Reflexology is not massage, it’s acupressure and it stimulates your nervous system
Reflexology is a form of acupressure for the feet, hands, and ears. Nerve endings are stimulated according to mapped out locations or ‘reflexes’, which relate to all the organs and systems within the human body.
People experience many benefits from reflexology. These include
- relief from painful symptoms
- detox benefits
- clearing of some long term health issues
- a very powerful relaxation response.
I originally received reflexology to help me through some difficult symptoms during pregnancy. I loved the treatments so much I decided to take my first reflexology course at the ARE (Association of Research and Enlightenment) in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Once I moved to Maryland, I took the State level Reflexology certification with a local teacher there.
My reflexology sessions include the use of therapeutic grade Young Living essential oils and some energy balancing work also.
You can learn reflexology easily to help yourself and other family members – although a session from a professional is best!
American reflexology has an interesting history, and you can become state certified in many states now.
You don’t necessarily need a qualification to benefit from using reflexology to help your children, family, and friends. You can learn a few pressure points and some simple techniques to help yourself and others.
It’s really easy to learn the basics and helpful for all concerned.
If you’re interested in a professional qualification, then the American Reflexology Certification Board is a good place to start.
Help ease chronic symptoms with reflexology and in some cases avoid a visit to the doctor for relief from minor issues
It’s easy to do and (bar the restrictions listed below) you can do no harm!
And if a cold clears up or a child has a more comfortable night, then it’s a bonus for you and your child, who knows, you might even save yourself an insurance co-pay!
When to avoid reflexology
Please note that reflexology is not recommended
- during the first trimester of pregnancy,
- for anyone who has a history of blood clots or is taking blood thinning medication
- or on any areas of skin that are broken, excessively peeling or that have a fungal infection.
Also please note – do not work the hands, feet or ears this way if somebody you’re working with has drunk alcohol recently – it’s very stimulating and you could make them sick!