Reflexology can be defined as a foot massage that induces relaxation and reduces tension. Reflexology, by inducing relaxation, reduces the stress hormones so that the body is able to produce T-cells, white cells and neurotransmitters so as to start healing itself.
Reflexology is known to be more than four thousand years old. Paintings were discovered showing a Reflexology treatment in practice in about 2300BC. Reflexology as it is known in the West today had its origins in the study of Zone Therapy. This practice utilised the longitudinal lines of energy that run through the body starting at the feet and moving up to the brain.
For the Reflexologist, the feet are a microcosm of the human body and every organ and body part is represented in the feet. The right foot represents the right side of the body as well as the past while the left foot represents the left side of the body as well as the present and future.
By stimulating reflexes on the feet with a type of pressure massage, the organs of the body are stimulated, thus allowing them to start unblocking and healing themselves. In addition to this, the stimulation of these reflexes allows the body to begin detoxing and eliminating poisons which have built up through bad diet, thinking and habit.
Reflexology Helps with:
- Stress and stress-related conditions
- Tension headaches
- Digestive disorders
- Hormonal imbalances
- Sports injuries
- Menstrual disorders, such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Digestive problems, such as constipation
- Back pain
Reflexology is a popular alternative therapy. It promotes relaxation, improves circulation, reduces pain, soothes tired feet, and encourages overall healing. Reflexology is recommended as a complementary therapy and should not replace medical treatment.