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What is Reflexology?

DEFINITIONS

 

Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive form of complementary medicine. It is a body-based general health modality that helps to stimulate your body's innate healing abilities at fundamental levels and assist the body in recovery while boosting overall vitality and general health. 

Reflexology is both an art and a science using specific manual  touch, pressure, and relaxation techniques, primarily on the feet and hands, to bring about a physiological and psychological calm and normalization. This restorative relaxation creates an environment in the body that inhibits the stress response and promotes normal parasympathetic functions associated with rest that can result in improved sleep and digestion, faster healing of tissue, reductions of pain, increased clarity of mind, better circulation, lower heart rate and blood pressure, and more.   

Reflexology Newly Defined

​Very recently in 2016, the three arms of reflexology in the U.S. agreed on one definition to describe the practice: 

Reflexology is a protocol of manual techniques, such as thumb/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 and support the body’s efforts to function optimally. 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.

The 3 arms of Reflexology in the United States are

  1. American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB: www.arcb.net), the nonprofit, independent testing agency.

  2. Reflexology Association of America (RAA; www.reflexology-usa.org), the national membership organization.

  3. National Council for Reflexology Educators (NCRE: www.reflexedu.org), the voice and resource center for reflexology educators.

 

Contra Indications For Reflexology: If you have an active infection, thrombosis, embolism, any disease of the foot, open sores, fungal infection, varicose veins, broken bones, sprains, recent surgery,  or have any other condition that may be cause for concern, please call to inquire before scheduling an appointment or obtain written permission from your medical professional ahead of time. Some conditions can be worked around.  Please note: I am not a doctor and do not practice medicine.  Reflexology is considered a complementary general health modality for stress reduction and well-being but is not a replacement for conventional or allopathic medical care and you should not put off seeking appropriate treatment while exploring complementary services. 

TO LEARN HOW REFLEXOLOGY WORKS:

visit my blog articles on the subject

Part ONE 

Part TWO

Part THREE

BENEFITS

Reflexology can be beneficial in a variety of ways but overall helps to reduce symptoms of stress and therefore helps to reduce stress related problems.  It also supports your body's natural healing abilities and allows your internal awareness to direct resources in the body.

Reflexology may

  1. slow down your heart rate and breathing and aid in lowering blood pressure and blood sugar.

  2. help to reduce anxiety and depression

  3. assist with elimination of toxins by stimulating the lymphatic system

  4. boost your energy and immune system

  5. promote self-healing and healing of tissues

  6. help to improve nerve conduction

  7. help with digestion

  8. improve quality of sleep

  9. may interrupt pain pathways and reduce pain.

  10. promote psychological well-being

  11. improved circulation of blood and energy

  12. assist with hormonal balance

  13. foster clarity of thought and creative thinking

  14. assist with relieving foot pain and improving balance and a sense of groundedness

WHAT TO EXPECT  IN A REFLEXOLOGY SESSION

You will lie - comfortably reclined- on a massage table or reclining chair with your knees and feet elevated with pillows.   Only shoes and socks are removed. Soft music and lighting are generally used to promote a calm and relaxing environment but lights may be up and clients may talk during a session if desired. 

 

The hands-on technique is applied with attention given to your individual needs and comfort levels. You are encouraged to speak up if you have discomfort or need to adjust your position. While the treatment might involve touching some tender areas of the feet, the goal is to help you to relax therefore adjustments in pressure can be made.  

 

You may remain awake or fall asleep during the treatment and you may feel deeply relaxed and sleepy or energized and motivated afterwards.  Some effects are felt over time.  

 

Like many complementary therapies, the health effects of reflexology are cumulative. The more consistent your treatments, the more your body will respond and learn new pathways for wellness.  After an initial series of appointments, a maintenance schedule is encouraged and self care skills can be learned for use at home.

 

We will work on determining the optimal frequency of treatments to meet your specific needs.  A therapeutic maintenance protocol of one treatment every 1-4 weeks is often recommended.  For more acute situations 4-8 sessions over a 2-4 week period may be more effective before taking on a maintenance schedule.  

 

Certainly any stress reducing care you offer your body at any time, for any length, is a kindness your whole self will appreciate!   

I reserve the right to discontinue a treatment if any conditions present themselves that make it contraindicated or if a client's behavior is inappropriate.  If inappropriate behavior is present and a session is terminated payment will be expected in full.

It is normal to have any of these reactions during reflexology but always feel free to communicate any discomfort to the reflexologist. 

  • Perspiration of hands or feet

  • Feeling light-headed

  • Tingling or pin prick sensations

  • Laughing

  • Sighing deeply

  • Disappearance of all pain and discomfort

  • Thirst

  • Sensation of being cold or chilled

  • Overwhelming desire to sleep

  • Coughing

  • Crying

  • Sensation of energy moving in the body

  • Sensations of Warmth

  • Stomach sounds/bowel movements

  • feeling energized

  • relaxed muscles and organs

  • contraction of muscle groups/spasm

  • Sleeping

  • a sensation of being asleep and awake at the same time

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