Reflexology is a focused pressure technique, usually directed at the feet or hands. It is based on the premise that there are zones and reflexes on different parts of the body which corresponds to and are relative to all parts, glands and organs of the entire body.
How Does It Work?
When the reflexes are stimulated, the body’s natural electrical energy works along the nervous system to clear any blockages in the corresponding zones. A reflexology session seems to break up deposits (felt as sandy or gritty areas under the skin) which may interfere with this natural flow of the body’s energy.
Manipulating specific reflexes removes stress, activating a parasympathetic response in the body to enable the disharmonies to be released by a physiological change in the body. With stress removed and circulation improved, the body is allowed to return to a state of homeostasis.
Homeostasis is the “automatic” process that the body incorporates to bring it back to the “normal” state. For example, if the blood pressure is abnormal, the kidneys will secrete the enzyme renin, which is involved with blood pressure, and the hormone erythropoietin, which increases the rate of red blood cell production.
What Are The Benefits?
Reflexology demonstrates four main benefits:
1. Relaxation and stress reduction
2. Enhanced circulation
3. Assists the body to normalize metabolism naturally
4. Complements all other healing modalities
Michelle Kyle is a Certified Foot Reflexologist. She completed 35 hours of in-class instruction, 15 hours of chapter tests, 70 hours of practicum, a written exam, and a practical final exam, with a final mark of 96%.
Michelle is an OCR Certified member of the Ontario College of Reflexology.
This is a diagram of the basic zones and divisions of the feet. Charts that show all the details that foot reflexologists work with are much more complex. This diagram provides a basic outline, that shows how the heel corresponds to the lower body, and moving upward on the feet corresponds to moving upward on the body, with the toes corresponding to the head.