Originally known as reflex zone therapy, reflexology is a holistic healing method, which involves pressure and massage of the reflex points found on the feet and hands. Reflexology involves massaging, squeezing or pushing parts of the feet, hands and ears with a goal of encouraging health throughout the body. In the context of reflexology, however, reflex is used in the sense of reflection, or mirror image.
These reflexes are found on the soles of the feet, or the palms of the hands, which act as a small “mirror” reflecting the whole organism. It teaches that a vital energy, or life force, circulates between the organs of the body, permeating every living cell and tissue. If this energy becomes blocked, the part of the body relating the blockage is affected. By using specific pressure techniques, they can be detected through the experience of pain, or through the presence of “gritty areas”, often referred to as crystal deposits.
These occur in the part of the foot or hand that relate to the part of the body that is imbalanced. The pressure and massage techniques that taught in the reflexology are designed to dissipate the energy blocks, and break down the crystalline structure. Through stimulation of the circulatory & lymphatic system, and by encouraging the release of toxins, reflexology promotes the body to heal itself. Reflexology is an extremely effective therapy in cases of stress, tension, and tiredness. It can be used as a preventive measure against ill health. It allows the body to be in charge of healing itself.