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, allowing a restoration of natural equilibrium.
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, many people find it to be a supportive therapy. Reflexology is safe, including those with health problems, as pressure and duration is tailored to meet individual client needs.
Reflexology can be considered for:
- painful conditions
- stress and tension
- acute and chronic conditions
- nerve and blood supply issues
- revitalising energy
- activating the body to cleanse toxins and impurities
- children and adults of all ages
Considerations are needed for babies, children, elderly and the very sick. In these cases, a lighter pressure and shorter duration is used. 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