WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY?
Reflexology is a science that maps out the reflexes to the whole body on the feet, hands, face or ears. These hand techniques are unique to traditional Reflexology and are different from the motions used in other types of massage. Reflexology is a protocol of manual techniques, such as thumb-and finger-walking, hook and backup and rotating-on-a-point, applied to specific reflex areas predominantly on the feet and hands. These techniques stimulate the complex neural pathways linking body systems, supporting the body’s efforts to function optimally. As a specialized pressure technique; these techniques are applied to specific wellness-related reflex points on the feet or hands to release blocked energy, relieve stress and boost circulation.The effectiveness of reflexology is recognized worldwide by various national health institutions and the public at large as a distinct complementary practice within the holistic health field.
BENEFITS OF REFLEXOLOGY:
It is well documented that when the body is in a relaxed state, many physiological changes take place in the body which are beneficial to good health. Stress reduction is what Reflexology does best.
These chemicals are the body’s natural pain killers. When one receives Reflexology, these “feel good” substances are released into the bloodstream and relief from pain can be obtained.
Direct pressure on the feet and hands increases venous return or better blood flow. This tends to warm the extremities, helps nutrients get to the cells and takes away waste products. It also moves more oxygen into the cells where it is needed.
Direct Nerve Stimulation:
There are thousands of nerve endings found on each foot which positively respond to the alternating pressures specific to the field of Reflexology. This results in a decrease of stress on all levels.
Alternating direct pressures to the specific reflex points on the feet, hands or ears can assist in breaking down the chemical called “Substance P” which tends to build up around the nerve endings at our extremities when the body is in pain.