What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive healing art where a reflexologist uses their hands, fingers and thumbs to apply a compression technique to different parts or points on a client’s feet, hands, ears and face. These different parts or points are known to a reflexologist as reflexes. Reflexes relate to all the different parts of the human body and by working these reflexes a reflexologist is able to relieve tension, improve circulation, help with assimilation, assist with elimination and promote relaxation in their client’s body.
The picture of the skeletal system to your left clearly illustrates the relationship between the human body and the feet as a reflexologist perceives it. The right side of the human body is found on the right foot and the left side of the human body is found on the left foot.
Breaking down the word reflexology into Reflex/ology brings a great deal of meaning. The word Reflex = response / ology = the Study of. Reflexology is a word to describe the study of applying specific compression or pressure techniques to points on the feet, hands, ears and/or face to create a healing response in the body.
The Reflexology Association of Canada defines reflexology as:
“A natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears and their referral areas within zone related areas, which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes without the use of tools, crèmes or lotions, the feet being the primary area of application, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body.”
The physical, mental and emotional benefits of reflexology make it particularly helpful for all stress-related conditions, even when there is no clinical evidence of disease. By inducing a state of relaxation, tension is eased, circulation is improved and toxins are released and eliminated from the body.
Reflexology is not just for people with a physical problem, as it strengthens all body systems. It is also helpful in assisting with dis-ease prevention. Reflexology is an excellent non-invasive way of maintaining good health and relaxation.
What to expect during a reflexology session
All you need to do is remove your shoes and socks and sit in a comfortable reclining chair. Soft music will be played to enhance your feeling of relaxation. The reflexes in your feet or hands are stimulated using gentle yet firm pressure with the fingers and thumbs. You may experience sensitivity depending on the level of tension. The amount of pressure is adjusted to your individual needs.
Most people report they feel more relaxed and their feet feel lighter after a session. Some feel they have more energy. It is possible to experience some cleansing of toxins in the days following a session since reflexology helps the body heal itself through relaxation and gentle stimulation.
A Reflexologist does not practice medicine or diagnose or prescribe medicine.
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