Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive healing art. Reflexology is a focused pressure technique, usually directed at the feet or hands. It is based on the premise that there are zones and reflexes on different parts of the feet/hands which corresponds to and are relative to all parts, glands and organs of the entire body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes-with hands only, Reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation, opens the flow in blocked nerves and helps promote the natural functioning and healing of the body. Reflexology does not diagnose or prescribe. The whole body is treated rather than a specific condition. Essentially, Reflexology helps to balance the physical, mental and emotional aspects of your whole body. If an organ or gland is underactive or overactive, Reflexology can help return it to a normal level.
Where does the practice come from?
Dating back to 2330 BC, the first record of Reflexology is found in an Egyptian physician's tomb. Traces of 'foot work' also appear in other cultures such as China,India, and Europe going back thousands of years indicating no one culture invented it. Researchers believe that the art is well over 5,500 years old. Today's methods are based on the work of Dr. William Fitzgerald who studied the art of 'pressure therapy' in Europe and pioneered 'Zone Therapy' in the USA, and that of Eunice Ingham who systematized and popularized the therapy in the 1930's. Research is ongoing proving the benefits of Reflexology.
How can Reflexology Help You ?
The body has the ability to heal itself. Following illness, stress, injury or dis-ease, it is in a state of 'imbalance' and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functoning effectively. When one part of the body is not functioning well, the effect is felt throughout the entire system. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body's natural balance and encourage healing. For each person, the application and the effect of the therapy are unique. Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet and by working on these points in the Reflexologist can release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body. Tensions are eased and circulation and elimination are improved. This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace, often counteracting a lifetime of misuse.
What happens in a Reflexology Session?
The client is relaxing in a comfortable position either laying down or reclined in a chair. The Reflexologist may work either on the feet, hands or ears. Sessions usually last from 45-60 minutes. Beginning with the right side, all reflex points on both sides are stimulates as the body is considered to be a whole unit. Reflexology is safe for everyone, although pressure and length of session may vary for babies, the aged or the extremely ill.