What Is Reflexology?
My Soulful Reflexology session is a unique method of using warm basalt stones to stimulate more than 7,200 nerve endings in each foot. These nerve endings correspond to all parts of the body, including organs and glands. Stimulating the appropriate region is intended to eliminate energy blockages thought to produce pain or disease in the related areas.
I also incorporate the use of essential oils, chosen by the client, to address specific issues.
Reflexology is used to prevent, rather than cure, and is used to relieve a wide variety of ailments.
In my Integrative Reflexology session, my only “tool” is my thumb. The nerve endings are stimulated to eliminate energy blockages throughout the body. This session is more specific than the Soulful Reflexology session.
Both therapy sessions are very calming to the nervous system and therapeutic for the client.
Origins Of Reflexology
Dr. William Fitzgerald, in his book Zone Therapy, states that “a form of treatment by means of pressure points was known in India and China five thousand years ago. This knowledge, however, appears to be lost or forgotten. Perhaps it was set aside in favor of acupuncture, which emerged as the stronger growth from the same root.” There also appears to be evidence of reflexology being used in Egyptian art around 2330 B.C.E.
What Does Reflexology Do?
Reflexology can relieve stress and tension within the body. It improves circulation and lymphatic flow and works to unblock nerve impulse pathways. These benefits all work toward helping the body to heal itself by restoring balance to the vital energies.
According to Shelly Hess, author of The Professional’s Reflexology Handbook, “Reflexology works to discover how the soft tissue organs and the entire skeletal system are functioning. Through trained fingers, the reflexologist can detect early warning signs that the body is struggling and can then help restore the internal system to better balance.”
In reflexology, there are three areas—both in the evaluation and the treatment—that your reflexologist may concentrate on: feet, hands, and ears. My Soulful Reflexology session focuses only on the reflex points of the feet while the Integrative Reflexology session addresses both the feet and hands.
How Much Time Should I Allow & What Should I Expect?
You should allow about an hour for this session. We will begin with a brief intake to insure that you have no contraindications for reflexology. We will discuss your health history and decide together the most beneficial essential oils for use in your session. You will lie fully clothed on a massage table with blankets as needed for comfort. In the Soulful Reflexology session, I will combine the essential oils with salts and lightly scrub them into your feet before letting you soak for about 10 minutes. After the soak, I will incorporate the essential oils into a special foot balm and massage that balm into your feet. The reflex points will be stimulated with the warmed basalt stones while you lie back and relax. This is a deeply relaxing and grounding therapy.
The Integrative Reflexology session does not include the salt scrub or utilize the warm basalt stones.
Who Can Benefit From Reflexology?
People of all ages can benefit from reflexology treatments. We all suffer from stress at one time or another, and aches and pains are a part of daily life. Reflexology has a long history of promoting relaxation and healing.
What Are Some Specific Conditions Where Reflexology Might Be Helpful?
Allergies and sinus problems
Backache and sciatica
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Headaches, including migraines
High blood pressure
How Frequently Should I Have A Reflexology Treatment?
Once a week is normal; an extreme case would be twice a week. The body needs time to normalize between treatments.
Reflexology also works wonderfully in conjunction with other body therapies. Again, you should wait about a week between therapies to avoid overloading the body.