What is Acupressure?
Acupressure is a light form of acupuncture and comes form the healing art of the Orient, a medical system of over 2000 years old. Acupressure uses the touch of fingers instead of needles (like in acupuncture) to move the “Qi” (chi) and to unblock the meridians (the pathways of energy).
Japanese and Chinese Oriental medical theories address the root cause of dysfunction and disease, symptoms, and pain (chronic and acute). Oriental Medicine theory says that the body is made up of a network of meridians (or highways) through which energy or Qi (pronounced “chi”) travels. These highways of energy can become blocked in specific areas due to a variety of reasons (trauma, temperature changes, infections, toxins, etc). The result is congestion of the meridian, indicating an imbalance in certain organ functions, which lead to pain, inflammation, symptom and disease. Acupressure can be used on specific acupuncture points to dissipate the congestion, symptoms, and pain and to bring the Qi back into balance and harmony.
Acupressure can be painful when the acupunture point is very congested and the Qi is significantly blocked in that area. Otherwise, acupressure is very safe and effective in treating numerous conditions including chronic pain, allergies, headaches, shortness of breath, heartburn, chronic abdominal conditions, fatigue due to psychoemotional stressors, and many other chronic symptoms. Acupressure works especially well when emotional blocks are one of the main sources of the disease process. Several different types of acupressure techniques exist.
What is Reflexology?
Although the art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, it wasn’t until 1913 that Dr William Fitzgerald introduced this therapy to the West as ‘zone therapy’. He noted that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.
In the 1930’s Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is now known as reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy, which works on the feet to help heal the whole person not just the prevailing symptoms. Reflexology is a serious advancement in the health field and should not be confused with massage therapy.
How can reflexology help me?
Reflexology is used primarily for relaxing tension. Doctors agree that over 75% of our health problems can be liked to nervous stress and tension. Reflexology can be used to help restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium. This gentle therapy encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance.
Reflexology has been shown to be effective for:
Reflexology does not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe.
Who can benefit from reflexology?
Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. After you have completed a course of reflexology treatment for a specific condition, many people find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments in order to maintain health and well-being. While many people use reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body and counteracting stress, at the same time many doctors, consultants and other health care professionals recognize reflexology as a well established, respected and effective therapy.
With ever increasing levels of stress, it is important people take more responsibility for their own health care needs. Reflexology helps us to cope on a physical, mental and emotional level thereby encouraging us to heal and maintain health in all areas of our lives.
What happens when I go for treatment?
On the first visit, the reflexology practitioner will have a preliminary talk with you to determine your present and past health and lifestyle. The reflexologist will have you sit comfortably in a chair or lie down on a treatment table. Light oil will be sprayed on the feet and then the reflexologist will use her hands to apply pressure to the feet. She will use pressure, stretch and movement to work through the foot methodically. She will work within your comfort zone. Personal preference is something that you should communicate with her. The application and the effect of the therapy is unique to each person.
A professionally trained reflexologist can detect subtle changes in specific points on the feet, and by working on these points may affect the corresponding organ or system of the body.
A treatment session usually lasts for about 30 minutes to one hour. A course of treatment may be recommended depending on your body’s needs.
How will I feel after a reflexology treatment?
After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very definite way. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is transitory and is a part of the healing process.
This is vital information to feed back to the reflexologist as it shows how your body is responding to treatment. This will help the reflexologist tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs.
Who will be performing my treatment?
Marta Broda has been trained and certified in reflexology. Marta is passionate and caring about patients and her work here at Holistique Medical Center. Her kind heart and gentle spirit along with her knowledge and experience with reflexology will create a warm, relaxing and healing session.