What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principal that there are reflex points on the feet, hands and ears that corresponds to every glands, organ and part of the body. It is believed that by stimulating these points we affect the part of the body that the reflex corresponds to by opening up the energy flow. It promotes the natural function of the organs and glands and brings the body to the state where it can heal itself naturally without adverse side effects.
This is an ancient practice that has been passed down from Chinese culture but historical documents show it was used in Japan, Russia, India and Egypt as well. Reflexology was brought to the western world about 1 century ago and is now a common, known healing art.
How does Reflexology work?
According to Chinese medicine, the sensory nerves of the internal organs all end in the soles of the feet. It is believed that toxins (such as uric acid and calcium crystals) settle into the lowest area of the body(feet) and the nerve endings there become congested, creating energy blocks in our meridians. By loosening up these congested areas through manipulation, this allows the body to flush out the toxins. A reflexology session brings about deep relaxation, relief from stress and a general sense of well being which promotes the body’s own healing powers.
Quite often a client will fall asleep during their session because they become fully relaxed. This is because reflexology stimulates the parasympathetic system which is the rest and repair state.
What else does Reflexology Help with?
Besides restoring balance to the parts of the body, reflexology can improve circulation, relieve pain, reduce headaches, promote better sleep, improve digestion and elimination, and help maintain a healthy lifestyle by reducing stress.
There is no risk to reflexology and is suitable for any age group, from babies to seniors.
What is a session like?
The sessions are about 1 hour long. You may be asked questions about your medical history and current health status, then placed in a comfortable position on a massage table or reclining chair. The reflexologist uses a finger and thumb walking method to apply pressure to the reflex points while looking for tissue inconsistencies or tender spots that could indicate congestion or energy blocks that need to be relieved. Focus may be given to certain areas but the feet are treated as a whole.
After a session it is recommended that you drink water and stay well hydrated in order to flush out toxins that are reintroduced into the circulatory system. In some cases you may experience flu like symptoms or headaches. Otherwise you may just feel thirsty, sleepy or need to go to the bathroom more often. In all cases, listen to your body and give it what it needs.
How Often should one get reflexology?
For a chronic issue, one should start out with frequent visits: once or twice a week until symptoms begin to shift, then taper off to less frequent visits.
For someone in good health who wants to maintain and keep on top of health issues, 4-6 weeks is most common.
Sessions available with Shawna MacDougall every Monday