Reflexology is the study, art, and science of applying specific touch techniques to the Feet, Hands, and outer Ears where theory suggests there is a pressure map resembling a shape of the Human Body. By applying nurturing touch in specific ways, a wide range of health benefits have been reported.
Professional certified Reflexologists train, practice techniques and work on many people before they sit their exams and become legally certified. There are a wide range of advanced continuing education classes that are available for the Reflexologist to learn new skills and to continually stay updated with modern trends and techniques. There are different governing bodies, one in particular being the Reflexology Association of California commonly known as RAC.
FREQUENTLY REPORTED BENEFITS OF REFLEXOLOGY
Breaking down of congestion and blockages
Relaxation of nerves
Relaxation of blood vessels
More nutrients and oxygen to cells
Better cell function
Encouragement of body's self healing
Helps flush the body of toxins
General feeling of relaxation and wellbeing
Soothing caring touch
May relieve discomfort, aches, and pains
Increased clarity and focus
For years, one of the most frequently asked questions of Reflexologists was, "Are there any studies validating the effectiveness of Reflexology?" The answer was no. During the mid 1980's Dr. Terry Oleson and Bill Flocco discussed the issue, deciding to combine their talents and resources, to conduct a Randomized Controlled Reflexology Research Study, according to the strict standards of research ethics and protocols demanded by the highest echelons of the medical research community. Over 350 Reflexology research studies on over 150 health challenges have been conducted around the world:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Does Reflexology treat disease?
NO. Reflexologists do not work with a treatment orientation; rather they are oriented to revitalizing the whole body and hence supporting the body in its own healing process.
If Reflexology does not treat disease, what can it do for me?
Reflexology is used primarily to relieve stress and tension and produce deep therapeutic relaxation. Medical doctors agree that over three fourths of our health problems can be linked to nervous and physical tension. By reducing stress and tension, reflexology improves blood and lymph circulation, strengthens the functioning of the immune system, improves assimilation of nutrition and elimination of toxins, and calms the nervous system. In these ways, reflexology facilitates the body's natural healing processes and thereby enhances the body's health and vitality.
Who can benefit from Reflexology sessions?
Everyone can benefit from Reflexology treatments. You do not have to have an illness to have Reflexology. Clients who want to alleviate stress can benefit from Reflexology. All ages can benefit from Reflexology, including children.
What will I feel during a Reflexology session?
Many people find reflexology sessions, for the most part, very relaxing. It is not uncommon for clients to fall asleep. The pressure that is applied is always within the client's comfort range. If there are painful points on the hands/feet, these may be signs of energy blocks or congestion at the corresponding body point. It also could be due to footwear affecting that part of the foot. By taking into account the needs of a client, a reflexologist will vary the amounts of pressure on different areas.
How will I feel after a Reflexology session?
Directly after a session, clients may feel very rested and in a relaxed state of mind.
After one or two sessions your body may respond in a very definite way. Most people noticed that they have more energy, and better elimination, sleep better, and have a sense of well being.
Reflexology is recommended as a complementary therapy to conventional medicine and does NOT replace conventional medical treatment.
Is Reflexology the same as Massage, Acupressure, Acupuncture or Shiatsu?
Reflexology is not the same as massage, which involves tissue and muscle therapy to promote relaxation.
Acupuncture, Acupressure and Shiatsu are based on energy flows through the meridian energy channels and that the therapy improves the flow of ‘Chi’ by reducing or eliminating blockages.
Reflexology focuses on working and holding the reflex points affecting the nervous system connected to the whole body.