Reflexology is said to have its origins in ancient Egypt and China. It assists the body
in its natural, inborn ability to heal itself through touch. It is a holistic therapy of
healing that looks at the person as a whole – body, mind, and spirit. Illness and poor
health are said to be a result of an imbalance in body, mind and spirit and simply not
just something physical. It is based on the understanding that when one system is
out of order, every other system is affected.
Every body part, system, gland, organ and function has its own reflex point in the
feet. For any number of reasons, an area of the body may be suffering from tension,
congestion, or inflammation due to a build-up of residue or toxins in one or more
vital areas of the body. By applying an alternating pressure, of the thumb and
sometimes fingers, to these specific reflex points, we can stimulate the
approximately 7,000 nerve endings. Reflex points can also be found in other
extremities such as the hands, ears, etc. Nevertheless, given the fact that our feet
have approximately 7,000 nerve endings, it provides an open pathway to healing,
making them an ideal and favorable area to work on.
Stress is said to be one of the most common causes of ill-health in today’s society,
negatively impacting our health on all levels – physically and mentally. We all seem
to be in a rush, and racing through life taking no time to “smell the roses” and enjoy
the moment. Consequently, this can leave us susceptible to any number of ailments.
What better way to stop, forget the outside world and build relaxation into our lives
than through reflexology? It is a natural approach to managing stress and
supporting a sense of wellbeing and calm.
It has shown to relieve many conditions/disorders of the body – circulatory,
digestive, hormonal, skin, urinary, musculoskeletal, lymphatic, nervous, respiratory,
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It aims to:
Improve nerve and blood supply
Enhance energy flow
Helps the body get rid of toxins and impurities
Breaks down tension in the body – resulting in a magnificent sense of
relaxation of the body, mind and spirit
These can, in turn, help boost our immune system and help the body to heal itself,
and help maintain a sense of balance within the body.
Reflexology is covered by a number of insurance companies across Canada.
Crane, B. (1997). Reflexology The Definitive Practitioner’s Manual. Shaftsbury,
Dorset: Element Books.
Gillanders, A. (2020). The Complete Reflexology Tutor. London, Great Britain:
Octopus Publishing Group Ltd.