While people have always had a curiosity about the structure and function of the human body, anyone who is working with the body in any capacity must have a good knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.Whether a person is a physiotherapist or naturopath, a doctor or a reflexology practitioner or a masseur, it is expected that they will have a common understanding of how the body functions and be able to explain this using a common terminology.
As a reflexologist I consider that all parts of the body are connected by subtle energy, which flows down the body from head to toe through zones. When there is illness or discomfort the zones become blocked and the flow of energy is disrupted. Working on the hands and feet unblocks these zones and allows energy to flow and restore the balance of the body, enhances circulation and relieves uncomfortable symptoms.
Relief can be immediate but if you have a long standing condition a longer period could be taken for the relief of symptoms to appear. As the healing proceeds from the inside of the body outwards to achieve complete balance of the body (homeostasis). Sometimes the original symptoms may return briefly. Reflexology is particularly useful for children and the elderly.
Reflexology is a holistic complementary therapy. Its purpose is to treat the whole person, rather than a symptom, on the grounds that a symptom such as pain or a skin rash is usually the sign of an internal problem. Eliminating the symptom without solving the underlying problem would be like trying to cure measles by painting over the spots. Also working on only one part of the body may get the energy working in that area. only to have it stagnate somewhere else. You as a client would probably end up feeling worse rather than better. So I start working on the entire foot and/or hand in order to treat the entire person before concentrating on the problem areas.
It is important to work on both feet and/or hands in a session.
Reflexology works on all the components of the whole body systems such as circulation, digestive, respiratory, urinary, skeletal, muscular, integumentary, immune, nervous, endocrine and reproductive. When all these systems are working properly you have balance or homeostasis.
While reflexology is an extremely safe healing practice, it is important to be aware of a few contraindications or times when reflexology might not be a wise choice.
These contraindications include:
What are the guiding principles in reflexology?
Reflexologists practice following the principles listed below.
Reflexologists do not heal clients; the body repairs itself. The reflexologist acknowledges that he or she is a participant in the session, rather than "the healer." As with other healing arts, it is important for the practitioner to center and ground themselves and then "get out of the way." This is an acknowledgement that reflexology is offered to help bring the person back into balance so that the body can nurture and repair itself.
A reflexologist believes that the purpose of this work is to help the client's body come into alignment with its own energy and ability to heal.
Humans consist of a physical and emotional body, with a mind and spirit that are all interdependent. The reflexologist takes into account all aspects of the client's being: body, emotion, mind, and spirit. A relaxed body can induce calm emotions, a serene mind, and an integrated spirit.
The body responds to touch, which can facilitate healing on all levels. Frequently, clients will think they have to "focus" or "concentrate" to feel the benefits. While being quiet will frequently induce a deeper feeling in the novice, the client needs to have no special beliefs, skills or habits for reflexology to work. Reflexologists maintain that as long as the practitioner has knowledge, stays centered, and allows the flow of energy to occur, the client will respond positively.
Practitioners and clients may feel energy move. A reflexologist may feel the energy move from a point of pressure on feet and hands throughout body. For example, when working on the spleen and gall bladder points, the practitioner can access the points at the same time and feel a flow of energy. Due to the power of these two points, the client may also feel the flow.
Reflexologists do not diagnose
Reflexologists do not diagnose or tell you about any congestion or tension they observe on the foot or hand during a session that may suggest abnormalities.
One of the theories of reflexology is that the body will nurture and repair itself once released from stress. If the body is extremely stressed, the reflexologist may refer you to a medical team or another treatment, if appropriate, but at no time will he or she give medical advice or diagnosis.
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Hand and Foot Reflexology
For better health mentally, spiritually and physically
Reflexology is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet, hands and ears which correspond to all the glands, organs and parts of the body. Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and finger on these reflex areas.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy to your standard medical care.
Diploma of Reflexology with AIAS