Foot reflexology is the most common style practiced by Reflexologists around the globe. Hand reflexology makes a close second, with ear reflexology and face reflexology trailing behind as specialty modalities in the field.
The feet are extremely complex in that each foot has over 7,000 nerves, 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles. Add to that a system of tendons that hold the structure together and you have an extremely intricate network. Considering the entire body has 206 bones, both feet have almost one quarter of the bones in the human body.
How Does It Work?
Reflexology is not a foot massage. Massage and Reflexology have one thing in common—touch. Beyond that, the difference is immense. The training, techniques, and methods of application are unique to their respective professions.
In addition to general health and well-being, there are other specialties. These include: Preconception Reflexology for both males and females with fertility concerns, and Prenatal or Maternity Reflexology where mother and baby can enjoy a relaxing reflexology session in preparation of labor and childbirth.
Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive treatment that relaxes, restores, revitalizes, and brings about a state of healing. The nerves in each foot contain a representation or “map” of the entire body. When direct thumb or finger pressure is applied to these neurological-reflex points, the corresponding area in the body is stimulated, cleared of congestion, and the natural healing process is enhanced.
The Science of Reflexology
The science of Reflexology teaches that a vital energy, or life force, circulates between the organs of the body, permeating every living cell and tissue. If this energy becomes blocked, the part of the body relating to the blockage is affected. Energy blocks in the human body are reflected in the feet. By using specific pressure techniques, they can be detected through the experience of discomfort, or through the presence of “gritty areas,” often referred to as crystal deposits. These occur in the part of the foot that maps to the part of the body that’s imbalanced.
The pressure and techniques are designed to dissipate energy blocks, and break down crystalline structures. Through stimulation of the circulatory and lymphatic systems, and by encouraging the release of toxins, Reflexology enhances the body’s ability to heal itself. Apart from treating disease, Reflexology is an extremely effective therapy in cases of stress, tension, and tiredness, and it can be used as a preventive measure against ill health.
Is Reflexology a Cure-All?
Reflexology doesn’t claim to be a “cure-all,” but numerous disorders have been successfully treated with this energy-based modality. These disorders include: plantar fasciitis, menstrual cramps, postpartum depression, diabetes, restless leg syndrome, sports injuries, migraine, sleep disorders, sinus problems, hormonal imbalances, breathing disorders, digestive problems, circulatory problems, back problems, tension, stress, the list goes on.
Most people who’ve experienced Reflexology agree that the treatment is beneficial and is also extremely relaxing. And because Reflexology treats the whole person, not just the symptoms of disease, most people benefit from treatment, including people with acute and chronic conditions, and people of all ages – infant through adult.
What are the Benefits of Reflexology?
The body has the ability to heal itself. Following illness, stress, injury, or disease, the body is in a state of “imbalance,” and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium and to encourage healing.
A Reflexologist uses thumbs, fingers, and hands to apply gentle pressure to the feet. For each person the application and the effect of this energy-based therapy is unique. Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet. By working on these points, the Reflexologist can release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body. Tensions are eased, and circulation and elimination is improved. This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace, often counteracting a lifetime of misuse.
Bottom Line on Top
In general, Reflexology increases the circulation of fluid within the body and promotes relaxation. As a result, Reflexology:
Dilates the blood vessels, improving circulation and relieving congestion throughout the body.
Boosts the lymphatic system.
Acts as a mechanical cleanser, stimulating circulation and hastening excretion and waste products.
Increases nutrition of the tissues by improving general circulation. This, in turn, increases the interchange of substance between the blood and tissue cells heightening tissue metabolism.
Relieves tension and reduces stress.
Balances the nervous system.
Improves the circulation and nutrition of joints and hastens the elimination of harmful deposits.
It helps reduces inflammation and swelling in joints and so alleviates pain.
Assists in healing all body systems.
Makes you feel good!
Some of the benefits of Reflexology such as relaxation, are felt immediately. Others may take a few treatments — this depends on the length of time the body has been out of balance.
“Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
– Laurie Buchanan
Copyright © 2010 Laurie Buchanan — All Rights Reserved.