Correctly applied Reflexology pressure techniques allow subtle changes to take place in the body that facilitate internal balance. Reflexology works to maintain health and balance in much the same way as regular exercise would in maintaining a firm, toned body. Patients should therefore continue with a maintenance program of Reflexology treatments once they have achieved a desired level of health.
Reflexology works towards the normalization of body functions, easing tense muscles, inducing the endocrine glands to function normally and hastening the elimination of toxins. Reflexology brings about a state of relaxation and tension release in the body that promotes improved circulation, increased levels of organ functioning and a more effective distribution of nutrients.
Reflexology is not a “quick-fix” technique. Similar to a previously overweight person needing to maintain a regime of healthy nutrition and regular exercise, so too should a Reflexology patient adopt lifestyle changes that will support continued good health once their body is in balance and functioning properly. A Reflexologist should assist in this process by passing on their knowledge about issues such as stress reduction and relaxation, and the value of sound nutrition practices and a balanced lifestyle.
When the body is functioning optimally, it is in a state of homeostasis or balance. The goal of Reflexology is to assist the body to return to this state of balance by facilitating the elimination of toxins and the decongestion of blockages. Reflexologists do not claim to heal the body or cure disease. Reflexology, as a treatment and holistic healing approach, can only assist the body to perform its functions naturally.
Reflexology can be defined as a reflex technique, based on the neurobiochemical action that is produced by stimulating a specific area of the foot and that has a general or partial repercussion in the organism (body).
-Dr. Manzanares .
Energy flows throughout the body by way of electrical impulses generated by the nerves or through chemical messengers such as hormones or endorphins. A body that is out of balance or diseased has congestions in the flow of energy to the vital organs and systems. Reflexology is a method of unblocking these congestions and allowing the vital energy to once again flow in an unimpeded manner enabling the body to heal itself.
A stress reaction is a primitive response to a threatening or dangerous situation. When a person experiences stress, certain hormonal and chemical defense mechanisms occur in the body. In today’s modern age, these mechanisms do not have quite the same outlet as in the case of a primitive man where running, fighting and aggressive defense reactions were a means of survival. Today if a person experiences prolonged stress, this will eventually result in the depletion of essential vitamins and minerals from the system and exhaustion sets in. Reflexology helps to alleviate stress by inducing deep relaxation, easing stiff, tense muscles and unblocking congestion in the nerves and blood vessels. Blood can once again circulate freely, oxygen and nutrients are transported more efficiently to all organs and systems, while toxins can be more readily removed.
When neural pathways are impaired, the body’s nerve function is impeded and this impacts negatively on a person’s reactions and cognitive processes. A subsidiary effect of the revitalization of the energy flow throughout the body is that the nerve function is “jump-started” and neural messages are delivered more rapidly and efficiently to all parts of the body, thus allowing a more optimal level of functioning.
Body tissues depend on adequate blood supply to function properly as oxygen and nutrients are transported to the cells while toxins are removed. Chronic stress and tension are inclined to tighten up the cardiovascular system and restrict blood flow. This results in a sluggish circulation and high or low blood pressure. Reflexology encourages oxygen and blood to move through the body. In addition, the lymphatic system, dealing with the absorption of fats, the distribution of excess fluids and elimination of harmful substances, is also encouraged to work more efficiently.
An excess of acidity in the bloodstream may result in the settling of grainy deposits in the nerve endings of a body organ. These are considered to be calcium deposits which develop into acid crystals and can impede normal blood circulation. Feet are at the end point of circulation in the body and are often the prime targets for these crystal deposits. They settle beneath the skin surface, cause congestion, impede circulation and cause toxins to stagnate in the feet. Reflexology stimulation results in the breakdown of the crystals and the removal of toxins through improved circulation. This also eases pain and swelling in the feet and legs.
A further subsidiary effect of the revitalization of the energy flow throughout the body by the stimulation of reflex points is that the endocrine system is encouraged to function more efficiently. The endocrine system is an intricate network of glands which secrete hormones. These function slowly, but steadily and influence all facets of growth, development and sexual function. They also exert a powerful influence on thoughts, emotions and personality, and the malfunction of any of the seven principle endocrine glands can result in the disruption of hormone secretion and imbalances in the body.
Reflexologists cannot claim to cure diseases or heal the body. However, given the right conditions, the body has tremendous potential to heal itself or regulate the harmonious functioning of its systems in such a way that it can function optimally. Reflexology may not be capable of removing the cause of terminal diseases such as cancer, AIDS or multiple sclerosis, but it may assist in improving the patient’s general condition by stimulating the circulatory system, respiratory and elimination systems and by promoting relaxation and pain management. Reflexology can therefore contribute significantly to a better quality of life for terminally ill patients.