Description of Reflexology
Reflexology, an integrative health practice, maps a reflection of the body predominantly on the feet, hands and outer ears. It uses unique manual techniques to deliver pressure to neural pathways assisting the body to function optimally.
Reflexology is an ancient technique that dates back over 5000 years as depicted in Egyptian tombs and in the Vedic texts of India. Modern Reflexology was founded in the early 1900s by Dr. William Fitzgerald. In 1917, he wrote about "Zone Therapy" echoing the Chinese philosophy of energy meridians. Energy flows along these channels ending at reflex points in the feet. All parts of the body are linked by these channels. Any restrictions of this energy may lead to illness or disease in the corresponding part of the body. When the reflexologist stimulates these reflexes, it boosts the circulation of energy, blood and lymph to and from the organs, allowing the body to heal itself.
What to expect during a session
A discussion explaining how reflexology works and what to expect, as well as any health issues or concerns. You will complete a written medical history and consent form. Then I will assess your face/feet/hands for any open wounds, rashes, sores, or plantar warts that could hinder the session. You will be informed that reflexology does not treat specific illnesses and is not a substitute for medical treatment.
Foot Reflexology- As soft music plays in the background, you are able to relax fully clothed besides your feet, on a table or zero gravity chair. The session lasts for about an hour as the reflexes in their feet are worked. Warm towels are used throughout, along with an eye pillow, and the session finishes with hot stones and lotion applied to the feet.
Hand Reflexology- The reflexes represented on the feet are also represented on the hands. Some people prefer to have reflexology of the hands if they do not like having their feet touched, or for convenience purposes. Lotion is applied at the end of the session.
Facial Reflexology- A half hour session starts with warm towel cleansing of the face then continues with the stimulation of 12 reflex points of the face. There are several contraindications that prevent the use of facial reflexology, that will be discussed beforehand. Most importantly, it should be avoided if pregnant, there should be a 3 week wait time after having Botox or facial fillers and a 3 month wait period following a face lift.
Advanced Facial Reflexology- A full hour session includes stimulation of over 40 reflex points on the face. The same contraindications are in place as for the mini session.
Some Benefits of Reflexology
Aids digestion/ constipation
Relieves menstrual issues
Helps regulate bodily functions
Reduces body's reliance on drugs
Helps relieve sinusitis/congestion
Has a direct rejuvenating effect on the face