Reflexology, Foot Reflexology, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Durham, Ontario

Reflexology, Foot Reflexology
For Pickering, Ajax, Whitby And Durham, Ontario

Reflexology, Foot Reflexology, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Durham, Ontario

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Reflexology, Foot Reflexology For Pickering, Ajax, Whitby And Durham, Ontario

Reflexology, or zone therapy, is the practice of massaging, squeezing, or pushing on parts of the feet, or sometimes the hands and ears, with the goal of encouraging a beneficial effect on other parts of the body, and to improve general health.

The underlying theory behind reflexology is that there are "reflex" areas on the feet and hands that correspond to specific organs, glands, and other parts of the body. Practitioners believe that applying pressure to these reflex areas can promote health in the corresponding organs through energetic pathways.

Reflexology is a natural and drugless healing art. It is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the hands and feet which correspond to every gland, organ and part of the body. Massaging these reflex areas stimulates natural energy, causing it to flow more freely throughout the body.

Benefits:

  • Reduces stress
  • Induces deep relaxation
  • Improves blood and lymph circulation
  • Stimulates the body to cleanse itself naturally of toxins
  • Provides preventive health care
  • Reflexology may benefit the following conditions - Arthritis, Asthma, Allergies, Blood Pressure, Back Problems, Headache, Migraines, Insomnia

REFLEXOLOGY and REIKI can be used to complement other forms of traditional medical and/or alternative treatments that one may be taking.

Reflexology - Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a gentle, natural, non-invasive ancient and scientific healing art, which is based on the premise that there are zones and reflex areas in the feet and hands, which correspond to all glands, organs, parts and systems of the body.  The physical act of applying pressure to and stimulating these reflex points (nerve endings) by using specific thumb, finger and hand techniques results in stress reduction, which promotes positive physiological changes in other areas of the body.

How Does Reflexology Work?

Each foot has 7,200 nerve endings, 26 bones, 10 ligaments and 19 muscles.  It is believed that as we go about our daily lives, minute amounts of waste containing lactic acid, uric acid, calcium and various other by-products develop as the nervous system communicates with the body.  When the body is overstressed these waste products build up and are carried along the nerve paths to the extremities.  Here they settle in and cause blocked energy and circulation.

The body’s image is mirrored on the foot in miniature, with each foot representing one half of the body.  When pressure is applied to reflex areas, messages are transmitted to the brain through the nervous system and the body responds by working toward a biologically balanced state. The reflexologist assists the body in triggering its own natural healing process by stimulating the reflexes and by breaking up those deposits.  As a result, blood circulation improves and nerve functioning increases.  Tension in the corresponding area is relieved, toxins are flushed out and the body’s energy flow is cleared enabling the body systems and the body to heal itself and function more effectively. 

What Are The Benefits Of Reflexology?

Reflexology primary function is to induce an optimal state of relaxation conducive to healing.  It promotes the body’s marvelous ability to adjust and balance during times of stress.

Beyond relaxation, reflexology has been shown to:

  • Relieve stress
  • Reduce tension and tightness
  • Promote balance and normalization of the body
  • Improve nerve functioning
  • Improve circulation and blood supply
  • Promote unblocking of nerve impulses
  • Increase delivery of oxygen/nutrients to the cells
  • Rejuvenate tired tissues and cells
  • Help to restore a proper fluid balance in the tissues
  • Revitalize the free flow of body energy
  • Build up the body's immunity/resistance to disease
  • Clear emotional debris
  • Improve lymph drainage
  • Balance the auric field
  • Release toxins and impurities
  • Provide grounding
  • Speed the elimination of waste products
  • Create an overall sense of well-being
  • Because reflexology promotes well-being it may also help to:

  • Control/decrease pain and improve comfort
  • Relieve fatigue
  • Decrease soreness and healing time
  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce swelling from injuries or illness
  • Improve concentration
  • Improve skin tone
  • Improve mood
  • Relieve circulatory disorders
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Relieve headaches and migraines
  • Relieve sinus problems
  • Relieve stomach and back aches
  • Lessen menstrual discomfort
  • Relieve digestive problems
  • Increase energy

  • The above lists are not all encompassing.  Different results may be realized by each client. In general, reflexology persuades the body to balance and heal itself, encourages the end of further deterioration, strengthens and reinforces all systems in the body and promotes overall good health.  Reflexology is used to complement traditional medicine.  It is never meant to replace prescribed therapies and treatments.

    What Does Reflexology Feel Like?

    Reflexology is pleasant and relaxing, although some reflex areas may be more sensitive than others. If any tenderness is felt, it is important to let the reflexologist know, so that special attention can be paid to that area.  Often sensitive areas are merely those deposits mentioned earlier which have settled in the feet and created energy blockages.  By identifying sensitive areas, pressure can be adjusted and the client continues to enjoy the relaxing and beneficial session. 

    Does Reflexology Have Age Requirements?

    The wonderful experience of reflexology can be realized by all ages.  From newborns to the very old, from the ill and frail to the healthy and well, reflexology can be integrated into your lifestyle and used to complement modern medicine as well as a preventative measure to maintain good health. It is advisable to inform your medical doctor or other licensed health care professional that you will be receiving reflexology sessions if you have been diagnosed with any disease, injury or other physical or mental conditions.

    Is It Okay To Have Reflexology If I Am Pregnant?

    Reflexology is safe and enjoyable for pregnant women.  I recommend reflexology after the first trimester.

    Is Reflexology The Same As Massage?

    Reflexology is not massage and differs in that it pushes on reflex points to evoke an autonomic nervous system response which helps create balance throughout the entire body.  Reflexology is considered a form of bodywork. 

    How Long Does A Session Last?

    A typical session lasts one-hour, not including a footbath.  Clients most often enjoy a full hour session and use it as their special time to unwind and relax.  With young children, however, sessions are often shorter and in some cases more frequent.  Then too, there are others who prefer half-hour sessions. 

    What Should I Expect In a Reflexology Session?

    Simply take off your shoes and socks and you are ready for your entire body to reap rewards.  At each session, you have the option of beginning with a warm soothing footbath.  Whether or not you include the footbath as part of your session, you settle into a comfortable reclining chair with gentle, relaxing music playing in the background, perhaps a candle or two burning as tranquil sounds of water fall over river rocks.  Most often, you are covered with a light blanket because your body temperature lowers as your metabolism naturally slows during this relaxing time.  Soft warm towels are wrapped around each foot and soothing, relaxing techniques are used on the feet in preparation for the more specific reflexology pressure techniques which are systematically applied until the session is complete.

    How Can I Experience Reflexology If My Feet Are Extremely Ticklish?

    Interestingly enough, the feet are not usually ticklish when receiving reflexology.  

    If I Fall Asleep, Will It Still Work?

    It is very common to be so relaxed that you fall asleep during the session. The wonderful benefits
    of reflexology will still be realized, as it makes no difference to the reflexes whether you are awake or asleep. When the reflexes are stimulated messages are still delivered to the brain.

    What Will I Feel Like After The Reflexology Session?

    Most people feel wonderfully relaxed, reenergized and renewed.  Some have described feelings of incredible well-being, others of walking on clouds, one client, after her first session exclaimed that she would purr if she could! You may feel calm and relaxed or you may experience a feeling of energy and rejuvenation.  Some people initially experience fatigue right after a session, but notice an increase of energy over the following hours or days as the body continues excreting released toxins.

    How Many Sessions Do I Need For Results?

    Depending on your personal goal for wellness, sessions will vary accordingly.  When used as a preventative and maintenance program, monthly sessions may be recommended or perhaps bi-monthly may be more appropriate for a while, depending on the accumulated stress in the body.  Weekly or even more frequent sessions may be recommended in some cases, to encourage a quicker return to balance and health.  Or it may be that you just want to treat yourself to a session once in a while.  Any periodic session will rejuvenate and enhance your overall sense of well-being and course your feet will be delighted!

    Reflexology, Foot Reflexology, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Durham, Ontario

     


    Reflexology, Foot Reflexology For Pickering, Ajax, Whitby And Durham, Ontario