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Title: REFLEXOLOGY


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REFLEXOLOGY
  • By Jessica Eppelsheimer

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What Is Reflexology?
  • Reflexology is the application of pressure,
    stretch and movement to the feet and hands to
    effect corresponding parts of the body.
  • The Reflexology Association of Canada defines it
    as "A natural healing art, based on the principle
    that there are reflexes in the feet and hands
    which correspond to every part of the body."

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  • Hands and Feet are viewed as mirror images of the
    body and with a series of movements stress in
    other parts of the body can be released.
  • It has been practiced since 2230 B.C. by ancient
    Egyptians.
  • Eunice Ingham developed the reflexology that
    is used today.
  • First book was published in 1983, and workshops
    have been held all year since 1942.

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How Does It Work?
  • Nervous System Approach
  • Applying pressure to the feet of an individual
    creates and sends a signal through the Peripheral
    nervous system then into the central, and final
    it is processed in the brain
  • Once processed in the brain, messages to internal
    organs and to increase or decrease fuel and
    oxygen levels.

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  • Finally the signals or messages are sent to the
    motor system and the overall tone and tension of
    the body will be adjusted.
  • Overall effect the body will lower the operating
    tempo, which means, lessening of stress and wear
    and tear of the body.

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Benefits
  • Lowers Stress in the body
  • Because the feet and hands help set the tension
    level for the rest of the body they are an easy
    way to interrupt the stress signal and reset
    homeostasis, the body's equilibrium.

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Future Benefits
  • More studies are being done to see if reflexology
    can help certain diseases and disorders.
  • The 1996 China Reflexology Symposium Report has
    found foot reflexology to be 93.63 effective in
    treating 63 disorders. After an analysis of 8,096
    clinical cases, Dr. Wang Liang reported that
    reflexology was significantly effective (the
    cure) in 48.68 of all the cases, and an
    effective/improved treatment in 44.95 of the
    cases

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Precautions
  • Here are some important reminders before using
    reflexology
  • Avoid use for one hour after meals.
  • Within 30 minutes after massage, you should drink
    at least 500 cc (cubic centimeters) of warm
    water in cases of kidney or heart disease, you
    should drink no more than 150 cc of water.

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AVOID!
  • Do not apply heavy pressure to bones.
  • In case of serious heart conditions, diabetes, or
    kidney problems, use at any time should be
    restricted to under 10 minutes
  • In case of epilepsy, heart conditions, or high
    blood pressure, a physician should be consulted.

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OUCH!
  • If after use of the massage board for a period of
    time, do not feel alarmed if an ailment seems to
    worsen or the mouth feels dry. This is normal,
    especially in the case of inflammation or
    rheumatism and will pass shortly.

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Who Can Do This and What Can I Expect?
  • Reflexologist range from nurses to
    cosmetologists, parents to doctors in China.
  • Reflexology is now being introduced into
    hospitals and HMO's. It is even being considered
    for insurance reimbursement
  • A session can be done at anytime, and will
    usually last for 30 mins.
  • Only shoes and socks must be removed, and it is
    up to the patient how much pressure is applied.

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Certifications
  • Testing Prerequisites
  • 18 Years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma or the equivalent.
  • Have completed a "hands-on" Reflexology course
    through certification (if available) involving a
    minimum of 110 hours.
  • The documentation of 90 post-graduate sessions on
    ARCB forms. 
  • http//www.arcb.net/
  • All information taken from ARCB

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Continuing Education
  • You must complete 12 hours of CEUs every 2 years
  • You must also pay the annual fee of 40

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Reflexology Research Project
  • Started in 1979 and coordinated by Kevin and
    Barbra Kunz
  • This project is to help further Reflexology
  • 6 boxes have been written
  • Reflections reflexology journal

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References
  • http//www.reflexology-usa.net/facts.htm
  • http//www.arcb.net/
  • http//www.foot-reflexologist.com

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