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Coasting : Issue 11 May 2010
12 central coast • new south wales By DAVID STEWART Put your best foot forward THAT'S THE SPOT: Reflexologist Lyn Maher begins a session with a client at Love and Serendipity Community and Wellness Centre, Gosford. Picture by Aaron Brown. Upholstery The Centre "We've got you covered" Market leaders since 1981 in all upholstery and repairs - Domestic and Commercial. Bay 2, 5 Tumbi Creek Road, Berkeley Vale p. 4388 2203 Visit our showroom Monday to Friday or by appointment Saturday and Sunday. Custom Made Furniture Free Quotes 7Days Pick Up & Delivery Mention this ad for FREE Supershield Fabric Protection & a Bottle of Spot Cleaner c8709976-6May Pick up your FREE monthly edition today! Available at: > All major shopping centres > Your local club > Selected Doctors and Dental Surgeries, Hair and Beauty salons > Outside The Surfshop at Fountain Plaza > Selected Cafes across the Central Coast A8742341-6May Kooindah Blvd, Wyong, Central Coast Ph 02 4355 5777 or visit kooindahwaters.com.au In support of : The Starlight Foundation Central Coast Kids in Need Central Coast Children's Fund Family Fun Day Sunday 16th May 2010 10am - 3pm Kooindah Waters Enjoy a family day out to help raise money for children in need! Free Entry • Meet NBN's Big Dog • Star 104.5FM Road Stars with free tattoos • Rides & amusements • Market & food stalls • Wine tastings, coffee & ice cream • Huge raffle • Golf competitions • Dance group performances • Local school performances • Helicopter rides c8704862-4Mar Feeling tired? Stressed? Generally out of whack? Help may be afoot. Just for a moment, suspend your disbelief and consider this -- a basic principle of reflexology is that all parts of the body are connected, or reflected, in corresponding parts of the foot. It's not too hard to believe, qualified reflexologist Lyn Maher contends. "After all, the foot is shaped like the trunk of the human body," she said. "The ball of the foot represents the chest, the waist area runs across the centre of the foot, and the base of the foot represents the pelvic area. Even the side of the foot is shaped like the spine." The idea is that by applying pressure to the feet with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques, as well as joint mobilisation and relaxation techniques, a reflexologist can help a patient to experience physical and emotional changes. Reflexology is not solely concerned with the feet. It can also be applied to the ears, face and hands, reflexologists say. Still not convinced? Well, maybe a few thousand years of archaeology holds more weight with you? Evidence suggests that the ancient Chinese, Japanese and Egyptians were among the first civilisations to use reflexology. And remember that therapies such as acupuncture were long scoffed at by traditional western medicine. "According to Traditional Chinese Medicine the body's meridians [energy or chi lines] mostly end at the feet and some at the hands," Lyn said. I feel good Perhaps the most common benefit that patients derive from reflexology is a reduction in stress and tension, Lyn said. "There is a really deep relaxation response," she said. "The most common response I get from clients is that they tell me 'I feel marvellous' and it's true: you just feel good," Lyn said. It's a gentle, non-invasive process, and it encourages the body's own healing ability,
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