Reflexology and HIV Support

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

 

Spleen

The spleen is responsible for storing and filtering old and damaged blood cells, storing iron, manufacturing antibodies, and ridding the body of bacteria.

 

Lymphatic System

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

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.

 

Thymus

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~

~Neuropathy~

~Circulation~

~Stress reduction~

~Complimentary to all other healthcare services~

 

 

Self-help Care

 

~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.

 

Tips

~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!

Be well

 

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

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Reflexology…Keep Your Lymph Circulating!

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                                             Nature’s Internal House Cleaner”

Physical, mental and emotional health all depend on the body’s ability to not only circulate blood, but also lymphatic fluid.

Our blood is pumped by our heart to keep the circulating moving; however, the lymphatic fluid has no pump to circulate it. It is propelled by the contraction of our breathing and by the body movements, causing pressure against the arteries and  muscles which help assist it’s flow.

The Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is one of the body’s natural cleansing processes. It has a variety of jobs to do; it works to guard the body from various viruses or diseases. The lymph nodes or glands are filtering devices for removing dead cells and other foreign matter. They carry away the wastes, bacteria and viruses from the body’s connective tissue. It also flushes out toxins and excess water, which could otherwise cause congestion and edema. 

 

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Nature has placed more than 100 of these little “seed like” nodes around the tonsils, in the neck, armpit, down the center of the body and in the groin area – as a safeguard against infection. The spleen and thymus are also made of lymph.

Lymph plays an important role in our immune system. As scavenger cells fight infection and antibodies attack harmful invaders, the fluid clean tissue, filter out bacteria and stop the spread of infections.

 

Example

When a throat is infected, the many lymph nodes in the neck become swollen and tender due to antibody activity. This sign indicates that the nodes are doing their job – Yipeeee!

 

Where reflexology can be very helpful – is when someone is confined to a bed or wheelchair – due to age, illness or paralysis.

In this case, body movement is very limited; however, reflexology can effectively support the lymphatic system in circulating lymph fluid; simultaneously giving a “boost” to the immune system.

You can either contact a professional reflexologist to inquire whether they make “house calls” or if you are a family member, friend or caregiver – you can share some reflexology yourself.

When shared in a gently and loving way – reflexology will always benefit for the highest good! 

Before administering, please review the Foot Map Page on this blog to familiarize yourself with the location of these reflex points.

 

Reflex Points of Focus

~ Groin

~ Chest

~Neck

~ Upper Lymphatics

~ Shoulder

~ Spleen

~ Thymus (located 1/2 inch below the neck reflex point, on the inside edge of the foot – along the spine reflex)

 

How to Work Points

~ Using your thumb or index finger – gently press, rotate, then release.

~ Work each reflex point on both feet for approximantely 1-2 minutes.

~ This can be done twice a day (morning and evening)

~ If time is limited – administer whenever is convenient.

 Extra Tips

~ When applying to the upper lymphatics reflex point – you can use your thumb and index fingers to gently squeeze between each toe.

~ By simply pointing, flexing and rotating the feet – you will also increase lymph circulation.

~ Use this technique whenever you start to feel a “bug” coming on – so that your immune system has some extra support. 

~ Can also be used during and after a “bug” – to help rid the body of the “ickies.” 

 

Caution Care

* Always work gently.

* Do not apply more than twice a day – as to not overtax the lymphatic system.

 

Please feel free to explore the Book Page on this blog – where you will find some enjoyable and easy reads on the topic of Reflexology. Also check out Find a Practitioner on the sidebar – to locate a professional in your area.

Remember – reflexology will always support the body in functioning as it was naturally designed.

So, if you or a loved one needs a little circulation…try using the feet…your lymph will be so happy you did!

Get circulating…and be well

 

Portions of this post gratefully supplied by: “Healing Yourself with Foot Reflexology” – Mildred Carter/Tammy Weber