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I am providing this information with the intention of sharing my knowledge of bodywork and massage that I have gained.  It is intended to be viewed and used by trained and licensed practitioners or students of massage and bodywork.

I am not licensed to diagnose or  prescribe, nor is this information intended to do so. It is not intended to replace treatment by any appropriate Physician, Naturopath, Acupuncturist, or Chiropractor.

Each person assumes full responsibility and all risks arising from use of the information on this site.
I will not assume any responsibility for techniques described here, and caution anyone practicing the techniques or teaching the techniques. Techniques will be done at your own risk. I hope that you will explore these methods  and add your own techniques as needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflexology in Summary

Reflexology, while similar in principal to Shiatsu and Acupressure, focuses on points of the hands and feet believed to correspond to each organ, gland and structure of the body. Practitioners manipulate reflex points to reduce tension, improve blood supply and reestablish harmony among body functions. As in Shiatsu and Jin Shin Do, clients can remain clothed except for shoes and socks.

What is Reflexology?

The ancient healing art of reflexology has been known to man for many thousands of years. It was first practiced by the early Indian, Chinese and Egyptian peoples.

In 1913 Dr. William Fitzgerald, an American ear, nose and throat surgeon, introduced this therapy to the West. He noted that pressure on specific parts of the body could have an anaesthetizing effect on a related area. Developing this theory, he divided the body into ten equal and vertical zones, ending in the fingers and toes. He concluded that pressure on one part of a zone could affect everything else within that zone. Thus, reflex areas on the feet and hands are linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.

In the 1930's, Eunice Ingham, a therapist, further developed and refined the zone therapy into what is now known as foot reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot mirrors congestion or tension in a corresponding part of the body. Thus, when you treat the big toes there is a related effect in the head, and treating the whole foot can have a relaxing and healing effect on the whole body.

How Can Reflexology Help You?

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 uses hands only to apply gentle pressure to the feet. For each person the application and the effect of the therapy is unique. Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet, and by working on these points the reflexologist can release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body. Tensions are eased, and circulation and elimination is improved. This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace, often counteracting a lifetime of misuse.

Who Can Benefit From Reflexology?

Since reflexology treats the whole person, not the symptoms of disease, most people benefit from treatment. The therapy brings relief to a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, and is suitable for all ages. Once your body is in-tune, it is wise to have regular treatments in order to help maintain health and well-being. An increasing number of people are using this safe, natural therapy as a way of relaxing, balancing and harmonising the body.

What Happens When You Go For Treatment?

On your first visit there is a preliminary talk with the practitioner. The reflexologist then begins to work on your feet, or hands if necessary, noting problem areas. There may be discomfort in some places, but it is fleeting, and is an indication of congestion or imbalance in a corresponding part of the body. For the most part, the sensation is pleasant and soothing. Reflexology will relax you while stimulating the body's own healing mechanisms.

Usually a treatment session lasts for about one hour. A course of treatment varies in length depending on your body's needs. Your reflexologist will discuss this with you at the first session. After the first treatment or two your body may respond in a very definite way: you may have a feeling of well-being and relaxation; or you may feel lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is transitory. It is, however, vital information for reflexologists, as it shows how your body is responding to treatment.

Meridians for Bodyworkers ] Foot Reflexology ]

 

Foot massage is one of the most unbelievably relaxing treats that you can give yourself or others. The ultimate study of foot massage is reflexology. Foot reflexology is “pressure therapy” and involves applying focused pressure to certain known reflex points located in the foot to cure or prevent disease. Foot reflexology is based on the premise that our nerve zones or reflex points go from the bottom of our feet to the top of our head, encompassing all vital organs on the way. A trained reflexologist can put pressure on different meridians or energy lines on the sole and side of the feet to determine the cause of illness. Method to get an amazing foot massage done:

1.BEGIN WITH CLEAN FEET. A Foot Cleanser in warm water is a wonderful way to de-stress before you begin the foot massage. Dry thoroughly, paying attention to between the toes.

2: COMPLETELY MASSAGE ONE FOOT at a time, then do the other. Begin by massaging the Foot Balm Cream or one of our Foot Massage Oils Refresh Foot Massage Oil or Calming Foot Massage Oil rubbing gently into the whole foot, top and bottom, toes to ankle. End this portion with strokes going from your toes to your ankles. Always stroke towards the heart.

3: WORK A LITTLE MORE DEEPLY for these next few strokes. Put both hands around the feet with your fingers on the bottom and your thumbs on the top. Move your thumbs between the tendons (those cords you feel on the top) smoothly and firmly from the ankle toward the toes. Make long strokes rather than short, jerky ones. Work with enough pressure so it’s not ticklish, but not so deep it feels like a gouge. Firm strokes will work the aresa of problem much better.

4: WORK ON THE SOLES of the feet. Using your thumbs, make circular motions that cover the entire surface of the bottom of the foot, moving from the base of your toes toward your heel. Keep the pressure of the circles steady and even. Use a bit more firmness on the heels, the skin here is tougher. 5: CONTINUE with a little firmer pressure, going back over the entire sole. Give a few extra strokes to any area where there is chronic pain–the ball of the foot, or the arch, or perhaps around the ankles. Do not dig deeply; this is supposed to be relaxing!

5: MASSAGE YOUR TOES with gentle, circular motions, using a bit of a stretch. Then rotate them. Take all the toes together by holding them with your thumb underneath and all your fingers on top then gently rotate them three times one direction, then three times reversed. Next rotate very gently each one individually.

6: FINISH the massage with an all-over gentle massage you in the begin with. Keep the pressure of your strokes moving from the toes toward the ankle and around this area.

7: Lastly SHAKE THE ENERGY loose from your own hands. This Releases built up eneagy.

8: wipe the excess cream or oil from the feet with a towl to prevent the feet sliping when walking. Our foot massage oils are specially formulated to refresh, deodorize and calm the foot. Foot massage is a very plesasurable way to relax it promotes circulation to the lowest part of the body by selecting the Foot massage oils that best suit yourr needs. Cleansing the feet before starting the massage is very important and another way of pampering your feet.

 

 

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