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Welcome to the World of Reflexology

by Debbie Bates.

My first experience of this profound complementary therapy was in 1999, I was pleasantly surprised as I felt a deep sense of relaxation moving through my body and afterwards, a state of calm as I moved back out into the world.  I was fascinated that points on the feet were connected to different parts of my body and through the session, felt stress falling away from my neck and shoulders.  It was after this session that I decided to undertake a practitioner’s course and while studying, my family and friends benefited as I practiced on them and that helped lessen their stress also - a win/win.

Reflexology treatment is a time to put your feet up.  Although it is predominately performed on the feet, it is very effective on the hands if preferred or required.  Reflexology is a non-invasive treatment that has a ripple effect encouraging stagnant energies and stress throughout the whole body to release, enabling the body to return to a balanced state of being.

The treatment involves using a cream-based balm and supporting essential oils relevant to the needs of each client, which are massaged around the feet and/or hands.  Some people feel tenderness at times and this is because the tenderness is generally reflecting stress in the body.  Isn’t it extraordinary that despite living with our feet and hands for our entire life 24/7, we don’t really know them?  Yet they are some of our hardest working body parts reflecting much of our inner wellbeing.

The feet and hands are a microcosm of the whole body of which every organ and body part is represented and works on the premise of zone therapy, with zones traveling from each toe and finger to the top of the head.  All the zones include all body parts and organs through which the respective zone line passes, therefore, two organs in the body will be represented on both feet and both hands.  For example, the liver is on the right foot and hand while the stomach is on the left.  I find this makes reflex points easy to target. 

Not dealing with the buildup that occurs over a period of time, creates blocked and stuck energy in our bodies, reflexology works to set these energy blockages free.  Stress is a known trigger for a host of conditions caught in the physical and emotional bodies.  It can prompt dis-ease such as insomnia, headaches, high/low emotional states, gastrointestinal, respiratory and circulatory problems, fluid retention, hormonal imbalances, musculoskeletal discomfort, fatigue and stress.

Reflexology can be used as a ‘Do it yourself’ remedy and can be done anytime and anywhere.  I often show clients points they can apply on their hands as homework to support their treatments and also a handy addition to their first aid tool kit.  It is important to note that it is not used as a diagnostic process, therefore I would always recommend seeing your GP if you have a health concern.  Hand reflexology is simple to use or you can use it to just simply relax.  It is hard not to experience the healing effects that can leave you feeling both de-stressed and re-energised.

 

If you would like to learn more on Reflexology First Aid, join myself and fellow Reflexologist Pamela for a fun evening at the Healing Rooms on the 26th June at 7pm, call The Healing Rooms to reserve your seat.

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by Antoinette Bozanic.


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by Jen Taylor.

The thing I enjoy most about meditation isn’t just the practice of creating more stilling of the mind but also the awareness of bringing mindfulness into everyday activities.  In fact my experience of having to sit for some time has been somewhat challenging, many I have spoken with also share this inner conflict.  With a preference for the body and mind to be more active, I have at times felt challenged by the idea of trying to still the mind.  From patience and consistency though, I have found that the benefits are profound and now too have proven scientific results.

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Welcome to the World of [...]

by Debbie Bates.

My first experience of this profound complementary therapy was in 1999, I was pleasantly surprised as I felt a deep sense of relaxation moving through my body and afterwards, a state of calm as I moved back out into the world.  I was fascinated that points on the feet were connected to different parts of my body and through the session, felt stress falling away from my neck and shoulders.  It was after this session that I decided to undertake a practitioner’s course and while studying, my family and friends benefited as I practiced on them and that helped lessen their stress also - a win/win.

Every Body Loves Bowen

by Jen Taylor.

I meet many clients who come in to find some relief from the pain patterns & injuries which may be interrupting their daily routine.  It is common in our western culture to be used to needing a quick fix to be able to carry on with life.  It seems as a society we are not so keen at accepting the pain and addressing any feelings that may be underneath the pain.  There is such a drive to ignore pain or to reach for some kind of pain relief to be able to carry on with the daily routine.  Certainly, sometimes this is a necessary choice however, pain can be a wonderful signal in the body to help us to look at and address perhaps a wider set of problems.  The body is sending a message to look a bit closer and pay attention, if one chooses. 

Fascinating Fascia

By Reinette Nel.

Fascia is the new buzz word.  For ages we have been cutting away the fascia to get to the more important aspects in the human body like the muscles, bones and organs not knowing or realising that what has been discarded was in fact the largest sense organ within the body.

Fascia is everywhere in the body.  It surrounds and forms an intricate network within every structure.  It is a strong, flexible support system,  the most richly innervated tissue in the body, with a very high density of sensory nerves that help our nervous system orient to our surroundings.

It’s like a smooth and slippery web of connective tissue that attaches, stabilises, encloses and separates.  It is the stuff that holds us together otherwise we would just be a puddle on the floor, almost like jelly.  If you can make everything else in the body disappear (except fascia), you would look like a big piece of candyfloss.

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