Reflexology is a focused pressure technique, usually directed at the feet or hands. It is based on the premise that there are zones and reflexes on different parts of the body, which corresponds to, and are relative to all parts, glands and organs of the entire body.
How Does It Work?
When the reflexes are stimulated, the body's natural electrical energy works along the nervous system to clear any blockages in the corresponding zones. A reflexology session seems to break up deposits (felt as a sandy or gritty area under the skin), which may interfere with this natural flow of the body's energy. Manipulating specific reflexes removes stress, activating a parasympathetic response in the body to enable the disharmonies to be released by a physiological change in the body. With stress removed and circulation improved, the body is allowed to return to a state of homeostasis. Homeostasis is the "automatic" process that the body incorporates to bring it back to the "normal" state. For example, if the blood pressure is abnormal, the kidneys will secrete the enzyme renin, which is involved with blood pressure, and the hormone erythropoietin that increases the rate of red blood cell production.
What Are The Benefits?
Reflexology demonstrates four (4) main benefits:
- Relaxation with the removal of stress.
- Enhanced circulation.
- Assists the body to normalize metabolism naturally.
- Complements all other healing modalities.
Reflexology can help withIndications and Reasons for Referral
Performed regularly, people have seen results dealing with: diabetic conditions and symptoms, digestive issues, fertility and hormone rebalancing, stress release and headaches.
Usually, referrals are made in conjunction with other existing forms of therapy to supplement ongoing medical treatments. Reflexology has been known to help clients deal with physiological symptoms such as the side effects of cancer chemotherapy.
Reflexology may be performed on everyone, from the newborn to the elderly. It can be used for a general "tune-up" or for an unhealthy body. It can be used throughout pregnancy, or pre-surgically and post-surgically
Massaging or pampering the foot may feel good but does nothing to stimulate the reflexes and to assist the body’s natural response to normalize the metabolisms. Well-worked reflexes prove to the client the necessity of pressure by the process that homeostasis has brought to the body. The reflexologist always works within the pain tolerance threshold of the individual.