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The Healing Art of Reflexology

The Healing Art of Reflexology Contents: The Importance of Touch What Is Reflexology? Quick Guide to

Contents:

The Importance of Touch

What Is Reflexology?

Quick Guide to Reflexology

Ancient History of Reflexology

Reflexology Today

Reflexology Myths

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The Benefits of Reflexology

Reflexology FAQ

Reflexology and Color Therapy

Crystal Reflexology

Reflexology Charts

Foot Reflex Charts and Remedy Points

Foot Massage Tips and Techniques

Reflexology Massage Techniques

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The Importance of Touch

Through the simple process of touch, Reflexology is so effective in the healing process. In the hi-tech world that we live in, touch has taken second place to machines.

Physiotherapists are now using machines instead of their hands. Doctors use machines to scan bodies and no longer rely on their hands for diagnosis. People have forgotten how to hug one another. They now shake hands. They walk past one another in the streets and do not even greet each other.

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It is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Nothing in this ebook is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this ebook or on ANY website.

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There is sufficient evidence that over-exposure to electricity increases the risk of Cancer. Even living near high voltage pylons is reputed to deplete the Immune System.

Research was done in an orphanage in London where the mortality rate of babies was very high. People were paid to come into the orphanage and to play with an experimental group of babies. The mortality rate remained the same for the babies in the control group but the experimental group babies who were played with every day showed a higher survival rate.

When you are feeling down in the dumps and someone hugs you, you immediately feel better. This occurs because of the exchange of human energies and since positive energy can be used to destroy negative energy, you change the energy field of the person and they will immediately feel better.

All of us have the gift of healing in our hands. You instinctively use your hands to heal. When you bang your knee, you automatically put your hand on it. When a child bangs his head against something, you put your hand on his head. You are transmitting healing energy without even knowing it.

What Is Reflexology?

For the Reflexologist, the feet are a microcosm of the human body and every organ and body part is represented in the feet. Where there are two organs in the body they will be represented on both feet, e.g. lungs and kidney and where there is only one organ, this will be represented on one foot, e.g. the liver will be on the right foot while the heart will be on the left. Where the organ or body part is reflected in the feet, this is called the organreflex, e.g. the heart reflex.

The right foot represents the right side of the body as well as the past while the left foot represents the left side of the body as well as the present and future.

Each foot has over 7,000 nerve endings, 26 bones, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. This type of drugless therapy creates a physiological change in the body by naturally improving your Circulation, which reduces our body Tension and enhances relaxation. It aids in the elimination of the body waste and restoring the body functions to better health.

THE PRINCIPLES OF Reflexology

By stimulating reflexes on the feet with a type of pressure massage, the organs of the body are stimulated, thus allowing them to start unblocking and healing themselves. In addition to this, the stimulation of these reflexes allows the body to begin detoxing and eliminating poisons which have built up through bad diet, thinking and habit.

Centuries ago, man mapped out a healing energy that circulates through the body on specific pathways. This energy we call life forceor vital energy. This force can be tappedat more than 800 points in your body.

Ancient medical philosophy teaches that to obtain and maintain health, which is the balance and maintenance of harmony within the body, there must be a free and unimpeded Circulation of energy flowing through the bodys organs.

Traditional medicine, not only of the Chinese, but from the use of Acupuncture in other countries as well, we learn that traditional medicine is based on the belief that the bodys blood Circulation follows the flow of energy. If this energy Circulation, which follows circulates freely in an endless cycle from the main organs through the channels beneath the skin, is blocked at some point, then the Circulation is impaired.

This blockage results in a deficient oxygenation of the tissues around the affected area and throws the body off balance. This imbalance produces malfunctioning not only of the tissues surrounding it, but, if not corrected, spreads to related organs nearby.

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Tapping this healing current can bring prompt and natural relief from practically all of your aches and pains, chronic or acute, by the simple process of working the reflex buttonslocated in your hands, feet and/or body.

Stimulating, pressing or workinga reflex point (or button) connected to a particular body organ, system or part sends a surge of healing energy for prompt relief of a condition. Working a reflex also loosens and flushes out Crystals and blockages within the bodys energy channels allowing the life force or vital energy to resume its free and natural flow through the channels. This encourages the body to swing back into its normal balance, so harmony and health are again established.

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This method of restoring the body to normal functioning involves no expense, no special equipment (although reflex tools can be utilized and do help save wear and tear on your finger and thumb joints!), no drugs or medication. The results are amazingly fast, bringing relief often in a matter of seconds.

Reflexology, which helps a wide range of situations, not only cures specific ailments but can be used to keep you in good health and help build resistance to attacks of disease. In addition, this method often detects health problems before they become serious by you recognizing a sore or tender reflex.

Reflexology is a simple technique that can be applied at any time and practically anywhere. It is Natures push buttonsecret for dynamic living, abundant physical energy, vibrant health, better living without pain, retaining youthful vigor and enjoying life to the fullest.

STRESS AND Reflexology

The benefits of Reflexology and Stress can be explained physiologically. Tension can be equated with stress. There are as many definitions of stress as there are authors of books on stress. Today everyone suffers from stress but no one knows what stress is. It could be stated that stress is the difference between a persons perceived ability to deal with the stressor and the reality of the environmental demand.

This definition allows for varying degrees of stress to be felt by different people

in the same situation. Irrespective of what the stressor is, the stress reaction is

always the same.

Seyle, 1956, termed the reaction to stress as the fight or flight syndrome. What this means is that when we are faced with a stressful situation, we either fight

it or run away. The body releases hormones into the system that allow us to

physiologically cope with this. For example, you have all heard of mothers who

have had the strength to lift up a car to rescue their children. This ability comes from the rush of stress hormones, e.g. adrenaline into the bloodstream.

We also perspire profusely, (to slip out of a grasp), blood pressure increases as the blood leaves the extremities (so you do not bleed badly when cut), Proteins and fats convert to glucose (to give you energy) etc. Once the stress situation is over the stress hormones come back to normal levels.

is over the stress hormones come back to normal levels. Today however, it would be socially

Today however, it would be socially unacceptable to hit your boss if he was stressing you or to run away from home if your kids or spouse were stressing you. This means that the stress hormones are continually being secreted and do not come back to a normal level. While these stress hormones play a vital role when faced with a stressor, they have

a detrimental effect on the individual if they do not come back to normal levels. Prolonged secretion and Circulation of these stress hormones causes damage to the body.

The white blood cells (infection fighters) become depleted, neurotransmitters controlling mood are depleted and T- cells in the lymphatic system are broken down. Examples of the effects of this are not hard to find. Just look at how many people who have been under stress become sick. How many people do you know who have lost a significant otherthrough death or divorce or who became ill or contracted Cancer?

Reflexology, by inducing relaxation, reduces the stress hormones so that the body is able to produce T-cells, white cells and neurotransmitters so as to start healing itself.

Quick Guide To Reflexology

Reflexology is just for the feet

Reflexology can be carried out on the feet, hands, face and even the ears! Foot Reflexology is the most popular, and many reflexologists believe that the sensitivity of the feet makes them particularly suitable for treatment. Hand Reflexology exercises can be given to clients to use between treatments as 'homework'.

Reflexology is torture if you're ticklish

Very rarely the case! As soon as you relax you'll find that the firm, sure touch used by the therapist doesn't tickle. I have never lost a client because they found the treatment ticklish, and many people who were bracing themselves for an ordeal have been very pleasantly surprised.

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My feet look horrible, the Reflexologist will comment on them and embarrass me

Before starting a treatment, a Reflexologist will examine your feet. If they feel you may need treatment from a chiropodist or doctor for a foot condition eg veruccas or corns, they will tell you. Other than that they are there to do a job and aren't judging your feet, or indeed you. Your feet have their own shape and structure, and are nothing to be ashamed of.

After a day on my feet they aren't too fresh!

Again, your Reflexologist isn't there to judge you. We all lead busy lives and there isn't always the opportunity to wash your feet before your appointment. Most reflexologists will freshen up the client's feet before starting the treatment.

Reflexology can tell me what's wrong with me and then cure me

Reflexologists are not trained to diagnose, and do not claim to cure medical conditions. We don't have medical training, and in any case that is your doctor's job. Having said this, Reflexology naturally supports your body, mind and emotions and allows them to heal on their own, and it can have some astonishing results.

Reflexology is one of these newfangled crazes

Reflexology has roots in Ancient Egypt, India and China. For centuries scientists have explored the theory that the body has energy zones running through it. In 1913 an American hospital consultant, Dr William Fitzgerald, established that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to organs and areas in the body through a zone network. In the 1930s a physiotherapist, Eunice Ingham, developed Dr Fitzgerald's work and called her method 'Reflexology'.

Sum up Reflexology in a sentence, please!

Reflexology is the technique of applying gentle pressure to reflex points on the feet and hands to bring about a state

of deep relaxation, stimulate the body's own healing process and help a person return to a state of balance and well-

being (homeostasis).

What does Reflexology actually do for you?

A Reflexology treatment works through each organ, gland and body system. Among the many benefits it can provide

are relaxation, pain and stress relief, improved Circulation and digestion, stimulation of the immune and nervous systems, and balance for the mind, body and spirit. Reflexology is a holistic treatment, since the whole person is

treated instead of singling out a symptom. Digestive disorders eg Irritable Bowel or Acid Reflux; Migraines; sinus problems; PMS and hormone related problems; Pregnancy, Fertility and Menopause related problems; back and joint pain; and Insomnia, are just a few of the conditions Reflexology may help to relieve.

How quickly does Reflexology work?

Reflexology isn't a wonder cure, although I have seen some astonishing results after just a handful of treatments. How quickly you are likely to respond to Reflexology depends on all sorts of factors, such as how long you have been living with a particular condition. Very broadly speaking, we would hope to see some improvements in your health and well-being after 4-6 sessions, and it is normally advisable to start the course of treatment with weekly treatments.

How can I get the most out of Reflexology?

Your body is a little like a car ' if you treat it with love and respect, have it MOT'd and serviced regularly, clean it, give it water and oil, and carry out the appropriate health checks, it should serve you well for years! I often find that the people who get the most from Reflexology are those who put in a little effort themselves to improve their overall well- being and health.

Your Reflexologist will have an in-depth lifestyle discussion with you, and together you may pinpoint ways in which you could help yourself to better health. These might include drinking more water and cutting down on caffeine drinks, eating a more balanced diet, seeking advice on nutrition, looking for ways to improve your sleep, or finding ways of relaxing and lowering your stress levels.

What happens when you go for Reflexology?

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loosen their tie, and tight belts may be removed for your own comfort. Ladies need to remove their tights or stockings. After a consultation with your Reflexologist, you sit in a special chair or lie on a couch.

This positions you so that you are comfortable and your feet are in the right position for the Reflexologist to work. After some foot relaxation, he or she will normally work on one foot at a time in a special sequence. The Reflexologist's fingers and thumbs work gently around your feet pressing, thumb walking and using other techniques to stimulate the flow of energy through all the zones and release any blocks or energy imbalances.

If they detect a possible energy imbalance they may ask you questions to find out what it might relate to. It is normal for you to feel deeply relaxed, and you may fall asleep. After your treatment you will be given a glass of water and the chance to rest and ground yourself.

Who can have Reflexology?

From Newborn babies to the very elderly, everyone can benefit from Reflexology treatments. Your age and state of health are taken into consideration by the therapist when planning the nature and duration of your treatment, and the pressure he or she uses will be adjusted to meet your individual needs better.

About the author

Siobhan Forsyth runs the At One complementary health practice in Egham, England. She is a fully qualified and insured member of the Association of Reflexologists, and trained at the Central London School of Reflexology - http:// www.At-One.uk.net

Ancient History of Reflexology

It is important to be aware of the great archetypal history manifested by the practitioners which dates back over 6,000 years.

Our study of the ancient Egyptian doctors starts 4,500 years ago. They were among the first to study the human body scientifically. They became masters at setting bones, caring for wounds and successfully treating many illnesses. Egyptian artists preserved the history of surgery, anatomical observation and medical treatments through their meticulous record keeping.

Ed and Ellen Case of Los Angeles, while on tour of Egypt in l979, discovered a pictograph on the wall of the tomb of Ankhmahar which is located in Saqqara. This is known as the tomb of the physician and has been dated by Egyptologists at 2330 B.C.

This is the third oldest recorded history of pedis/manus-cure Reflexology to date and gives the modern day practitioner a consciousness of its roots and a sense of connection with one of the oldest health care professions in the world. In the artists painted illustration of the original pictograph, the physicians are pressuring the Great toe (spleen/pancreas and liver meridians) and thumb (lung meridian) of their respective patients; while the patients themselves are putting pressure on a gallbladder meridian point under their arm.

pressure on a g allbladder meridian point under their arm. Pain was an indicator of a

Pain was an indicator of a problem according to the hieroglyphic translation made by the Papyrus Institute in Cairo. The patient says to the physician:

'Don't let it be painful.' The modern Reflexologist has some patients with the same request; while others embrace the pain; knowing that the best results are due to a strong current of injury.

The reply of the physician shows consideration of the patient; working within his pain tolerance level: 'I do as you please.' A patient must be educated to the benefits of the pain created by pressure on a point.

As we consider the early origins of Reflexology, I wish to present some modern day considerations that must be adopted into the practice of this ancient healing art. It is of interest to me that the medical specialist had a practical trade as well as his therapy practice (stone carver/foot Reflexologist) in ancient Egypt.

Many modern Reflexologists combine their practice with another occupation

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joyful. In life we have either results or try to justify our failure. If we dont have what we want (results), we usually have

a long list of reasons why we havent had success.

My father used to tell me, Son, Dont rationalize (rational lies).

Reflexology offers you an incredibly effective method of affecting the health of yourself and your family in a positive manner as well as a positive way to express your life.

Reflexology Today

Reflexology as it is known in the West today had its origins in the study of Zone Therapy. This practice utilised the longitudinal lines of energy that run through the body starting at the feet and moving up to the brain.

In

the early 20th Century Dr William Fitzgerald spent time broadening his medical experience at various hospitals. At

a

post in an American hospital where he was head of an ear, nose and throat department, he brought to the attention

of

the medical world his research into the ancient Chinese healing techniques.

He had discovered that by applying pressure to the feet he could bring about an increase in the functioning of other parts of the body.

By chance a Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist at a hospital overhead talk on Dr Fitzgeralds findings and was immediately fascinated by his discoveries as to the benefits brought about by Zone Therapy.

In her practice at an orthopaedic hospital she introduced the practice of Zone Therapy after post operative surgical procedures on her patients, noticing that it speeded up the bodys natural healing and that they were able to move quicker after the operation. Eunice Ingham introduced Zone Therapy or Reflexology as we know it today.

In 1930 Eunice Ingham started a private practice as a Reflexologist. She was instrumental in writing the first book on Reflexology and was later to open a teaching school dedicated specifically to train students in the practice of Reflexology.

Eunice Ingham dedicated forty years of her life to Reflexology but sadly passed away in 1952.

Reflexology Myths

There are many myths about Reflexology. They can have harmful effects because, just like rumors, they always seem to have a willing audience. Here are some of the worst ones

Myth: Reflexology is not safe for babies. Fact: Not true.

Reflexology is safe for EVERYONE! In fact, children love to have their feet worked on because they can experience the immediate and actual pleasure of it. Light pressure is used on the feet of infants, and has even been known to relieve Colic. The techniques must be adapted to tiny feet. In general, babies enjoy and benefit from very light pressure on the bottoms of their feet.

Myth: Reflexology is not safe for Pregnant women. Fact: Not true.

If

the fear is of miscarriage, Reflexology can only HELP the body seek its own equilibrium. A miscarriage is a reaction

of

the body, NOT a reaction to Reflexology. Under no circumstances has Reflexology ever been shown to have

caused the body to do something it didnt want to do.

Myth: Reflexology is not safe for diabetics. Fact: Not true.

Insulin shock is the result of improper treatment of Diabetes. It is NOT the result of, nor does it have any connection with Reflexology treatments. A person who is Diabetic has a serious health problem which requires constant attention. Reflexology can and should be used with diabetics as well as with any ill person to help restore homeostasis.

The Benefits of Reflexology

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range of reported benefits can be divided into several categories.

Stress reduction, profound relaxation, for all parts of the body, Pain reduction and pain elimination, such as in the neck, shoulders, lower back and jaw, Improved Circulation resulting in better oxygen and nutrient supply to all the cells of the body, Detoxification, improved organ and gland function, Feeling better, greater productivity, enriched quality of life, Normalization of body functions, Prevention by reducing accumulated stress in the body before health challenges develop, Safe nurturing touch.

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When a client of mine asked if she could bring her sister, who had learning disabilities, for a Reflexology treatment with me, I was only too glad to concur. When the appointment day arrived, the young ladys mother accompanied her and explained to me that her daughter had been born with learning disabilities (she was now in her thirties) and that the only diagnosis that doctors had given her was that something probably went wrong during birth.

My client was very cheerful, did not appear nervous, but was unable to reply to my enquiries about her health and lifestyle - her mother did this for me, telling me she was in good general health mainly (apart from rosacea) and that one thing she constantly talked about was getting married! She loved to look at magazines where there were pictures of bridesdresses and related details and often imagined herself to be dressed in one. However, emotionally she was very detached from people, even her mother and two sisters.

During the treatment, she was unable to communicate any tender spots on her feet, which were very smooth & unlined, although I encountered several gritty points especially on the head zone and the pituitary and pineal points. She did, however, say that she was enjoying it and loved the feeling of her feet being rubbed. I gave her a specially thorough post-treatment foot massage because of this. As they were about to leave, the young lady gave me a really big hug and thanked me for the time I had spent with her. I am quite used to this, but was a little surprised to see the look of astonishment on her mothers face.

The next day, her mother phoned me to say that she had never, ever, seen her daughter give anyone a hug - not even to her, and that was why she had been so amazed at her response to the treatment. She also told me that, during the evening, when her daughter had been sitting up in her bedroom dressed only in her underwear, as she was accustomed to do every night, the mother had called up to her that she was going down to the shop to make a few purchases.

Instead of the OK that she expected, the girl called down to her to wait a moment while she got dressed, and she would accompany her on the walk to the shop. This was so unusual that the mother could hardly believe her ears. The daughter came down dressed, and walked to the shop and back with her, lacing her arm in her mothers on the way back. This may sound like a very small breakthrough to many people, but the mother was moved to tears when she was telling me this.

Reflexology treats all the organs of the body through the feet, but not only this - it clears blocked energy pathways throughout the body enabling organs and glands to function properly and in a holistic way. When a blockage is removed from one area, this in turn promotes the free flow of energy to a related area, and so on.

It can show benefits to the physical body or, as in this case, to the emotional body so that the heart can stimulate the brain into alternative ways of thinking or behaving. The fact that a client cannot tell us what is felt during a treatment, is therefore no indication as to the level of benefit that the treatment can bestow upon the mind, body and spirit.

Reflexology FAQ

What Is Reflexology?

Reflexology is the science or method of stimulating reflexes of the foot, hand or ear that correspond to each gland, organ and part of the body. Stimulation of these reflexes serves to relax and normalize all functions of the body in order to promote a natural balance and revitalization. In ancient times, walking barefoot over rocks and hard ground naturally stimulated these reflexes every day.

By applying pressure on specific areas of the feet or hands, a Reflexologist can stimulate corresponding organs or glands. For instance, pressure is applied to the big toe to affect the pituitary gland and the four other toes are stimulated to affect to the brain, sinuses, eyes and ears. Because internal organs like the lungs and the Kidneys can not be directly massaged, reflexologists believe that the feet, hands, and ears are an appropriate alternative.

Does Reflexology cure diseases or ailments?

Reflexology is not intended to cure diseases or ailments. Reflexologists are not medical practitioners and are not allowed to diagnose ailments or treat disease. Reflexology can be a valuable way of indicating areas where higher

stress or Tension is present in the body and can assist to relieve that stress or Tension which can promote or encourage the natural healing process.

What are the similarities between Reflexology and Acupressure?

In Reflexology and Acupressure, the fingers and thumbs are used to exert pressure on various parts of the body to

relieve pain and promote healing.

The key to both Reflexology and Acupressure is the concept of chi, the vital life force energy flowing throughout the body. Indeed, in Chinese medicine, practitioners seek to balance and harmonize the body to ensure an uninterrupted flow of chi. This is the foundation of the Chinese healing arts.

Hands on Healing, by the Editors of Prevention Magazine, describes the human body as a network of highways and byways called meridians. These meridians weave through every one of the body's vital organs, the bloodstream, the bones and through the muscles.

Along these roads travel not cars and trucks but chi.Illness occurs when chi is blocked in the organs or along these meridians. According to Hands on Healing, with the touch of the fingers acupressurists can influence the flow of chi, and most important break up the traffic jams that can rob one of vitality and good health.Theory aside, the important thing is that Acupressure and Reflexology work and are easy to learn.

What is the difference between Reflexology and Acupressure?

The main difference between the two is in theory and technique, but for all practical purposes they can be used together for relief of pain, associated Anxiety and Depression as well as other physical, mental and emotional conditions or dysfunction.

In Reflexology, pressure is applied with the fingers and thumbs to specific points on the feet, ears, or hands. These

points correspond to different parts of the body such as the back, various muscle groups, and internal organs.

Acupressure is an ancient healing technique, in which finger or thumb pressure is placed on specific points on the body. Acupressure is similar in principle to acupuncture, in which needles are inserted. The main distinction between Reflexology and Acupressure is that in Acupressure points all over the body are activated, whereas in Reflexology, these points are largely limited to the ears, feet, and hands.

What does Reflexology do?

Reflexology can relieve Tension and promote relaxation. Medical studies show that over 75% of all health problems can be linked to Tension and stress. Our modern lifestyles not only cause a great deal of this stress, but also do nothing to relieve it. In ancient times, we had stress of a different nature, and due to the ancient lifestyle, were able to naturally treat Tension and stress without even realizing it.

How does it work?

There are many theories about how Reflexology works, but the most commonly held belief is that Reflexology acts to relax those reflexes that in turn are connected to various parts of the body, improving lymphatic drainage and Circulation as well as relaxing muscles and stimulating nerve connections.

Reflexology is primarily a relaxation technique, and while research clearly indicates that Reflexology benefits patients health in both chronic and other ailments, it is not a substitute for medical treatment, and should be considered as complementary to any type of medical treatment. Extensive research on Reflexology has validated the effectiveness

of Reflexology.

What does a Reflexologist do in a session?

A Reflexologist aims to provide a healing environmentfor a client. Prior to the session, the clients medical history is

discussed. After an inspection of the feet and hands, the Reflexologist will individually stimulate each foot and/or each

hand. The bottom, top and sides of the feet and/or hands receive a thorough massage.

By taking into account the needs of a client, a Reflexologist will vary the amounts of pressure on different areas of the foot and hand. Cream is applied to the feet at the end of the Reflexology session. The entire process requires approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

Is Reflexology new?

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Although recently becoming much more popular and accepted in Western society, Reflexology has been practiced for thousands of years by Egyptians, Native American cultures and Mayan and Incan civilizations. It is widely accepted in many European countries as an accepted therapy. Modern Reflexology has its origins in the late 1930s, thanks to Eunice Ingham.

Is Reflexology the same as Massage, Acupuncture, Acupressure or Shiatsu?

Reflexology is not the same as massage, which involves tissue and muscle therapy to promote relaxation. Acupuncture, Acupressure and Shiatsu are similar in some respects to Reflexology in their use of reflexes or meridians of the body as they relate to the gland, organs and parts of the body, however Reflexology focuses on relaxation of those reflexes through manipulation to reduce stress and Tension.

The other therapies are based on the belief that Chior energy flows through the meridians and that the therapy improves the flow of Chiby reducing or eliminating blockages.

What are the benefits of Reflexology?

Reflexology primarily eases stress and Tension, which in turn can improve blood Circulation, lymph drainage, assist in the elimination of Toxins, and strengthening of the Immune System. It enables the bodys natural healing processes to promote wellness.

Who can receive Reflexology sessions?

Anyone can benefit from Reflexology, including children, the elderly and the sick. Reflexology is safe and drug-free, so any person can begin Reflexology sessions as soon as they wish.

Can Reflexology make a condition worse?

No. Reflexology is a non-invasive natural therapy that relaxes the body and is essentially harmless. On rare occasions, release of Toxins as a result of the bodys natural healing process may result in symptoms such as Perspiration, nausea or Headaches, however these symptoms are not directly related to Reflexology, and are temporary and not serious.

Can I have Reflexology if I have a verruca, or corns?

Verrucas are generally considered to be contagious, so for hygiene reasons they should be treated before you can have Reflexology, corns are best removed before a treatment as they can get in the way, but you can have a treatment with corns.

How can Reflexology help my sinus problem, when you're treating my feet, and my sinus is in my head?

Reflexology acts on nerve endings in the feet relating to the whole body, by applying pressure to the sinus reflex in the feet we are relieving the symptoms of sinus in the head.

Do you have to be ill to have Reflexology?

No, Reflexology is used to maintain good health as well as treat ill health.

Can I give myself Reflexology treatments?

YES, definitely! That is one of the coolest things about Reflexology, it is easy to learn and you can be just as effective using it on yourself as a professional Reflexologist treatment. Browse through this site to see the various books, tools and charts we have to help you learn this powerful healing technique.

Are there specific sessions for different types of clients?

Generally, a Reflexologist will administer lighter and shorter sessions on seniors, Pregnant women, the sick and children. However, it is recommended that these same types of clients receive Reflexology more frequently.

How can I become a Reflexologist?

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state or province. In some cases municipal or city licenses may be required to practice natural health care. The best way to investigate becoming a Reflexologist is to contact your closest Reflexology Association.

The amount of classroom and practical training as well as written examinations also varies greatly. although Reflexology Associations are striving to ensure that all practitioners are well trained and certified in most regions. Using a well trained Reflexologist who is certified by an accredited school and/or Association is recommended.

Is Reflexology a good career?

Reflexology is quickly gaining in world-wide recognition as an excellent way towards providing and maintaining health care for all ages. A good Reflexologist has sensitive and strong hands. Personal cleanliness and a professional outlook are important. For those who choose self-employment, good business sense is essential.

Remember, it takes time and persistence to develop professional skills and a successful practice. This profession is best suited to those who are committed to helping people, and who are able to sustain a challenging work routine.

Reflexology and Color Therapy

Reflexology and Color Therapy have their roots in the distant past. As individual therapies, they have tremendous therapeutic value. When used in conjunction with each other, they have shown their ability to both complement each other and accentuate the healing process.

complement each other and accentuate the healing process. Color wheel depicting color, with its complementary color

Color wheel depicting color, with its complementary color

The origin of Reflexology, or zone therapy as it was called, still remains a mystery. One theory, mentioned by Dr. Fitzgerald, in his book Zone Therapy, is that it originated from China some 5,000 years ago as a form of Pressure Point treatment. Dr. Fitzgerald was an ear, nose and throat specialist, and must be credited for his part in reviving Reflexology.

Another conjecture is that it began in Egypt. Evidence for this stems from an Egyptian tomb drawing dating back to 230BC. This drawing depicts four people. One person is being treated with foot massage and a second person with hand massage. Others credit its birth to the Incas. These were people of very ancient Peruvian civilisation, possibly reaching back to 1200BC. It is speculated that they passed their knowledge of zone therapy down to the North American Indians who, up to this present time, are still using this form of treatment.

It was believed that the method formulated by Dr. Fitzgerald was based on acupuncture. Of the twelve meridians used in acupuncture, six terminate or originate on the feet and six terminate or originate on the hands. If one follows the path of these meridians, from their point of origin or termination over the feet and hands, they form the ten longitudinal zones formulated by Fitzgerald.

It was Eunice Ingham, a student of Fitzgeralds, who instigated what we today know as Reflexology. Through her dedicated research, she was able to correlate the anatomical structure of the body to the energy zones found on

her dedicated research, she was able to correlate the anatomical structure of the body to the

the feet and on the hands. This made both the feet and the hands a mirror image of the entire body; the microcosm of the macrocosm.

image of the entire body; the microcosm o f the macrocosm. The principal teaching behind Reflexology

The principal teaching behind Reflexology states that the body is divided into ten vertical energy zones, inside which are encompassed the organs, muscles and skeletal structure of the physical body, all of which are reflected on the soles of the feet and palms of the hands. The occurrence of energy blocks in a human person, and the reasons for these are many, are likewise reflected on the hands and the feet in one or more of the zones located there. Through the use of specific pressure techniques, these energy blocks can be detected through the presence of pain or crystalline formation under the skin.

color as a therapy also reaches far back into history, but unlike Reflexology, it is still in its infancy of rediscovery. It is speculated that Color Therapy was used by the Atlanteans. It is believed that they built temples with ceilings that were domed and constructed from interlocking Crystals that dissipated light into the color spectrum. Around the circumference of these temples were healing rooms, each reflecting one of the colors dissipated from these Crystals.

Archaeologists have discovered that the Egyptians, like the Atlanteans, also incorporated color healing rooms into their temples and used these not for physical illness alone, but for Childbirth, counselling and to aid the transition of the soul at death.

India used and still uses color in gem therapy. Indian gem therapists believe that gem stones are the storehouse of cosmic color and that everything manifest is composed of the seven rays which are primeval, formative forces of nature. There, therapeutic techniques incorporate several methods of releasing this color force.

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, with the discovery of new drugs and advances in surgical procedure, Color Therapy started to be replaced by allopathic medicine. What is interesting is that some of the early pioneers of allopathic medicine, continued to use color in their treatments. One such pioneer was Paracelsus (1493-1541).

Paracelsus developed considerable interest in alchemy, astrology and occult sciences. His love of alchemy and his application of this in his treatments earned him the title father of pharmacology. Another pioneer was Hippocrates (460-370BC), also well versed in alchemy and known as father of medicine. He was famous for his Hippocratic Oath.

With the growing awareness of the detrimental effects of allopathic drugs, the percentage of people returning to complementary therapies has started to increase. Unlike allopathic treatment, complementary therapies aim to deal with the cause and not the manifested symptom.

This is frequently an alien concept which some people find difficult to work with. But, unless the cause is found and eradicated, it will continue to manifest as a physical symptom. One way of helping the person to locate the cause is through counselling and color.

We, as human beings, are beings of light, surrounded and interpenetrated by the colors which constitute visible light. This establishes the electromagnetic field or aura surrounding us. The aura contains six sheaths or layers, all of which interpenetrate with each other and the physical body. It is filled with constantly changing colors, determined by our state of health, physically, emotionally and mentally. How true the sayings: green with envy, red with rage.

The layer closest to the physical body is known as the etheric sheath and is the blueprint for the physical body. It contains the very fine energy channels or nadis through which pranic energy flows. This network of infinitely intricate nadis establish the counterpart of the entire nervous system.

As well as containing the nadis, the etheric sheath contains seven major and twenty one minor chakras or energy centres. It also contains numerous acupuncture points. A major chakra is defined by the crossing of 21 nadis; a minor chakra by 14 nadis and an acupuncture point by seven nadis.

These force centres can be found in each of the layers constituting the aura, but their primary importance is at the etheric level. They are both the transformers and the transmitters of energy for each of the layers and work with the physical endocrine system. Disease starts in the aura as accumulated energy. If this is not dispersed, it will eventually manifest as a physical disease.

A

chakra which is not acknowledged as one of the major centres, but is of prime importance, is the splenic chakra. It

is

this chakra which absorbs prana, chi or life force and disintegrates it into its seven varieties. Each of these seven

varieties of prana vibrates to the frequency of one of the colors on the color spectrum and establishes the dominant color of the chakra to which it is distributed.

From these chakras, the colors radiate into the rest of the auric field. Because the feet and the hands present a mirror image of the physical body, they reflect the auric field around themselves. The chakras can also be located along the spinal reflex on both feet and hands. I have found these to be important points for treatment, especially for hormonal imbalances.

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Position of the Chakras on the spinal reflex of the feet … and the hands

Position of the Chakras on the spinal reflex of the feetand the hands

Although the chakras work mainly with the endocrine glands, they also have an effect on organs, muscles and bones which lie in their pathway. Each color contains within itself its own spectrum of color. Therefore the parts of the body related to a specific chakra will vibrate to a frequency contained within the spectrum of color of that chakra. This I always refer to as the general color.

When working with the vibrational frequencies of color in therapy, it has been deemed important to administer the treatment color followed by its complementary color. This I have found through experience to be trite. One of my students treated her husband with Reflexology and color for Diabetes.

Unfortunately, she forgot to administer the complementary color after the treatment color. This resulted in his blood sugar, after stabilizing, suddenly rising. By treating with color complementary color, we work with polarity. Polarity teaches that complementary energies have to be in balance to create harmony.

When combining color with Reflexology, color is used for three conditions. The first is to work with the cause, the second to help keep the body in balance and the third to work with the manifested disease. Sometimes all three conditions are treated with color during a therapy session. At other times only one or maybe two of the conditions are worked with.

When treating a person with the combination of these two therapies, a complete Reflexology treatment is initially carried out. A Reflexology treatment is diagnostic, thereby enabling a practitioner to locate where problems or potential problems lie. Having completed this, the general colors with their complementary colors are applied to the areas where an abnormality has been diagnosed but which has produced no noticeable symptoms in the physical body.

The reason for this can be twofold. It could be related to an accumulation of energy in the etheric layer of the aura, or it could indicate that a particular part of the body is under strain through trying to keep the whole in balance.

If, through disease, the vibrational frequencies of the etheric body changes, the change will affect the cellular structure of the physical body. This then affects the force field of the related organ or organs. If the force field of one or more organs is altered, then the body will try to bring itself back into homeostasis.

This process can put strain on healthy organs within the physical structure which shows itself as pain on the related reflexes on the feet or hands. Administering the general color, with its complementary color, to the related reflex, will help to re-balance its altered function.

The treatment colors, with their complementary colors are then applied to the zones on the feet which relate to the part of the body which has manifested problems. When selecting colors for specific diseases, several factors have to

be taken into consideration. These are, the nature of the disease, the part of the body affected and the overall condition of the patient.

Having treated the reflexes related to the physical symptoms, the chakras situated along the spinal reflex on the feet or hands, are balanced with their dominant color before the overall color, relating to the cause is administered through both feet.

Color can be applied to the zones of the feet in two ways. Firstly, if the practitioner is sensitive to color, they can visualise it being channelled through their hands. I personally believe that the physical body can be the most beautiful instrument for the projection of color, but some reflexologists find sensitizing and using the physical body as a channel too demanding. For these people the Reflexology crystal torch has been devised.

This instrument shines light through stained glass discs and projects the color of the stained glass into a Quartz crystal. The crystal is then applied to the relevant zones of the feet. The length of time that a color is projected would depend upon the nature of the illness and the stature of the person being treated.

The time factor would be less on a frail, elderly lady than on a robust young male. Apart from being a very powerful instrument, I have discovered that patients love to look at the color. Depending upon their degree of sensitivity, some patients are able to feel the color pulsating through their body.

Combining illuminatory color with Reflexology is still in its infancy, and I know that what we are experiencing is just the tip of the iceberg. I also know that during the years that I have been treating with and teaching these two therapies, some wonderful results have been achieved.

If we are beings of light, and of this I have no doubt, surely treating with the vibrational energies of light must be therapeutic. I personally believe that vibrational medicine will be the medicine of the future and this will consist of both color and sound.

Further reading: The Reflexology Manual by Pauline Wills published by Headline

The Reflexology and Color Therapy Workbook by Pauline Wills published by Element

Crystal Reflexology

First select a Quartz crystal which has a very good polished/smooth single-terminated point.

Then remove socks, tights and/or footwear. Instructions below are for someone giving a crystal Reflexology treatment to a client- but this method is just as easily administered and just as effective if you are treating yourself. Also keep in mind that stimulating reflexes on the hands will work just as well as using foot reflexes - it is really your preference!

Crystal Reflexology treatments may either be done lying on a massage couch or sitting in a comfortable chair. When using the latter method you yourself need to sit on a stool so that you can place your clients feet upon your lap. Reflexology is basically a foot massage. Or, at least, that is the way that it is normally described!

The principles of Reflexology, of course, is that the feet consist of numerous reflex points; all of which relate to specific parts of the physical body.

An ordinary qualified Reflexologist will use his/her hands to press into every one of these reflex points and when a health problem is diagnosed the client will often feel a sharp pain and the therapist will detect a small pea-like lump just under the surface of the skin.

In crystal Reflexology, however, we do not need to be quite as precise. First, naturally, we must program our healing Quartz crystal to re-balance any imbalances which might be discovered in the clients body as the treatment proceeds.

Using the single-terminated end of the Quartz crystal the crystal healer very gently - and without pressing too deep into the skin - starts to rotate the crystal in a clockwise direction just lightly pushing into the skin.

in a clockwise direction just lightly pushing into the skin. Starting with the soles of the

Starting with the soles of the left foot, the crystal is moved slowly around to the sides, lightly touching the skin all the time, and then on to the upper part of the foot. All movements should be both slow and deliberate. Make sure that you cover all the surface of the foot. Then on to the right foot……

Whenever the crystal healer obtains a reaction from the client he or she will spend a few moments directing crystalline healing energy into the appropriate reflex point.

As the crystal Reflexology treatment ends the therapist takes the Quartz crystal and lightly runs

As the crystal Reflexology treatment ends the therapist takes the Quartz crystal and lightly runs it over the entire surface of the foot; on the soles and on the upper part of both feet.

As a rough time-guide I would suggest that you spend around thirty minutes per foot but naturally this is completely flexible depending upon what you find and upon the needs of your client!

Reflexology Charts

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The feet are a microcosm of the human body and every organ and body part is represented in the feet. Where there are two organs in the body they will be represented on both feet, e.g. lungs and kidney and where there is only one organ, this will be represented on one foot, e.g. the liver will be on the right foot while the heart will be on the left. Where the organ or body part is reflected in the feet, this is called the organreflex, e.g. the heart reflex.

The right foot represents the right side of the body as well as the past while the left foot represents the left side of the body as well as the present and future.

Here are several larger charts - feel free to print them or save them if you wish!

body as well as the present and future. Here are several larger charts - feel free
Reflexes in the left foot Reflexes in the right foot Foot Reflex Charts and Remed

Reflexes in the left foot

Reflexes in the left foot Reflexes in the right foot Foot Reflex Charts and Remed y

Reflexes in the right foot

Foot Reflex Charts and Remedy Points

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Chart I (Refer to Key below) Chart 2 (Refer to Key below) Chart Key 1.
Chart I (Refer to Key below) Chart 2 (Refer to Key below) Chart Key 1.

Chart I (Refer to Key below)

Chart I (Refer to Key below) Chart 2 (Refer to Key below) Chart Key 1. Top

Chart 2 (Refer to Key below)

Chart Key

1.

Top of Head

2.

Sinuses

3.

Pituitary Gland

4.

Temporal Area

5.

Neck, Cervical

6.

Upper Lymph Area

7.

Parathyroid Gland

8.

Ears

9.

Eyes

10.

Thyroid Glands

11.

Shoulder

12.

Lungs and Bronchi

13.

Heart Area

14.

Heart

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15.

Spine, Vertebra

16. Pancreas

17. Solar Plexus

18. Stomach & Duodenum

19. Liver

20. Spleen

22. Gall Bladder

23. Adrenal Glands

24. Hepatic Flexure

25. Kidneys

26. Transverse Colon

27. Waist

28. Ureters

29. Ascending Colon

30. Descending Colon

31. Lumbar

32. Small Intestines

33. Sacral

34. Bladder

35. Ileo-Caecal Valve

36. Appendix

37. Sigmoid Flexure

38. Hip & Lower Back

39. Coccyx

40. Sciatic Area

41. Rectum

42. Uterus

43. Prostate

44. Breast

45. Lymph Drainage

46. Fallopian Tubes

47. Lymph Nodes (Arm Pit)

48. Sacro Iliac Joint

49. Ovary or Testicle

50. Lymph Nodes (Groin)

51. Maxilla/Submaxilla (Jaw)

52. Tonsils

Remedy Points:

Acne : Liver(19), gall bladder(22), Adrenal Glands(23), ureters(28), bladder(34), Kidneys(25).

Eczema or HERPESZOSTER : Parathyroid glands(7), Adrenal Glands(23), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34).

PSORAISIS or DERMATITS : Parathyroid glands(7), Adrenal Glands(23), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34)

Digestive System

ANOREXIA : Thyroid glands(10), stomach & duodenum(18), small intestines(32), transverse colon(26), descending colon(30), rectum(41).

FOOD-POISONING : (induce vomiting)Stomach & duodenum(18), lymph glands(6).

GINGIVITIS : Maxilla & submaxilla(51).

Indigestion : Solar Plexus(17).

Halitosis : Stomach(18).

TOOTHACHE : Stomach & duodenum(18), small intestines(32), transverse colon(26), descending colon(30), liver (19), pancreas(16), maxilla & submaxilla(51).

STOMACHACHE : Stomach(18).

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ULCER : Stomach & Duodenum(18).

FLATULANCE : Stomach & duodenum(18), appendix(36).

Diabetes : Stomach & duodenum(18), pancreas(16).

APPENDICITIS : Appendix(36), lymph areas(6).

Diarrhea, NAUSEA : Stomach & duodenum(18), small intestine(32), ascending colon(29), transverse colon(26), descending colon(30), rectum(41), lymph areas(6).

Constipation : Stomach & duodenum(18), small intestine(32), ascending colon(29), transverse colon(26), descending colon(30), rectum(41).

HEMORRHOIDS : Adrenal Glands(23), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34), rectum(41).

HERNIA : Stomach & duodenum(18), liver(19), pancreas(16), small intestines(32), ascending colon(29), transverse colon(26), descending colon(30), rectum(41).

Circulatory System

ANEMIA :

Stomach & duodenum(18), liver(19), pancreas(16), small intestines(32), ascending colon(29), transverse colon(26), descending colon(30), spleen(20).

Hypertension : Head(1), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34), ear(8).

SWOLLEN LYMPH GLANDS : Lymph areas(6,47,50).

HEART PROBLEMS : Heart(14), stomach & duodenum(18), small intestine(32), ascending colon(29).

IRON DEFICIENCY : Spleen(20).

BLOOD Circulation PROBLEMS : Parathyroid glands(7), Adrenal Glands(23), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34),

heart(14).

Nervous System

Anxiety : Head(1), Adrenal Glands(23), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34), duodenum(18), small intestines(32), transverse colon(26), descending colon(30), rectum(41).

Epilepsy : Head(1), lymph areas(6).

MIGRANE : Head(1), frontal and temporal areas(4).

Insomnia : Head(1), liver(19).

BACKACHE : Hip and lower back(38), spine(15).

NECK PAIN : Neck(5), sacral(33), spine(15).

Immune System

ALLERGY :

Parathyroid glands(7), Adrenal Glands(23), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34).

HAY FEVER : Nose (front & temporal region)(5), lungs and bronchi(12), parathyroid glands(7), Adrenal Glands(23), ureters(28), Kidneys(25), bladder(34).

INFLAMMATION : Parathyroid glands(7), lymph areas(6) (also reflex areas relating to the inflamed regions).

Respiratory System

Sore Throat : Lymph areas(6), tonsils(52), thyroid area(10).

DRY NOSE : Nose (front and temporal region)(4), parathyroid glands(7).

Asthma : Parathyroid(7), lungs and bronchi(12), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34), lymph areas(6).

Bronchitis : Parathyroid(7), lungs and bronchi(12), Adrenal Glands(23), lymph areas(6).

RESPIRATORY DISEASE : Head(1), nose (front and temporal region)(4), lungs and bronchi(12), heart(14).

Joints

PAIN IN THE HIP JOINT : Adrenal Glands(23), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34), neck(5), hip(38).

INFLAMMATION OF THE HIP JOINT : stomach & duodenum(18), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34), hip(38), waist(27), vertebra and spine(15).

PARKINSONs DISEASE : Head(1), neck(5), parathyroid(7), Adrenal Glands(23), stomach & duodenum(18), pancreas(16), liver(19), small intestines(32), colon areas(26,29,30), Kidneys(25), ureters(28), bladder(34), rectum(41).

Foot Reflexology and Foot Massage Tips and Techniques

Foot Reflexology is pressure therapyand involves applying focused pressure to certain known reflex points located

in the foot to cure or prevent disease. Foot Reflexology is based on the premise that our nerve zones or reflex points

go from the bottom of our feet to the top of our head, encompassing all vital organs on the way.

A trained Reflexologist can put pressure on different meridiens or energy lines on the sole and side of the feet to

determine the cause of illness.

The information below is a guide to foot massage. Some benefits of Reflexology will happen automatically simply by virtue of massaging the soles of the feet but the main objective is to help tired feet feel better.

Preparation for Foot Massage:

If you are giving a foot massage to your partner or friend than ensure that the massage foot is comfortably reclined on

a pillow or a sofa. There are various creams and oils that can be used for a foot massage. However, we recommend the use of essential massage oils to achieve an ultimately relaxing foot massage. To begin with make sure the feet are clean, a foot soak with epsom salts is a wonderful way to de-stress before a foot massage. Make sure that your feet are completely dry (including in between toes) before you start.

Foot Massage Techniques:

Stroking- This technique stimulates the blood vessels in your feet and promotes gentle heat. Hold the foot in your hands and begin to massage the top surface of the foot. Use your thumbs in a slow, firm stroking motion, starting at the toes and moving up to the ankle. Once you have reached the ankle follow the same line back to the toes. Make sure you apply lighter pressure towards the toes than the ankle.

Ankle Rotation- Firstly gentle move the ankle side to side to loosen the ankle joint. Hold the heel of the foot in a cupping motion and hold the ball of the foot with the other hand. Rotate the foot clockwise and anticlockwise three or four times to relax the foot from the ankle joint, reversing the directions will calm and destress your senses.

Wear clean socks and shoes that fit you properly. Right shoes helps you put off injuries and soreness. If you feel your feet Sweat more than others, go in for leather or canvas shoes but not synthetic ones or plastic shoes. Plastic or vinyl shoes do not stretch or breathe. Sandals are also a good option. Use foot powder daily. - Random Tip

Pivoting - Gently hold the foot in your hand and use the other hand to massage the sole of the foot with your thumb. Begin with the area directly below the large toe and slowly move to the other toes. After initial pressure, roll the thumb back and forth. It may be seen as wiggling the thumb. Release pressure, and move.

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Some handy and valuable tips on Foot Care:

a) Check your feet daily for cuts, sores, red spots, swelling and infected nails.

b) Do not cut corns and calluses (hardened or thickened part of the skin). Consult your doctor if you have developed

corns and calluses rather than cutting them off using razor, corn plasters or some liquid corn removers.

c) Make sure your toe nails are trimmed properly. Trim them straight across and smooth them using a nail file.

d) If you are Diabetic, consult your doctor. Diabetic patients are at more risk to developing foot complications and

wounds which do not heal easily. There are three major problems which a Diabetic person faces if he develops some foot disease.

Reflexology Massage Techniques

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Basic Thumb Technique

In Reflexology you use your thumbs mainly to work the reflexes on the soles, and sometimes the sides, of the feet. Working with the first joint of your thumb, you walkforward along the reflex by successively bending and unbending the joint a little way. It is the inside or medial edge of the thumb that makes contact with the foot, not the tip or the ball (the part that touches the table if you put your hand down flat).

When the thumb is at the correct angle, the joint is not bent too far, allowing greater accuracy and smoothness of technique, as shown. Bending the joint over too far not only strains it but also means that the person you are working on may feel your nail. The fingers of the workinghand wrap around the top of the foot to provide leverage.

Hooking

Support the foot well in your holdinghand and place the thumb of your workinghand on a reflex area. Now hook the thumb in and back up sharply, to one side (in this instance, towards the outside).

This technique is useful for homing in on a particularly small reflex and for working on parts of the foot where the skin is tough, such as the heel. Like a bee inserting a sting, you push your thumb into the reflex, then pull it back. The leverage of the fingers is crucial here, as the technique demands great precision.

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Why Combine Reflexology and Aromatherapy?

In the holistic health care field many healing modalities have become the subject of interest and study for healthcare providers, holistic practitioners and the general populace alike. Many are finding that the combination of two or more therapies brings quicker, more complete relief from physical, emotional, spiritual and mental maladies than does one modality alone. For the purposes of this discussion, I am going to focus on the practice of using Aromatherapy to complement and enhance the benefits of Reflexology.

Many people are aware of the positive aspects of Reflexology. Stress release, total relaxation, and relief from chronic complaints are some areas that this treatment targets. Now, imagine using essential oils to complement the above effects. By combining the healing properties of Aromatherapy with the calming touch of Reflexology, clients undergo a complete holistic experience.

Reflexology massage is derived from a primitive instinct. It is inherent in human nature to use touchto comfort and heal. Hugging, patting, even kissing a childs scraped knee are all instinctive responses to making it better. Not only does this help to relieve physical pain, but it also makes one feel emotionally secure. Without conscious intent, we generate a small form of holistic care. This, the act of touching, combines the physical and emotional sides of what we consider to be care. (5)

sides of what we consider to be ‘ care ’ . (5) Essential oils complete the

Essential oils complete the holistic approach by affecting the mind. Due to the fact that these oils stimulate the limbic system, the brains own healing mechanism is triggered. By inhaling these fragrances during therapy, the scentsown healing power enters the bloodstream. When these oils activate the olfactory bulb, it sends electrical impulses to the Limbic system, which affects emotional behaviour. This is

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why people feel invigorated when they smell Rosemary and Basil, and calmed by Chamomile and Jasmine. (5)

This is the main focus of ReflexAroma- the term I have coined to signify the combination of Reflexology and Aromatherapy methods: to combine several of the bodys senses in effectual healing. Other orthodox medical practices can temporarily heal the clientbut usually fails to help the client to heal themselves. This is where ReflexAroma excels as a treatment. By using scent and touch together, the bodys healing is heightened not only by the therapist, but also by the client.

First let us take a look at the definitions, histories and benefits of Aromatherapy and Reflexology.

Aromatherapy - What Is It?

Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment, the aim of which is to produce a physical, spiritual, emotional and mental sense of well-being through inhalation and massage of essential oils. Essential oils are derived from plants and are chosen for their particular therapeutic qualities that are stimulating, refreshing and sedative. Massage is used with the oils to enhance their effectiveness. (1)

Aromatherapy is also referred to as the fragrant art of using socially selected aromatic oils for therapeutic purposes. It is one of the fastest growing complementary therapies in the world and is recognised as one of the most natural and holistic treatments available today. (1)

Aromatherapy does not aim to treat disease. Its aim is to release feelings of well- being, harmony and improved mental and physical health. (1)

Essentail oils are aromatic volatile liquids distilled from shrugs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds. The chemistry of essential oils is very complex; each one may consist of hundreds of different and unique chemical compounds. Moreover, essential oils are highly concentrated and far more potent than dried Herbs. The distillation process is what makes the essential oils so concentrated. It often requires an entire plant or more to product a single drop of distilled essential oil. (4)

Aromatherapy - History

Nobody knows exactly where and when the healing art of aromatherapy began. Nevertheless, it has its roots in the rites and rituals of earliest mankind. By analysis of fossilised pollens found in ancient habitation and

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burial sites of early humans, scientists have discovered traces of plants that have known medicinal properties. At least some of these properties must have been evident to these early people, who would have made the discovery either by accident or by observation. Early man would soon have recognised which leaves, berries, fruit or roots encouraged wounds to heal or sickness to improve. He would also have observed which plants sick animals sought out and ate. They discovered startling proof of the early use of plants by Neanderthal man in 1975 at a cave site in Iraq. Scientific excavation showed signs of human habitation for 60 000 years and the discoveries there have been some of the most significant and important finds to date. (1)

At this site in 1975, the burial of a Neanderthal adult male was discovered. The subsequent soil analysis showed pollen evidence that the body had been placed on a bed of a type of woody Horsetail plant and that it had been buried with a wreath of flowers. The plants used for the wreath are all well known today and still used for their medicinal properties. They include Yarrow, groundsel, cornflower, St. Barnabys thistle, grape, hyacinth and hollyhock. As several of these plants are known to have wound healing andFever reducing properties, it is tempting to think that they were used for those same properties by the Neanderthal man, who, far from being a lumbering cretinous creature, had now been shown to have been a thinking, feeling being as demonstrated by the care of the burial ritual. (1)

Evidence of the widespread use of aromatic plant substances was seen in the tomb paintings of the ancient Egyptians 5000 years ago. Plant substances were used not only for medicinal purposes, but also for perfumes and cosmetics, in preservation and preparation of food to enhance flavour and aid digestion. They were also used for their Antibacterial and Antiviral properties to stave off illness and epidemic. Some were even found to have contraceptive qualities. (1)

The ancient Egyptians practised a sophisticated level of medicine and many of the plants that they used are today recognised as beneficial in the treatment of certain diseases. Their surgeons even developed techniques for successful brain surgery.

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Medieval Europe saw the use of plants in infusions, pills, potions, pomanders and nosegays, which were sniffed as protection against epidemic and pestilence. The Herbs Lavender, Sage and Rosemary were used widely to scent linen and to protect materials against moths. Herbs were strewn on the floors of dwellings to perfume rooms and repel fleas, flies and ticks. In times of plague, bonfires were lit

at intervals along the streets in the belief that the smoke would act as a powerful disinfectant and would give some protection against infection. Although many uses of plants through the centuries would have been extremely effective, some were not and this type of fumigation during the times of the bubonic plague would provably have been useless. (1)

Towards the end of the 19th Century, a French chemist, Professor Rene Gattefosse, accidentally discovered the healing power of Lavender essence when he plunged his hand into a bowl of Lavender oil after receiving a bad burn. The burn healed quickly, without forming a blister or leaving a Scar. He then began many years of research into the healing properties of essential oils. His knowledge increased further when he treated soldiers wounded during the 1914 - 1918 war and in 1928 he gave his treatment the name Aromatherapie. (1)

His work was later extended by Dr. Jean Valnet, a French physician, who used essential oils to treat cancers, tuberculosis, Diabetes and other serious illnesses. He claimed many successes. Marguerite Maury followed him, a French biochemist and beautician, who further developed massage techniques and skin-care treatments using essential oils. She continued to further develop and work in the field of aromatherapy until she died in 1968 at the age of 73. Interest in aromatherapy has continued to grow and today, rightly, it has a massive following.

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Aromatherapy - Benefits

Essential oils are some of the oldest and most powerful therapeutic agents known. In their pure state, essential oils are also some of the most concentrated natural extracts known, exhibiting significant and immediate Antiviral, anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, hormone-balancing effects. In clinical practic, they have been shown to have a profound influence on the central nervous system, helping to reduce or eliminate pain, release muscle tenstion and provide strong emotional uplift. (4)

The chemical structure of an essential oil is such that it can rapidly penetrate cell membranes, travel throught the blood and tissues, and enhance cellular function. (4)

Dr. Gary Young, ND, observed two fundamental facts during his 20-year history in using essential oils in his practice. First, he began to see that essential oils are very potent, in some cases more potent than prescription drugs. Second, despite their Concentration and strength, unlike prescription drugs, the essential oils generated no negative side effects. (4)

Reflexology - What Is It?

For the Reflexologist, the feet are a microcosm of the human body and every organ and body part is represented in the feet. Where there are two organs in the body

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they will be represented on both feet, e.g. lungs and kidney and where there is only one organ, this will be represented on one foot, e.g. the liver will be on the right foot while the heart will be on the left. Where the organ or body part is reflected in the feet, this is called the organreflex, e.g. the heart reflex. (2)

Reflexology is the science or method of stimulating reflexes of the foot, hand or ear that correspond to each gland, organ and part of the body. Stimulation of these reflexes serves to relax and normalize all functions of the body in order to promote a natural balance and revitalization. In ancient times, walking barefoot over rocks and hard ground naturally stimulated these reflexes every day. (3)

By applying pressure on specific areas of the feet or hands, a reflexologist can stimulate corresponding organs or glands. For instance, pressure is applied to the big toe to affect the pituitary gland and the four other toes are stimulated to affect to the brain, sinuses, eyes and ears. Because internal organs like the lungs and the Kidneys can not be directly massaged, reflexologists believe that the feet, hands, and ears are an appropriate alternative. (3)

The right foot represents the right side of the body as well as the past while the left foot represents the left side of the body as well as the present and future. (2)

Reflexology - Principals

By stimulating reflexes on the feet, hands and body with a type of pressure massage, the organs of the body are stimulated, thus allowing them to start unblocking and healing themselves. In addition to this, the stimulation of these reflexes allows the body to begin detoxing and eliminating poisons which have built up through bad diet, thinking and habit. (3)

Reflexology can only be defined as a body, foot or hand massage that induces relaxation and reduces Tension. This is essentially true. By inducing relaxation and reducing Tension, the body is able to heal itself. (3)

Reflexology - History

Reflexology is known to be more than four thousand years old. Paintings were discovered showing a Reflexology treatment in practice in about 2300 BC. The Chinese were known to have used the practice of Reflexology in earlier years in conjunction with Acupuncture. (2)

BC. The Chinese were known to have used the practice of Reflexology in earlier years in
There is no way of tracing the true beginnings of Reflexology, however both the Egyptians

There is no way of tracing the true beginnings of Reflexology, however both the Egyptians and the Chinese shared the same belief of the use of this treatment. (2)

Reflexology, as it is known in the West today, had its origins in the study of Zone Therapy. This practice utilised the longitudinal lines of energy that run through the body starting at the feet and moving up to the brain. In the early 20th Century Dr William Fitzgerald spent time broadening his medical experience at various hospitals. At a post in an American hospital where he was head of an ear, nose and throat department, he brought to the attention of the medical world his research into the ancient Chinese healing techniques. He had discovered that by applying pressure to the feet he could bring about an increase in the functioning of other parts of the body. (2)

By chance a Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist at a hospital, overhead talk on Dr Fitzgeralds findings and was immediately fascinated by his discoveries as to the benefits brought about by Zone Therapy. (2)

In her practice at an orthopaedic hospital she introduced the practice of Zone Therapy after post operative surgical procedures on her patients, noticing that it speeded up the bodys natural healing and that they were able to move quicker after the operation. Eunice Ingham introduced Zone Therapy or Reflexology as we know it today. (2)

In 1930 Eunice Ingham started a private practice as a Reflexologist. She was instrumental in writing the first book on Reflexology and was later to open a teaching school dedicated specifically to train students in the practice of Reflexology. Eunice Ingham dedicated forty years of her life to Reflexology but sadly passed away in 1952. (2)

Reflexology - Benefits

Thousands of specific benefits have been reported from people who have received reflexology sessions. The broad range of reported benefits can be divided into several categories.

Stress reduction, profound relaxation, for all parts of the body,

Pain reduction and pain elimination, such as in the neck, shoulders, lower back and jaw,

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Improved Circulation resulting in better oxygen and nutrient supply to all the cells of the body,

Detoxification, improved organ and gland function,

Feeling better, greater productivity, enriched quality of life,

Normalization of body functions,

Prevention by reducing accumulated stress in the body before health challenges develop,

Safe nurturing touch. (3)

Methodology - Combining Aromatherapy and Reflexology

When you combine the practice of Reflexology with the use of essential oils, both modalities become more effective than either used alone.

modalities become more effective than either used alone. Because reflex points are basically neural pathways to

Because reflex points are basically neural pathways to various body organs and systems, the therapeutic effects of the oils are carried through the body to treat the condition and through the reflex massage, Circulation to these organs and systems is stimulated, unblocking vital energy pathways. This combination of effects - the unblocking and stimulation of energy and Circulation together with the healing

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properties of the essential oils used - serves to better promote the bodys own natural self-healing tendencies.

The ability of essential oils to act on both the mind and the body is what makes them truly unique among natural therapeutic agents. The fragrance of an essential oil can be very stimulating - both psychologically and physically. The fragrance of other essential oils may be calming and sedating, helping to overcome anxiety or hyperactivity. On a physiological level, essential oils may stimulate Immune Function and regenerate damaged tissue. Essential oils may also combat infectious disease by killing virusses, bacteria, and other pathogens. (4)

Probably the two most common methods of essential oil application are cold-air diffusion and neat (undiluted) topical application. (4)

Combining the discipline of Reflexology with the application of essential oils enhances the healing response and often produces amazing results that can not be achieved by Reflexology or Aromatherapy alone. Just 1-3 drops of an essential oil applied to a meridian or reflex point on the hand or the foot can produce results within seconds to 1-2 minutes.

A technique which uses the principals of Reflexology in the application of essential oils is a method of delivery which is exceptionally effective in delivering the benefits of essential oils throughout the body. (4)

This method is based on a complete network of reflex points that stimulate all the internal body systems. Essential oils are applied to contact points, and energy is released through electrical impulses created by contact between the fingertips (or Massage Tool) and reflex points. This electrical charge follows the nerve pathways to a break or clog in the electrical circuit usually caused by Toxins, damaged tissues, or loss of oxygen. As with Acupressure, there are hundreds of reflex points throughout the body, encompassing the entire realm of body and mind, that are capable of releasing many kinds of Tension, congestion, and imbalances. (4)

This application combination of Aromatherapy and Reflexology uses a rolling and releasing motion to apply the essential oils to the appropriate reflex points and/or areas. Use of a percussion instrument or other reflex tools are also effective methods of stimulation application of an essential oil.

Combining the therapeutic properties of the appropriate essential oil(s), which are absorbed into the body via the skin within minutes, with the energy and body system stimulation of Reflexology massage, the practitioner can frequently expect far more dramatic results in much less time than with the use of either healing modality alone.

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Results

Case History #1 - 14 year old female

Brief medical history: K was 35 week gestational baby who was born with an enlarged heart, a heart murmur and one immature lung. She was on heart/ breathing monitors for the first year of her life. She had frequent bouts of pneumonia (average of once monthly) until she was 4 years old. At age 8 she was

diagnosed with Cough Variant Asthma - a type of Asthma that is characterized by violent, sustained coughing due to spasms in the upper bronchial tubes. Whenever

K suffered from any type of respiratory ailment - even the common cold - she would

invariably end up in what physicians termed an Acute Asthma Phase.

These phases resulted in numerous trips to the emergency room and hospitalizations - intravaneous infusions of broncho-dialators, antihistamines and nebulizer treatments. She was put on the prescription medications Singulair and Advair at age 10 to attempt to prevent the frequent acute Asthma phases and attacks. By age 12, K was continuing to experience at least bi-monthly attacks resulting in hospitalization.

Reflexology/Aromatherapy Treatment Begins: Treatments of reflexology began on

K (at age 12), concentrating on the respiratory and lymphatic reflexes in both her

feet and her hands. Also used during the reflexology treatments was an oil blend composed of the oils: Ravensara, Eucalyptus, Pine, Myrtle, Cypress and

Peppermint.

The essential oil blend was also administered via direct inhalation and topical application to bronchial area on the chest.

Improvement in Ks condition was nearly immediate. After approximately six months of 3 x weekly Reflexology/Aromatherapy treatments, K showed marked improvement in breathing, stamina and overall health. She has not suffered another Asthma attack severe enough to require medical intervention since the commencement of the afore-mentioned treatments. She was able to go off of her medication within 6 months of these treatments beginning and has remained off of all medication to date. She receives weekly maintenance reflexology treatment with the use of essential oils coming into play if there is any sign of respiratory illness.

During a recent bout of Croup at age 14.5, K was aggressively treated with the oil blend and a combination of manual reflexology foot stimulation and percussion foot stimulation. She was over her illness within 72 hours without having to use her rescue inhaler at all. That was a first for K in her lifetime.

Case History #2 - 40 year old female

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Brief medical history: D had suffered from debilitating Migraine Headaches since the age of 13. Medical intervention resulted in the use of prescription drugs such as Fioronal, Ibuprofen and Hydrocodone. After experiencing a severe allergic reaction to a hydrocodone medication, D refused further prescription medication and instead relied on the practice of reflexology and over-the-counter pain medications.

The Migraines included symptoms of dizziness, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and considerable pain in the back of the head and forehead. Reflexology, if used early enough in the headache, could stem the pain, but didnt completely relieve the symptoms.

Reflexology/Aromatherapy treatment begins: At age 39, D began combining the reflexology stimulation on both hand and foot reflexes corresponding to head, eyes, sinuses and digestion, with an aromatherapy essential oil blend of Peppermint, Basil, Marjoram, and Helichrysum.

This blend is also administered via direct inhalation and topical application to the temples, behind the ears and throat area.

The addition of the essential oil blend to the reflexology stimulation resulted in total abatement of the Migraine symptoms within 20 minutes as well as the ability to completely prevent a full-blown Migraine if the technique was used at the first sign of a headache. Weekly prophylactic reflexology treatments have proven effective with no recurrence of Headaches for the past 5 months.

Case History #3 - 15 year old female

Brief medical history: J experienced difficult menstrual cycles beginning at age 12, characterized by Migraine Headaches, cramping and nausea. Over-the-counter medications seemed to provide no relief and frequent visits to the emergency room resulted in injections of narcotics to relieve the Migraine pain.

Reflexology/Aromatherapy treatment begins: At age 13, J began a regimen of reflex stimulation to both hand and foot reflexes corresponding to the endocrine glands (with special Concentration on the sex gland reflexes), the head/brain, eyes, sinus and digestive reflexes. Oil blends were rotated during treatments, one blend for the Migraine symptoms and one for the cramping and other symptoms of premenstural Tension.

The Migraine blend included the oils of: Peppermint, Basil, Marjoram, Helichrysum.

This blend was also administered via direct inhalation and topical application to temples, behind ears and throat area.

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The premenstrual symptom blend contained the oils: Clary Sage, Marjoram, Fennel, Sage, Jasmine.

This blend was also administered via massage into Js abdomen during bouts of cramping.

This combination therapy has proven very effective for J and she has not had to miss school since age 13.5 due to Migraine or PMS symptoms - she is now age 15.5. Weekly prophylactic reflexology treatments are given. These treatments are combined with the essential oil blends during the time period immediately before the start of her menstrual cycle each month.

Conclusion

Combining reflexology and aromatherapy speeds the healing process in the body. The aromatherapy calms, revitalizes or stimulates and the reflexology balances the energy in the body.

For a healthy body everything must function in harmony. Reflexology can be used as a tune up by reducing Tension and calming the mind. By reducing Tension and calming the mind we are then free to think our best thoughts, work longer hours with greater clarity especially with difficult tasks and come up with our best ideas. Reflexology and aromatherapy combined, speeds up healing as it increases blood Circulation, stimulates the body and makes the client feel refreshed, vital and energized.

From the research, as well as from my own experiences as shown by the three case histories, I am confident in asserting that combining the healing modalities of Aromatherapy and Reflexology is not only more effective than either modality used alone, but in the cases Ive worked with, it has proven more effective, without the rash of negative side effects, than allopathic treatments and medication.

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The Efficacy of Combining Aromatherapy and Reflexology

Aromatherapy massage confers health benefits

Massage that includes the application of fragrant essential oils reduces anxiety and stress and is beneficial to the immune system, according to recent research.

to the immune system, according to recent research. “ Immunological and Psychological Benefits of Aromatherapy

Immunological and Psychological Benefits of Aromatherapy Massagewas conducted by staff at the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine.

The study group comprised eleven volunteers who were healthy and did not take any daily medication. Baselines were established using psychological assessments, blood and saliva samples, and palmar Galvanic skin response (GSR), finger skin temperature and finger plethysmogram amplitude using a biofeedback system.

Subjects were then placed in reclining seats and allowed to rest. Then they performed a serial subtraction task, and rested again while experimenters monitored their physiological response.

After that, the subjects took a footbath with one drop of tea tree oil and received an aromatherapy massage or control massage. Psychological and physiological conditions were then measured again.

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All subjects received both an aromatherapy massage and a carrier oil control massage at an interval of at least 2 weeks. The first five subjects received the aromatherapy massage before the carrier oil massage. The other six subjects received the carrier oil massage first.

Each subject received the same massage with or without essential oils by the same skilled therapist. For the aromatherapy massage, sweet almond, lavender, sweet marjoram and cypress oils were used. For the control massage, only sweet almond oil was used.

Psychological responses to treatment were assessed in State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS) results. State anxiety scores from the STAI were significantly reduced after both aromatherapy massage and control massage compared with the baseline. Though both STAI and SDS showed a significant reduction after treatment with aromatherapy and carrier massage, no difference between the aromatherapy and control massage was observed for STAI and SDS.

Peripheral blood cell counts were compared.

Aromatherapy, in contrast to control massage, did not significantly reduce red blood cell count or hematocrit. However, aromatherapy massage showed a significant increase in peripheral blood lymphocytes.

The studys authors state, These results suggest that aromatherapy massage is a valuable relaxation technique for reducing anxiety and stress, and beneficial to the immune system.

Source: Department of Microbiology, Department of Psychiatry andDepartment of Epidemiology for Community Health and Medicine, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine Japan; Graduate School of Science for Human Services, Ritsumeikan University Japan; and Department of Research and Development, Hyper Plants Co., Ltd Japan. Originally published in Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2005 Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 179184.

Effectiveness of Aromatherapy Massage in the Management of Anxiety and Depression in Patients With Cancer: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial

Susie M. Wilkinson, Sharon B. Love, Alex M. Westcombe, Maureen A. Gambles, Caroline C. Burgess, Anna Cargill, Teresa Young, E. Jane Maher, Amanda J. Ramirez

C. Burgess, Anna Cargill, Teresa Young, E. Jane Maher, Amanda J. Ramirez From the Mar ie

Unit, Royal Free and University College Medical School, Department of Mental Health Sciences, Cancer Research UK London Psychosocial Group, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, London; Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Middlesex; and Cancer Research UK Medical Statistics Group, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Oxford, United Kingdom

Purpose: To test the effectiveness of supplementing usual supportive care with aromatherapy massage in the management of anxiety and depression in cancer patients through a pragmatic two-arm randomized controlled trial in four United Kingdom cancer centers and a hospice.

Patients and Methods: Two hundred eighty-eight cancer patients, referred to complementary therapy services with clinical anxiety and/or depression, were allocated randomly to a course of aromatherapy massage or usual supportive care alone.

Results: Patients who received aromatherapy massage had no significant improvement in clinical anxiety and/or depression compared with those receiving usual care at 10 weeks postrandomization (odds ratio [OR], 1.3; 95% CI, 0.9 to 1.7; P = .1), but did at 6 weeks postrandomization (OR, 1.4; 95% CI, 1.1 to 1.9; P = .01). Patients receiving aromatherapy massage also described greater improvement in self-reported anxiety at both 6 and 10 weeks postrandomization (OR, 3.4; 95% CI, 0.2 to 6.7; P = .04 and OR, 3.4; 95% CI, 0.2 to 6.6; P = .04), respectively.

Conclusion: Aromatherapy massage does not appear to confer benefit on cancer patientsanxiety and/or depression in the long-term, but is associated with clinically important benefit up to 2 weeks after the intervention.

Supported by Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer Support, and Dimbleby Cancer Care.

Evaluating Effects of Aromatherapy Massage on Sleep in Children with Autism: A Pilot Study

Abstract

Previous studies have found beneficial effects of aromatherapy massage for agitation in people with dementia, for pain relief and for poor sleep. Children with autism often have sleep difficulties, and it was thought that aromatherapy massage

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might enable more rapid sleep onset, less sleep disruption and longer sleep duration. Twelve children with autism and learning difficulties (2 girls and 10 boys aged between 12 years 2 months to 15 years 7 months) in a residential school participated in a within subjects repeated measures design: 3 nights when the children were given aromatherapy massage with lavender oil were compared with 14 nights when it was not given.

The children were checked every 30 min throughout the night to determine the time taken for the children to settle to sleep, the number of awakenings and the sleep duration. One boy's data were not analyzed owing to lengthy absence. Repeated measures analysis revealed no differences in any of the sleep measures between the nights when the children were given aromatherapy massage and nights when the children were not given aromatherapy massage. The results suggest that the use of aromatherapy massage with lavender oil has no beneficial effect on the sleep patterns of children with autism attending a residential school. It is possible that there are greater effects in the home environment or with longer-term interventions.

What is the Evidence for Aromatherapy?

A recent review of the evidence for sensory stimulation in dementia care suggests that aromatherapy with lemon balm or lavender oil decreases agitation in patients with dementia (1). In other populations there are anecdotal reports of the effectiveness of aromatherapy in calming people with autistic spectrum disorders (2) and helping people sleep (3) and relax (4), although a systematic review of the field found little satisfactory evidence for the claims (5). Nevertheless, one of the review authors claimed that there was good evidence for a relaxing effect (6).

The situation is complicated by the fact that aromatherapy is often delivered as a massage, and research studies have not identified clearly which is the active ingredient (7, 8). Trials of massage interventions alone have clearly established beneficial effects in chronic pain and situations where muscle relaxation is required (9). In an experimental study published last year, Kuriyama and co-workers were

unable to identify psychological effects of aroma over that of the massage alone,

but did find physiological effects of aromatic oils over and above that of the carrier oil massage (9). In this investigation we sought to demonstrate the effects of an aromatherapy massage.

How could Aromatherapy Massage help Children with Autism?

Children with autism have problems establishing a regular diurnal pattern and in remaining asleep through the night (1113). Some of these difficulties may be owing to over arousal or agitation. Given the effects of aromatherapy massage in dementia and the wider claims of the effects of aromatherapy on sleep and arousal,

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we sought to examine whether aromatherapy massage enabled an improved sleep pattern in children with autism. During waking hours the behavior of children with

autism is characterized by repetitive activities such as stereotyped behavior, which are thought to be the result of non-optimal levels (over and under arousal) of arousal. The putative mode of action of aromatherapy would be that it enabled an arousal level closer to the optimal, and hence, made sleep both easier to achieve and to maintain. The aims of the study were therefore to examine whether aromatherapy delivered through massage resulted in faster sleep onset, longer sleep durations or fewer sleep interruptions.

Methods

Participants All 12 children (2 girls and 10 boys) aged between 12 years 2 months to 15 years 7 months (mean age 14 years 1 month) from one unit of a residential school for children with autism were selected as participants for a trial of aromatherapy. The school checks diagnoses of autism against DSM-IV criteria before the children are admitted. One boy had a diagnosis of Down's syndrome in addition to the diagnosis of autism. One girl was on carbamazepine and topiramate for control of her epilepsy and one of the boys was taking risperidone for control of behavior. All the children had severe learning difficulties and exhibited multiple repetitive behaviors. No children in the unit were excluded from entry to the trial,

and the medication taken by the children did not change during the trial.

All the children lived in one residential unit of the school from Sunday to Thursday night inclusive. Only three of the children remained at the school for any of the

Friday and Saturday nights during the study. Owing to these small numbers it has not been possible to estimate the effect of remaining for the weekend. Each child slept in a separate bedroom. Although 12 children were considered as participants for the trial, one became ill before the trial and remained at home for 10 of the possible 17 nights. His data has therefore been excluded from the analysis.

Design

A within subjects design was used. Aromatherapy massage was administered on Thursday nights. The period of the study was 24 days, beginning on the first night of the term and finishing after three administrations of aromatherapy. The first night of the study was a Tuesday night, and aromatherapy was provided on the second, third and fourth Thursday nights. This corresponds to an ABABAB design in which the A refers to nights when no aromatherapy was provided, and B refers to those nights when aromatherapy was provided. Nights without aromatherapy can be regarded as baseline nights. The design does carry with it the risk of improvements

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in sleep over time (a shifting baseline) if the effects of aromatherapy are cumulative.

Procedure

An experienced and trained aromatherapist delivered the aromatherapy as a foot and leg massage using 2% lavender oil in grapeseed oil on three separate evenings during the study period at the school. The timing of each child's aromatherapy was variable owing to other activities undertaken by the child, but was always in the last 2 h before going to bed. All the children were free to leave the aromatherapy sessions, although none did so. In order to accustom the children to aromatherapy massage, it had been used as a leisure activity at various times during the school day in the previous term. This ceased once the trial started. Thus, the intervention was not anxiety provoking for them.

Measures

Sleep onset, sleep duration and wakings from sleep are routinely recorded by waking night staff who checks each child every 30 min throughout the night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sleep onset time is the time at which the children were first recorded as being asleep. Sleep duration was calculated as the difference between the time the children were first recorded as being asleep and the time the children woke up minus the time periods the children were awake. The number of wakings from sleep

was identified from the sleep records. Consecutive records of being awake were counted as a single waking.

Results

Complete data were available for 11 children. The analyses reported below are for Sunday through Thursday nights of 3 weeks. Data from 17 nights of a possible 24 nights were

examined, of which 3 nights included aromatherapy massage as part of the evening schedule. From the 24 possible nights, 3 Fridays and Saturdays were excluded because only 3 children stayed for those nights; a further one night was

excluded from analysis because 2 children had been at home on that

stayed for those nights; a further one night was excluded from analysis because 2 children had

night

There was little variability in the average time the children fell asleep.

The children fell asleep on average between 10:30 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. A repeated measures analysis of variance

comparing nights with and without aromatherapy revealed that there was no night with a statistically significant different sleep onset time (GreenhouseGeisser corrected F = 1.27; df = 4.15, 41.5; P = 0.30). There was however a significant participant effect suggesting that there were systematic differences in the times at which individual children fell asleep (F = 59.83; df = 1, 10; P < 0.001; meansleep onset time range 9:30 p.m. and 11:40 p.m.)

In total only 22 sleep interruptions were recorded. Seven of the children slept

through all the nights without any interruptions. Of the four remaining children, there were between 0.11 and 0.5 interruptions per night (i.e. between one awakening every nine nights and one every other night). There were no significant differences between the nights with and without aromatherapy (Friedman test χ2 = 20.19; df = 16; P = 0.21).

The length of time the children were asleep was also subject to a repeated measures analysis of variance which showed that there was no significant

difference between the nights with and without aromatherapy (F = 0.59; df = 16, 160; P = 0.89). The children slept on average between 7.25.and 8.25 h per night.

There was however a statistically significant child effect suggesting that different children had significantly different sleep durations (F = 1411.4; df = 1, 10; P < 0.001). The average number of hours slept per child ranged between 6.85 and 8.88

h.

Discussion

The results show that there were no statistically significant differences in the time the children went to sleep, the number of times they woke in the night and the length of time the children slept that could be ascribed to the aromatherapy massage. It was well tolerated by the children. Each child's sleep pattern seemed to

be stable although there were marked inter-individual differences in both the

duration of sleep and the sleep onset time. In summary, where children with autism and severe learning difficulties sleep well, aromatherapy massage does not appear to offer benefits for sleep patterns.

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Limitations of the Study

A

better study would have allowed for evaluation of the introduction of the

intervention. Our results also suggest that the sample size may have been too small

to detect a significant effect. Power calculations suggest that for an increase in

sleep duration of 30 min, a sample of 160 children would need to be recruited. Alternatively, aromatherapy would need to produce an increase in sleep duration of about 1 h 6 min to reach a power of 0.80 at the 0.05 significance level.

Our estimates of effect sizes may however have been skewed by the relatively good sleep pattern the children showed. While it is possible that a more sensitive measure of sleep would enable smaller effects on sleep to be detected, the inter- and intra-individual variability is so great that this seems unlikely.

Does this Study Agree with Others on Aromatherapy Massage?

This study offers evidence on the effects of aromatherapy massage on sleep patterns in children with comorbid learning disabilities and autism. To our knowledge this article represents the first attempt to evaluate the effects of

aromatherapy massage on the sleep of people with autistic spectrum disorders. It differs from previous studies by virtue of considering sleep. A previous study with adults with learning disabilities similarly noted little change in communication skills, as a result of the use of aromatherapy massage (14). In contrast, the literature on agitation in the elderly suggests that there are benefits of the combined aromatherapy massage procedure, although these may not extend to pure aromatherapy [i.e. administration of the oil without massage or skin contact (8)].

These results are concordant with the systematic review of aromatherapy interventions reported by Cooke and Ernst (5). They concluded that the effects on

anxiety were small and transient, but cautioned that the trials were conducted with participants for whom conventional anxiolytic treatment was not warranted.

Similarly, the sleep patterns of the participants in this study did not warrant the use

of medication. Indeed, the sleep pattern of the children is better than that of children

in the community studied using actigraphic measures (13). The children in this

study went to sleep at about the same time as the sleepless group in Wiggs and Stores (13), but showed rather less waking in the night. It might be better, therefore,

to research aromatherapy massage in community samples where sleep problems are more prevalent.

What are Future Concerns for Analyses of Aromatherapy?

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The fact that the children tolerated the aromatherapy massage suggests that further investigations of aromatherapy massage could be undertaken with this group. Future studies will have to take into account general concerns about the most appropriate design for a trial of aromatherapy massage. Any treatment that involves bodily contact cannot easily be subject to a double blind trial because the recipient will inevitably be aware that they are being touched. The materials used also leave traces on the skin of the recipient, and the aromatic constituent is easily detected. In order to ensure adequate blinding of the assessors, video or automated data

gathering methods (e.g. actimeters, which are small devices the size of a wrist watch) would be useful.

Alternatively, researchers might wish to consider the possibility of separating the aromatherapy and massage constituents of this intervention, since lavender oil mist has already been shown to have beneficial effects on agitation in the elderly (8) and there is some research showing better immune responses when aromatic essential oils are added to massage procedures. There may be a priori reasons for considering that some types of touch or aroma are non-therapeutic for this population, which would enable a comparative trial of different types of touch or aroma.

Some consideration should also be given to the possibility that this population might choose to have aromatherapy massage because it is a pleasant sensation regardless of its effects on sleep, behavior or learning. Further trials should

therefore consider the implications for the quality of life of the participants, by measuring behavioral disturbances, learning or quality of life in this population.

Finally, consideration should be given to the optimum duration of the intervention. The use of an ABABAB design requires both that aromatherapy has a rapid mode of action and that it does not continue to have effects for more than a few hours after it was administered. Support for this assertion comes from studies on sleep in the elderly (15) and joint attention in children with autism (16). However, one study has reported effects lasting several days for anxiety in children with autism (16). A

further risk is that the effect of aromatherapy is cumulative, and becomes evident only after several administrations.

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Nutrition is the 1st Step to Good Health About Omega 3 - What Are They?

Nutrition is the 1st Step to Good Health

About Omega 3 - What Are They?

Omega 3 capsules can provide the essential fatty acids that your body needs, as these important nutrients are often depleted in many of the foods we eat. However it is important to find a high quality supplement to ensure that you are getting the maximum amount of omega 3 EFAs.

Through a long and rich history of scientific inquiry, both dietary and supplemental sources of omega 3 oils have revealed their effectiveness in treating disease and maintaining overall health. Because significant dietary changes have made it difficult to reach a healthy balance of omega 3s from food sources alone, the popularity of omega 3 capsules has grown in response to these findings, and a variety of supplements are now widely available.

What are Omega-3 Fatty Acids?

The three omega 3 fatty acids are called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). ALA is the primary omega 3 fatty acid in that it can be converted in the body to EPA and later to DHA, both vital nutrients in the healthy function of the brain and cardiovascular system. Omega 3 pills contain various combinations of these three, but not all combinations are equally beneficial because this conversion process is in general very inefficient.

Omega 3 oils containing only ALA, like flaxseed oil supplements, are therefore not as effective in increasing the amount of EPA and DHA available to the body. Omega 3 supplements that provide EPA and DHA directly, in particular those containing oils from fatty fish like tuna and salmon, are not dependent on the conversion of ALA and may therefore provide the maximum benefits of supplementation.

The omega 3s are one of the two types of essential fatty acids (EFAs) that are absolutely

necessary but cannot be synthesized in the body. EFAs are used in the formation and function of cellular membranes, and in the manufacture of hormone-like molecules that influence and regulate vital body processes, including heart rate, blood pressure, and immune response.

The second of the EFAs needed for all these processes are the omega-6 fatty acids, and some omega 3 capsules contain supplemental quantities of omega-6 as well. It is generally suggested that these supplements not be used, since our dietary intake of omega-6 fatty acids already far exceeds that of the omega 3s (mostly because of an increase in our consumption of processed vegetable oils). Because ALA has to compete with the primary omega-6 fatty acid for the same enzymes in its conversion to EPA and DHA, such an imbalance in the relative concentrations of the two EFAs can result in EPA and DHA levels that are insufficient to maintain normal body processes.

What are the best supplements?

Omega 3 pills containing natural triglycerides from fish oils are the most common sources of EPA and DHA. Care should be taken when purchasing these fish oil supplements, since they can vary greatly in their taste and digestibility, and they are not required to undergo a strict purification process to remove mercury and other contaminants like PCBs.

If you are looking for high quality omega 3 capsules then take a look at Omega 3 DHA Esters, a natural fish oil supplement containing the highest concentrations of DHA and EPA, the two essential fatty acids with the most benefits for your body.

Take a look at this special product and discover how omega 3 oils can improve your health today!

What are antioxidants?

The benefits of antioxidants have been the subject of thousands of studies in recent years due to their possible role in preventing heart disease, cancer and other illnesses. High concentrations of antioxidants are present in many herbal supplements, which is why herbal supplements have become so popular.

Antioxidants are one of the many protective compounds found in plants, known as phytochemicals. The main function of antioxidants is to neutralize free radicals in the body, thought to be the cause of premature aging, heart disease and cancer.

Free radicals are highly reactive byproducts of chemical processes in the body. They produce harmful oxidation that can damage the integrity of cells and body tissues.

With so many outside forces influencing the amount of free radicals in the body (exposure to sun, smoke pollution, harmful bacteria, cholesterol-laden foods) it is now more important than ever to make sure your body has the benefits of antioxidants it needs to fight disease.

Antioxidants scavenge these free radicals in the body, and research has shown that this

wards off disease and promotes general well being.

Where are antioxidants found?

Our bodies produce their own antioxidants, but as we get older our ability to produce antioxidants weakens. Antioxidants are found naturally in fruits and vegetables. Vitamins such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E have antioxidant properties.

Herbs contain powerful antioxidants which are often more powerful than many vitamins!

That is one of reasons why herbal supplements have become so popular. The benefits of antioxidants in herbs have been studied extensively and have shown impressive results.

Herbs with the benefits of antioxidants

Turmeric - contains the potent antioxidant curcumin, which helps fight free radicals in the liver and aids in digestion.

Hawthorn - contains OPC's, powerful antioxidants that strengthen the heart muscle and blood vessels.

Ginkgo Biloba - contains extremely powerful flavonoids that increase circulation to the brain, attributing to increased mental awareness and memory. Also protects the ears and eyes and promotes blood circulation to the lower legs.

Green Tea - contains OPC's which protect the heart and circulatory system, contributing to overall well-being.

Red Clover - the extract contains four anti-tumor compounds and the strong antioxidant tocopherol, a form of Vitamin E.

Bilberry - its powerful antioxidant compounds, called anthocyanosides, help with eye problems such as cataracts and poor night vision.

What's the best source of antioxidants?

Should you take all of these herbs with the benefits of antioxidants separately or together in one comprehensive formula?

We recommend that you take these herbs together if possible for many reasons:

1. Taking each herb separately could prove very costly as you would have to buy many different supplements.

2. Mixing and matching herbs on your own could be dangerous to your health.

3. Many herbs working together can offer more therapeutic benefits, often better than a single

herb on its own.

4. All of these nutrients have to be balanced perfectly in order to be optimally effective.

We have found a nutritional product that contains all of these powerful antioxidants in a synergized comprehensive formula. The product is called Total Balance, and we have made it our core nutritional product. It is made up of all natural herbs, vitamins, minerals and nutrients with the benefits of antioxidants and other therapeutic properties.

We researched the company that makes this natural formula and have found that they adhere to strict GMP compliance, which are the highest manufacturing standards in the world. This ensures the quality and effectiveness of the ingredients.

Also, they only use standardized herbal extracts, the purest herbal extracts with the highest quality and therapeutic benefits.

All of the ingredients in Total Balance are supported with a Certificate of Analysis (COA) which guarantees their potency and safety.

Lastly, all of the nutritional products are formulated by a highly trained, highly credentialed scientific team that can blend these ingredients perfectly to ensure that they do not interact adversely and offer the maximum benefits to your body.

Many of our editors and visitors have experienced success with Total Balance. They have used Total Balance for the benefits of antioxidants as well as its many other therapeutic benefits.

Supplementing Your Immune System

A high quality immune system supplement can ensure that your body has the vitamins, minerals,

antioxidants and other vital nutrients it needs to fight off illness and maintain optimal health.

Many of us are nutrient-deprived due to poor dietary habits, coupled with the fact that many of the foods we eat are depleted of nutrients by the time they arrive on store shelves.

A lack of essential nutrients can have a serious negative impact on the strength and

functioning of our immune systems, rendering us susceptible to any number of illnesses.

That's why millions of people take an immune boosting supplement to keep themselves healthy, strong, and disease-free.

Of course it is important to eat a well-balanced diet and exercise regularly to maintain your health. Also avoiding smoking, excessive alcohol and exposure to stress and harmful toxins will keep your immune system strong.

An immune system supplement can also be part of your general wellness regimen. Not only can

it build your body's defense against all types of infections and diseases, it can also increase cardiovascular function, maintain digestive health and bolster the nervous system.

Where can you find an immune boosting supplement?

There are a number of supplements on the market these days, but many of them are subpar. In fact, some of these products do not contain any therapeutic ingredients, despite what it says on the bottle!

That's why it's important to find a high quality immune system supplement, one with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients that have been proven to boost the immune system and promote general health.

One of the most promising immune system supplements we have come across is called Viral- Protec, which contains a broad spectrum of therapeutic nutrients to fortify the immune system.

This special supplement has a number of specialty ingredients, all of which have been clinically shown to provide a host of health benefits to the body.

If you are interested in immune boosting supplements, you might want to take a look at Viral- Protec, an immunity supplement formulated by a well-regarded natural health company.

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Essential Oil Profiles

Essential oils are liquids that have been distilled from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots or other parts of a plant. Though they're referred to as oils, they're actually not “oily” at all – rather, they're usually clear, though some do have a slight amber or yellow color. Aromatherapy treatments use these oils to relieve a number of common ailments, and because the oils are highly concentrated, a little bit goes a long way. Below is a list of some of some essential oil some properties, aromas and uses.

Anise

Aroma: sweet, reminiscent of licorice

Properties and uses: Aids muscle aches, respiratory problems

Balsam Peru

Aroma: Fresh and earthy

Properties and uses: soothes chapped or chafed skin

Basil

Aroma: sweet, reminiscent of licorice

Properties and uses: refreshes and invigorates body and mind; good for stress

Bergamot

Aroma: citrus, a little floral

Properties and uses: Relaxes and uplifts, good for depression, good for oily or blemished skin

Cardamum

Aroma: sweet and spicy

Properties and uses: Refreshes, good for stress

Carrot Seed

Aroma: earthy, woody

Properties and uses: tones mature skin

Cedarwood, Atlas

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Aroma: sweet and woody, a little bit of camphor

Properties and uses: Respiratory problems, oily skin, hair products

Chamomile

Aroma: sweet and fruity

Properties and uses: soothing effect on body and mind

Cinnamon

Aroma: a little peppery and spicy

Properties and uses: Stress, rheumatism, arthritis

Clary Sage

Aroma: nutty and earthy

Properties and uses: Soothes, relaxes away stress

Clove Bud

Aroma: warm but bitter

Properties and uses: Good for tooth aches and respiratory problems

Coriander

Aroma: sweet and spicy, a little fruity

Properties and uses: Good for muscle aches and arthritis

Cypress

Aroma: smoky, reminiscent of evergreens

Properties and uses: Natural deodorant, good for treating perspiration and menstrual cramps

Dill

Aroma: sweet and a little earthy

Properties and uses: Calms, soothes, good for digestive problems

Eucalyptus

Aroma: fresh but a little medicinal, slightly earthy

Properties and uses: Respiratory problems, immune system boosting, tension reducer

Fennel

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Aroma: sweet, licorice-like Properties and uses: Good for cellulite, flatulence

Frankincense

Aroma: rich, spicy, woody

Properties and uses: slows down breathing and helps respiratory problems, good for caring for mature skin

Geranium

Aroma: flowery and very fresh

Properties and uses: good balance for women's hormones, skin care

Ginger

Aroma: spicy and earthy

Properties and uses: Excellent for aching muscles and nausea

Grapefruit

Aroma: fresh, slightly bitter citrus

Properties and uses: Good toning effect on skin, treatment of cellulite

Juniper Berry

Aroma: crisp, refreshing, earthy

Properties and uses: good for digestive system, helps with overeating and obesity, gout, rheumatism

Lavender

Aroma: very floral, sweet

Properties and uses: Relaxing, and also useful in treating wounds, burns, and skin care

Lemon

Aroma: fresh and citrusy

Properties and uses: Very uplifting, yet relaxing. Helpful in treating wounds, infections, and house cleaning and deodorizing.

Lemongrass

Aroma: lemony sweet aroma

Properties and uses: excellent astringent and deodorant

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Marjoram

Aroma: sweet, woody odor

Properties and uses: comforts, relaxes, good for general aches and pains

Myrrh

Aroma: Rich and smoky

Properties and uses: good for respiratory problems, mouth and gum problems

Nutmeg

Aroma: spicy, sweet and woody

Properties and uses: muscle aches, poor circulation, slow digestion

Orange, Sweet

Aroma: fresh and citrusy

Properties and uses: colds, slow digestion, stress

Patchouli

Aroma: musky and very earthy

Properties and uses: skin problems, stress

Peppermint

Aroma: minty and fresh

Properties and uses: good for headaches and digestive problems like indigestion and flatulence.

Pine, Scotch

Aroma: Fresh and woody

Properties and uses: respiratory problems

Rose

Aroma: very floral

Properties and uses: depression, stress, eczema

Rosemary

Aroma: herbaceous and sweet, a little medicinal

Properties and uses: Very good for muscle aches and tension.

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Rosewood

Aroma: floral and sweet

Properties and uses: colds, infections, dry skin, frigidity

Sandalwood

Aroma: woody

Properties and uses: tension, depression, respiratory problems

Spearmint

Aroma: minty, vaguely fruity aroma

Properties and uses: digestive and respiratory problems

Spruce

Aroma: fresh and woody, sweet

Properties and uses: respiratory problems, depression

Tangerine

Aroma: sweet and citrusy

Properties and uses: soothing, calming, good for digestive system

Thyme

Aroma: sweet, fresh herbal smell

Properties and uses: muscle aches, colds and immune system problems

Violet Leaf

Aroma: green and earthy, floral

Properties and uses: respiratory problems, poor circulation, stress

Ylang Ylang

Aroma: very strong, sweet, floral smell

Properties and uses: encourages relaxation; antidepressant

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The following tables consist of information taken from various sources which have been said to help with the corresponding ailments. We in no way endorse these as claims but rather as educational resources from historical use.

In no way is this information meant to replace the professional treatment of a health care practitioner and is not meant for self-diagnosis. If you have any problems we recommend that you see your health care professional before embarking on any self-help treatments. Serene Aromatherapy will not be liable for what you do with this information.

Physical Well Being

References to cinnamon and cloves is for diffuser only

 

EO Name

Symptoms

 

Abscess

Tea Tree

Aches/Pains

Bay Laurel, Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Coriander, Eucalyptus, Fir Needle, Frankincense, Geranium, German Chamomile, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Marjoram-Sweet, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Vetivert

 

Addictions

Myrtle

Air Freshener/

Bergamot, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Fir needle, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram-Sweet, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary

Disinfectant

 

Alcoholism

Lime

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Allergies

Chamomile-German

Analgesic

Lavender

Anemia

Thyme

Anorexia

Palmarosa, Vetivert

Anti Staph

Eucalyptus Citriodora

Anticoagulant

Lemongrass

Antimicrobial

Lavender

Antioxidant

Lemon, Marjoram-Sweet

Antiseptic

Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander, Cypress, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Niaouli, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Pine, Rose, Rosemary, Tangerine, Thyme, Vetivert

 

Aphrodisiac

Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Ginger, Jasmine, Neroli, Patchouli, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

 

Appetite Loss

Coriander, Ginger

Appetite Suppressant

Fennel-Sweet, Patchouli

Arteriosclerosis

Juniper Berry

Arthritis

Bay Laurel, Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Marjoram- Sweet, Pine, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Rosemary, Thyme, Vetivert

 

Asthma

Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fir needle, Frankincense, Lavender, Marjoram-Sweet, Peppermint, Pine, Roman Chamomile, Rose,

 

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Sandalwood, Spearmint

Athlete's Foot

Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Tea Tree

 

Back Pain

Lavender, Marjoram-Sweet, Roman Chamomile

 

Bacterial Infections

Bergamot, Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lemon, Marjoram- Sweet, Myrrh, Niaouli, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Thyme,

 

Bladder Infections

Juniper Berry

Bleach

Lemon

Blood Pressure

Geranium, Ginger

Blood Sugar

Geranium

Bronchitis

Basil, Bay laurel, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fir needle, Frankincense, Hyssop, Lavender, Marjoram-Sweet, Myrrh, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Thyme

 

Chicken Pox

Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree

Cholesterol

Rosemary

Circulation

Bay Laurel, Black Pepper, Carrot Seed, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fir needle, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Neroli, Pine, Rosemary, Vetivert

 

Cleaning

Lemon, Grapefruit, Pine

Colds/Flu

Basil, Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedarwood-Atlas, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clove bud, Coriander, Cypress, Eucalyptus,

 

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Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Hyssop, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram- Sweet, Myrrh, Orange, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Rosewood, Tea Tree

Colic

Fennel, Lavender, German Chamomile

Concentration

Basil