What can Reflexology do for you?
When we are stressed our body's defences break down and we become more susceptible to illness and disease. Medical doctors agree that many health issues today can be linked to stress. Reflexology interrupts the pattern of stress. It aims to re-balance the body, improve sleep and mood, relieve stress and enhance wellbeing. This gentle, non invasive therapy aims to encourage the body to tap in to its innate self healing abilities.
What is Reflexology
Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the principle that all the systems of the body are mapped out in reflex points on the feet, hands and ears. Stimulation of the approximately 7,500 nerve endings in the feet helps to open up the natural pathways your body uses to nourish and heal itself. Tender or ‘gritty’ points indicate congestion in the corresponding area of the body.
During the treatment a state of deep relaxation is created in the body, interrupting the pattern of stress and bringing balance to the body and its systems where there is imbalance. Reflexology is a well established holistic therapy which treats the mind and body as a whole to achieve a state of general well-being.
What to expect during your treatment
The primary aim of your reflexology treatment is relaxation. At your first session with Karen your feet will soak in a warm epsom salt foot spa while a short medical history is taken. Thereafter you will be tucked up cosily on a treatment couch or reclining chair, with the neccesary support to ensure you will be comfortable for the duration of the treatment.
A series of massage like relaxation techniques will be used to introduce your feet and lower legs to the touch of Karen's hands. The Reflexology itself is a more specific use of finger and thumb techniques to work each area of the foot. The entire process is gentle. Sometimes Karen will do combination treatments, incorporating the feet, hands and/or ears as your need requires.
Ear Reflexology - What it is!
Auricular Therapy or Ear Reflexology are both terms that apply to a technique that is administered by working on the ears. Both are based on the idea that the ear, just like the hands and feet, is a micro system, on which the entire body is ‘mapped’, in Reflexology terms, on the outer portion of the ear, called the auricle. Auricular Therapy is one component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Ear Reflexology has evolved from Auricular Therapy. Both utilise pressure on the ear in some form. Auricular work is well researched and has been acknowledged for its effectiveness in helping with such issues as physical and emotional pain, mobility and allergies.
You can experience Ear Reflexology as an add-on, or inclusion in your regular foot reflexology session, or as a stand alone therapy.
History of Reflexology
Although recently becoming much more popular and accepted in Western society, Reflexology is thought to have been passed down through an oral tradition. It has been practiced for thousands of years by Egyptians, Chinese, Native American cultures and Mayan and Incan civilizations. Evidence in inscriptions have even been found in a physician’s tomb in Egypt.
Zone Therapy Theory as developed by Dr. William H. Fitzgerald was the precursor to modern Reflexology.
Actual Reflexology as we know it today, was developed in the late 1930'3 by Eunice Ingham, a nurse and physiotherapist. She is referred to as the `Mother of Reflexology`. On her own research and evidence using the ten zones of the body she mapped the whole body's organs and structures on the feet developing the foot reflexology map as we know it today.
How can Ear Reflexology assist you?
You can experience and benefit from Ear Reflexology in a number of ways.
Working on the ears at the start of a session has profound benefits on the relaxation that some of my clients experience during their entire session. A session can also commence on the ears if you have back tension or discomfort.
An alternative is that enough time will be allocated after completion of your foot work, to briefly work on the ears, with the purpose of targeting and supporting an issue that the foot work has highlighted.
When we wish to target a specific issue in the body we use a couple of tools, an Ear Probe and Ear Seeds.
This technique is called Auricular taping, or Ear Seeding.
Reflexology may benefit the following and more
Pain level management
Restore sleep patterns
Improve immune system
Boost energy levels
Calm digestive problems
Ease muscular tension
Repetitive stress injuries
Restless leg syndrome
Stimulate nerve function
Enhance medical care
Conditions such as, allergies, hormonal imbalance, arthritis, high blood pressure, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, heart disease, diabetes, etc.