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Eric Huffman   
Wednesday, 04 November 2009
Reflexology - Its All About the Qi - image by - NexusJay ( remember when Ando Sensei, my Japanese reflexology teacher, first said to me that reflexology is all about the qi. "When the qi is flowing properly and in balanced harmony; good health follows." I did not understand what he meant at first, however, after 5 years of practicing here in Chicago, I have come to understand this saying to be truer than I had previously imagined.

So what is Qi?

Qi, pronounced "chee", means energy or life force energy. Oriental medicine states that this energy flows through the body in channels known as meridians that connect to all of our major organs. According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or is blocked.

Reflexology is a powerful way to release these blocks, improve the flow of qi, rebalance the qi in the body, and improve your health. For thousands of years, Oriental medicine has used numerous methods to serve the purpose of creating harmonious qi flow in the body. Reflexology, acupressure, qi gong, moxibustion, are a few commonly used methods.

What I like about reflexology is that:

1. It is safe. The first question I asked my teacher was can I do any harm using reflexology. He smiled gently and in a calm voice said "No, it can only help."

2. No needles. Unlike acupuncture, reflexology does not use needles. (I've often referred to reflexology as "needless acupuncture".)

3. It feels so good. Maybe not during your session, however, after a good reflexology session, you feel so awesome. This not only due to the increase energy flow, but also due to all the endorphins that are released in your body.

Why the feet?

All the main qi meridians run into the feet so when you have a reflexology session, the wave like movements of the flowing qi circulates through out your entire body and through out the entire meridian system. With this new flow of qi, you feel more energy and your body will heal itself on a deeper level.

The Buzz Factor

When I do qi gong, an ancient martial arts practice for good health, I feel energy moving through out my body. My hands tingle and buzz, and I feel great afterward. I also know that reflexology produces many similar benefits.

Often times during my reflexology sessions, you may feel the tingling pulsing sensation of this new flow of energy in the body. Although this is a new experience to most, this mysterious vital energy plays an important role in you feeling great and being healthy. My form of reflexology is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the qi flow, so that is one reason why it is so unique to most reflexology given here in America.

The Qi knows how to heal your body

The qi knows how to heal your body. Just like your cells know how to repair themselves, clean themselves, and sustain themselves, the qi has a way of repairing, improving, and balancing your energy levels. Just like water "knows" how to move through a fire hose, the qi "knows" how to move through the meridians. However, at times, due to mental, emotional, and/or environmental stressors, the meridians can become congested. Remember, if the qi stays stagnant for too long, imbalances occur and poor health ensues. Reflexology breaks up these congestions and gets the qi flowing again.

"Where the qi goes, the blood flows"

An ancient Chinese saying "where the qi goes, the blood flows" means that when the qi moves to a certain area of the body, the blood flows there giving more oxygen and vital nutrients to the cells, glands, organs, and muscles. This improved circulation also means that your body can rid itself of harmful toxins. Reflexology really gets the circulation flowing properly and helps you flush out toxins from your body. As always, be sure to drink plenty of water after your reflexology sessions so you can get all that junk out.

Eric Huffman trained extensively in Tokyo, Japan with master foot reflex sensei, Ando Haruki.

Eric offers private Japanese Foot Reflexology sessions in Chicago. At his healing center Eric offers a variety of classes on Japanese Foot Reflexology, meditation, yoga, qi gong, and Qi Awakening breathing workshops. For More Info visit

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