What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears. Reflexologists believe that these areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them has a beneficial effect on the organs and person's general health. For example, reflexology holds that a specific spot in the arch of the foot corresponds to the bladder point. When a reflexology practitioner uses thumbs or fingers to apply appropriate pressure to this area, it affects bladder functioning.
Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure health disorders, millions of people around the world use it to complement other treatments when addressing conditions like anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, headaches, kidney function, PMS, arthritis and sinusitis.
Reflexology is growing increasingly popular across Europe and Asia as both a complement to other treatments and as a preventive measure. One example is Denmark, where various municipalities and companies have employed reflexologists since the early '90s.
According to several studies, this practice in Denmark has resulted in reduced sick leave and absenteeism (and significant economic savings for the employers). Employees have consistently reported complete or partial improvement in conditions where they sought reflexologists' help and even relief for additional problems related to stress. In one municipal district, almost one-third of the employees reported greater satisfaction with their jobs after completing six sessions with a reflexologist.
Integrative Reflexology, developed in 1993 by Claire Marie Miller. It uses the whole hand approach and is therefore more gentle on both the therapist and the client, while still being very relaxing and effective. It works with four theories; the zones, meridians, structural alignment and the nerve system.
What is a Reflexology session like? A one hour reflexology session starts off with a foot soak and scrub. Then, fully clothed, the client lies either on a massage table or reflexology chair. I use Sweet Feet cream along with essential oils to massage the feet which releases tension and increases circulation. All the reflex points are stimulated to bring wellness and healing to the entire body. If the client wishes, I will also work on the hands in a similar fashion to the feet. Foot reflexology often gives immediate relief to plantar fasciitis and heal spurs. Hand reflexology often gives immediate relief to carpal tunnel pain and other cramping or soreness in the hands.
Who should receive a Reflexology session?
Anyone with stress
Those with autoimmune disorders
Who should not receive a Reflexology session? If you have any of the following, it may not be a good idea to receive reflexology, so call to talk to Kristi first: long term diabetes, poor circulation in the feet, blood clots, severe congestive heart failure, broken bones in the foot, ankle, hand or wrist, athletes foot (your condition could spread), or any other conditions of the foot or hand that require medical attention.