I looove reflexology and have sessions as often as I can to address a number of physical ailments. Holistic methods like reflexology have always attracted me because they are safe, based in ancient techniques/science, and are prescription-free. 🙂 Best of all, I love using the body to heal the body!
I’ve experienced a lot of relief from various issues that have been ongoing for me using this holistic and safe practice and wanted to give you guys the 411 on all things reflexology. If you want to know what it is, and how and why it works, this is your post!
A little background
As per Merriam-Webster: “reflexology” is a method of relieving pain or curing illness by pressing on particular parts of a person’s hands or feet.
There’s a little more to it than that.
In this ancient practice, it is believed that on the hands, feet, and ears, there are certain points that correspond with all the organs and systems in the body. By pressing on and massaging these points, one can therefore ease tension and correct imbalances in any part of the body.
Reflexology is often used as a supplement to other treatments, and not as a cure-all on its own. It is a great practice to utilize for “maintenance” of your overall alignment and balance and even for discovering new issues you might not be aware of.
When I have sessions I can’t stop asking my reflexologist questions about which points correspond to which parts because I find the whole thing so fascinating. There are maps for the feet, hands, and ears showing which points correspond with which organs and systems. The left foot corresponds with the left side of the body and right foot with the right side.
In my many interrogations, I’ve discovered that the inner side of the foot represents the spinal column/central nervous system with the joint of the big toe representing the head and neck. So people who have a hunched back, for example, often have a a big toe that is curved in toward the other toes. (which I’ve seen on my grandmother has-so fascinating.) Isn’t that cool?!
My reflexologist (and friend) primarily uses the feet to address these points. Others use all three (feet, hands, and ears) but I personally love that my sessions are also like foot massages and relaxation is definitely a part of the experience.
My reflexologist is able to tell me new things and confirm issues about my body that I already knew about or suspected without me telling her anything beforehand. She goes through all the points in the feet and will linger in places that either feel extra tense to her and/or cause me a bit of discomfort- a sign that that corresponding body part is struggling in some way. When these tense points are found, she usually works through them using various massaging techniques and is able to chip away at them.
She has even taught me how to find certain points on my own and how to work through them. I have some issues with strained adrenal glands and she taught me how to find that point in both feet (and I confirm that I’ve found it because it is usually a little tense) and massage it out so I can practice myself at home.
Reflexology is not, however, a one-session quick fix for many of these ongoing problems one might have. Those problems didn’t get there overnight, and won’t go away overnight, but they can definitely be worked through over the course of some sessions.
Have any of you had a reflexology session and/or seen results from reflexology? Let me know 🙂
photo of foot maps: http://reflexology-map.com/feet-map/