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Hands to Heal Massage Therapy - Reflexology

Reflexology has been around for over 4000 -10000 years practiced by the ancient Egyptians and Chinese, Celts, Japanese, Indian Eastern & Northern.

Reflexology is a form of natural, holistic therapy based on the discovery that there are points on the feet and hands which correspond to organs,systems and structures within the entire body. This corresponding relationship is called as 'reflex'. A reflex is 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 the tissues,organs and systems of the body can be both detected and effectively treated to restore balance and well-being.  in 1914 when Dr William Fitzgerald noticed that pressure on specific parts of the body could have and anesthetizing effect on corresponding areas in the body. This was further developed in the 1930's by Eunice Ingham who defined reflexology as it is practiced today.

As a natural therapy, reflexology uses only techniques of human therapeutic touch and interaction to bring about its results. It seeks to work the body's natural, or innate, healing efforts by unblocking the effects of stresses and strains of life on our physical body. It is thought that the hands and feet are like mirror images of the body, with various points representing different structures and organs.

A Reflexology treatment involves the therapist applying pressure, stretching and movement to find the blockages and break up patterns of stress, restoring balance and relieving tension.

Benefits of Reflexology                                                                                                  

There are many benefits of reflexology. It is non invasive,It feels good, It is pleasant and soothing, and it relaxes the body. Each person responds to a reflexology in a unique way and on occasions may experience a variety of short term reactions, for example, extreme relaxation, tiredness, lethargy.

Stress Reduction                                                                                                            

When we are stressed our body's defenses break down and we become more susceptible to illness and disease. Reflexology reduces stress by generating deep tranquil relaxation, helping the body balance itself and allowing healing energy to flow.

Improved Circulation

Blood needs to flow freely throughout the body carrying oxygen and nutrients to all the cells and removing the waste products of metabolism and other toxins. By reducing stress and tension, reflexology allows the cardiovascular vessels to conduct the flow of blood naturally and easily.

Stimulated Nerve Function

By stimulating more than 7,000 nerves in the feet, reflexology encourages the opening and clearing of neural pathways. It interrupts pain pathways, reducing pain.

Improved Nerve Function

Reflexology stimulates the lymphatic system thus reducing risk of infection. It cleanses the body of toxins and impurities and also stimulates the production of endorphin's, leading to an improved immune system and sense of well-being.

Increased Energy                                                                                                          

Reflexology revitalizes energy throughout the body by relaxing and opening up energy pathways.                                                

Ante-Post Natal Pregnancy

Relief from common pregnancy ailments such as

  • Morning sickness
  • Back ache
  • Fluid retention and swelling
  • Adjusting to the demands of coping with a new baby
  • Support as your menstrual cycle returns to normal
  • As well as this, much research has shown that reflexology is excellent for maintaining or increasing milk supply as well as helping with postnatal depression and general relaxation.
  • On a personal note Reflexology can also assist with fertility issues (Send Toni an email and she will tell you her story and can give advice), also if baby is overdue to assist in bringing baby on.
Summary of Facts

While reflexology does not directly boost or strengthen the immune system, it can indirectly support its functioning by promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and improving circulation. Here are a few ways in which reflexology may have a positive impact on your immune system:

  1. Stress reduction: Reflexology is known to induce deep relaxation and help reduce stress levels. Chronic stress can have a negative impact on the immune system, making it more vulnerable to illness and infections. By promoting relaxation, reflexology can help lower stress hormones like cortisol, thereby supporting a more balanced immune response.

  2. Enhanced circulation: Reflexology involves applying pressure to specific reflex points on the feet, hands, or ears, which stimulates nerve endings and improves blood circulation. Efficient circulation is vital for the transportation of immune cells and nutrients throughout the body. By improving circulation, reflexology may enhance the delivery of immune cells, aiding their ability to fight off pathogens and support overall immune function.

  3. Balancing the body: Reflexology is based on the principle that different reflex points on the feet, hands, or ears correspond to various organs and systems in the body. By applying pressure to these reflex points, it is believed that reflexology can help restore balance and harmony within the body. When the body is in a state of balance, it can optimize its resources, including the immune system, for better overall health.

  4. Relaxation response: Reflexology can help activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the body's rest and digest response. When the body is in this relaxed state, it can allocate more resources towards immune function, tissue repair, and overall well-being.

It's important to note that while reflexology may offer relaxation and potential indirect benefits for the immune system, it should not be considered a substitute for medical treatment or professional advice. If you have specific concerns about your immune system or overall health, it's always advisable to consult with a healthcare professional.

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