What is Reflexology?
A natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands, face and ears, and their referral areas within zone related areas, which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body, has a beneficial effect on the organs and person's general health.
Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure health disorders, millions of people around the world use it to complement other treatments when addressing conditions like anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, headaches, kidney function, PMS, sinusitis, etc…
Face Reflexology was originally developed by Chinese doctors in Ho Chi Min city as a less invasive method than acupuncture. They used Chinese meridians, acupuncture and modern day Vietnamese and Andean Tribal maps and techniques.
- Reduces stress, muscle tension and stiffness
- Direct route to the brain through the 12 cranial nerves on the head
- Applying soothing touch to the skin is stimulating C-tactile nerves that deaden pain impulses coming from the brain. (Helps to sleep better)
- Re-balances the body's energies
- Improves blood and lymph circulation
- Helps the body to release wastes and toxins
- Promotes holistic healing to all levels of the body
- Results in a healthy glow to the face
Auricular (Ear) Reflexology
Mythological beliefs about ears for thousands of years:
1. Big ears are a sign of stamina
2. They were traditionally decorated to symbolize status
Oldest Chinese medical book is “Neijing” where there are references of treatments of different organs through the ears.
All systems of acupuncture began with the original Chinese medical text, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, compiled in500 B.C. In this text, all six yang meridians were said to be directly connected to the auricle and the six yin meridians were indirectly connected to the ear by their corresponding yang meridian.
Theories on how it works:
- There are meridians that go close to the ear in the head
- Energy blockages – releases chemical reactions when blockages are broken up
- Stimulation of certain points release endorphins and relaxes the body
Foot, Hand Reflexology
Where are the reflexology points and areas?
Maps of reflex points have been passed between practitioners across the globe. Understandably, there is not agreement among all reflexologists on all points; however, general agreement does exist on major reflex points. Some scientific documentation of linkages between the skin and internal organs also exists.
To represent how the body systems correspond to one another, reflexologists use reflexology "maps". Each foot represents a vertical half of the body:
- The left foot corresponds to the left side of the body and all organs, valves, etc. found there.
- The right foot corresponds to the right side of the body and all organs found there. For example, the liver is on the right side of the body, and therefore the corresponding reflex area is on the right foot.