Reflexology is a holistic treatment based on the principle that there are points and areas on the feet, hands, and ears that map via the nervous system to corresponding parts of the body. When pressure is applied to these points and areas it stimulates the movement of energy along the nerve channels, and helps to restore balance in the whole body.
The human body is very complex and as we know it is capable of healing itself, anything from a small bruise or cut to a major injury or emotional trauma. Systems and organs in the body are constantly working together to heal and repair. Examples could be the brain and rest of the nervous system, which is in control of much of our activity, and the circulatory system, which transports nutrients and oxygen to body cells to be converted into energy. Energy is essential for our well-being and indeed to keep us going. All the systems need to be working together well to maintain a healthy balance. Stress, injury, or illness can cause the balance to be disrupted.
There are approximately 7,200 nerve endings in the human foot, and each of these is a reflex point that corresponds to a body part. Reflexology uses special finger/thumb manipulations to stimulate reflex points, which will stimulate the flow of energy to the corresponding body part. This gradually helps to restore balance and stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself, physically and emotionally. The movements are quite precise and care must be taken to cover all of them to ensure that the treatment is comprehensive and therefore a holistic treatment for the whole body.
Imbalances manifest themselves through crystals at the affected reflex point, which vary from being slightly crunchy like sugar to lumps of varying sizes. Applying firm pressure with the thumb (or fingers depending on where on the foot the reflex point is) unblocks energy channels. Visible signs of imbalance could be discolouration of skin, hard skin or marks on the foot. The temperature and odour also play a part in assessing imbalances.
It will often take several treatments of reflexology to awaken the reflexes and start to see some effect.
Reflexology isn’t a new alternative therapy, it has been practiced in some form for thousands of years. The first solid proof is to be found on a pictograph painted on an Egyptian tomb dated between 2500 – 2330 BC.
To find out more about reflexology or to book an appointment, please visit https://www.theregencypractice.com. Bobby Jon Hook of https://www.cotswoldhypnotherapy.co.uk is the director of the practice in Cheltenham. The Regency Practice provides Hypnotherapy in Cheltenham, Counselling in Cheltenham, Reflexology in Cheltenham, Homeopathy in Cheltenham and Massage in Cheltenham. The Regency Practice has rooms to rent in Cheltenham for various therapists.
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