What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is the study of reflexes. Reflexology therapies are natural therapeutic methods derived from this study based on the principle that there are reflexes in the body that map to other parts, glands, and organs of the body. Through the application of pressure on these reflexes, reflexology therapy can: relieve tension, improve circulation, and support the body's efforts to function optimally.
Unlike other therapies which manipulate bones or muscle tissues, Reflexology can provide much needed relief through working the body reflex that ails you on a part of the body that does not. Reflexology helps to manage many common ailments such as:
- musculoskeletal pain;
- stress; and
- hormonal and digestive issues to name a few.
How Can Reflexology Help You?
The body has the ability to heal itself. Following illness, stress, injury or disease, it is in a state of “imbalance” and vital body systems can be blocked, preventing the body from functioning optimally. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural balance and facilitate healing. For each person, the application and the effect of the therapy are unique. Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances and by working on these points, the Reflexology Therapist can release these blockages.
Reflexology is an active and continually evolving therapeutic practice. In recent years traditional reflexology has branched out into new and exciting therapeutic expressions in an effort to improve the health and wellness of clients. Within all of these different types of reflexology, there are therapists who specialize in different protocols. Reflexology is one of the safest and least invasive alternative therapeutic practices available. The World Health Organization deems it simple and easy to learn, economical, readily found, safe, and effective.
Types of Reflexology
- Foot: Is the stimulation of the foot for health conditions in other parts of the body using specific hand and finger techniques.
- Hand: Is the stimulation of the hands for health conditions in other parts of the body.
- Ear: Is the stimulation of the oracle of the external ear for health conditions in other parts of the body using specific hand and finger techniques.
- Facial: Is a healing therapy on the face. It is a hybrid practice including principles of reflexology and facial acupuncture.
- Maternity: Supports a mother and babe through all trimesters of pregnancy with specialized protocols for common symptoms and complaints that often accompany pregnancy. The focus is the alleviation of the uncomfortable side effects of pregnancy without the use of drugs.
- Craniosacral: Is a different approach to working with the zones and reflex areas of the feet. Craniosacral Reflexology integrates the principles of reflexology, cranial osteopathy, and cranio-sacral therapy.
- Body: Body reflexology consists of a therapeutic treatment on the reflex zones and points distributed throughout the body. Body Reflexology works on several dimensions using concepts of polarity, correspondence and vibration. It is a very comprehensive approach, in and of itself by its simplicity and efficiency.
- Dermoneural: Or Clavitherapy for short, is a non-invasive therapy that stimulates the nervous system using with clavicles to activate receptors of neurochemical transmitters on molecular and submolecular levels on the skin.
- Fertility: Fertility Reflexology is a specific set of protocols for specific fertility issues such as Endometriosis, Low Progesterone, Low Sperm Motility/Morphology. The goal of fertility reflexology is to help couples conceive where there’s been challenges.
- Praxis Vertebralis Neuro-foot: Taking advantage of new neurological maps, this technique consists of working the spinal cord reflex points in the feet in a way that sends a nerve impulse in an arc from foot to brain to organ, initiating a change in that part of the body.
- Vertical Reflex: Vertical reflexology involves the stimulation of the reflex points on the hands and feet while a person is in a standing position or the hands are bearing weight. The logic behind this technique is that the nerves are more sensitized in these positions.
*Content source: Reflexology Association of Canada