Reflexology does not discriminate. There are no boundaries or limitations. People of any age or gender – the elderly, women, men, teenagers, children and babies – can derive positive benefits from reflexology. Elderly people with no specific complaint will benefit from a couple courses of Reflexology treatment a year to keep bodily functions toned. Results are also good with children and babies because their bodies are highly receptive to therapeutic stimuli. Reflexology has proved itself to be effective, but because no two people are the same, what may be of great benefit for one person may have not the same results for another. Because Reflexology treatment reaches the receiver on several levels – physical, mental and spiritual – it can only be of benefit.
Dating back as early as 2330 B.C., Egyptian cultures used Reflexology as a method of helping the body to normalize. As we know it today, Reflexology is based on Zone Therapy research which was developed by Dr. William Fitzgerald in the early 1900’s. In the 1930’s physiologist, Eunice Ingham, built upon the Zone Therapy theory. Working with Joseph Riley, M.D., she had the opportunity to work on the reflexes of hundreds of patients over the years and developed the art and science of Reflexology as it is known today.
Reflexology is NOT a "Foot Rub" or "Foot Massage"...it is a totally different modality that works on the neural pathways of the body. The Reflexology practitioner is not a doctor, cannot treat for any specific condition or illness, claims no cures, diagnoses no cases and prescribes no medicines. Reflexology can help many health problems in a natural way and many find relief through Reflexology where other treatments have failed. Reflexology brings the body into balance for enhanced healing in every area. It is a fast and easy way to gain lasting results from chronic pain.
Tenderness can be the result of any number of things which are either currently affecting the body, or which happened in the past such as:
As a Certified Reflexologist, my goal is to work within the client’s individual comfort level. A light touch/pressure can be just as effective as a firm. I encourage my clients to give me feedback on which areas are tender and it is critical for the client to be forthcoming with this feedback for three reasons:
A light touch is always best for the elderly or anyone in poor health or recuperating from surgery. Normally the more a tender area is reflexed, the less sensitive it becomes.
Several health responses may occur. Some may take place during the session…others after. Reflexology releases and throws off lots of toxins. Reactions which occur between sessions usually last only a day or two and indicate the body is returning to a state of homeostases (balance). Some of the most common complaints are:
Possible Contraindications might be: