What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is an art of stress reduction based on the work of three American
physicians, Dr. William Fitzgerald in the 1900's, Dr. Joe Shelby Riley and Physical Therapist,
Eunice D. Ingham in the 1920's. Her nephew Dwight C. Byers along with his teachers continue her
work internationally today. For the HISTORY of Reflexology - CLICK HERE.
Foot and Hand Reflexology is a science
based on the principle that there are reflex areas on the hands and feet, which correspond to all
The physical act of applying specific pressure
using thumb, finger and hand techniques result in stress reduction, which causes a physiological
change in the body.
Is there any scientific basis to
For more than a century now, an international
array of documented scientific work has validated the results of Reflexology, including:
Reflexology is used in European hospitals for
pain management for terminally ill patients, resulting in better quality of life with reduced
Reflexology enhances the performance of U.S.
athletes and reduces pain from injury and overwork. C. Issel Reflexology; Art, Science &
In Great Britain, reflexology is part of the
National Health Service. Of the 26% of Danes who have tried reflexology as a complementary therapy,
73% have experienced health benefits, including increased energy, improved mood and improved
Reflexology is a valuable tool for reducing
the effects of Premenstrual Syndrome, as reported in the Medical Journal of Obstetrics &
Gynecology in 1993.
Continuing research shows Reflexology is
gaining more respect and acceptance by scientists and health care professionals, as a valid
complimentary modality in the health field.
What does Reflexology do?
The Ingham Method® of Reflexology is used
primarily for relaxing tension. It promotes the body's ability to adjust and balance during times
of stress. Simply taking time out to relax can help you let go of tension and enjoy a feeling of
restored balance in your mind and body.
Beyond relaxation, reflexology has been shown
to improve poor circulation. Improving circulation boosts the supply of oxygen and nutrients to
your muscles and other tissues, and speeds the elimination of waste products such as lactic acid
and stress hormones.
This, in turn, reduces stress, muscle tension
and soreness, decreases healing time for injuries and reduces swelling from injuries or illness. It
also improves poor circulation problems such as immune function, skin tone, and the ability to
concentrate. Because of this, many actual foot problems may be helped such as plantar fasciitis,
ball of foot pain, heel pain, etc.
Can Reflexology make a condition
No, it will not make any condition more acute.
It helps nature to normalize body functions. A Reflexology series decreases the stress that can
affect your health. It is a safe effective way to Better Health. In fact, it can also help sore
Is any special equipment
Only the practitioner's hands are used, making
it a safe, simple, yet effective method without the use of gadgets. Something that is sorely needed
in our Low Touch, High Tech world. Reflexology sessions are non-intrusive: no greasy oils are used
and only your socks and shoes are removed.
What is a session like?
Your first session will likely begin with a
brief introduction of reflexology and our work. You will then be comfortably sitted in a reclining
chair, as your practitioner begins to apply thumb or finger pressure to your feet.
Responses to reflexology vary widely. Certain
areas may feel more sensitive or tender than others. As we work the reflexes in your feet and you
begin to relax, the tenderness may begin to lessen. It is vital to stimulate all the reflexes;
therefore we will not avoid the tender areas, but will work within your comfort level in ways that
minimize pain. Always tell us if you feel any discomfort so the pressure applied to your feet can
After a session you may feel calm and relaxed
or energized and rejuvenated. Some people initially experience fatigue after a session, but notice
an increase of energy or a lessoning of stress over the following hours or days.
The more you receive reflexology, the more
benefits you are likely to notice. We can discuss the best frequency of appointments to meet your
In addition, we will be happy to help you
learn to work on your own reflexes, thus providing you with an excellent self-care tool. As you
begin to experience feelings of well-being from your sessions, you may also become more aware of
areas of tension in your body and how it feels to be truly relaxed.
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and text books.