What is reflexology?
Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet and hands. Reflexologists believe that these areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems and that pressing them has a beneficial effect on the organs and person’s general health. For example, reflexology holds that a specific spot in the arch of the foot corresponds to the bladder point. When a reflexology practitioner uses thumbs or fingers to apply appropriate pressure to this area, it affects bladder functioning. Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure health disorders, millions of people around the world use it to complement other treatments when addressing conditions like anxiety, asthma, cardiovascular issues,diabetes, headaches, kidney function, PMS, and sinusitis. Reflexology is growing increasingly popular across Europe and Asia as both a complement to other treatments and as a preventive measure.
Where are the reflexology points and areas?
In reflexology theory, points and areas on the feet and hands correspond to specific organs, bones and body systems. Practitioners access these points on the feet and hands (bottom, sides, and top) to affect organs and systems throughout the entire body. Maps of reflex points have been passed between practitioners across the globe. Understandably, there is not agreement among all reflexologists on all points; however, the general agreement does exist on major reflex points. Some scientific documentation of linkages between the skin and internal organs also exists. To represent how the body systems correspond to one another, reflexologists use reflexology “maps.” A good example of a reflexology map exists for the feet. Each foot represents a vertical half of the body:
- The left foot corresponds to the left side of the body and all organs, valves, etc. found there.
- The right foot corresponds to the right side of the body and all organs found there. For example, the liver is on the right side of the body, and therefore the corresponding reflex area is on the right foot.
A reflexologist may perform a general, integrated session, or may focus on specific problem areas on the feet, hands. For example, if time is limited and the person really needs to relax. Whatever the approach, the reflexologist attempts to release congestion or stress in the nervous system and balance the body’s energy.
How does reflexology relate to other therapies?
Acupuncture and acupressure: Reflexology works with the body’s vital energy through the stimulation of points on the body. Reflexology and acupressure are both “reflex” therapies in that they work with points on one part of the body to affect other parts of the body. While reflexology uses reflexes that are in an orderly arrangement resembling a shape of the human body on the feet, hands, acupressure uses over 800 reflex points that are found along long thin energy lines called meridians that run the length of the entire body. Massage: Some people confuse reflexology with massage. While both massage and reflexology use touch, the approaches are very different.
- Massage is the systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, using specific techniques (for example, tapping, kneading, stroking, and friction) to relax the muscles.
- Reflexology focuses on reflex maps of points and areas of the body in the feet, hands using unique micro-movement techniques such as thumb or finger walking and hook and backup to create a response throughout the body.
Another difference between massage and reflexology is that a client will stay fully clothed for a reflexology session except for removing footwear, whereas clients remove clothing for a massage session.
Reflexology FAQ’s – What is it? And How Can It Help You?
Is Reflexology another word for “massage”?
Foot Reflexology is generally misunderstood as a foot massage, but it is much more than that. Foot Reflexology is a scientific art based on the premise that there are zones and reflex areas in the feet that correspond to all body parts. Reflexology is administered by using the application of thumb and finger pressure to specific points on the feet. Each specific point corresponds with an internal organ, gland, and other structure. The pressure allows the release of blocked energy and built up toxins. During a treatment, mental and physical tensions are released and a state of relaxation is induced. This allows the body to improve circulation, encourage lymphatic drainage and toxin build up to release, stimulates nerve pathways and relax muscles.
Who can benefit from Reflexology sessions?
Everyone can benefit from Reflexology treatments. You do not have to have an illness to have Reflexology. Clients who want to alleviate stress can benefit from Reflexology. All ages can benefit from Reflexology, including infants and children.
How Do I start?
Clients will be asked to fill out a confidential assessment form to describe their health status. Upon review of the form, a 60-minute consultation will be scheduled.
What can you expect at your first Reflexology session?
I will go over the intake form with the client and discuss how a session will be tailored to their needs. Clients are encouraged to ask questions. The first session is approximately 60 minutes, which comprises of health history, discussion, active healing session, answer any questions, go over any findings. At all sessions, clients will be asked to remove socks and shoes. The feet will be cleansed. Other than the removal of socks and shoes, the client is fully dressed. The client lies on a massage chair for the session. The Reflexology treatment consists of medium thumb and finger pressure applied to feet. A lotion will be used during the session. Please let me know if you have any allergies.
What will I feel during a Reflexology session?
Many people find reflexology sessions, for the most part, very relaxing. It is not uncommon for clients to fall asleep. Some clients will begin to perspire due to toxins being released from the body. The pressure that is applied is firm, but not painful. If there are painful points on the feet, these are signs of energy blocks at the corresponding body point. I will continue to work the tender spots until energy blocks are released. At any time if the pressure is uncomfortable, let me know and the pressure will be reduced. For people who have ticklish feet, no need to worry, the pressure is a firm touch.
How will I feel after a Reflexology session?
Directly after a session, clients may feel very rested and in a relaxed state of mind. It is the responsibility of the client to ensure that she or he is fully alert before proceeding to drive a car. After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very definite way. Most people noticed that they have more energy, more productive waste elimination, sleep better, and have a sense of well being. Please note how your body responds to treatments and inform me so that sessions may be adjusted or change to your specific needs.
How many Reflexology sessions will I need before I see results?
Clients may see results after one or two sessions. For maximum results, it is suggested that clients have one session per week for four to five consecutive weeks. At the end of the fourth session, we will evaluate for health improvement. Upon health improvement, sessions will be spaced to every other week then every 3 weeks, then every 4-6 weeks for maintenance.
Why should I commit to a maintenance plan?
Like all good things we need to continue with good practices, just like exercising, brushing your teeth, and watching your diet. By maintaining your energy healing program most clients notice a feeling of balance, catching fewer colds or flus, less stress and anxious, have the ability to move toxins with little or no effort, sleep better, and a lot more. Clients ‘ experiences that regularly come for maintenance reflexology have been with regular Reflexology sessions, for example, clients with debilitating muscular skeletal disorders, such as Rheumatoid, Psoriatic, and Osteo Arthritis were able to lessen arthritis flare-ups, in some cases, by 75-100%. Clients were able to maintain or reduce arthritis medication to a lower dosage. For clients experiencing heavy and painful menstrual cycle for seven or more days were able to decrease their discomfort and flow by 25-50% with regular reflexology sessions. The duration of the cycle decreased, on average from seven to five days. Clients who have irregular menstrual cycles have found that reflexology helps with regulating consistent menstrual cycles. For clients experiencing hot flashes due to menopause (6-12 combined day and night hot flashes) were able to lessen frequency and intensity of hot flash episodes by 50%-75% with regular reflexology sessions. For clients experiencing fertility issues, Reflexology has been shown to help couples to maximize health conditions to support the body prior and during pregnancy and have less postpartum symptoms.
Price: 25 Euro per session (1 hr)
Reflexology is recommended as a complementary therapy to conventional medicine and does NOT replace conventional medical treatment.