Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive healing art that is based on the principal that there are reflexes (nerve endings) in the feet, hands and ears that correspond to every part of the body. The physical image of the body is mapped onto the feet in a logical, anatomical pattern: the toes represent the head, the ball of the foot corresponds to the internal organs and the heel of the foot corresponds to the pelvic region in our body.
Similar maps of reflexes are found on the ears and the hands as well.
Through application of pressure on theses reflexes, Reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation, opens the flow of blocked nerves and helps promote the natural functioning and healing of the body. Reflexology does not diagnose or prescribe and the whole body is treated rather than a specific condition.
Essentially, Reflexology helps to balance the physical, mental and emotional aspects of the whole body. If an organ or gland is under active or overactive, Reflexology can help return it to a normal level.
In the early 6th Dynasty, around 2330 BC; the first record of Reflexology is found on a wall painting in the tomb of Ankhmahor at Saqqara. He was an Egyptian Physician. Traces of “foot work” also appear in other cultures such as China, India and Europe going back thousands of years indicating that no one culture invented it. Researchers believe that the art is well over 5500 years old. Research is ongoing today proving the benefits of Reflexology.
How Can Reflexology Help You?
The body has the ability to heal itself. Following illness, stress, injury or disease, the body is in a state of shock or “imbalance”. Vital energy pathways are blocked preventing the body from functioning effectively. When one part of the body is not functioning well, the effect is felt throughout the entire system. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural balance and encourage healing.
For each person, the application and the effect of the therapy are unique. Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet and by working on these points the Reflexologist can release these blockages and restore free flow of energy to the whole body. Tensions are eased and circulation and elimination are improved. This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace, often counteracting a lifetime of misuse.