Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the hands and feet that correspond to every part, gland, and organ of the body. Through the application of pressure on these reflexes reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation, and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body.
The theory of how Reflexology works lags behind the practical effects. A generalized concept is that when we stimulate the reflex points, the body’s natural energy works the nervous system, meridians, and other mechanisms to clear any blockages. Thus, reflexly helping the corresponding zones to normalize.
What to expect on your first visit.
Prior to starting your first treatment, you will need to fill out a case history form. The therapist will assess any conditions that may be present and perform a thorough foot inspection. You will be asked to remove only shoes and socks and lie down on a massage table.
The setting will be a quiet, warm, and relaxing environment with optional soothing music. Being comfortable and relaxed is your job; the therapist will then proceed to work on your feet.
The session will generally take one hour. The Reflexologist, at the end of the session, may suggest some home-care activity on how to optimize or improve your health.
History of Reflexology
When people went barefoot, walking on sand or uneven ground was a partial reflexology session. Two to four thousand years ago, Reflexology was being practiced in India, China, and Egypt. It was probably done in other places too, but we have written records of its practice only in those areas of the world.
When we put on shoes we lost direct contact with the earth and were no longer grounded to it. We lost the natural exchange between the body’s electrical current and those of the earth. The masses only wore shoes after 1865.
People who worked with their hands still gave themselves reflexology sessions, including the reflexologists of that day, and of today. Today these therapists receive a session every time they give one, and it appears that their hair and nails grow faster.
Notice what nervous people do to relieve tension: they pace back and forth while wringing their hands (which works the solar plexus reflex); they rub their hands together (which aids in circulation when cold); they bite their nails (works the brain reflex); and even handle worry beads and/or rocks.
In 1976, the Reflexology Association of Canada (RAC) was granted its non profit charter by the Federal Government and began to train members to help people across Canada with this gentle, natural, loving, and effective type of session.
Reflexology Massage is available in the Thornhill clinic location.