon your health issues, some reflexes may be tender, and it is important for me to know which areas are tender or painful so that I may work those reflexes a little differently. However, many teachers say that a light to medium touch is as effective in creating positive results as a very penetrating touch.
Reflex points are present in your feet, hands, and ears. However, some health conditions respond better to work in the hands or ears, as opposed to the feet. For example, neck and lower back pain respond better to work with reflex points in the ears, while conditions related to the eyes and ears or sinuses respond better to work with reflex points in the hands. By working each of these areas, it is like having your body worked on 3 times while focusing on the points most beneficial to your condition.
Chronic foot pain can be related to a variety of factors, such as your weight (being overweight or pregnant), your activity (for example, overuse of muscles and tendons from extended periods of standing or walking on hard surfaces, or high impact exercise), the type of shoes that you wear (narrow toe box, high heels, no arch support), the way you walk (over-pronation or over-supination), or simply the construction of your feet (very flat or very high arches).
Previously referred to as plantar fasciitis, plantar fasciosis (pronounced fash-ee-o-sis) involves irritation or shortening of the bands of connective tissue in the sole of the foot extending from the base of the toes to the bottom of the heel. Plantar fasciosis is usually accompanied by shortening or contracture of the muscles in the calf. Pain most commonly appears in the heel or the arch of the foot, can be intense, sharp, burning or stabbing, and is typically worse upon arising in the morning or after extended periods of non-weight bearing. Plantar fasciosis can be successfully treated with reflexology and home care.
Peripheral neuropathy results from injury or damage to the peripheral nerves (sudden trauma or repetitive stress), or from conditions such as diabetes, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, or HIV infection. Symptoms are most often seen in the hands or feet, but may present as pain radiating from the hip into the leg. Symptoms often include burning, shooting pain, numbness, decreased sensation, or difficulty controlling movement in the limb. Reflexology combined with home care assists in improvement in symptoms and/or healing.
Reflexology works with “reflexes” on the feet, hands, and ears that are linked to the nervous system and correspond to all parts of the body. I use the “mapping” system for the feet developed by Dr. Jesus Manzanares, a Spanish physician who has conducted anatomical research to identify the reflexes and their corresponding body parts.
Acupressure, on the other hand, uses a system of “acupuncture points” identified by ancient Chinese. These points run along 12 meridians that can be traced through the body. I have studied reflexology and meridian therapy with Lilian Tibshraeny-Morten and integrate these pressure points into my treatments as indicated.
Both systems are methods of complementary health care that use touch to produce relaxation and pain relief. While massage therapists manipulate the soft tissues (muscles, fascia), reflexologists apply pressure to specific “reflex” points on the feet, hands and ears that correspond with all body parts. Reflexologists work from the “inside out” by stimulating the nervous system to decrease stress and produce relaxation, while massage therapists work from the “outside in” by manipulating muscles and fascia to decrease stress and produce relaxation.
A Reiki practitioner uses herself as a channel for energy from the “universe,” with the intention of healing for the recipient. Ancient symbols are envisioned to enhance the power of the treatment.
A Reiki Master has completed 3 levels of study with a Master. The Reiki Master can provide treatments to others in person or via distance (with the client in another location). The Master is also qualified to teach Reiki to others.
Guided imagery is a technique that focuses and directs the imagination using all the senses. It promotes relaxation by “guiding” the person’s thoughts, mental pictures, sounds, scents, and/or perception of movement.
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