Reflexology is a relaxing and holistic modern therapy that derives its origins from more ancient times.
It continues to develop and expand its effectiveness through research, advancement in technique training and broader community satisfaction which results in improved health wellness outcomes for clients.
It is based on the principle that reflex points on the body (feet, hands, ears and head) are connected to specific corresponding areas throughout the body and that these areas can be seen as a “map” of the whole body.
The earliest records of reflexology date back to the Egyptians in 2300 B.C. as shown on this ancient papaya painting.
THE REFLEX ACTION
A reflex is an involuntary response to a stimulus.
The reflex response of different parts of the body or different organs depends on a clear neural pathway between the point of stimulation and the part of the body or organ itself.
When the reflexologist reflexes certain points, an impulse is transmitted along the neural pathway to the intended area of the body or organ, which initiates a reflex response and causes change in the form of pain relief, relaxation or revitalisation.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND REFLEXOLOGY
Reflexology is a therapy that focuses mainly on feet, although some therapists also work on reflexes in the hands, ears and face.
There are approximately 72,000 nerve endings in each foot, all which connect to other parts of the body. By reflexing these nerve endings and relieving congestion around them, an impulse is conveyed to a specific area of the body.
When a person is feeling ill, has low energy or where a medical diagnosis is evident, the body’s homeostatic balance is compromised and requires assistance to recover. Circulation in the feet slows down and crystalline deposits (mostly of uric acid and excess calcium) form around the nerve endings, restricting impulse energy flow.
Utilising the reflexing techniques helps to stimulate these crystalline deposits and break them down, allowing reabsorption of ions into the blood and lymphatics and ensuring these nerve endings function efficiently.