Reflexology has been used to soothe and normalize human functionality for centuries. It is a therapeutic practice based on the principle that reflex areas in the hands and feet are known reflex points for various parts of the body, its glands, organs and functioning systems. By triggering the reflex areas for these systems, the reflexologist is able to encourage healing and help the body normalize functionality. It is also known to aid and speed healing.
When done properly, this subtle & effective treatment is a blessing for both the receiver & the provider.
The "Ingham Method"® of Reflexology is the world-standard in reflexology. The International Institute of Reflexology® provides training in this method, which includes training in the broad anatomy, physiology, and pathology concerns. They use this knowledge to guide their treatment, reaching the reflexes of the body's inter-related functioning systems. I have had this training.
Are you skeptical of reflexology? You risk little to try this ancient and effective massage-related treatment method. If you have stubborn or unresolved health concerns, could use extra energy, need to relax more and stress less, or have specific pain management problems, reflexology can help. If you are struggling with post-operative healing challenges, have lowered immunity or other special conditions, such as painful monthly mens/periods or streaming nerve pain from prosthesis or other causes, reflexology can help. From cancer-survivors to de-stressing CEO's, reflexology can help in concrete ways. It literally helps your body work better, increasing funcionality of all systems and organs.
Many people find reflexology to be: (1) a relaxing and refreshing experience, (2) an experience that protects them from broader body massage techniques, and (3) an experience that provides specific positive responses in their bodies.
As a provider, I have found that it consistently generates after-effects that indicate clear improvement in the health and well-being of my clients.
These links are to websites that discuss reflexology from a professional point of view.
First, here is a link to a short radio interview. Alan Smith, who wrote Unbreak Your Health, talks with Cyndi Hill, President of the North Carolina Reflexology Association. Her remarks reflect my own experience with clients, and will give you a sense of what reflexology is about. http://www.unbreakyourhealth.com/podcasts/Reflexology.mp3.
For those who want to explore the broader area: