Kevin Ekerson, Certified Reflexology Therapist, Reiki III
Step Forward of Oregon provides a special kind of Reflexology. It is a blend of modalities, including techniques from Full Spectrum Reflexology (total body), Applied Kinesiology, Clinical Kinesiology, Touch for Health, Reiki, and others.
If you have long-term pain this treatment is for you!
We specialize in chronic and repetitive strain issues, and without surgery or pharmaceutical toxins (aka: Pharmaceutical drugs)
Reflexology is a therapy in which nerves (primarily in the feet, hands and ears) are stimulated by specific light to firm pressure techniques to stimulate circulation and changes in another part of the body and thereby improve health and reduce pain.
In some cases, it is to stimulate circulation and nerve action at the other end of the nerve association (for example, stimulating the kidney point will stimulate blood flow to the kidneys). In other cases, like with repetitive strain injuries, the proper treatment can "reset" the nervous system circuit breakers that control muscles, restoring normal muscle function.
How does it work?
Nerve endings are embedded in the feet and hands that connect to the spinal cord and to various organs of the body creating "nerve associations." Stimulating these nerve endings helps promote relaxation, improve circulation, stimulate vital organs in the body and encourage the body's natural healing processes. Unlike conventional medicine, Reflexology works by stimulation through the body's nervous system, which is already trying to heal the problem.
What does treatment involve?
Reflexology treatments can be as quick as ten minutes, or can take up to an hour or more, and like with acupuncture, one to six sessions are recommended for optimum results. Some results are achieved immediately, some results come after several treatments. Some people schedule Reflexology periodically for relaxation benefits.
The treatment involves a range of light to firm pressure to the soles, sides and tops of mainly your feet, hands, or ears.
During treatment some areas of the foot may feel a little tender and these may correlate with the problem areas in the body. With repetitive strain injuries there is usually an instant change in muscle function, and an instant change in pain level (reduced or eliminated).
What can Reflexology help?
Reflexology can help many health problems. Although many reflex areas will be addressed, the therapist will mostly pay specific attention to the actual problem area.
Full Spectrum Reflexology means any areas of the body can be treated directly. A common example is neck pain that may be relieved with reflex work on the neck muscles and ligaments, shoulder pain by direct work on shoulder muscles and ligaments, or carpal tunnel syndrome problems that are relieved by work directly on the hand and forearm.
Reflexology is complementary with many other treatments you may be receiving by stimulating the blood and lymph circulation. Normally people also experience relaxation and serenity after a Reflexology treatment, which encourages the healing process throughout the body.