Cupping & Reflexology
Cupping is an ancient technique, used in many cultures, in which a special cup is applied to the skin &held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. The suction & negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, & sedate the nervous system. Cupping is used primarily to treat chronic & acute respiratory conditions such as asthma & bronchitis. It is also used to relieve back & neck pain, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, & even cellulite.
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Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands & ears. Reflexology is generally relaxing & is an effective way to alleviate stress. The theory behind reflexology is that these areas correspond to organs & systems of the body. Proponents believe that pressure applied to these areas affects the organs & benefits the person's health. Reflexologists use foot charts to guide them as they apply pressure to specific areas. Nicole might use items, such as rubber balls, rubber bands & sticks of wood, to assist in the work.
Several studies funded by the National Cancer Institute & the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety & depression, & enhance relaxation & sleep. Studies also show that reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of people with cancer. Read more about Reflexology's influence on chronic back pain.
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