Reflexology Q&ALet us answer your questions!
…is the art and science of applying pressure to reflex zones and points in the feet, hands and occasionally ears that correspond to specific organs and systems in the body.
Reflexology is relevant in health and homeopathic practices because, just like in physics and our external environment, energy circulates throughout our bodies and can become stagnant causing health concerns. This energy, referred to as Chi, Prana, or Ki, is the vital life force that powers our mind, body and spirit. As energy circulates the organs of the body it permeates every tissue and cell and if this energy becomes blocked, the blockage becomes apparent in the reflexes of feet and hands. This is because nerves that pass through all organs and systems end in the feet and hands of the body. Because we wear shoes and use our hands so often, the nerves in our feet are less stimulated and generally more sensitive, so reflexology of the feet tends to be most effective.
Treatment of the feet and hands and of pressure points has been practiced for thousands of years, with earliest known evidence found on an Egyptian pyramid in 2500 B.C.. Reflexology of the feet was used in conjunction with acupuncture in ancient China, and was practiced as far back as Middle Ages in Europe. Westerners caught on in the early 1900s, and since then reflexology has been an important practice in holistic health and healing.
How it works:
Reflexology acts on parts of the body by stimulating the corresponding reflexes with compression techniques applied with the fingers. Where there is inhibited functioning, or disease, there is congestion in the form of deposits that have not been cleared away by venous circulation and the lymph. These congested areas will reveal themselves as tender and tight or lumpy deposits, mainly in the feet. These areas can be worked with massage and compression techniques so the built up deposits begin to disperse. Meanwhile the corresponding body part will be stimulated and enabled to heal itself via its natural energy and circulatory processes.
Through stimulation of the circulatory and lymphatic systems, and by encouraging the release of toxins, reflexology promotes the body to heal itself. Apart from treating disease, reflexology is an extremely effective therapy in cases of stress, tension, and tiredness. While massage can immediately relieve pain and muscle tension, pain is likely to recur. The longer-term benefits of reflexology are due to working the reflexes to the relevant area (rather than working on those exact muscles). This is because through the reflexes you are stimulating the body from within, rather than exercising and soothing the muscles themselves.
Reflexology is not a foot massage, although massage techniques are incorporated. During the working of the reflexes, massage soothes and relaxes the area where congestion or discomfort is found, thus allowing the nerve to be freed from constriction and signaling from reflexology to encourage results. The net effect is improved circulation (bringing energy and nutrients to healing areas), as well as removing waste and built up toxins. For this reason, a reflexology session can be both relaxing and stimulating for the patient.
I’m healthy. Is reflexology really necessary?
Yes. Waste products are formed in the body as a result of muscular activity, intake of processed food, additives, smoking, drugs, or any other substances that are not naturally made or processed by the body. Normally, the body tries to restore homeostasis after processing these toxins, however often there is a build up of these unwanted threats to our health and it often takes time to restore systems, even in an otherwise healthy body. The aim of reflexology is to restore the body’s balance and encourage self-healing of the body. In other words, Reflexology promotes self-healing and nudges the body back to normalcy. And, like acupuncture, can be used as a preventative measure against ill health. Also like acupuncture, regular reflexology sessions are recommended for ultimate health.
Aside from specific healing and improved circulation, energy flow, and stimulation to particular areas, reflexology is known to help relieve stress, enhance mind, help sleep issues, among a variety of individual benefits.
What to expect with your Reflexology treatment:
Some people feel relaxed and sleepy for some time after a reflexology session. Many feel deeply relaxed at the end, but once they start moving again, are highly energized and motivated. Occasionally, individuals experience a need to urinate, eliminate or sinus drainage, thanks in part to simulation of the circulation of the body and direct areas. This Is entirely normal, and is a good thing!
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