What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the hands, feet and ears that correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body.
Through application of pressure on these reflexes, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and promotes the natural function of the related areas of the body.
In ancient times we stimulated reflexes naturally by walking barefoot over rocks, stones and rough ground, or by using our hands more often to climb, build or work. In today’s modern world we have lost much of nature’s way of maintaining a balanced and healthy equilibrium. Reflexology helps to restore this balance and promote natural health and vitality.
Although Reflexology does not diagnose or treat specific ailments by definition, it has proven highly successful over time to relieve symptoms or ease pain or discomfort that have manifested themselves physically in the body – either as a result of stress, trauma or disease.
Origins of Reflexology.
Reflexology has been practiced for thousands of years in such places as India, China and Egypt. An ancient Egyptian wall painting of the 6th Dynasty (approx.2400 B.C.) found at Saqqara in the tomb of Ankhmahor, an ancient Egyptian physician, depicts two men working on the feet and hands of two other men.
Reflexology has been used as a healing therapy by the North American native people for generations, and was thought to have been passed down by the Inca civilization.
Recent popularity of Reflexology.
Reflexology has enjoyed a lot of popularity recently for several reasons. Firstly, today we are exposed to high levels of stress in our jobs, our homes and travels. Stress is without a doubt one of the main causes of physical and mental pain and suffering, as well as contributing to making symptoms of other diseases or conditions much worse. Reflexology is a great stress reducer. Secondly, even though many people are trying to eat organic or healthy foods, even those ‘healthy’ foods grown today are grown in soil conditions that are greatly depleted in basic minerals and nutrients compared to the days of our grandparents. This means that even though people are trying to improve their diet, it is not easy to do. This lack of minerals combined with stress puts more pressure on our immune system and health. Reflexology works to allow the body to work to heal itself and normalize functions. Thirdly, people are turning more and more to alternative or natural health care which focuses on pro-active maintenance and holistic or entire body well-being. Traditional ‘western’ medicine tends to focus on reactive and specific treatment of disease or symptoms. Reflexology offers an all natural therapy which does not require anything other than gentle manipulation to stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms to normalize and heal. It is relatively easy to learn, and is quickly becoming one of the most popular methods of natural therapy primarily due to the enthusiasm of those who have found and realized the benefits.
- We recommend at least an hour to gain full benefit
- A ½ hour, treatment is not strongly recommended but acceptable if you are very pushed for time. We would only have time to treat one specific area of the body.
- If you have complex or multiple issues, one longer treatment or a series of regular hourly sessions is considered to be most effective.