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WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY?
Reflexology is the application of light pressure to the feet, hands and/or ears. Reflexology does not treat specific ailments, but by stimulating the body's own response to balancing and healing on its own, it is thought to treat the body as a whole. Reflexology is not the same as receiving a foot massage or acupressure as the techniques differ greatly, however all of them have their own benefits.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Reflexology eliminates toxins from the body and stimulates the body's own balancing process, improving body function and healing on its own.
Research shows that reflexology may decrease stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, increase relaxation, release tension, ease pain, boost energy levels and increase blood supply to all parts of the body thus improving organ function. It may also be helpful in regulating blood glucose levels in Type 2 diabetes and relieving the symptoms of cancer treatment and multiple sclerosis including, tingling and fatigue.
It is thought that through the stimulation of reflexes, the body disrupts patterns such as stress and pain, resetting the body to its natural state. Reflexology helps build physical awareness, it rejuvenates the hands and feet, helps build healthy and caring relationships through touch and may be used as a preventative method for a variety of ailments.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF REFLEXOLOGY
Because some of the information pertaining to ancient practices were destroyed or lost throughout history, it is uncertain if all of this information is correct. For example, Chinese reflexology practices are believed to date back to 2704-2596 BCE as the 'Examining Foot Method' which is said to be included in Emperor Huang Ti's book. The 'Examining Foot Method was later investigated and termed 'Tao of Foot Center' by a physician during the Han Dynasty 206 BCE-220 BC. But the earliest depiction of reflexology is found in Egypt on pictographs dating from the 6th Dynasty 2330 BCE and was later seen being used in Japan during the Tang Dynasty 618 -907 CE. The earliest depiction of what is believed to be, healing through the feet, is seen in an etched footprint, dating back around 680 CE and was later seen in India, Asia, Thailand, Germany, London, and by the Cherokee Indians.
It seems that for whatever the reason, reflexology techniques fell out of favor overtime and it wasn't until the mid-1800's when the nervous system was being researched, that the west began to recognize the concept of reflexology. The research looked at reflexes, referral pain and treatment methods. In 1893 a British Physician found a connection between the skin and nerves and other parts of the body including, internal organs. In the early 1900's after Nobel prize winner, Ivan Pavlov showed that internal organs of dogs could be conditioned to respond to stimuli, a Russian Physician hypothesized that healthcare can be affected by the response to internal stimuli. His concept was termed 'Reflex Therapy' and in 1917 the term 'Reflexology' was coined by another Physician. Reflexology techniques used today are based off the 'zone theory', which theorizes that there is a correlation between different areas of the body and organs which are along specific meridians and these organs are affected through stimulation by applying pressure to the feet and hands.
In some cultures they still believe that walking around barefoot on natural surfaces not only benefits the whole body but also connects you to mother earth.
Reflexology is generally considered safe; although vigorous pressure may cause discomfort, we will always work within your comfort level.
Contraindications include pregnancy, fever, blood clots, cancer, contagious/infectious disease, heart problems, unstable blood pressure, athlete's foot, warts, gout, arthritis, neuroma, pitting edema, varicose veins, severe numbness/tingling, frostbite/burns, open wounds, infections, injuries, broken bones, swelling, and severe pain, mostly related to extremities. Although some contraindications can easily be worked around, it is important that you notify Inner Balance Solutions at 970-294-1160 prior to your appointment if you have any of these conditions.
You may experience deep relaxation during and after your session, therefore please allow several minutes to ground yourself before driving after receiving a reflexology session. It is VERY IMPORTANT and highly recommended that you drink at least 1 liter of water following your session. Having bodywork can cause a detox response in the body; therefore water intake is necessary for the body to flush out toxins.
Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions at 970-294-1160.