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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT.......

REFLEXOLOGY, MASSAGE THERAPY, RAINDROP TECHNIQUE, AROMATHERAPY & THERAPEUTIC-GRADE ESSENTIAL OILS 

What is Reflexology?
How and why does Reflexology work?
What can I expect during a session? Is Reflexology painful?
How long is a session and how often should one receive Reflexology?
Are there any side effects from this form of therapy?
Can a Reflexologist determine what is wrong with me by examining and treating my feet or hands?
Is Reflexology a new form of therapy? What is the difference between the Ingham Method of Reflexology and the Booth Method of Vertical Reflex Therapy?
What is ReflexEssentialTM Aromatherapy?
What is Applied Vita Flex?

What is Raindrop Technique?

What is Emotional Release Aromatherapy?

(The following information on Reflexology is drawn from the books, literature, and classes presented by author/teacher Dwight Byers of the International Institute of Reflexology and author/teacher Lynne Booth, Vertical Reflex Therapy.)


What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all the glands, organs, and parts of the body. Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers on these reflexes, finding and working on the areas of congestion or tension to help the body operate at its peak efficiency. Noted benefits include (but are not limited to)
1. relieving stress and tension;
2. improving blood supply and promoting the unblocking of nerve impulses; and
3. helping nature achieve homeostasis.
Reflexology is safe, non-invasive, profoundly relaxing therapy for restoring and balancing the body.
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How and why does Reflexology work?
Newcomers to Reflexology are sometimes baffled by how precise pressure on specific areas of the feet can affect the whole health of the body. The reason this works is because reflexes link each part of the body to a special area on the feet and hands. The nervous system serves as the connection. With proper manipulation of the reflex points, a reflex action is produced through the nerve endings. "These cord-like structures, comprised of a collection of nerve fibers, convey impulses between a part of the central nervous system and other regions of the body. They are the wiring system of the house you call your body. As with any complex wiring system, a short circuit can mean trouble... As tension is eased, pressure on the nerves and vessels is relaxed, thus improving the flow of blood and its oxygen-rich nutrients to all parts of the body." ( Better Health With Foot Reflexolgy - The Ingham Method by Dwight C. Byers)
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What can I expect during a session? Is Reflexology painful?
You will be asked to remove only your footwear and jewelry around the hands. In the Ingham Method and the Booth Method of Vertical Reflex Therapy, just the Reflexologist's hands are used to apply reflex therapy to the client's feet and hands. This provides a safe and sensitive method that is effective without the use of gadgets. Feedback from the client is an important part of each session and pressure is adjusted according to individual tolerance. When areas of tension or congestion are found, a client may experience a kind of pain that "hurts good". With proper manipulation of the thumb and fingers on these areas, relief is often felt very quickly. Specific work on reflex points is interspersed with relaxation techniques to provide a pleasant overall effect. The most common comment from clients is that they feel a lightness in their feet after a Reflexology session like they are "walking on air." See comments from my clients.
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How long is a session and how often should one receive Reflexology?
Typically, the first session is one hour and includes an interview in order to collect important information pertinent to the state of your health. Subsequent sessions usually take approximately 30-40 minutes depending on an individual's need. If the client is interested in an acceleration of their body's healing process or is in an environment of much stress at work or home, frequent shorter sessions may be recommended. One to three times a week may be most beneficial for a period of time, then once a month for preventive maintenance. The client will also be shown self-help techniques that can be used at home.
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Are there any side effects from this form of therapy?
There are no known negative side effects. Since Reflexology helps the body to normalize, a natural health response is sometimes experienced if the body has toxins to release for your wellbeing. For example, in rare cases this could manifest in the release of nasal mucous or minor loosening of the bowels. Frequent drinking of pure water for several hours after a Reflexology session greatly minimizes the body's need for a health response and helps to sustain the benefits received. If a client is presenting with a very toxic condition before the Reflexology session, it is recommended that they receive lighter touch in frequent shorter sessions to gently ease the body into a more vital, balanced state.
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Can a Reflexologist determine what is wrong with me by examining and treating my feet or hands?
A qualified Registered Certified Reflexologist will never diagnose or name a disease, prescribe or adjust a client's medication, or treat for a specific condition. Our method of therapy is a complement to your doctor's care, but is not meant to replace it. Reflexology will not interfere with your doctor's treatment or make any condition worse. The foundation of this work has been built upon the opinion of practicing physicians who have had the opportunity of observing the remarkable results obtained from this particular method. Doctors agree that 75% of our health problems can be linked to nervous stress and tension. The Ingham Method of Reflexology is used primarily for relaxing tension.
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Is Reflexology a new form of therapy? What is the difference between the Ingham Method of Reflexology and the Booth Method of Vertical Reflex Therapy?
The idea behind Reflexology is not new. We have records of it being practiced as early as 2330 B.C. by the Egyptian culture. Reflexology as we know it today was first researched and developed by Eunice Ingham in the 1930's based on the body being divided into 10 vertical zones that carry through the feet and hands. Her nephew, Dwight Byers, has become the foremost authority on this science, teaching, clarifying, and developing her discoveries. He created the International Institute of Reflexology and has developed accredited courses of study that lead to qualified certification.

The Ingham Method Charts on Reflexology are used throughout the world to map the body on the feet and hands. The Ingham Method technique is performed on a passive foot or hand while the client is in a semi-reclining position.

Lynne Booth received her certification in the Ingham Method and went on to discover the efficacy of performing reflex therapy on a weight bearing foot or hand. It was originally developed by her in the UK to help with orthopedic conditions, but has subsequently been successful in many different applications. Vertical Reflex Therapy is briefly performed while the client is standing with their feet on the floor or leaning their hand on a table. Lynne Booth has mapped out the deep reflexes that can be accessed from the top of the foot and hand when they are weight bearing. Ms. Booth says, "There appears to be a profound change in the body's receptivity to healing when it is weight bearing....the upright body is in a position of vitality." For accelerated results, it is suggested that a full reflexology session incorporate both the Ingham Method and the Booth Method. For more information on these methods visit these sites: Ingham Method and Booth Method.
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What is ReflexEssentialTM Aromatherapy?
ReflexEssentialTM Aromatherapy is the topical application of the appropriate therapeutic-grade essential oils on corresponding reflex points to enhance the effectiveness of the reflexology techniques. Therapeutic-grade essential oils have affinities for different organs, glands, and body systems much like the reflex points in the feet have to different areas of the body. I use only the finest, scientifically researched, organicly grown therapeutic-grade essential oils from Young LivingTM.

For further information on Young Living essential oils, including how you can obtain them and use them, follow this link: www.youngliving.org/gaiatossing.
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What is Applied Vita Flex?
Vita Flex is a term coined by Stanley Burroughs meaning "Vitality Through the Reflexes", and is described in his book Healing for the Age of Enlightenment. The Vita Flex technique originated in ancient Tibet and is similar to acupressure. It consists of a specialized form of digital stimulation using the pads and nails of the fingers in a rolling motion to fire electrical energy into the body through reflex points. There are over 1,400 Vita Flex points on the body which serve as master control keys to restore normal body function.* Vita Flex may be applied alone or with therapeutic-grade essential oils.

What is Raindrop Technique?

Raindrop is an artful anointing with essential oils that was originated by Dr. Young, ND as a result of research into the therapeutic effects of essential oils on scoliosis and abnormalities of the spine.  Raindrop is an application of aromatic science that combines a carefully chosen, layered sequence of Young Living Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oils dropped raindrop-style onto the spine with several other aromatherapy techniques, including a Lakota Native American feathering technique that stimulates the nerve endings and Vita-Flex, a specialized Tibetan technique that uses digital electrical stimulation formed by the fingers in a rolling motion along spinal reflex points on the feet.

     The purpose of Raindrop is to stimulate every organ, gland, muscle, and bone of the body at a cellular level through the oils, boosting the immune system, assisting the body to come into structural and electrical balance, and enabling the release of toxins and physical or emotional imbalances wherever they may be lodged.  Receiving a Raindrop is a unique experience according to each person’s chemistry and temperament that could be both relaxing and/or invigorating.  The essential oils are transdermal and can penetrate deep into the tissues and blood stream to assist in oxygenating the body systems and facilitate detoxification. Some of the essential oils used in a Raindrop session have been shown to support an internal environment that is unfriendly to harmful bacteria and viruses.

     The effects of a Raindrop may be immediate or may not be apparent until several days later. Results vary and each raindrop experience is different. Healthy cleansing responses can occur. A thorough explanation will be given prior to a client’s first session and clients sign a release form that they understand and give permission to have a Raindrop session facilitated by Board Certified Raindrop Specialist, Gail (Gaia) Tossing. It is important that the receiver/client keep herself or himself well hydrated before and after the session. To promote well being, it may be beneficial to wait six or more hours before showering to allow the fullest absorption of the raindrop oils

What is Emotional Release Aromatherapy?

Our sense of smell is wired directly into the limbic region of the brain which is connected to our emotional memories and keeps record of where they are stored in the cells of our body.  Millions of olfactory receptor cells line the nose and, when inhaled, the aroma of essential oils cause the nerves of these cells to fire and send messages to the limbic system. These messages travel directly to those parts of the brain that control physiological and psychological functions. Clinical research shows that traumatic experiences stored on a cellular level have profound effects on the emotional and physical state of the body, often blocking the healing process. Emotional Release Aromatherapy uses essential oil formulas created to facilitate the body in balancing energies and connect with  the subconscious.  The goal is  to gently promote the release of negative memories and facilitate support for the client’s own healthy conscious beliefs. What clears or releases for the client is between them and God.  I merely facilitate the healing process with unconditional acceptance.  The client breathes a series of oils throughout the session and the facilitator gently applies essential oils to the feet and head in an anointing manner with prayer.   I am not a psychologist or psychiatrist. 

 


* Taken from course notes prepared by C.A.R.E. Inc., Center For Aromatherapy Research and Education, a non-profit organization.
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