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  • Ancient Healing Art Modern Holistic Modality
  • By Lori Lee, CTN
  • Blue Rose Holistics, LLC

Lecture Objectives
  • Explain how Reflexology relates to the nursing
    practice (CEU participants only)
  • Define Reflexology, to include anatomical and
    physiological aspect of the Reflexology practice.
  • Note any contradictions to Reflexology.
  • Obtain a basic understanding of how to perform a
    Reflexology session.

Reflexologys Roots
  • No one really knows the true origin of
    Reflexology, but it is at least as old as this
    wall painting dated 2330 BC which shows both hand
    and foot Reflexology.

Modern Reflexology
  • Modern Reflexology was developed through the work
    of Dr. William H. Fitzgerald (Zone Therapy) and
    Eunice Ingam, who was able to map out the entire
    body on the feet. She realized that by applying
    pressure with her fingers and thumbs, she could
    invoke response in a correlating area of the

Reflexology Today
  • Reflexology is a respected modality recognized by
    the National Center for Alternative Medicine
    (NCAM) and the American Nurses Association (ANA).
  • It is practiced daily at/in
  • The Mayo Clinic
  • The Cleveland Clinic
  • Cancer Centers
  • Birthing/Maternity Wards
  • Elderly Facilities
  • Hospice Care
  • Private Homes
  • Pediatric Healthcare

What is Reflexology?
  • Reflexology is based on the science that there
    are "reflex" areas on the feet and hands which
    correspond to specific organs, glands, and other
    important parts of the body.
  • The practitioner applies specific pressure using
    the thumb, finger, and hand which results in
    physiological changes.

  • Reflexology works to strengthen and reinforce
    each and every gland, organ, and muscle in the
    body to biologically correct, strengthen, and
    reinforce itself. Reflexology may increase
    circulation, reduce pain, and enhance the body's
    healing cycle.
  • Reflexology increases circulation throughout the
    body, resulting in better oxygen supply to all
    systems. Toxins are moved through the lymphatic
    system for elimination, so be sure to ask the
    receiver to increase water intake. Some areas may
    be tender (a sign of congestion), but reflexology
    is not painful. Sessions are relaxing overall.

Who Benefits from Reflexology?
  • No matter what your health status or stage of
    life, Reflexology is a balancing modality
    promotes well-being and overall health.
  • The only contraindications are as follows
  • Pregnancy
  • Possible blood clots
  • Sores or lacerations on the foot and ankles
  • Large or knotted varicose veins on the foot and

  • During pregnancy, digestion is often disrupted
    and weight gain which may cause discomfort in the
    hips, feet, and legs. Reflexology can help ease
    discomfort by
  • Reducing swelling in the lower extremities
  • Promoting relaxation
  • Reducing tension in the muscles
  • Relieving digestive issues and constipation
  • Alleviating morning sickness and heartburn
  • Although Reflexology can be especially beneficial
    during pregnancy and throughout childbirth, it is
    important to know the specific location of any
    point which may induce contractions. Bottom line
    only a practitioner with advanced training should
    apply this modality to someone who is pregnant.

  • Children generally enjoy their sessions and
    require only half the time to work the circuit,
    because their bodies are quicker to respond.
  • Babies are especially wonderful subjects because
    the physiological effects are so quickly
  • Colic, upset stomach, fussiness, and teething are
    just some examples of maladies which may be
    lessened or alleviated by Reflexology.

  • A 1990 Australian study of children showed that
    70 of patients receiving a minimum of two
    Reflexology sessions per week experienced less
    urination in volume and less incidence of
  • According to a report from the School of Nursing,
    Division of Science Design, University of
    Canberra, Australia, just 10 minutes of regular
    Reflexology in cancer patients provided relief
    from pain, nausea, and anxiety.
  • A study reported by Bauneholm School of
    Reflexology in Denmark found that reflexology is
    beneficial for various prostate problems commonly
    suffered by older man.
  • Research at the School of Nursing, East Carolina
    University, Greenville, North Carolina recorded
    that (foot) Reflexology alleviated anxiety and
    pain in patients with breast and lung cancer.

Studies show Reflexology may impact
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Cardiopathy
  • Cataracts
  • Central Nervous System
  • Cerebral Cell Death
  • Cerebral Infarction
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebral Thrombotic Sequelae
  • Cerebral Vascular Thrombosis
  • Chemotherapy
  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic Disorders
  • Climacterium Syndrome
  • Cloasma
  • Colic
  • Colitis
  • Coma
  • Common Cold
  • Concussion
  • Heart Disease
  • Menuieres Syndrome
  • Migraine
  • Motion Sickness
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (Chronic Fatigue
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myopia
  • Nasal Nerve Block
  • Neonatal Vomiting
  • Nephrotic Syndrome (Kidneys)
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction
  • Neurosism
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hernia
  • Herpes
  • Hiccup
  • Kidney Stones
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Respiratory Tract Infection
  • Retardation
  • Rhinitis (Nose)
  • Robinsons Syndrome (Ears)
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Soft Tissue Injury
  • Spondylitis Ankylosing (Spine)
  • Spondylopathy (Spine)
  • Spondylosis (Spine)
  • Sports Recovery Time
  • Sterility
  • Substance Abuse2
  • Tachycardia (Heart)
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Thrombocylopenic Purpura
  • Tinnitus (Ears)

Feet Are the Mirror of the Body
  • Simply, the left foot mirrors the left side of
    the body and the right foot mirrors the right
    side of the body. When you bring the feet
    together, you have a complete picture of the
    systems. The left hand governs the left side,
    while the right governs the right side of the
    body. Feet generally reflect body type, i.e. tall
    thin people have long, thin feet. Those with
    large shoulders have wide feet between the big
    and little toes.
  • During your session, take note of any calluses,
    corns, or areas of hardened skin. They may
    represent an imbalance in the correlating area

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Reflexology Techniques
  • Use the flat pad of the finger instead of the
    tip, so that the nail does not dig into the skin.
    Keep nails trimmed for maximum comfort. Move the
    digits forward, never backward and avoid any
    circular motion.
  • The amount of pressure is mostly intuitive. The
    hands can withstand much more pressure than the
    feet, which are more sensitive. Pressure should
    be firm, but not induce pain. The Reflexology
    session should be relaxing overall.
  • Reflex points are tiny and there are thousands of
    them distributed over the feet and hands. A slow
    methodical session ensures that each point is
    worked for optimal detoxification and stimulation
    of systems.
  • Apart from the creeping and forward motion of the
    index finger and thumb, two other basic
    techniques are hooking out and rotating.

Thank you!
  • For more information regarding Reflexology or
    Reflexology training, please contact
  • Lori Lee, ND
  • Blue Rose Holistics, LLC
  • (304) 532-5412