What is reflexology, and how does it work?

Reflexology is an effective form of foot massage based on the principle that the feet are mirrors of the body. It is believed that reflex points on the feet correspond to each organ and structure in the body, and are linked by energy channels, zones or meridians. When illness or imbalance occurs in the body, the corresponding energy channels become blocked. Reflexology is a means to release these blockages, therefore allowing the energy to flow freely, thereby, healing our minds, hearts, bodies and souls.

Reflexology also stimulates of over 7,000 nerve endings in the feet which send a message through the nervous system via the spinal cord up into the brain. By stimulating the nerve endings, a vibration is created along the nervous system breaking up any congested molecules. This allows more oxygen and blood flow to the cells, creating a natural healing process. It is important to remember that the body heals itself. Reflexology is designed to put the body back into a state of health.

Reflexologists use a holistic approach to healthcare. During a treatment foot massage techniques are used by way of applying pressure to the reflex areas on the feet. Tender areas on the corresponding reflex area on the feet indicate illness, or potential illness, this shows an imbalance in the organ or organs. By working on these areas, the body is prompted to use its own ability to heal itself and to prevent illness.

Reflexologists do not diagnose or treat for a specific illness, but regular sessions help to create optimum conditions to allow the body the best chance of healing itself naturally.