Reflexology Therapy

Pressure points for Uterus, Fallopian Tubes and Ovaries

Newborn Baby Foot

Reflexology, also known as zone therapy, is an alternative medicine involving application of focused pressure to the feet and hands using specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. There are 5 zones in each foot and hand. In each zone are pressure points that map to every gland, tissue or organ in the body. By applying the focused pressure to the points, and through stimulation of reflex areas we can profoundly affect general homeostasis, as we have access to vascular and lymphatic circulation, to the nervous system and to the energy systems of the body through their pathways (meridians).

Clinical studies aside, anecdotal information and case studies conducted by practitioners and advanced students of Reflexology all indicate similar effects which point to more balanced nervous and endocrine activity:
 

  • deep relaxation

  • improved sleep

  • a greater sense of well-being

  • decreased heart rate

  • deeper and more relaxed respiration

  • increased efficiency of digestion

  • reduction in mood swings

  • increased energy levels

  • decreased anxiety levels

How Can Reflexology Help?

1. Vascular and Lymphatic Circulation:


In Japan research has demonstrated that Reflexology can double the speed of circulation in the legs (Reflexions, 1990). Clinical experience backs up these results consistently. Reflexology reduces fluid retention even in patients confined to a wheel chair. Significant results obtained in a small clinical trial conducted by three Australian nurses showed that a Reflexology treatment lowered systolic and diastolic blood pressure, lowered pulse and caused peripheral vasodilation of the hands.  
(Lockhart, 1992).

 

2. Balancing Energy Pathways:


Many therapies base their healing ability on unblocking or balancing energy pathways (Qi) in the body. For thousands of years Traditional Chinese Medicine has treated disease successfully through acupuncture. Fine needles are placed at specific points along these pathways or meridians to treat anything from PMS to joint pain. Acupuncture is also used in Chinese hospitals instead of conventional anaesthesia. It is recognized that some of the most important acupuncture points are situated in the hands and feet. 

In Reflexology we apply pressure to the whole foot and/or hand and to all identifiable tender reflexes in order to bring about an optimum state of homeostasis. Through that process, meridian points are also stimulated and research has indicated that meridian energy can be normalized whether it be under or over energized through this form of stimulation (Dale, 1977).

3. Relaxation Response:

As previously mentioned Reflexology is especially relaxing. Mention foot massage to most people and they will comment on this aspect. The relaxation response however is more profound with reflexology than with a mere "foot rub". Reflex therapies have been studied by medical scientists since the 1800's in Russia and in Austria and later in the US.

It has been generally noted that tension in one part of the body or even in a specific organ is reflected as tension in the corresponding reflex area in all the microsystems ie: feet, hands, ears, eyes, face and so on.

Reflexology has the ability to relax this tense tissue which, in turn, relaxes the related body area or organ. This enables a freer flow of blood, nerve impulses and energy to and from the area and so creating an optimum situation for healing to occur.

4. Removes Stress: What? Really? How?

While we all need a little stress in our bodies in order to function, make decisions, walk, do exercise, prepare for things, when stress becomes overwhelming, for a period of time, the body begins to breakdown.

 

Reflexology is known to stimulate the endocrine glands to control the amount of cortisol being excreted into the blood stream. With lowered Cortisol results in lowered stress!

 

Reflexology can remove stress! Effects of the stress removed can be enjoyed for up to 3 days after a treatment! 

5. Through Touch, Reflexology Conveys Trust, Warmth, Caring and Peace:


Touch alone is therapeutic. It is an essential component of life for an infant and is no less important for adults. Touch reaches through the isolation often experienced by those in pain to convey love, respect, acceptance, trust and warmth. In a medical situation the feet or hands are usually easily available for the application of Reflexology and the techniques are non-invasive and non-threatening. The patient does not have to undress or alter position in bed and most people love having their feet massaged.

6. Other Positive Outcomes and Effects:


Aside from those already mentioned many positive effects resulting from the use of reflexology have been documented, following are some of the most common ones:
 

  • pain relief

  • lowering of blood sugar levels

  • reduction in PMT symptoms

  • improved bladder control (even in paralysed patients)

  • improved bowel function

  • relief from migraines

  • helps with anxiety and depression

  • improves thyroid function

  • relieves mucous congestion

  • reduces inflammation

  • reduces foot pain and improves foot mobility

  • reduces agitation and restlessness associated with dementia

  • improves kidney function

Also very appropriate for infants, babies, toddlers, and children, Reflexology can provide enormous benefits to you and your baby, such as:
 

  1. better digestion

  2. longer sleeps

  3. calmness and contentment

The Wonders of Reflexology