What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is the technique of applying gentle, direct pressure using the fingers or thumbs to specific points on the feet in order to stimulate the body’s own healing processes. These points are called ‘reflexes’ and reflect the organs or structures of the body. It is a safe, gentle and natural therapy which brings about a state of deep relaxation.
The theory underlying reflexology is that every body organ and structure has a reflex point (reflexion) that can be located on the feet. These are found on the soles of the feet as well as on the top and sides. By stimulating these points, using a form of massage using the fingers or thumbs, you can create a direct response, stimulating or relaxing the organ or structure that it reflects.
In reflexology, the right foot and hand represent the right side of the body, while the left foot and hand represent the left side. The position of the reflexes generally reflect the corresponding position of the different organs and parts of the body, for example the big toes at the top of the foot represent the head.
There are ten different longitudinal zones which run up from each of the toes, up through the body to the head and down the arms to the fingers. The energy in each zone needs to flow freely – if it can’t, there will be congestion in a zone and this will cause an imbalance. If there is a block of the body’s natural energy if will have an effect on any organ or part of the body that lies within that particular zone. A reflexologist will feel different sensations under their fingertips whilst working over the various reflexes. They will often feel crystal or crystalline deposits which indicate a congested reflex – this can be a sign of a problem or a congestion of energy in the related body area. By applying pressure to these crystals, the reflexologist will break them up so that they dissolve and are carried away in the blood.
Reflexology is all about bringing balance and harmony to the body and the objective of the therapy is to restore the body to homeostasis, which in simple terms, is a process in which the body’s internal environment is kept stable, despite changes in external conditions.
Reflexology is deeply relaxing and helps the body cope with stress and improves the circulation of blood and lymph. When the body is relaxed, it starts to heal itself. This can be scientifically explained as the parasympathetic nervous system only functions when the body is in a relaxed state. In addition to relaxing the body, reflexology also relaxes the mind, which is ideal in this modern age where we encounter high levels of stress. If stress is managed well, the body will remain working harmoniously, if not, the body’s natural defence mechanism will be out of balance making us prone to illness.
Is Reflexology Suitable for me?
Reflexology can help with a wide range of conditions and is a relaxing treatment for anyone to enjoy, from children to adults. It is a very individual treatment which is tailored to you, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that may be affecting your wellbeing.
If you have any questions about reflexology, please contact me for a chat.