A component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is a set of procedures that stimulate specific points on the body by penetrating the skin with hair-thin, metallic needles. Sickness is a result of imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians. Stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects these imbalances,
Before starting a session, the acupuncturist in a discussion with you will gain a thorough understanding of your heath, lifestyle, behavior, and medical history. This will help in the identification of the cause behind your condition. The procedure, which may take several weeks, is safe and almost painless. It leaves some feeling energized and some feeling relaxed.
Through the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears, reflexology relaxes both the body and mind. These areas are carefully chosen as they correspond to organs and systems of the body. Pressure applied to these areas stimulates the organs and improves their health. A reflexologist uses foot charts as a guide to apply pressure to specific areas, sometimes using items such as rubber balls, rubber bands, and sticks of wood as well.
Several studies indicate that reflexology is an effective way to alleviate stress by reducing pain and psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression, and inducing relaxation and sleep. Reflexology is also effective in the palliative care of people with cancer. Other medical conditions that reflexology can treat are asthma and diabetes. Reflexology is considered safe, although very vigorous pressure may cause discomfort for some people.
Stress Reduction: A stressed body has a weaker defenses and thus more susceptible to illnesses. By generating deep tranquil relaxation, reflexology reduces stress to help the body balance itself so that healing begins.
Blood Circulation: Blood flows throughout the body so that oxygen and nutrients reach all the cells and metabolic waste products and other toxins are removed. Reflexology helps the cardiovascular vessels with the natural flow of blood.
Nerve Function: Neural pathways are opened and cleared when nerves in the feet are stimulated. Pain pathways are blocked and thus the patient gets relief from pain.
Immune System: Reflexology reduces the chances of infection by stimulating the lymphatic system. Toxins are expelled from the body. With the release of endorphins, the mood lifts and the immune system improves.
Energy Levels: Reflexology revitalizes the body by infusing it with renewed energy and by relaxing and opening up energy pathways.