“Reflexology is the systematic, manual stimulation of the reflex maps located on the feet, hands and outer ears that resemble a shape of the human body.”
Reflexology is a science based on the premise that these reflex areas correspond to all glands, organs, parts and systems of the body. The physical act of applying pressure using thumb, finger and hand techniques to these reflex areas results in the reduction of stress which promotes physiological changes to bring the body into balance, thus promoting well-being and allows the body’s own natural healing processes to function more efficiently.
Reflexology has been around for a long time – over 5,000 years and has been practiced in the ancient societies of Egypt, India and China. Reflexology was introduced to the West as “Zone Therapy” in 1913 by Dr. William FitzGerald. He noted that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone. In the 1930’s Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is known today as Reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
China, Denmark and the United Kingdom excel in their research on the benefits of reflexology as a health care modality. Each of these countries recognize reflexology as a safe and beneficial therapy that can be integrated into an existing and established health care system.
China continues to expand their areas of research in over 100 illnesses and health conditions. Denmark follows next in clinical research, where reflexology is the most common complementary treatment used by the public. In the United Kingdom clinical studies are conducted on the benefits of reflexology with qualified reflexologists and mainstream health care practitioners working together.
In North America reflexologists and conventional western medical practitioners are just beginning to explore the possibilities and benefits of collaborative research on reflexology.
What’s a Session Like?
On the first visit, I will talk with you about your health and lifestyle and any issues you may want to address during the session. Then, I will use my hands to apply pressure to your feet and/or hands. I often can detect subtle changes in specific points on the feet, and by working on these points may affect the corresponding organ or system of the body. A treatment session usually lasts for about one hour. A course of treatment may be recommended depending on your body’s needs. Commonly reported benefits following a treatment are: Stress relief, an increase in mental and physical well being and reduction in pain and discomfort.
I added Reflexology to my “tool kit” because I had many clients presenting with plantar fasciitis and other foot complaints, as well as feeling stressed out. I have had great results working with clients who experience migraine headaches, anxiety and general daily stress issues. Something to remember: Reflexology is not just a “foot rub.” Though the treatment is delivered via the feet and/or hands, the entire body and all of its systems are affected.
If you live in the Northern Kentucky/Southern Ohio area, I’d love to work with you! Please email or call me to schedule an appointment.