What is reflexology? What would I expect at a visit? How can this type of therapy help me? What are the effects of this therapy, or any side effects?
Reflexology is the use of pressure on the feet and hands by a trained individual. This technique has been used for centuries in ancient cultures. Working on the premise that each portion of the hands and feet treat a specific portion of the body. The effect is increases blood flow (circulation), relaxes and calms the body, mind and spirit. What you would expect to happen have a reflexology treatment: once the whole hand or foot are treated the entire body is relaxed and in harmony with itself.
You will be placed in either a chair or on a table, depending on the person who administers the pressure treatment.
The only article of clothing you will be asked to remove is your socks.
Some people may use lotion or oils, but this is highly debatable among other Reflexologies. Most common is a dry treatment.
It is a safe, and nonharming treatment to have there has been no case studies to date of any ill effects from reflexology treatments.
The session usually lasts anywhere from thirty to forty-five minutes
Reflexology is not to be replaced by conventional medicine but it does enhance the effects of medical treatments.
There is only a certain amount of pressure to be applied to the feet and hands. Work within your comfort zone, and if you feel there is too much pressure or it becomes painful you must stop the treatment.
Working on the premise that each portion of the foot deals with a certain body system, by massaging the area you are relaxing the tenseness.
It allows an increase of blood flow throughout the body when the entire foot is massaged or "worked".
Both feet must be "worked" totally and completely to feel the effects.
It is possible for you to do this yourself if only for five to ten minutes a day. There are small rollers you can purchase and use during your "down time".
As with most alternative treatments, total relaxation of the body into a meditative state is appropriate in helping the body to heal itself.
Always remember to consult with your physician before using any therapies that are new. Persons with diabetes or other disorders that deal with circulatory problems to the legs, arms, hand and feet should be cautioned to please check with their physicians.
Engraving lockets and jewelry: can my piece be engraved?
A brief overview on the types of jewelry that can be engraved.
The art of engraving goes back to the Stone Age, where cave men etched their art on rocks, pottery and cave walls. As time went by, engraving became the highest form of mastery an artist could achieve.
Jewelry was first created for adornment, an outward show of status and prestige, often times embedded with gemstones or imitations. Adding an engraving to the piece added beauty and meaning; making the jewelry more treasured and prized.
Today, engraved jewelry is very affordable. If you buy your locket or other jewelry from a reputable jewelry store, they can tell you immediately if the object is engravable. If you received your piece as a gift or purchased it elsewhere, there are a few simple rules to determining if it can be engraved.
Lockets made of very thin gold or silver cannot be engraved because their surfaces will collapse when hit with the engraver's tool. The same principles apply to very thin walled rings or other objects; the engraving tool can split the bands.
In order to be sure that your jewelry can be engraved, look for either solid gold, gold filled or sterling silver markings. Gold plated jewelry is generally too soft to withstand engraving.
Gold jewelry should be at least 14 karat gold and of a heavy enough production to be engraved. All gold jewelry is marked with a karat stamping, i.e., 10K, 14K, 24K, etc. Gold-filled jewelry has all the same features of Karat gold, only is generally similar in price to Sterling Silver jewelry. Both of these types of jewelry can be engraved providing the walls are thick enough.
Sterling Silver jewelry should have the mark '925' stamped somewhere on the piece. This means that the piece is at least 92.5% silver. An alternative marking is a walking lion with his leg raised. Known as the lion passant, it is an old form of silver marking. Pure silver is rarely used in jewelry making, as it is too soft. Silver jewelry purchased at craft shows or other places is often referred to as Mexican Silver. The silver content in these pieces are questionable and would require a jeweler to determine their suitability.
Once you have determined that your piece can be engraved, you next decision will be the font that will be used. On small spaces, such as lockets or inside ring bands, a block font generally works best. Flowery or script fonts tend to be unreadable. The exception to this would be if you wanted only a single initial on the front of a pendant. Then a script font would be perfectly acceptable.
For larger items, like ID bracelets, choose a font that goes along with the gender of the owner. A bold, block font is usually preferred my male wearers, while a nice script font works best for females.
If in doubt which font to use, talk it over with the jeweler engraving your piece, he or she will have the experience to know what type of engraving will look best on most items.
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