One of the greatest advantages to Reflexology, is that it is both gentle and powerful in supporting the body’s natural wellness.
Ironically, it does not concern itself with illness. It only knows that the body was designed to function in a specific way – and this is what it focuses on.
Our immunity system was brilliantly designed as a “body guard” to protect us from anything that interferes with our wellness.
With HIV, the “body guard” needs some additional support – and this is where reflexology steps in.
Reflexology understands that all the systems of the body are interrelated; when one of these systems is weakened, it calls for “back-up.” It treats the body as one “whole unit.” For this reason, it is very important to always receive a full session of reflexology, with a strong focus on the reflex points associated with immunity.
The Main Components of the Immune System
The spleen is responsible for storing and filtering old and damaged blood cells, storing iron, manufacturing antibodies, and ridding the body of bacteria.
The lymphatic system is a network of small transparent lymph vessels that collect fluid that has seeped through the blood vessel walls and then returns the fluid back into the bloodstream after a filtering process.
Lymph nodes are responsible for producing white blood cells that work to fight off infection locally, so that it won’t spread to the rest of the body.
The thymus is responsible for making T-lymphocytes (T-cells) which have a big influence on the immune system. The lymphatic system carries white blood cells to the thymus, where they are multiplied and changed into T-cells, which are a special infection-fighting cell.
Reflexology greatly assists HIV with:
~Improving immune function~
~Complimentary to all other healthcare services~
~Between sessions, I always advise the client to continue giving their feet some attention. By simply rubbing the feet everyday (10 min. each foot) – the body is reminded to recycle and renew.
~To get a clear view of how the feet “reflect” the body, please go to the Foot Map Page on this blog.
~When working on your feet, concentrate on the areas listed above.
*The thymus reflex point (not listed on the map) is located 1/2 inch below the neck reflex point, on the inside edge of the foot, along the spine reflex.
~Always use firm, yet gentle finger pressure.
~Remember – with reflexology, you are coaxing the body to function as it should. More pressure does not mean faster results.
~Check for HIV support organizations in your area that offer reflexology and other holistic modalities as a “free-of-charge” service. I know that they exist.
~If you are already involved with such an organization, ask your case manager about these services. They should be able to guide you in a helpful direction.
~Use the Book Page on this blog to investigate the many benefits to reflexology.
~Please refer to the Find a Practitioner link on the sidebar of this blog to see if someone in your area offers reflexology.
~Be sure to tell the practitioner of your HIV status, so that they can assist you in the best possible way.
Reflexology can be a valuable and supportive tool for immunity that works in a safe, gentle, and effective way.
From working first-hand with those infected with HIV, I can honestly and joyfully tell you that reflexology brings a “quality of life”…to all those it touches!
For information on HIV & Complementary Therapies visit: NAM
Portions of this post gratefully supplied by: “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Reflexology” – Frankie Avalon Wolfe, Ph.D.
*Next post will be on Reiki and HIV