Reflexology, or zone therapy, is the physical act of applying pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on what reflexologists describe as a system of zones and reflex areas that they say reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands.
Areas on the foot correspond to areas of the body, and that by manipulating these one can improve health through one's Qi. Reflexologists divide the body into ten equal vertical zones, five on the right and five on the left.
Reflexology is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes, 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.
Reflexologists believe that the blockage of an energy field, invisible life force or Qi, can prevent healing. Reflexology may relieve stress and pain in other parts of the body through the manipulation of the feet. Pressure received in the feet may send signals that 'balance' the nervous system or release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce stress and pain.
What will I feel?
Most people find reflexology to be relaxing. It should not be painful. If you feel discomfort please be sure to tell your reflexologist. He/she should always work within your comfort zones. Some areas may be tender or sore and the reflexologist may spend extra time on these points. The soreness should decrease with pressure. If you are ticklish, most likely with the deep pressure you will feel little or no discomfort.
Why do people get Reflexology?
Stress and stress-related conditions, , Tention Headaches, Digestive disorders, Arthritis, Insomnia, Hormonal Imbalances, Sports injuries, Menstral Disorders such as pre-menstral syndrome (PMS), Digestive disorders such as constipation, Back Pain
What is a typical reflexology treatment like?
A typical treatment is 45 to 60 minutes long and begins with a consultation about your health and lifestyle. You will then be asked to remove your shoes and socks and sit comfortable in a chair or on on the massage table. You will remain fully clothed
The reflexologist will assess the feet and then stimulate various points to identify areas of tenderness or tension. Then he/she will use brisk movements to warm up the fee. The pressure is applied based on your needs and the practitioner's determination of how best to address your concerns
How will I feel afterwards
Most people feel calm and relaxed after a treatment. You may feel sleepy> On very rare occasions a client may feel nauseous, anxious or tearful. This is only temporary and is considered to be part of the healing process
If you are pregnant, be sure to talk with your doctor before your reflexology appointment and let the reflexologist know what the doctor recommends.
Be sure to give the reflexologist a complete and accurate health history
If you have foot ulcers, open wounds, or blood vessels disease such as blood clots, you MUST consult your doctor before having reflexology.
Reflexology is a well know holistic therapy that promotes relaxation, improves circulation, reduces pain, soothes tired feet and encourages overall healing
Reflexology is also used for post-operative or palliative care. A study by the American Cancer Society journal found that 1/3 of cancer patients used reflexology as a complementary therapy
Reflexology is recommended as a complementary therapy and should not replace medical treatment