Did you know your feet can make you feel wonderful?
What Is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers to stimulate more
than seven thousand two hundred nerve endings in each foot. These nerve endings
correspond to all parts of the body, including organs and glands. Some
reflexologists also work with the hands and the ears.
appropriate region is intended to eliminate energy blockages thought to produce
pain or disease in the related areas.
Reflexology is used to prevent, rather than cure, and is used to relieve a
wide variety of ailments.
Origins Of Reflexology
Dr. William Fitzgerald, in his book Zone Therapy, states that “a form of
treatment by means of pressure points was known in India and China five thousand
years ago. This knowledge, however,
appears to be lost or forgotten. Perhaps it was set aside in favor of
acupuncture, which emerged as the stronger growth from the same root.” There
also appears to be evidence of reflexology being
used in Egyptian art around 2330 B.C.E.
What Does Reflexology Do?
Reflexology can relieve stress and tension within the body. It improves
circulation and lymphatic flow
and works to unblock nerve impulse pathways. These benefits all work toward
helping the body to
heal itself by restoring balance to the vital energies.
According to Shelly Hess, author of The Professional’s Reflexology Handbook,
“Reflexology works to discover how the soft tissue organs and the entire
skeletal system are functioning. Through trained fingers, the reflexologist can
detect early warning signs that the body is struggling and can then help restore
the internal system to better balance.”
In reflexology, there are three areas—both in the evaluation and the
treatment—that your reflexologist will concentrate on: feet, hands, and ears.
How Much Time Should I Allow?
You should allow thirty to sixty minutes for the reflexologist to work. The
client may be treated in
a reclining reflexology chair or on a massage table.
Who Can Benefit From Reflexology?
People of all ages can benefit from reflexology treatments. We all suffer from
stress at one time
or another, and aches and pains are a part of daily life. Reflexology has a long
history of promoting
relaxation and healing.
What Are Some Specific Conditions Where Reflexology Might Be Helpful?
Allergies and sinus problems Arthritis
- Backache and Sciatica
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Headaches, including Migraines
- High Blood Pressure
- Menstrual Cramps
- Premenstrual Syndrome
Frequently Should I Have A Reflexology Treatment?
Once a week is normal; an extreme case would be twice a week. The body needs
time to normalize
Reflexology also works wonderfully in conjunction with other body therapies.
Again, you should wait about a week between therapies to avoid overloading the
Can I Do This At Home?
Certain areas of the hands can be worked on, but it is rather awkward to work on
your own feet. Some areas are hard to reach, and it’s difficult to relax. Still,
your therapist can share some self-help reflexology points with you.
My Feet Be Washed?
If you have come directly from a day at work or have a problem with foot odor,
the practitioner may wash your feet before the beginning of the session.
But I’m Ticklish!
The practitioner will adjust her touch to what is comfortable for you. Sometimes
a little more pressure alleviates the ticklish feeling. Relaxation helps, too,
and the practitioner will have several techniques for relaxation at her
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