Certified Reflexologist - A.R.T.
5330 S. 900 E. Suite 160
Salt Lake City, Utah 84117
Cell: (801) 414-3624
Office (801) 264-0831
For Yesterday's and Today's Stresses...
Continuously adapting to life's physical and emotional challenges, our bodies are amazingly resilient. The different systems of the body communicate and work together to create the subtle adjustments that result in homeostasis (balance), through every minute of every day.
A reflexologist joins the silent dialogue within your body by the skillful aplication of pressure to specific points in the feet, hands and/or ears. Reflexology is more than just a good foot massage. This complementary therapy has been practiced in diverse cultures for centuries. With a blend of balance, circulation and relaxation, the body may enter into a mode of healing itself. Reflexology may be used for preventative care or in response to emotional stress or physical problems. It is also classed a complementary therapy (something adding for completeness) to any other therapies - i.e. medical or chiropractice
Reflexology promotes the body's ability to adapt and balance in times of stress. Most people in these busy times do not take time to relax and let go of tension and stress.
Reflexology has been shown to improve circulation thus increasing the supply of nutrients and oxygen to muscles and tissues thus aiding in elimination of the body's waste products such as lactic acid and stress hormones. As a result, muscle tension and soreness may be reduced. Healing time for injuries, skin tone improvement, immune function and concentration can also be improved when circulation is increased.
Why are select areas of the body worked in reflexology - feet, hands and/or ears?
On the soles of our feet, we have 7,000 nerve endings. These nerve endings become responsive to the sensory input of reflexology. The hands and ears have similar "referral" reflexes to the same body parts as the feet thus they complement the reflexology of the feet.
A reflexologist can send intentional messages to the nervous sytem through skilled touch to the feet when you are stressed, injured, or overworked. As a result, reflexology encourages "internal relation" to your body systems - something that no other modality can do. While a massage therapist works with and massages the structure muscles of the body, a reflexologist works with the systems of the body. As the body's waste crystals are broken from the nerve endings, relaxation occurs, toxins are ridded, circulation is increased and nerve blockages are diminished to internal body functions.
Your body is reflected in your feet.
Predictable changes occur in areas of the body that are referred from the feet.
Reflexology is used as a complementary care for a variety of health care conditions. Reflexology has been known to help alleviate headaches, reduce pain from arthritis and back pain, ease PMS, reduce symptoms of diabetes, fibromyalgia, etc. If a body system is involved in illness, stress or injury, reflexology may help in many different ways through relaxation, nerve restoration and increased circulation. A person may also experience increased energy, improve mood and improved sleep patterns.
In Europe, the National Health Service recognizes reflexology as a therapeutic modality. Reflexology is used on health issues from cancer to work related health problems with much success.
A Wholistic modality...
It is important to understand that reflexology is a "complementary" therapy and improves the body as a whole with interrelated systems. Reflexology releases healing energies wherever the body needs it.
A reflexology appointment consists of the following...
- The client completes a questionnaire. Answers to the questions within the questionnaire assist the reflexologist with treatment.
- A relaxing atmosphere takes place with solf music and soft lights.
- You are seated in a LaFuma or similar recliner and have your socks and shoes removed. It is suggested that you wear loose fitting clothes.
- The reflexologist applies pressure to all areas of your feet, then your hands, and if applicable, your ears.
- Your reflexologist may chart your sessions to aid with treatments.
- A foot soak may be part of the treatment.
- Relaxation techniques are applied to the feet.
- Essential oils, lotions, and hot towels may be applied to the feet following a session.
A reflexology session can feel like a full body massage without touching any other structure of the body. If an injury or sore exists on the foot or hand, the corresponding foot or hand can be worked along with the referral areas.
Reactions may include...
(The following are some health responses and a natural outcome of the treatment. This response is due to toxin release in the body. Everyone will respond differently.)
How relexology differs from massage
- Symptoms may be slightly exacerbated (worse) for 24 hours (this inidcated that the treatment is working)
- General aches and pains the following day after treatment
- Skin rashes
- Spots or pimples
- Great fatigue for approximately 48 hours
- Flu-like symptoms
- Increased gas or flatulence
- More ease and frequency of bowel movements
- In women, menstrual blood becomes more red and usually more profuse
- Much better moods
- Relief from pain
- Joins appear more mobile
- In case of respiratory tract infections, mucopurulent (yellow or greenish) sputum comes clear
(Copyright 1997 American Reflexology Certification Board - used with permission)
Applied to specific areas (usually feet, hands, and ears). To promote a response from an area far removed from the tissue stimulated via the nervous systems and acupuncture meridians.
Uses small muscle movements, primarily thumbs and fingers are used.
Purpose: To improve the organs and glands, and all systems of the body. Works with the function of the body.
Total body relaxation leading to the balancing of all internal and external body systems; improving circulation via stimulation to the nervous and subtly energy systems.