It is believed that reflexology works with our bodies “energy”, therefore reflexology can be described as a form of energy medicine, very different to allopathic medicine. This flow of energy has not been accepted by conventional scientific medicine. It is both an ancient and modern concept. Most of our knowledge of this unconventional energy system comes from the spiritual knowledge of the Far East and India.This specialised energy system of the body absorbs and distributes life energy to our cells, tissues and organs via meridians. Meridians carry a type of environmental life energy called chi. According to theories of traditional Chinese medicine, illness is mainly a result of an imbalance in the flow of chi energy to the organs of the body and reflexology helps to rebalance this flow of life energy .
The eastern concept of reflexology has been around for thousands of year and based on findings and various research, the principle is that there are points on the feet and hands that appear to correspond to organs, systems and structures within the entire body. This corresponding relationship is called a “reflex”, when a stimulation at one point brings about a response in another point or area. In reflexology, by using specific pressure techniques to stimulate the points on the feet or hands, it is thought imbalances in the tissues, organs and systems of the body can re-balanced, facilitating greater health and well being.
The western perspective of how reflexology works would state that “touch ” therapies may reduce the perception of pain, as the touch impulses reach the brain before those of pain. Alternatively reflexology may work by stimulating the release of endorphins and encephalins, the body’s natural pain relievers and mood enhancers. However the physiological effects of relaxation are the most obvious way in which reflexology works , the relaxation response counteracts the stress response, thus preventing or alleviating illnesses triggered by stress. It allows our bodies to revitalise, rejuvenate and find balance, a necessity for good health.
Here is an interesting plan of the feet, showing how the soles of the feet and their shape does seemingly mirror that of the body.. the body parts/systems are mapped out on the foot. As a reflexologist I like to work through the chakras on the spine and their corresponding organ and gland on both feet. I work my way up the chakra system..this I feel gives a full energetic treatment to the entire body. It is a leap of faith into a totally different belief system of health care. We all have a responsibility to ourselves throughout life to maintain our wellbeing energetically and physically- mind, body and spirit, whatever description you want to use.
I enjoy encouraging people try and test out different natural modalities to facilitate your own well ness, and complement allopathic science based modern medicine.
REFLEXOLOGISTS are not trained to DIAGNOSE and treat a specific illness.
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