Reflexology is the technique of applying gentle pressure to reflex areas on the feet or hands to bring about a state of deep relaxation and to stimulate the body's own healing processes. It is a natural therapy that can olso facilita te more vital energy, help boost the immune system and crea te a stronger body and colmer mind. Reflexology is a safe, natural therapy that he lps to give your bo dy what it needs - that might be conceiving or carrying a baby to full term , a reduct ion in the symptoms of ir ritable bowel syndrome, assistance in losing weight or in feeling yo unger and looking healthier. In this book you will discover how reflexology and a holist ic approach to health can help you achieve and fulfi l both emotional and physical goals.
The theory of reflexology
The theory underlying reflexo logy is that the organs, nerves, glands and other parts of the body are connected to reflex areas or reflex po ints on the feet and hands. These areas are fou nd on the soles of the feet and palms of the hands, as well as on the top and sides of the feet and hands. By stimulating these areas using a compression technique and a form of massage with your thumbs, fingers and hands, you can create a direct response in a related body area. For example, by working on the head reflex (which is found on the big toel, you can activate the body's own healing processes to help alleviate headaches.
The right foot and hand represent the right side of the body, while the left foot and hand represent the left side; and according to 'zone therapy' (see page 161, there are ten different zones in the body. The feet are most commonly worked on in reflexology, because practitioners feel they are normally more responsive to treatment than the hands, since they contain a larger treatment area and so the reflex points are easier to identify; and, because the feet are usually protected by shoes and socks, they are more sensitive to treatment. However, the hands can be used for treatments just as effectively and are great to work on, especially when giving yourself reflexology.
Creating a state of balance
Reflexology is all about bringing balance, harmony and a sense of well-being to the body. At times, we find ourselves feeling 'out of sorts or ungrounded', and our body needs equilibrium in order to keep working healthily Even a very light reflexology treatment can help create this sense of balance.
Reflexology is not a therapy used to diagnose illness; it is not a medical treatment. It does not cure - only the body can do that. Instead it facilitates healing within the body. It is virtually impossible to determine how long it will toke an individual to feel and enjoy the benefits of reflexology. Everything starts with one small step, but it is the commitment to reflexology that can drive forward a positive outcome.