Reflexology is a therapy that involves the application of pressure to particular points known as reflexes that are normally present in the feet, hands and head, especially the ears thereby encouraging the body to heal from inside. It is one of the ancient healing arts that help to treat stress and pain throughout the body.
Reflexology is mainly based on ancient Chinese theory that energy in the human bodies are flowing all around. People lead a healthy and balanced life if this energy flows freely inside the body and if any obstruction occurs, it will lead to illnesses.
How Reflexology works:
Reflexology practitioners believe that the foot can be separated into numerous reflex zones that correspond to all zones of energy in the body. So, the application of pressure in the form of massage to ‘gritty’ or ‘tight’ areas of the person’s foot stimulates the corresponding areas of the energy body, thereby assisting in the self-healing process.
How is Reflexology performed:
In Reflexology therapy, pressure is applied to the hands, feet or ears using various techniques like finger pressure, holds, thumb, rubbing, rotation, kneading and/or hand.
When Reflexology therapy is done by a skilled professional, it causes a deep relaxing sensation throughout the body. But if the therapist is inadequately trained, the client may not notice health benefits, just a comforting foot massage.
Reflexology session – What to expect:
The Reflexology session usually lasts for around 45 minutes to one hour. The client relaxes comfortably on a reclining chair and feet are placed conveniently for the therapist to work on it. Depending on the therapist’s training, they can work on either the feet, hands or ears (or a combination of all three) methodically using stretch, pressure, and relaxation techniques. At the end of the session, the client feels a deep sense of relaxation and calm.
Who can benefit from Reflexology:
Reflexology is a non- invasive therapy that benefits almost every individual irrespective of their age or health conditions. It is known to help all ages, from elderly people who have arthritic problems and suffer from mobility problems to babies who suffer from colicky pains.
It is known to be effective and helpful in a variety of physical as well as psychological concerns. It is a holistic approach that treats the person as a whole rather than the symptoms only.
Reported benefits of Reflexology include alleviates pain, causes relaxation, enhances blood flow and circulation, helps in post-operative recovery, balances blood pressure and cholesterol, decreases stress and anxiety, stimulates nerve functions, enhances immune system, complements cancer care through easing pain, nausea, vomiting and anxiety in patients suffering from cancer, and also has great reports of easing women through delivery as well as any post partum effects after childbirth.
Reflexology is also known to assist in certain health conditions like allergies, asthma, gastro intestinal problems, skin conditions like eczema, gynecological disorders, thyroid disorders, kidney problems, insomnia respiratory problems, muscle tension, sinusitis and much more.
Final thoughts of Reflexology:
Reflexology is remarkable for restoring balance in the body. Reflexology is growing in popularity with individuals who turn to it to prevent and alleviate stress and anxiety which creates so many of today’s common health conditions.
Lauren Slade has over 30 years experience as a practicing health care practitioner as a Reflexologist and Master Herbalist. She is the Principal and Founder of the Universal College of Reflexology, established since 1991. Lauren has pioneered ways of bringing high quality Reflexology education to students where ever they may live in the world, believing that everyone has the right to practice and experience the healing powers of Reflexology. Lauren is a sought after mentor, lecturer and educator.