Often confused with foot massage, Reflexology is a closer cousin to acupressure than it is to Swedish massage. A Reflexologist is someone who has studied maps of the reflex points found on the feet, hands and ears. These maps mirror the human body and contain a reflex area for every organ, gland, part and body system.
Beyond the feel-good effects of the treatment, the practice and purpose go deeper than the skin and muscles by taking these specific map/reflex points on the foot to induce a healing response in corresponding organs and areas of the body
Addressing anything from headaches to sinus problems to stomach issues, if sensitivity or tenderness is experienced when certain areas of the foot are stimulated, it usually indicates bodily weaknesses or imbalances within the corresponding organ. With repeated practice of applying pressure and manipulating nerve endings (traditionally in the foot), reflexology can help clear any channels of blocked energy through moving the flow of blood, nutrients, and nerve impulses to ultimately improve overall health and balance. In addition to manipulating the pressure points on the foot, reflexologists sometimes work on the hands or ears to trigger relaxation as well.
Throughout history, we see that most cultures have utilized the feet and hands to affect the body and its health. Examples can be found in ancient Egypt, Japan, Tibet, India, China, and Central and Northern Americas. Modern Reflexology was rediscovered by physicians in Massachusetts and Florida. Physical therapist Eunice Ingham developed the maps into a usable therapy that has been taught in every corner of the globe.
Reflexology has a cumulative effect on the body, session by session, reflex by reflex, gently nudging the body toward homeostasis.
Depending on the client’s issues, it is customary to receive an initial series of one hour Reflexology sessions either on a weekly or monthly basis.