Saturday, 8 October 2011

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a deeply relaxing therapy using pressure with thumb and fingers on feet to fine tune your body and help balance any areas of illness, stress or imbalance of any kind.

Reflexology is a Science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Reflexology is a unique method of using thumb and fingers on these reflexes to relieve stress and tension, improve blood supply and help achieve homeostasis.

What is a reflex action? An example is when the Dr gives a firm tap to your knee, and then your foot kicks up. That is a reflex action. It is your body's automatic response to a stimulus. Dr Fitzgerald of Boston City Hospital in 1917 published a book on Zone Therapy, how he could relieve pain using pegs and clamps on fingers and toes. Eunice Ingham, a Physiotherapist, took this a step further, she recognized this as a reflex action and wondered if the body responded to a constant pressure with pain relief, what would the reaction be if instead the area on the hands or feet were stimulated? She published her first book on the subject in 1938 "Stories the Feet Can Tell Thru Reflexology".

What can Reflexology help in the body? Just about everything! It just can't work on bits that are missing! Of course not everyone's response is the same, just as not everyone responds the same to medications. However, in my experience, most people will experience improvement for an imbalance in their body within 3 sessions. It is recommended that you have 6 consecutive sessions no further than 1 week apart, otherwise the momentum of improvement can be lost. With each treatment improvements are deeper and last longer. Depending on each individual's response, treatments can then be changed to every 2 weeks, then 3 etc. as the length of time of improvement increases.

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