What is Reflexology?

“Reflexologists work with the subtle substance of the soul…”
~ B.J. Palmer, D.C. 1881-1961

Throughout history, this healing method has been around since 2300 B.C. Reflexology is a science based on the principle that reflexes in the hands and feet relate strongly to internal organs and other key areas in the body. The hands and feet are manipulated to allow reflexes to release stress and toxins in the major body centers. This simple, non-invasive technique produces an effect similar to relaxation levels achieved through other modalities. Reflexology on a regular basis releases stress, improves circulation and enhances health.

Reflexology is the practice of stimulating points on the feet and hands, in the belief it will have a beneficial effect on some other parts of the body, or will improve general health. The most common form is foot reflexology. Practitioners believe the foot to be divided into a number of reflex zones corresponding to all parts of the body, and that applying pressure to tight or “gritty” areas of a person’s foot will stimulate the corresponding body part and cause it to begin healing itself.

According to one theory, a reflexologist can break up patterns of stress in other parts of the body by applying “technique”: “Pressure applied to the feet generates a signal through the peripheral nervous system. From there it enters the central nervous system where it is processed in various parts of the brain. It is then relayed to the internal organs to allocate the necessary adjustments in fuel and oxygen, finally a response is fashioned that is sent on to the motor system. This message is fed forward to adjust the body’s tone or overall tension level. Theoretically, if applied properly, the tone will reset itself to a lower operating tempo. A lower operating tempo means a lessening of stress and less wear and tear on the body’s systems.”