Reflexology is acupressure applied to the feet to
stimulate circulation, reduce tension and return the body to its natural
zones and reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all body
parts. The physical act of applying specific pressures using thumb, finger and
hand techniques results in stress reduction which causes physiological changes
in the body.
What are the benefits of
As we know, too much stress in our
lives can result in illness or dis-ease. One of reflexology’s primary benefits
is the reduction of stress in the body thereby promoting relaxation.
Reflexology also increases circulation and restores the body to homeostasis
(its natural state).
What is a
Reflexology session like?
A client who comes in for a
reflexology session removes his/her shoes and is placed in a comfortable chair
in a room that has been set up to promote relaxation. With the client sitting
in a reclined position, the reflexologist begins with some simple relaxation
techniques while discussing the clients’ health history. Then, finger and thumb
techniques are used to apply acupressure to the feet, stimulating reflex points
that correspond to the entire network of body parts. For the most part these
sessions are very relaxing. However, if you are experiencing stress within your
body you may experience some discomfort. It is important that both you and the
reflexologist communicate how things are feeling for you. Usually tenderness is
a sign that congestion exists within the body and the reflexologist can work
lighter in these areas until the tenderness subsides.
Why do people get
Clients come to a certified
reflexologist to get relief from a variety of conditions, including: diabetes,
stress and stress-related conditions, digestive disorders, headaches, hormonal
imbalances, low back pain, sore and tired feet, urinary
disorders, respiratory conditions, and much more. Those with diabetes find the
improved circulation to their feet invaluable. Reflexology is also used for
post-operative and palliative care. A study in the American Cancer Society
Journal found that one-third of cancer patients used reflexology as a
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