Reflexology Hand & Feet
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Reflexology is a focused pressure technique, usually directed at the feet or hands. It is based on the premise that there are zones and reflexes on different parts of the body which corresponds to and are relative to all parts, glands and organs 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. A reflexology session seems to break up deposits (felt as a sandy or gritty area under the skin) which may interfere with this natural flow of the body's energy.
Manipulating specific reflexes removes stress, activating a parasympathetic response in the body to enable the disharmonies to be released by a physiological change in the body. With stress removed and circulation improved, the body is allowed to return to a state of homeostasis.
What Happens in a Session?
With the client relaxing in a comfortable position, the reflexology therapist may work on either the feet or hands. Sessions usually last from 45 – 60 minutes. Beginning with the right side, all reflex points on both sides are stimulated as the body is considered to be a whole unit. Reflexology is safe for everyone, although pressure and length of session may vary for babies, the aged or extremely ill.
Brief History of Reflexology
India, China and Egypt practiced reflexology thousands of years ago. When we put on shoes we lost direct contact with the earth and were no longer grounded to it. We lost the natural exchange between the body’s electrical current and those of the earth. In 1913, reflexology was brought to the Western world. Dr. Wm. Fitzgerald, an MD in Connecticut, was using “Zone Therapy” to deaden pain in some parts of the body. Edwin Bowers, MD, of New York, and George Starr White, MD, used reflexology but the medical world did not accept it then. The Reflexology Association was formed in 1976 to promote reflexology.