Reflexology is the art of applying gentle pressure to reflex areas on the feet or hands to bring about a state of deep relaxation and to stimulate the body's own healing processes.
Reflexology is frequently explained as the scientific theory that maps out the reflexes on the feet and hands to all the organs and the rest of the body. In other words, certain spots on the feet and hands have an energy connection to other parts of the body. By applying gentle pressure and massage-like techniques to specific reflex points on the feet and hands you will positively affect other body parts.
It is a natural therapy that can also promote the manufacture of more vital energy, help boost the immune system and create a stronger body and calmer mind.
Reflexology is a safe, natural therapy that helps to give your body what it needs - that might be conceiving or carrying a baby to full term, a reduction in the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, assistance in losing weight or in feeling younger and looking healthier.
However, reflexology is more than just the study of reflex points. Locating the places on the feet that relate to different areas of the body is great, but the true beauty of reflexology is how good it makes you feel.
Reflexology is all about bringing balance, harmony and a sense of well being to the body. At times, we find ourselves feeling 'out of sorts or ungrounded', and our body needs equilibrium in order to keep working healthily
Even a very light reflexology treatment can help create this sense of balance. Reflexology is not a therapy used to diagnose illness; it is not a medical treatment it is a complementary treatment.
It does not cure - only the body can do that. Instead it facilitates healing within the body. It is virtually impossible to determine how long it will take an individual to feel and enjoy the benefits of reflexology. Everything starts with one small step, but it is the commitment to reflexology that can drive forward a positive outcome.
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Diagram of foot anatomy
Poseidon's Pull Technique - Place your index finger on the dorsal aspect and your thumb on the plantar aspect of the right foot, in between the big toe and the second toe, in the metatarsal spaces. Rock upwards in these spaces. Stop when you get as far as you can, to the point where the toe itself begins (the phalanges). Then apply a little pressure and slide back down to the base of the toes metatarsals. Do this for all the toes. ow work on the left foot in the same way. Continue this movement for 30 seconds on toe on each foot