Neurology – the study of the Nervous System
Endocrinology – the study of the Endocrine System
Psychology – the study of the mind and behavior (in Greek the word psyche means spirit or soul)
Immunology – the study of the Immune System
Pody - means feet in Greek
In summary NEPIP is based on the principle behind 'Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology' which, in summary, is the study of the effects of the mind and emotions on health and resistance to disease. The NEPIP treatment works with the theory that each bodily system affects the other, and by enabling the flow from one system to another we help the body to interact and communicate, and more importantly to ‘listen’ to itself. This is a truly amazing and unique reflexology treatment for accessing the immune system, nervous system, endocrine system and the limbic system. It also incorporates the HPA Axis (the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis), which plays a vital role in controlling the body’s reactions to stress.
This is a relatively new concept and I was fortunate to be one of the first students to study this practice under the tuition of Allison Walker at the Contemporary Reflexology College. Subjectively, this is proving to be very effective for stress management and a useful tool not only for tackling high stress levels but also reducing the impact of persistent stress on our bodies.
Articles of interest:
- 'Why Nurses Should Know About Psychoneuroimmunology'. Ausmed Training. (31.10.2016). https://www.ausmed.com/articles/nurses-know-psychoneuroimmunology/?utm_source=sumome&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sumome_share
- "Psychoneuroimmunology-developments in stress research". (March 2018). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28600777
- "Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology: clinical implications". (06.06.2017). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5460476/