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What is Reflexology?
It is an art of stress reduction based on the work of two American Physicians, Dr. William Fitzgerald and Dr. Joe Shelby Riley in the 1920’s. Foot and Hand Reflexology is a scientific art based on the premise that there are zones and reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all body parts. The physical act of applying specific pressures using thumb, finger and hand techniques result in stress reduction which causes a physiological change in the body.

What are the benefits of Reflexology?
Many of our health problems can be linked to stress. Reflexology is primarily a relaxation technique. Reflexology can negate the effects of stress while it helps the body relax. Through relaxation the body is able to help itself deal with any problem it may be experiencing.

How does Reflexology help relieve stress?
Reflexology gently nudges the body towards better functioning by improving lymphatic drainage, circulation, breaking down calcification between nerve pathways and muscle relaxation.

What ailments does Reflexology help?
Reflexologists do not practice medicine in any form. They do not diagnose any medical disorder. Nor do they prescribe or adjust medications. Reflexology is not a substitute for medical treatment, but is a complement to any type of medical treatment or therapy. Though any serious reaction to a reflexology session is rare there are situations where the use of reflexology in not appropriate. The professional reflexolgist always uses discretion when working on chronic and/or degenerative diseases.

Is Reflexology painful?
No, Reflexology should not be painful because the primary goal is relaxation.

What does it mean when some areas are sensitive?
Sensitivity is an indicator of where the body is holding tension

Can the use of Reflexology guarantee good health?
Reflexology is not a panacea for all ills, nor can it guarantee good health. However it can be incorporated into an overall healthy lifestyle which includes attention to diet, moderate exercise and different forms of stress reduction.

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updated May 15, 2008

May 15, 2008