March 12, 2011

088 Reflexology [8 November 2010]

Ingham Method of Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive healing art that is based on the principle that there are reflex points in the hands, feet and ears corresponding to every part, organ and gland of the body. The physical image of the body is mapped onto the feet in logical, anatomical pattern; the toes represent the head, the ball of the foot to the heel corresponds to the internal organs and the heel of the foot corresponds to the pelvic region of our body. Through systematic pressure and stimulation of these reflexes, the body is assisted to return to natural functioning.

Reflexology reduces stress automatically during a session, causing chemical changes to occur at the cellular level throughout the body. It relieves tension, improves circulation, opens the flow in blocked nerves and helps promote the natural healing of the body. Using the feet the whole body is treated rather than a specific condition.

Reflexology helps to balance the physical, mental and emotional aspects of your whole body. If an organ or gland is underactive or overactive, it can help return it to a normal level. This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace, often counteracting a lifetime of misuse.

Thai Foot Reflexology is a delightful treatment for the lower legs and feet that originated in Thailand about 2000 years ago. It incorporates elements of Japanese shiatsu, Chinese reflexology, Chinese tuina and Ayurvedic yoga, and utilizes stretching, massage, thumb-walking and a special wooden stick to stimulate the reflex points. Thai foot reflexology seeks to restore balance to the body/mind through the reflexes of the feet and lower legs that are linked to the body’s 72,000 energy meridians (sen).

Benefits of Thai reflexology are improved circulation as well as lymphatic drainage, a natural detoxification, boost for the immune system, improved flexibility, better sleep, relief from stress, and improved mood and mental clarity. Thai foot reflexology and Thai massage are considered energy-work rather than bodywork – a session will free up blocked energy within the body’s sen lines to produce a deep and unique feeling of balance, relaxation and well-being.

This week’s column is by Elaine Ogenchuk, a Certified Reflexologist who practices in Rosetown and Outlook. This article is intended for educational purposes only; for medical advice consult your licensed health practitioner.

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