Reflexology is an ancient healing therapy that applies physical pressure to the feet and/or hands with specific massage-like techniques used by the practitioner without the use of oil or lotion. It is believed that these zones and reflex areas on the feet and/or hands correspond to certain areas on the body or specific organs, with the idea that such work effects a physical and energetic change to the body.
Pressure is applied to trigger points which activate an electrochemical nerve impulse that is routed to the central nervous system via a sensory neuron. This message is received by the CNS and transmitted by nerve impulse pathways, which then produces a response at the foot and is circulated throughout the body. Reflexology stimulates thousands of nerve endings in the feet that promote and encourage neural pathways to open and clear, thereby increasing and improving the body’s blood circulation.
Reflexology can also affect the endocrine system, which regulates and secrets hormones in the body. When glandular, hormonal function is affected by emotions and stress, it can release powerful chemical messengers which affect all the body systems. Reflexology, by stimulating the electrical energy beginning at the feet, has a secondary effect on chemical energy throughout the entire body. Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure any kind of health disorder, many people use it in addition to other treatments for conditions such as cancer, diabetes, headaches, PMS, and anxiety.. Studies also have shown that reflexology helps to normalize blood pressure in individuals with blood pressure instability.
The goal of reflexology is to trigger the body to return to a state of relaxation. Negative emotions like stress, worry, anxiety and fear cause chemical changes in our body that erode our health. It is a well researched fact that as much as 70% of disease is attributed to stress related factors. For more information regarding reflexology, visit www.reflexology-usa.org.