WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY
Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principles that there are reflexes in the hands and feet that correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Reflexology is a form of ‘complementary’ therapy. It involves a method of treatment using massage to reflex areas found in the feet and the hands. Most commonly, the feet are used as the areas to be treated.
In the feet, there are reflex areas corresponding to all the parts of the body. These areas are arranged in such a way as to form a map of the body in the feet with the right foot corresponding to the right side of the body and the left foot corresponding to the left side of the body. By having the whole body represented in the feet, the method offers a means of treating the whole body and of treating the body as a whole. This latter point is an important factor of a natural therapy and allows not only symptoms to be treated but also the causes of symptoms.
Through application of pressure on these reflexes, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and promotes the natural function of the related areas of the body. Reflexology helps to restore this balance and promote natural health and vitality.
HOW CAN REFLEXOLOGY HELP YOU?
The body has the innate ability to heal itself. Following illness, stress, injury or disease, it is in a state of “imbalance”, “fragmentation” where vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium and encourage healing.
During the session, the therapist uses hands only to apply gentle pressure to the feet. For each person, the application and the effect of the therapy are unique. Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet, and by working on these points, the therapist can release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body. Tensions are eased, and circulation and elimination is improved. This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace, often counteracting a lifetime of misuse.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM REFLEXOLOGY?
Reflexology treats the whole person and is not limited to the symptoms of disease. The therapy brings relief to a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. It helps seniors to maintain regular healthy blood circulation, relieves arthritic pains, and improves mobility. Pregnant women find it effective to relieve sore tired feet. Sedentary jobs increase the toll on feet and reflexology is very effective to keep a healthy lymphatic system caused by limited movements. Regular treatments help maintain happy feet!! An increasing number of people are using this safe, natural therapy as a way of relaxing, balancing and harmonising the body.
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT DURING THE TREATMENT?
In your first visit there is a preliminary talk with the practitioner. Then the therapist begins to work on your feet noting problem areas. There may be discomfort in some places, but it is fleeting, and is an indication of congestion or imbalance in a corresponding part of the body. For the most part, the sensation is pleasant and soothing. Reflexology will relax you while stimulating the body’s own healing mechanisms.
WHY IS REFLEXOLOGY SO POPULAR?
Reflexology is gaining popularity for several reasons.
1) Today we are exposed to high levels of stress in our jobs, our homes and travels. Stress is without a doubt one of the main causes of physical and mental pain and suffering, as well as contributing to making symptoms of other diseases or conditions much worse. Reflexology is a great stress reducer.
2) Even though many people are trying to eat organic or healthy foods, even those ‘healthy’ foods grown today are grown in soil conditions that are greatly depleted in basic minerals and nutrients compared to the days of our grandparents. This means that even though people are trying to improve their diet, it is not easy to do. This lack of minerals combined with stress puts more pressure on our immune system and health. Reflexology works to allow the body to work to heal itself and normalise functions.
3) People are turning more and more to alternative or natural health care that focuses on pro-active maintenance and holistic or entire body well being. Traditional ‘western’ medicine tends to focus on reactive and specific treatment of disease or symptoms.
4) Reflexology offers an all-natural therapy that does not require anything other than gentle manipulation to stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms to normalise and heal.
Reflexology is quickly becoming one of the most popular methods of natural therapy primarily due to the enthusiasm of those who have found and realised the benefits.
Although Reflexology does not diagnose or treat specific ailments by definition, it has proven highly successful over time to relieve symptoms or ease pain or discomfort that have manifested themselves physically in the body – either as a result of stress, trauma or disease.
Reflexology does not claim to be a ‘cure-all’ but numerous different disorders have been successfully treated by this method. These disorders include such things as migraine, sinus problems, hormonal imbalances, breathing disorders, digestive problems, circulatory problems, back problems and tension and stress. Most people who have experienced treatment would agree that the method can be most beneficial and is also a very relaxing therapy.