There are a lot of questions to why and how
reflexology works so well to help balance the body. While modern medicine has yet to pinpoint the
exact science to the reasons why exactly this therapy works there is quite a
bit of information discovered that could be part of the answer. Proprioception is one piece to the puzzle in
the theory of reflexology.
Proprioceptors are specialized sensory
receptors on nerve endings that provide information about where the body is in
space. They aid in judging body position
and changes in the locations of neighboring body parts in relation to one
Did you know that modern reflexology is actually based on an ancient form of foot and hand therapy? And by ancient, we are talking pretty old. While we don’t know exactly how or when reflexology first came to be practiced, the oldest evidence of foot and hand therapy dates back to Ancient Egypt. Ankhmahor, physician to the pharaoh, had foot and hand treatments portrayed in his tomb in a pictograph, which dated back to around 2330 B.C. That’s over 5,000 years ago! And not only Egypt, but also East Asia has ancient records dating back thousands of years.
As spring is approaching, wedding season is hastily
coming! Anyone who has been part of a wedding knows the anxious pre-wedding
jitters that can come with the big day.
The location is booked, the guests are invited, and the menu is
finalized. Still have that anxious feeling? Reflexology is the perfect pre-wedding
relaxing treatment to warm up those cold feet and calm wedding day jitters.
Reflexology lowers stress and brings the mind and body into a relaxed state.
It’s important to remember that remaining calm and relaxed helps you stay in
the moment of your special day. By allowing your mind and body to relax you can
enjoy the big day to the fullest. It
also helps soothe post wedding tired feet and fatigue.
Almost everyone has suffered
from headaches and can sympathize with how they can put a damper on your
day. Headaches can be triggered by a
number of different causes. Stress,
anxiety, lack of sleep, hormone imbalances, eyestrain, neck problems and sinus
congestion can all be factors for a headache. Reflexology can help alleviate
some or all of these symptoms! A
reflexology session may alleviate a headache by releasing tension around the
cervical spine, reducing stress, improving circulation and nerve function, and
assisting the body in maintaining homeostasis.
Stress, depression, and illness
can cause tension throughout the body.
Chronic tension in the body will inevitably cause a blockage of your
natural energy flow within the body. This can result in a state of physical and
mental imbalance. This imbalance can
cause you to have sleep disorders.
Reflexology can help! Reflexology
balances out the body by allowing energy to flow more smoothly and encourages
relaxation throughout the entire body. Deep relaxation helps prepare the mind
and body for sleep.
We all know that well known phrase, “There
is more joy in giving than receiving.”
Most of us were taught it as young children. However, how many of us were told this as
children, and yet we never felt that joy or happiness we were promised when we
had to share our toys? It’s funny now to watch a little kid being told to share
when they really don’t want to. Well,
now as an adult I am closer to understanding the true meaning of “the joy of
giving.” And I have reflexology to thank
While reflexology therapy has been around
for quite some time and is continuing to grow as a complementary therapy in the
medical field, I still find myself trying to explain to new friends and clients
what reflexology is, in a way that they can easily understand. So I thought I would break it down in a way that
is a little different than it is usually explained and hopefully it will be
easier to understand.
First let’s start with the definition of “reflex.” Reflex is described as an action that is
performed as a response to a stimulus and without conscious thought.
I often let my friends, family, and clients
know that reflexology induces a state of relaxation known as the alpha state. But what does that really mean and why do I
always let everyone know about it? Because
it’s an important part to staying and keeping healthy. It’s good for you and here’s why….
First, it’s important to understand how the
mind works at different frequency levels or brainwaves. There are four predominant brainwave states
that science uses to measure and categorize the frequency of our minds at a
given time: beta, alpha, theta, and delta.