What is Reflexology?
It is a complementary holistic therapy which uses massage and pressure points on the foot to stimulate a response in the body. It uses the idea that the body and its organs are mirrored in the feet. The head being at the toe.
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How does it work?
It is based on ideas that the foot mirrors points in the body. Stimulating these pressure points on the foot can affect the corresponding area on the body. These areas are identified by mapping the body into ten zones, five on each foot, which run from the toes down to the heels. There are also 5 transverse zones.
There are many theories on how this works including:
• The u bend/lactic acid theory, since the feet are at the extremities of the body waste is trapped there. By massage and stimulation, they can be unblocked so that flow is unrestricted.
• The meridian theory. This derives from the Chinese idea of energy flowing in the body, any blockages cause imbalance’s and disorders in the body. Foot massage can open these blockages
• The nerve impulse theory. It is believed that there are 7200 nerve endings in the feet. Nerves are all connected and it is the brain and spinal cord that sends out signals. It is thought that by stimulating the feet nerve endings these pathways can be cleared and made more efficient.
Reflexology is a holistic treatment that aims to:
Overall it aims to create a homeostasis, which means all the organs in the body are working together and at their best.
Who is it for?