In your work with patients, please consider, that not every painful spot on the feet reflects a problem or disease. The patient may have just sore feet from walking or standing all day long.
Other problems or disturbances, like old fractures, cuts, flat feet, arthritis, etc., have to be considered as well.
On the other hand, all of these problems, may cause disturbance somewhere in a related zone, causing stress, blockages or disharmony in some organs or body parts.
To take general foot problems into account, do some ...
Anything which does not look normal, could be a Blockage, a Disturbance to the Whole Body!
Calcification are deposits below the surface of the skin. Since Calcium is always present in the blood ( about 1% is constantly in circulation), it is readily deposit in the feet (lowest point of gravity), it simply drops out of circulation.
Tension and stress seem to cause this to happen. These deposits are commonly painful to touch, because they impinge on muscles and nerves.
Pockets of Lymph fluid in the feet can also become quite large and block specific zones. There can be a general swelling cause by lymph fluid in the feet, which may be relieved by elevating the feet and legs and applying light lymphatic massage, stroking/massaging ONLY in direction towards the upper body. This can be done before giving a reflexology treatment, and also after the treatment.
Another specific technique to move lymph fluid is to apply a pumping action on the feet. Simultaneously hold both feet on the toes and move back and forth and a fast rhythm for a couple of minutes.
Fluid pockets in the feet could indicate a circulation problem around that particular zone. By example, fluid on top of the feet with in the chest zone, may indicate menstrual tension/fluid retention.
Corns, Calluses and Scars are good examples of excess material formed in response to external pressure, friction or trauma.
They block zones in much the same way as do internal blockages.
With specific foot problems, such as corns, calluses and ingrown toenails, it may be necessary to see a Podiatrist.
The foot reflects any disturbances in the bodies equilibrium in the form of blockages to one or more body Zones.
Specific problems with in a foot itself can also cause a blockage.
By upsetting the equilibrium, stress can accumulate if not dealt with adequately.
The Reflexologist has the opportunity to reverse the blockage and effects of stress and to free the body to seek its equilibrium.
Foot reflexology is a treatment as well as prevention.
How often to treat a patient is up to how often the patient would like to be treated. Even if a treatment for a specific problem is finished, a regular treatment for prevention can go on indefinitely.
Reflexology works well with other Natural Healing Modalities and also with conventional medicine.
Reflexology is SAFE, as long as you don't use any instruments.
Knuckles can cause as much damage as any instrument.
Don't use hard pressure on any of the foot tendons. Simply use your fingers and specifically your Thumb walking technique.
Creams, Oil or Lotion will cause you to slip and to miss reflex points, and should therefore not be used during treatment.
However, reflexology works well with aroma therapy, as long as the essential oils are applied after the treatment.
Can you treat yourself? Yes you can. Obviously, it is much nicer and also more effective if someone else is treating you. There will be a slight disturbance in circulation if you treat yourself, as you would have to flex your leg and foot into a treatment position.
... happy practicing ... your partners will be forever thankful :-)
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