Historically, Reflexology dates back to ancient Egypt, evidenced by inscriptions in physician's tombs. During the reign of the Yellow Emperor in China, Reflexology was part of their medicinal practices. It is believed that one of the reasons early man did not suffer many of the maladies of modern man was because he walked barefoot over rugged terrain, giving himself a daily reflex treatment.
Reflexology is a science that deals with the principle that here are reflex areas in the feet, hands and ears which correspond to all of the tissues, glands and organs in the body.
Oftentimes the distress from a specific part of the body will manifest as a sore spot in the corresponding reflex area of the hands, feet or ears. Likewise, incorrect support or injury of the hands, feet or ears can affect the corresponding tissue, gland or organ in the body. Often we are unaware of the sore spots in the hands, feet or ears until pressure is applied through Reflexology.
The Reflexologist uses his or her thumbs and fingers to apply firm pressure to the reflex areas. During a session, crystalline toxin deposits may be found. These crystals appear to or are felt by the client as sharp, needle-like or sensitive to the touch. To the Reflexologist the crystal feels like a grain of sand just under the surface of the skin. When pressure is applied to these crystals, it sends an electrical impulse through nerve pathways to the corresponding area of the body. By working on these sensitive spots, the Reflexologist can assist the client's body in dissolving the crystal, thus revitalizing the corresponding area.
Other benefits of Reflexology are reduction of stress and tension and a return to homeostasis, the body's natural state of balance. Most sessions last for thirty to forty minutes.
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