When I mention reflexology, sometimes people who have not heard of it before often think of it as New Age. Something of a fad or another health trend.
On the contrary. Reflexology has been discovered to have dated back to at least the early 6th dynasty, about 2,330 B.C., where hieroglyphics were found in the Tomb of Ankhmahor depicting reflexology.
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Reflexology is a certified course that takes at minimum, 150 hours of training. Reflexology schools are located all over the world. When performed by certified practitioners, reflexology has proven to be safe and effective in improving overall well-being.
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a form of zone therapy (interconnections to the whole body) where pressure points are touched in the hands or feet, that correspond to every organ gland and parts of the body. When this occurs, messages are sent to these parts of the body to release blockages in areas that have been causing discomfort. Reflexology is also known to send signals that balance the nervous system, or release chemicals such as endorphins, that reduce stress and discomfort.
Reflexology also can increase nerve and blood supply, reduce inflammation and give an overall sense of balance to the body. With over 7,000 nerve endings in the feet, not only does reflexology feel amazing but it has been proven to increase one’s overall well-being when done regularly by a certified practitioner.
What can I expect?
- No more worrying! Reflexology does not tickle. Gentle and slow movements are made across the foot and hands pressing on reflexes in order to stimulate the functions of the body. Even people that have stated “I hate my feet being touched!” have thoroughly enjoyed reflexology. Reflexology is very relaxing, similar to a massage.
- Clients remain fully clothed with the exception of socks and shoes. Clients remain sitting in a comfortable reclining bed or chair.
- A beginning foot soak is given to help cleanse and prepare the feet for the practitioner. Soothing music is typically played in the background with dim lighting to promote a greater relaxed state.
As a reminder, a reflexologist does not treat, prescribe or diagnose. Always consult with your physician for any medical questions or treatments that may be needed for your general health. Reflexology is not meant to replace medical treatment or advice.
Laurie DeBruin CCH, CRR is the owner of Chrysalis Reflexology Hypnosis & Enrichment Center. Reach her at (517) 648.1980.