Reflexology is a focused pressure technique for the feet and hands. It is based on the premise that there are zones and reflexes in our feet and hands that correspond to all parts, glands and organs of our body. When reflexes are stimulated it breaks down deposits or blockages caused by stress, also enhances circulation and lymphatic drainage to return the body to homeostasis. Reflexology can be preformed on anyone of any age or gender. It helps those with: stress, injuries, illnesses, surgery (pre or post) and those on several medications.
- removal of stress
- enhanced circulation
- lymphatic Drainage
- normalize metabolism naturally
- compliments all other healing modalities
- oldest documentation was found in Egypt dated back in 2,500 B.C.
- Dr. William Fitzgerald introduced zone therapy and reflexology to the States.
The reflexology session begins with the practitioner conducting a brief health history.
Remember that it is okay, and even expected, for you to ask questions. You should feel comfortable communicating with the reflexologist.
You will lie down, remaining fully clothed except for your shoes and socks. The practitioner may cleanse your feet, then position them at his or her chest level and she will begin by assessing your feet for open wounds, rashes, sores, plantar warts or bunions and will ask you about any foot or leg pain that could hinder your treatment.
Generally a session lasts between 45 minutes. You can rest or talk during the session at your discretion. If you fall asleep during the session, you will still receive the benefits of the treatment. Feedback during the session is encouraged, and of course, you can request that the session be stopped at any point.
Your experiences with reflexology sessions can vary from a general sense of relaxation to a conscious awareness internally of the area of the body where the practitioner is working on through the foot.
Reflexologists do not diagnose however he/she will tell you about any congestion or tension they observe during a session that may suggest abnormalities. One of the theories of reflexology is that the body will nurture and repair itself once released from stress. If the body is extremely stressed, the reflexologist may refer you to a medical team or another treatment, if appropriate, but at no time will he or she give medical advice or diagnosis.
The practitioner may recommend that you drink water, rest if necessary, and pay attention to your body over the next few hours. If any questions or concerns arise, you should call the practitioner.
The number of sessions vary and is determined by the client’s health and reasons for seeking reflexology. But in general, results from reflexology are often subtle and are cumulative. You are more likely to see greater benefits from regular sessions (for example, once a week for six weeks) than if you had a session once every six months.