What Is Reflexology?
Learn More About Reflexology: A Natural Healing Art
What Is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands, and ears, which correspond to every part, gland, and organ of the body. By applying specific pressure using thumb, finger and hand techniques, reflexology reduces tension, improves circulation, and promotes the natural functioning of the related areas of the body.
Nervous people pace back and forth; wring their hands; rub their hands together and some even handle worry beads and or rocks. Unknowingly they are relieving tensions by working the reflexes.
What Happens in a Session?
With the client relaxing in a comfortable position, the reflexology therapist may work on either the feet, hands or ear. Sessions usually last from 45 – 60 minutes. Beginning with the right side, all reflex points on both sides are stimulated as the body is considered to be a whole unit. Reflexology is safe for everyone, although pressure and length of session may vary for babies, the aged or extremely ill.
Brief History of Reflexology
When mankind went barefoot, walking on sand or uneven ground this was a partial reflexology session. India, China and Egypt practiced reflexology thousands of years ago. When we put on shoes we lost direct contact with the earth and were no longer grounded to it. We lost the natural exchange between the body’s electrical current and those of the earth. In 1913, reflexology was brought to the Western world. Dr. Wm. Fitzgerald, an MD in Connecticut, was using “Zone Therapy” to deaden pain in some parts of the body. Edwin Bowers, MD, of New York, and George Starr White, MD, used reflexology but the medical world did not accept it then. The Reflexology Association was formed in 1976 to promote reflexology.
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Some Conditions Reflexology can help you with include:
Back, Neck, Leg, Hip, Joint, Sciatica, Shoulder pain
Reduce Stress, depression, anxiety and sleep disorders
Chronic Foot Conditions
Headaches, Migraines and Nausea
Hormonal Imbalances and Fertility Problems