Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Helping Children with Reflexology

These stories were received following the Reflexology eNewsletter Sent out by Bill Flocco regarding 74 Schools in Lambeth, near London, England that have people trained in Reflexology go into the schools to give students with behavioral problems sessions of Reflexology. To contact Bill Flocco, visit the Americian Academy of Reflexology in Los Angeles.

Unexpectedly, that Reflexology eNewsletter, triggered Reflexologists sending in success stories of how Reflexology was helpful in relieving a wide range of health challenges for children from 10 days to 16 years of age

3 Year Old with Cerebral Palsy & Extreme Pain
I currently am assisting a 3-year old boy with Cerebral Palsy, once/week, using Reflexology mostly, after some calming massage to begin. He really enjoys it, and his mom says results are extreme calm, followed by happy energy later. Less seizures are happening as well. Reflexology works? You bet! Cindy Rice, Oregon

10 Year Old Hyper
My nephew - 10 years old - got a few Reflexology sessions from me while I was visiting in Los Angeles. He was running on extra Duracell batteries and running my 54 year-old brother ragged. Amazing, how Reflexology works. Patricia Goldberg, Hawaii

Child With Seizures
We had a student whose' son could not attend grade school because of seizures. His medicine was unreliable. Once she learned how to work the pituitary reflex and found how well it worked for her son's seizures, she taught his teacher, the school Principal and nurse and his friends how to do the easy technique. He now attends regular school with his friends and his seizures have dramatically reduced. Bobbi Warren, California

Ear Aches - Ear Surgery Avoided
This is OUR first experience with Reflexology back in 1967. My brother had continual earaches during swimming season and the Dr. wanted to insert the tubes in his ear. Mom worked his ear reflexes every night for 2 weeks and when it came time for the operation ... there was no problem and he never had problems with his ears since then. Love this stuff and how well it works with kids! Bobbi and Muff Warren, California

10 Day Old Constipated And Hiccups
I have a friend who is 48 who recently gave birth to fraternal twin boys ... I was recruited to help out with burping and just the general juggling of feeding 2 at once. When I was holding adorable 10 day old baby Thomas, he became very fussy although he had already burped and was changed. He clearly was trying to sleep, yawning and closing his eyes - but kept on opening those baby blues and fussing more and more. I could feel gurgling - and his Mom said he hadn't had a bowel movement that day. I so gently stroked the center of each foot with the slightest of pressure and in about 3 minutes there was another burp, some gas and a bowel movement - followed by an 'oh so deep' breath, closed eyes and a sound asleep baby. This is a baby who reportedly does not like to have his diaper changed at all - we did it anyway when he fell asleep and he just didn't even wake up to notice. Later, after the next meal, Thomas got the hiccups - and they just would not quit - finally after about 5 minutes it occurred to me to use reflexology again. I gently applied the softest pressure to the rim of each ear - and after about 30 seconds they were gone! He looked straight up at me - I know babies this young cannot really focus as older babies can - but I know he knew something had happened! Annalise Evenson, New York

3 Month Old Constipated
Another friend and neighbor dropped into my apartment in NYC to introduce me to her friend who was visiting with her 3 month old baby - a beautiful baby girl - who was also fretting. The mother explained that she was constipated and had been since birth - with about 1 bowel movement a week. She said that the pediatrician said it was 'normal' for her but that she felt so badly for her little girl. As we chatted I asked if I could apply a little reflexology to the baby's foot. We chatted another 10 minutes as I worked on the baby's feet - plantar midfoot. When I first began to work on her, this little girl turner her head so fast to look at me - eyes opening very wide! Shortly my friend and her friend stood to leave - and as they walked down the hall to the elevator - all of a sudden we heard an explosion of gas from this adorable little girl! I later heard from my friend that the little girl had "pooped" all the way home in the car - but more surprisingly - had had 2 bowel movements a day for the next 6 days! When they came back to town to visit - I showed the Mom what I had done - and how to do it herself. Months later I heard that the little girl had stopped needing reflexology for that problem when she reached six months - but that it had been a gift for the Mom to learn for the 3 months in between. The Mom also said that she had not realized just how much the constipation had affected her baby until they experienced her being 'regular.' Annalise Evenson, New York

Children With ADHD
I wrote an article on Reflexology for Children with ADHD after seeing all of the new coverage for Reflexology for children.
Amy Kreydin, Massachusetts

4 Months Old Plagiocephaly
I'm writing to share with you my experience with my nephew, Connor. He will be two next month. He has a twin sister whom received most of the nutrients within my sister's womb, leaving him small, weak and with a few physical issues. As a small infant, he had digestive problems and about 4mos. I noticed his head was showing signs of Plagiocephaly. Without going into details, my sister chose not to do anything about it. I decided to give him Reflexology when I'd see him, & it's been enough to have calmed his stomach issues and his head looks MORE normal. Motor skills are fine and seems to be on track for his age. Now when I see him, he comes up to me several times during a visit and offers his ear(s) to me, sits in my lap and melts into me (what a glorious feeling). I have even glimpsed him working on himself. : ) I'm still finding appreciation, gratitude and love for this work. Thank you again, for sharing this incredible modality with the world. Sherae Kim, California

6 Year Old Sleep
My 6 year old grandson request reflexology foot, hands and ears every night before going to sleep. It relaxes him and he goes to sleep. Barbara Fukuda, California

16 Year Old Hyper
I have a 16 year old niece that had problems with slowing down. When she was 7 years old she had excessive energy and it was very difficult for her to go to bed in the evening at 9:00PM. A jabber mouth, She would be up at 6:00AM and zoom, like a rocket...all day until bedtime which was a major event to the point that her father would pick her up and take her to her room and put her in bed. She was not diagnosed with ADD but had many of the symptoms we hear about. I started working on her and in about 5 minutes she was quiet, not even talking. After 10 minutes she was calmed, relaxed and just stared at me. It was quite a sight to see especially when her parents came into the other room to see why she was so quiet. (They wondered if I tied her up or taped her mouth.) I could not see her on a regular basis, but when I would work on her, she became quite 'normal,' as the expression goes. I did about 10 minutes on each foot the first time. All of the other sessions were about 30 minutes. I haven't worked on her in about 2 years now, but She enjoys it a lot when I do. It's amazing how Reflexology how reduce stress in Parents. I also have attended Children's fairs in Santa Fe Springs and Whittier to introduce Reflexology to parents to show the benefits. Randy Osuna, California.

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