Reflexology is a natural, holistic treatment which works by activating and supporting the body's natural healing mechanisms. Practiced over 4000 years ago by the early Chinese, Indians, and Egyptians, it has developed into a modern and well-recognized complementary therapy.
Treatment is based on the discovery of points on the feet, hands, and ears which correspond to organs, systems, and structures within the body. Reflexology uses pressure techniques to stimulate these points, sending a calming message from the peripheral nerves in these extremities to the central nervous system. This, in turn, signals the body to adjust the tension level and release blockages which can interfere with the body's natural energy flow.
Regular treatment helps clear underlying causes of the imbalance, restore the body's natural balance, and promote a feeling of relaxation and well-being. It brings internal organs and their systems into a state of optimum functioning and increases blood supply. In turn, this brings additional oxygen and nutrients to cells and enhances waste removal. Reflexology positively affects the body's circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, immune, and neuropeptide systems.
Humans consist of a physical and emotional body with a mind and spirit. These are interdependent. The reflexologist takes into account all aspects of the client's being, knowing that a relaxed body induces calm emotions, a serene mind, and an integrated spirit.
A Note to People New to Reflexology:
People new to reflexology often think they must focus or concentrate to feel the benefits. While being quiet frequently induces a deeper feeling in the novice, the client needs no special skills or practices for reflexology to work. As the reflexologist stays centered and allows the flow of energy to occur, the client's body with naturally and positively respond to touch, allowing healing on all levels.