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Hands to Heal Massage Therapy - Reflexology
Reflexology has been around for over 4000 years practiced by the ancient Egyptians and Chinese, but it was first recognized in the western world.
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.
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.
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.
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.