A hands-on treatment to promote vitality and well-being
The ancient Chinese practice of Reflexology is an alternative medicine involving a focused pressure technique to specific points/zones over the feet, hands, ears or face. Reflexology manipulates the body’s reflexes to signal a response in the nervous system which is related to to every organ, part and gland in the body.
Reflexology works on a similar principle to acupuncture where the body is divided into twelve pairs of energy zones (meridians). Chinese Practitioners believe that when these energy channels become blocked a person feels unwell. Reflexology dissolves these blockages causing ill health and encourages the free-flow of energy through the body.
To reset the body’s equilibrium, the easiest way to interrupt the stress signal in the body is either through the hands or feet, thus these areas are the most popular to be treated as the feeling is said to be most relaxing. Ancient tradition depicts massaging the feet as sacred, the soul to one’s good health.
The reflexologist applies pressure to specific areas in the hands, feet, and ears that affect certain reflex areas of the body. Imagine that there is a connection between zones of your feet and hands that represent certain areas of your body that can be adjusted or managed through these zones. These areas form a map that approximate to the body’s anatomy, some reflex areas overlap. A professional Reflexologist applies the techniques systematically and thoroughly, to each area, providing further treatment to areas they consider to deem more attention. The degree of pressure used during the session is entirely up to the discretion of the patient.
Unlike other types of manipulation or massage, no oils or creams are used, however if feet are a little damp, a light application of talcum powder assists.
Reflexology can help anyone at any age to relax and alleviate symptoms of certain disorders whilst improve the quality of life. Anyone can benefit enormously from a session of this safe, non-evasive, yet powerful healing hands on therapy. Although much of the research on reflexology has been criticized or cited as unprovable, thousands of years of tradition and reports of success speak rather loudly. That being said, reflexology should be considered as a complement treatment to formal medical care and not be construed as medical advice or a replacement for medical help or replacement of any medication.
One of the most well-known and verified benefits of reflexology is an improvement in circulation throughout the body, which means that blood and oxygen are being cycled through the body more effectively. This means more oxygen reaches vital organ systems, thereby optimizing their functioning and further increasing the metabolism. This also results in faster healing and re-growth of damaged cells.
Reflexology can increase metabolism and energy creation processes within the body. If you need a boost in energy or are always feeling sluggish, perhaps a reflexology session can help put some pep back in your step!