Reflexology

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a therapy based on the principle that there are small and specific areas of innervation in the hands and feet that correspond to specific muscle groups or organs of the body. In this system, the nerve endings in the hands and feet provide a “road map” of the rest of the body.

A typical reflexology session runs from thirty to sixty minutes. Shoes and socks are removed, and the client is made comfortable, usually by sitting or reclining. Some reflexologists offer a foot bath at the beginning of the session, however, very little lotions or oils are used. Pressure is applied, resulting in gentle stretching and massaging of specific zones of the hands and feet that are thought to correspond to body organs and parts of the body. Simple self-care instructions may be discussed at the completion of the session.

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Benefits of Reflexology

-Relaxation of tension
-Improvement of circulation
-Supports function in the related area in the body.
-Can affect areas of the body that cannot be directly massaged

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The theory behind reflexology is that these areas correspond to organs and systems of the body. Proponents believe that pressure applied to these areas affects the organs and benefits the person’s health.

 

Check out Reflexology-usa.org for more information!

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