What is Reflexology?
The current theory is that reflexology works on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands that correspond to all the body organs and systems, and that by applying pressure to those reflexes you can bring the body back into a homeostasis or balance.
In western reflexology no implements are used only the therapists hands. In the eastern style of reflexology found in Asia, implements are used and the finger pressure is much heavier.
Where did it come from?
Reflexology is not new, it has its origins in ancient Egypt, China and India. There are drawings on the walls of a pyramid in Egypt showing people having their hands and feet "worked". In the ancient texts of China and India, reference is made to working areas of the feet.
What Makes Reflexology Unique
Reflexology is a natural healing art which is based'on the principle that there are reflexes on the feet, hands, and head which correspond to all parts of the body. Through specific hand techniques the therapist gently stimulates these reflexes and the superficial muscles in the area. The body then repairs itself more efficiently as oxygen and nutrients feed the tissues effected. Reflexology enables each individual to help his or her body restore and maintain it's natural state of health.
- relieves stress
- improves circulation
- helps normalize a body's condition
- maintains health
Making A Commitment To Your Health
Stress can decrease the availability of nutrients to the body, making the repair process nearly impossible. Consistency and frequency provide a rest and change of pace for the system. Your therapist can work with you to develop the best treatment schedule for your needs.
Reflexology treatments begin with a health questionnaire and introduction to how the session will proceed. This is followed by a foot check up for signs of calcium deposits, lymph build up and external blockages such as corns and calluses. The patient is sitting or reclined and the feet are placed in a basin of warm water with therapeutic salts. Once the feet have been dried the client is ready for the session to begin. The therapist works the face/head reflexes followed by all the reflexes of the feet. The hand treatment concludes the session. Voila, your body has begun its healing process.
For the Session
Try to plan your treatment at a time when you can rest afterwards and do not have to rush. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. If you are having a home session, choose a room which is comfortable, with an area where you can sit or be reclined. Plan ahead to avoid interruptions, telephone calls, or visitors during your treatment time. For best results after your session it is suggested to drink plenty of water orjuice to help your body eliminate toxins. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol or stress; these will delay the body's natural ability to relax and heal. Try to choose a calm environment for 1/2 hour after treatment.
A Note From The Reflexologist
The use of tools, sticks, creams or oils for treatment is not part of reflexology. Extra time is spent working the pressure points that relate to the area most in need of treatment. Reflexologists do not diagnose, practice medicine, nor do they treat for specific diseases. Though people do attest to better health, marked reduction or disappearance of ailments, it is not the practitioner nor the session that heal ... Only the body heals