It is an ancient, non-invasive complementary health therapy, a system of massage, or applied pressure, to areas on the feet, hands, ears and face in order to relieve stress and remove energy blockages throughout the body. It is based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands and head that are linked to every organ and system of the body.
Reflexology is more than 5000 years old, and although it is not used to diagnose or cure health disorders, millions of people around the world use it as a preventative measure and to complement other treatments when addressing common conditions like anxiety, headaches, asthma, and sinusitis.
There are 7200 nerve endings in the human foot, and each of these is a reflex point that corresponds to a body part.
Each foot represents a vertical half of the body:
The left foot corresponds to the left side of the body and all organs found there
The right foot corresponds to the right side of the body and all the organs found there.
For example, the liver is on the right side of the body, and therefore the corresponding reflex area is on the right foot.
Illness occurs when the energy channels in the body become blocked, causing damage to the one area or another. Reflexology aims to destroy these blocks, allowing the energy to flow freely and so heal the damage.
In a reflexology treatment, the therapist applies pressure with the side and end of the thumb to the sole or side of all reflex areas of both feet. If the body is unhealthy in the area that corresponds to the area on the foot being treated, the client could experience some discomfort or pain. Treatments last for an hour or two and six to eight sessions are usually needed to deal with a specific ailment.
Sometimes the body is in a state of 'imbalance' following illness or injury, disease or stress and energy pathways are blocked preventing the body from functioning effectively. The use of precision pressure movements allows the whole body to relax and de-stress, restoring and maintaining the body's natural equilibrium and encouraging healing.
Reflexology can be considered ideal for:
Massage therapy is a comprehensive intervention involving a range of techniques to manually manipulate the soft tissues and joints of the body (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments) to enhance a person's health and wellbeing.
The purpose of massage therapy is to prevent, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain. It is a clinically-oriented health option that achieves undeniable results in the relief of an array of discomforts stemming from stress, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes.
A Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) has completed a diploma program at a recognized school of massage therapy and has passed the registration examination offered by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.
While massage therapy benefits the injured, the ill and the stressed, the strength of massage therapy is in preventing illness and conditions before they develop. Massage therapy can be used in the treatment of both acute and chronic stages of conditions and is good for all ages.
Therapeutic massage is an important part of your health maintenance plan, by: