Reflexology is a complementary therapy which involves the stimulation of pressure to specific points, known as reflexes, on the feet and hands to encourage the body to heal from within. All organs, systems and glands of the body can be mapped onto areas of the feet called reflex points.
Reflexologists believe that the feet mirror the body and that by applying pressure using the fingers or thumbs a reflexologist can have a positive effect on the corresponding parts of the body.
The right foot/hand corresponds to the right hand side of the body and the left foot/hand to the left hand side of the body. Parts of the body that are found on both sides, such as the kidneys, will have corresponding reflexes on both feet/hands whereas parts of the body that are found on just one side are only represented by the foot/hand on that same side. For example, the heart reflex is found on the left foot only.
Reflexology is based on the ancient Chinese theory that energy is flowing all around our bodies. If the energy can flow freely then we are balanced and healthy. If the energy is obstructed, illness may result.
After my pain this week I decided that I could do with a session with my Reflexologist and booked an hours session this afternoon. My reflexologist is a quiet lady and always has the room slightly dark with a relaxing cd playing in the back ground and you can smell different scents from oils she is going to use for your session. I have been going to her for some years now so she knows all about my health problems and was shocked to find quite a lot of blockage in my liver and my spine. I left feeling a lot more relaxed and able to have another forty winks of sleep when I got home.
I know some people do not believe in this type of complementary therapy but even if the affect is a placebo affect for a short time, surely it is better than nothing. I’d recommend the relaxation of this type of therapy as much as aromatherapy massage.