What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a simple yet very effective non-invasive therapy performed on the feet, hands/face or ears. It is based on the principle that there are reflex zones in the feet/hands/face/ears that map via the nervous system to corresponding parts of the body. Stimulation of those reflexes with thumbs, fingers and knuckles are thought to correct imbalances throughout the body and create homeostasis, which means that the organs and systems in the body are working together, inducing a state of balance and harmony, stimulating the body’s own potential to heal, both physically and emotionally. By applying special techniques reflexologist can break up patterns of stress which can help the body's return to a normal state of balance. Sensitivities felt during the treatment will provide valuable insight into the physical/emotional imbalances and help reflexologist to address those in the session.
Reflexology stimulates the body's own healing mechanism and is deeply relaxing.
Your health should not be viewed merely as the absence of illness, but rather a physical, mental and social well-being. Reflexology can help you to achieve this goal by providing deep relaxation and encouraging internal harmony and balance. So you don't need to be ill to seek reflexology. It can prove to be a form of preventative health care. Also, I am certain that you will agree with the phrase " prevention is better than a cure".
On the other hand, many people suffering from painful, chronic conditions find that having regular reflexology treatments help them cope better with their illness and gives them more positive outlook on life. There are some scientific studies suggesting that regular treatments are as effective as taking their painkillers for the pain relief. Stimulating particular reflexes are thought to produce endorphins - natural painkillers.
However, it is worth noting that the effects of reflexology will not be the same for everyone. It works on an individual basis and everyone reacts differently to the treatment.
Some benefits of reflexology are:
Elimination of the toxins from the body, improved lymphatic/cardiovascular circulation, improved mood/sleep. It is known to help with stress related conditions, mild depression, insomnia, muscular/joint problems, hormonal/fertility issues (for both, men and women), headaches, migraines, digestive problems, allergies and many more.
Facial Reflexology (Bergman Method)
As well as foot reflexology, it aims to help entire body function at its optimum level. Beside obvious health benefits, the unique benefit of facial reflexology is a rejuvenating effect on the face. Regular treatments can give you a healthy and radiant glow, may result in the reduction of lines and wrinkles. It will improve your skin tone and strengthen layers of skin tissue. The face's proximity to the brain is the key to the effectiveness of manipulating reflex points. It helps reduce stress, stimulate the body's healing mechanisms, improves nerve conduction and circulation, encourages toxin removal.
The History of Reflexology
The Ancient healing art of Reflexology has its roots in ancient Egypt, China and India. The Modern History of Reflexology dates back to the early 20th Century when an American ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr William Fitzgerald first discovered effects of applying pressure to various points on the feet and hands. He even performed minor operations without the use of anaesthetics by applying pressure to specific points on his patients. Dr Fitzgerald developed an early form of Reflexology which he called 'Zone Therapy' , where the body is divided into ten zones. It was further developed by an American physiotherapist, Eunice Ingham who had been very interested in Dr Fitzgerald's work. Eunice Ingham realized that the ten zones could be accessed via the feet and hands. Her work concentrated on the feet and through her research she was able to map reflex points for the entire body onto the feet. Her findings were that by applying pressure onto these 'reflex' areas the corresponding parts of the body received a therapeutic effect. Doreen Bayley trained under Eunice Ingham in America and brought Reflexology to the UK in 1966.