What is Reflexology ?
Reflexology is a holistic healing method (treating the human being as a whole) which involves pressure and massage of the reflex points found on the feet and hands. These reflexes are found on the soles of the feet, or palms of the hands, and they reflect the whole body.
If a vital energy, or life force, that circulates between the organs of the body becomes blocked, the part of the body relating to the blockage is affected as well. By using specific pressure techniques, the blockages can be detected through the experience of pain and presence of crystal deposits. This occurs in the part of the foot or hand that relates to the part of the body that is imbalanced.
The reflexology pressure and massage techniques are designed to dissipate energy blocks, and break down crystalline structure. Through stimulation of the circulation and lymphatic systems, and by encouraging the release of toxins, reflexology promotes the body to heal itself.
Reflexology is an extremely effective therapy in cases of stress, tension and tiredness.
It is also used as a preventive measure against illness.
The History of Reflexology
The origin of reflexology still remains a mystery. Dr. William Fitzgerald states in his book “Zone Therapy” that ‘a form of treatment by means of pressure points was known in India and China 5000 years ago. This knowledge however appear to be lost or forgotten’. Evidence from an Egyptian tomb drawing dating back to 2330 BC, show four people; one is being treated with foot massage and the other with hand massage. Other credits its birth to the Incas 12,000 BC. It is speculated that they passed down their knowledge to the North American Indians who are still using this form of treatment today.
Reflexology has developed a more scientific background based on ever increasing knowledge of anatomy and physiology. This has helped its acceptance into conventional medicine in many countries.
Taking Reflexology Further
Treating the Chakras:The etheric body has seven major charkas, they are situated in line with the spine, and are also found on the spinal reflex on the feet and hands. Each charka is associated with one of the endocrine glands in the physical body, which secret hormones directly into the blood stream. Iris treats the major charkas during a reflexology session, this is very important especially if one is suffering from a hormonal imbalance.
Treating the Acupuncture Meridians:The Chinese believed that the vital force, called Chi, circulates in the body through meridians, traveling between organs and systems. There is one meridian which is divided to fourteen branches or meridians. Twelve of those are important; six terminate or start on the feet, and six terminate or start on the hands.
Treating with Color and Reflexology:Iris uses Light Therapy on the zones which were found painful as well as to the zones related to the patient’s complaint. Each reflex has its own color and complimentary color in accordance with specific complaints. Each color has its own wavelength and sound frequency. At the end gold color (light of the universe) is passed through the patient’s feet to re-energize the body.
Treating Emotions using Reflexology:Emotions have their seat in an organ, for example: happiness dwells in the heart, sorrow in the lungs and anger in the liver and so on. During a reflexology session emotions are also being released.
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