Reflexology is a method for activating the healing powers of the body. It is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. A reflexologist uses the hands to apply gentle pressure to the feet, hands, or in some cases ears, of the client. For each person the application and the effect of the therapy may be unique. Pressure is applied to these areas, formed by approximately 7,200 nerve endings in each hand and each foot. Stimulating these reflexes properly can improve the flow of healing energy to the corresponding areas. This non-invasive technique persuades the body to naturally correct, strengthen and reinforce itself.
Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and
imbalances in the feet and hands. By working on these points, the reflexologist
can release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to specific areas and
organs, as well as to the whole body. Tensions are eased, and circulation and
elimination is improved. Blood is circulated faster than normal and, as a
result, cleansing of the Lymphatic system and increased oxygenation of the blood
occurs. This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace,
often counteracting a lifetime of misuse. The by-product of this is a more
relaxed body and a general feeling of well-being. Reflexology is powerful
preventative health care. In discovering problems in our feet long before they
become serious in the rest of our body we are able to take more control over our
own health and health care.
Since reflexology treats the whole person, not just the
symptoms of illness, most people benefit from treatment. The therapy brings
relief to a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, and is suitable for all
ages. Once your body is in-tune, it is wise to have regular treatments in order
to help maintain health and well-being. An increasing number of people are using
this safe, natural therapy as a way of relaxing, balancing and harmonizing the
On your first visit there is a preliminary talk with the
practitioner. A course of treatment varies in length depending on your body's
needs. Your reflexologist will discuss this with you at the first session. The
reflexologist then begins to work on your feet, or hands if necessary, noting
problem areas. There may be discomfort in some places, but it is fleeting, and
is an indication of congestion or imbalance in a corresponding part of the body.
For the most part, the sensation is pleasant and soothing. Reflexology will
relax you while stimulating the body's own healing mechanisms. After the first
treatment or two your body may respond in a very definite way: you may have a
feeling of well-being and relaxation; or you may feel lethargic, nauseous or
tearful, but this is transitory. It is, however, vital information for your
reflexologist, as it shows how your body is responding to treatment.
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