Every healthcare professional has his/her own vocabulary which is unique to what s/he practices. Reflexologists have their own vocabulary.
Homeostasis is an important word in reflexology. This is the balancing of all the body systems which a session encourages.
Reflexology practitioners include body systems in the professional vocabulary: muscular system, skeletal system, respiratory system, circulatory system, urinary system, nervous system, endocrine system, digestive system, spiritual/emotional system, physical system, mental system, sense organs,
There are also several words NOT in our vocabulary. Reflexology practitioners do not treat, cure, recommend, advise, examine, prescribe, dispense, diagnose, or administer. Those ten words are not appropriate for our career field. I tell students that those ten words are “copyrighted” for allopathic practitioners.
The seven levels of illness are definitely in our vocabulary. These are the seven diseases which build upon one another as a body progresses from well to diseased. These diseases begin with fatigue, and progress to fever, irritation, inflammation, enduration, ulceration, and finally cancer.
Disease is caused, in the final analysis by nutritional deficiencies, sedentary lifestyle, poor sleep habits, improperly used prescription, over-the-counter, and recreational drugs, digestive difficulties, inflammation, toxicity, depression. endocrine system imbalances, DNA.
These words, terms as it were, set reflexologists apart from other healthcare professionals. If you ask chiropractors, massage therapists, dentists, acupuncturists what the main causes of disease are, you may hear some of the same words but I doubt if you’ll hear them all. Instead, you will hear terms that are reflective of the career field of the professional you are asking.
The same holds true for the other words in our vocabulary. Many professionals may not even be aware of the theory about levels of disease. Certainly, this concept is not widespread in allopathic medicine.
And, body systems vary from textbook to textbook. It doesn’t matter really whether or not we combine the muscular and skeletal systems or include the reproductive organs with the endocrine system.
It’s simply that these words, terms, concepts define the lens through which we view our client-partners and their physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional issues which they bring to our tables.
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