Learn about the natural health benefits of Reflexology & find an Reflexology practitioner/clinic in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to assist you further within New Zealand.
Fact: Reflexology was known as ‘Zone Therapy’ until the early 1960's.
Founded By: Dr. William H. Fitzgerald, United States in 1915.
Therapy Type: Energy Healing
WHAT EXACTLY IS REFLEXOLOGY?
Reflexology is the technique of applying pressure to specific areas, called reflex points, on the soles of the feet to relieve ailments in other parts of the body. According to reflexologists, the body is divided into zones, which are mirrored in the feet and hands. Areas of the feet correspond with regions of the body, by massaging these parts of the foot, the therapist encourages, the healing process within the corresponding area of the body.
Reflexologists believe vital energy flows along channels from the feet to the organs of the body and that diseases are caused by blockages to this energy flow. The therapist by invigorating the reflex points upon the hands or feet are able to eliminate blockages, which are present. This theory is similar to that of traditional Chinese medicine, where pressure points are stimulated to improve the flow of qi (energy) to distant parts of the body.
Endorphins, which are a chemically natural pain killer for the body, are thought to be released, within the brain, when certain areas of the feet are stimulated. It has been proposed that reflexology opens blood vessels and increases circulation, through the relaxing effect of the therapy.
Although it is not a cure for medical conditions or diseases, reflexology is used as a therapeutic treatment for a full range of conditions, including back pain, sports injuries, migraines and arthritis. Treatment is also known to be particularly helpful for a wide range of stress-related conditions.
GPs and other health care professionals recognise reflexology as an effective therapeutic treatment and recommend it to their patients as a supplement to medical care.
Reflexology may benefit the following physical and mental conditions
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM REFLEXOLOGY SESSIONS
Sessions typically last between 30 minutes and 1 hour. You should expect the first session to be longer as your therapist will ask you about your medical history along with other relevant health and lifestyle details.
The treatment will commence once you have removed your shoes and socks and are comfortably reclined on a padded chair. The therapist inspects your feet and will softly begin massaging them by using a lotion or talcum powder. This technique prepares the feet for the reflexology treatment. Throughout the treatment the reflexologist will notice and observe any particular areas of pressure or strain, which in turn highlights a problem within the corresponding part of the body. The therapy encompasses various types of pressure, which is applied to the foot by the therapist using both hands, repeating the techniques over certain areas of the feet that show instability.
During treatment, it is common to experience some tenderness or discomfort but not pain as this can reduce the benefits of the session. You should tell your reflexologist if and when you feel anything that is sore, tender or sharp as they will be able to work this area to help rectify any problems.
Prior to undertaking reflexology treatment consult with your GP, particular if you suffer with thrombosis, blood clot, a foot injury, ulcer or any other vascular issues within your lower legs. Some people will feel sleepy or tired after their session while others will be relaxed and energized by the treatment. Frequently many people often experience more regular bowel movements and urination for a few days following the session. It’s advisable to drink plenty of water and allow time for the body to rest or cleanse after the session. The number of treatments varies and is determined by the nature of your condition although a weekly session for 6 to 8 weeks is a standard recommendation.
Most people find Reflexology deeply relaxing and enjoy the release of tension and pain throughout the body. It is also extremely safe and effective when carried out by a qualified therapist. It is wise to carry out some research and select a member of, or accredited by, an association or professional body such as Reflexology New Zealand (RNZ). Reflexologists are obligated to a code of ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment. These regulations also guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.
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