What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers to stimulate
more than 7,200 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. Stimulating the 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 5,000 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".
What Are Some Specific Conditions Where Reflexology Might Be Helpful?
• Headaches, including migraines
• High blood pressure
• Backache and sciatica
• Allergies and sinus problems
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Premenstrual syndrome
• Menstrual cramps
Who Can Benefit From Reflexology?
People of all ages can benefit from reflexology treatments. We all suffer from
stress at one of promoting relaxation and healing.
How 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 between treatments.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 30 to 60 minutes for the reflexologist to work. The client may be
treated in a reclining reflexology chair or on a massage table.
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