Reflexology is an ancient Chinese medical treatment given to the feet, hands, face and ears, using the concept of “body mapping.” It is a science, based on the principle that these areas are miniature maps connected to all the glands, organs and systems of the body. At Coolum Reflexology our Reflexologist, uses their hands as their tools, to stimulate these specific areas to promote health,and balance in the body, release any blockages causing ill-health and encourage the movement of energy through the body. Reflexology is not a Foot Massage, though it does include relaxation and massage techniques. It is a concept close to Acupuncture however instead of inserting needles, the Reflexologist uses their hands and implements to work on the “reflex areas”. There are over 70000 nerves endings that can be stimulated within the feet and which affect the whole body.
Reflexology has been found to have an effect on:
- Respiratory problems, asthma
- Bladder problems
- Menopausal symptoms and period pain
- Pain from Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Pain from Cancer treatments
- Improving circulation
- Supporting the nervous system
- Lymphatic Flow
- Elimination of Wastes
- Digestion improvement
- Promotes Homeostasis
- Reducing Stress and Anxiety
- Encouraging relaxation
- Pain relief
- Strengthening the Immune system
- Energizing and rejuvenating the whole body
Nobel Prize Winner Ivan Pavlov’s “reflex system” research concluded that organ systems respond involuntarily to external stimulation, such as stress or pain.
Dr. Henry Head in the late 19th century proved that a neurological relationship exists between the skin and the internal organs.
Nobel Prize winner, Sir Charles Sherrington proved that the whole body and nervous system are affected when stimulus is applied to any part of the body.
Dr. Alfons Cornelius observed that pressure to certain spots triggered muscle contractions, changes in Blood Pressure, variation in warmth and moisture in the body and directly affected the mental state of his patients.
American physicians, Dr. William Fitzgerald and Dr. Joe Shelby Riley and physiotherapist Eunice Ingham in the 1920s began applying these theories to the hands and feet.
Dr. Paul Nogier is credited for expanding reflex mapping to the ears.
An Israeli study of 71 randomized MS patients, reported that many patients’ motor, sensory and urinary problems improved after eleven weeks of reflexology.
Reflexology Contraindications are:
- Varicose veins and deep venous thrombosis
- Pregnancy during the first trimester
- During early stages of induced labour
- Tumors and growths
- Unstable heart conditions
- Extremely high blood pressure
- Severe edema
- Current fractures, recent surgeries, severe sprains, or gout, however, one can work safely with an extremely light touch around or on these problem areas.
- Contagious or infectious diseases on the client’s feet
- Lacerations, open wounds and/or sores found on the feet that are oozing fluids.
- Following organ transplant
- Medicative reliant clients
If in doubt, please check with your medical practitioner first.