Reflexology is a complementary, holistic therapy based on the principle that there are reflexes on the feet that correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Reflex points, which relate to all parts of the body, can be found in the feet, hands, face and ears. These points respond to pressure, stimulating the body’s own natural healing process.
Reflexology creates physiological, chemical and emotional changes throughout the body. During and after a reflexology treatment, the body begins progressively clearing blockages, re-establishing energy flows and balancing itself, resulting in better health. There are many different styles and approaches used in reflexology, with foot reflexology currently the most popular and proven form; however, the basic principle is constant.
Reflexology has been known to mankind for thousands of years, going back to the ancient cultures of China and Egypt, as depicted in stone carvings dating back to 2330 B.C. In modern times, an increasing number of people are utilizing this safe and natural therapy as a way of relaxing, balancing and harmonizing the body. There are many factors in life, such as illness, stress, injury, that can create a state of imbalance, a state of disease, but the body has a natural ability to heal itself.
Considerations When Searching for a Reflexology Practitioner
Do some research when searching for a reflexologist. It is important to find one who has taken the proper training, as opposed to someone who has just had a brief introduction (such as a two week course or a weekend workshop and think they have mastered the techniques of reflexology). You also want an experienced reflexologist because it takes a lot of practice to build sensitivities in the fingers and to be aware of energy flow. Although all conscious touch is beneficial, those who know the art of touch and are aware of the power of reflexology will give the most beneficial sessions.
Ask friends, family and other health care providers for a referral.
Check out the website of professional associations. There are several professional associations for reflexology. Their websites provide information on reflexology both locally and around the world. The advantage of a reflexologist who is certified and experienced is that you will benefit more from the session. Your time, energy and money will be wisely spent.
You can find nationally certified reflexologist in your area at the American Reflexology Certification Board website. Also, visit the Reflexology Association of America site, select the Referral List option and indicate your state. The Professional Reflexology Associations website lists state reflexology associations with links. These organizations aim to protect the public through certifying the competency of trained reflexology practitioners. Professional reflexologists adhere to a strict code of ethics and business standards set forth by national organizations, educational institutions and state legislation.
The legitimate reflexology professional is a graduate from a reflexology program consisting of at least 300 hours of training, certified through a national certification board, and certified through an accredited vocational school.
Reflexology can restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium. This gentle, non-invasive therapy encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace, sometimes counteracting many years of misuse. It is a natural, drug free alternative for easing the body’s aches and pains.
Reflexology has been successful in relieving many acute and chronic conditions such as insomnia, menstrual problems, migraine, sinusitis, vertigo, asthma, sciatica and many others. In addition, its benefits extend to improving circulation, purifying the lymphatic system, improving functions of the intestines, liver, and kidneys, and providing general detoxification bringing increased awareness accompanied by mental and cellular relaxation.
In the field of oncology, an increasing number of consultants are recognizing the benefits of this relaxing and calming therapy, and it is now accepted as standard practice in many maternity units.
Courses of treatment vary in length, depending in each case on the body’s needs. Long-standing problems might require up to six to eight sessions. A single session will usually last about one hour. Only footwear is removed. Once your body has regained its equilibrium, an occasional treatment will stimulate your immune system and maintain your well-being.
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By Amanda Barnett
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