Reflexology For The Spirit

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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.


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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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Guided Meditation: An Angel Points the Way to a Digestive System in Perfect Health

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SEEK OUT A COMFORTABLE PLACE WHERE YOU WILL NOT BE INTERRUPTED.    Turn on some quiet music if you like.  Sit or lie down in a comfortable position.    Feel your body as it becomes comfortable in this place you have chosen.

TAKE A FEW DEEP BREATHS.   Now, take a few relaxing breaths.  As you breathe in, feel the healing air you are bringing into your body.  As you inhale now, feel the pure healing air as it  enters your nose, throat, and lungs.  Each time you inhale, allow your body to breathe in more healing air into your lungs and then into every artery, and finally every vein in your body.

With each exhale, you release toxins, stress, negativity which have collected throughout your digestive system.  Your exhales are gently  detoxing your system.

As you are breathing in this healing air, you become aware of a  a special healing light accompanying these inhales.  As you inhale, feel  the healing light wash over your body.  Feel this healing light as it bathes your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual being.

Now, notice that this light is focusing on your digestive system, washing toxins and any issues away.  This healing light  gives health to your digestive system beginning with the mouth and traveling down through the esophagus, stomach, liver, small and large intestines, rectum and anal canal.  This healing light brings health to every organ down to the cellular level.

Breathe deeply and naturally now for a few moments as you receive the nurturing energy from this light.  Allow your digestive system to melt into this healing moment.  Allow your digestive system to absorb this purity and perfection.  Relax a bit more and listen for the sounds of the forest which is enfolding you.

You find yourself on a path in the forest.   As you move down the path, you feel the air on your skin.  You smell the soil, the leaves.   You hear the forest sounds:  the birds, rustling leaves, small animals skittering.  The healing light you breathed in a few moments ago is allowing you to become one with the forest.


You look down the path and see an angel ahead.  You notice everything about this angel who is welcoming you.  You will want to remember this angel and this place when you return for  visits.  Notice the colors, the textures, the sounds, the smells.

This angel is here to help you focus on the health of your digestive system.

You feel that this angel is here to help you be healthy and stay healthy.

Your angel begins to share with you how your body is now working as it properly should.  You pause a few moments and receive the  wisdom this angel has for you.

You begin to gain insight about what blocks need to be released, what organs need more nourishment, how to channel stress and negative emotions into positive life experiences.

AS YOU GAIN INSIGHT, YOU BEGIN TO HAVE YOUR OWN QUESTIONS.  You know this angel has the answers for you.  You know  that if the answers do not come immediately, there is no need for concern.  You know from the angel’s presence that the answers will come in another time or at another place.

It’s time for you to go now.  It’s time for you to return to your room and your safe, comfortable place where you began this meditation.     As you leave the forest and return to the comfortable place in the room, you feel the healing light stay with you.

You return to the moment relaxed, refreshed, knowing you can visit this forest and this  angel whenever you want.

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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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Reflexology Blog – Heartburn

Heartburn usually is brought on by eating too quickly or eating too much at a meal.


People  at risk of heartburn attacks include  smokers who are also overweight.  There Things  can be done to alleviate the discomfort:

Give up large meals.  Instead of three large meals, switch to four to six smaller ones.

Avoid fatty, high calorie foods.  Dietary fat has a tendency to make people more sensitive to heartburn.

Steer clear of foods which may cause heartburn:  carbonated drinks, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, mint (spearmint and peppermint), onions, oranges, tomatoes.

Include walking in your daily activities.

Wear more comfortable clothing.

And, often silently, hiatal hernias play a part in the heartburn story somehow.  Many of us, maybe even half of us, have hiatal hernias.   We are often unaware that we have one.  However, if your heartburn is persistent, ask your healthcare provider it this might be contributing to your problems..

Spiritually, heartburn sufferers find life too bitter to bear.  They can no longer stomach the situation.

Reflexology helps with the anxiety and stress of everyday life which often contribute to heartburn.

When offering reflexology to a person suffering with heartburn, begin the session by working the solar plexus and diaphragm reflexes.

Work the entire endocrine system.

Work the entire digestive system as you focus on the stomach reflexes.

Work the entire nervous system.

End the session by focusing on the liver and the solar plexus.

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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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Digestive System: Bottom Line Information, 16 Essential Oils, 44 Foods Which Nourish the Digestive System, and Improvements to be Expected to the Digestive System


The digestive system is very quick to tell us if it’s distressed.  Marge D’Urso taught that over 50% of people who visit reflexologists suffer from digestive disorders.  A well-functioning digestive system is necessary for a healthy body.  The importance of the digestive system to our overall health cannot be overrated.

Because the nervous system communicates with the digestive system, focus on the nervous system before working the digestive system.  Follow this with attention to the digestive system including a focus on the intestinal tract.  Because good health begins in the intestinal tract, work it a often as you can in your sessions whether or not the person has voiced complaints.

ESSENTIAL OILS TO USE WHEN WORKING THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM INCLUDE  black pepper, coriander, fennel, ginger, peppermint, rosemary, nutmeg, mountain savory, clove, lemon, tarragon, basil, grapefruit, spearmint, lemongrass, copaiba

FOODS NOURISHING THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM INCLUDE  apples, apricots, artichokes, arugula, asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, coffee, dandelions, eggs, fennel, flaxseed oil, garlic, ghee, grapefruit, green beans, green tea, kale, leeks, lemons, mushrooms, oatmeal, okra, olive oil, onions, papaya, peppers, pineapple, prunes, pumpkin, rutabagas, spinach, squash, strawberries, tea, tomatoes, turnips, water, watermelon, yogurt

Of the foods on the above list, the following foods are also on Johnny Bowden, Ph.D.’s list of the 150 healthiest foods on earth.

apples, apricots, artichokes, arugula, asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, coffee, dandelions, eggs, fennel, flaxseed oil, garlic, grapefruit, green beans, kale, leeks, lemons, mushrooms, oatmeal, olive oil, onions, peppers, pineapple, prunes, pumpkin, strawberries, tea, turnips, water, watermelon, yogurt.

So, you’ve actually got two lists here.  The top list is the list of foods nourishing the digestive system.  The second list is those foods on Johnny Bowden’s list.  This gets a little complicated but it’s worth knowing.  If you have problems with the information and how it’s listed, please let me know.


The importance of digestive system health cannot be overestimated.  Both disease and health begin in the intestinal tract.  Regular sessions focusing on the digestive system encourage a healthy digestive system.  WOW!

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Follow this with attention to the digestive system including a focus on the intestinal tract.  Because good health begins in the intestinal tract, work it as often as you can in your sessions whether or not the client-partner has voiced complaints.

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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