Foot, Hand, Face, Head and Ear Reflexology is a natural non-invasive therapy. Through application of pressure to the reflex points, which corresponds to all parts, glands and organs of the body, reflexology relieves stress and tension, improves circulation and builds up the immune system, thus returning the body back to a state of homeostasis.
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is the physical act of applying pressure to the feet and hand with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. it is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands with a premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.
What is the history of reflexology?
the world and throughout history reflexology has been rediscovered and
reinstated as a health practice time and time again by peoples around the
globe seeking to deal with health concerns. Archeological evidence Egypt
(2330 BCE), China (2704 BCE) and Japan (690 CE) points to ancient
reflexology medical systems. In the West the concept of reflexology began
to emerge in the 19th century, based on research into the nervous system
and reflex. While no direct evidence of direct cross-fertilization from
ancient times has been discovered, the practice of foot and hand work in a
variety of cultures, belief systems and historical periods speaks to
reflexology for health as a universal bridging concept.
How does reflexology work?
There are many theories but in our approach we look at the nervous system as the explanation of reflexology's working. Pressure sensors in the feet and hands are a part of the body's reflexive response that makes possible the "fight or flight" reaction to danger. Feet ready to flee and hands ready to fight communicate with the body's internal organs to make possible wither eventuality. The sudden adrenal surge that enables a person to lift a car is an example of this reaction. Reflexology taps into this reflex network, providing an exercise of pressure sensors and thus the internal organs to which they are inextricably tied.
Where do you apply technique?
We apply techniques to the feet and hands. There is a school of thought that also applies it to the ear arguing it is also reflexology. The techniques, however, are modified from auricular therapy, an acupuncture technique.
It could be argued that all bodywork is reflexive therefore reflexology. We find that the extremities have a powerful influence because of locomotion. While we acknowledge that repeated patterns exist throughout the body we find our most effective focus to be the feet and hands.
is applied to the feet and hands using specific thumb, finger and hand
techniques. Stretch and movement techniques are utilized as
"desserts" to provide relaxation to the foot. Oil, cream and
lotion are not utilized in traditional reflexology work. Tools or
instruments are used for self help application only due to safety
Area Charts or Maps Organized?
is reflected on the feet or hands. Left foot/hand reflects the left side
of the body and the right foot/hand the right side. The spine reflex area
runs down the insides of the foot and hand with reflex areas for the arm
and shoulder reflected toward the outside of the foot or hand. The toes
and fingers reflect head and neck reflex areas as well as those of the
internal parts of the body they enclose. The ball of the foot mirrors the
chest and upper back in addition the heart and lungs. At the base of the
long bones of the feet and hands is represented the waistline of the body.
Portions of the body above its waistline are mirrored above this line
toward the toes or fingers and those below the waistline toward the heels
of the foot or hand. Internal organs lying above the body's waistline are
reflected by reflex areas above this line while those below the waistline
are mirrored below this line.
the benefits of reflexology ?
general terms the benefits of reflexology have to do with the reduction of
stress. Because the feet and hands help set the tension level for the rest
of the body they are an easy way to interrupt the stress signal and reset
homeostasis, the body's equilibrium.
reflexology can benefit certain conditions and diseases in still under
investigation. Further scientific study need to be done in order to come
to some definite benefits of reflexology in regard to illness and disease.
is a complement to standard medical care. It should not be construed as
medical advice. It should not be a replacement to medical help. Please use
it wisely. We care about your safety.
What can A
Reflexologist Be Able To Tell Me About My Health?
assessment takes place as stress cues are evaluated. Stress cues are parts
of the foot or hand that shows adaptation to stress. Adaptation is shown
by visual signs such as callousing, knobby toes or bunion. Indications of
stress are also seen as sensitivity to technique application or touch
signs perceived by the reflexologist as technique is applied. The
assessment of such stress cues allows the reflexologist to target areas of
stress and to design a session of pressure technique application
appropriate to provide relaxation specific to the individual.
remember a reflexologist cannot diagnosis or prescribe. Also remember
reflexology is an adjunct to medical help not a replacement for it. You
should seek medical help if you have an urgent or acute problem.
I do reflexology?
can be done practically anytime and anywhere. The trick is consistency. We
have been impressed with the results from China. Their secret seems to be
that they do reflexology once a day for six days in two week segments.
Then they review the results and do more segments as necessary.
requires self help and family help as well as the guidance of
practitioners. The practitioner can give you a quality signal to break up
the pattern of stress but you and your family can provide the quantity to
help break it up the stress patterns in your feet and hands.
reflexology into your life. It is easy to do reflexology well doing other
activities. Put a foot roller under your desk or work your hands while
waiting for the kids at school. Be creative but be consistent. Five
minutes a day is worth more than an hour once in awhile.
a variety of people doing reflexology from concerned parents to doctors in
China. It is a useful tool for a variety of situations. Many professions
have taken up reflexology from cosmetologists to nurses.
is now being introduced into hospitals and HMO's. It is even being
considered for insurance reimbursement.
are full time professionals doing reflexology. We think the future looks
bright for reflexology and the profession of reflexology.
I expect from a reflexology session?
sessions in general last from 30 minutes to an hour. It is a clothed
session with only the removal of shoes and socks as a requirement. (Some
massage therapists add it as a part of a overall massage session so they
will require the removal of additional clothing.)
will use a chair and at times a table. Some do use oil. However, this is a
tool that is debated within the profession. Dry technique is common.
use pressure, stretch and movement to work through the foot methodically.
The whole foot should be worked in most circumstances. Both feet should be
covered as well.
reflexologist should work within your comfort zone. Too much pressure can
actually be harmful and could lead to injury. But personal preference is
something you should communicate with your reflexologist. If you indicate
that too much pressure is being used and the practitioner continues we
suggest you stop the session. You should always have your wishes
rely on a reflexologist for medical help. The reflexologist is limited to
complementing medicine not replacing it.
should feel relaxation at the end of a session. How long that relaxation
lasts is a good indicator of the effectiveness of the session. Make note
of this. And tell your reflexologist your response to the session. This
can be helpful information.
enjoy the session. Be careful that talking doesn't interfere with the
relaxation effect. Discussing world politics is probably something best
left to another time.
170 studies of reflexology's effects have been conducted, with 95
controlled studies. 90% of the studies show a positive result.
Research has demonstrated that reflexology work
· impacts disease
· improves quality of
influences how the body works.
has also shown that:
· Reflexology technique
application has an immediate impact.
· Reflexology technique
applied to a specific reflex area effects the organ represented.
· Foot reflexology and
hand reflexology applied to another as well as self-help foot reflexology
and self-help reflexology have been shown to impact health.
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