Nutrition and Reflexology working together

When I launched my practice as a Registered Holistic NutritionistTM, I envisioned a business model that was primarily solo. A practice where I would meet my clients individually and assist them with meeting their wellness goals with the power of nutrition. While being a holistic practitioner expands my scope to include the whole body, including mind, body, spirit, I never really appreciated the village that it would take for my clients to tap into the best care that is available to them.

As a wellness practitioner, I owe my clients my best advice, nutritional education, and beneficial treatment plan in order to reach their goal. Sometimes that means reaching outside the skills and strengths that I have in my nutrition arsenal, and teaming up with other practitioners who have similar goals for their practice and clients. One of those modalities that I consistently endorse and refer to is reflexology. I have been a proponent of this for many years on a personal basis, but only recently have I discovered the overwhelming benefits of how I can incorporate this modality into my own practice.

So how do nutrition and reflexology work together for best client care? Let’s look at the benefits of both modalities. Blocked qi (pronounced “chee”, the ancient Chinese belief of vital energy) can cause an imbalance in the body that leads to illness. Reflexology aims to keep good flow through the body, keeping it balanced and disease free. Nutrition aims to provide education and guidance on eating patterns in order to promote wellness, improve quality of life, limit illness and disease, and guide clients to become more knowledgeable advocates for their own dietary choices.

Reflexology can also assist in the removal of toxins and improve the movement of lymph and blood. One of the primary benefits to good nutrition is the improved detoxification of the body via better liver function, and urinary output and intestinal system improvement, to name a few. Imagine a client who receives instruction, guidance and the physical support to improve their well-being.

Both approaches to better health include reducing stress, release and elimination of toxins, improving digestion, strengthen immune system which improves overall system function and promotes self healing and wellness. Both approaches may also include other practices such as herbology, chiropractic, massage therapy, and more.

When would a nutritionist refer to a reflexologist?

One of the primary conditions that clients with issues present with is a high levels of stress. Chronic stress is one of the most prolific conditions that are present in my practice. For one, sustained levels of stress have a negative effect on the microbiome. Chronic stress disrupts so many beneficial pathways of the digestive and nervous systems that it can have a major effect on whole body systems. Both stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline, increase blood glucose levels, which can lead to so many whole-body imbalances and is the basis for many diseases and chronic health issues.

When would a reflexologist refer to a nutritionist?

According to reflexology practitioner Diane MacDonald of Raincoast Elemental, “Through the modality of reflexology and other energy work we can support the relaxation of the body to support balance within the body. However, if clients continue to put food into their bodies that exacerbate the situation, then the client can never truly hope to heal themselves.”

A client can expect to have more preferrable outcomes and improvements in their symptoms when they work in tandem with a reflexologist and a nutritionist. If we can work through some of the indicators of stress and induce some relaxation, nutritional changes to one’s diet can also help to alleviate symptoms and underlying factors. For example, a client can expect to reduce stress and improve blood circulation and cleanse body of toxins through reflexology while simultaneously working on improving liver function and bowl detoxification with targeted nutrition – what a team!

At the end of the day, all of our clients are searching for the same thing. To help them reach a better state of wellness and to improve their quality of life. As wellness practitioners, I hope to build a team of experts in their field to assist them in doing just that.

If you are interested in meeting to see if we are a good fit for referring clients to each other, please contact me!

Nutritional counselling is not intended to diagnose, cure or replace the recommendations of your medical practitioner. Please seek the advice of your physician before starting any additional therapy.

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