Reflexology is a system of massage using pressure on reflex points of the feet, as well as the hands and head. These areas have traditional maps of the entire body on them, allowing a reflexologist to unblock stuck energy over the whole body.
Sometimes the body is in a state of imbalance following illness, injury, disease or stress and energy pathways are blocked preventing the body from functioning effectively. The massage of pressure areas on the hands and feet relating to the area in imbalance allows the whole body to relax and de-stress, restoring and maintaining the body’s natural equilibrium - encouraging healing
Professor Alfred Pischinger (1899-1982), found that the origin of disease and its first signals register in the connective tissue. Massage therapists will be familiar with the effectiveness of myofascial release techniques, the mechanics of which were explained from the same theory. In recent studies modern scientific study has shown an altering in monitored brain patterns when reflexology is applied to various reflexe points on the foot using FMRI (Functional MRIscan) (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304394008013694)
Since reflexology treats the whole person, not just the symptoms of particular problems, most people can benefit from treatment. Reflexology is normally totally safe for most people, including those with certain health problems as pressure and duration is tailored to meet individual client needs.
Reflexology can be considered for:
- relieving pain
- reducing stress and tension
- acute and chronic conditions
- relieving stress and tension
- improving nerve and blood supply function
- revitalising energy
- activating the body to cleanse toxins and impurities
- a preventative therapy
- children and adults of all ages
Considerations are needed for babies, children, elderly and the very sick. In these instances treatment is of lighter pressure and shorter duration. If indicated, some clients are advised to consult their medical practitioner for permission prior to receiving treatment.
Specific conditions with reported benefits include
- PMS and other hormone imbalances
- Digestive disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Anxiety and mild depressive disorders