Massage Therapist touts the benefits of reflexology | New
Reflexology is an alternative medical practice in which practitioners apply pressure to different parts of the hands, feet, and sometimes the ears to stimulate different parts of the body.
Karen Nickels is a massage therapist and reflexologist who practices Cyndi’s hairstyle four times a week. She also practices in Fort Gibson and has worked in the industry for 21 years.
âYou have areas on your feet and hands. All parts of the feet mirror parts of your body. If someone has a pain in their lower back, I can find a place on your feet that will be tender. The hands have the same reflexes as the feet, âshe said.
According to reflexologists, the feet, hands and ears mirror other parts of the body. She sometimes applies “ear seeds”, which are radish seeds, to the ears to help cure a number of health problems.
“You can put them on reflex points and they will stimulate that part of the ear. I put them on that part of the ear of someone who had sciatica. It didn’t hurt,” he said. Nickels said.
Sciatica refers to pain that passes through the sciatic nerve – from the hip to the leg – and is caused by inflammation. The condition can be debilitating for those who have it.
Nickels studied biology at the University of Houston, but she changed careers after doctors couldn’t identify and cure an illness that was causing her daughter pain. She saw a specialist who was able to perform a procedure that doctors would not do.
After this experience, she took her daughter to a massage therapist and chatted with the owner. The conversation would change the course of his life.
âMy daughter had a massage. I said, ‘I’m good at this.’ [The spa owner] said, ‘Why don’t you go to school and work here.’ I went to massage school and that’s how I started my school in 1998. I learned reflexology, âshe said.
Reflexologists map the human body to identify how different parts connect.
âThere are stitches on the trunk and back. It’s humiliating how great if you get your head rubbed, you feel. It makes you fall asleep, it’s because you stimulate your reflexes. It’s because you have all of your reflexes on your head that create endorphins and serotonin, âshe said.
Oasis Health Foods sells materials for those interested in massage therapy and reflexology, including Arnica Vanilla Massage Oil. They also sell homeopathic medicines to reduce pain and relax muscles.
âWe also have Himalayan salt massage stones. You can combine this with any type of body oil. You would use it with a massage stone. It’s really good, and we got it recently, âsaid Steelle Stevens, Oasis Health Food employee.
Stevens has used reflexology before, as well as acupuncture, which also targets pressure points.
âFor headaches, there are acupressure points in the hands and wrists. Reflexology follows the ends of the hands, feet and ears, âStevens said.
Laura Carter is a Certified Massage Therapist at Skin Spa & Boutique in Tahlequah. She worked in the mental field and obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has observed that the mental and physical health of her clients are intertwined and that understanding how the mind works enables her to do her job better.
âMy psychological training has allowed me to communicate better with my clients on a personal level,â Carter said.
She practices craniosacral therapy, which treats the nervous system by lightly touching the synarthrodial joints in the skull.