Refkexology is thought to be over 5000 years old and is believed to have its origins in Egypt.
Nearly every culture around the world has a form of reflexology.
Reflexology is used extensively alongside traditional medical care in countries like Germany, Denmark and Britain.
Reflexes to every organ, gland and body part can be found on the feet, hands and ears. Through acupressure of these specific areas, reflexology induces a deep state of relaxation called the parasympathetic response. This is a rest and repair mode.
How does reflexology work?
Reflexology is for people of all ages; adults, babies and young children will benefit from Reflexology. Sessions are adapted for the very young as children rarely have the patience for a full treatment.
A Reflexology session begins with the Therapist conducting a brief health history and explaining how Reflexology works and what happens during a session. You will be informed that Reflexology does not treat specific illness and is not a substitute for medical treatment. We are all so excited that integrative medicine is recognizing the importance and usefulness of both traditional medicine coupled with natural and preventive healing modalities.
Reflexology treats the whole being and communication is encouraged during the appointment. Since reflexology works through the nervous system to help release blockages along the nerve pathways, some people feel an emotional release during and after a session. It can help to discuss this with the Reflexology Therapist .
Regardless of your health condition(s) the focus is on the entire pattern of the foot, generally starting at the toes and working down, the therapist watches for sensitivities and tight or hard areas along the way. If you, the client, have a specific condition, this is kept in mind and careful attention is paid to the area corresponding to your condition. For example, if you are suffering from migraines, the migraine points on the toes will be assessed for congestion or tension and carefully and mindfully worked, while still working all other areas of the foot. According to Reflexology, this allows the nerve pathways and congestion to release, promoting the relaxation response of the entire body.
The Reflexology Therapist stimulates the nervous system to do the work. It is not the therapist who “fixes” it. The body is incredibly intelligent and once given a kick start, knows how to re-balance itself.
Generally, sessions last around 60 minutes.
Things you should know
While Reflexology is extremely safe, it is important to be aware of a few contraindications or existing circumstances where Reflexology should very carefully be applied or not at all.
with foot fractures, unhealed wounds, active gout, osteoarthritis that impacts the foot or ankle and with vascular disease of the legs or feet. With these conditions, consult primary health care provider prior to seeking out Foot Reflexology.
with an awareness of a recent or current thrombus. Reflexology with this condition should be avoided, since reflex therapy improves circulation and could potentially cause a clot to move.
during early pregnancy (the first 6 weeks) select a Reflexology Therapist well versed in Reflexology application during maternity. Pregnancy related conditions where Reflexology is not recommended are Pre-term labor, Preeclampsia or Toxemia of Pregnancy, Deep vein thrombosis.
If you are using other touch therapies, allow at least 48 hours between sessions to avoid “overloading” yourself.
It is important to remember that Reflexology Therapists do not diagnose, prescribe or ‘heal” specific diseases.