Can you imagine how amazing it would be to have a nine-week-old baby — after suffering from constant colic from birth — completely relax, feed and then sleep normally after so many days and nights of suffering — for both the infant and mother?
Well, that is just one example of what reflexology can accomplish.
A lot of people are not aware that reflexology can provide many benefits and treats a whole range of health issues. (A few examples are: Sleep difficulties, anxiety, depression, improved circulation, balancing blood sugar, sciatica, irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer care and infant colic/sleep issues and many more).
So, what is reflexology? Simply put: It is applying a specific amount of pressure to various parts of the body using thumb-walking and finger/hand techniques to help clear the neuro pathways. The amount of pressure will vary depending on the part of the body and the symptom being treated.
The neural pathways in our body dictate how information travels through our nervous system. Just as sciatic pain travels down a leg even though the source of the problem can be in your back; sometimes fixing the back makes the leg pain go away!
Also, aromatherapy by a certified practitioner, may be used in conjunction with the “hands on” approach of reflexology. Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use and application of essential oils derived from plants for the purpose of healing. Which oil(s) are used — and there are hundreds of them — depends on the clients needs, medications, allergies, etc. Avoid using on infants.
Reflexology is safe for everyone. However, the amount of pressure (never painful!) and length of sessions will vary; especially for babies, the elderly or those extremely ill.
Yes, it may sound weird to some people, but it may be beneficial to some. Why? Because the combination of reflexology and clinical aromatherapy is supposed to help improve the body’s ability to heal itself. Reflexology creates a state of homoeostasis: The power of self-healing.
The mind and body are not separate. What affects one, may effect the other.
That mom with the nine-week-old baby with colic? Well, I’ve treated both Mom and baby together which enabled both infant and Mom to become one with each other. (Because stressed moms reflect deeply on their new infants). By releasing the stress in both Mom and baby, the baby’s response was immediate: digestion problems eased, sleep occurred very naturally and both infant and mother had an overall feeling of wellness. She told me later that her baby had eaten five ounces and slept for a whole five hours! As a practitioner, that was an extremely successful, rewarding and profound experience.
Annette Hubley, RRP, is a Board Certified Reflexologist, holds a certificate in nutrition, practices Clinical Aromatherapy and owns the Ideal Protein Clinic in Bridgewater. Her office is at 129 Aberdeen Rd, Suite 209, Bridgewater, N.S. You can contact her via email, at 902-521-1710 or by visiting www.wellnessforalifetime.ca.