Inflammation and Reflexology Within Meridian Therapy by Frank Carone
The results of Inflammation can manifest within any structure of our bodies; adhesions in the joints, trigger points in muscles, an irritated sciatic nerve, for instance. As a Meridian Therapist we also look for signs of inflammation in Reflex Areas, as well as, acupressure points along the meridians themselves. Reflex areas occur on the feet, hands, face, ears, abdomen and back. Through thousands of years these areas have been mapped, charted, and diagrammed; with a caveat that no two people are alike! As a Therapist we use these reflex zones to assess and treat the whole person. These reflex zones can tell us what is happening with our internal organs, mental/emotional states, past injuries, present condition, and tendencies for a certain future. Along with a detailed health history, and orthopedic testing we can get a decent impression of your current health status.
Techniques can vary, from feather- light pressure to the skin of the face, to, deep areas on the soles of the feet.
An example of use of Reflex Zones; the Client has been complaining of headaches and Therapist finds that the Client is suffering from sinusitis (inflamed sinuses). The Therapist cannot treat directly the areas over the sinuses so alternately can check to see if there are any active sinus reflex zones on the foot. If there are active reflex zones, with correct pressure and intent one can alleviate much of the symptoms all the way up in the skull.
The theory is simple: the whole person is a microcosm of the macrocosm – the upper areas resemble the lower and vise versa. The left mirrors the right and vise versa. Inside is seen on the outside, outside is could be seen on the inside (we don’t go there! ) One influences the other ceaselessly and seamlessly. With self massage or receiving a treatment one can influence that balance; relaxing or stimulating according to need and nature.
We are always using these reflex zones unconsciously; when have a headache we rub our temples, eyes, lay down in a position that soothes the pain. When having a stomach ache we rub area over stomach (stomach reflex zone). The list goes on. The key being: we naturally use these zones daily to treat aches and pains, via, self massage, hot showers, walking, sleeping.
As Science still debates the theories and efficacy of Reflex zones, Meridian Therapists continue to practice with excellent results. I believe the science will ‘catch up’ and see the benefit of co-operating with Meridian Therapists, to treat those clients, of which, harsher medical interventions could be permanently damaging. Frank is a Bodywork and Energy Therapist, Certified Tai Chi Instructor. For further information on booking your next METAbodyWORKS treatment visit our website at www.metabodyworks.com, or feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com or 613-549-2929.
The Chakra Series: First Chakra- Your Right to Have and Be Here by Rina Thibault
Happy New Year! A new year means new opportunities to learn and grow in our daily lives and reflect upon what we’ve learned from the past. I’ve decided that this year would be a great opportunity to begin a series of articles on the Chakra system and how it relates to us. Each month I will cover one Chakra beginning with the first and cumulating to a final article on how we can integrate all the Chakras into our very essence of being. This month we will begin by looking at the first Chakra.
Many of us, who are familiar with the Chakra system, know that the first Chakra relates to the earth, the essence of grounding, being here and the now, the physical plane and our roots. The first Chakra or Muladhara Chakra is also associated with the colour red and our feet. Psychologically, this is where the need to survive comes into play.
For those of us who don’t quite understand Chakras, we tend to unconsciously “lead” with the different areas of the body; a sort of energetic “pull” coming from the areas of the spine which is closely related to the multiple nerve plexus. If you think about it, we make electrical connections through our nerves that help us move physically and mentally (body movements, emotions, desires, urges, etc). If you look at postures, there is a whole psychology on how we lead the body. So, the body part that drives the first Chakra is the feet.
Our culture is overly conscious and obsessed with the feet. You probably know someone who doesn’t like the look of their feet. The feet play a major role in our posture. It holds our entire body in place and moves it. But instead of looking at how our feet physically look, how do they feel? Many of us live our life completely deprived of our sensory experience to our feet. Our feet and the 1st Chakra, represent our Right to Have and Be Here.
Our right to have is the things we need in order to survive- both physically and mentally. A problem with the 1st Chakra is excessive materialism, fuelled by desires. Especially in our automated society, we are used to having things right away, which breeds impatient. Another common problem with the first chakra is that we don’t quite understand the importance of mental and spiritual boundaries. This is because it cannot be physically measured; only experienced. How can we identify boundaries? “Boundaries” are unconscious limits we either have placed or unplaced on ourselves and others (i.e. judgements). These boundaries are limits we are comfortable with; I like to call it the “emotional” space or “moment” where our emotional reasoning kicks in. What drives these emotional reasoning?
On a 1st level Chakra level, it is fear and greed. It drives us to protect and/or prevent ourselves from “discomfort”. Left unchecked, this interplay of protecting and preventing depletes energy leading to an excessive / deficient chakra. Recognizing our sense of Right to have motivates us to develop a sense of security and safety. But also, not recognizing our Right to have makes it difficult for our Right to Receive.
Our Right to be here in relationships with others and ourselves- spiritually and energetically is another right we have. Being too apologetic is a deficient quality because we are still emotionally reasoning with ourselves that we have to “earn” our right to exist. Holding back (also a 5th Chakra) and not participating socially is very common among introverts. We all have a right to exist and be here, it is in our Charter of Rights and Freedom, but for many of us who suffer from emotional and physical wellbeing, can be difficult to integrate this belief. The problem is lack of experience in identifying our comfort level of basic right as an individual. This stems from our own belief system- what we house as the “rules” of how to live our lives. Eventually, these beliefs, whether good or bad get carried forward into our attitudes and behaviours.
In order to integrate these concepts, we need to look at how the next chakra interacts with the 1st Chakra. Chakra #2 called Svadhistana Chakra will be looked at in next month’s issue.
Rina is a Certified Thai Massage Practitioner and Yoga Teacher. For further information on booking your next Thai and Reiki massage visit our website at www.metabodyworks.com, or feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-929-3457.