What is Chi-Reflexology?
Chi-Reflexology is a modern approach to reflexology. This therapy has been developed by an Australian practitioner and teacher; Moss Arnold. He has combined the principles of classical reflexology with aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Chinese Philosophy to produce a unique and effective therapy. Moss has worked for many years developing Chi-Reflexology and is a highly respected teacher and author, presenting his work around the world.
For further information see www.chi-reflexology.com.au
(As stated in other areas of this website the following information is based on theory, there is currently no published scientific evidence that I am aware of to prove or indeed disprove these theories.)
Chi is the Chinese word for energy and is pronounced “chee” So as the name suggests this therapy is designed to work with the “energy” system within the body.
How does Chi-Reflexology work ?
The theory as to how this therapy works is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Philosophy, where it is thought that, as well as having blood, chemical messengers and nerve impulses circulating through our bodies, there is also a network responsible for energy, or chi, distribution. This network is referred to as the meridian system. It is this system that is thought to be accessed when using acupuncture or acupressure therapy. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the energy, or meridian system is regarded as being essential to maintaining a healthy, balanced body and mind.
The meridian system is divided equally between the right and left sides of our body, each side being a mirror image of the other and consists of 12 pairs of lines, 6 pairs running to or from our feet and 6 pairs running to or from our hands, some connecting to the head, others connecting to various areas of the chest and abdomen. Situated along these lines are points, acu-points, where it is believed the therapist can gain access to the flow of energy, encouraging a change in the energy flow and address any imbalances. In Chi-Reflexology this is achieved by applying very gentle and precise pressure with the fingers. This technique is combined with the anatomical reflection theory of reflexology, where stimulating reflex areas in the feet and /or hands will bring about change in the related organ or part of the body.
What is involved in a Chi-Reflexology treatment?
Before treatment begins your therapist will want to discuss your medical history and general life style with you. Many of the questions you will be asked may seem irrelevant, however in Chi-Reflexology all aspects of your medical history, including childhood illnesses, can provide valuable information for the therapist to identify which of the meridian lines may require some help to achieve a better balance therefore enabling your body to repair itself. It is important to remember that Chi-Reflexology does not heal; this therapy is believed to restore your own natural energy balance encouraging your body to adjust and repair itself.
Treatment involves the therapist working over all the surfaces of your feet and ankles using his / her fingers, applying gentle pressure to the specific reflex areas and acu-points that are found in the feet and ankles. Chi-Reflexology differs from traditional reflexology in that the therapist works systematically on both feet, rather than one foot at a time and only applies very light pressure. Each treatment is tailored to the specific requirements of the client with the therapist using all of the information you will have given her / him when discussing your medical history. Before beginning each treatment session your therapist will need to discuss what effect the previous treatment had and assess how best to progress with the next treatment. Treatment is generally quite relaxing with many clients falling asleep. You may experience some slight discomfort or unusual sensations during treatment but this is usually very short lived, however it is important to tell your therapist as this information can help the therapist to identify areas that require more specific attention. Chi-Reflexology should not be confused with a foot massage; although a very relaxing therapy it is not a massage.
Who can have Chi-Reflexology treatment?
Chi-Reflexology is suitable for everyone, from young babies through to the elderly frail. This is a gentle and very adaptable approach to reflexology where treatments can be tailored to the specific needs of each individual client. Chi-Reflexology is not a “one size fits all” therapy, a good practitioner will use his or her skills and knowledge to provide a treatment suitable for the client, no 2 treatments are likely to be identical.
This gentle therapy is particularly suitable for children and elderly clients where sitting / lying in one position for any length of time is not practical, a simple balancing treatment can be achieved in a few minutes.
How long does a treatment take?
You should normally allow around 1 1/4 hours for your first treatment, extra time being required to complete paperwork and discuss your medical history prior to treatment. Thereafter a normal treatment session will take approx. 1 hour. However as discussed above, shorter treatment sessions can be carried out to suit the client, environment, circumstances etc.
Is Chi-Reflexology safe?
There are very few conditions that would prevent your therapist from using Chi-Reflexology. However you should NOT have Chi-Reflexology if you are suffering from the condition THROMBOSIS as there is the possibility that the blood clot, or fragments of it, may move through your circulation as a result of the Chi-Reflexology treatment with potentially very serious or even fatal consequences.
Clients suffering from severe burns, fever, and acute infectious illnesses are also considered to be unsuitable for Chi-Reflexology until recovery is established.
There are several other medical conditions that may cause your therapist to have some reservations about treating you and will need to discuss this with you and plan your treatment accordingly.
Should I tell my doctor that I am having Chi-Reflexology?
This is entirely up to you. However your reflexologist should recommend that if you are receiving conventional medical treatment for a specific condition it is in everyone’s best interest that you inform your doctor. As more doctors become aware of, and see, the benefits of complementary therapies for their patients, then hopefully we may find them being more readily incorporated into NHS practice.
If you are currently taking a prescribed medication and you feel that your Chi-Reflexology treatment is making a significant difference to your health under no circumstances should you stop or alter the dose of your medication without first consulting your doctor,
How often will I need a Chi-Reflexology treatment?
There is no definitive answer to this question. However it is hoped that you will be able to detect a positive improvement within 4 treatment sessions. It is important to remember that Chi-Reflexology is a gentle therapy that is unlikely to provide overnight improvements. The longer you have had a condition the longer it may take to improve. Your therapist may suggest treatment on a weekly basis for the first few weeks reducing to fortnightly or monthly sessions thereafter.
Once your health has improved it is recommended that you continue having treatment on an occasional basis in order to maintain the benefits you have gained. The frequency is entirely up to the individual client, perhaps 6 weeks or every 2 months, only you will know how you feel.
Remember that Chi-Reflexology is not a “cure”; it is a therapy that enables your body to reach a healthy balance overcoming the stresses and strains that your environment and day to day living bring. Diseases and wear& tear are constant factors that our bodies have to cope with, but by achieving and maintaining an optimum physiological balance Chi-Reflexology may help you to overcome many of these problems.