Reflexology is….… An ancient natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears which correspond to every muscle, joint, gland and organ of the body. By applying pressure on specific reflex points a Reflexologist can stimulate the corresponding organs or glands, thus helping to restore normal functioning of the various systems of the body. Reflexology aims to improve your health by reducing tension, inducing deep relaxation and increasing circulation.
How does Reflexology work?
When a reflexologist acupresses (applies pressure with his/her fingers) specific points on the hands or feet, this excites the nerve endings, sending an electric impulse to the particular organ, gland or part of the body this particular nerve serves. Reflexology thus works through the “autonomic nervous system”, and the effect can be compared to that of an internal massage. Reflexology is also known to stimulate the release of endorphins (feel good hormones) in the body.
When can Reflexology help me?
Because Reflexology is safe for most people at any age and has no negative side-effects, it is an ideal therapy which can help relieve numerous chronic and stress-related issues. You may try reflexology to help:
- Relieve stress and tension
- Promote deep relaxation
- Improve sleep
- Relieve pain, headaches, migraines
- Relieve anxiety, improve mood
- Relieve digestive problems
- Relieve PMS, symptoms of menopause, hormonal issues
- Improve cardio-vascular and lymphatic circulation
- Boost immune system
- Increase energy level
- Help body restore its natural balance (homeostasis)
- Plantar fasciitis, sciatica
- Relieve chronic foot pain
- Issues affecting the brain: ADD, ADHD, degnerative disorders
How do I know whether a Reflexologist is well-qualified?
Ask your reflexologist if he or she is a member of a recognized association such as the Reflexology Association of Canada (RAC), which has set standards and a code of ethics and conduct for its members. Also, check whether he/she is registered in an ongoing training program, such as RCRT, which require a certain number of hours to be completed in continuing education.