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Zei Gezunt with Reflexology
Editor: Yael Rosenberg, RN, B.S.H

 • Description: Reflexology
 • Statistical Information
 • Symptoms Treated
 • Questions to ask the Practitioner
 • General Tips
 • Products and Services
 • Books and Publications  

Reflexology is an alternative healing method that is based on a system of zones and reflex areas on the feet and hands that correspond to the parts and system of the entire body. Practitioners of this therapeutic modality work on the premise that stimulating specific pressure points on the feet and hands effects a physical change on the corresponding body part. The treatment is done by applying pressure using the thumb, finger and hand without the use of tools, oils or lotions.

Two schools of thought dominate the practice of reflexology. One is the theory that reflexology releases the flow the Qi or invisible energy flow that is blocked. Qi flow that is stagnant produces illness and lack of well being.

Another belief is that the controlled pressure and manipulation of the feet and hands can release pain and stress. Scientists conjecture that the stimulation of the nerves in the feet and hands sends signals to the brain to release neurotransmitters or chemicals such as endorphins which are the body’s natural pain and stress relievers.

Statistical studies show the following:
In a clinical study done in China with 20,000 documented cases, reflexology was shown to have a 50% success rate.

In the United States, the use of reflexology has been rising. Reflexology is one of the top sixteen alternative treatments offered in the United States’ hospitals.

Conditions and Symptoms
The main benefit of reflexology is the reduction of pain and alleviation of stress. However, as a complementary mode of treatment, reflexology has been shown to help many conditions including:
  •  Respiratory: allergies, asthma
  •  Digestive: Bloating, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome
Skin disorders: Acne, eczema and psoriasis
  •  Cardiovascular: High blood pressure
  •  Pain Conditions: arthritis, cancer pain, surgical pain, birthing pain, migraines, menstrual cramps, lower back pain
  •  Psychological: Anxiety and depression
  •  Sleep Disorders: Insomnia, disturbed sleep patterns

In addition reflexology has been found to be beneficial in other ways:
  •  Improves energy and stamina – beneficial in chronic fatigue syndrome
  •  Boosts the immune system
  •  Improved blood flow
  •  Rejuvenation of tired feet

Questions to ask the Practitioner
  •  How many years experience have you had utilizing this healing method
  •  What is your success rate  
  •  Certificates and Licenses  
  •  References  

General Tips
  •  Seek the advice of your health provider before embarking on any form of treatment
  •  Please notify your reflexologist if you feel any discomfort during the treatment
  •  If you are pregnant or nursing consult your physician
  •  Make sure that you supply your reflexologist with a complete and accurate medical history including surgeries and injuries
  •  Precautions should be taken and a physician should be consulted prior to treatment for those patients with leg ulcers or poor circulation
  •  Confer with your medical doctor first if you have epilepsy or high blood pressure
  •  It is recommended not to eat at least one hour prior to reflexology treatment

List of Products & Services
 •  Basic Knead Reflexology: Form Fitting Foot Socks for Massage Therapy
 •  Foot Reflexology Sandals 

BOOKS & Publications  
 •  Reflexology Health at your fingertips - by Barbara Kunz Barbara Kunz
 •  Joy Reflexology Healing Techniques Reclaim - by Ann Gilanders
 •  Reflexology Bible Definitive Pressure Healing - by Louise Keet
 •  Everything Reflexology Book - by Valerie Voner

Alternative Treatment Methods
 • Acupressure
 • Acupuncture
 • Aromatherapy
 • Biofeedback
 • Chiropractic Treatment
 • Guided Imagery
 • Herbal Remedies
 • Homeopathy
 • Hypnosis
 • Magnetic Therapy
 • Massage Therapy
 • Meditation
 • Qigong
 • Reflexology
 • Reiki
 • Tai Chi
 • Therapeutic Touch
 • Vitamin Therapy
 • Yoga




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