Reflexology is a scientific art based on the premise that there are zones and reflex areas (think reflection of the body in a mirror) in the feet and hands and ears, which correspond to all body parts. The physical act of applying specific pressures using thumb, finger and hand techniques results in stress reduction, which causes a physiological change in the body.
What can Reflexology do for you?
Reflexology improves circulation of the entire body, reduces stress, induces
relaxation and helps to normalize the body naturally.
The Anatomy & Physiology mechanisms by which Reflexology works includes,
but is not limited to:
- The nervous system
- Circulatory system
- Lymphatic system
- Sensory stimulation
- Relaxation response
Reflexology involves the use of applied precise alternating pressure techniques,
also called “thumb and finger walking”, on the corresponding area of the body
located on the hands and feet.
- In reflexology the body is mapped on the hands, feet and ears.
- The body is divided into 10 longitudinal (vertical) zones, which run the length of the body from head to toe.
There are 10 zones, each finger and each toe represents the 10 zones that are used by the reflexologist to locatespecific areas of the body.
- There are about 7200 nerve endings in each foot; 2500 in each hand and 435 in each ear that corresponds to every part of the body. It is the nerve endings in the hands, feet and ears that send the message to the brain about stress or pain found in the body during a reflexology session. The brain than responds by producing endorphins, the body’s natural pain reliever.
N.B: Reflexologists are not physicians and do not diagnose or prescribe.