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How Reflexology Works

Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive healing art that is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears that correspond to every part of the body. The physical image of the body is mapped onto the feet in a logical, anatomical pattern; the toes represent the head, the ball of the foot corresponds to the internal organs and the heel of the foot corresponds to the pelvic region in our body.

Similar maps of reflexes are found on the ears or the hands as well.

Through application of pressure on these reflexes -with hands only- Reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation, opens the flow in blocked nerves and elps promote the natural functioning and healing of the body.

Reflexology does not diagnose or prescribe. The whole body is treated rather than a specific condition.

Essentially, Reflexology helps to balance the physical, mental and emotional aspects of your whole body. If an organ or gland is underachieve or overactive, Reflexology can help return it to a normal level.

Wall Painting

Early 6th Dynasty, about 2,330 B.C.: Wall painting in tomb of Ankhmahor (highest official after the King) at Saqqara is known as the physician's tomb. Translation reads "Don't hurt me." The practitioner's reply: "I shall act so you praise me."

Where Does The Practice Come From?

Dating back to 2330 BC, the first record of Reflexology is found in an Egyptian physician's tomb. Traces of "foot work" also appear in other cultures such as China, India and Europe going back thousands of years indicating no one culture invented it. Researchers believe that the art is well over 5,500 years old. Today's methods are based on the work of Dr. William Fitzgerald who studied the art of "pressure therapy" in Europe and pioneered "Zone Therapy" in the USA, and that of Eunuch Gingham who systematized and popularized the therapy in the 1930's. Research is ongoing proving the benefits of Reflexology.

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 energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. When one part of the body is not functioning well, the effect is felt throughout the entire system. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body's natural balance and encourage healing.

For each person, the application and the effect of the therapy are unique. Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet and by working on these points the Reflexologist can release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body. Tensions are eased and circulation and elimination are improved. This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace, often counteracting a lifetime of misuse.

What Happens in a Reflexology Session?

The client is relaxing in a comfortable position. The Reflexologist may work either on the hands, ears or feet. Sessions usually last from 45 to 60 minutes.

Beginning with the right side, all reflex points on both sides are stimulated as the body is considered to be a whole unit.

Reflexology is safe for everyone, although pressure and length of session may vary for babies, the aged or the extremely ill.

How to choose a Reflexologist?

Make sure your Reflexologist is a Professional Reflexologist who is a member of the Reflexology Association of Canada. Professional Reflexologists have attained high standards of training, follow standards of practice and carry liability insurance.

For more information or to schedule a Reflexology session, please contact Reflexology doctor at Naturopathic and Allergy Clinic, who is a member of the Reflexology Association of Canada.

The Reflexology Association of Canada unifies Reflexologists through professional programs and services.

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