Reflexology is a complementary therapy. Reflexology is generally carried out on the feet. According to one theory, patterns of stress can be broken up in other parts of the body through the 7200 nerves in the feet by applying appropriate technique. Another theory is that the body contains an energy field, invisible vital life force (Qi). Similarly, blockages of this life force are reflected through the feet, hands and ears in the form of lumps. Some other theories try to explain the release of endorphins in the body, stimulation of nerve circuits in the body, promotion of lymphatic flow etc.
A therapist will sanitize the feet before beginning the treatment. This is followed by application of oil or powder with some specific relaxation techniques and then the reflexology techniques are applied. Throughout the course of treatment, the therapist will observe any imbalances reflected in the foot. The components for treatment may comprise of soft music, essential oils and soft lighting. A good therapist always tries to create an atmosphere that will relax and nurture a patient. The number and frequency of treatments are decided by the therapist.
New approaches and techniques are rapidly evolving as therapists around the world develop and share their experiences and clinical findings together.
The Rwo Shur Method
The Rwo Shur method of reflexology is practiced in many parts of Asia. The pressure applied is very firm and the therapist uses a cream to allow a fast, efficient, free flowing motion.
The focus of the therapist is on relaxation and balancing the body systems. The therapist works always within the pain tolerance level of the patient.
In the recent years, therapists continuously are discovering the ways of influencing and balancing the quiet energies of the body through the feet and hands. More and more, acupressure points and concepts relating to energy therapies are being used within reflexology. Reactions to reflexology are demonstrated during treatment are feeling of relaxation, comfort, or wellbeing, yawning, tiredness, tingling sensations, slightly reduced body temperature and after the treatment - Reduced stress, feelings of deep relaxation, improved circulation, the body being in a dynamic state of balance and revitalized personal energy.