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Equilibrium Reflexology

37 Linwood Crescent , St. Albert- T8N 1P6
Alberta , Canada  Canada
+1-7806951919 http://www.healingbalance.org


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Equilibrium Reflexology - St. Albert

Irma Schuur is a Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist (RCRT) and holistic body worker, a graduate of the Universal College of Reflexology; with special training from Elizabeth Graham from South Africa. Having achieved certification in a number of other modalities from Champi (Ayurvedic Head Message), Hot Stone Massage, Jin Shin Do, Reiki (energy healing), Healing Touch, Onsen for Lower Back and Hip issues and Touch for Health.

Irma has spent 7 years working in Naturopathic, Chiropractic and Spa environments, gaining beneficial experience from professional mentors.  Equilibrium Reflexology has been in full a time operation since 2002 with , helping clients to restore their healing balance.Originally from The Netherlands, she has a multi-cultural background, Irma now makes her home in St. Albert. She seeks to inspire others into a new, stronger experience of themselves and is an advocate for a natural, integrative approach to health that allows each individual to be passionately empowered in the driving seat of their own life.

Irma believes in creating customized treatments for each individual, drawing on many modalities to accomplish a healing balance.  She integrates her passion for healing  into each session.  She believes poor nutrition, unhealthy habits, environmental pollution, geopathic stress and  blockages in energy (Chi, Chakras etc), are a few of the many sources of dis-ease within the body.  Irma tenaciously strives to create treatment plans that includes: self help techniques that help you help yourself  in between sessions. Working together, we will improve your well-being.She believes we all have the ability to heal ourselves through both intention and focus and she looks forward to meeting you setting you on the path to wellness.

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When the Kidney Qi is weak, there can be problems with water metabolism, urination, fertility, or sexuality. This person could be anxious, fearful, and withdrawn, and in more severe cases, phobic. Kidney Qi declines with aging. There may be diminished hearing or ringing in the ears. In menopause, the Kidney yin declines, which is associated with classic signs of heat and dryness – hot flashes, night sweats, dry skin and mucous membranes. Kidney yang weakness is associated with cold – cold extremities, cold back and belly, declining sexual vigor, urinary frequency or incontinence.

The color of the Kidney is black, like the night, or like black ice. When the Kidney Qi starts to weaken, dark circles or pouches appear under the eyes. The Kidney Qi rules in the winter, a time when living things are contracted with cold. Like a seed deep in the cold ground, Qi is dormant, waiting for the time to sprout.

There are twelve main meridians, or invisible channels, throughout the body with Qi or energy flows. Each limb is traversed by six channels, three Yin channels on the inside, and three Yang channels on the outside. Each of the twelve regular channels corresponds to the five Yin organs, the six Yang organs as well as the Pericardium and San Jiao. These are organs that have no anatomical counterpart in Western medicine but also relate to processes in the body. It is also important to remember that organs should not be thought of as being identical with the physical, anatomical organs of the body.

Each meridian is a Yin Yang pair, meaning each Yin organ is paired with its corresponding Yang Organ: the Yin Lung organ, for example, corresponds with the Yang large intestine.Qi flows in a precise manner through the twelve regular meridians or channels. First, Qi flows from the chest area along the three arm Yin channels (Lung, Pericardium, and Heart) to the hands. There they connect with the three paired arm Yang channels (Large Intestine, San Jiao and Small Intestine) and flow upward to the head. In the head they connect with their three corresponding leg Yang Channels (Stomach, Gall Bladder and Bladder) and flow down the body to the feet. In the feet they connect with their corresponding leg Yin channels (Spleen, Liver, Kidney) and flow up again to the chest to complete the cycle of Qi.


Reflexology is a non-invasive, natural therapy that treats the entire body by applying firm, gentle pressure to reflex areas located on the feet, hands, and ears. It is believed that these reflex areas correspond with the various organs, glands, and systems of the body. By applying this pressure, the practitioner can influence the corresponding area of the body, aiding the natural healing processes and, thereby, restoring balance. Treatments have been shown to reduce harmful stress and tension, as well as relieving pain and discomfort due to injury.

Not only does Reflexology reduce physical, emotional, and psychological pain, the deep state of relaxation obtained during a Reflexology session protects the body from the harmful accumulative effects of stress. Chronic stress has been proven to cause a depletion of the body's immune system, which can lead to disease. It is for this reason reflexology is a viable preventative health care measure. Research has shown the specific techniques of Reflexology to be effective and beneficial in many ways.

Reflexology is used safely and effectively with patients for a variety of health concerns including anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, headaches, kidney function, PMS, sinusitis and overall stress relief. It also works well as a complement to other modalities and treatments. The following section walks you through a typical appointment and answers some common concerns.

A Reflexology session begins with the review of a health record form that the client has filled out and signed. This opens dialogue with your practitioner as to what of your reasons are for choosing this complimentary therapy for your health and wellness needs. The practitioner explains how Reflexology works and what happens during a session. Remember that it is okay, and even expected, for you to ask questions. You should feel comfortable communicating with the Reflexologist. If the practitioner is not forthcoming with information, or is dismissive of questions or concerns, this could be a "red flag," and you have every right to terminate the appointment.

The practitioner may choose to work only on the feet, or the hands, or the ears - depending on your specific health issues. Some problems respond better to work on the feet, others to work on the hands; yet others respond better to the reinforcement of work on all three - hands, ear and feet. In some situations, for example a patient in the hospital may have IV's and multiple tubes and wires, so a Reflexology session may be limited to the feet by necessity. If the Reflexologist chooses to work on your feet, you will lie or sit down, remaining fully clothed except for your shoes and socks (it is very important to wear loose, comfortable clothing for your appointment). The practitioner will cleanse your feet with an antibacterial foot wipes, then position them at his or her chest level. The practitioner wears a barrier cream often used by medical staff. This cream protects the hands of the practitioner while working on the feet. The practitioner will begin by assessing your feet for open wounds, rashes, sores, plantar warts or bunions and will ask you about any foot or leg pain that could hinder treatment.

There are certain conditions of the feet that might have the practitioner rescheduling the appointment such as a fungal infection, this is highly contagious and can be transferred to other clients. At which case your practitioner would suggest some natural treatments but would have to schedule you after the infections has been treated as to not risk of spreading to another client. Generally a session lasts between 60 minutes. You can rest or talk during the session at your discretion. If you fall asleep during the session, you will still receive the benefits of the treatment. Feedback during the session is encouraged, and of course, you can request that the session stop at any time.

Regardless of your health condition(s) (for example, migraine, nausea, sciatica, etc.), the Reflexologist focuses on the entire pattern of the Reflexology therapy, starting at the toes and working down the foot. Having a specific condition in mind allows the Reflexologist to carefully feel and work the area corresponding to the presenting problem. However, a Reflexologist will work all areas of the foot with gentle pressure, because, according to Reflexology theories, this allows the nerve pathways and congestion to release and promotes the relaxation response for the entire body. For example, if you are suffering from migraines, the migraine points on the toes will be carefully, mindfully worked, assessing congestion or tension in the foot. But the Reflexologist will still work the entire pattern on your foot in order to address the whole body. Throughout, the Reflexologist will stay present, grounded, and in a calm and centered state of awareness.

Experiences with Reflexology sessions vary from a general sense of relaxation and rest to a conscious awareness internally of the area of the body where the practitioner is working through the foot, hand or ear. Many people experience a "lightness" or tingling in the body, as well as feelings of warmth, a sense of "opening," or "energy moving" from the practitioner's pressure to the specific body area or organ. There is often a physical perception of energy flowing through every organ, valve, gland, or muscle, as well as a sense of communication between each body system.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Payment Options

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Treatments For:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Pain

Consultation Type: Direct ConsultationAll patients have to come to the practitioner's location.

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