A guide to reflexology treatments combined with complementary therapies to restore energetic balance, relieve pain, and support healing
• Provides more than 30 full-color maps of reflex zone systems from head to toe, including the ears, mouth, tongue, fingernails, and torso
• Explains how to incorporate supportive therapies such as essential oils, crystal wand massage, and visualization to maximize healing
• Examines the history and evolution of reflexology, revealing both its Eastern and Western roots, as well as recent international advancements
Expanding the practice of reflexology beyond the feet and hands, Ewald Kliegel illustrates how to precisely and quickly treat different emotional and physical disorders with an integrated combination of reflexology and complementary therapies. Applying the fundamental principles of reflexology to the entire body, he provides more than 30 full-color maps of reflex zones from head to toe, including reflex zone systems of the ears, mouth, tongue, fingernails, and torso.
The author details reflexology techniques for each reflex zone and discusses how to incorporate essential oils and gemstones during active touch and reflexology sessions, including the benefits of crystal massage for post-stroke recovery. Drawing on international advancements in reflexology, including the work of craniosacral reflexologist Martine Faure-Alderson, Russian researcher Alexander Kachan, Chinese biologist Zhang Yingquing, and Korean physician Tae Woo Yoo, Kliegel examines how to integrate Yin-Yang massage strokes, metacarpal reflexology techniques, Korean Hand treatments, and craniosacral massage principles into reflexology treatments to restore energetic balance, relieve pain, and support healing. He outlines specific treatment protocols, including holistic reflexology treatments for headache, digestive problems, and back pain. Providing step-by-step instructions for diagnostic testing, he also outlines supportive approaches such as visualization to balance the energies of the body and an active meditation to troubleshoot congested locales in the body.
Examining the history and evolution of reflexology, the author reveals not only the ancient Eastern medical practices that played a role in reflexology’s genesis, but also its ancient European roots. Providing a truly holistic and integrative approach to reflexology, Kliegel reveals many different hands-on paths to healing that embrace the energetic interconnections of mind and body.
One of the most fascinating aspects of our body is the existence of reflexology. By reading the reflex zones on the surface of the body we are able to discover health disturbances that may have otherwise remained hidden. Mostly these are not the spectacular and severe problems but the ones that vex us in everyday life.
A pimple on the right side of the nose, an itching on the right shoulder, and a red spot at the lower right side of the rib cage are all signs of liver and gallbladder strain. If we ignore these signs and continue with a diet of fatty meat and alcohol or a lifestyle in which we experience too much anger and not enough rest, the physical symptoms will become more obvious. Eventually the pimple will disappear but muscular tensions will increase and the gallbladder will require medical treatment.
With reflexology the body’s surface is an open book of life waiting to be read. Reading means understanding. Here feelings and intuition come into play. The practice of reflexology awakens these often neglected potentials and restores them to an importance they deserve in our life. This does not mean that common sense is disregarded. In fact, our analytical minds are key in sorting our perceptions and findings in order to give our treatments useful structure and direction. This holistic approach, using both heart and brain, opens new dimensions of treatment.
Recent research by German physicist and brain researcher Guenther Haffelder reveals that the left, more analytical half of the brain has a processing speed of about 20,000 bits per second in a sequential mode. The other half, which is responsible for our feelings and intuition, processes our life's data at a speed of 60,000,000,000 bits per second in a parallel mode. It’s always interesting to see how left-brained and right-brained people find common ground and mutual respect in reflexology. Intuitive people discover that it takes a lot of systematic reasoning to practice reflexology, and rationalists discover a world that as a whole is not rationally explicable: life itself.
Reflexology shows very tangibly and impressively that we are holistic creatures and every attempt to separate parts from each other causes problems. The head is connected to the toes and it gives them orders via the nerves. By producing insulin the pancreas reaches cells on the tip of the nose and the ends of the little toes. With reflexology it also becomes clear that there is a coherence between body, mind, and spirit. When we are excited we feel it all over. Even our hair takes on a greater shine. When in a depressive mood our state of mind is clearly visible in our posture and appearance. Every part of us as humans is interdependent on every other part. Thus any disturbance within will have an effect on the whole body, and here our skin comes into play. Reflexology allows us to observe on the outside what is happening on the inside. It is like a map of human nature. Now the mysterious red spot at the shoulder has meaning; we can interpret it as dysfunction of the gallbladder. With holistic reflexology we are able to consciously recognize these signs in ourselves and in others.
This skull reflexology system is a closed system that the Austrian physician Hans Zeitler introduced in 1978 in his acupuncture practice. The most common indications for the use of the cranial reflex zones are to aid in recovery from stroke and other brain trauma that has limited a person’s ability to move. Gentle massage of these zones on a regular basis can greatly support other treatments. I have seen improvements even two years after a stroke when the medical guidelines say progress can no longer be expected.
The skull zones are also indicated for problems of blood supply. Self-massage of the skull zones can be a great help to those who suffer from cold hands or feet. Just a little one- or two minute massage at these points generates a warmer feeling in the affected limbs. Skull massage can also have a soothing effect for pain in the hands from chronic rheumatic diseases. For Parkinson's disease, while massage does not have a great effect, medical acupuncture on the skull zones brings much improvement. A rather unusual application concerns musicians. Regular massage of the skull zones for the head and the hands can be used for greater virtuosity.
Whereas for acupuncture treatments it is necessary to target the specific zone as shown in the four stripes on the diagram above, for massage it is even better to treat the whole skull area. If you find a point that is uncomfortable to the touch, remain there longer and adjust the intensity of the massage to just below the level of pain.
Finally, next time you are at the hairdresser’s, you can be even more appreciative of the attention given to your head. Even if they don't know it, hairdressers’ extensive scalp massages have a thoroughly beneficial effect on a person’s well-being.
Ewald Kliegel has been a practicing massage therapist and naturopath for more than 35 years. He teaches seminars on reflex zone massage and crystal wand therapy in both German and English throughout Europe. He lives in Stuttgart, Germany.
“. . . a beautifully illustrated book . . . thoroughly researched. It is an excellent resource for the different types of reflexology showing the body as a hologram.”
– Martine Faure-Alderson, D.O., author of Total Reflexology
“Holistic Reflexology presents in detail a large number of new possibilities to take advantage of the virtues of reflexology. Not to be missed by anyone who already knows and appreciates the value of reflexology or by those who want to discover this wonderful technique!”
– Christopher Vasey, N.D., author of The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health
“Ewald Kliegel’s work is a wonderful exploration into the world of our microcosms and reflex zones. Holistic Reflexology is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to understand what their body is trying to communicate with an itch, ache, pain, or blemish, and how it may be balanced. I highly recommend this comprehensive text for healing arts practitioners, their clients, or anyone wanting to better know and support the health of their body.”
– Bridgette Shea, L.Ac., MAcOM, author of Handbook of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda