What Is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers to stimulate more than seven thousand nerve endings in each foot. These nerve endings correspond to all parts of the body, including organs and glands. Stimulating the appropriate region is intended to eliminate energy blockages thought to produce pain or disease in the related areas. Reflexology is used to prevent, rather than cure, and is used to relieve a wide variety of ailments.
Reflexology relieves stress and tension within the body. It improves circulation and lymphatic flow and works to unblock nerve impulse pathways. These benefits all work toward helping the body to heal itself by restoring balance to the vital energies. According to Shelly Hess, author of The Professional’s Reflexology Handbook, “Reflexology works to discover how the soft tissue organs and the entire skeletal system are functioning. Through trained fingers, the reflexologist can help restore the internal system to better balance.”
People of all ages can benefit from reflexology treatments. Everyone suffers from stress at one time or another, and aches and pains are a part of daily life. Reflexology has a long history of promoting relaxation and healing.
What Specific Conditions can Reflexology Help With?
- Allergies and sinus problems
- Revitalizing energy
- Improves circulation
- Menstrual cramps
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Stress & Anxiety
- Boosting Immune System
How Frequently Should I Have A Reflexology Treatment?
When addressing a specific concern of health or well-being once a week is normal; an extreme case would be twice a week, but the body needs time to normalize between treatments. Reflexology also works wonderfully in conjunction with other body therapies, and for those who want to maintain good health an monthly maintenance appointment is ideal. We are happy to work with you to develop a schedule of care that best helps you meet your wellness goals and your budget. Reflexology treatment packages are available.
Can I Do This At Home?
Hand Reflexology can be done at home, but it is rather awkward to work on your own feet. Some areas are hard to reach, and it’s difficult to relax. If you wish to continue additional treatment at home, we can share some self-help reflexology points with you. IHT also occasionally offers classes for those wishing to learn more about Reflexology and how they can use it at home with their families.
Will My Feet Be Washed?
If you have come directly from a day at work or have a concern with foot odor, we can clean your feet before the beginning of the session.
But What if I’m Ticklish?
This is usually people's number one concern when having their feet worked on. The practitioner will adjust their touch to what is comfortable for you. Typically, a little more pressure alleviates the ticklish feeling. Relaxation helps too, and the practitioner will have several techniques for relaxation at their disposal.