What is reflexology?
Reflexology is the scientific treatment that focuses on over 7,000 nerves in different areas of the feet & hands, which correspond to the 7major glands & organs and their 7 major Energy Chakras in our body. By using pressure to stimulate a specific area of the foot, a healing effect will be felt on the corresponding area of the body.
Energetic Reflexology is not simply a foot massage!
It is used today to address real health problems in a clinical & systematic way. At the same time it is deeply relaxing, non-invasive, & safe . It should not be viewed as an alternative to conventional medicine, but as a complementary therapy, which deals holistically with the patient’s ailment or disorder. The body has the ability to heal itself. But, following illness, stress, injury or disease the body is in a state of imbalance, and vital energy pathways are blocked- preventing the body from functioning effectively. Energetic Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural balance and encourage healing.
Reflexology foot therapy- involves the application of pressure using finger & thumb techniques developed by Eunice Ingham in the 1930’s, to specific points on the hands or feet; the reflexes; which correspond to all the organs & parts of the body. It is believed that by working the reflex points with these techniques, the therapist can stimulate the body’s own healing potential.
In this way, the body will adjust any imbalances within it; imbalances which might lead to illness & below optimum health or imbalances which are already causing illness.
This ancient therapy has increased in popularity in the recent years, in which your health may be improved & maintained. This natural healing & drug-free treatment is a gentle form of healing that involves massage in the form of thumb or finger pressure to the reflex areas, which are in the feet.
Significance of the Feet
The feet have significance in reflexology. Dougans and Ellis write that the feet represent a micro cosmos of the body, where all organs, glands and body parts are represented as a pattern under the feet. The Chakras system of the feet helps us keep in contact with the earth literally, energetically & symbolically. They write that the feet are our foundation and our contact with the earth and the energies that flow through it.