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What kind of massage, reiki or reflexology can be done on someone whose kidneys are working poorly?

His creatinine went though the roof and hes been declining, but his kidneys must be in good shape to support a major surgery and recovery.
Thank you all so much for the great answers; except, of course, the haters that waste their own time for reasons that I fail to understand.

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  1. reiki doesn’t necessarily involve any pushing or massaging, so would definitely be an option. If you live in L.A., I have a recommendation for you to give to your friend.

  2. Reiki doesn’t involve massage of any kind. It is very gentle and safe. There are very many groups online who will do distance reiki if asked, and I have seen tremendous results from group efforts. I did a google search for “reiki request” and “free reiki request” and dozens of sites popped up. You could have people from every corner of the world helping to make a difference. I hope he feels better soon.

  3. I tried to be thourgh as this is a persons health and possibly thier life.
    Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
    The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”
    A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.
    Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
    An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.
    Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.
    While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.
    While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.
    During a meditation several years after developing Reiki, Dr. Usui decided to add the Reiki Ideals to the practice of Reiki. The Ideals came in part from the five prinicples of the Meiji emperor of Japan whom Dr. Usui admired. The Ideals were developed to add spiritual balance to Usui Reiki. Their purpose is to help people realize that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the Reiki healing experience. In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for her or his healing and take an active part in it. Therefore, the Usui system of Reiki is more than the use of the Reiki energy. It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system. The ideals are both guidelines for living a gracious life and virtues worthy of practice for their inherent value.
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    Reflexology Benefits Digestive Health
    Like a lot of other holistic approaches to healing, the roots of reflexology can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians. It eventually spread from Egypt to the Roman Empire.
    The first modern form of reflexology was known as Zone Therapy and was developed by Dr. William H. Fitzgerald M.D. and Dr. Edwin Bowers M.D. in 1917. Zone Therapy used different tools to apply pressure to zones of the body corresponding to the site of the pain. Upon doing this, they discovered not only was the pain resolved, but the underlying cause of the pain was also relieved. They were also responsible for creating the first charts depicting the longitudinal pressure zones of the body.
    Zone Therapy was further developed by Dr. Shelby Riley, M.D. who discovered there weren’t just longitudinal pressure zones, but also horizontal zones which included the hands and the feet.
    Zone Therapy was further developed by Dr. Shelby Riley, M.D. who discovered there weren’t just longitudinal pressure zones, but also horizontal zones which included the hands and the feet.
    Reflexology was developed from advances of Zone Therapy and thanks to physical therapist Eunice D. Ingham. In the early 1930’s, she developed her foot reflex theory which showed reflexes on the feet were a mirror image of the organs in the body. The major difference between Zone and Reflexology Therapy is Zone Therapy dealt with pressure on specific zones only to determine the area to be worked on. Reflexology looks at both zones and the anatomical model to determine the appropriate area on which to focus.
    After discovering the reflexes, Eunice Ingham was asked to speak about reflexology at various workshops. From there, the Institute of Reflexology was developed and has flourished since.
    What is Reflexology and How Does It Work?
    Reflexology is a form of manipulation of pressure points in your hands and feet to help relax, stimulate and reduce stress to organs, glands, and other parts of the body. It is believed this type of stimulation can help alleviate and prevent various conditions. It is not a replacement for other treatments, but when used in conjunction with them, it is a recipe for relief for many people.
    Your hands and feet are reflex maps with certain areas corresponding to every body part. When pressure is applied to those specific areas, a signal is sent from the nervous system to increase circulation and muscular functions to the corresponding area. This reaction reduces stress on this part, and this allows for less wear and tear and more healing.
    The points you press on are called reflex points. There are reflex points for every part of your body on your hands and feet. No matter where your discomfort, there is a reflex point on your hands and feet where pressure can be applied to relieve the symptoms.
    The deeply relaxing nature of reflexology allows the body to release tension and stress that can build with everyday life. It is proven that stress can have a negative impact on our body’s ability to function at optimal levels. Reducing this stress makes the body more balanced, and this allows for healing on mental, spiritual and physical levels.
    Everyone Can Benefit
    Reflexology is not just for someone who is suffering from a severe medical condition. Because of its technique of reducing stress to help resolve the body’s balance, reflexology can be used in wide range of situations.
    During labor women who were given foot reflexology were shown to have reduced pain, and it stimulated their labor. The amount of time these women were in active labor was reduced compared to women who did not receive reflexology.
    Women who continued to receive foot reflexology after birth had more success nursing and their supply of milk was greater.
    Women’s Health
    Much like birth, foot reflexology was proven to help reduce painful PMS symptoms in 95 percent of all women. Likewise 40 percent of menopausal women found foot reflexology completely relieved their symptoms while 47 percent found that their symptoms where significantly reduced.
    Men’s Health
    Probably one of a man’s biggest fears as they get older is the inability to perform sexually. Reflexology has been found to be 87 percent effective in men who experience impotence and 100 percent effective in those that experience other sexual dysfunctions.
    Another medical condition that plagues men as they get older is enlarged prostate problems. The use of reflexology has effectively reduced the size of a man’s prostate gland.
    Getting Older
    We all get older, and as we age our bodies don’t work as efficiently in many aspects of life. Reflexology can help combat the aging process and keep us feeling younger longer.
    After age 30, the body’s metabolism and production of digestive enzymes slow down. The combination of these two things can lead to poor digestion and numerous digestive ailments. Foot reflexology improves the blood flow to the intestines stimulating better digestion. Patients suffering constipation problems who received foot reflexology showed a quicker bowel transit time. However, even those who weren’t suffering from constipation responded to the foot reflexology and saw more productive bowel movements.
    Moreover, foot reflexology was found to be more effective than prescribed drugs when treating painful or imperfect digestion. Again it increases blood flow to the area, and this increased flow helps relieve stress. This reduction in stress allows for less wear and tear which ultimately leads to more healing.
    In addition to digestive issues as we get older, there is a rapid increase of older individuals’ doing kidney dialysis to combat kidney failure. As it does for the intestines, foot reflexology increases blood flow to the kidneys. This stimulates the kidneys to work more effectively.
    High blood pressure seems to be a staple of getting older. Reflexology helps the mechanism of the heart which regulates blood pressure. When reflexology was used, the heart was better able to maintain lower blood pressure.
    Lastly, the aches, pains and stiffness that come with aging don’t have to be a part of everyday. When stimulating reflex points, the increased blood flow helps reduce the wear and tear, resulting in less stiffness and pain. Those suffering from arthritis who received reflexology found decreased pain and stiffness and were able to do things they hadn’t done in years.
    More Pain Relief
    One of the more painful ailments is kidney stones, often considered the closest thing to the agony of giving birth. When reflexology was used on patients experiencing ureter and kidney stones, not only was their pain reduced but passing these stones was quicker.
    Tooth pain can be one of the more agonizing pains we experience and unfortunately a trip to the dentist can be days away. Using reflexology was shown to help relieve tooth pain in 66 percent of patients, and in 26 percent their symptoms were completely eliminated.
    Migraine headaches are an ailment that affects a large percentage of the population. Nineteen of people who were forced to take medication for their headaches and used reflexology were able to stop taking the medication altogether. It was also found to be just as effective as Flunarizin treatment (a common prescription medication for migraine sufferers). Therefore those who are unable to take medical treatment were referred to reflexology.
    Often headaches are brought on by increased stress levels in our daily life. As explained before, this increased stress that doesn’t allow for proper healing. Applying pressure to the appropriate reflex points increases the circulation and reduces the stress thus reducing the pain associated with the headache. Therefore reflexology isn’t just for the migraine sufferer; it will help even those who get the occasional headache.
    Quality of Life
    Whether it’s a chronic illness, increased life stress, or general daily aches and pains, reflexology can help improve everyone’s quality of life. It has been proven effective in helping appetite, breathing, concentration, constipation, diarrhea, mobility, mood, nausea, sleeplessness, tiredness and more. The bottom line is when we physically feel good, we improve mentally and spiritually. This improves our quality of life.
    Although reflexology isn’t a cure, it is a tool, that when used in conjunction with medications, healthy diets, and exercise, can improve your life.
    Who Can Perform Reflexology?
    Reflexology can be performed by a certified reflexologist, but it can also be performed by you or a member of your family.
    If you decided to use a reflexologist, is important to note they are not medical doctors, and no formal training is required to practice reflexology. There are training centers where they can be certified; the most well known is the International Institute of Reflexology in Florida.
    When looking for a reflexologist, check to make sure they have received a minimum of 200 hours of certified instruction. Look to see if they are board certified by the American Reflexology Certification Board. This is voluntary for reflexologists but if they are certified through this program, it requires them to obtain continuing training and education
    A session with a reflexologist will begin by taking a brief medical history to determine the origin of your problem. You will then be asked to lie on a table or sit in a comfortable chair and take off your shoes and socks.
    At this point the reflexologist will use pressure, movement and stretches to manipulate the reflex points that correspond with the affected body part. Sometimes they use oils, however, they often use a dry technique.
    Make sure they are working within your comfort zone. The process should not be painful, and it should be relaxing. Communicate to let them know if something is uncomfortable.
    A session can last 30 minutes to one hour, and at the end you should feel relaxed. Make a note of how you felt at the end of the session, and communicate that to your reflexologist for future sessions.
    If you choose to try and learn reflexology on your own, it can be done by you or a member of your family. We recommend getting hand and foot maps showing the reflex points and the corresponding body parts. Make sure whoever is performing the reflexology is listening to your comfort levels; the pressure should not be excessive or painful.
    The key to getting a positive response from reflexology is consistency. In China they do reflexology once a day for six straight days in two-week intervals. They’ll make note of the response they received and then repeat the intervals as needed. The response to this consistency has been extremely positive.
    You can perform reflexology anytime, anywhere, as long as you know where the appropriate reflex points are.
    Response to treatment can be seen after one or two sessions. Immediately following a session, it is not uncommon to experience some nausea, tiredness or what may seem like a worsening of your condition. This is temporary and part of the healing the process. For the most part following a session you should feel relaxed and a sense of well-being.
    Reflexology and Colon Cleansing Work Synergistically
    Reflexology is most beneficial when used in conjunction with a healthy diet, exercise and other treatments. The same is true for colon cleansing and reflexology.
    The increased blood flow and stimulation that reflexology can provide to the digestive system is most beneficial. It will decrease stress to that area of your body and with that reduced stress comes increased healing. That healing will provide for better digestion, and good digestion means less pain from digestive ailments.
    However, it is still important to perform regular colon cleansing so you are not only reducing the stress to that area but you are also strengthening your colon. Herbal Cleansing provides your colon with the exercise it needs to maintain strength. A strong toned colon moves waste matter through your system quickly, eliminating toxic materials. A clean, toned colon is the recipe for healthy digestion and the end to your digestive ailments.
    Combining reflexology with colon cleansing will enhance your results from a cleansing program so you feel your best. It is a powerful combination that can lead you on the pathway to great digestive health.
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    What is reflexology?
    Reflexology is a form of bodywork that focuses primarily on the feet.
    How does reflexology work?
    The underlying theory behind reflexology is that there are “reflex” areas on the feet and hands that correspond to specific organs, glands, and other parts of the body. For example:
    the tips of the toes reflect the head
    the heart and chest are around the ball of the foot
    the liver, pancreas and kidney are in the arch of the foot
    low back and intestines are towards the heel
    He believed that certain areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body. This concept was furthered by physiotherapist Eunice Ingham into the modern practice of reflexology.
    Practitioners believe that applying pressure to these reflex areas can promote health in the corresponding organs through energetic pathways.
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    Dr. William H. Fitzgerald, an ear, nose, and throat doctor, introduced this concept of “zone therapy” in 1915. American physiotherapist Eunice Ingram further developed this zone theory in the 1930’s into what is now knows as reflexology.
    A scientific explanation is that the pressure may send signals that balance the nervous system or release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce pain and stress.
    What will I feel?
    Most people find reflexology for the most part to be very relaxing.
    Reflexology shouldn’t be painful. If you feel discomfort, be sure to tell the reflexologist. He or she should work within your comfort zone.
    Some areas may be tender or sore, and the reflexologist may spend extra time on these points. The soreness should decrease with pressure.
    If you’re ticklish, not to worry. The reflexologist applies firm pressure to the feet.
    Why do people get reflexology?
    Stress and stress-related conditions
    Tension headaches
    Digestive disorders
    Hormonal imbalances
    Sports injuries
    Menstrual disorders, such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
    Digestive problems, such as constipation
    Back pain
    Reflexology is a popular alternative therapy. It promotes relaxation, improves circulation, reduces pain, soothes tired feet, and encourages overall healing.
    Reflexology is also used for post-operative or palliative care. A study in the American Cancer Society journal found that one-third of cancer patients used reflexology as a complementary therapy.
    Reflexology is recommended as a complementary therapy and should not replace medical treatment.
    What is a typical reflexology treatment like
    A typical treatment is 45 minutes to 60 minutes long and begins with a consultation about your health and lifestyle.
    You are then asked to remove your shoes and socks and sit comfortably in a reclining chair or on a massage table. Otherwise you remain fully clothed.
    ]br] The reflexologist will assess the feet and then stimulates various points to identify areas of tenderness or tension.
    The reflexologist then uses brisk movements to warm the feet up. Then pressure is applied from the toes to the heel according to your comfort.
    Lotion or oil may be used.
    How will I feel after?
    Most people feel calm and relaxed after a treatment. They may even feel sleepy.
    Occasionally, people feel nauseous, anxious, or tearful, but this is only temporary and is considered to be part of the healing process.
    If you’re pregnant, talk with your doctor first and let the reflexologist know.
    Be sure to give the reflexologist a complete and accurate health history.
    If you have foot ulcers, injury, or blood vessel disease such as blood clots, consult your doctor before having reflexology.
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  4. Well, having been a massage therapist for 17 years, I would first like to mention to Kalos, that he/she needs to get his facts straight before he goes around saying something is quackery. Reflexology is an ancient massage technique that does work, you can find info about it on the web, and also the areas that would be best to work on the foot. Massage is something I may or may not suggest for your friend, since I do not know the situation exactly. If the kidneys arent working due to cancer or something like that, massage is a not suggested, intially. However, I would suggest accupunture to your friend. This is HIGHLY effective when it comes to dealing with sluggish or underactive organs. I cannot suggest accupuncture enough for your friend. It is not painful, and not usually too expensive. Also, massage would have a great effect on the kidneys, if it turns out it was okay for your friend to get it and they were not compromised. This being simply because massage increases blood flow and fluid movement in the body by large amounts, which is going to push fluids through the kidneys. I would suggest a lot of water, A LOT, if he got a light massage.
    Also, as the person above me has mentioned at length, Reiki is a highly effective healing technique that may be more along the lines for your friend while he heals.

  5. they are all good depending upon the practitioner, there is even a decent chance surgery won’t even be necessary

  6. Are you trying to improve kidney function?
    None of these will do anything to help failing kidneys.
    Or are you just wondering if they’re safe in such a patient?
    There shouldn’t be any problem with them, except that vigorous massage might further elevate creatinine levels.
    Reiki is a joke. Pretending to shoot energy beams from the hands is comic book nonsense. Reflexology is almost as bad. Pity the poor gullible fools who fall for this crap.


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