reflexology effects with lupus

Reflexology Spells Relaxation

Posted on November 4, 2010 Blog

Last night I had an appointment with relaxation. It may sound odd to make an appointment, but before lupus I would wait for the chance instead of making a point of relaxing. One of my favorite relaxation activities is reflexology.  

The Reflexology Association of Canada defines reflexology as, “A natural healing art, based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands which correspond to every part of the body.”

According to Introduction to Reflexology by Anika Logan on, ‘reflexology is not used to treat specific illnesses or diseases but instead is geared towards relieving excess tension and stress levels in the body in order to promote a greater degree of relaxation. Most doctors believe that over three-quarters of the health issues that plague each and every one of us can be in one way or another, traced back to a stress or tension overload in the body. Reflexology seeks to release this stress and promote healing by improving how the immune system works, aiding in proper digestion, improving the circulation of blood and lymph and finally, by eliminating harmful toxins in the body. “

Similar to my understanding of acupuncture, which also works very well for me, the article on describes reflexology as providing a tool for the body to begin its own healing and strengthening and get on the path to recovery by enabling it to heal itself as much as it can.

In her article Logan explains reflexology is based on the notion that our hands and feet provide mirrors into the condition of our glands and organs and that by applying a variety of massage and pressure point techniques to them we can loosen muscles and provide better functioning of our internal organs.

I started getting reflexology treatments about five or so years ago because I wanted to be well enough to have a child. My kidneys were affected by lupus then, and I had read in one of my lupus books that some people with lupus found reflexology treatments helpful.  I fell in love the first time I tried it and even though lupus is not in an active phase, I still make regular appointments. It helps me to relax, promotes sleep and well-being and seems to reduce symptoms from my autoimmune diseases to the common cold.

I am a Certified member of the Ontario College of Reflexology, The Registered Reflexology Council of Ontario, a Certified Hot Stone Therapist, and Certified Reiki Master and Teacher.
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