What is Reflexology
Reflexology is a way of balancing the whole body by finger working the feet. It aims to treat the body as a whole and not the individual parts. Each part of the foot is manipulated.
There are several ways the fingers work, sometimes it will be a nibbling over the foot, other times a pressing in a precise manner on a particular point. Some areas may be pinched, circled or pummelled. The treatment should be firm. Your feet should be gripped or held gently but securely.
Forms of Reflexology have been around for centuries, in China, Egypt, Native America, the Incas in South America even parts of Europe e.g. Russia.
But it was physiotherapist called Eunice Ingham Stopfel 1889 - 1974 who introduced modern day Reflexology. She mapped the foot in detail. The feet are a mini map of the whole body and all the organs and body parts are reflected on the feet as reflex areas in an arrangement similar to their position in the body. To give you an example of this. Your right foot has the lung area of the right lung and three lobes mapped on it, whereas the left foot corresponds to the left lung area and two lobes.
There are over 7,000 nerve endings in each foot. By working all over the feet you are stimulating these endings including the circulation. A good Reflexologist can feel blockages, or areas that need more stimulation and these must be firmly worked. Sometimes clients can feel areas in their body whilst being treated. Others can feel tender areas in the foot. However just because an area is tender, this must not frighten you. These are purely places that are sluggish and a good reflexologist will give extra work on this area Often, but not always, it corresponds to a weak area in the body. An easy example is the spine. When someone has a bad back, I can often tell them the exact area before they tell me
Reflexology helps to balance all the body systems, stimulating an under active area, and calming on overactive one. It is harmless to those areas which are functioning correctly.
Since all the body systems are closely interrelated anything that affects one part will affect the whole. It works on the physiological, the psychological and spiritual.
Like any complementary therapy it doesn’t work overnight. The medical complaint/disease or stress built has up until the body has had enough. Reflexology therefore aims to correct the imbalances but the body needs time to heal, which is why several or regular treatments may be required. It is a gentle therapy allowing the body to heal correctly without all the chemical side effects medication frequently offers. The removal of toxins from the body may have gentle side effects like feeling tired, or more urine, but these are showing that the treatments are working, and should be thought of as positive signs.
Reflexology may be suitable for: