Lisa Rhoades is a Nationally Certified Reflexologist and CEU provider by ARCB
Reflexology ~ SOOO much more than a foot massage!
The feet are very complex in that each foot has over 7,000 nerves, 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. Add a system of tendons that hold the structure together and you have an extremely intricate network. Reflexology is a protocol of manual techniques applied to a specific reflex area predominately on the feet and hands. These techniques stimulate the complex neural pathways linking the body systems and supporting the body’s efforts to function optimally. The effectiveness of reflexology is recognized worldwide by various health institutions and the public at large as a distinct complementary practice within the holistic field.
How Does Reflexology Work?
Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive treatment which relaxes, restores, revitalizes and brings about a state of healing. Each area on the foot contain a representation or ‘map’ of the entire body. When direct thumb or finger pressure is applied to these neurological-reflex points, the corresponding area in the body is stimulated, cleared of congestion and the natural healing process is enhanced.
Vital energy, or life force, circulates between the organs of the body, permeating every living cell and tissue. If this energy becomes blocked, the part of the body relating to the blockage is affected. Through stimulation of the circulatory and lymphatic systems and by encouraging the release of toxins, reflexology promotes the body to heal itself. Reflexology is extremely effective for stress, tension, pain, fatigue and other disorders. Reflexology benefits the whole person, not just the symptoms of disease.
What are the Benefits of Reflexology?
The body has the ability to heal itself. Following illness, stress, injury or disease, it is in a state of ‘imbalance’ and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium and encourage healing.
A reflexologist stimulates more than 14,000 nerves when touching both feet, encouraging the opening and clearing of neural pathways. The application and the effect of reflexology are unique to each person. A reflexologist’s sensitive and trained hands can detect imbalances in the feet and by working on these points, can facilitate a flow of energy to the whole body. Tensions are eased and circulation and elimination are improved. This gentle technique encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace, often counteracting a lifetime of misuse.
- Boosts the lymphatic system
- Stimulates circulation and hastens excretion via the kidneys and waste products of metabolism
- Relieves tension and stress by promoting relaxation
- Balances the nervous system
- Reduces inflammation and swelling in joints and so alleviates pain
- Cleanses the body of toxins and impurities
- Assists in healing and balancing of all body systems
- Revitalizes energy
What to Expect During a Session
Reflexology is performed with the client relaxing comfortably on a massage table or reflexology chair. Only the shoes and socks will need to be removed. The technique involves moderate to firm pressure to specific areas on the bottom, top and sides of feet and ankles. Music can be played softly in the background to encourage relaxation. A proprietary blend of Young Living Essential Oils, specifically designed for profound relaxation, can be used during a session upon request.
A typical session usually lasts one hour (30-minutes per foot). Reflexology can be performed as a stand-alone treatment or complementary to other healing modalities. Reflexology can also be enjoyed by all ages, from babies to seniors. Stress is a major cause of illness…so sit back, put your feet up and help your body help itself!
Disclaimer: None of the above is meant to diagnose, treat, prescribe or claim to cure any disease. Clients are advised they should consult with their own medical practitioners for the diagnoses, care or treatment of any health condition.
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