WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY ?
Reflexology is a non-invasive therapy that uses pressurized thumb and finger-walking techniques
to reflex points on the hands, ears, & feet. Reflexology is a Science, as well as an Art.
THE SCIENCE: It is based upon the premise that there is an invisible map of
the human body on the feet, the hands, and the ears that correspond to specific body parts and regions. By applying
finger pressure to reflex points (i.e. areas on the “map”) it stimulates nerve endings and meridian pathways which
send impulse-messages back to the corresponding organ(s), body system(s), skeletal structure(s), or to general body regions
(or body zones). That is, Reflexology triggers a kinetic reaction through nerve pathways or meridian lines that travel
directly to connecting nerves and meridian points and back INto the targeted regions in the body.
info, please see next page on “Theories of How Reflexology Works”]
THE ART: After having learned the Science Theory of Reflexology, and through
dedicated practice, one begins to develop an ability to feel and associate the correlative stress (or related pain) in the
hands, feet, and ears with the body regions; and further, a practitioner may even begin to See -from a kinetic standpoint-
what repetitive activities their client(s) might be doing that has caused, and/or is perpetuating such body discomfort and
distress. Stress and trauma (physical or emotional or mental) is "held" in the body, be it in the fascia,
tissues, muscles, or internal organs. Trauma operates on many levels and its cumulative effects ravages to the body.
Its "faces" effect the physical, mental, emotional, moral, and spiritual aspects of our self. For example:
an improper diet, bad posture, negative thoughts, reactiveness, low self esteem, mean spiritedness, ignoring responsibility,
taking on someone else's responsibilities, egotism, arrogance, sloth, servitude, overly sympathetic, (and-on-and-on) will
add a corresponding degree of dis-ease into your body. Literally eats at us. We therefore must be mindful of what
we choose to do and think always. Anything "eating" you today?
At any rate... administering Reflexology therapy and techniques might help to clear
energy blockage and congestion that occurs along the nerve and meridian pathways, back through to the corresponding body regions
/ zones, thus reducing accumulated stress from end-to-end (no matter what is the cause).
While Foot Reflexology is practiced worldwide, hand reflexology is becoming
better known; and incorporating the stimulation of ear reflex regions is gaining more and more acclaim. This Integrated
Reflexology System is being taught through The American Academy of Reflexology (AAR). The Director and founder of AAR,
Mr. Bill Flocco, offers certification courses in this Integrated Reflexology system annually. Integrated Reflexology
better targets the build up stress-related chemical deposits in the body using all three reflexology maps.
Over time, with deliberate attention paid to rid you body of stress, Reflexology can help peal-away the years of tension
that the cells in your body are still holding on to.
In recent history, Reflexology was also known as Zone
Therapy. However, there is evidence that this art and science was also practiced in some way thousands of years ago
Do you or someone you know
from any of the following:
Chronic pain? Arthritis? MS?
Lower back / shoulder stress?
Stress? Plantar Fasciatis?
Leg spasms? Neck stiffness?
Carpal tunnel? Irregularity?
Fibromyalgia? Can’t Relax?
Recovering from Surgery?
pain still lingering?
REFLEXOLOGY CAN HELP!
Promotes Natural Healing,
Balances & Restores Energy,
Relieves Pain, Can Curb Nausea,
More Restful Sleep,
and Feel Healthier
- Balances bio-electric energy and the body's
bio-dynamics so the body can relax
and re-energize itself naturally;
- Reduces accumulation of chemical deposits
around nerve endings (formed by stress)
so blockage and congestive
be relieved along nerve pathways;
- Stimulating trigger points in the
and ears enables the body to relax
in turn, promotes the body’s natural
to become activated;
- Perks up blood circulation,
and can reduce chronic pain.
- Reflexology can have profound results with
arthritic joints and other ambulatory issues.
generates a better sense of well being.
If you are over-stressed, it can help you relax.
If you feel lethargic, it can help revitalize you.
THAT OFFERS A BETTER SENSE
OF WELL BEING
Since ancient times it was believed that regular massage
therapy applied to the feet has had ongoing beneficial health effects. Now, it is being proven that the feet, hands &
ears reflect an “invisible” map that correspond to all regions of the human body. Thanks to the efforts of many
physicians for the past several hundred years, the Art of Reflexology is being codified into a Science.
seems everyone these days is seeking to find a proper and safe way to relax in order to regain and restore a balanced energy
flow. Reflexology is a perfect solution to help reduce the ongoing buildup of stress; or alternately, it helps revitalize
the body's muscle tissue and organ function.
There is much testimony and scientific evidence
that Reflexology has had direct beneficial effects towards alleviating symptoms, eliminating stress, and contributing to having
better sense of well-being. However, Reflexology cannot promise to cure any progressed diseasees or chronic ailments.
|Despina at Joshua Tree Nat'l Forest
|Photo by David Nakamoto
About the Owner
Despina Tsiknas-Arzouman has practiced Reflexology as an integral part
of her personal health & fitness program since 1978. Because of the benefits she has derived throughout her life,
she has chosen to become an accredited practitioner in order to share the values gained from her years of ongoing study, insight,
Despina earned her Certification from The American Academy
of Reflexology in January, 2002; she is a Professional Member of the Reflexology Association of California; registered with
the International Reflexology Association (#179501); a member of the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce; and is licensed to
practice this business in the City of Sierra Madre (License #21422).
WORLD REFLEXOLOGY WEEK
LAST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER!
September 20th - 26th
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL REFLEXOLOGIST!
a Profound Sense of
The Power of Touch
sometimes has miraculous results.
|Applying specific touch techniques to the foot
|can assist to relieve tension in the corresponding body regions.
"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but
will interest his patients in the [personal] care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."
-- Attributed to Thomas Alva Edison
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July 8, 2011
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