Reflexology is a gentle art, a fascinating ancient science and an extremely effective form of therapeutic foot massage that has carved an impressive niche in the field of complementary medicine. It is both a science and an art, a science because it is based on physiological and neurological study and an art because much depends on how skilfully the therapists apply their knowledge.
The feet are a microcosm of the body. All the organs, glands and body parts are represented in similar arrangement on the feet.
Reflexology works on the premise that all organs in the body have reflexes in the feet and by stimulating these reflexes we are stimulating the body to heal itself. Reflexology maps the feet, including the toes, as a mirror concept of our body organs. Pressure is applied to the reflex areas using specific thumb and finger techniques. This causes physiological changes to take place in the body as the body’s own healing potential is stimulated. As a general understanding, the science of Reflexology states that where there is sensitivity in a reflex area that would be an indication of stress or weakness in the corresponding organ or body part.
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the causes of disease.
The goal of Reflexology is to trigger the return of homeostasis in the body, a state of equilibrium or balance. The most important step towards achieving this is to reduce tension and induce relaxation. Relaxation is the first step to normalization and when the body is relaxed healing is possible.
Reflexology is a holistic treatment incorporating body, mind and spirit.
As a holistic therapy, Reflexology aims to treat the body as a whole and endeavors to get to the root cause of disease and treat this, not the symptom. For best result, the participation of the patient is required as ultimately the Reflexologist is not responsible for the patient’s health. In all holistic therapies, emphasis is placed on taking responsibility for one’s own state of health..