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Using Reflexology to Check Up on Your Overall Health

written by: wearmanyhats • edited by: Lisa Lambson • updated: 10/13/2009

This article describes the possibility of using reflexology to identify possible health issues in your body.

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    How a Reflexology Session Could Save Your Life

    "Ouch!" said the client, Andrea (not her real name) as the Reflexologist pressed on the heart area of her foot. "What is that?"

    "That's your heart," said the Reflexologist gently. "Sometimes it makes people jump a bit when I hit that spot. But this one seems rather sensitive. When is the last time you had your physical?"

    "I never have had one," said Andrea. She had been complaining of back pain in the upper left quadrant of her back, but attributed it to the physical labor she had been doing on the job.

    "Well, now don't get excited. But maybe it's time to see the doc and get a heart health checkup," said the Relexologist as her hands deftly moved on to stimulate other areas of the foot. "Not a bad idea, considering the worst that can happen is that everything comes out looking normal."

    Troubled by the pain that the area had, Andrea scheduled a meeting with the doctor, and soon came back to report that she had been put on baby asprin. A few weeks later she called her Reflexologist at home. "Guess what!"

    "What?" asked the Reflexologist.

    "I went in like you said, and did a stress test. Well, I failed it right away. Next thing I know, the doc is standing in front of me. Turns out the angiogram revealed one artery completely plugged, and two others are70% plugged, too!. They told me I was a walking time bomb! I elected to have the one stent, and work with medication to open up the other two arteries. You know what? You saved my life!"

    The following story really happened to a Reflexologist in Minnesota in 2008. Is it accidental or standard fare for the Reflexologists to see these kinds of health issues? Hard to say, but anecdotal evidence suggests that hypersensitive sore spots on the feet can sometimes call attention to health concerns that clients could not ordinarily notice.

    Reflexology has been around for centuries. The site Reflexology-usa.net claims that Egyptians were using reflexology around 2300 BC. The methodology that is normally used today was first developed by Eunice Ingham in 1938.This has been the basis of modern reflexology today. Most reflexologists train under those practicing in the field, or attend seminars around the country to get hands on experience in working on the feet.

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    Why Go to a Reflexologist?

    People seek out reflexologists for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they have been feeling unwell and traditional medicine has been unable to find the problem. Other times the client wants to start with the least invasive therapy available. Good reflexologists know that their skills can sometimes promote healing in ways that are unpredictable, but not unexpected.

    One such case occurred in Fargo, ND back in 1986. A young reflexologist was asked to work on the mother of a friend, as the mother had waken that morning with had such a terrible catch in her back, that she was unable to stand. After fifteen minutes of stimulating the points on the foot that corresponded with the back area, the mother was able to stand, walk without pain, and did not have a reoccurring incident for many months thereafter. This was a pleasant surprise for all parties, but not an unexpected consequence to the reflexologist.

    When a person uses a medication, there is often a fairly predictable result. However, the side-effects with that drug can be unpredictable because each person is unique. When using reflexology, the results can be unpredictable because each person is unique, but the "side-effects" are fairly predictable: a very relaxed body!

    There is a comprehensive listing of research that has been done worldwide in a clinical setting listed on http://www.reflexologyresearch.net/ResearchCatList.shtml. Since studies vary nation to nation under a variety of conditions (ie. some studies did not have control groups,) it seems that more research needs to be done. As interest grows in alternative health care, however, expect that studies will begin to emerge from more international scholars.

    So while reflexology may not be the cure for each illness, it can sometimes be used to determne if the body has any health issues that are not easy to see. While that may be boring for those practitioners who want amazing results, the importance of early detection for health concerns should not be taken lightly. For example, one practitioner recently found a spot on a female cliet that is linked to the sexual organs. The Reflexologist urged her client to seek a gynocologiy exam. The client complied, and several days later was notified that she had several uterine cysts. She elected to have them removed, and the area on her foot returned to normal.

    Using reflexology to keep an eye on your general health is a great, relaxing way to promote wellness. Hopefully, as time passes, the world of research will seek out more information on how to use reflexology in the realm of overall health. Until then, stories shall keep coming out of the reflexologist's office that intrigue the listeners.

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    Disclaimer

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