Reflexology for Women’s Health, Ann Gillanders

Introduction

Today we will be learning about ways to improve the physical and mental health of us ladies throughout our life span. Men don’t feel left out because great insights can be found for you also and besides wouldn’t it be wonderful to learn the skills to provide mental and physical support to the women in your lives.

What to expect:

  • A brief biography of the author
  • Summary of the book
  • Overview
  • Review
  • Excerpts
  • Conclusion
  • Links

Biography of author

Let me tell you this lady is a ghost online. So far all I have found out is that she started reflexology 40 years ago when she was introduced to it by her brother when he offered to treat her ailing third child. From there she took a course in reflexology and the rest is history, as they say. Since then her love and passion for her work as grown and she’s written several books on the topics including: Reflexology: A Step-by-Step Guide; The Family Guide to Reflexology, The Essential Guide to Hand and Foot Reflexology, among others. I’ll be leaving a link to her website and her autobiography: No Mean Feat which I have not read. If anyone has read her bio or has info on her, don’t be shy and let me know.

Book Summary

Firstly, here’s a definition of reflexology taken from Merriam Webster online dictionary: “massage of the hands or feet based on the belief that pressure applied to specific points on these extremities benefits other parts of the body” and one taken from Ann Gillander’s website: “Reflexology is a science that deals with the principal that there are reflexes in the feet that connect to all organs and functions, by stimulating these reflexes by a refined pressure therapy, great benefits can be achieved in helping the body to heal itself.”

For further information on reflexology check out her website.  You may want to check out her article on the History of reflexology. You will find all the links listed below, in the order they were mentioned in this post.

This book is essentially a guide on how to use reflexology to treat and  minimise the effects of over 100 ailments that affect women, from teenagers to the elderly. These ailments include acne, PMS, fertility issues, candida, polycystic ovaries and more. It provides you with tips and resources to improve these various ailments and clearly illustrates and explains  how to perform the various reflexology techniques.

Overview

This book was quite a informative and enjoyable read for me. I believe it will greatly benefit anyone, including males, that read it. It’s great because the benefits are both mental and physical.

Review

To be honest I don’t have any concerns or negative feedback. This book was well written and illustrated.

The reasons I enjoyed this book

  • The explanations and tips were easy to read and understand.
  • The illustrations used to demonstrate the techniques were clear and easy to follow.
  • I enjoyed the incorporation of nutritional tips to try.
  • I liked the inclusion and encouragement of the use of traditional medicine in conjunction with reflexology.
  • The fact that she listed the parts of the body you need to work on for each ailment to ensure an effective treatment was greatly appreciated.

Excerpts

“Reflexology can be used not only to treat diseases and dysfunctions of the body but also to maintain good health.”

“If the body is suffering from inflammation, tension or congestion, the corresponding reflex points in the feet will reveal sensitivity when pressure is applied.”

Foot guidelines:

“Four basic techniques are used in reflexology. These are creeping, hooking out, rotating and spinal friction.”

“The correct functioning of the reproductive system of both men and women is very susceptible to stress and tension so reflexology can be of great benefit in this situation.”

“Reflexology can also help balance the hormonal system, which is of prime importance during the teenage years…”

“Breastfeeding mothers can help calm baby’s colic while stimulating their milk supply by drinking infusions of chamomile, cinnamon, cardamon or fennel.”

“Stress and poor eating habits all put strain on the adrenal system, so try making these simple dietary and lifestyle changes. They should reduce menopause symptoms and make you feel better…”

Conclusion

As stated in this book “Reflexology is a gentle and non-invasive way of healing, used to combat disease and encourage the body to heal itself.” I hope that this encourages you to read and learn more on this fascinating topic.  May it provide insight and healing to you and your loved ones.

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