By Paula Arndt,
Certified Instructor, RAC
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Reflexology. Where exactly does this word come from and what exactly
does it mean? Well, literally translated, the word Reflexology
is Latin as "loggia reflex", or the science of reflexes.
These reflexes are found all over the body such as the feet, ear,
hands, scalp, face and lower leg and connect to the entire physiological
network of your body. The Reflexology Association of Canada defines
reflexology as a natural healing art based on the principle that
there are reflexes in the hands and feet and ears, which correspond
to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application
of pressure on these reflexes, reflexology relieves tension, improves
circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related
areas of the body. Applied competently reflexology has been known
to rejuvenate and balance the body in all aspects.
when a person has been in an accident of some kind, and may be
simply too sore to touch, reflexology on the feet is appropriate.
It works on the whole yet person at the same time there are certain
areas that can be emphasized, like the neck and shoulders areas
of a person who was in a motor vehicle accident.
natural healing art of assisting the body (and therefore, the
mind) to function more harmoniously takes place in clinics, major
offices and homes around the world. For instance, in Thailand
over 65% of the population practice Reflexology in one form or
another. In Sweden, Reflexology is the first choice in complementary
health care and many companies have Reflexologists on site for
their employees. The statistics show that there is less absenteeism
due to sickness and an increase in well-being resulting in increased
productivity in personnel.
Western countries like Canada and the US, Reflexology is experiencing
explosive growth and recognition, and is positioned to be in the
forefront of complementary therapies in the 21st century according
to the World Health Organization (WHO). Reflexology has become
an extremely effective and exciting therapy to receive, give and
help you out a little in your quest to find a good Reflexologist
and a sound Reflexology training program and before making an
investment, here are some questions to ask your practitioner or
potential training association:
are the actual number of Reflexology training hours required in
the course before receiving the designation of a certified practitioner
of Reflexology? Does this coincide with national/international
standards and curriculums being currently taught? Have the instructors
been specifically trained as a certified Reflexology Teacher,
not just a Reflexologist? If so, by whom, where and what kind
of institute or association is backing the training? Does the
facility set and maintain high professional standards and review
these on an ongoing basis? Are there appropriate exams for students
that lead to certification and the ability to be licensed (in
some provinces) and registered? Can they offer you professional
liability/office insurance programs? Have they done or do they
have access to recent clinical research on Reflexology and its
benefits? What local, provincial, national or international associations
recognize the training? Are manuals, exams and curriculum regularly
revised and expanded to stay in tune with the international community
and the increasing demand for quality instruction? If so, when?
Is there a code of ethics and conduct that is adhered to? When
asked, can they provide information about cost, course outline
and content and all other pertinent information freely and in
writing? And finally, does the program encourage and foster communication
and co-operation with other types of complementary health care
fields as well as traditional medical practitioners?
answers to these questions should set your feet in the right direction,
and on your way to one of the best experiences ever. Check out
the web page of the Reflexology Association of Canada at reflexologycanada.ca.
There are some interesting links along with it too.
Arndt, RMT, CR Certified Instructor
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