Reflexology refers to the stimulation of the Microsystems of the hands, feet or ears to have an effect on all the glands, organs and other parts of the body. It is believed that there are at least fifteen microsystems in the human body. A microsystem is one part of the body that contains a reflection of the whole of the body.
Foot reflexology is a method of stimulating reflex areas of the feet that relax and rejuvenate every part of the body including the glands and organs. It provides deep therapeutic relaxation, reduces stress and tension, improves blood and lymph circulation, normalizes body functions, regulates blood pressure and facilitates the body’s natural healing processes.
The body continuously strives to maintain a delicate metabolic equilibrium, but when this balance is disturbed by injury, disease, or the stress of daily life, it upsets the normal functions of the body. Reflexology is a simple and noninvasive method for realigning these functions in order to help the body attain the metabolic balance that leads to perfect health. Reflexology encourages natural health by healing mind, body and soul, at a subconscious level, without having to evoke or stir past traumatic memories, which avoids having to go through any further emotional havoc and distress.
Four key aspects of a healthy body’s efficient functioning are:
- Relaxation: Release of tension through the nervous system.
- Assimilation: Digestion and absorption of nourishment into the bloodstream.
- Circulation: Nourishing and cleansing the cells of the body.
- Elimination: Discarding all unwanted materials from the body.
Reflexology enhances the functioning of all these aspects of the body.
The healing power of reflexology was known and practiced in ancient Egypt, China and India. Reflexology has been practiced in China for over 5,000 years.
At the beginning of this century, Dr. William Fitzgerald, an American physician, studied the relationships between areas on the hands and feet and the body’s organs, limbs and nerves. Through experimentation, he found that there were specific interactions between these areas and by pressing them; he could directly affect the organs. Later, he divided the body into ten longitudinal zones, five on each side of the body’s midline. Each zone is unique and each has a self-contained environment. Every part of the body within that zone interacts with every other part in that zone. Because all the zones are represented on the hands and feet, it became clear to Fitzgerald that they were the most convenient terminals for communicating with the rest of the body.
I have always been attracted to alternative methods of healing. I educated myself in healing herbs and natural remedies. When I was looking for help with my health challenges I came across Reflexology and became a practitioner. Tao and Zen Shiatsu combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine followed as I was looking for more ways to get knowledge and means to treat myself and others.