What can reflexology do for me?
Briefly, it helps you to relax, it helps to eliminate stress from your body and to enable your body to begin to balance and normalize itself. We all suffer from stress at one time or another, and aches and pains are a part of daily life. Reflexology has a long history of promoting relaxation and healing.
Foot and hand reflexology is a scientific art based on the premise that there are zones and reflex areas in the feet and hands, which correspond to all body parts. The physical act of applying specific pressures using thumb, finger and hand techniques result in stress reduction, which causes a physiological change in the body. Reflexology, therefore, is the application of specific pressures to reflex points in the hands and the feet and it works through the nervous system.
It is believed that energy flows through vertical zones, which run from the feet to the head and down each arm to the hands. Any dysfunction within a zone creates an imbalance in that zone.This results in accumulations of waste matter from the organ around the corresponding reflex points on the feet, hands and ears. Firm finger/thumb pressure is used to break up any waste deposits.
How does reflexology differ from massage?
In contrast, therapeutic massage is the systematic and scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, and as a result metabolic imbalance is restored within the soft tissues. Massage works through the musculature.
What are the primary benefits of reflexology?
- Reflexology promotes balance and normalization within the client’s body.
- Reflexology reduces stress and causes the client to relax.
- Reflexology improves circulation and lymphatic flow, oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the body’s cells and nerve impulse pathways are unblocked.
My feet are generally sensitive will my reflexology session hurt?
There are many reasons why a client may experience tenderness:
- General tension and stress of everyday living
- Trauma such as surgery or injury, either to the foot or to some part of the body
- Specific foot disorders such as bunions, corns, bone spurs etc.:
- Low pain tolerance
- Illness anywhere in the body
- Lymph congestion around an organ or throughout the body
- Certain diseases such as diabetes
I am sensitive to my client’s needs and ask that they communicate any discomfort. If a client is experiencing tenderness I adjust my pressure. I can use extremely light pressure and the session will be just as effective. In the 1930’s Dr. Edgar Adrian discovered that the electrical intensity of the nerve impulse depended on the size of the nerve rather than upon the strength of the stimulus. This means that applying light pressure can be just as effective as heavy pressure. I aim to make my client’s session as relaxing and as pain free as possible. This is the client’s time to truly relax and escape from the pressures of everyday living.
I would like to learn more. Can you recommend any good books?
Crane, Beryl. Reflexology A Basic Guide. Element 1998
Byers, Dwight. Better Health with Foot Reflexology. Ingham Publishing INC. Revised Edition 2001
Issel, Christine. Reflexology: Art, Science and History. New Frontier Publishing, 1990
Norman, Laura Feet First, A Guide to Foot Reflexology. Simon and Schuster New York
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