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Reflexology is a science based on the artful application of gentle pressure on reflex areas in the body, most usually the feet, which produces the 3 H's - health, harmony, and homeostasis.
The art revolves around the understanding that there are 72,000 reflex points on the feet, each representing every structure and function of the human body. Applying gentle pressure to these reflex points may influence the physical and mental state of the body in many ways.
For example, reflexology has been found to reduce stress and tension, relieve pain, improve body functions, and generally restore the body to an improved physical and mental well being. It is suggested to overall help the body maintain health and balance.
What are the Benefits of Foot Reflexology?
The way in which a reflexology treatment achieves its sometimes startling results has not yet been scientifically established, although there are a number of theories. Irrespective of how results are achieved, reflexology has been consistently shown to induce many positive changes in the body, including:
What Can Reflexology Be Used For?
- Induce a state of deep relaxation
- Relieve pain
- Ease stress and tension
- Decrease inflammation
- Reduce congestion
- Improve circulation
- Improve nerve impulses and response
- Encourage toxin release
- Restore body equilibrium and balance
The ability of reflexology to induce a state of deep mental and physical relaxation serves to provide a favorable environment in which healing can take place. In addition to being used to relieve specific health concerns, reflexology may also be used to maintain a general wellness, balance and efficiency of the body.
The primary objective of reflexology is to produce a deep state of relaxation. In this state of relaxation the body has the increased ability and stimulation for:
Is Reflexology Safe?
- RELEASES of stress and tension; pain; specific disorders; inflammation; congestion; constipation; depression
- RESTORATION of functioning; blood supply/circulation; flow of nerve impulses; positive outlook on life -inherent happiness; overall well being
- MAINTENANCE of natural equilibrium and balance; efficiency; contentment; joy; physical well being and good health
Reflexology is a safe treatment with very few precautions to consider. All ages can benefit, from infants to the elderly. Irrespective of the beginning health state of the body, the gentleness of a reflexology treatment is unlikely to do any harm.
How Often Should I Have Foot Reflexology?
When introducing your body to reflexology, it is recommended and important to come once a week for six weeks to accommodate and "set" the reflex points. After your initial six therapy sessions, reflexology can be performed as often as you and your reflexology therapist feel is necessary to achieve your desired results. Results vary based on individual responses and the health starting point of your body. In general, reflexology sessions may be performed within the recommended safety guidelines of not more than once every three days and not less than once a month.
What is the History of Foot Reflexology?
The origin of reflexology cannot be traced to any one civilization. Evidence suggests that primitive forms of reflexology existed in ancient Egypt, India and China some 5,000 years ago, and even through Native American culture. In Egypt a wall painting was found in the tomb of a well-known physician, dating back to 2330 B.C., showing a reflexology treatment being performed. The Indian painting referred to as "Vishnu-padas" shows the feet of a Hindu god marked with symbols to represent the unity of the universe. China history reveals that about 4,000 years ago reflexology was used to enhance the effectiveness of acupuncture. There exists a rock carving in China that represents Buddha's footprint showing many symbols positioned on the sole of the foot. Native Cherokee Americans have been practicing a form of reflexology they have passed on from generation to generation, which is still practiced today. Reflexology, as we know it today, has developed through the teaching and understanding of acupressure points in combination with body zone therapy. Reference: Reflexology of the Foot, Slade, Lauren 2004
Reflexology Session Fees:
Initial 90 Minute Session - $100
Follow Up 75 Minute Sessions - $80
Package of 6 "Set Point" Sessions - $450
Pay only $25 for an Ionic Foot Bath when you schedule it just prior to your reflexology session.