What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is not just a foot massage! Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure to the feet and hands utilizing specific thumb, finger and hand techniques based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands. This technique utilizes the points on the hands, feet and ears that correspond, or “reflex” to other areas of the body which can effect a physical change in the body. Similar in theory to acupressure, a Reflexologist applies the appropriate pressure to these points and stimulates the flow of energy helping to relieve pain or blockages throughout the entire body. A very pleasurable form of bodywork, Reflexology is also used to ease stress and promote relaxation.
How Does Reflexology Work?
Reflex points on the feet, hands and ears connect to organs, glands and all parts of the body, similar to the meridians in acupuncture. By massaging those reflex points the associated glands, organs and systems are stimulated. These cells receive more blood supply, more oxygen and the lymphatic system assists the immune system by removing toxins and cellular waste. Reflexology has been shown to release endorphins – the ‘feel good’ hormones.
By using the body meridians to do energy work through Reflexology, we focus on the meridians that connect with every organ of the body. Reflexology can help with energy blockages which can be the result of stress, an injury or trauma and can be traced to the root of all health (physical/mental/spiritual) problems.
Our energy flow affects how we feel, how we think, and the overall condition of our health situation. When the body’s life-force energy becomes blocked, various imbalances will result. Regular Reflexology sessions can help to balance these meridians and can be very beneficial for maximum wellness and quality longevity.