All About Reflexology Associations

March 31, 2010

When it comes to getting a career as a reflexologist, everybody accepts that one of the most important steps that you can take is to get certified by the American Reflexology Certification Board. Few people realize, however, how useful it can be to become a member of a reflexology association. In this article, we’ll give you an overview of why you should join a reflexology association if you are a reflexologist and we’ll let you know about a reflexology association that is currently accepting members so that you can get a basic idea of what being a member can help with.

After getting certified as a reflexologist, you have all of the tools that you need to begin your own reflexology practice. So why should you take the time and money to join a reflexology association? There are many reasons why joining an association can be beneficial to your career. Clients will be appreciative that you are doing all that you can to further your knowledge of reflexology, and showing that you spent time and money doing so will always show your clients that you have a high level of professionalism. Reflexology associations are one of the principle ways that the practice can grow as a whole – by associating yourself with other reflexologists in your area, you will be able to trade ideas and research information in order to help each other to learn more about the art.

Many associations offer resources such as newsletters which will help you to keep your knowledge of reflexology up to date so that you can provide the best possible service to your clients. Also, the bigger that reflexology associations get, the more power that they will have to influence public policy regarding the therapy. With only two states requiring licensing for reflexologists, it is important to show that you are doing your part to further the science.

Many reflexology associations operate at the state level. As an example, the Arizona Reflexology Association is based in Phoenix, Arizona. In order to become a member of the Arizona Reflexology Association, you will need to have completed your national certification for reflexology. If you do not have a reflexology certification but you still wish to join, you need to demonstrate that you have been performing reflexology for at least five years prior to membership application. A fifty dollar membership fee is also required to join, but the benefits to joining the association are numerous. Once a professional member, you are allowed to put the association seal on all of your work, giving you a further degree of professionalism in your reflexology practice. Also, you can vote on association decisions and attend events sponsored by the organization.

Clearly, any reflexologist who is looking to add a high level of professionalism to their practice should turn to a reflexology association. If you are already a certified reflexologist, you shouldn’t have much trouble joining one of the associations and the positive effects that it will have on your business will far outweigh the costs.

Controlling Anger By Meditation

March 20, 2010

I have never really thought of myself as an angry person.I would always do whatever I could to try and help someone out,nor did I do anything that would hurt someones feelings,or I would try as hard as I could not to. Every month we struggle to get by but I really didn’t complain. I was just happy that we did have the money to pay our bills and have a place to live even though we barely had enough to survive on after paying the bills. Meditation is very much needed in most peoples lives, no doubt about that.

Even after all that I did not get angry,That changed last week.I really had to meditate to myself when I went with my sister to the doctor last week.My sister is a very hard worker.She never misses work unless it is absolutely necessary.Last year my sister had become sick and finally after being so weak she went to the doctor.He put her in the hospital and gave her 4 bags of blood and said she had pneumonia.

I just couldn’t understand how do you lose blood by having pneumonia.As I meditated thinking about last year I was not prepared to hear what the doctor was going to say as my sister and I were driving to the doctor.You see my sister got sick again. She nearly collapsed at work and was taken to the hospital.This time she needed 5 bags of blood.She would keep telling me she was anemic.After the hospital did a ct scan on her they said she needed to go to her lung doctor immediately.That’s where my sister and I were going.

My sister never wants me to worry so she never told me anything and did not want me to go in the room with her when she went in to see the doctor.After I meditated on this I decided when they called her name I would go back with her,and that’s exactly what I did.The doctor came in and you could see immediately the concern on his face.He starting reading the results of her ct scan.He was reading something about her lungs.

He talked about something growing in her nodules and spreading to her lymph nodes.He wasn’t saying it was cancer but I knew by what he was reading it was. I didn’t want to scare my sister so meditating to myself while he was talking I asked what does all this mean? Instead of asking is it cancer I asked could it be cancer?

His response was yes mam.She has to go for a biopsy in a couple of days to see how far it has progressed.I really find myself angry at this point because she has never smoked a day in her life,And here she is 49 years old with lung cancer.So instead of worrying for the next couple of days and getting angry,I simply practice meditation by praying that god please heal my sister.

Clearing Your Crystals

March 14, 2010

Clearing a gemstone or crystal is key right after purchase. It may have many things attached to it on its way to be yours. A cleared crystal will feel bright and positive. If it feels hot and heavy, it probably needs to be cleared.

Sea salt is the best way to clean your crystals. It will dispel any disease and negativity. It is also used as a psychic and physical disinfectant. It can be mixed with water or used dry. Place t stones in the container and let them soak overnight. If you are lucky enough to live by the ocean, you can bring the salt water in a jar and soak your crystals in it overnight.

The light of the moon is also a powerful cleansing agent for stones. Place the stones outside during a full to new moon. Place necklaces in tree branches where the moon will be sure to hit them. The waning moon is a good time to dispel any negative energies from the stone.
Don’t place them in sunlight ever. The sun can fade the intricate color from the stones. It can also cause cracking or internal damage if they are left out too long in the sun.

Burying your crystal in herbs such as sage, sandalwood, frankincense, or myrrh can also help cleanse them. This has a lower cost and is gentle to your stones.

You can also bury them in the dirt. This method is used for deep cleanings. Simply dig a hole and place the crystal in with the point down, and cover. Place some kind of marker so you don’t lose your stone. The amount of time needed is up to you and how you feel the crystal is recharging. You can also use flower pots for this as well.

All About Zone Therapy

March 7, 2010

Reflexology is a type of medical procedure that involves the manipulation of the nerve endings that are located in the feet and the hands in order to achieve relief from symptoms which may occur all over the body. Reflexology is a practice that is much in line with that of zone therapy; in that respect, we’ve created this article in order to help to inform you about what zone therapy is and how it can be useful as a medical procedure.

Zone therapy is a practice that has its roots in ancient Egypt. Hieroglyphs have shown that ancient Egyptians were aware that manipulating the hands and the feet can be useful when it comes to achieving an anesthetic quality elsewhere in the body. In zone therapy, the body is divided into ten separate and distinct zones. A map of zone therapy points shows that the practice separates the human body vertically into five zones on the right side of the body and five zones on the left. The zones are identical on both sides of the body, but are linked with different parts of the body. These separate zones correspond to different parts of the body, as the nerve endings that are found within the feet and the hands lead to all of the organs inside our bodies. One of the easiest places to manipulate these nerve endings are in the fingers and the toes, where the nerve endings are the most easily accessible to the zone therapy practitioner. To that end, each of the zones corresponds to certain fingers and toes that can be manipulated in order to achieve certain effects. As an example, the 4th zone on the left side of the body corresponds to the ring finger of the left hand and the fourth toe on the left foot.

Manipulating the nerve endings located in these areas are said to have a positive effect on the brain, eyes, lungs, breasts, large intestines and ovaries. Gentle circular rolling motions are used in order to manipulate the nerves and to achieve the anesthetic result. Pinching is also necessary in certain circumstances in order to properly manipulate the nerve endings. Areas are generally manipulated for between a half of a minute and five minutes in order to achieve the full effect.

One great thing about zone therapy is that it is a type of alternative medicine that you can learn in your own home and use at will. Many people regularly practice zone therapy on themselves in order to keep their health in optimal condition. Since practitioners contend that zone therapy can be useful when it comes to helping the body’s stress to be released, it can be of great merit when it comes to keeping you in good health and spirits. If you’d like to learn more about reflexology or zone therapy, there are plenty of resources online that are at your disposal. You can buy books or DVDs that show you exactly how to get the kind of results that you need out of the practices.

Alternative Treatments For A Restful Nights Sleep

March 2, 2010

Habitual sleeplessness is called insomnia. Chances are if you experience it, you don’t need me to define it, and that fact that it is frustrating is an understatement. Insomnia affects one out of ten Americans and approximately 30 percent of healthy seniors. Insomnia can cause the inability to fall asleep at night, or cause you to wake up during the night without the ability to fall back asleep. Although insomnia itself is not dangerous, it often is a symptom of a more serious underlying medical condition.

Insomnia has been studied and it has been shown that 50 percent of insomnia cases can be attributed to depression and psychological disorders, such as anxiety, stress, or grief. Insomnia can also result from a wide variety of causes such as arthritis, asthma, apnea, hypoglycemia, hyperthyroidism, digestive system disorders, kidney or heart disease, muscle aches, Parkinson’s disease or just simple physical pain.

Furthermore, it is known that certain drugs such as many of the commonly used anti-depressants, anti-seizure medications, appetite suppressants, beta-blockers for high blood pressure and the decongestant pseudoephedrine (found in most cold and allergy medications) contribute to insomnia.

So what can be done about it without drug intervention? One of the best treatments for insomnia is reflexology for a multitude of reasons.

Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure in a strategic manner to reflexes of the feet and hands, and even the face and ears. Reflexologists see the hands and feet as an open door to the bodies systems. Each section of the feet and hands correlate to a specific organ. By stimulating nerves on specific areas of the feet and hands, you can stimulate blood flow and eliminate toxin buildup in the corresponding organs and systems of the body. And because reflexology works to put the body in a state of well-being, it is beneficial to every system in the body. It helps reduce body tension and definitely brings a sense of relaxation.

You may be wondering if you will need to learn reflexology yourself or if you will need to pay for professional services. That is a personal matter of preference. If you are not concerned with the cost of getting professional services, more power to you. However, most people simply cannot afford the services on a regular basis. Furthermore, if you are suffering from insomnia, chances are you will need the therapy on a moments notice and late at night, so professional services probably are not the way to go, except for maybe getting you started on a routine. One of the most attractive things about reflexology is that it is simple to learn. Not to say that there isn’t a technique that should be followed, because there is. However, of the many forms of massage and healing techniques, reflexology is probably the easiest and fastest form of therapy to learn. Many believe it is part intuitive and part learned skill. For me, it comes quite naturally. Whatever you decide to do, just remember that you are ultimately responsible for your health and it is high time we start accepting that responsibility. I do not believe drugs are the answer to our problems. Try a complimentary treatment such as reflexology and draw your own conclusions.