What is reflexology and how does it work?
It would seem like common sense, to state that everything in our body is connected. Like our bones, think of the spine. Our blood and lymphatic system, circulating to every cell in our bodies from our brains to our toes, and the sameis the case for our nervous system.
Our soft tissues, covering our bones, interconnect, keeping our bodies connected. Our organs, work together, the brain controlling them. Just think about our cardiovascular system; the heart and lungs, taking in oxygen, sending it to every cell and collecting carbon dioxide and expiring it. Not to mention lesser thought of systems, like our hormones, controlled in our brains, and sent throughout our bodies.
In conventional medicine, we do tend to think and treat our various ailments separately. If we experience a problem in one part of the body, we are quick to look for a diagnosis and cure, to treat that part alone. Even when we do get a correct diagnosis, conditions, like everything have a broad spectrum and affect everyone differently. The patient is often a better expert on their condition than the expert medical professional on that condition.
It would also seem like common sense to say that, where there is life, there is energy. Our bodies make energy from the air we breathe, the food we eat and to a certain extent, through the sun. The fluid we drink, helps us conduct this energy through all our biological systems like our nervous system, which works similarly to electrical energy. So, as you already know, this energy does not just 'float’ around, it travels through these systems. In Reflexology these ‘energy channels’ are called meridians.
In Reflexology, acupressure and acupuncture, pressure or reflex points in the body are axcessed in order to restore these ‘channels’ to normal healthy function. Function that has been interrupted by daily life, wear and tear, and our neglect of ourselves, interrupting our bodies natural ability to take care of its self. Reflex or pressure points are available throughout the body. In Reflexology, the foot is most often used as it is a large, flat and sensitive surface, and literally the ‘root’ of our problems.
What to expect when having a Reflexology therapy?
Depending on your needs/requests and the style of the therapist, the session may start off with bathing the feet, and/or a small foot massage. The foot and ankle area will be manipulated and stretches to help restore healthy function and flexibility as well as relaxing the area and preparing it for the main part of the treatment. Breathing techniques paired with pressing on nervous pressure points may be practiced at the start and end of a session. For the most part, the therapist will use their thumbs to press all the pressure/reflex points on the foot in order to correspond to all the areas of the body. Sensations may vary for each individual, but overall Reflexology is very relaxing and restorative - during your session the added benefits of hand reflexology is also included.
‘Blockages’, depending on their severity, can be easily felt by both therapist and client during the session and can feel sensitive for the client. But at all times discomfort and indeed pain, are avoided in Reflexology as it decreases the effectiveness of the treatment.