What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a technique of applying pressure to reflex areas on the hands and/or feet. These areas correspond to and mirror a reflection of the entire body. The right foot corresponds to the right half of the body and the left foot to the left side of the body. It is the same with the hands. The theory of reflexology massage is that the organs, nerves, glands and other parts of the body are all represented or connected by these areas founds in the hands and feet.
Reflexology has been found to exist for over 5000 years, dating back in time to writings ancient Chinese, Egyptian, and Japanese civilizations. A “rediscovery” of this therpay was brought into the Western world by a Dr. William Fitzgerald in the early 1900’s.
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What is done in a reflexology session?
A hand or foot reflexology massage session can take anywhere between a half hour to an hour. The practitioner will apply gentle pressure to the hands and feet which stimulates the body’s central nervous system creating improved circulation and relaxation. Various hand, thumb and finger techniques are employed throughout a session. A client will very typically be on a recling chair so that the practitioner can have easy access to the feet. A client should be very relaxed at the end of the session and should as communicate how the pressure feels that is applied throughout.
What are the benefits or effects of foot or hand reflexology?
Hundreds studies verifying the effects of reflexology massage have been conducted. Many of these studies have indicated an 80-90% improvement in health in the lives of those partaking in the various studies. Many positive health benefits have arisen out of the use of this therapy.
Here are some examples of benefits that may be gained from hand or foot reflexology.
1. Stimulates the body to heal itself.
2. Relieves the harmful affects of stress and tension.
3. Improves immune system function.
4. Encourages the clearing of toxins from the body.
5. Improves ciculation.
6. Relieves pain.
7. The power of tough alone is very healing for many people.
8. Can help to improve symptoms associate with many health related problem including migraines, diabetes, cancer, inflamtion, liver function, heart disease, skin conditions, lymphatic flow, and many others.
Reflexology is not meant to diagnose or treat disease. It is meant to be a complimentary therapy that helps the body to rebalance itself naturally.
Below you will find a chart that shows how the various part of the body are represented on the feet. Many different charts exist and there are slight differences between them, however, most indicate similar places of reflex points.