Practical Hints For Treatment

This chapter will tell you all about how to treat yourself (and your family members) through Reflexology successfully.

Before you start treating yourself or others, you should thoroughly prepare yourself, physically and mentally, for the purpose.

(1) Always keep your finger-nails well-trimmed with a nail-cutter and smoothened with a file. This will help you to avoid injury to the skin of the person you are treating. Moreover, pain produced by a sharp nail may be mistaken for 'real' tenderness of a spot on the sole/palm.

(2) Usually, Reflex Zone Therapy is given with the thumb or finger/s. Since a lot of pressure needs to be applied on the key spots of the sole, the thumb (or finger) soon tires and its joints start aching. This can, however, be avoided by performing some simple exercises to strengthen the hands. These have been depicted below :

Nails should not be long.

Nails should not be long.

Nails should not be Nails should be excessively clipped. clipped proportionately.

Fig. 5.2 : Exercises to strengthen the thumbs and the fingers

Fig. 5.2 : Exercises to strengthen the thumbs and the fingers

Fig. 5.2 (A) : Stand in 'Namaskara' pose. Firmly press the palms against each other for 10 counts. Repeat ten times.

Fig. 5.2 (B) : Keep the finger-tips and thumb-tips of the two hands in contact as shown. Exert pressure on the fingers and the thumb of one hand with those of the other for 10 counts. Repeat ten times.

Fig. 5.2 (C) : Forcefully bend the fingers of a hand backwards for a few seconds. Repeat ten times. Repeat this for the other hand.

(3) If you wish to treat yourself easily, you should increase the mobility of your ankle joints by performing the two simple exercises shown below :

In the first exercise, the feet should be moved up and down. In the second exercise, the feet should be turned inward and outward. Repeat each exercise ten times.

Continue doing these hand and ankle exercises forever. Thereby, you will be able to progressively increase the power of your hands and mobility of your ankle joints and, therefore, you will always be ready to treat anybody, yourself or someone else, whenever a need arises.

(4) As a part of mental preparation, try to gather information about factors that derange health. Find out everything

Fig. S.3 : Exercises to increase the mobility of ankles

you can about the disease you are suffering from, about its causes and the organ of the body it is inhabitating. If you wish to launch a war against your disease, you should fully arm yourself with the weapon of knowledge.

After a couple of days of preliminary preparation, described above, you are ready to treat yourself by Reflex Zone Therapy. In Section II of this book, you will find chapters devoted to the treatment of specific disorders. To influence any particular diseased organ, the pressure treatment has to be emphasized on specific area/s on one or both feet.

However, Reflexology believes in a holistic approach to treatment. It contends that no organ of the body can become diseased (or remain healthy) in isolation of other organs. Therefore, the entire soles of both the feet should initially be stimulated for a short time, before concentrating on the specific areas related to the disordered organs. This can be termed 'general treatment of the whole body'. The easiest method of 'covering' the 'trigger' spots related to all internal organs of the body is to roll the two feet on specially designed long, wooden or plastic rollers for three to five minutes. This produces a pleasant sensation of warmth in the feet and goes a long way in restoring a state of balance (homoeostasis) inside the body.

Roller

Roller

Fig. 5.4 : Rollers 3/Foot Reflexology

Alternatively, vou can wear specially designed 'Reflexology slippers'(or insert'Reflexology insoles' into your shoes) and walk for a couple of minutes.

Fig. 5.6 : Reflexology insole

You are now ready for further stimulation of key spots on the soles related to the diseased organ/s as described in Section II of this book.

It is believed that Reflex Zone Therapy should preferably be started with the left foot. Take one of the positions shown

You are now ready for further stimulation of key spots on the soles related to the diseased organ/s as described in Section II of this book.

It is believed that Reflex Zone Therapy should preferably be started with the left foot. Take one of the positions shown

If you are a right-handed person, hold the foot with the left hand and press with the right thumb/fingers. An essential feature of treatment is to do more work with less effort, by applying the principle of leverage. This principle says that while pressing with the thumb-tip, the rest of the palm and fingers should be kept in firm contact with the edge and the

If you are a right-handed person, hold the foot with the left hand and press with the right thumb/fingers. An essential feature of treatment is to do more work with less effort, by applying the principle of leverage. This principle says that while pressing with the thumb-tip, the rest of the palm and fingers should be kept in firm contact with the edge and the

which corresponds with the organ you wish to treat. To cover even the most minutest part of the concerned area, employ a
Fig. 5.9 : Thumb walking

This technique is a particular way of holding and moving the thumb. Place your thumb flat on the skin. Then slowly bend it until the portion of the thumb from the tip to the first joint reaches a vertical position in relation to the foot-surface. In this position, apply firm pressure straight in, without allowing your thumb-tip to move forward, backward or sideward. Next, release the pressure, straighten the thumb and at the same time move it forward by ^th of a centimetre. Then bend it again so that the tip comes in contact with an adjoining part of the concerned area. Thumb walking has been pictorially shown in Fig. 5.9.

'Walk' the thumb along the entire area corresponding to the organ you wish to treat. You will find that some spots in this area are quite sore and tender whereas others aré not. Keep a mental note of all sore spots you have detected. These need special attention in the form of relatively deeper and prolonged pressure. On the other hand, less sensitive (sore) spots require only casual treatment. Deep and firm pressure can only be applied if the tip (and not the pad) of the thumb is used. For milder pressure, even the pad of the thumb can be employed.

Now take up the task of further stimulating (through pressure) the sore spots you have been able to detect during the process of probing. The nature of pressure could be :

(a) Alternating, where the sore spots are pressed-released-pressed-released..., simulating a pumping action or

(b) Circular, where the skin is not rubbed but the tissues lying beneath the skin are rubbed. (This is what is described in some books as trying to crush 'sugar crystals' lying beneath the skin.) or

(c) Constant, where an unrelenting pressure is given on a sore spot. When such constant pressure is continued for more than four to five minutes, analgesia of all organs lying in that particular zone sets in. This knowledge may be utilized in the treatment of such painful disorders such as headache, earache, toothache, etc. When long-term constant pressure is required, the thumb is likely to start tiring and aching. To prevent this and to make the work easier, you may use clothes-pins or rubber-bands on toes, as shown in Fig. 5.10.

The use of such gadgets also becomes necessary for persons suffering from some disability of thumb/fingers (e.g., arthritis, muscle-weakness etc.), big belly (which makes reaching the foot difficult) or stiffness of knee and ankle joints.

Some books advise against using anything except thumb/finger for pressure. But we maintain that clothes-pins or rubber-bands, too, produce equally good (if not better) results when the need is to relieve pain. Remember : Dr. Fitzgerald, the discoverer of Reflex Zone Therapy, strongly recommended and successfully employed such gadgets.

After giving either alternates or circular or constant pressure on a tor about one minute, move to the n^.0i.tyuuring sore spot. In this manner, cover the entire area on the foot that corresponds with the diseased organ/s. With this, you have completed the treatment of the left foot.

Next take up the stimulation of key, sore spots on the right foot.

While working on either foot, do not press upon corns, callouses, injured or cracked areas and varicosed veins. Instead, corresponding spots on the palms may be utilized.

After finishing pressure treatment of both the feet, if possible, take rest by lying down for 5-10 minutes.

In acute disorders like high fever, intense headache, acute bronchitis, etc, pressure treatment needs frequent repetition i.e., every 2-3 hours. The frequency may be reduced as the condition improves.

In chronic disorders, one or two treatments a day are sufficient. We have seen that treatment given on daily basis produces the best results. Some therapists advise 'once a week' or 'twice a week' treatments. However, that may be for their own convenience and not for the benefit of the patient.

After 2-3 days of Reflex Zone Therapy, some persons (especially those suffering from a chronic disease for which they have received a variety of strong, toxic medicines) develop mild reactions in the form of general malaise, mild fever, running nose and sometimes skin eruptions. These are merely signs of an arousal of body-resistance and the resultant cleansing process. If you happen to suffer from such reactions, don't panic. These reactions subside on their own if you take complete bed-rest and abstain from taking food for a couple of days. However, continue to receive pressure therapy and consume a lot of water (or other light fluids).

Finally, let us take up the issue of good time to treat. We will say that, in general, treatment can be had at any time of the day. However, refrain from treating yourself immediately after you have had a heavy meal. Try to keep a uniform time-gap between every two treatments.

Regularity is extremely essential for succc^.-,! Reflexology treatment. However, the fast modern life leaves peopie with little time for Reflexology. Wa have been told, time and again, by people that they are not able to be regular with treatment, simply because they forget. Fitting Reflexology in the daily schedule is not easy for the city people who are always on the run. If you, too, are one of them, you will have to create time for Reflexology. You can do other things and still work on your feet. You may stimulate key spots on your feet (a)while travelling to work or back home, (b)while watching television, (c) while reading a newspaper in the morning or (d) while talking to family-members, friends or on phone. Keeping a foot-roller under the dining table or the office table makes it possible to stimulate key areas related to various organs of the body while eating or working. Do this for a few days and soon you will find yourself doing it almost unconsciously!

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