Endocrine System

"Jangled" Adults

Touch and the Stress Response System

Soothing touch, whether it be applied to a ruffled cat, a crying infant, or a frightened child, has a universally recognized power to ameliorate the signs of distress. How can it be that we overlook its usefulness on the jangled adult as well? What is it that leads us to assume that the stressed child merely needs “comforting,” while the stressed adult needs “medicine”?

— from Job’s Body: A Handbook for Bodywork by Deane Juhan

The Roots of Reflexology

Following the Connections

Many people confuse reflexology with massage, but they are two distinct modalities — each with its own strengths. Both, like many therapies (chiropractic, osteopathy and other somatic practices), involve the use of the hands to apply specific techniques to the body, thereby enhancing the client’s well-being.