Reading reflexes in the hands

Watching my clients’ face., holding eye contact if possible, so that we as therapists can relieve pressure if discomfort is evident.

During treatment I am looking to help restore energy throughout the body and to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities.

I also want to ‘read’the hands to try to identify weak areas with which my client needs help, by searching for crystals and looking for areas of pain or discomfort.

There are fewer crystals to be felt in the hands than in the feet, but when I do find them, I use hand-reflexology techniques to disperse them gently.

Crystals or pain indicate an imbalance in the corresponding areas of the body. For example, a crystal in the shoulder reflex may reflect a past, current or future problem in the shoulder.

The main difference from the feet is that we use our hands in many more ways. Our hands are also exposed to pressure, which naturally breaks down a lot of crystals that i would otherwise find.

So if someone tells me that an area is sensitive, I take action to reduce the pressure and continue to work very gently on that area for a further 10 seconds.

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as one a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health :)

Call; 07793 047351  for more info or email me to book an appointment on; dannycoach63@gmail.com

Reflexology and Digestion

Digestive Wellness:

The digestive system is comprised of a collection of organs which are responsible for breaking down food into its components for the body to use. The culmination of years of effects of diet, lifestyle, stress, diseases, and medications can lead to digestive complaints such as bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain, indigestion and heartburn. It is estimated that at any one time at least 40% of people have one or more of the above digestive symptoms.

Bowel habit-What’s normal?

Normal bowel habits vary from person to person and depend largely on diet, the amount of fluids ingested as well as the physical activity undertaken. Age, pregnancy state and the amount of stress an individual is under also have an impact. Typically, having a bowel movement somewhere between three times a day and three times a week is considered to be healthy. Bowel movements should pass smoothly with no pain and stools should not be too watery or loose, nor too lumpy or hard. It;s important to note that prescribed medications may also cause digestive or gut issues as side effects.

When digestive conditions are a cause of concern:

Generally and digestive symptoms such as bloating, gas or loose stools, settle down by themselves. However, they may be a signal for a more serious illness. During a consultation with a client it’s important to be aware of Red Flags in this system.

These include:

*Any worsening of heartburn, stomach pain or indigestion symptoms.

* Difficulty with swallowing.

*Sudden weight loss.

*A sudden change in bowel function.

* Any bleeding from the bowels.

Stress and Digestion:

A moderate amount of stress in our daily lives can act in a positive manner, allowing us to be motivated and alert. Though too much pressure from work-life demands can lead to stress, which can affect us physically, emotionally and psychologically. Ultimately, this may lead to illness. In the body, the autonomic nervous system manages our response to stress via the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. These systems are also responsible for routine functions in the body such as blood pressure, heart rate, sugar levels and also the process of digestion. It has been discovered that around 90-95 per cent of our serotonin lies in the gut, in addition to a number of other important neurotransmitters.

The enteric nervous system (the nervous system of the gut) is constantly in contact with the autonomic nervous system, so when stressful situations arise, the action of the sympathetic nervous system on digestion can cause symptoms in the digestive system that range from a heavy, sinking feeling in the stomach to diarrhoea and constipation.

Other conditions associated with digestive issues:

Conditions such as autism, parkinson’s and osteoporosis are also thought to be related to poor gut function. Stimulating the vagus nerve (which mimics signals from the gut to the brain) has not only been found to improve memory and learning, but also has been used as a treatment for epilepsy and depression and may well be useful for other conditions from migrane to tinnitus to Alzheimers.

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

 

The Central Nervous System

The nervous system, regulates rapid muscular and secretory activities of the body, whereas the hormonal system (endocrine) regulates mainly the slowly reacting metabolic functions. The central nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord and nerves emanating from them.

The Brain and the Cranial Nerves:

The brain consists of two hemispheres. The left controls the right half of the body and visa versa. This “crossover” is important to therapists in that it is the major exception to zone theory.

The brain is the central computer that controls both the voluntary and involuntary system of the body.In other words it controls the central nervous system and the endocrine system, both of which jointly control the complex activities of the whole body. There are twelve pairs of cranial nerves arising from the brain and passing through the holes in the skull. Some of the cranial nerves are only sensory (taste, smell, sight and hearing), but the majority are motor nerves. Probably the most important of the cranial nerves is the vagus nerve. It is the largest nerve in the body supplying the heart, lungs and abdominal organs.

Spinal Cord and Spinal Nerves:

The spinal cord is the continuation of the brain below the skull. It is a column of nervous tissue enclosed in the spinal canal, a tunnel in the backbone. The nerves originating from the spinal cord are channels for conveying information from the peripheral nerves of the body and to the muscles and glands. The cervical nerves control the neck and arms. The thoracic portion provides nerves to the chest. The lumbar nerves are distributed to the lower extremities, the legs and feet, and the sacral nerves mainly supply the organs of the pelvis, the pelvic and buttock muscles.

The spinal nerves are named and numbered according to the vertebral divisions of the spinal column into cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral segments. The spine has seven cervicals starting with the atlas-axis, the first and second cervicals which is what the head pivots on). It ends with the seventh cervical, a protruding vertebrae at the base of the neck. The seventh cervical effects everything down into the fingertips. From the seventh cervical down are the twelve thoracic vertebrae each carrying a pair of ribs. These end at the waistline which marks the beginning of the five lumbar vertebrae. This is the lower back. The lower back has a profound effect on everything in that region such as the reproductive organs, digestive tract and the lower limbs. Below the lumbar vertebrae are five fused vertebrae which form the sacrum and the vestiges of the tail, the coccyx. This area can affect many parts including the head.

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

 

Low Blood Pressure, Pancreas, how it affects..

Blood pressure is the force exerted by the heart in pumping blood from its chambers. It is affected by the amount of adrenalin and noradenalin produced by the adrenal glands. Adrenalin permits emergency contraction of some parts of the body and emergency relaxation of others. Noradrenalin is involved with contraction primarily and thus handles such jobs as the maintenance of proper blood pressure. Thus noradrenalin has an effect on long term stress.

Panceas: The pancreas lies mainly behind the stomach across the back of the abdomen. It is a dual-purpose organ with endocrine function (ducted; digestive juices are secreted through the pancreatic duct. Functions: Pancreatic juice is alkaline and neutralizes acid from the stomach. It has many enzymes which are catalysts that break down complex substances into simpler ones for absorption through the intestine into the blood stream. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas is essential in controlling the glucose level in the blood. Glucose is the principal energy food used by the body. (blood sugar level endocrine)

Diabetes: This is a condition in which the pancreas fails to supply enough insulin to control the blood sugar (glucose) levels. There are many side effects; the eyes and kidneys are usually the first to be affected if diabetes is not treated. This condition can occur during childhood as well as later in life. Hypoglycemia is a condition in which the pancreas produces too much insulin, thereby creating a low blood sugar level. many symptoms accompany a low blood sugar condition, eg; the brain has no fuel reserve except the supply of glucose in the blood. Hypoglycemia will impair the efficiency of the brain. It is principally through the regulation of diet that hypoglycemia is treated.

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

 

Adrenal Glands & their functions

The adrenal glands are located on top of the kidneys. They have some fifty functions that integrate with other glands and are regulated by the pituitary.

Adrenalin production is the “fight or flight” hormone. It stimulates heart action, releases glucose, raises the blood pressure and increases the circulation of the blood to the muscles. It relaxes air passages, stimulates breathing and prepares the body for action. In order to do this it must slow down digestive and excretive processes, reducing the blood flow to all areas except the muscles and heart.

The arterial, heart and digestive muscles are involuntary in nature. The adrenal glands secrete hormones which have an effect on these muscles, and they must maintain the muscle tone in the digestive tract to promote normal, healthy peristalsis. The adrenals secrete hormones which control the water and mineral balances, which in turn effect the operations of the muscles.

Dysfunctions: Inflammation is a natural result of the body’s attempt to heal itself. The adrenal glands produce a natural form of cortisone which aids in reducing inflammation. An injection of synthetic cortisone tends to signal the adrenal glands that enough cortisone is in the system. Stress: The adrenal glands help the body to combat stress. Cortisone prevents stress from becoming lethal to living tissue. Cortical hormones and adrenalin are main elements in the body’s fight against fatigue. Fatigue lowers the body’s ability to handle stress, which is defined as injury, infection, environmental factors, psychological strain, etc.)

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health.

Parathyroid Glands

The parathyroids are embedded in the thyroid. Their hormone controls the levels of calcium and phosphorous in the blood. The level of calcium in the blood is important because it is involved in blood clotting, contraction of muscles, and the actions of the nerves.

Parathyroid Functions; Bone is constantly being broken down and renewed. The parathyroid’s job is to take calcium from this reservoir and add it to the body fluids when needed. The concentration of calcium in the body fluids can do its job properly only if kept within very narrow limits.

Cramps; Calcium & phosphorous are essential to the normal operation of the muscles and nerves. Parathyroid failure often causes an imbalance in calcium and phosphorous levels, which can result in muscle contractions, the serious form of which is called tetany.

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

Anatomy Table of Disorders, No.1; Endocrine System

The Endocrine glands serve as regulators, & together with the central nervous system they are responsible for controlling the complex activities of the body. Their messengers, the hormones, transmit their messages all over the body. The endocrine glands are ductless, secreting their hormones directly into the blood stream. These glands can malfunction either by being overactive (hyperactive) or underactive (hypoactive).

Pituitary and its functions:

Think of the endocrine glands as a large management team. Its chief executive would be the pituitary. The pituitary gland is located at the base of the brain and is approximately half an inch in diameter. It produces a number of hormones performing many different functions. Effects hard and soft tissue growth.

Dysfunctions controlled by the Pituitary Gland:

Fever is a type of defensive reaction to protect the body. If the temperature of the body gets too high, its well-being is jeopardized. Together with the hypothalamus, the pituitary is involved in the body’s attempt to cope with fever. Fainting; the pituitary secretes a hormone called vasopressin, which regulates arterial constriction. Since fainting results from a sudden insufficient blood supply to the brain, this hormone, and thus the pituitary are involved.

 

Thyroid Gland:

This gland regulates the basal metabolism of the body cells. It is located in the front of the neck and is h-shaped. Functions: Metabolism refers to the rate at which the body uses absorbed foods. It burns them to get heat and energy for its activities. The thyroid produces thyroxin, a hormone which increases the rates of activity of almost all of the chemical reactions in all the cells of the body. It produces a hormone which effects bone growth. It also controls calcium levels with calcitonin, a hormone which facilitates the movement of calcium into the bone.

This operates in opposition to the parathyroid hormone which increases the movement of calcium from the bone into the blood. The effect of the growth  hormone of the pituitary gland is insignificant without the presence of thyroxin.

Tomorrow I will be talking about the Parathyroid

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health.

 

 

General Introduction to emotions in the feet

Hi its Danny again:; there can be much to see on a pair of feet at first glance. Hard skin or any other form of difference can of course be due to imbalances in the reflexes due to practical reasons such as stance, gait, weight, infection and footwear, and these should be the first areas investigated.

Secondly, the hard skin could be due to protection of a physically related imbalance at that reflex point. Asking questions about the physical health may unearth issues from a long time ago that your client considers to be ‘over in the past, a long time ago’ yet may still be present as an imbalanced reflex in the feet.

If none of these are relevant, then the potential for emotional imbalances comes to the fore. An awareness of how these show in any area of the key emotional areas may help with unleashing a pent up or withheld emotion, allowing release.

Emotional imbalances may show in certain individuals as:

* Hard skin/callus represents an area of protection.

* Corns are similar to calluses and represent protecting a specific issue.

* Itching skin indicates irritation.

* Rough skin means going through a rough time.

* Damp skin can indicate anxiety but also caould be a detox reaction.

* A verruca can be a deep rooted issue so bad that it is eating away at you.

* Athlete’s foot represents someone getting under your skin, interfering, doubtibng, questioning your ideas and hindering your process (remember it needs treating physically too)

* Blister-someone is rubbing you up the wrong way and you’re coming off worse!

* Dry skin indicates a need for more warmth, nurturing, or love.

* Peeling is about a fresh start or new beginning.

* Oedema or swelling on the reflexes-when an emotion has been pent up for so long that there starts to be an emotional build up.

Ready to book? Please call me on 07793 047351 or email me@ daniel@danielandersonreflexology.co.uk

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

Pregnancy Massage

Hi, it’s Danny again~

What is pregnancy massage?

Pregnancy massage shares many of the goals of regular massage ­– to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But it’s also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and therapists who are trained in prenatal massage adjust their techniques accordingly.

How can pregnancy massage help me?

The therapeutic benefits of massage for pregnant women haven’t been studied very much. There is some evidence that massage may help people who suffer from low back pain, sickness, stress and possibly those with chronic headaches, but the studies weren’t done with pregnant women. In any case, massage may decrease stress and promote relaxation, helping you cope with discomfort even if it doesn’t specifically alleviate or prevent it.

Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that the extra weight you’re carrying and you may find you’ve compromised your lumbar region of your spine and this is something that will be worked on a great deal within this treatment. For further information or to book a consultation, please call me on: 07793 047351

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

Factors Influencing Our Development

It’s Danny again~

There are six factors that currently influencing the development of our theory:

1. Increasing interest from the media and the general public.

2.Growing attention from the medical profession,

3. Increased pressure to validate therapy;

4.Efforts by the government to bring about regulation of complementary therapies;

5. A growing body of research in the therapy, and the growth of properly conducted trials; and

6. The development of national occupational standards of the therapy. Have a great day!!

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health