The Brain, Electrical Impulses, Chemical Communications and Reflexology

“The root of all health is in the brain. The trunk of it is in emotion. The branches and leaves are the body. The flower of health blooms when all parts work together.” – Kurdish saying The brain is the most sophisticated entity known to man. The human brain measures approximately the size and shape […]

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Wired for Compassion – The Human Brain and the Supportive Reflexology Package

At first glance compassion might appear a difficult to measure, rather subjective subject – however, the concept has certainly attracted a great deal of research attention across recent years – principally because of the close philosophical association between compassionate states – and the Buddhist practice of mindfulness.  The intention of this blog post is to […]

The Multi-Dimensional Impact of Interpersonal Touch in Reflexology

Centrally positioned within the art of reflexology exists a well documented multi-dimensional concept connecting all forms of professional reflexology practice – that concept relates to interpersonal touch. Researchers have extensively examined the importance of human interpersonal touch in mother/infant bonding, child development, and adult social interactions.  The role of interpersonal touch as a counter-stimulation intervention in […]

Reflexology and the Whole Person – Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is a chronic inflammation of the bladder wall, sometimes also diagnosed as Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS).  Symptoms can include mild to severe pressure and discomfort, urinary frequency and/or the frequent urge to urinate.  Interstitial cystitis is not a bacterial infection, although the symptoms can feel similar. It is believed the ratio of women to […]

Understanding Fight or Flight

The fight or flight response is a primitive, inborn acute stress response, linked to the sympathetic nervous system and controlled by the hypothalamus deep in the brain.  There are more than 100 billion nerve cells responding to stimulus in the brain and forming an intricate network of communications.  Some of the communications lead to conscious […]