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Reflexology is the physical act of applying pressure to the feet and hand with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion.
There are approximately 7200 nerve endings on the feet, and these relate to various organs, nerves and glands within the body. A mirror image of the body has been mapped on the feet and when pressure is applied to specific reflex points on the feet it can affect the corresponding part of the body, encouraging the body to attain/maintain its’ ideal balance.
Reflexology improves nerve and blood supply which will assist in relaxing the body, mind and spirit while counteracting the effects of stress. Doctors agree that over 75% of health problems can be linked to nervous stress and tension.
Anybody looking to improve their overall health can benefit from reflexology.
Benefits of Reflexology:
Conditions that have responded well to Reflexology include:
Since reflexology employs a holistic approach to healing it can be successfully used in conjunction with other therapies and treatments.
Foot Reflexology acts as a type of preventative maintenance. It promotes better health and well-being, combined with an exercise and nutrition program it encourages the body to heal and maintain its’ natural balance. As a Certified Registered Reflexology Practitioner I believe the foot provides a road map to direct what is required to maintain overall well-being. Combined with exercise and nutrition program reflexology can encourage the body to heal and maintain its’ natural balance.
What to expect during a Reflexology session:
On the first visit, the reflexology practitioner will have a preliminary talk with you to determine your present and past health and lifestyle.
The Reflexologist will then begin to work on your feet, or hands, noting areas of sensitivity. There may be discomfort in some places, but it is fleeting, and is an indication of congestion or imbalance in a corresponding body part.
Usually a treatment lasts between thirty minutes to an hour. A course of treatment varies in length depending on the individual need. Your Reflexologist will discuss this with you at the first session.
Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; some people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful but these feelings are transitory and a part of the healing process. It is, however, vital information for the Reflexologist as it shows how your body is responding to treatment.
For the most part, the sensation is pleasant and soothing.
Ensure you practitioner is professionally qualified and a member of an Association of Reflexologists.
Egyptian pictograph, found on a physicians’ tomb, dated approximately 2500-2330BC depicting the practice of hand and foot reflexology.
Three theories of Reflexology
1. Zones: 10 zones, a body part within a particular zone will affect another in that same zone. Ex. The liver, found mainly in zones 3-5 on the right side of the body will correspond in zones 3-5 on the right foot.
2. Neural pathways: the feet have over 7200 nerve endings, all capable of relaying electrical messages to the various connections and synapses throughout the body. There are several inter-related systems affecting both voluntary (moving arms & legs) and involuntary (heart beat, organ function) processes. Stimulating the reflexes on the feet initiates a series of messages, sent throughout the body allowing it to regulate it self.
3. Meridians are specific energy patterns that run throughout the body and carry vital energy for every body function (known as Chi, life force). Meridians have been the basis of oriental medicine for approximately 3000 years, acupuncture & acupressure involves working with specific reflex points along the meridian. There are 12 meridians, that form a continuous loop, and 6 meridians that run through the major organs and end in the toes. Spleen/Pancreas, Liver, Stomach, Gallbladder, Bladder, Kidney. An energy blockage anywhere along a meridian can cause symptoms elsewhere in the body, and which may seem unrelated.
In zone therapy the body is divided into 10 longitudinal areas (zones). Stimulating one area in any particular zone would have an effect on other body parts within the same zone.
Eunice Ingham; She proceeded through experimentation with thumb and finger pressure on tender spots of the foot, to ‘map’ all the body parts into zones on the foot.
The head and neck area = the toes
The thoracic area = the ball of the foot
The abdominal area = the arch
The pelvic area = the heel
The reproductive area = the ankle
The spine = the medial foot
The outer body = the lateral foot
Circulation, respiratory and breasts =
the dorsal area of the feet
Reflexes will be positioned slightly different on each person because all feet are slightly different; this is why you will find slightly different interpretations of reflex positions.
Also See Hand Reflexology
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