THE ART OF REFLEXOLOGY

What is reflexology?

Reflexology is a safe and natural form of alternative medicine involving massage therapy techniques to apply pressure and stimulate nerves endings in the head, hands, and feet thought to relieve tension and treat ailments. Reflexologists focus on the feet and the theory that each interior organ is represented in the feet, called “organ reflex”. After all, your foot has over 7,000 nerve endings, 107 ligaments, 26 bones, and 19 muscles.

What are the techniques involved in reflexology?

Loosen the foot with a back and forth motion placing both palms on each side of your foot. Press both thumbs into your heel and slide your thumbs up from the sole to the edge of the foot. Rotate the toe much like you would rotate your neck to release tension. To exhibit energy near the edge of the foot, apply steady pressure as you “walk” your index finger over a certain area. To exhibit energy near the sole of the foot, use your thumbs by bending and unbending them in a sort of creeping “walk”. Use the hook technique to target small reflex areas. Use one hand to hold the foot and the thumb of the other hand to apply pressure to an area.

What are the benefits of practicing reflexology?

Reflexology has many uses including chronic pain, weight loss, asthma, migraines, back pain, and arthritis. Although there is no scientific evidence that reflexology can improve any illnesses, many practitioners work to establish a balance throughout the body encouraging the body to heal itself. Reflexology has been shown to improve circulation and reduce peripheral neuropathy in a study with 76 patients (ages 40-79).