What Reflexology IS:
Reflexology is a gentle, complementary modality which utilizes a system of specific acupressure points on the feet (and sometimes hands & ears) to naturally restore & maintain a healthy balance in the body.
When doing foot reflexology work, we (the practitioner and client together) are really working on three (3) different levels. 1) We are relaxing the foot itself. A lot of stress and tension is held in the feet which radiates up through the body. 2) We are working with balancing the physical acupressure points (every point in the body has a corresponding point in the foot). 3) At the very core, what we are really doing is balancing the flow of energy.
What Reflexology is NOT:
Elemental Reflexology is NOT a foot massage, pedicure or spa treatment. Sessions have more in common with an acupuncture session much more than a massage. Reflexologists are NOT podiatrists, orthopedic doctors or any other medical professional. For medical needs please consult your physician.
Where Reflexology Comes From:
Reflexology is a complementary therapy that dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China. It is a system of applying pressure to certain points on the hands and feet which works on the feet to help heal the whole person not just the prevailing symptoms. Specific acupressure points on the feet and hands are regarded as corresponding to organs and tissues in the body. Stimulating these points has a beneficial effect on the area of the body connected with the specific reflex.
What distinguishes Elemental Reflexology™ is its foundation in the assessment and balancing of the five elements. It is based in Ayurvedic Medicine and further refined by Dr. Randolph Stone, founder of Polarity Therapy. Elemental Reflexology™, integrates the ancient art of Ayurvedic reflexology with the modern energetic principles of Polarity. Although the acupressure points are still the same, an Elemental Reflexology™ session will vary from a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) reflexology session in both style and approach.
Reflexology can be used to help restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium. This gentle therapy encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance.
The underlying theory behind reflexology is that there are “reflex” areas on the feet and hands that correspond to specific organs, glands, and other parts of the body. Every point in the body has a corresponding point on the feet. For example:
- Tips of the toes reflect the head
- Heart and chest are around the ball of the foot
- Liver, pancreas and kidney are in the arch of the foot
- Low back and intestines are towards the heel
Practitioners believe that applying pressure to these reflex areas can promote health in the corresponding organs through energetic pathways.
Reflexology has been shown to be effective for:
- Back Pain
- Sleep disorders
- Hormonal imbalances
- Sports injuries
- Digestive disorders
- Stress-related conditions