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Foot and Hand Reflexology
Reflexology is a natural healing method based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. The technique involves applying physical pressure to the feet or hands with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. Talcum powder is sometimes used to enhance friction. Reflexologists believe that the blockage of an energy field, invisible life force, or Qi, can prevent healing. Practitioners aim to unblock this energy and to relieve stress and pain in other parts of the body through the manipulation of feet and hands. Pressure to the feet or hands may stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals, such as endorphins, which reduce stress and pain. Many civilisations have practiced reflexology including the ancient Egyptians. Evidence of this has been documented on the four continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. The most common theory is that the earliest form of reflexology originated in China about five thousand years ago. The technique spread to India, Japan and throughout Asia.
Ear reflexology became widely known in 1957 when a French physician drew attention to specific points on the ear corresponding with various body parts, organs and glands. Now more than two hundred locations have been charted on the external ear (auricle). Ear reflexology is practised to treat many common diseases as well as troublesome emotional states.
Emotional Freedom Technique
This alternative psychotherapy manipulates the body's energy field by tapping on acupuncture points while focusing on specific thoughts. EFT is a simple procedure and can be learned in minutes. It may be practised anywhere, and there are no known harmful side effects.