What is Reflexology?
There are many definitions of reflexology, but it difficult to understand unless you feel it yourself.
Reflexology is used to help bring about balance and healing to the internal and biomechanical systems of the body. This balance, called homeostasis, is a state in which the body, mind and spirit are at peace and working to fine-tune internal systemic mechanisms. The feeling when you’re in this state is dreamy – like a relaxing vacation on a calm, warm beach; not a care in the world.
When stress abates to this extent, the body has a chance to attend to its internal healing work. This quiet state allows the body’s systems of communication to better receive messages of imbalance and to respond and help things get back on track. When the functionality of your internal systems can be refined and healed in this way, the result is enhanced health, clarity and peace of mind and more capacity to respond enthusiastically to the opportunities that your daily life brings forth.
What is Reflexology? Reflexology is a manual therapy that is typically performed on the feet, hands, ears or face. It is based on the theory that the entire body is reflected into smaller areas of the body, like the feet or hands, in the form of mini-maps (microcosms of the body, similar to the reflection of the world seen in a drop of dew).
Because this map also reflects back to the body as a whole, by working certain areas of the maps a reflexologist can affect and bring balance to the individual parts and systems of the body in the hopes of relieving tension, illnesses, and imbalance system-wide.
Benefits of Reflexology include balance and healing of all the internal systems of the body, improved biomechanical function of the entire body, and improved function in the local area being worked (i.e. the feet, hands and ears).
When the structure of the body can relax, circulation improves system-wide. With better hydration and nutrition to the tissues, the body has better elasticity and suppleness and is less likely to break down and more likely to heal and experience a reduction of body pains, aches, stiffness and foot pain.
With improved circulation, nutrients, oxygen and hormones can be more effectively distributed to all cells of the body and toxins can be more efficiently removed. This enhances the function of all organs and systems.
Many people have found benefits when addressing the following:
- structural ailments like neck pain, low back pain, leg, hip or knee troubles, and arm or ribcage pain
- functional issues like headaches, migraines, insomnia, diaphragm limitation, food allergies, digestive pain and dysfunction
- circulatory problems that affect the urinary, lymphatic, and cardiovascular systems
- hormone distribution issues resulting in reproductive challenges like fertility or difficulty getting pregnant, troublesome symptoms during pregnancy, challenges during childbirth, symptoms of menopause, and libido and prostate issues
- respiratory system complaints like chronic cough, asthma, and environmental allergies
- energetic blockages
- emotional pain and traumatic history that might be trapped in the body
- foot pain
For a list of over 380 scientific studies done with reflexology on specific ailments, please visit http://www.reflexologyresearch.net/
Reflexology is a safe, noninvasive way to stimulate better circulation and the body’s natural healing impulses. However, reflexology is not a cure-all and is not a substitute for medical care, if needed. Specific results are not guaranteed. Please consult with your primary healthcare professional on matters relating to your personal health and well-being.