Reflexology of the feet is both a science and an art: it requires careful study, faithful practice and sound knowledge of the techniques and skill. It's a healing art that produces the best results when worked with dedication, patience, focused intention and above all, loving care. The feet mirror the body. In general, a reflexology treatment is about relaxation and using specific techniques in a methodical sequence on the reflex points located in the feet that affect corresponding parts of the body and can breakdown patterns of stress and pain throughout the body.
Prior to the treatment, the practitioner will sit with the client and obtain a health history to ensure that reflexology is an appropriate treatment, and to determine the treatment goals. During the treatment, the client is lying in a reclined position and the practitioner is feeling for temperature changes, tension, tenderness and deposits. When any "abnormalities" are found, the objective is to work out the dysfunction through a variety of hand techniques that are designed to restore normal function. This is not to suggest that reflexology is a cure-all; however, the reflex points of the feet share an accurate depiction of what is going on in the body, and the treatment can contribute to the client's health and wellness.
Reflexology may sound like a newly discovered treatment; however, it's quite the opposite. Some of the first treatments were documented in ancient Egypt dating back to 2300 b.c. and the practice traveled throughout the ancient world and further documentation was found in Japan dating to 690 a.d. As a result, the roots of this practice have run through many cultures and through several ages.
Where reflexology is concerned: People with bone fractures in feet, Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot), athlete's foot or open wounds should not schedule reflexology appointments. Please check with your doctor before scheduling an appointment.