Understanding Reflexology


Reflexology, also known as zone therapy, is a natural alternative therapy that uses the application of pressure, stretching, and movement to the feet and hands to effect and benefit corresponding areas on the body.

Most of us have heard about reflexology as a simple foot massage, but it is believed that these massages can actually alleviate stress and improve overall health.

How does it Work?

Although there are many theories as to how it works, the central tenant is that our nervous system is or our “central wiring” throughout the body. This whole body wiring system has major hubs, like our feet and hands that correspond to energy zones across the rest of the body.

Using charts that pinpoint which areas in the feet and hand relate to other body parts, a reflexology practitioner can apply pressure and stretching to both release energy and to move it elsewhere in the body to aid in the self healing process and to create an overall feeling of health and balance.

What are the Benefits of Reflexology?

As a form of alternative medicine, there is still much debate over the practical benefits of the therapy. However, the millions of people who use reflexology swear to its ability to reduce stress throughout the entire body. Many also believe that regular treatments help to ward off disease and are an essential part of their naturally healthy lifestyle.

Additional benefits from treatment may include:

  • Improving the mind-body connection
  • Relaxing your entire body
  • Decreasing pain
  • Improving circulation

What is a Session Like?

The therapy is not indented to be massage therapy or to apply excessive pressure. The sessions generally last about 30 minutes and simply require you to take of your shoes and relax. The therapists will take note of any tender spots you may have and will gently apply the treatments that will actually relieve any pain you might have.

Reflexology treatments aren’t for everyone, neither are they a stand alone medical procedure. It should be used as a compliment to your conventional treatments and as an additional practice towards your healthy living initiative.

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