Reflexology Is Open To Non-licensed and Licensed Therapists
Reflexology is an ancient alternative therapy that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands, which correspond to all of the glands, organs, and parts of the body. Pressure can be applied to these specific areas by massage therapists, physical therapists, and chiropractors, among others, with the idea that pressure applied to these areas will stimulate the body to heal itself utilizing natural energetic pathways. Reflexology can work alongside conventional Western medicine to promote healing as well as to increase vitality and improve well-being.
In addition to boosting the body's natural ability to heal itself, a reflexology treatment can also have the benefit of stimulating circulation, reducing stress, promoting relaxation, and reducing pain. Several studies funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. In addition, the same studies also show that reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of cancer patients. This stimulation of the body's natural ability to heal itself promotes active healing in persons with ill health, and can serve as a type of "preventative maintenance" for healthier individuals.
Reflexology therapists use charts to guide them as they apply pressure to and massage the specific areas of the foot or the hand. Specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques are used to achieve optimal therapeutic results. Because the feet and hands set the tension level for the rest of the body, applying focused pressure to specific areas can interrupt stress signals and reset homeostasis, the body's sought after state of equilibrium. Reflexology is generally relaxing, and can be an effective way to relieve stress.
Massage therapists can easily incorporate reflexology into a full-body massage or it can be done as a stand-alone service, giving practitioners options in their therapeutic application of reflexology techniques. Learning reflexology is a great way to diversify and enrich your practice, through adding this ancient and effective technique to your healing tool kit.
On Sunday April 3, Sherry Manes will be at the Healing Arts Center to teach an introductory course on reflexology (9am - 6pm). Participants will do an introductory study of the reflex points on the hands and feet in relation to where these points can be found on the body, and review the bones and muscles of the hands and feet.
Intro to Reflexology
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