Therapeutic Reflexology

Reflexology is an art and a science. A Reflexologist works reflex points on the feet, hands, and ears that represent the body in miniature. The nerve pathways in each foot create an electro-chemical flow that communicates with the entire nervous system. Each reflex point connects with a specific tissue, system, organ, or body part. Through the application of pressure using specific thumb and finger techniques, reflexology connects with the peripheral nervous system and encourages the body to relax.

 

Therapeutic Reflexology – in contrast - is not a foot massage. Massage is the palpation of soft tissue and muscle whereas therapeutic reflexology is an integrative, complementary, non-invasive and natural healthcare intervention. The application of discrete pressure on dedicated reflex areas and their 7200 nerve endings in each hand and foot encourages homeostatic auto-correction of organs, systems, glands, tissues and cells to normalize and balance biological functioning.

 

Paradigmatically, reflexology is situated at the crossroad of three great health systems, each with its particular merits: Western Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and Ayurveda. Despite of, inter alia, using terminologies which are currently deemed non-scientific when using Western Medicine as a measure, the principles governing specialized intervention of reflexology are:

  • By treating one part of the body (foot, hand, ear, facial areas) this causes an affect on another area (e.g. organ, system, tissue, gland, etc.) as well as an effect within the entire homeostatic balance of the organism;
  • Irrespective of the terminology used, the goals of reflexology are to stimulate the entire nervous system to allow a process of re-conditioning and possibly re-pattering at least some skewness or dysfunction within the framework of homeostasis;

 

This will cause a number of therapeutic outcomes within and for the organism:

  • The relaxation a particular anatomical or physiological system and its interdependent relationship within the organism;
  • The improvement of nerve signaling throughout the body.
  • The improvement of blood supply for an increased transport of nutrients, glucose and oxygen to all parts of the body.
  • The improvement of lymphatic supply. A healthy body will rid itself of at least 4kg of toxic waste per day through the four channels of elimination (kidneys, bowels, skin and lungs).
  • The repeated assessment (and re-assessment) of homeostatic efforts and gains by the organism;

 

The net effect of such intervention is not only safe and non-invasive, but also an efficient and reliable method of:

  • Slowing down or halting an otherwise progressing health deterioration;
  • Strengthening and reinforcing all anatomical and physiological systems and their respective interdependencies of the organism;
  • Stimulating an ongoing process of achieving and maintaining homeostasis.


Additionally, and within the context of a scientific process of evaluating, assessing, observing, hypothesizing, testing and documenting a respective outcome, reflexology treatment does:

  • NOT stimulate the body beyond its efforts to achieve and maintain homeostasis;
  • NOT add to or remove anything from, increase or decrease, replace, change or over-stimulate the organism beyond its initial response towards homeostasis;
  • NOT show any clinical or anecdotal evidence of any contraindications except for:
    • thrombosis or embolism;
    • Pregnancy (cautionary use);
    • fractures, unhealed wounds, or active gout in the foot (cautionary use)
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