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What is Reflexology: A Definition

Reflexology is a non-invasive holistic therapy in which techniques similar to acupressure and massage are used on “reflex” points on the feet and/or hands. Reflexologists subscribe to the concept that the body is mirrored or “reflected” on the hands and feet and each of the reflex points represent a specific part of the body. Thus, stimulation of the reflex points has an effect on the related part of the body. Reflexology will assist the body to maintain good health or will help attain good health through stimulation of the body’s own healing forces.

The sense of touch is very powerful. Through touch, the therapist’s hands have the ability to detect imbalances in the feet which indicate blockages or changes in the energy channels which run through the body. By applying gentle pressure to these points with thumbs or fingers the therapist can impact on the body's energy flow, and assist it to achieve its own state of equilibrium and promote good health.

The exact origins of this ancient therapy are uncertain. It is known that many cultures throughout the world have practised some form of foot pressure:— Chinese, Egyptian, Indian and native North Americans.

Stress has been identified as a causative factor in many different ailments and is something that we are increasingly exposed to. Reflexology gives the body “time-out”, a chance to relax not only the body but also the mind and soul, thereby reducing stress levels and preventing further deterioration. Reflexology enables us to take responsibility for our own health.

Reflexology is a complementary therapy. While it can be used as a beneficial treatment on its own, it can also be used in conjunction with conventional medical care and other complementary and holistic therapies.

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