What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a common form of bodywork that uses the application of pressure to the feet and hands utilising specific thumb, finger and hand techniques. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body with a premise that such work effects a physical change in the body.
What are the Benefits of Reflexology?
Research has shown the specific techniques of reflexology to be effective and beneficial in many ways such as:
- Promoting relaxation
- Reducing pain
- Improving health concerns
- Improving blood flow
- Aiding post-operative recovery
- Enhancing medical care
- Complements cancer care
- Eases pregnancy, delivery and post-partum effects
In general terms the benefits of reflexology are in the reduction of stress and as the feet and hands help set the tension level for the rest of the body, they can be used to interrupt the stress signal and reset the body’s homeostatic balance.
What is a Reflexology Chart?
A reflexology chart mirrors a reflection of the body on the feet and hands. The left foot and hand represent the body’s left half and the right foot and hand represent the body’s right half. In reflexology practice, technique is applied to the relevant reflex area/ areas to prompt a change in the related part of the body. Research has demonstrated such effects for several reflex areas and their reflected parts of the body, i.e. the kidney reflex areas and the kidneys, the intestine reflex areas and the intestines and the brain reflex areas and the brain.