What Is Reflexology?

What is reflexology, people ask me. Is it a massage? Do you touch my feet? These are just some of the fun questions I get asked often. Even though they have heard of this modality, most people don't know the benefits of it and what happens in a session.

Reflexology was first seen on the walls in a tomb of Ankhmahor (highest official after the king) at Saqqua, known as the physicians tomb. This dates to 2,330 B. C. After that there is not much else known about reflexology. Until Eunice Ingham developed the "Ingham Method of Reflexology. She continued practicing and spreading the message that reflexology could aid in the easing of suffering. To protect her writings and teachings, her nephew Dr. Dwight Byers, started the National Institute of Reflexology and then the International Institute of Reflexology. Since then many have practitioners have tweaked the method but they all started from this amazing women.

So, what is reflexology? It is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all the glands, organs and parts of the body. Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers on these reflex areas. This method includes but not limited to:

- relive stress and tension

- improve blood supply and promote the unblocking of nerve impulses

- help nature achieve homeostasis

Your feet mirror the organs and systems in your body. If your liver is not doing well, a tender spot may occur on the plantar surface of the feet (the bottom), trying to get your attention that the liver needs some care. That's where a reflexologist comes in. By pressing on the liver reflex we are stimulating blood flow and relaxation to that area, which helps the liver then heal itself. However, the liver reflex will not be the only spot to press. Doing the whole foot and its reflexes will help every system in the body to function better and aid the liver to become well again.

Reflexology improves nerve and blood supply, which brings the body back into balance.

Here are the Top 10 conditions that Reflexology can help with:

1. Plantar Fasciitis

2. Lower back pain

3. Digestive Upset

4. Headaches (all kinds)

5. Reproductive Hormone Imbalance

6. Muscular Tension

7. Restless Legs

8. Insomnia

9. Arthritis

10. Swelling

I do want to mention that reflexologists are not to diagnose or prescribe, that is why a Doctor is needed and should be seen. We are here to assist with such conditions.

This is a natural way to get our bodies back into balance without the use of drugs. It is safe, effective and relaxing. By the end of a session people are so relaxed that they stay on the table for a few minutes to keep that feeling of peace. Once they get up they are amazed at how wonderful their feet feel. Light, happy, good are just some of the descriptions I have heard.

Remember our feet carry us around everyday, they get us to where we want to go, as quickly as they can. If they are hurting, your body is trying to get your attention! Stop and listen to them and then get on over to a reflexologist.