Under the Spotlight: Reflexology
Used to heal since ancient Egyptian times, we look at how reflexology may help people with arthritis
Reflexology is a complementary therapy that hinges on the belief that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to the organs and glands of the body. Stimulating these areas correctly can create a positive effect in the corresponding part of the body.
Evidence exists that reflexology has been practised since ancient Egyptian times. Today it is relatively common – and can be used to treat arthritis according to the British Reflexology Association.
“Reflexology aids pain relief and may reduce inflammation and ease the symptoms of arthritis,” explains Nicola Hall, chair of the British Reflexology Association.
As published in Arthritis Digest - to see full article Click Here
Alternative Health: an expert explains the benefits of reflexology
"Some of my clients have been coming for nearly 20 years… First they feel better, then they feel well, then they stay well,” laughs the reflexologist Rosanna Bickerton. “A new client will tell me they haven’t had a cold this year for the first time ever, that they have more energy. Reflexology definitely helps the body, even if we don’t quite understand how.”
What you notice during a session with the charmingly perspicacious Bickerton, 53, is that she can send even the most thought-addled brain into delicious shutdown. “The anxiety state is what I see most often. Which means that all the energy is in the head, so the rest of the body doesn’t have enough energy. My work triggers the parasympathetic nervous system, reducing anxiety, stopping the fight-or-flight response, and letting the body heal.”
The aim of reflexology is to “create homeostasis, which means that the organs in the body are all working together and at their best.”
As published in The Telegraph - to see article Click Here
Treat for Feet
Want to tackle pre-wedding stress once and for all? Believe it or not, your feet might just hold the key! Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the principle that points on the feet correspond to areas of the body. It can aid sleep and banish stress. We tried it for the first time recently - and LOVED it!
As published in Perfect Wedding magazine - to see article Click Here
Recharge with Reflexology
January is synonymous with overhauling our lives with positive intentions. When my doctor suggested to focus on regulating my stress levels, he assured me that everything else that I desired for the new year, would fall into place. After reviewing my blood work and scans, it became clear that my exhaustive pursuit of trying to be healthy was sending my hormones on a stressful roller coaster ride. When I was offered a reflexology treatment by the Association of Reflexologists, I was intrigued to see if I could unwind, in a way that I hadn’t before.
Reflexology has been practiced for thousands of years, dating back to Ancient Egypt and Ancient China. It is a non-invasive treatment that stimulates the nerve endings on our hands, feet and ears which trigger certain organs, tissues and glands in the body. While reflexology will not cure ailments or illness, it can alleviate stress which helps to regulate hormones and ease muscle tension. Treatments are bespoke to each client, focusing on specific areas of concern. Prior to my treatment, Alexandra Swann, my reflexologist, inquired about my health and other aspects of my life that might affect my wellbeing.
From start to finish, the experience was therapeutic....
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Reflexology: the health benefits
The amazing thing about reflexology is that it's completely bespoke to each person, and doesn't claim to 'cure' you of any ailments, but instead to help the body restore its balance naturally. It is certainly something to consider if you have concerns surrounding digestion, skincare and stress, while Rima has particular experience in fertility/preconception issues, and women's health. Her ability to promote relaxation has seen a large number of people visiting her just to deal with the stresses and strains of everyday life. Stress is the trigger for a whole host of conditions she tells me, and can certainly contribute to a lack of sleep...
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Combined treatment using complementary medicine and standard care helps reduce preoperative anxiety
A new study conducted at the University of Haifa has some complementary things to say about complementary medicine. The study found that the combination of complementary medicine with standard care for preoperative anxiety reduces anxiety levels among patients.
Preoperative anxiety, which may manifest itself in elevated blood pressure, rapid pulse, sugar metabolism changes, and other symptoms, is one of the most significant factors predicting mortality among postoperative cardiovascular patients. In addition, preoperative anxiety can also influence and extend the postoperative recovery period.
The study examined 360 patients over the age of 16 about to undergo elective or acute surgery in the general surgery ward. The patients were divided into three groups. The first group received standard care for preoperative anxiety. The second group received standard care as well as complementary medical care, including one of the following therapeutic means: acupuncture, reflexology, individual guided imagery, or a combination of reflexology and guided imagery. The third group received standard care combined with generic guided imagery, provided in the form of a recording for the patient, rather than in person.
The study findings show that the greatest reduction in anxiety was achieved when patients received a combination of standard care together with reflexology and guided imagery.
"Despite the growing popularity of complementary medicine, studies providing evidence of its therapeutic effectiveness are still lacking," the researchers conclude. "In this study, we showed that complementary treatments are apparently helpful in the context of preoperative anxiety."
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The effects of foot reflexology on anxiety
Patients who are about to undergo invasive diagnostic procedures are usually anxious and worried. High levels of anxiety can interfere with the successful implementation of procedures and threaten patient well-being. Foot reflexology has been shown to be effective in alleviating anxiety and stabilizing physiologic status among different patient populations. The aim of this study was to assess the effects of foot reflexology on anxiety and physiological parameters among the candidates for bronchoscopy.
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