Stress is indicated as one of the major causes of almost all illnesses. Negative emotions trigger chemical changes in the body that activate hormones. This is good in moderate amounts – for example, the fight or flight response kept our ancestors alive and continues to keep us from danger.

But many of us experience chronic, low-level (or high-level) stresses that keep us vigilant while lowering our immune function. This is what makes us more susceptible to illness, disease, and imbalances.

Reiki and reflexology help combat this common problem by offering deep healing, relaxation and stimulation of our body’s own natural ability to heal.

This past summer (2017), the three arms of reflexology in the U.S.: the American Reflexology Certification Board (, the nonprofit, independent testing agency; the Reflexology Association of America (RAA;, the national membership organization; and the Voice and Resource Center for Reflexology Educators, agreed on one definition to describe the practice:

Reflexology is a protocol of manual techniques, such as thumb- and finger-walking, hook, backup and rotating-on-a-point, applied to specific reflex areas predominantly on the feet and the hands. These techniques stimulate the complex neural pathways linking body systems, supporting the body’s efforts to function optimally. The effectiveness of reflexology is recognized worldwide by various national health institutions, and the public at large, as a distinct complementary practice within the holistic health field.

This definition serves to clarify the differences in technique between reflexology and massage, and clearly states how reflexology differs in its intent from massage therapy, a practice that manipulates soft tissue with the intent to relax muscles. This distinction is crucial for states pursuing reflexology licensure separate from massage.

How does Reiki work?

lauren-stahl-how-does-reiki-workReiki allows you to relax and rejuvenate by enhancing your body’s energy system. The Reiki practitioner acts as a conduit to direct energy in a non-invasive way to your whole system.

As you relax and open to receiving healing, your body can draw on this energy to reinvigorate and realign body, mind, and emotions. Stagnant areas of the body start to unblock. As a result, you may find that you have fewer chronic aches and pains, and old injuries may lessen.

Reiki can also help release stuck emotions. While we usually allow emotions to pass through, sometimes we hold onto strong emotions and judgments. These can get stored or stuck in our physical body as pain – for example, stress that turns into a tension headache.

Reiki can help release pain caused by lower-vibration blockages of old emotions, thoughts, and experiences. This simple hand healing technique raises your life force energy by causing a release of low-vibration negative energy.

How does Reflexology work?

The body contains a complex network of organs and systems that work together. Reflexology works by applying appropriate pressure to reflex points to allow healing in the whole body.

Adding physical pressure to specific zones and reflex areas in the hands and feet results in stress reduction, which causes a physiological change in the body and stimulates a natural healing response. The enhanced overall relaxation helps increase blood supply, enhancing the body with more oxygen and nutrients, and encouraging detoxification.

To learn more about the origins of Reiki and Reflexology and how they work, see the FAQ.

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