Reflexology Reflexology works reflex areas in the feet that represent a specific organ, gland, or body part. Our bodies are equipped with self-healing facilities, but these often fail to work properly due to inflammation, degeneration, and stress. The goals of reflexology are to re-educate, re-pattern, and recondition the nerves through the neural (electrical) system of the body. Through applied pressure, the nerve pathways are stimulated, thus restoring homeostasis (balance). When homeostasis is maintained, the body is healthy. This is a safe, effective and reliable process, and a no-risk therapy because it is persuasive, not invasive.
The difference between massage and reflexology: Massage is the palpation of soft tissues and muscles whereas reflexology is the stimulation of nerve pathways.
What to expect during a reflexology session: The response to reflexology during a session is as unique as the individual experiencing the session. You may perspire, especially through the hands, feet, and head during a session which is a natural form of detoxification. You also may feel chilled and thirsty during or following the session. As the toxins leave the body, the natural reaction is lowered body temperature and the need to replenish fluids. Muscle contractions may occur as a response to toxic release and to induce relaxation. A sharp prickling like that of a pin, tenderness, or pain generally represents an area of congestion. As these areas of congestion are worked, the painfulness often dissipates resulting in the release of toxins. Feelings of dizziness or the need to urinate during a session may occur. Again, these are individual reactions.
The 4 steps of reflexology:
stop further deterioration
persuade the body to biologically correct itself
strengthen and reinforce all systems of the body
continue the body’s maintenance of balance
What to expect after a reflexology session: The benefits of reflexology continue after a session. In fact, the more sessions one has received, the longer the benefits last. Initially, you may feel very tired, as relaxation may be foreign to you. As the endocrine system reaches balance through the relaxation response, you will feel rejuvenated and have more energy. There may be a change in sleep patterns, including a deeper, calmer rest. Accompanying this response is a greater sense of well-being. As water intake is recommended, you may experience frequent urination, perhaps with a cloudy, odorous character. This indicates that the process of detoxification is clearing the body. Frequent bowel movements may occur during this period as well. Other detoxification symptoms may include headache, body aches, skin breakouts, etc., but drinking extra water following the session will help to minimize those symptoms. With continued sessions, inner balance is achieved and detoxifying symptoms are diminished as overall health is restored.
Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits Getting reflexology can do you a world of good. Receiving reflexology frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you'll be and how youthful you'll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember, just because reflexology feels like a pampering treat doesn't mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider reflexology appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.