Complementary Therapy, otherwise known as Alternative or Holistic Therapy, differs from standard medicine in that it looks at the entire person and their lifestyle when it comes to keeping healthy and preventing illness. In this view, loss of equilibrium causes congestion in a persons vital internal energy pathways, preventing the physical body from functioning effectively.
The following guide will explore reflexology and massage as hands-on complementary therapies that engender well being.
Introduction to Reflexology
This holistic healthcare technique involves working with the crucial reflex points in the hands or feet to release blockages in your vital energy pathways these flow around the body and facilitate the energy that makes your physical system function correctly. When obstructions to this flow are removed, the energy allows your body to perform in a natural and balanced way.
Reflexology is based on the principle that the feet and hands are miniature maps of the entire body. The reflexes in these areas are intrinsically related to specific organs, glands and structures in a physical organism. Thus, gentle stimulation of the appropriate reflex points on the hands or feet will restore the flow of vital energy around the body which will restore your health to its optimum levels by allowing your body to heal itself without any barriers.
What a Reflexology Therapist Will Do For You
When you initially visit a reflexologist, you will give them a brief outline of your medical history and lifestyle as well as discuss any health problems youre currently experiencing. This will allow them to ascertain which areas of your body and thus their corresponding reflexes which need to be targeted.
As a holistic medical approach, each person is looked at individually and likewise the application and effect of the therapy is unique. The number of your treatments will depend on your particular condition and how long it has existed. The reflexologist will discuss and reassess your progression to full health throughout the course of your treatments.
Reflexology treatments last approximately 1 to 1 hours. They will take place in a relaxing setting to promote your sense of healing. Gentle but firm stimulation of the reflexes in your hands or feet should feel soothing, not painful or ticklish. If you experience any mild discomfort during the process, it will be an indication of a blockage or imbalance in the related part of the body this should be a fleeting sensation however. You can also rest assured that the details you provide your reflexologist are to be kept completely confidential.
Introduction to Massage Therapy
Massage therapy involves applying series of kneading, stroking, pressure and percussion movements to the surface of the body, often using cream or oil as an aid. This form of complementary therapy has been used for centuries to heal injuries plus prevent and help recovery from diseases. As anxiety and tension build up in the body, they have a cumulative effect causing damage to its functioning that can lead to illness.
One of the main advantages of massage is that it targets the musculature system to restore muscle tone, remove toxic waste products, improve circulation and promote correct lymph drainage.
What a Massage Complementary Therapist Will Do For You
As with a reflexologist, on your first visit to a massage therapist you will briefly discuss your medical history, lifestyle and current medical complaints. Again, each person is looked at holistically and as an individual.
The length of your treatment(s) will depend on what areas the massage is needed for. For example, a full body massage tends to last approximately 1 to 1 hours, a back, head, neck and shoulder massage generally lasts for 45 minutes, while it will take about 30 minutes for such combinations as a back, neck and shoulder massage, a foot massage or an arm and shoulder massage. This type of therapy should primarily be relaxing – if you feel any discomfort its often an indication of a build up of tension in your muscles and will be short-lived as they loosen.
A reflexology or massage complementary therapist can provide you with an oasis of relaxation in your busy life. More importantly, they can genuinely help your overall health by removing obstructions to your bodys natural ability to heal itself.
Author Bio: Angela Cilano: medical researcher and complementary therapist consultant.