Are you stressed? Do you feel tired all the time? Perhaps you’re just feeling out of balance? A relaxing, foot massage using key reflex points can bring your body and energy system into balance again.
Reflexology dates all the way back to Ancient Egypt and other ancient civilisations who understood the interconnectedness of mind and body. Modern day reflexology stems from the science and art of zone therapy and incorporates influences from energetic massage, meridian theory and other energy-based modalities. Reflexology is based on the theory of ‘reflexes’, specific points typically found on the feet and hands, but which can also be found on the ears, face and other parts of the body.
To the reflexologist each ‘reflex’ will show a reflection of the specific part of the body which can be manipulated/worked to help balance out the corresponding body part. As a rudimentary example, in reflexology the big toe represents the head of the person being treated, with a number of different reflexes located here, including reflexes for the pituitary gland, pineal gland and inner ear. If the client had headaches the big toe would be one of the areas to focus on, along with other reflexes that may be causing the headache (e.g. the spine and endocine system for tension headaches, or the digestive system for headaches brought on by food sensitivites etc…).
The feet (or hands) act as a map of the whole body with each ‘reflex’ mirroring different organs and parts of the body. By stimulating/balancing an individual reflex a ‘reflex response’ is generated. At the level of the nervous system this is an involuntary response that occurs when no energy blockages are present. Stimulating different points on the feet sets in motion impulses to the body’s cells and organs which affect a change in the nervous system. Reflexology works with the energy system by working out and releasing blockages through the zones and meridian lines and facilitating improved energy flow, so that the body can then repair itself.
Foot Reflexology works with the entire body through a system of reflexes located entirely on the feet. By working on the feet, the reflexologist releases stress or blockages held in the physical and energy bodies which can in turn have a positive effect not only on the physical body, but also at a deeper level affecting the individual’s energy, thoughts and emotions in order to bring about a state of balance, or homeostasis.
Reflexology is primarily used as a holistic therapy addressing a wide range of health concerns such as stress, anxiety, illness, pre-menstrual symptoms, back pain, indigestion, fatigue, IBS, and depression.
Additionally it can help relieve strain from daily wear and tear on the feet, especially since modern footwear tends to restrict the natural movement of he foot and reduce its ability to ‘breathe’. Have you noticed just how pleasant it is to take off your shoes when coming home from a stressful day?
In ancient times we stimulated reflexes naturally by walking barefoot over rocks, stones and rough ground, and by using our hands to climb and do manual work. In today’s modern world we seem to have lost much of nature’s way of maintaining a balanced and healthy equilibrium, so reflexology helps to restore this balance and promote natural health and vitality.
Foot Reflexology can help replace the natural massaging effects of walking barefoot and the techniques stimulate nerve endings in the feet which in turn have health benefits for the entire body. Foot reflexology invigorates tired, aching and sore feet, leaving your feet fresh, attractive and tingling and you feeling better all over.
Some benefits of Reflexology
- Relaxation and Stress Relief
- Improved Circulation
- Pain Relief
- Restoring energy flow
- Stimulation of the immune and nervous systems
- Improving elimination of toxins in the body
- Stimulating the body’s own healing processes
- Encouraging a feeling of well-being
- Improved balance between body, mind and spirit.