#Reflexology - classes and sessions with Merrie Bakker in Vancouver, BC Canada

Reflexology ~ an art, a science and a skill ~ can help eliminate the many causes and symptoms of poor health. Reflexology can aid with a specific health concern and have a therapeutic benefit. Reflexology helps dissipate high levels of stress and tension. Reflexology can be a pure indulgence, a blissful treat, a much needed delicious pleasure or a special indulgence for benefits you deserve.

  • reducing your aches, pains and stiffness
  • promoting a deep sense of your well-being and sleep
  • re-balancing your energy and vitality
  • improving muscle tone
  • providing relaxation of your muscles and reducing your tension and stress
  • improving your circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • stimulating and boosting your immune system
  • improving your body's innate ability to do its own natural healing
  • reducing symptoms and discomfort

Experimental evidence shows that Reflexology directly affects peripheral micro-circulation, the rhythm and stroke volume of the heart, blood pressure, levels of circulating white blood cells, intestinal peristalsis, secretion of hydrochloric acid and the production of red blood cells.

The central nervous system corresponds to zones in our body, related to energy meridians and their specific points. By palpatng these zones on the corresponding zones on the feet, related to CNS and the corresponding meridians in the body, neuronal activities respond. The therapist can figuratively read the reflected map. This helps in locating the course of a health problem.

It doesn’t tickle and I use gentle or strong pressure - your choice. Good reflexology is NEVER painful - that offers no advantages.

$70 single session
$300 - five session prepaid package

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Merrie Bakker

Reflexology, Reiki, Dowsing: http://www.reflexologyreiki.com
Live Blood Analysis and Ozone therapy: http://www.pacificholistic.com



So how does this reflexlogy actually work?
Between the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system, we know all communications are possible. Some of this is best comprehended through cranio-sacral information. The brilliance of this fluid system is that it is very present in the spinal column, the lining of the brain’s ventricles, through the foramen of magendie and luscka and in the sub-arachnoid spaces (brain and spinal cord). 
And this fluid also seeps out along all periferal nerve pathways - an integral part of every nerve - even the tiniest - en route from the central nervous system to the periferal areas.
This fluid is eventually returned to our blood via the arachnoid villi which protrude from the subarachnoid space on through to the superior sagittal sinus of the brain to rejoin the venous blood. This is truely holographic!

When we feel a pain in a certain area of a toe, for example, as it is touched, it relates directly to a specific place elsewhere in our body and the communicative brilliance is achieved through the cranio sacral fluid and the nervous system.
Some theories have just the nervous system as the great connector / communicator. Nerve receptor cells do inform our brain about pain. Nerves in the feet are connected to nerve bundles travelling to our sacrum and then into the main power cable. The rest of the passage - from spinal cord to related organ, signalled by the foot touch, where the action originated, may or may not be via our nerve endings or may be via the cranio sacral fluid or both. But it works - and has - for 3000 years!

Chinese Element principles that link energy pathways via the major organs and their connective tissue or fascia (that surrounds all parts of the body) resembles a holographic web network that is ‘tapped’, along with cranio sacral fluid, rather like the old telegraph communication mechanism.

Treat all six leg meridians quickly!

All of the meridians in the legs either begin or end in the toes (except for the kidney meridians located on the sole of the foot). By applying pressure to each of these meridians at specific points one activates all six meridians quickly and effectively. In addition to opening the energy in the legs, working on these points supports three of the Five Elements often used in  Chinese Medicine. For every Element in the Chinese Medical system, there are two meridians, one Yin and one Yang. On the foot we have these elements and pairs:

Earth Element: Yin Meridian – Spleen; Yang Meridian – Stomach
Wood Element: Yin Meridian – Liver; Yang Meridian – Gallbladder
Water Element: Yin Meridian – Kidney; Yang Meridian – Bladder

Need to ask any questions? Contact Merrie Bakker at 604-261-7742 and info@reflexologyreiki.com


Nine Natural Remedies for Swollen Feet
Pesky swelling can occur for quite a few reasons and even though we are all different, we’ll cover the reasons and remedies that can apply to all of us.
* The first and most obvious reason is that we remain sitting and very still for too long. Even when we are sedentary we tend to get up to fetch a coffee; go to the loo; rifle thru a filing cabinet - a sort of minimum of movement. But see what happens on a plane were we are usually stuck in one spot AND one position for hours - voila. The lymph system has no motor as the blood circulatory system does, and so the lymph in the legs need at least some minimum movement for the lymph fluid to be pushed upward.

* During pregnancy there is so much extra taxing work for the fluids in the body and less movement as the baby grows, such that pregnancy can be a time of swollen feet.. and with extreme old age there can also be extra demanding challenges that push the lymphatic system’s work to the background.

* Blood clots and phlebitis are also an important reason and need professional attention. As does artery/vein leakage and inflammed nerves / gial cells - often related to a complex imbalance where proteins are dancing poorly with immune factors and virus' due to a number of cascading factors including vaccines.

* Some medications including contraceptives and other hormonal interventions; some anti-hypertensive meds that manipulate blood flow; and anti-depressant meds are the interfering causes to a smooth lymph uptake.

* Sometimes a simple lack of electrolytes can be the culprit and then this is masked as lack of minerals can cause other symptoms, too.


looking at reflexology around the world:

Vereniging van Nederlandse Reflexzone Therapeuten (VNRT)
Association of Reflexologists
Centro Reflexologia da Madeira
International Institute of Reflexology (UK)
Cranio Sacral Reflexology International
British Reflexology Association
Fédération Nationale Des Réflexologues Luxembourgeois
Forenede Danske Zoneterapeuter
Reflexology Association of America
Reflexology Association of Australia
Reflexology Association of California
Reflexology Registration Council of Ontario


Natural Remedies for Swollen Feet and Ankles
1. Take some sage and rosemary dried herbs, 50 grams of each herb, and make a hot infusion, and then add this to a small foot bath container that is already full of quite warm water. Stay for a soothing 15 minutes.
2. Horsetail tea, a simple herbal known for it’s high mineral content may help, too. Boil 1 liter of water and add 4 tablespoons of horsetail herb and let steep and then drink over the course of the day (contains manganese, calcium, iron, flavonoids, caffeic acid esters, saponins, tannins, alkaloids, fatty acids, phytosterols, glycosides, phenolic acids, aconitic acid and silica)
3. Enter your feet into a bowl of hot water to which you have added a handful of proper Himalayan salt (see salt article at http://www.pacificholistic.com/salt). After 10 minutes in the little bath, remove your feet and place them into a bucket of cold water to which some good salt has also been added - reduce inflammation and create movement.
This can be alternated with Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate).
4. To a small bottle with several tablespoons of olive oil, coconut oil or other quality massage oil (not mineral or baby oil) add a few drops of cinnamon and clove oil. Then heat this little container bottle of infused oil in a water bath (no microwaving please!!!) very gentleuntil nice and warm and mixed - not steaming! and apply. Massage in and then wear wool socks and head to bed. Wash the evidence off in the morning and re-warm the oil in the evening and repeat.
5. Take 2 handfuls of mint, 10 minutes and a small foot bucket with heated water. Relax.
6. Raise your calves and feet above heart level - so that gravity can do it’s work and stimulate the drainage of your fluids.
7. Occasionally we have issues whereby we feel isolated (for example, hospitalization, prison time, or being shunned - either by a group or religion or people we wish to be close to) and then the kidneys treat us like a “fish out of water” and we close our “gills” and have systemic fluid retention, which then also occurs in the ankles and feet until we are back in our comfortable and supported environment. Best is to recognize this challenge and then to do EFT (emotional freedom techniques) and other gentle healing and problem solving.
8. thorough reflexology and Reiki
9. ozone/oxygen therapy - http://www.pacificholistic.com/oxygen


Want to read further?
Really impressive reflexology RESEARCH:

thorough CASE STUDIES:

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You will learn all about the important areas of the human physyology and all important health challenges in this class. Course notes, "how to's", step by step manual to guide you after the class, etc, are provided.
If you'd like to work with a buddy - then come together and you'll both receive a 10% reduction.

Merrie Bakker, Reiki Master and reflexology teacher

Reflexology, Reiki, Dowsing: http://www.reflexologyreiki.com
Live Blood Analysis and Ozone therapy: http://www.pacificholistic.com




What is Cranio-Sacral Reflexology?

Cranio-Sacral Reflexology has been pioneered by Dr. Martine Faure-Alderson over many years and is now being slectively taught around the world.
She has drawn on her background and training in several modalities including homeopathy, acupuncture, herbalism, naturopathy and osteopathy but most particularly on her work as a cranio-sacral therapist, osteopath and reflexologist.

Dr. Faure-Alderson insists on a rigorous knowledge of anatomy and physiology; encourages a highly developed sense of palpatory skills and teaches her students to interpret the cranio-sacral rhythmic impulses in conjunction with the stages of stress, to evaluate the individual needs. (http://www.craniosacralreflexologyinternational.com)

We were lucky that Dr. Martine came to Canada to teach us. Come and experience it! 


The Phenomenon of Aging and Reflexology
... as our Life Expectancy continues to increase.

Treating the imbalances due to age is as common now, for therapists, as treating disease.
Cerebral aging begins in the brain ~ in particular, that of memory. Neuro-imaging has made it possible to pinpoint the zones in the brain that are responsible for the different forms of memory. In the cerebral cortex, the temporal lobe is the seat of long term memory and the putamen is the seat of functional memory. In the limbic brain there is the hippocampus (memory bank), the amygdala (unconscious memory and emotional memories) and the caudate nucleus (the seat of instinct and the coded memory of the past and genetic memory). Of course different zones in the brain can be activated simultaneously when a piece of information is recalled or encoded and this in turn governs our behaviour.

As our brains internalize the outside world and uses signals provided by our environment, the brain constructs representations that are no longer just a simple reflection of reality. These representations guide our actions. Each action has a temporary network of neurons. Years after a concert, for example, a melody will float back into memory because it has left an imprint, an amnesic trace, inscribed in the synapses where it can be evoked and thus reappear years later.
Inactive memory is a latent form of remembering with potential, in which the altered synapses guide access to a ‘sleeping’ memory. It can be said that memory is a psychological concept, an organized collection of interrelated representations and relationships. Synaptic plasticity is a neuro-biological concept, on the other hand. Forgetting goes hand in hand with the disappearance of the synaptic modifications connected with the learning of something once remembered. Is the forgetting absolute ~ is it erased or has it simply become inaccessible?

The Effect of Reflexology on Aging

Reflexology makes it possible to slow the aging process and to keep your organs and senses functioning well ~ memory, sensation, motivation, analytical faculties and co-ordination. Reflex massage in general and cranio-sacral reflexology in particular, improves and stimulates cellular renewal.
The stimulation of all the parts of a given zone in our body can have a profound impact on other zones further removed (for example, a blocked zone in the foot affects the occipital zones of vision in the brain).
There are fundamental facts and principles in order to use reflexology most effectively.
Stimulation of points for hormonal glands on the foot impacts all the other hormones and because they all interact, they should not be treated in a fragmented way ~ quickie sessions are not advised.
The cranio-sacral system in our body covers all the zones and special attention should be given to the skull reflexes, the sacrum/coccyx reflexes and spine reflex points. The all important cranial nerves are a priority ~ on each of the smaller four toes ~ as aging first effects the organs of the senses: eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin.
The Big Toe receives a lot of attention as our whole body is reflected in all ten zones on these two big toes, including the cerebral zones ~ hippocampus, limbic brain, pituitary gland, pineal gland and the carotid and vertical arteries ~ treated millimeter by millimeter in order to stimulate every cell and activate blood, lymph and cranio-sacral functioning.

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A few notes on Reflexology's past:
Reflexology existed in the ancient culture of Egypt - about 2300 BC. A discovery of a wall painting depicting the practice in the tomb of Ankhmahor at Saqqara, gives us this proof. We also believe that reflexology had it's ancient origins and development alongside the Oriental practices of shiatsu and acupuncture, which in turn most likely had it's footing in Ayurvedic medicine which evolved in India many thousands of years ago.

In Egypt there is a wall carving in the tomb of Ankhmahor, who was the physician to the king at Saqqara. The above pictograph is often used as proof - it seems to show two people (physicians?) working on foot and hand. Christine Issel, author of Reflexology: Art, Science and History, gives us the following translation according to the Papyrus Institute in Cairo: “Do not let it be painful.” The reply is deciphered as: “I do as you please.”

We know that reflexology was practiced in Renaissance Europe from publications that still exist today. 
A Dr. William Fitzgerald noted that pressure on specific parts of the body could have an anaesthetizing effect on a related area. Developing this theory, he divided the body into ten equal and vertical zones, each ending in the fingers and toes. He concluded that pressure on one part of a zone could affect everything else within that zone and that pressure, when applied to certain points on the body, could relieve pain and improve the functions of specific organs. He looked at using this method initially for anesthesia and analgesia and he published this information in 1913 in "Zone Therapy". In addition to practicing in the American Northeast, Dr. Fitzgerald also worked and lectured in London, England and Vienna, Austria spreading the information.

Eunice Ingham, who initially worked with Dr. Fitzgerald as a physical therapist, became a tireless teacher of Zone Therapy and helped develop it further. Her two books are now classics: "Stories The Feet Can Tell" (1938) and "Stories The Feet Have Told" (1951). She established the National Institute of Reflexology. Her nephew, Dwight Byers, continued to teach throughout North America after her death in 1974 and zone therapy became known as reflexology and so began a new wave of interest.
There were early pioneers in Vancouver in the 1960's, who had studied with Eunice Ingham - Ed Johnstone, Ena Campbell, Laura Kennedy and others. They changes the name to 'Reflexology', too, as the local physiotherapists objected to their use of the word 'Therapy'.

There are reflexology associations everywhere in the world, today. They range form loosely organised social groups to very strictly set up and monitored educational institutions.
In Canada health care is either regulated at the national or provincial level - depending in the modality. Reflexology falls under provincial jurisdictions. Because with reflexology it not possible to 'do any harm/wrong" (short of pulling out someone's toes :-)), it is therefore a modality that the government doesn't care to legislate around or monitor at present. There is therefore no legally required institution to self govern, self police and/or report back to a government ministry or to have the provincial authorities oversee the education of reflexologists in any way. The reflexology associations that do exist, locally, provincially and nationally, promote the best education, professional practices and continuing education seminars they can create - and although their standards are very high, there is no legally set standard.
Certification comes from individual teachers themselves or on an honour system through the associations that the teachers are members of, but not by any government or any certifying, legally responsible, entitiy.

Pacific Holistic and Merrie Bakker ~ 604-261-7742 (if you receive voice mail, we will call back promptly).

Some reflexology websites you may enjoy: Links to RESEARCH, REFLEXOLOGY SCHOOLS and ORGANISATIONS

Read about some practical resarch results and studies using reflexology for diabetes at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/76387244/Research-Studies-Evaluating-the-Effectiveness
by Duan Zhi-gin et al., Department of Physiotherapy, First Hospital Affiliated to Beijing Medical University

Kevin and Barbara Kunz have written many books on Reflexology - beautiful interactive charts, too

...and some detailed case studies posted at: http://www.icr-reflexology.org a fine international practitioner organization 

  • Endometriosis Case Study
  • Endometriosis and Reflexology
  • Fibromyalgia and Reflexology
  • Does Reflexology Improve the "Quality of Life" for Lung Cancer Patients?
  • Reflexology and Panic Disorder
  • Type 2 Diabetes and Reflexology

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