Hand Reflexology for Practitioners by Nicola Hall, Matthew Williams

By Nicola Hall, Matthew Williams

Definitive and in-depth, this booklet provides crucial info for nice hand reflexology perform. protecting heritage and idea, the anatomy of the hand, precise descriptions of every reflex quarter and strategies for perform, this publication will deepen figuring out of hand reflexology and the way it may be used to regard a variety of stipulations.

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Nails Nails are a special type of cell that fills with hard keratin and grows over the epidermis of the skin at the ends of the fingers to act as a protective layer. The visible part of the nail is the nail body and the actively growing part of the nail is the white crescent-shaped lunula at the base of the nail. The nail root is the non-visible part below the lunula hidden by the cuticle. The nail bed is a layer of epithelium under the nail and it appears pink through the translucent nail body due to the presence of the many underlying blood capillaries.

The hieroglyphic above the scene shows one of the patients saying, ‘Do not let it be painful’ and with one of the practitioners replying, ‘I do as you please’. It is thought that reflexology or a similar method spread from Egypt to Greece, Arabia and then on to Europe through the Roman Empire. Evidence of the knowledge of therapies involving the application of pressure to the feet has also been traced back to India and Japan, with drawings showing mapping on the feet having been found in Japan (690 AD), Tibet, India and China.

Fitzgerald would use various gadgets to apply the pressure and these included rubber bands (which would be wrapped around the fingers), clothes pegs (which were clipped to fingers or toes), metal combs (which would be pressed into the palm of the hand) and metal clips (which were placed on the more fleshy parts of the body such as the abdomen). The gadgets would be used to apply a prolonged pressure with the patient being told only to release them when the area to which they were applied turned blue and was therefore being deprived of blood!

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