What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands that correspond to all the glands, organs and parts of the body. Through proper stimulation of these reflexes, the body's natural healing processes are enhanced.
What Does Reflexology Do?
Reflexology treatments help to relieve tension and stress, improve blood and nerve supply, and encourage the unblocking of energy pathways.
When we relax, stress hormones decrease, immunity improves, blood pressure normalizes, oxygen levels increase, digestion improves, sleep improves and we are left with a general sense of well-being . With this improved environment the body is better able to maintain or move toward wellness and good health.
A Brief History of Reflexology
The practice is ancient, and can be traced back to 2300 B.C., based on hieroglyphics found in the physician's tomb at Saqqara Egypt.
Dr. William H. Fitzgerald developed a technique in the early 1900's known as "zone therapy." He discovered that the application of pressure on the zones not only relieved pain but, in the majority of cases, also relieved the underlying cause as well. The same result is experienced through Reflexology today, which is based partially on the Zone Theory.
Eunice Ingham, a physical therapist in the 1930's, went on develop detailed maps of the feet that show the relationship between the reflex areas and other body parts. Diagrams based on her work are still in use by reflexologists.
In a few countries, reflexology has been recognized by the national government and either has already been integrated into the national health care system, or is in the process of being integrated. These countries are China, Denmark and, most recently, the United Kingdom. As a consequence, reflexology is used in these countries alongside Allopathic Medicine, and in China it is used together with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
What can you expect in a Reflexology session?
You will sit comfortably in a specially designed chair, or on a comfortable massage table. After you remove your shoes and socks, you will lie back and relax. With soft music and lighting this is your special time to let go of stress.
Each session addresses all of the reflex areas, so the entire body is treated through the feet.
Some areas of the feet may experience tenderness, which is usually worked out by the end of a session. Traditionally these areas are worked repeatedly until the tenderness abates. Using Polarity, the areas can be cleared with good result and without discomfort.
A reflexology session lasts about 45 minutes to 1 hour. If time is limited, much can be accomplished in 30 minutes.