Reflexology- with Jenny Ekstrom

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What is Reflexology?

Reflexology involves the manipulation of defined pressure points on the feet, hands, face and ears.
The theory is that these pressure points correspond to various organs of the body and that the application of pressure on these specific points can help to alleviate illness, encourage healing and release tension by working on lines of energy.

History

There is evidence of foot and hand therapy being practised in China and Egypt, as long ago as 2330 B.C. The re-discovery of some form of systemised foot treatment is accredited to Dr
William Fitzgerald who called it Zone Therapy and drew it to the attention of the medical world between 1915 and 1917. This so-called ‘zone-therapy’ was developed further in the 1930s by a nurse and physiotherapist called Eunice Ingham. Using Fitzgerald’s theory that the body has 10 vertical zones each ending in a different part of the foot, she developed the first map of the reflexes’ to be found on the foot and to which body parts they were connected.

Benefits of Reflexology

Reflexology cannot cure diseases, but can help to alleviate the symptoms of many health problems. As a gentle, non-invasive treatment, it is thought to be very beneficial to promoting a better quality of life.
Reflexology can complement mainstream medicine, particularly by inducing a state of deep relaxation, improving blood and lymphatic circulation and helping the body’s own healing processes.
Regular reflexology sessions can help people cope with general aches and pains as well as alleviating symptoms associated with some chronic problems:
• Respiratory conditions
• Anxiety and depression
• Recovery from stroke
• High blood pressure
• Migraine and headaches
• Support the immune system
• Increase flexibility
• Improve mental agility and memory
• Increase circulation
• Aid digestion issues and constipation
• Improve physical, mental and emotional health.

What to expect after Treatment?

Reflexology gets the circulation going again and increases the nerve supply to all organs.
This creates a balancing effect or "homeostasis" that restores the body’s equilibrium.
Daily anxieties and frustrations are often relieved after a reflexology session and people are
left with a healthy state of body and mind.
Treating both the body and mind through reflexology helps to slow the aging process,
increase energy and encourages recipients to remain active and social.
Please call us for more information on Jenny’s Reflexology services and treatments Phone  07-5578-7155

 

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Psoas Muscle and Lower Back Pain

The psoas muscle forms part of a large group of muscles called the hip flexors. It is the primary connector between the trunk and lower limbs as it originates at the 12 Thoracic Vertebrae and inserts into the inside of the femur.

Its main action is to bend from your hips and pull your legs towards your chest for example when climbing stairs. These muscles are also used when hiking, running, dancing, walking, sitting and doing sit ups. The iliacus and psoas major form the iliopsoas, which is surrounded by the iliac fascia. Altogether they play a significant role in the movement and stabilization of the pelvis.

Tightness of the psoas can result in spasms or lower back pain by compressing the lumbar discs, resulting in postural problems for example Lumbar Lordosis. Through stress or repetitive activity, sitting down for long periods of time, constant contraction of the psoas muscle limits range of movement in the hip joints and puts pressure on the surrounding hip flexors causing an imbalance in the pelvis.

Through constant contraction of the psoas, the muscle eventually begins to shorten leading to another range of painful conditions including lower back pain, sacroiliac pain, sciatica, disc problems, spondylolysis, scoliosis, hip degeneration, knee pain, menstruation pain, infertility, and digestive problems.

As well as structural problems, tight psoas constricts the organs, puts pressure on the nerves, interferes with the movement of fluids, and impairs diaphragmatic breathing.

If you suffer from any of the above conditions mentioned, come in and see me and I will be more than happy to help you.

Click here to see a demonstration of some stretches you can do to relieve your tight psoas.

By Jenny Ekstrom.

To book an appointment with Jenny, call us on 07 55787155 or click here to book online.

Knee pain when you squat? 5 Quick tips for females to prevent knee pain in the gym

Ever wondered why after or during squats and lunges your knees ache? Chances are your knee cap(s) are the problem and as a female you will be 7-8 times more likely to get knee pain in the gym than males.

WHY ?

  • Hip strength: Most females don’t naturally have the hip strength required to control the hip and  knee from rotating inwards during squatting and lunging movements.
  • Hip mobility: Females naturally have much greater mobility than males. Unfortunately this means more movement to control and with the above mentioned hip strength deficits the extra hip mobility can be a real problem in your squat
  • Quad strength: Not enough quad strength will put more force on your knee caps when you squat and lunge
  • Ankle stiffness: Get rid of the high heels and start doing those calf stretches ladies !! Stiff ankles make it very hard to complete a good quality squat or lunge
  • Awareness / movement control: Ever watched your technique in the mirror ? do your knees turn in when you lunge or squat ? We know that knee rotation inwards is a massive contributor to knee cap pain

Tips

1.Hip strength: Bridging, clams and side planks are all great drills to build hip strength. Try single legged versions of these

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2.Hip mobility: Don’t overdo the stretching of your hips – chances are if your female that strength is more important than flexibility

3.Quad strength: Try some single legged leg press. if your knees are sore this position will be less challenging. Don’t overdo the leg extension machine as it might make you worse

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4.Stretch your calfs and ankles. Also wear shoes with a thick sole on them. Perhaps try some of your squats with your fee slightly turned out

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5.Knee band: Place a knee band around your knees and perform some squats with this on – it will help remind you to not let your knees turn inwards

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If you continue to get knee pain come on in and get it sorted with one of our expert practitioners Adam Shaw, Jess Norton or Chris Pearson.

 

 

Yours in health - The Physiologic Team