Reflexology: a view from the couch

Yesterday a charity thanked me for my voluntary work by giving me a one hour Reflexology slot. But what is reflexology? How does it work, if at all? What other therapy is it related to?

Reflexology: an overview

A reflexologist is a person who is trained in anatomy and physiology, a little business and reflexology, of course! They study our hands and feet, and argue that regions of our hands and feet pinpoint to individual organs in our body.

Picture of feet

A photo showing that our feet have a map of the whole body!

Reflexology therefore claim that parts of our feet and hands feel rough, or gritty. That is, as a trained reflexologist works on these points on our hands and feet, they feel areas that might indicate a disorder or physiological problem related to that organ. By using special techniques, they try to remove (or unblock) these rough areas.

A complementary therapy room

I guess it is fair to say that most complementary therapies (massage, reiki etc) all use the same type of room. There is a comfortable couch, pillow, knee support pillows, and clean towels often wrapped in disposable white tissue paper to prevent germs / infections etc.

But without looking too much at what therapy does, it is important to note that as a person enters the treatment room they are just about to embark on a self-reflecting journey. That is, the worry of work, family and friends are often parked for an hour: treatment for reflexology lasts for 60 minutes.

The bigger picture

No matter what anyone says…

  • …reflexology allows people to have self-time, a worry free moment
  • …rubbing muscles may help us to take a moment to be with ourselves, rather than worrying about our trouble / anxiety
  • …complementary therapy focuses on time itself, it does this by devoting time to ourselves

Recently I learnt that complementary therapies are being used in fairly new developments within medicine. In particular, with oncology / cancer patients. Now it is doubtful that rubbing someone’s foot is going to get rid of cancer, but it might allow them to have time to themselves. Does this help us in our fight? Does this enable us to remain strong, even though we might have heard that our lives are limited? Self-time is important, no matter how you get it, make sure you do. Having time with yourself will help you retune with a wonderful instrument — our very own body!


living life

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Live life

I felt I needed to write something after I spent a great weekend at home with my family and friends. I also felt that I needed to write something which everyone could relate to – life.

live life - live on!

Everyday we are lucky enough to take on the world as we wake up in the morning. For some this could involve waking up beside a partner. For some this could be waking up (at home) with your bother(s) or sister(s). For some this could be waking up with someone you brought into the world – your son or daughter. Whatever way you start the day, it is really important to remember that you’re you!

Self recognition

Being able to share a life event with someone makes life seem enhanced. Getting a smile off another human being for being you is priceless. I bet everyone reading this can remember a morning over the last seven days when they felt good?! Perhaps because you saw another person feel good too!!!

If we are happy with ourselves, feel good about ourselves the chances of us having more smiling encounters with other people in our lives increases tenfold.

  • Eat more fruit – if you’re good on the inside it’ll show on the outside
  • Recongise that there is only ever going to be one you on this planet – no one else will be like you! Appreciate it more today than you did yesterday

Here’s one sentence I was thinking of whenever writing this post:

Life is short, so make it sweet, and share it with as many people who appreciate sweet things!

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Purpose of school

It’s one thing we are lucky enough to experience, yet it is one experience which we are quick at resenting – school.

From the moment we talk to the moment we start thinking for ourselves, our brain is constantly growing, devloping and adapting to situations within our lives. Yet, we don’t thank ourselves for this instrument.

When was the last time you learnt something new?

Perhaps you haven’t thought that that article in the News a few days ago enhanced your knowledge. Perhaps you failed to recognise that that new button on the photocopier you used for the first time was a mini learning curve. Perhaps we have talked to someone, listened to what they have said and took note of a new word we haven’t gave much thought about, and now use it ourselves.

Do we really reward ourselves?

For some self-awards occur all the time. e.g. Wasn’t I great at spotting the discounted item today? For others they don’t come often enough. e.g. What did I press that button for?

So how do we reward ourselves, and why should we do it? Well rewarding ourselves for something we don’t do often is recognising that we have accomplished something. Once we go out of our way to do something new, we are enhancing our lives with new skills and knowledge. Perhaps such skills will be useful to pass onto our friends, family and others we have the pleasure of coming into contact with.

Get the balance right

Of course learning something new, or seeing a new aspect is good, but spotting a discounted item isn’t really something new. Something new, is something we have learnt (as a race) and something we can pass onto others. Albeit a new option on the computer. The fact that we can learn something new just lets us know that learning is one of life’s best gifts. So why not say Go me, I just did something I wouldn’t have known five minutes ago. Rather than rewarding oneself with unnecessary self-rewards which we cannot pass on to the next generation, or even better our generation!

Learning is one of the greatest gifts we will ever have. So make sure you use this gift yourself, and pass it on to someone else. By doing so, we are embracing learning, and life itself.

Self-achievement, self-recognition … live on

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