Reflexology. What is it?

Tuesday, 25 December 2007 | | |

Reflexology is an ancient healing art that originated in China, Egypt and India. It has the ability to bring about a state of relaxation, and because of this it is able to assist the body's own natural healing to take place. Reflexology is also able to complement other types of health care.

Reflexology is commonly explained as the scientific theory that maps out the reflexes on the feet and hands to all the organs and the rest of the body. ie Certain spots on the feet and hands have an energy connection to other parts of your body. By applying acupressure and massage-like techniques to the feet and hands you will positively affect all other body parts.

Reflexology is primarily used as a natural holistic therapy to promote relaxation and healing of the body, mind and soul. Also, it can be used as part of a health analysis, since the feet give clues about what is going on inside the body.

It has been said that the foot is a reflection of our health, and reflexology gives us a means to use this reflection to improve our health.

There are different kinds of reflexology. It can be practiced through the feet, hands or ears. Another form of reflexology is called Iridology which is based on the idea that the iris of the eye reflects the entire body through the central nervous system. Body reflexology maps out reflex points located in various areas on the body (including the tongue) that when pressed will affect different areas of the body. We prefer to concentrate on foot reflexology

One idea that this practice involves is the belief that there are invisible pathways of energy that run vertically along the body. These energy flows or lines are called zones.

Reflexology body map - Zone Therapy

Working with these lines, and with points on the lines, is called "zone therapy". Zone therapy divides the body into sections. These lines of enegy run through the body, affecting each organ along their path. Disease tends to run along these lines. For example diabetes is a disease primarily caused by malfunctioning of the pancreas. You can see from the diagram that the area where the pancreas would lie is located between zones 3 and 4. Associated complications with diabetes include problems with the kidneys, which are also on zones 3 and 4 and the eyes, again in zones 3 and 4!

Breaking up blocked energies works by restoring proper energy and blood flow. This in turn helps restore proper energy to the organs.

Reflexology body/foot map
An easy way to visualise the general reflex areas on the foot.

For more advice, and to experience this fascinating and successful treatment, please contact us at our salon in Allestree, Derby..


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