What is reflexology?

Feet Massage

What is reflexology?

Reflexology is the systematic application of pressure techniques to the feet and hands. The nerve pathways in each foot create an electrochemical flow that communicates with the entire nervous system.

Each reflex point connects with a specific organ, gland or body part. Through the application of pressure using specific thumb and finger techniques, reflexology connects with the peripheral nervous system and encourages the body to relax and return to homeostasis or balance.

What are the benefits of reflexology?

Reduces stress, tension and anxiety Increases blood and lymphatic flow Improves oxygen delivery Normalizes glandular function Cleanses the body of toxins Balances the body systems Improves emotional health Serves as a preventive system Enhances other forms of bodywork Encourages the body to heal faster Reduces pain Improves sleep patterns Sharpens mental alertness

Clients Tell Reflexologists

“I feel like I’m walking on air.”  V.M. “My back doesn’t hurt anymore. When I came in I could hardly move.” J.W. “My headache is gone.” J.S., F.M. “I came in stressed out and left feeling like a new person.” B.P. “My sprained ankle had noticeably improved with one session.” D.C. “The tightness in my neck and shoulder is there no more!” M.M.H.

Reflexology and You

What can reflexology offer you?? According to client reports, Reflexology relaxes, reduces stress without drugs, helps with sleep, sinus pain, banishes headaches, muscle aches and pains. Clients tell us they feel better, chronic pain is less and some even say it keeps them healthier. Some clients have experienced immediate results during sessions and others have experienced slower, steadier results. Most clients enjoy the sessions and many return on a regular basis. Check out our membership pages and contact a Reflexologist in your area to find out more about what Reflexology can do for you. There is a ‘Contact Tab’ you can use for any question, idea or suggestion you have.

Reflexology History

Reflexology has been around for thousands of years. The first concrete evidence it was used in healing was found in Egyptian pictographs from around 2500 B.C. Reflexology was introduced in the United States in 1913, by Dr.William Fitzgerald who was an ear, nose and throat specialist. He claimed that by applying pressure on particular places on the hands and feet [zone therapy], an anesthetic effect would take place in areas of the body. A nurse and physiotherapist, Eunice Ingham, made further investigations in the 1930′s and 1940′s and mapped the entire body into reflexes on the feet. Eunice Ingham is considered the Mother of Reflexology in the United States.

Today Reflexology is usually taught in a school environment, with a core curriculum and professional standards. Most schools offer a Certification in Reflexology and encourage students to pursue National Certification. Workshops and continuing education classes are offered all over the world for practicing Reflexologists. In some countries, Reflexology is offered in hospitals and medical practices as a natural healing method.

Reflexologists Report

* My client was scheduled to have an ovary removed due to cysts. The week before surgery I did three 1 hour sessions. When the client went in for the ultrasounds before sugery, the doctors found nothing wrong and sent her home. *The client was undergoing her second bout of breast cancer and she had come in for Reflexology sessions before and after the chemo to make her strong, as well as renew her strength and stamina.The client reported that during Reflexology sessions she didn’t even feel sick. “When I have regular Reflexology sessions (every two weeks), I no longer have the knee pain and indigestion that I used to experience continually. Also, I’ve noticed that my mood and emotions stay on an even keel–even raising two teenagers. Thank you so much!! J.M.