China, India and Egypt practiced reflexology thousands of years
ago. The oldest documentation dates back to Egypt 2,500 BC. Reflexology
is a focused pressure technique directed at the feet (or hands)
based on zones and reflexes that correspond to parts, organs &
glands of the entire body.
When the reflexes are stimulated, the body's natural electrical
energy works along the nervous system to clear any blockages in
the corresponding zones. Manipulating specific reflexes removes
stress, activating a parasympathetic response (body activity slows
down into rest and repair mode, having an overall calming effect,
heart rate slows, peristalsis action, bile secretions, insulin
and digestive juices are stimulated, peripheral blood vessels
are dilated, bronchioles are contracted, as are the pupils and
oesophagus). With stress removed and circulation enhanced, the
body can return to a state of homeostasis - the "automatic"
process that the body incorporates to bring it back to equilibrium.
While you are having a treatment, your practitioner may find
a tender point on your foot. A tender spot on the foot may indicate
congestion in a corresponding part of your body. When a trained
reflexologist stimulates these tender points, the congestion is
broken up, allowing the energy to flow freely. The congestion
is actually blocked energy which may interfere with your body's
natural flow of energy. The treatment leaves you feeling relaxed,
refreshed and energized with a renewed sense of well-being.
Reflexology can be done on anyone practically anywhere. It is
for people of all ages, from the newborn to the elderly, for a
general tune-up or for an unhealthy body trying to return to health.
The vast majority of people usually realize the benefits of reducing
stress which in turn minimizes physical symptoms. Reflexology
in conjunction with other forms of therapies complements ongoing
Through regular reflexology treatments, you will be able to
eliminate many symptoms and causes of illness and pain.
- Creates deep relaxation and removes stress.
- Enhances the body's circulation.
- Assists the body to normalize metabolism.
- Complements other healing modalities.
- Releases the body's natural ability to heal itself.
- Is a good and safe preventative healthcare.
Reflexologists do not diagnose unless qualified to do so, nor
do they prescribe medications unless qualified to do so. The therapeutic
intervention is limited to "working the reflexes" and
"assessing a tender reflex."
Please note that this is a complementary therapy and not a replacement
for medical treatment.