Reflexology For The Spirit

Reflexology for the Spirit and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Respiratory SystemtreeThe best thing a person can do to prevent COPD is stop smoking and avoid environmental contaminants.

COPD is a chronic condition composed, basically, of two diseases:  emphysema and chronic bronchitis.  Like heart disease, COPD is slow to manifest itself.  As the disease progresses, breathing becomes more difficult.

There are several things a COPD sufferer can do to make life easier.  The first is to seek good quality air.  Stay away from smoke-filled rooms and smoggy cities.  Extreme temperatures and high altitudes should also be avoided.

Drinking plenty of fluids helps dilute the mucus.  Adding a humidifier to moisten the indoor air can improve air quality as well.

COPD sufferers should protect themselves against infections.  This involves avoiding people with colds and flu, frequent hand washing, getting annual flu shots, and getting a pneumonia vaccine.

COPD sufferers will benefit from exercise training which includes good breathing techniques, yoga, and regular visits to the Reflexogy for the Spirit practitioner.

When a COPD sufferer comes to your table, encourage regular visits that are within 48 hours of a yoga session.  Work the respiratory system, urinary system, lymphatics, immune system, and cardiovascular system.  Include the liver, solar plexus, and thymus in every session.

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Reflexology for the Spirit and Cancer

This post is part of the series on the Big Five Diseases.

For cancer prevention, the story is pretty much the same as for heart disease.  Get the cholesterol in the healthy range.  Get the exercise program going to shed the excess weight.

Cancer is a group of diseases, actually.  So, when we talk cancer, we talk about more than just one illness.

DIET IS IMPORTANT IN CANCER PREVENTION.  There is a correlation between fat and meat and cancer.  Add fruits and vegetables to your diet and add plenty of fiber.  Avoid excess sun exposure.  Use sunscreen.  Take your vitamins.  Skip the tobacco.

One factor contributing to cancer is extreme stress tolerated over a long period of time.

Other risk factors include secondhand smoke, air pollution, workplace exposure to chemicals, exposure to radon gas, heavy alcohol consumption, obesity, overexposure to sun, sedentary lifestyle, age, family history, polyps in the colon, diet low in fiber and antioxidents, and diabetes.

Offering a Reflexology for the Spirit session 48 hours after a client partner has received  chemotherapy will help him/her feel much better.  This person will experience a deep sense of relaxation and an opportunity for the body to return to balance through  encouraging  homeostasis.

When someone you know  suffers with cancer, encourage him/her to continue all treatments the allopathic specialists have to offer.  Your job is to assist your client partner and support him/her in the return to homeostasis through the other treatments s/he receives.

Reflexology for the Spirit does not replace allopathic cancer treatments.  Your sessions with cancer patients can be very effective when combined with Reiki therapy and essential oils.  Reiki therapy can be offered daily.  As a practitioner working with a cancer patient, you’re dealing not only with the physical parts of the disease but also the emotional and spiritual aspects:  fear, anger, rage, helplessness, abandonment.

ESSENTIAL OILS: balsam fir, Canadian red cedar, clove, dill, galbanum, grapefruit, hyssop, lemon, myrtle, nutmeg, orange,  patchouli, sandalwood, tarragon, thyme, tsuga, valerian

When using essential oils on a cancer patient, consult with an aromatherapist to choose the proper oil for the particular type of cancer your client has.

Work all body systems including the liver and solar plexus.

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Reflexology for the Spirit and the Big Five

SEVERAL DISEASES STALK US ALL.   Although it’s difficult to know exactly what causes them, markers exist letting us know where they fit in the overall scheme of things.  Some  things are certain.

Reflexology for the Spirit plays a significant part in promoting overall wellness, disease prevention, and disease management.  These diseases can be prevented and/or managed with some healthy lifestyle habits.  Emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion with Reflexology for the Spirit is important.

Focusing on prevention can decrease disabilities, increase the quality of life for your client partners, and reduce their health care costs.

Changing health damaging habits such as smoking, sedentary lifestyle, and poor diet can have a dramatic effect on your client partners.  These changes can have a ripple effect in their communities.  When you encourage your clients partners to practice disease prevention, you offer them an opportunity for a healthier future.

THESE DISEASES CHALLENGE US IN DIFFERENT WAYS BASED ON OUR AGE.    Being knowledgeable of these challenges and how they present themselves to us offers  valuable tools to prevent the diseases themselves.  The five biggest threats to our health are:

Heart Disease,



Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease,


Interestingly enough, the risk factors and markers for these diseases are similar (with only a few exceptions).


In the next six posts, I will explore each of these diseases and, finally, offer a summary.

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Spiritual/Emotional System: Bottom Line Information, 15 Essential Oils, Improvements to be Expected to the Spiritual/Emotional System


A person cannot have total good health without addressing the spiritual/emotional issues.  Since most diseases/issues/chronic conditions have spiritual/emotional components, it’s appropriate to address the Spiritual/Emotional system in all reflexology sessions.


bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, myrrh, orange, Roman chamomile, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang


The chakras will balance, offering the body, mind, and spirit an opportunity to heal.

When the Spiritual/ Emotional system is engaged, it becomes a driving force in the healing of your client partner.

When  the Spiritual/Emotional system needs healing, your client partner moves forward to resolve issues  not previously resolvable.  These breakthroughs can be important.

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Reflexology Blog – Spiritual/Emotional System


As the journey goes, recognizing one’s spirituality varies from person to person.  The differences aren’t important.  What’s important  is  we understand the value of our spiritual well being relative to the overall health of  the whole body.

Try to understand and respect the spiritual differences in each client partner.  Spiritually, everyone is different with no wrongs or rights.  Make every effort to support the client’s spiritual beliefs to help the client achieve good spiritual health.


We can’t address the question without understanding the cultural, religious, and ethnic differences in our client partners.  These should always be respected and acknowledged when appropriate.

With a client partner from a different culture, please try to learn more about cultural behaviors and communication styles within that culture.

GOOD SPIRITUAL HEALTH INCLUDES A CONNECTEDNESS WITH ONE’S INNER SELF AND WITH OTHERS.  It can include a life with meaning and purpose.  It can include faith, hope, peacefulness, love, forgiveness, and worship.

For many, the most elusive word is forgiveness.  Many health care providers offer forgiveness prayers for their clients.    Some healers feel  healing is impossible without forgiveness.  Your job is to assist your client partner to achieve and maintain spiritual balance and health.

Reflexing the nervous system can be a very spiritual experience for your client partner.  For many, it facilitates a communication flow between the brain and the divine.

RECOGNIZE WHEN A CLIENT IS WORKING THROUGH LOSS AND GRIEF.    Your sessions can assist and support the client in this journey.

The endocrine system is the foundation of the Spiritual/Emotional System.  This is the primary system that Reflexology for the Spirit addresses.

The Endocrine system and the chakras are very closely aligned and influence one another.

Balanced chakras are a necessary component of good spiritual and emotional health. That’s what Reiki therapy does best.  Have you learned Reiki therapy yet?  It’s easy to learn.  It’s fast, incorporated easily into a Reflexology for the Spirit session and brings homeostasis.  As your client reaches and maintains homeostasis, the spirit becomes healthy, too.  Once the chakras are balanced and the spirit begins to achieve good health it will become the driving force in the journey to homeostasis.    You can assist your client partner on this journey without Reiki therapy but it’s easier with it.

The question arises:  What is Reiki therapy?  At its lowest common denominator, Reiki therapy is the laying on of hands.  The practitioner calls in the Reiki energy (universal life force) and offers a light touch to a clothed body as healing is offered.

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Reflexology Blog – Ulcers

ULCERS ARE PHYSICAL CONDITIONS WITH STRONG SPIRITUAL INFLUENCE.  Ulcers can develop on the walls of the stomach, on the upper part of the small intestine.  Wherever they develop, they can be quite painful.

IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO DISCUSS DIGESTIVE ULCERS WITHOUT DISCUSSING DIET.    People suffering with ulcers should avoid black pepper, chili powder, chocolate, coffee, meat extracts, mustard, and spicy foods for starters.

Ulcers require the attention of a medical professional.  some lifestyle changes, and the realization that the spirit is talking loud and clear.

Lifestyle changes include:

Eat food in moderation.  A stretched stomach with an ulcer can be quite painful.

Choose to eat apples, cranberry juice, onions.

Avoid coffee and alcohol

Quit smoking.  If you haven’t been smoking, now is not the time to begin this habit.

Avoid aspirin and other NSAIDs.

Wash your hands after every bowel movement.

REDUCE THE STRESS IN YOUR LIFE.   People dealing with ulcers are usually very stressed.  They may be under too much pressure and are possibly worried by financial, work, relationship, guilt, or shame problems.  The goal here is to get to the point where it’s not necessary to worry so much.  People dealing with these situations feel a need to be soothed, nurtured somehow.

And, this is where reflexology for the spirit enters the picture offering not only soothing relaxation but homeostasis.

When offering reflexology for the spirit to an ulcer sufferer, begin the sessions by working the solar plexus and diaphragm.

Work the digestive system with emphasis on the stomach  and duodenal reflexes.

Work the endocrine system with emphasis on the adrenal gland reflexes.

Work the intestinal reflexes focusing on the entire Intestinal tract.

Finish the session by working the liver and solar plexus.

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Nausea, an unpleasant but  familiar sensation, has been experienced by all of us at one time or another.


Alcohol Binges


Food Poisoning

Gallbladder Disorders

High Fever

Intestinal Blockages

Migraine Headache

Motion Sickness



Viral Infection

Spiritually, a person suffers with nausea when s/he is in a situation without sufficient coping skills.  Fear looms large here.

There are some things that will help nausea:

Ginger tea, powdered ginger, or candied ginger is known to help with motion sickness.  Pregnant women should not take ginger in any form without speaking with the physician first.

Slowly drinking clear or ice-cold liquids such as juices, sweetened beverages often helps.  Dehydration must be avoided..

Plain crackers are important to women suffering with morning sickness.

Slowly eat smaller, more frequent meals.

If possible, rest lying propped up sometimes helps.

Reflexology helps.  Begin the session by working the solar plexus and diaphragm reflexes.

Work the nervous system and focus on the brain reflexes.

Work the ear reflexes.

Work the digestive system as you focus on the stomach and intestinal reflexes.

Reiki therapy is entirely appropriate here for nausea.

If the person is still nauseated after 24 hours, it’s time to call a professional healthcare specialist.

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Caution! Gallstones Can be Very Painful!

Anybody who has ever known anyone with gallstones will pay attention to the  causes of this very painful situation.  And, the causes are pretty straight forward:

cholesterol in the bile


alcohol consumption


So, just for starters, if you’re concerned about gallstones, get out there and exercise.


Many people have gallstones without the symptoms so if you think you might have them, go right ahead with the diet and exercise.

I don’t have to write this, because gallstones are so painful, but…if you have severe pain which might be in your gallbladder area, it’s really necessary to be under a physician’s care.  Even the most severe holdouts will go to the doctor willingly with  gallstones.

THE SPIRITUAL ASPECTS OF A GALLSTONE ATTACK ARE PRETTY EASY TO UNDERSTAND.  People suffering with gallstones are also suffering with anger, fear, irritability, resentment.  A person suffering with gallstones is having trouble finding not only a person to blame but is also having trouble with forgiveness.   With gallstone sufferers, this situation has been going on for a fairly long time.

When offering a reflexology session to a person concerned about gallstones, begin by working the entire digestive system with a focus liver reflex.

Focus on the gallbladder reflex.

Work the intestinal reflex.

Work the  endocrine system.

Finish the session with a focus on the liver and solar plexus.

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Anxiety Affects Many People Both Physically and Spiritually

ANXIETY AFFECTS CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, AND ADULTS.    Anxiety is the word used to describe feelings  ranging from mild unease to intense fear.

ANXIETY CREATES A VARIETY OF SYMPTOMS BOTH PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL.  Common physical symptoms include heart palpitations, stabbing pains, shortness of breath, headaches, back pains, and muscle spasms.  Excessive sweating, dizziness, digestive problems also are included in this lineup.

SPIRITUAL SYMPTOMS INCLUDE FEELINGS OF INSECURITY, FEAR, HELPLESSNESS.  Spiritual issues also include preoccupation  with the future and past.  A person’s life  has a flow which anxiety can get in the way of.

A person suffering with anxiety needs, first, to learn to try to overcome the fear which plagues anxiety sufferers.  Getting proper medical care as well as nutritional advice along with reflexology can help.

Because anxiety has a strong physical aspect to it, it’s important for the sufferer to be aware of the proper nutritional needs in addition to the needed medical care.  This involves eating the proper foods, recognizing what food allergies exist, and identifying the needed vitamins and minerals necessary for a recovery.


I always recommend calling Liz at Village Vitality (Woodstock Apothecary) for an analysis of vitamins and minerals needed.  Her number is 845-679-0790.

When offering reflexology sessions to a person suffering with anxiety attacks, the first step is to work the entire endocrine system to balance the spiritual aspects of the issues.

Work the nervous system.

Work the digestive system and focus on the pancreas reflexes.

Work the endocrine system and  focus  on the pituitary gland reflexes, the thyroid and parathyroid reflexes.

Finish the session by working the liver and solar plexus.

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Reflexology Blog – Digestive System

THE DIGESTIVE PROCESS BEGINS WHEN WE CHEW OUR FOOD.  It continues as the body breaks down the food we eat and turns it into subtances which can be absorbed and used for growth, repair, energy.

The digestive system is composed principally of the mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, liver, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and the anal canal.

IT IS  EMOTIONAL  AND IS QUICK TO TELL US IF IT ‘S NOT WORKING PROPERLY.  That is one strong argument for reflexology sessions.  They bring about homeostasis which is important to digestive health.  We have a tendency to hold worry  in our stomach.

Once food is eaten, it travels down the pharynx and esophagus to the stomach.  When the food leaves the stomach it moves to the small intestine.  This is where most of the nutrients are absorbed.  This is also where fear can find a safe place.

What actually happens in the process of digestion regarding the food and the interaction of the food with the chemicals and how the body absorbs the resulting nutrients is complicated.  This process is not completely understood by many people.

A good description can be found in several chapters of “The South Beach Diet” by Dr. Frank Agatston in which he describes the digestive very thoroughly using  a vocabulary we can all understand.

Finally, the large intestine moves the undigested and unabsorbable food to the anal canal and rectum where it is excreted.

Eating and digesting food is  not just about getting nutrition.  It’s a very spiritual process.  How do we assimilate things that are happening in our lives and in the world around us?  Our digestive system not only absorbs nutrients and discards those things not needed but we also use our digestive system to absorb feelings, sensations, experiences.    When we are forced to hold back our feelings, it’s reflected in our digestive health.

It has been said that health begins and ends in the intestinal tract.  It is true that an unhappy, angry, frustrated person has a much harder time maintaining digestive balance and health.


Although all the parts of the digestive system are very important in a Reflexology for the Spirit session, work the liver during every session.  The liver is a large organ and it has a bigger job to do because it’s a detoxing machine.  People are becoming more toxic because of the pesticides in our food, the toxins in our air and water, and the things we eat which aren’t really food.

Pay special attention to the large intestine when offering a Reflexology for the Spirit session.  Maintaining a healthy large intestine is extremely important to your client’s overall health.

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