What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is form of natural, holistic therapy based on the discovery that there are pressure points on the feet and hands which correspond to organs, internal systems and structures within the body. A reflex when when a stimulation at one point brings about a response in another point or area. In reflexology, by using special pressure techniques to stimulate the points on the feet and hands, imbalances in tissues, organs and systems of the body can be both detected and effectively treated to restore balance and well-being.
Since Reflexology is a holistic therapy, it uses only the techniques of human therapeutic touch and interaction to achieve results. It works with the body’s own natural healing abilities.
As a holistic therapy, Reflexology shares an approach to overall health common to other complementary disciplines such as homeopathy, naturopathy, herbal medicine, and acupuncture. This approach takes a comprehensive and energetic viewpoint, one that sees that the person and their disease cannot be divided into separately treatable parts, but must be understood and treated as a whole — mind, emotions, body and even spirit, each interacting and influencing the other.
Homeostasis is the body’s condition of normal stability, its natural balance within its internal environment. Any disturbance in this balance is a type of stress, and the body responds by adjusting its internal processes to adapt to or remove the stress. All these changes happen automatically and we are often not even aware of them. If there is stress of a significant change, the body automatically adapts to the stressful situation.
Reflexology, professionally applied, aims to return the body to this normal state of homeostasis, its internal harmony and balance. The body accomplishes its goals of natural healing with the help and support of Reflexology. By using compression massage, or Reflexology, the stimulated reflexes in the foot in turn stimulate the corresponding points in the body to heal.
Reflexology has long been widely accepted in Europe, Canada, and China, and considered part of a mainstream approach to health. Reflexology is becoming more popular in the Unites States as more people look to natural, complementary forms of holistic healing.