Reflexology and Stress Free Living

StressFreeZone 160x108Reflexology is what opens the door to stress free living. When the body is relaxed, pain free with toxins being released and improved circulation the body is responding to the benefits of a Reflexology session. When a person receives Reflexology the nervous system send the message to the brain to begin the healing process. This is what allows a person to go through the 9 steps of “stress free living”

1) Accept the problem
You have to be at peace with a problem, WHILST it is in existence, for the solution to come to you. i.e. you have to accept yourself where you are, no matter what — you cannot solve any problem without first accepting it, and yourself. We spend so much of our time trying to deny what has happened or deny a part of ourselves, pushing it away, which only leads to more of the problem appearing in your life. Very often simply fully accepting the part of you that is creating the problem will be enough to have it disappear, as it is so used to being pushed away/rejected. Part of you is trying to send you a message; maybe it’s time you listened.

2) You cannot attract to you, that to which you are not already connected to…So be an appreciator. One of the fastest ways to attract what you want towards you is learning to appreciate the good in whatever situation it is life is presenting you with. It is not important to verbalize your appreciation but simply to offer it. Appreciation is the antidote to some of the lowest forms of energy and emotions we are capable of e.g. shame, resentment, etc. By offering thanks and assuming that you already have what you seek, you immediately begin to attract more of it towards you, whether you have any of it or not.

3) Happiness is not pleasure…The experience of pleasure is a right now, in-the-moment, sensory-rich, and sights, sounds, and feelings experience in your person. Happiness is your meta-experience when thinking about something that brings you such pleasure. Happiness cannot be experienced by the senses directly, only pleasure can. Focus your life on having more now-moment pleasure experiences, rather than accumulating reasons or things to be happy about.

4) Stay connected to source…Find your own personal way to stay connected to your inner consciousness (the you feeling). For many this is meditation, music, song, etc. Why are we so attracted to parks? water? nature? wildlife and animals? We have awareness on some level that we are part of a much greater collected consciousness, something else, something higher than us. Some people may be partially disconnected from it, but you can never fully disconnect from it. Notice that the word emotion is e + motion.  People are attracted to source because we recognize that’s where we want to be, we want to have those feelings, we want to experience that energy, because the energy, just by being in its presence, makes us feel better about ourselves.

5) Live in the moment…We only have access to our full personal power in the present moment. This is practicing the art; it’s a habit to be developed, a life-skill. The extent, to which you are connecting, on some unconscious level, either into the past or into the future, is the extent to which you rob yourself of your present power. You are not going to be experiencing what it is that you want; therefore you are moving your emotional point of attraction, into negative territory. Being in the present moment is the only way you can make an emotional connection to what it is that you want, and therefore begin the process of it becoming attracted to you in future present moments. This type of emotional alignment cannot be achieved when your thoughts are in the future or past. You must be in the present moment enough to have enough fully-loaded, pleasurable, positive full body feelings, about what you want to attract in your life. Living with your thoughts at a future or past moment in time, is entirely redundant in the process of being free of stress, and attracting what you want into your life.

6) You can never be enough to…You can never be sorry enough to change this problem situation. It is only when you love yourself that you have that love to radiate to others. It is only when you are allowing the abundance to flow to you, that you then have the ability to give it to others. Giving your energy – in any form – to others, whether it is love, forgiveness, agreement, or any energy, when your cup is not already brimming over, is the fastest route to the emotional poorhouse. If you want to help others, you must first help yourself. When you hide your emotions, such gestures only hide you from your own emotional impoverishment/malnutrition. They are not useful, and serve no purpose in enhancing your life or others’.

7) Be selfish enough to line up with your intentions…This is important because it is only in your thriving that you have anything to offer others. If your own energy tank is not full, you have no business looking after the tanks of others. It is important to limit your own responsibilities to prevent emotions like lack of self-worth etc. Remain present and in attendance to your own needs first and you will always give others your best, automatically.

8) You are not your accomplishments….Understand that you are not your accomplishments, what you do, what you don’t do, your beliefs, your ideas, your stuff or possessions, those are nothing to do with who you really are, they are the baggage you have picked up along the way, they are nothing to do with the spiritual you who wants to feel good; and stay connected to Peace. Lose your ego, and take this attitude of freedom with you in your everyday life.

9) The journey is the destination…Many times our internal dialogue says “If only I had x, then I would be happy, or, “I’ll be happy when I’ve got…” As you go into the world and experience the contrast of your likes .vs. your dislikes, through your everyday experiences, so a new want is born. Then comes the striving (and usually struggle) in the journey towards its manifestation, which contains all the stresses and strains you wish to rid yourself of. Understand this: you’ll never get it done. Because the journey itself towards you wants to show you new life experiences, new possibilities, new likes and dislikes, etc. that change and alter your path. Thus your job here is not to get caught up in the end result but to ensure you enjoy the journey along the way, regardless of your goal, and ensure that your everyday journey contains all the same underlying experiences, emotions, and full-body feelings that you seek from your end goal, anyway. The journey is the destination. So enjoy it.

Bringing it all together…So how do we overcome the various stress blocks to pull greater peace and abundance towards us? Reflexology is one way to release the emotional blocks of shoulds, musts, ought-tos, anger, fear, resentment, and so on.

Alternative Modality SignOnce the biggest unconscious blocks have been resolved through stimulating the nerve endings to relax and release your intentions, ambitions and passion for life will feel that much freer automatically and effortlessly. Circumstances and people appear in your life from nowhere and events begin aligning themselves, as the universe conspires with you, to realize your passion. This is one the hidden benefits of Reflexology.

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Egyptian ChartReflexology a health care modality with a history that is over 5000 years old, and is not quit understood today as what it is and what it can do. To begin let’s look at the many definitions used to define Reflexology.

The American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) has defined Reflexology for legislative purposes as: “Reflexology is a non-invasive, complementary modality involving thumb and finger techniques to apply alternating pressure to reflexes shown on reflex maps of the body located on the feet, hands, and outer ears.”

The Reflexology Association of America’s definition is:
“A Non-invasive complementary modality involving the use of alternating pressure applied to the reflexes within the reflex maps of the body located on the feet, hands and outer ears.”

The fact that many states have instituted Reflexology licensing regulations, a legal definition to define Reflexology and its difference from Massage is now required. In looking at a few state legislative definitions you can see a similar concept, with slight changes in wording. US MapNorth Dakota State Law

  • Reflexology is the application of specific pressure by the use of the practitioner’s hands, thumb, and fingers to reflex points in the client’s hands, feet, or ears using alternating pressure, and such techniques as thumb walking, finger walking, hook and back up, and rotation on a reflex.

Washington State

  • “Reflexology” means a health care service that is limited to applying alternating pressure with thumb and finger techniques to reflexive areas of the lower one-third of the extremities, feet, hands, and outer ears based on reflex maps. Reflexology does not include the diagnosis of or treatment for specific diseases, or joint manipulations”.

New York

  • “Reflexology is a noninvasive, integrative therapy based on the premise that there are zones and reflex areas in the feet, hands and ears which correspond to all body systems. By applying specific pressure using thumb, finger and hand techniques, these reflex points/areas are stimulated and work to revitalize and harmonize the functions of the body therapy effecting a physiological change”.


  • “Reflexology means the application of specific pressures to reflex points in the hands and feet only”.

Washington D.C.

  • “Manipulation of soft tissue limited to feet and hands is not massage”.


  • “Reflexology is the application of specific pressure by the use of the practitioner’s hands, thumb, and fingers to reflex points in the client’s hands, feet, or ears using alternating pressure, and such techniques as thumb walking, finger walking, hook and back up, and rotation on a reflex”.

North Carolina

  • “Reflexology is the application of pressure through specific techniques with the thumbs and fingers to the feet and hands to bring the body into balance thus promoting well-being”.

Dictionary With the demand for Reflexology and insurance reimbursement requests by the public, created the need for a medical definition.

International Dictionary of Medicine and Biology
The analysis of motor behavior in terms of component simple and complex reflexes. 2. The study of the neurophysiology mechanisms of reflexes in genera. 3. Therapeutic effect achieved by stimulation or irritation at a distance from the area treated.

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary
The science or study of reflexes

Webster’s Medical Desk Dictionary
The study and interpretation of behavior in terms of simple and complex reflexes. 2. Any of various systems of questionable effectiveness that are held by their promoters to restore or promote health by manipulating parts of the body and especially the hands or feet.

Random House Dictionary
A system of massaging specific areas of the foot or sometimes the hand in order to promote healing, relieve stress, etc., in other parts of the body. 2. Medically, the study of reflex movements and processes

In addition to these definitions many Reflexology schools and associations have their own Reflexology definitions.

School LettersAmerican Academy of Reflexology

  • Reflexology is the study, science and art of applying touch, with techniques that are unique to reflexology, to the feet, hands and outer ears, where theory suggests there are pressure maps that resemble a shape of the human body. By working on these reflexology body maps, people report feeling better all over their bodies.
  • International Institute of Reflexology

Reflexology is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers on these reflex areas.

Modern Institute of Reflexology
Full Spectrum Reflexology applications within the micro reflex/meridian systems of the foot, hand, ear and other selected energy points within the body’s zones/meridians is based on: ancient historical practice; modern physio/ anatomical observation; and clinical studies. These sources have demonstrated that reflex/meridian point activation triggers the photo-bioelectric aspects of the body’s spontaneous healing/wellness processes.

The Reflexology Science Institute

  • Reflexology is an ancient healing art using a specialized version of compression touch that focuses on the feet. It is believed that reflex points in the feet reflect the entire body, and stimulating these reflexes promotes equilibrium in the corresponding body part.
  • Reflexology School of Ohio (RAO)

Reflexology, also known as zone therapy, is a type of massage where pressure is applied to specific areas of the feet and hands in order to generate a beneficial effect on other parts of the body.

  • Laura Norman Method of Reflexology

Reflexology is an ancient healing technique practiced today throughout the world to accelerate natural healing and maintain optimal health. These profound results are achieved through the strategic use of firm pressure on specific points on the feet, hands and ears that correspond to organs, glands and the interconnected energy systems of the human body.

Reflexology is the art and science of working specific reflex points on the hands, feet and ears to relieve stress, improve circulation and relax the body.

As you can see no single definition will work to realistically define Reflexology. There are many specific situations that require a specific definition because of the vast concepts and approaches used in Reflexology.

What we do know is Reflexology is “NOT A MASSAGE” because massage works with the muscular system and Reflexology works with the nervous system. It is so important that when the question is asked “What is Reflexology” the answer should be it is not a massage and then share the many health and therapeutic benefits of reflexology.

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Understanding the Benefits of Reflexology

The word Reflexology tends to conjure visions of getting a foot rub or foot massage. Foot Rub-2a

“Relaxed,” “pampered” and even “stress relief” are words I’ve heard people use when describing what Reflexology therapy means to them. When someone hears I am a Reflexologist and instructor they often comment on how lucky I am to receive Reflexology whenever I want to.

While I understand these sentiments, it is so sad that many people feel they do not have the same opportunity available to receive a reflexology session.

Reflexology therapy has a long history. In this country, there have been thousands of studies on a wide variety of people – athletes, entertainers, political leaders, business and corporate executives, employees in the government and private sector, the elderly and even premature infants. Recent research from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, also found that reflexology therapy promotes a healthy immune system by causing a decrease in some immune-suppressing hormones and proteins.

The benefits of reflexology have been proven time and again. Reflexology therapy reduces stress and relieves pain through the hormones it releases (cortisol in particular), which damage the human body in so many ways. It increases circulation that helps get nutrients and oxygen by way of the nerve endings that helps to remove toxins from the muscular system.  Reflexology also decreases inflammation while improving mobility and flexibility.

I believe that if people researched the proven benefits of reflexology therapy for conditions like arthritis, hypertension, depression, back pain and many others, they would see reflexology the way I do, as a valuable healing tool in achieving optimum health and wellness that is need to stay healthy and mobile throughout the aging process. reflexology 600x730

Njideka Olatunde is founder and director of Focus on Healing Wellness Institute. Her vision is to introduce Reflexology therapy as an effective stress relief first aide tool for family wellness to prevent illness, reduce stress, relieve pain, recover from injury and maintain health.

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The following figures underscore the serious health challenges we face as we age.

Defined Illness Chart 314x196Cardiovascular Disease

  • According to the American Heart Association, approximately 1 million American adults die annually of heart attack.
  • An estimated half million Americans suffer strokes annually, thirty percent of which result in death.


  • According to the American Cancer Society, 1 out of every 3 Americans (more than 86 million Americans alive today, will get cancer.
  • 1.35 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year.
  • 538,000 Americans will die of cancer this year.


  • Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the US.
  • According to the Arthritis Foundation, 40 million Americans have arthritis.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control, by 2020, 59.4 million Americans will have arthritis.


  • According to the American Diabetes Association, 16 million Americans have diabetes.
  • 800,000 diabetics are insulin – dependent.
  • 400,000 people die each year from diabetes.
  • Each year 625,000 new cases of diabetes are diagnosed.


  • According to national health statistics, 62 percent of Americans are overweight. Many are obese, exceeding recommended weights by 25 percent or more.

Alzheimer’s Disease

  • According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
  • 14 million Americans are expected to have Alzheimer’s by the year 2050.
  • One in 10 persons over 65 develops Alzheimer’s.
  • 50 percent of those over 85 develop Alzheimer’s.

Faced with the magnitude of such a great aging explosion, we can’t expect our medical system to be the our only solution in achieving optimum health and wellness, which is our birthright.

Health care in the U.S. is currently in crisis, and many people have lost confidence in medicine. Medical services are expensive, and insurance is becoming prohibitively costly.

The great majority of doctors are specialists in disease care, not in prevention and are primarily familiar with drugs and surgery. Thus preventing disease and designing programs to keep people healthy and well for life are largely enterprises outside of the medical realm.

Health is not a medical condition, and physicians are not the gatekeepers of health and wellness. We are our own gatekeepers.

Large numbers of people are venturing outside of the conventional medical establishment in a quest to manage and promote their own healthcare through culture, fitness for over all well being. They are becoming much more active in finding ways to deal with common ailments on their own.

This signifies a profound shift toward self directed health care. In response to this shift, medical educators are beginning to grapple with wellness and prevention as areas of medical specialty. This is critically important, for if physicians are going to play any significant future role in keeping our aging population healthy, they must be become astute specialists in prevention, healthcare culture, fitness and wellness.

Increasing Wellness Span
The shape of the future is ours to determine. Will we live to be energetic, healthy centenarians, or will we spend the last decades of our lives sick, incapacitated and institutionalized? The issue is one of wellness span.

Lifespan is how long you live. Wellness span is how long you stay well and healthy. Getting well is a necessity, not an option.

Health and wellness begin to decline at around age 40 when age-related degenerative conditions begin to take their toll. Our task is to extend fitness span to match life span, so we stay fit and healthy until we die.

In the quest for health, millions of Americans are turning to alternative and complementary therapies and products, including supplements, herbs, and homeopathic medicines.

News media are now promoting the safety, efficacy and overall wellness benefits of these programs and products, and scientists continue to affirm that these approaches impart real health benefits that treat ailments ranging from indigestion to allergies.

True health begins with prevention. To be healthy begins with having a “wellness mindset” that has a focus on having abundant energy and a feeling of being whole and intact. This requires a daily and consistent wellness maintenance program of exercise, sleep, drinking water, eating nutritious food, deep breathing,meditation, some fun and relaxation. These are the keys to having a long and healthy life.

Hand pointing at a Healthy Life word cloud on blue background.Since this is an unchangeable fact of life, you might as well accept and dive into this endeavor wholeheartedly, with a galvanized and enthusiastic determination to stay healthy and well for as long as you live.

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