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What Is Reflexology And How Does It Work?

What Is Reflexology And How Does It Work?

Reflexology is an aspect of alternative medicine that is considered a healing art. Reflexology practitioners utilize pressure using the thumbs, fingers or hands on the patients hands, feet or ears. The theory is that the hands, feet and ears have reflex points that correspond to organs, glands and other parts of the human body. By applying pressure to specific points in these areas a practitioner can relieve stress and tension as well as increase circulation. It may also promote a more natural function of the body.

Reflexology focuses upon Qi, or the flow of energy through the body. Sometimes this flow can become interrupted or disturbed. By utilizing pressure at certain points on the body, for example the feet, proper Qi or energy flow can be restored. There is also the contention that pressure points on the feet and hands when manipulated properly can cause the body to release chemicals such as endorphins which can result in the reduction of pain, tension or stress.

Reflexology in its various forms has been practiced for thousands of years. The Japanese, who call it Zoku Shin Do, have been practicing the art for nearly 5000 years. The Chinese use acupressure and acupuncture which have great similarities to reflexology and probably evolved from it. In the U.S. It was originally termed Zone Therapy. It was around the 1930’s when Eunice D. Ingham made the claims that the hands and feet were the focal points of energy in the body and mapped the human body to what she called reflex points on the feet. From then on the art was considered Reflexology.

What Is Reiki?

What Is Reiki?

What is Reiki?

If you’ve heard of Reiki, chances are you only heard of it for the first time in the past several years. But Reiki has been around since 1922, when it was invented by Mikao Usui. Usui was on a Buddhist retreat on Mount Kurama, when he had a revelation. In the revelation, he claims to have realized the natural ability people have to heal others through Reiki, which can be translated as “supernatural influence.” Usui believed that energy flowed into his body through chakra, which are vortices that allow universal energy to pass through the body. After the retreat, Usui began treating people with Reiki. He believed Reiki could bring happiness into one’s life as well as cure all diseases. Usui passed down the teachings to over 2,000 disciples before his death in 1926.

The practice of Reiki involves placing one’s hands in specific positions on the individual being treated. The positions correspond to the chakras of the body, where the universal energy is thought to course through a person’s physical being. In addition to touch, other techniques like light blowing, tapping, or even looking may be used. Breathing also has an important role in traditional Reiki, and proper inhalation is thought to cleanse and prepare the body for the transmission of Reiki energy. Usui believed that the overall practice would connect the body to the universal energy and attract it to the person being treated. This energy can have a variety of positive effects, as indicated above.

The type of Reiki created by Usui, however, is very different than Western Reiki. Western Reiki is the form commonly practiced today. While Usui relied on intuition for where to place his hands, Western Reiki entails a number of predetermined hand placements. Usui created Reiki as a way to connect with universal energy, and it was a promoter of overall well-being. Western Reiki tends to be concentrated more on the curing of specific illnesses.

The practice of Reiki has become somewhat controversial in Western societies. There are conflicts among the practitioners of Reiki over the correct method of Reiki that should be utilized. Also, many scientists suggest that the benefits of Reiki are unproven. Indeed, there have been studies that have indicated Reiki may not offer any benefit over a placebo. There are questions about these studies, however, and the true benefits of Reiki remain unclear. Many who practice Reiki argue that, even if Reiki doesn’t benefit people due to the increased energy flowing through their bodies, there are other benefits to its use. Reiki, for example, puts an emphasis on proper breathing and relaxation techniques, which are beneficial even if Reiki doesn’t act through one’s chakra and life force. Opponents argue that false claims about Reiki may cause those who are sick to neglect proper treatment in the hopes that Reiki may be a cure-all.

Despite these concerns, Reiki is an alternative medicine that is growing in popularity. It has a rich historical tradition, and, while its true effects are uncertain, it is a potentially beneficial practice due to its ability to create a state of relaxation.

Reflexology and Sex For Men

Reflexology and Sex For Men

Can your sex life be enhanced through the use of Reflexology?  Yes, it most likely can. It’s pretty common knowledge that foreplay can play an important role in arousing a woman and leading her to the point that most men want to get to. Well, incorporating reflexology into your foreplay may increase your odds of reaching home plate.

Of course a sensual massage is almost always welcomed by a woman but try adding specific reflexology points to your massage technique. There are a few reflex points you can focus on. One point is just below the ankle bone. There is a depression just below the ankle on the inside of the leg that contains a reflex point that allegedly can stimulate the sex organs in the body. Using your index finger or thumb apply a light pressure at that point and rotate in a small circular motion. The hollow point on the outside of the ankle corresponds to fertility and libido so you may want to try those as well.

The middle of the sole of the foot is another important point. Use your thumb to apply pressure in a circular motion to the upper middle part of the sole. This point corresponds to the chest area and breasts. On the inner edge of the sole there is a point that can stimulate the stomach and pelvic area.

Also, if she is complaining of a headache don’t forget that reflexology can help you in that department as well. Pressure applied to the fleshy part of the bottom of the big toe can help relieve a headache and put your woman back into the mood you desire.

Reflexology for Anxiety

Reflexology for Anxiety

Reflexology can be very useful for those who suffer from anxiety. Anxiety is usually a generalized sense of dread or foreboding that can actually occur at almost any time. Normally anxiety will occur when a person faces something unknown or with a possible detrimental outcome. Other people can experience anxiety for no particular reason at all and at times it can even be debilitating. There are quite a few techniques to relieve anxiety and here we will focus on the technique of reflexology. The nice thing about using reflexology as a tool to combat anxiety is that you can do it yourself and you can practice almost anywhere. Of course reflexology probably won’t cure you if you have panic attacks or social phobias but it can at least help you to relax and focus on something other than the anxiety. By relaxing and focusing on something else you can then break the snowball effect that anxiety can have.

The best way to utilize reflexology is to couple it with breathing exercises and acupressure techniques. Most everyone knows that deep breathing can help you relax. And, while reflexology tends to focus upon the hands, feet and ears, acupressure can be applied to some other tension reducing points on the body as well.

One reflex point is on the foot. It is about two thirds of the way up your foot from the heel toward the toes. It is in the middle of the foot just before you get to the ball of your foot. Use your thumb the place pressure on the point utilizing small circular motions until you feel a very slight pain or discomfort. Do this for about 1-2 minutes for each foot.

Ear reflexology can also be used for anxiety. The basic technique is to start at the bottom of the ear lobe and pull gently outward. Then move up the edge of the ear slightly and do the same. Continue on up and around the top of the ear. You can also use a finger tip to apply pressure to the inside points of the ear while moving the finger tip in a circular motion.

One acupressure point that is used is just below the wrist. If you make a tight fist you’ll notice two tendons on the wrist just below the crease at your forearm and palm. Measure two thumb widths down from that crease and exert pressure in between the two tendons. Again use a small circular motion for 1-2 minutes on each wrist.

There are two reasons why these techniques might be effective. The first is, of course, that reflexology and acupressure theory is correct and you can help regulate the flow of energy through the body. The second is that if you can anchor a feeling of calm and relaxation to the technique then each time you do it your body will react by relaxing. Doing these exercises can take the focus off of your anxiety and focus it on the technique instead. Now, you might not believe reflexology works at all and is just bunk but if you can get yourself to relax and reduce or eliminate anxiety by utilizing the technique then it’s probably worth doing. It’s the end result and not necessarily the underlying theory that matters in this case.

So, the next time you feel anxious give it a try. Do it a few times and try to anchor the feeling of relaxation to the process. In essence you’re training your mind and body to relax when you do these techniques. If you can successfully do that then your well on your way to defeating anxiety.

Tui Na Massage and Reflexology

Tui Na Massage and Reflexology

Tui Na or Tuina is similar to reflexology but also incorporates other techniques into the practice. Tui Na has been around for nearly 2000 years and originated during the Shang dynasty in China around 1700BC. The Imperial Medical College in China gave it its own department at around 600 BC. While Tuina was suppressed during the communist takeover it is now back and flourishing in both China and many other parts of the world.

Tui Na is based upon essentially the same principles as Reflexology and Zone Therapy in that there is an assumption of an energy flow, called Qi, along meridian lines in the body. Through the use of massage, acupressure and other techniques the practitioner strives to increase the flow of energy through the body or increase its efficiency thereby creating an environment that is conducive to the body healing itself.

Tuina utilizes body massage of the soft tissues, acupressure or reflexology techniques to affect Qi flow and chiropractic type techniques to align bones and ligaments. They also might use herbal mixtures, salves, and other holistic methods to increase the effectiveness of the technique.

Within the practice of Tui Na there are slightly different variations. There is the Nei Gung method which is very similar to reflexology in that it emphasizes revitalizing Qi flow through the body. There is the rolling technique, which focuses on basic body massage to relieve pain from injuries or muscle sprains, and the single finger push technique which is similar to acupressure. There is also the bone setting method. This has some similarities to chiropractic in that it looks at realigning bones and tendons to relieve nerve pain and joint injuries.

A typical Tui Na session can last from 30-90 minutes. It is not usually engaged in for the relaxation effect but rather to treat specific physical issues. While many types of massage and alternative techniques require many sequential visits Tuina can sometimes only require one visit to alleviate the problem. Some reflexology and massage therapists incorporate it into their practice in order to not only relive tension and stress with traditional massage but also utilize Tui Na to focus on a particular physical issue the client may have.

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