What is Reflexology?
According to Mosby’s Medical Dictionary 8th edition page 1594 second column.. Reflexology – a body work technique that uses reflex points on the hands and feet. Pressure is applied at points that correspond to various body parts with the intention of eliminating blockages to produce pain or disease. The goal is to bring the body into balance.
In years past reflexology was called:
* reflex-o-therapy* zone therapy* meridian therapy etc.
The theory behind reflexology can be simply stated as the principle of a “reflex-arc”. When pressure or stimulation is applied to a reflex point area a message is sent from that point or area to the brain which in turn produces an endorphin release, thus a “cause and effect” response.
Please Note: Reflexology is not intended to replace standard medical treatment. It is advised that you check with your Medical Advisor before starting any new treatment(s).
Reflexology is a part of acupressure-Acupuncture without needles. Below are few tips on Acupressure
Aromatherapy doesn’t just smell good, it can also benefit you in many ways. Some benefits of aromatherapy more commonly known include Stress Relief, confidence building, treating burns, and pain relief. It also has many other cosmetic benefits such as, stopping hair fall, skin care, reducing under eye circles etc.
Aromatherapy is used in 2 different ways,
The sense of smell is the most powerful. In fact, the body can distinguish around 10,000 different scents! Amazing, isn’t it? To better understand aromatherapy benefits, it helps to know how your body processes smells.
As scents are inhaled, the smell travels across the olfactory nerves located inside the nose and then up into the part of the brain that controls our moods, memories and ability to learn. This area is referred to as the Limbic System. When stimulated it releases endorphins, neurotransmitters and other ‘feel-good’ chemicals.
Wow! That’s pretty scientific stuff… not to worry, what all of that means is that smells have a subtle way of effecting your mind and emotions. Just think of the way you feel when you sniff the scent from a fresh bouquet of flowers versus your reaction when you smell something not so fresh such as garbage or burnt toast, big difference right?
2. Topical Application
Aromatherapy also works by absorbing essential oils into the skin and blood stream. One of the advantages to topical application of diluted essential oils is that they can go directly to the spot where you need them the most.
It is a great way to reap the benefits of topical application of essential oils along with the soothing therapeutic benefits of massage.
If you have an aching muscle or a nasty bruise, a little essential oil goes a long way to working its magic healing!
3. 8 Tips to keep in mind
Do not use aromatherapy essential oils without dilution.
Remember there are over 90 essential oils and some of these should only be handled by an aromatherapy practitioner.
Always make sure that what you buy is pure and from a reliable sources.
When applying, make sure to keep the ointment away from your eyes because it can cause irritation or even damage. If you happen to get it in your eyes, wash it immediately using vegetable oil or milk and then get medical attention.
Some doctors will tell you blatantly not to use essential oils when you are pregnant or when you are nursing. To be sure, ask your doctor because some are safe to use during this period. This is different though when you have a medical condition such as asthma, epilepsy or high blood pressure because this can make matters worse.
Do not confuse essential oils with perfume oils because these are two different things. While perfume oils smell just as good or even better, remember that it does not have any therapeutic benefits.