By Marcia Edwards
The benefits of Limbic Reflexology for Fibromyalgia
- Non refreshing sleep
- waking up tired and stiff
- headaches ranging from ordinary types to migraine
- irritable bowel
- frequent diarrhoea or constipation, sometimes accompanied by gas in the abdomen or nausea
- cognitive disturbances including lack of concentration and word mix up
- clumsiness and dizziness
- sensitivity to changes in the weather and to noise, bright lights, smoke and other environmental factors
Limbic Reflexology is concerned with the limbic brain networks, our limbic brain strives to maintain homeostasis it acts as our survival machine and keeps us safe.
Limbic reflexology enhances conventional reflexology by specifically targeting the reflex areas of the feet corresponding to the limbic regions and networks of the brain. All the limbic reflex areas are found in the big toe so as a limbic reflex therapist, I would spend a lot more of my time in this area during the treatment session.
With chronic pain, many of the brain’s circuits become sensitised or overresponsive. In the case of Fibromyalgia, there are a range of brain areas that are overactive or underactive.
In many ways Limbic Reflexology could have been designed for Fibromyalgia as the founder of Limbic Reflexology, Hamish Edgar mentions much of its development was with those living with Fibromyalgia. Usually 6-8 weekly treatments are required with monthly maintenance treatments thereafter.
Since qualifying as a Limbic Reflex Therapist, I have been passionate about helping those living with Fibromyalgia. Based on feedback from current / previous clients, including members of the West Lothian Fibromyalgia Support Group, I have developed a package that has helped them achieve some/or all the following benefits:
- Reduction in pain
- Reduction in Anxiety and Depression
- Reduced Stress
- Increased energy
- Improved sleep pattern
- Improved mood
- Feeling more in control
- Feeling better equipped at pain management
The results have encouraged me so much that I am currently in my final year of the Master of Research programme at Glasgow Caledonian University so that I can contribute to the field of reflexology research.