What is reflexology?
Reflexology is based on the premise that there are zones and reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all body parts. Reflexology is the physical act of applying specific pressures using thumb, finger and hand techniques, performed without oils, lotions or creams, resulting in stress reduction and causing a physiological change in the body.
The therapy involves the application of pressure to specific areas of the feet, which contain over 7000 nerve endings. The treatment can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium and encourage healing. Each area of the foot corresponds to the rest of your body almost as a mirror. The trained hands of a Spa Shiki therapist “reads” those areas, detecting signs of stress, tension and disorder throughout the body via careful attention to the feet. The stimulation of a reflex point, which the therapist notes as in a state of stress or disharmony, brings balance to the corresponding area of the body, such as the head or the lungs.
What is a foot reflexology treatment like?
For this treatment, the guest lies comfortably in a private massage room. Beginning with the right foot, a Spa Shiki massage therapist specially trained in reflexology will stimulate reflex points on each point, using a specific technique and form. The pressure applied varies with each guest. The experience can be different for each person, but most often is pleasant and soothing, inducing a feeling of well-being and relaxation.
What are the benefits of reflexology?
Reflexology treats the whole body, not just a symptom of disease, in order to restore balance. The therapy is safe for all ages and can bring relief to a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. Reflexology helps to normalize body functions naturally. Generating deep, tranquil relaxation, a Spa Shiki reflexology treatment relaxes the stress that can negatively affect your health. Stress and tension tighten up the cardiovascular system and restrict blood flow. Circulation becomes sluggish. By reducing stress and tension, reflexology allows the cardiovascular vessels to conduct the flow of blood naturally and easily, carrying oxygen and nutrients to all the cells in the body and removing wasted products and toxins.
More on Reflexology
When mankind went barefoot, walking on sand or uneven ground was a partial reflexology treatment.
Ancient civilizations in India, China, Egypt, and others practiced reflexology thousands of years ago.
When we put on shoes we lost direct contact with the earth and were no longer grounded to it. We lost the natural exchange between the body’s electrical currents and those of the earth.
In 1913, reflexology was brought to the Western world. Dr. Wm. Fitzgerald, an M.D. in Connecticut, was using “Zone Therapy” to deaden pain in some parts of the body.
Nervous people pace back and forth; wring their hands, rub hands together; bite their nails and some even handle worry beads and/or rocks. Unknowingly they are relieving tensions by working the reflexes.
Disease is created by stress. Stress is removed with reflexology, thereby aiding optimal health.