These days, people seem to be seeking out and becoming more aware of all the different natural therapies available. Many people have found reflexology to help with a variety of issues. Find out why Reflexology is NOT the same as a foot massage.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a highly specialized field separate and distinct from foot massage or massage. Reflexology is a natural therapy which involves the application of specific techniques by a professionally trained Board Certified Reflexologist using gentle pressure to the reflexes located in the feet. The reflexes located in the feet mirror the internal organs, glands, tissues and structures (skeletal, muscular, circulatory/cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, sensory, reproductive, lymphatic, endocrine, urinary, nervous) of the body. Reflexology is a complementary therapy to standard medical care and should not be a replacement for medical help. Reflexologists do not diagnose, prescribe, treat nor cure.
What is the foot-body connection? Click here for a foot reflexology chart showing the internal organs of the body >>
(Foot Chart Image Source: Stone, Paula. Therapeutic Reflexology, p. 33. Used with permission.)
How Can Reflexology Help Me? Reflexology is a non-invasive healing modality with numerous benefits:
- Relieving stress
- Lessening pain in the body
- Support for cancer patients
- Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol
- Reducing effects of depression and anxiety
- Pre-surgery prep and post-surgery healing
What can I expect at a Reflexology session?
At the initial appointment, you will be asked to complete a short health history form. The health history form will help me understand your current and past health, which will help determine your individual needs. Then we work together to make sure the sessions are the most relaxing and beneficial time that can be achieved.
You will need to only remove footwear (shoes and socks). Before a reflexology session, each person is given a relaxing 10 minute warm water lavender foot bath. During a reflexology session, you will recline in a special reflexology chair.
The object is to remove congestion to allow the body to achieve balance and heal. Many health challenges can be addressed through skillful application of reflexology techniques and protocols.
Have more questions about reflexology? Get answers from Susan Lynn Fancher at Relexology for Life here in St. Louis!