"East meets West"
is known to promote balance, circulation and relaxation. It works
through the nervous, electrical, magnetic and chemical systems of
the body promoting homeostasis for Mind, Body and Soul.
In reflexology, the practitioner uses specific thumb and finger
techniques to access points on the feet (hands and ears) that in
turn provoke a response/reflex in the body. These points
have been mapped on the feet in the past by many different cultures.
The United States own Eunice Ingham is known as the founder
of foot reflexology because of her thorough work in mapping these
reflexes. There are various theories about how and why reflexology
works. The further our study takes us into the workings of the body
the more a-has we experience in our understanding
of this miracle we call life.
It has been shown that many people experience
great benefits from reflexology. This gentle therapy
encourages the body to treat itself at its own pace, often counteracting
a lifetime of misuse. Reflexology works on the causes of our dis-ease,
not the symptoms. One may have a session hoping for certain results
only to find release and renewal in other areas first.
As a holistic complement in todays
health care, reflexology is
Sooth nerve endings
Promote relaxation and reduce stress
Promote balance and normal body functioning
Promote pain control
Cleanse toxins from the body
Improve oxygen and nutrient delivery
Improve chemical function
Promote a sense of well being.
a practical, immediate standpoint, reflexology has a lot to offer
people suffering from feet/hand problems. The stretching,
flexibility techniques and thumb/finger movements can bring relief
from many problems. Many diabetic people benefit from regular work
on their feet to help the numbness and poor circulation they
may experience. The elderly may gain greater stability as reflexology
can loosen tight feet and provide a sense of connection to the ground.
Not only are we stimulating the physical
body to heal itself, we are opening portals to the mental and emotional
life that allow the individual to release old outdated,
and possibly harmful patterns and make room for new and healthy
ways. All this happens over time and the reflexology practitioner
follows the unique map laid out on each person. Each session finds
new sensitivities as we work together to peel back the layers of
the proverbial onion. The reflexologist serves as a
facilitator as each person does his/her own work.
an informative video about reflexology...
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What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a method of bringing about relaxation, balance and
healing through the stimulation of particular points on the feet,
hands and ears. These reflex points are linked to other areas and
organs of the body. Tension or congestion in any part of the foot
mirrors tension or congestion in a corresponding part, and treating
the whole foot can have a deeply relaxing and healing effect on
the whole body.
Click on a graphic to view an interactive
"map" (on the Dorling Kindersley Web site) showing how
reflexology affects various parts of the body.