The Feet are Mirrors of the Body
Reflexology is the science that deals with the principle that there are reflex points on the hands and feet that correspond to every organ, gland, and part of the body. It is the unique method of using thumbs and fingers to work these reflex points, thus affecting the entire body to bring it into balance.
Where did Reflexology originate?
The origins of reflexology go back to many diverse cultures. One theory is that reflexology originated in China about 5,000 years ago. It may have also been used in India, Egypt and Babylonia. The oldest evidence we have is a pictograph found on a tomb in Egypt dated around 2,330 BC. It was found in the tomb of Ankhmahor, a physician. He was a very high ranking official, second only to the king. Reflex therapy is also believed to have been used by the Incas in Peru. Native Americans have also placed great importance on work on the feet in maintaining physical, mental and spiritual balance.
Reflexology as we know it today was developed from a practice known as "Zone Therapy". In 1917 Dr. William Fitzgerald wrote a book by that name in which he describes his successes relieving pain by using various devices on the fingers and toes. This theory was taken a step further by Eunice Ingham, who is known as the "mother of modern reflexology".
Eunice was the first person to "map out" all the reflex areas on the feet. She spent more than 40 years researching, studying, and teaching her methods. She authored several books on the subject. Her nephew Dwight Byers, who was often a guinea pig for her research, worked with her for many years and now is head of the International Institute of Reflexology in St. Petersburg, Florida, which carries on her legacy.
What is a session like?
You are made comfortable in a recliner or on a massage table cushioned with pillows and kept warm and comfy. Relaxing music may be playing and perhaps a candle lit. After a nice soak in a foot spa with essential oils, your feet will be dried and wrapped in a fluffy towel. We will discuss your needs for the day and how you are feeling.
I will spend some time with nice relaxation techniques and then proceed to use thumbs and fingers over both of your feet. You may notice tender spots as I work. Tenderness is an indication of congestion; it may be congestion of blood, lymph or energy flow. Because it is important to stimulate all of the points, I will not avoid the tender areas, but will adjust my pressure to work within your comfort level. This work can break up the congestion to allow your natural healing energies to go to work. You may notice warmth, tingling or flowing in different parts of the body and you may fall asleep. The session ends with a soothing massage with a peppermint and tea tree oil foot lotion.
Many times I will combine color therapy with the reflexology session. I have a color torch which is a small mag light equipped with a quartz crystal tip and stained glass discs of various colors are inserted into the head of the light. Color vibration is then applied to the tender reflex points or areas that correlate to the client's complaint. This method is helpful in working reflexes that may be too painful to work with pressure.
The effects of reflexology are cumulative. The more often you receive reflexology, the more benefits you are likely to notice. The frequency of appointments will be determined by your individual needs. If your feet cannot be worked on for any reason, you can receive the same benefits by receiving reflexology on your hands.
Benefits of Reflexology:
"I always look forward to my reflexology sessions.
It makes my whole body feel alive--it makes me feel connected and relaxed. There is no doubt as to the health benefit."
Jutta, Massage Therapist
Why work the feet?
Since we stand upright, all heavy particles tend to fall to our feet by the force of gravity. There are 7200 nerve endings in each foot and many times little crystallized particles can block the nerve endings, causing discomfort and congestion. We all know that when our feet hurt, we feel bad all over. The foot is a large surface and the reflex zones are easy to work. We only have to remove shoes and socks. It can be done anywhere and requires no special equipment. The feet are mirrors of the body and can be worked to affect all areas of the body.
Reflexology is much more than a foot massage. It is a natural therapy that can help to balance your entire body. Reflexology may be able to lend you clues to imbalanced areas of the body and help you avoid health problems. It is excellent for preventative care, a great self care tool, and works well with all holistic therapies.
Experience a relaxing, pampering reflexology session for yourself! You may also be interested in a Reflexology with Color treatment.
Reflexologists do not diagnose, prescribe or claim to treat illness. All sessions are given for the sole purpose of stress reduction and relaxation. It is recommended that you see a licensed physician or health care professional for any physical or psychological ailment you may have.The body has the ability to heal itself, and to do so complete relaxation is very beneficial. Long-term imbalances in the body may require multiple treatments to allow the body to reach the level of relaxation necessary to bring the system back into balance.
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