Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies is one of the leading reflexology schools in the area. We stand behind our reflexology training and reflexology certification curriculum as being one of the most well rounded available. We hope this information helps guide your choice to join one of the best reflexology schools in the region. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us or request to speak to an instructor!
What is Reflexology?
My adventure on my new healing path began with Sister Mary Em McGlone, a Medical Mission Sister and a passionate nurse…
She taught me reflexology in the 1980’s at Rosemont College’s Health Perspectives Program. Sister Mary Em McGlone taught us Reflexology, Touch for Health, and Therapeutic Touch.
It was life-changing.
For me to witness that one can sense the human energy field and direct it toward greater balance had a huge impact. It was a breathtaking “AH HA” moment when I realized I could use my oversensitive nature, which had been an obstacle for so many years of my life and transform it into an extra-sensory gift for healing self and others!
Working with energy added so much more awareness to my massage practice. With Reflexology, I now had a practical toolbox for client issues and disorders. Reflexology woke me up to the greater potential and purpose in dealing with life’s challenges.
I have found so many times the answers to diseases lie within the body itself. Touch therapies catalize the body’s own healing. It is my mission and passion to teach my reflexology students and others how to take advantage of these reflexology therapies, so they can use them as a first choice in handling conditions.
Reflexology and the Musician
Healing diseases lie within the body itself…
My clients have taught me the incredible benefits of reflexology over the years. I remember one client, an amazing musician. I worked with him from the foot of a hospital bed in his final days. He was a paraplegic and had lost the mobility in his legs after a train accident in Europe while touring with the greatest jazz cats in the world at the time. Even after thirty years of paralysis, he longed to feel something in his legs one more time.
During our second session, he finally felt energy and tingling moving down his body and into his feet. It was the first time in so many years that he felt a sensation. It was humbling and an honor to witness his process and his courage. He never walked again, but he did get to stand and play his instrument with some very cool jazz players for a concert right there in the hospital.
One last time.
The Healing Benefits of Reflexology
Heal yourself, it’s free!
Not being able to tolerate pharmaceuticals myself, due to an enzyme disorder, reflexology has become my go-to when feeling out of balance. It grounds me when I am too much in my head, and it is very effective when my joints ache, and it helps my immune system strengthen during flu and allergy seasons. Yes, you can do reflexology on your own hands and feet. For free! No appointments necessary!
Though a reflexologist does not diagnose or prescribe, a series of reflexology treatments can help the body with relieving stress and rebalancing health. Reflexology Research has shown it to be effective in decreasing inflammation, increasing the immune response, detoxifying the body, and assisting with metabolism. Some of the few benefits of reflexology:
- Relieving Stress and Fostering Relaxation
- Improved Energy Levels
- Nervous System Stimulation and Improved Nerve Function
- Reduce Headaches
- Remove Toxins
- Assists with Cancer Treatment
- Overall Improvement in Health
There are reflexology protocols for almost every condition. These are taught in our Reflexology Certification Program. Personally, I have found reflexology to be quite effective with managing symptoms in diabetes, auto-immune disorders such as Lupus, Insomnia, Depression, and glandular disorders.
Check out this link to see an impressive listing of reflexology research: reflexology-usa.org/reflexology-research/
Treating Cancer with Reflexology
The greatest gift!
I have found the greatest gift of reflexology with those dealing with the challenges of cancer. A cancer diagnosis along with the extensive and dramatic treatment protocols, can leave a client exhausted and many with post traumatic stress. Reflexology helps with anxiety and can give the immune system a boost after treatments are over.
I found it helps especially with peripheral neuropathy, a fallout from chemotherapy. Indeed, reflexology is one of the few therapies that works with this issue. The reflexologist can help with blood circulation to the lower appendages and give new life to the nerves there. Many cancer survivors feel disconnected after a year of medical treatments, and reflexology gives them a sense of being put back together again. It is now being included in many cancer treatment hospitals around the country as part of complementary medicine in cancer care.
There have been several studies funded by the National Cancer Institute indicating that reflexology may reduce symptoms and enhance physical functioning for cancer patients.
How did I do it?
I have studied the Ingham Method of Reflexology with Dwight Byers, Vertical Reflexology Therapy with Lynn Booth, The Manzanares Method with Dr. Jesus Manzanares, Foot Reading with Mauricio Kruchik, Korean Hand Therapy with Dan Lobash, and several other styles as well. As a member of The Reflexology Association of America, I am also certified by The American Reflexology Certification Board in both feet and hands.
Studying the work of Lilian Tibshraeny-Morten and Inge Dougans, who both contributed the meridian connection to reflexology, allowed another layer to the tool kit. The body’s energy can get stagnant, congested, or depleted. A reflexologist can help balance the five elements: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. There are also many acupressure points that can be targeted in both the hands and feet to help assist in releasing blocks along the meridian channels.
And now you can learn as well…
Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies is one of the leading reflexology schools in the area. Our program is unique in that we teach more than one style of reflexology.
We also include an introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine with attention to the meridian points on the feet and hands, distinct from reflexology points. The three-level course of study can be completed within a year’s time and it will prepare the graduate to sit for the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) examination to become nationally certified.
Massage students can also take Reflexology Courses along with their massage training for dual certification. Our reflexology curriculum, which I have been teaching at LIWS since 1993, was the first approved by the American Commission for Accreditation of Reflexology Education and Training (ACARET).
The History of Reflexology
Reflexology emerged historically in many different lands and cultures- from India, China, and Egypt to the North American Indian plains. It is the ancient art of using the thumbs, fingers and hands to target points on the feet, hands, and/or the ears.
These points correlate to every organ, gland, and system of the body. The feet or the hands act as a microcosm of the entire body. The reflexologist looks for tiny deposits in the tissues that can affect nerve flow, lymph and blood flow, and energy flow as well. With specific manipulations, the practitioner can soften, pulverize, and flush out these deposits to deliver balance and rejuvenation to the targeted organs and systems in the body.
It is a wholistic modality in that all systems are incorporated and balanced. Reflexology is a wonderful tool for helping others in these stressful times. It helps calm those 7200 nerve endings on the bottom of the foot and works through the nervous system especially.
It is such a wonderful way to explore and step into bodywork for the first time.