Reflexology is a therapy which involves applying pressure on precise areas of the feet, hands, face, ears and other areas, to stimulate organs and areas of the body these points correspond to. Modern Reflexology is linked with the Chinese theory of meridians and the flow of energy – “Qi”.
By applying pressure to certain points of the body, a Reflexologist would be stimulating the meridians, removing any blockages, and promoting the unimpeded flow of energy, thus restoring health and vitality.
Reflexology is a holistic treatment, and does not aim to address particular problems but to restore the body to health by working on the reflexes relating to every system. This holistic approach has a beneficial effect on affected systems in turn.
History. Reflexology is known to have been practised more than 5000 years ago, in ancient India. In Buddhism and Hinduism, feet symbolise the unity of people with the Universe and are treated with reverence. Reflexology was also widely practised in Ancient China, where it was linked to the energy flow theory and meridians.
Other nations practised what would be called a foot massage. Although Reflexology includes a foot massage, strictly speaking, it is not massage, but what could be called acupressure.
How does it feel? Reflexology is a very pleasant therapy which involves mostly feet. The foot reflexes which correspond to various body organs get gently manipulated mostly with thumbs and fingers. When a reflex is pressed, you may feel the twinge in the part of the body it corresponds to.
The main goal of Reflexology is to restore balance in the body, realign the body systems, promote the unimpeded energy flow. This leads to deep relaxation, and it is not uncommon to even fall asleep during the session.
- Deep relaxation of the body and mind
- Restores the balance of all the body systems
- Raised energy levels
- Improves sleep
- Helps eliminate tension and anxiety
- Helps with headaches, migraines
- Helps with the clearing of sinuses
- Promotes hormone balance
- Helps with digestive problems
- Improves circulation
- Restores health and vitality
- Helps deal effectively with stress and related problems.
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