Reflexology is a holistic, non-invasive science of stimulating reflex areas in the feet that correspond to all our organs, glands and body parts. These reflex areas are connected to all parts of the body via energy pathways or channels. By stimulating these reflex areas through a type of compression massage, the energy channels can be cleared, allowing the body’s own healing energy to flow unimpeded. The 45-minute session is a wonderful way to reduce stress, improve circulation, assist in detoxification and restore balance.
While the art of reflexology dates back to ancient Egypt, India & China, it wasn’t until the early 1900’s that Dr.William Fitzgerald introduced this therapy to the West as “zone therapy.” He noted that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked directly to specific organs and parts of the body within the same zone, and realized that applying pressure to these reflex areas could anesthetize and reduce pain in a corresponding part of the body.
Then in the 1930’s, Eunice Ingham developed this zone theory into what is now known as Reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body. She obtained such outstanding results with her patients that she eventually mapped the entire body on the feet.
The Benefits of Reflexology
The aim of reflexology is to correct the three negative factors involved in the disease process: congestion, inflammation and tension. Congested conditions are responsible for bringing about growths; inflammatory conditions are those such as colitis, bronchitis, or sinusitis; and the tension is responsible for lowering the efficiency of the immune system.
Relieves stress and tension.
Stimulates and improves the nerve and blood supply throughout the body.
Helps the body systems achieve homeostasis and balance.
Improves nerve, blood and lymphatic supply.
Persuades the body to biologically correct itself.
Assists in detoxification.
Because reflexology is a holistic healing technique, Reflexologists do not isolate a disease and treat it systematically, but approach the session with the goal of inducing a state of balance and harmony.
Who Can Benefit From Reflexology?
Reflexology does not discriminate. There are no boundaries or limitations. Everyone can receive positive benefits and gain relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions.
With ever increasing levels of stress, it is important that we take more responsibility for our own health care needs. Because reflexology treatment reaches the receiver on several levels-physical, mental and spiritual- it assists us in healing and maintaining health in all areas of our lives.
A Reflexologist is NOT a doctor.
A Reflexologist is NOT a massage therapist.
A Reflexologist NEVER prescribes, makes a diagnosis or claims to cure.