What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a form of bodywork which involves pressure, stretch and movement on feet and hands. It is an interactive process in that the practitioner will perform the techniques, ask questions, listen to the client’s response to the techniques, then give appropriate self-help recommendations to client.
There are energy zones that run throughout the body and reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all the major organs, glands and systems of the body. If energy is blocked in any part of the body, it can be detected on the reflex points of the hands and feet.
As the practitioner works, any stressed or blocked areas become apparent due to the sensitivity found in the reflexes. Specific techniques are used to release the stress or congestion. Reflexology assists the body to help itself to breakdown blockages and promote normal functions. In other words, it activates self-healing.
Reflexology is effective in cases of stress, tension, tiredness. In many cases it reduces or eliminates various symptoms resulting from: headaches, sinus congestion; neck, shoulder, back, knee, or hip pain; foot pain, carpal tunnel syndrome; water retention; surgery preparation or recovery and travel stress. Reflexology is also used as a preventive measure against ill health.
How do people feel after a session?
Most say they feel relaxed, that their symptoms are much less or have disappeared. Some say they feel energized. Others say they feel movement of energy throughout their body bringing them a greater sense of well-being.
How many sessions till results are seen?
Each person is different, but usually a difference is felt after the first session and improvement continues with each session. Generally, after 3 sessions most clients are experiencing marked improvement. The Reflexology Practitioner works with each client to assist the client with health objectives.
Why use Reflexology?
All types of stress (physical, emotional, environmental, etc.) cause breakdowns in the body’s busy communication lines.
As a result:
- The body tenses up.
- Blood vessels contract.
- Muscle & nerve fibers constrict.
- Blood cannot circulate normally.
Did you know?
The feet are sensory organs and there are approximately 7200 nerve endings in each foot. These nerve endings have an extensive interconnection throughout the spinal cord and brain which sends signals to all organs and glands of the body.
Organs and glands contribute to the overall well-being of the body, by maintaining an efficient, fully-operating mechanism.
The application of pressure on the feet and the response of the nervous system (to this sensory input ) works like a road map:
- Foot nerve endings are stimulated.
- Information is sent along the nerve pathway of the nervous system to the brain.
- The information is evaluated by the brain.
- The brain responds by sending instructions, via the nervous system, to the entire body, about how to adapt.
This communication changes the overall body tone or stress level creating relaxation. When all our body parts relax, and communicate effectively, more oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the body’scells and a sense of well-being results.