Reflexology is a holistic practice that works to keep the body in balance and to help activate the body’s natural abilities to heal itself. It works to restore the body back into it’s harmonic state. The practice of reflexology divides the body into reflex zones, which covers the entire body. There are 10 zones on the body, five on each side. Each zone is represented by points on the bottom of feet. For example, the brain, which is represented on both feet, is connected to a reflex point on your toes.
It is understood that reflexology works with the central nervous system. This theory builds on research done in the 1890s by Sir Henry Head and Sir Charles Sherrington, who began to show through their research that a neurological relationship exists between the skin and the internal organs, and that the whole nervous system adjusts to a stimulus.
The reflexologist’s application of pressure to feet sends a calming message from the peripheral nerves to the central nervous system, which in turn signals the body to adjust the tension level. This enhances overall relaxation, brings internal organs and their systems into a state of optimum functioning, and increases blood supply.
Reflexologists do not heal clients; the body repairs itself. The reflexologist acknowledges that he or she is a participant in the session, rather than “the healer.” A reflexologist knows that the purpose of this work is to help the client’s body come into alignment with its own energy and ability to heal.
The reflexologist takes into account all aspects of the client’s being: body, emotion, mind, and spirit.
I believe a relaxed body induces calm emotions and a serene mind. .