What is Reflexology?
Reflexology has ancient origins, having been practiced by the Chinese and Egyptians as far back as 4000BC. It’s believed the Romans learned reflexology from the Egyptians, and from there the practice slowly spread throughout the ancient world.
Today, Chinese schoolchildren are taught reflexology as part of their curriculum and are encouraged to practice on each other.
Although most commonly associated with your feet, reflexology is also practiced on your hands and ears. It is the practice of applying pressure to very specific “reflex” points that correspond to other areas of your body.
Now some of you may think that sounds a little “out there”. But consider this:
Your feet contain roughly 15,000 nerve ending and each and every one of those 15,000 nerve endings represent a different, individual pathway to a different area of your body. All originating from your feet! Maybe those ancient Egyptians and Asians were on to something after all!
What are the benefits of Reflexology?
Reflexology activates the parasympathetic nervous system, reduces anxiety, stops the flight or fight response and allows the body to relax.
It’s particularly helpful for:
- Stress & anxiety reduction
- Pain relief
- Central nervous system regulation
Are there any side effects to Reflexology treatment?
The treatment is very gentle and non-invasive. Most of the side effects are POSITIVE, like feeling relaxed, less stressed and more focused.
However, we are working directly on your central nervous system. Sometimes people will have an emotional release during a treatment and either laugh or cry uncontrollably for a few minutes while your system is rebalancing itself.
It’s also not uncommon to be quite tired after a treatment. I recommend planning to get to bed early on the night after your session.
Does Reflexology Hurt?
Reflexology treatments generally don’t hurt at all. In fact, it usually feels like your getting a foot massage and most clients enjoy their treatment. However, if the muscles in your feet are overly knotted up, it may feel more like a deep tissue massage, and could (rarely) be slightly uncomfortable.
Who should get Reflexology treatments?
If you’ve got feet, you should consider it. It has been known to help with the following:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Poor Circulation
- High Stress
- Trouble Relaxing
- Or Low Energy