What is Reflexology?
However, this is a therapy that encompasses not only the body, but the mind and spirit also.
How does Reflexology work?
For various reasons, our bodies become "poisoned" through the substances we are exposed to in our food, drink and the air we breathe. We are becoming more and more aware of the affects that pollution, pesticides and other poisons are having on our bodies. The result of this poisoning is that the electrical contacts in this electro-magnetic field are unable to be grounded and this causes crystalline deposits to be formed at the nerve endings. This interferes with the flow of energy around the body. Then of course, when you look at our lifestyles today, and add things such as stress and "fast living", it is no wonder the body starts to react in a negative way.
Therefore, the body's natural balance is lost and this can cause a whole range of symptoms, from feeling a bit "under the weather" or lethargic, to diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and M.E.
From a holistic point of view, which really doesn't differ greatly from the scientific theory, the body is made up of subtle bodies as well as the physical body and these all have energy running through them. If these energies become out of balance, for whatever reason, which can be physical, emotional or psychological, this will create energy blocks which, unless cleared, will manifest ill-health or disease. Even if the blockage starts in one of the subtle bodies and therefore cannot be seen/felt, it will usually manifest in the physical body eventually.
When a Reflexologist works on your feet, they will be able to feel any areas that are causing you problems, or are likely to, as they will be able to feel the crystalline deposits in the reflex areas. They may sometimes be tender to touch as well. Even if there is no physical illness/injury present, there may be an energy blockage in one of the other subtle bodies, and by working this area, it may prevent the problem even manifesting in the physical body. This is why regular treatments are beneficial - you can be pro-active rather than re-active.
What benefits can I expect?
The Endocrine System (the glands that regulate hormone production in the body)
By stimulating the reflex areas on the feet that correspond to parts of these body systems, the crystalline deposits are broken down and the flow of energy restored to normal. Once the flow of energy has been restored in all parts of the body, it should become balanced and healthy. However, this is not something that can be achieved in one treatment. A series of treatments needs to be taken in order to have an affect on an imbalance and then regularly after that to keep the body in balance.
It should be noted though that Reflexology is not a "miracle cure" for anything (and the same goes for all other therapies). It may be that Reflexology is not the best treatment for your particular condition, in which case your therapist will advise you of this (i.e. a muscular problem is obviously best treated with massage). It is also important to remember that if it is not appropriate (that is, it is not the best thing for your higher self) then no amount of healing will have an effect, until it is appropriate. This is where it can be argued that alternative therapies are better than orthodox medicine, as they will only have an affect if it is for your highest good, and pills from the doctor can interfere with the wishes of your being.
How else does Reflexology work?
When you have a therapy of this kind you are also taking responsibility for yourself. So many times you hear people passing the responsibility of not only their health, but their happiness, well-being, careers etc on to other people, such as doctors, parents and employers. Of course this is usually when things are going wrong and it is much easier to blame an outside source.
Essentially, we all have the power of Choice and by taking responsibility for ourselves and choosing what we want, we take the first step to personal empowerment!
Lastly, the benefits of touch, as we all know, are extremely powerful, but sadly in our culture today, is not always "socially correct" and we are all a little inhibited. However, this is a basic human instinct. Babies want to be held and cuddled in order to feel safe, secure, loved and looked after. This need never leaves us, but social conditioning tells us it is not appropriate. Thankfully, these barriers are now starting to come down and other therapies such as massage are losing the stigma that has been attached to them in the past.
What does a treatment consist of?
Your therapist may give you a shorter, lighter treatment, or avoid certain reflex areas.
It is also important to remember that all complementary therapies, are exactly that and should complement orthodox medicine. If you are seeing your doctor for a certain condition you should always inform them that you are thinking of seeing a Reflexologist and ask their opinion. There are more and more doctors who are now seeing the benefits of complementary therapies and are even prescribing them on the NHS. If you find that your doctor is completely against complementary therapies and you feel that this is unjustified, get a second opinion from another doctor. Remember, you always have Free Choice, but do listen to the advice you are given and make a balanced decision. Your therapist will also be aware of possible problems associated with any medical conditions and if they feel that a treatment is not appropriate, they will discuss this with you.
How do I find a good Therapist?
How much should I pay?
If you are only able to afford a very little, then you may find a therapist who is willing to give discounted rates or may even be able to do a deal with you, where you do something for them, i.e. gardening, ironing, in return for treatments. This can be a very rewarding way of working and both parties get mutual benefit and there has been an exchange of energies involved.
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