Acupoint Reflexology™

A perfect complement to traditional reflexology, Acupoint Reflexology™ incorporates Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles of acupressure, chi, meridians and five elements into traditional reflexology sessions.
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Chi is the vital life force found in all living things. In humans, chi is carried to all parts of the body via a system of channels called meridians. There are 14 main meridians, grouped in pairs on each side of the body. Six of these meridians, in three pairs, begin or end in the feet. Stroking or massaging meridians is believed to help balance the various systems within the body.

Along the meridians are points which are particularly beneficial to work. These are called acupressure points or acupoints. For centuries and even today, acupuncturists have used these points to restore balance in clients and affect healing responses. While acupuncturists traditionally use needles in their work on meridians and acupoints, reflexologists use their fingers to hold or exert very gentle pressure. Working acupoints located at the beginning or end of a meridian can be very powerful.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has hundreds of years of experience using acupoints to deal with a wide variety of human health issues. Some of the most common of these issues include headaches, insomnia, anxiety/stress, menstrual pain and dysfunction, high blood pressure, jaw clenching, infertility, chronic lumbar pain, respiratory issues, kidney stones, depression, and constipation.

Based on the traditional uses of acupoints, the developer of Acupoint Reflexology™, Kristin Radden, NBCR, has created many new protocols for reflexologists. Now trained practitioners can use gentle finger pressure to achieve much the same positive affect found in TCM, as well as the great relaxation and stress reduction noted in traditional reflexology.

What to Expect

An Acupoint Reflexology™ session begins with conversation between the reflexologist and the client about health issues which might be prominent at that time. Then the Gate Opening Sequence, a set of relaxation techniques, is gently worked on the ankles and feet. These movements ensure that the energy channels are open and receptive to the specific protocol which will follow. The Gate Opening Sequence in itself allows for incorporation of many traditional reflexology practices, thus giving the practitioner much information about the state of the client’s health while allowing the client to sink easily into a state of deep relaxation.

Next, based on the conversation and findings during the Gate Opening Sequence, the practitioner will gently hold particular acupoints to encourage the client’s body to re-establish a natural healthy balance. During this part of the session, clients often feel energy traveling up and down their body. This energy can be felt in a variety of ways including quiet tingling or changes in temperature. It is quite common for clients to be soundly asleep by this point as well.

Finally, the practitioner will gently and lovingly hold the client’s feet to ground and complete the session. Clients are encouraged to relax on the table for as long as necessary as they are often extremely relaxed by the end of their treatment.