DEFINITION OF REFLEXOLOGY
Reflexology is the art of reprogramming the atoms, cells, and electrons of the body to their original state through the triggering of signal points on the foot or hand. It is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all the glands, organs and parts of the body. Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers on these reflex areas. Reflexology includes, but is not limited to relieving stress and tension, improving blood supply, promoting the unblocking of nerve impulses, and helping nature achieve homeo stasis.
The feet have a fundamental relationship to the body. Signal points on the feet provide a link of communication to the major organs, muscles, and the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, elimination, reproductive and skeletal systems.
Reflexology is used to manage energy savings in the body, reduce stress, and build a greater body awareness. It combats the effects of improper diet and environmental pollutants, and aligns the physical, mental and emotional energies. Reflexology is a very specific technique of applying pressure to these reflexes to bring about the desired results.
REFLEXOLOGY RELAXES TENSION
Since approximately 75% of today’s diseases are attributable to stress and tension, various body systems are affected in different ways and to varying degrees. One person may exhibit cardiovascular problems, another gastrointestinal upset, anorexia, palpitations, sweating, headaches, – to mention but a few of the myriad of bodily reactions to stress. This stress or tension could be described as a tourniquet around the body’s system, a tightening that can lead to serious consequences.
REFLEXOLOGY IMPROVES NERVE AND BLOOD SUPPLY
In order to keep the body at a normal balance, it is imperative that the blood and nerve supply to every organ and gland be at a maximum. Of course, the organs and glands contribute to the overall well-being of the body, each making contributions to maintaining an efficient, full operating mechanism, but all receive their instructions from the most intricate of all networks, the nerves.
These cord-like structures, comprised of a collection of nerve fibers, convey impulses between a part of the central nervous system and other regions of the body. They are the wiring system of the house called the human body. As with any complex wiring system, a short circuit can mean trouble.
A short circuit is often caused by tension putting pressure on a vital nerve plexus or even a single nerve structure supplying a vital organ. As tension is eased, pressure on the nerves and vessels is relaxed, thus improving the flow of blood and its oxygen-rich nutrients to all parts of the body.
REFLEXOLOGY HELPS NATURE ACHIEVE HOMEOSTASIS (Normal, Balance)
Overactive glands or organs can be helped to return to normal. Conversely, if an organ or a gland is under active Reflexology can help return it to its normally functioning level.
It is important to note here that the normalization action of Reflexology is never one of opposite extremes. In other words, once homeostasis or a normal condition is achieved, it cannot be unbalanced by working the area too much. Overworking can cause some minor reactions such as diarrhea or perhaps some nasal mucous being secreted (runny nose). These reactions though, are cleansing poisons from the body. Succinctly, Reflexology cannot harm a system–it simply brings it back into balance.