Just had my first experience giving reflexology to a baby. What a heavenly experience, for both the baby and myself. Using Sue Ricks' 'Gentle Touch' reflexology technique and her book on reflexology for babies and children, I moved into, for me, that unchartered territory. That is, the territory where language is not an option and communication is visual. In this case, the baby loved having her feet treated in particular ways, immediately feeling the 'reflex' element of the treatment, with wide, curious and happy eyes. Shall we say, it was not the collicy, cry-baby the parents have been dealing with lately.
Sue Ricks' book is also a gem. It's sturdy and small, compact, but with much excellent advice, both contextually and in her treatment specifics. Her coverage is very comprehensive.
Many children experience symptoms or conditions that could be assisted by reflexology. In some cases, difficulties can be 'cured' with this gentle non-invasive alternative therapy. In most cases, improvements and a degree of normalization are achieved. Feel free to work with me if your child has an issue. Examples of conditions that are treated in babies and children by reflexology include:
Enough for now. My next subject will be: Reflexology in the chakras! Reflexology is your choice, but as for me, it is a story 'to be continued.'
In case you are interested in reading about reflexology, yourself, I would refer you readily and with great enthusiasm to several books! Start with these primary sources, published by (1) Dwight Byers, and also (2) Kevin and Barbara Kunz. Start here. End here, too, for that matter. You could. They are current, and complete. Still, I've found several additional books, some in the German-European market, and some in the U.S. market, not all still in publication. I'll list a few, with my own personal comments, here, and plan to edit and expand this list and 'note' over time, as I discover more books on reflexology-and-related-interests work.
In my personal library:
Dear Reader, We all know we feel better when walking barefoot in the sand. Even walking barefoot on stone beaches can provide effects that improve health. And now, new research confirms these findings. I would refer you to the blog of a reflexology enthusiast, and cardiologist, from Greece:
http://spiros-reflexologia.blogspot.com/2010/10/earthing.html. He has assembled some of the research, with interesting links, at this posting. Enjoy! Then, find some stones to walk on. You can create your own stone garden for this purpose if you are not able to walk on sandy shores. Long a practice in Japan, also, walking on stones and sand is, in actual fact, regenerative!
Here's a link to some foot and ankle exercises that look challenging - and fun - sponsored by Runner's World magazine:
This news is from an article in AARP's January-February, 2009 Bulletin (American Association of Retired Persons).
According to Dr. Martin Rossman, author of Guided Imagery for Self-Healing, acute pain appears to live on in areas of the brain well after the sources of the pain - from the related body tissues - have healed. Thus, he argues, using techniques that cause the brain to realize and develop new nerve pathways results in "pain pathways" becoming less active. New pathways stop the chronic pain cycle. Dr. James Dillard would agree, noting that alternative therapies are documented in scientific studies as helping to ease chronic pain (The Chronic Pain Solution).
Changing thoughts and emotions surrounding the source of pain, with the assistance of nerve-related therapies, can create a change in health and well-being. Reflexology operates on this precise principle. Reflexology appears to fall into two categories of "Alternative Treatment": (1) Mind-Body treatments, treatments using the powers of the mind to produce changes in the body, often effective in treating chronic pain, and (2) Physical manipulation treatments, application through hands-on massage of the feet, hands or other reflex points. Despite its mind-body aspects, reflexology works without the client having to concentrate on it working: all that is needed is a willingness to try it, and observe its effects closely on one's own after treatment.
Steve Stanos, D.O. and medical director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Center for Pain Management, suggests patients take a more comprehensive approach to chronic pain, what he calls a "bio-psycho-social approach." Did you know that few doctors are trained in pain management? He believes that individuals must direct their own inquiries, in general - ie: be the captain of that ship.
The professional advice to those captains of chronic pain around the world is this: if you are in chronic pain, it is time to combine your medical care - and medications if needed - with both a direct and an alternative therapy. A reflex-based physical therapy is one excellent option.
Let's look at some combinations: (1) my medical doctor's advice, tests, and medicine + (2) physical therapy for my herniated disc + (3) reflex therapy by reflexology. This is just one example. Another: (1) medical as stated above, and (2) a weekly reflexology treatment. Great!
Yours for better health and wellness, June
February 2, 2008
The American Medical Association's National Uniform Code Committee (NUCC) provides codes for the recognition of specific professions. Reflexology has not been recognized as a separate profession by them - until now. Reflexology now has a unique code, effective January 1, 2008. This will aid practitioners to obtain a National Practitioner Identification (NPI) number, required under the Health Insurance Portability Act (1996). Reflexology will remain separate from Massage Therapy. The change will help reflexologists coordinate Medicare-subsidized/paid clients with medical providers in the U.S.
Now Offering 'Reiki Healing'
Reiki is a laying on of hands that seeks to enable and encourage healing. It is thought to have begun in India, and is represented by the goddess, Shiva. Our modern connection with Reiki began with a Christian minister in Kyoto, Japan - Mikao Usui. He intentionally sought to rediscover and develop it in the mid-1800's, working in Japan and travelling to the U.S. After he died in 1930, his student, Chujiro Hayashi, a retired naval officer, opened a Reiki clinic in Japan. A Hawaiian woman, Hawayo Takata, came to this 'healing clinic' as a child, later moving there, marrying and working there. Ms. Takata moved to the U.S. in the 1940's, and travelled the U.S., Canada and Europe, performing and teaching Reiki as an 'exclusive' healing practice. Thus, Reiki, a long-lost healing art, was resurrected and its practice spread.
Today, some of its false 'exclusivity' has been abandoned, as it grows and thrives in all parts of the world, passed on by Reiki-trained professionals in a training course process. I have had training in Reiki from a Reiki master in Norway, and now provide Reiki services to my clients. The treatment is very refreshing and relaxing. I suggest you try this treatment option - at least once - before you prejudge its usefulness and effectiveness.