What is Reflexology?
For those who consider reflexology merely a pleasant foot massage, you may be in for a surprise. Reflexology is the gentle manipulation of pressure points (reflex points) to re-balance the body, helping the body to heal itself.
The foot believed to reflect whole body, so by working the reflex points the reflexologist can work to support all the body’s systems.
How does Reflexology differ from Massage Therapy?
In simple terms, reflexology confines manipulation to the feet and hands, although some reflexologists also work on the face or ears. Massage therapists work to ease tight muscles in the body. Massage therapy works on the connection between muscles and the nervous system. Reflexology works on the reflex points on hands or feet to clear energy pathways to organs and other body parts. Massage works directly on the muscles and nerves where reflexology stimulates a response from tissue at a distance from the manipulated point.
What are the Benefits of Reflexology?
Reflexologists work on the premise that ¾ of all human illnesses are caused by stress. Their aim is to reduce stress and produce deep relaxation so that the body reduces the production of the fight and flight hormones that impede healing. Reflexology, stimulates the circulation both the cardiovascular and lymphatic system. In this way it also improves the conduction of vitamins, minerals and food nutrients throughout the body and wastes to be removed. Reflexology aims to balance the body’s entire system.
People who undergo reflexology report having more energy, feeling more “centered” and having fewer illnesses. They also claim they recover from such ailments as colds and flu faster. Clients who regularly undergo reflexology regularly insist that they are more focused and alert and are able to relax more quickly and more deeply.
How Do I Get Started?
Little is required to get started benefiting from reflexology. Reflexology is an option most people of any age, though if you suffer from a few serious health conditions you may need consent from your GP – your reflexologist will advise you if this is necessary.
It is advisable to book an appointment with a reflexologist who is a member of an association such as the Association of Reflexologists, CThA or FHT, or who is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and give it a try! then you too can realize the benefits of feeling less stressed, healthier, more energized and more focused because of the treatments.