EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT REFLEXOLOGY
Reflexology is the application of pressure to the reflex points in the feet, hands and ears which correspond to all organs, glands, systems and parts of the human body. Reflexology affects the nervous system and the endocrine system.
Benefits of Reflexology
Promotes balance of the body by stimulating reflex points in the feet. This triggers the body’s natural healing processes and facilitates a return to homeostasis, a state of equilibrium.
Reduces stress and brings about relaxation, a sense of calm and rejuvenation.
Improves energy flow, nerve impulses and circulation which brings oxygen and nutrients to cells while removing toxins.
Allows the practitioner to address systemic conditions or inaccessible areas due to injury, skin conditions or boundary issues.
Reflexology May Help Relieve:
Digestive problems, especially constipation
Fibromyalgia, especially during flare-ups
Symptoms of PMS
There may be some later reactions to the cleansing effects of the session as reflexology stimulates the eliminating systems of the body: kidneys, bowels, skin and lungs.
The following reactions are not uncommon, but you may not experience any of them:
Flatulence, more frequent bowel movements, slight diarrhea
Skin irritations, increased perspiration
Altered sleep patterns, deeper or more disturbed, more vivid/frequent dreams.
Tears or emotional reactions
Temporarily feeling worse
Dr. William Fitzgerald is known as “the father” of modern reflexology. He is credited with dividing the body vertically into 10 zones.
Dr. Joe Shelby Riley, who was trained by Dr. Fitzgerald, developed the horizontal zones of the body.
Eunice Ingham who worked with Dr. Riley continued mapping the organ and gland reflexes on the feet. Whereas steady pressure, which was used by Dr. Fitzgerald, produced an anaesthetizing effect, Ms. Ingham discovered that using alternating pressure stimulated healing. She introduced reflexology to the public and non-medical community.
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