Reflexology is a holistic science using the feet (or hands) as mini-maps for the whole body. It is a natural, non-invasive science of stimulating reflex areas in the feet (or hands) that correspond to our body systems. The goal of Reflexology is to assist the body in returning to a state of homeostasis, or balance. Reflexologists do this by following energy pathways or channels on the feet that are connected to the body parts/systems. A compression massage is used to stimulate the reflex areas throughout the body which clears the energy channels. This allows the body’s own healing energy to flow unimpeded.
Expectations of a Session
Reflexology is a centering and therapeutic experience. The client begins the session by removing their shoes and socks. They will then recline comfortably on a zero gravity chair, covered with a light blanket, and propped slightly up with pillows under their knees. The ambiance of the room is nurturing, yet professional, with gentle healing music tones. The practitioner may choose an essential oil blend that is suitable for the needs of the client and begins by forming a connection in massaging both feet. Once the general warm-up is over, one foot is covered with a towel and one would proceed to work all the body systems on the one foot, while assessing problem/stressed areas in the client. A routine is followed, starting with the Nervous System. After completing one foot, the same routine is repeated on the second foot. By this time, the client is very relaxed, sometimes even asleep! After completing all the systems with the finger walk routine, the reflexologist goes back and works on areas that have shown up to be out of balance. This is followed by some relaxation work, and finally the feet are wrapped in hot moist towels.