The body electric! Electricity or energy is what powers the body during all of its physical, emotional and intellectual processes. The Chinese have defined a set of “energy” pathways called meridians and have for centuries used these pathways to treat various illnesses and imbalances of the body.
Reflexology (as well as acupuncture and acupressure) uses these energy pathways to create harmony, restore balance and heal the human body.Reflexology operates on the scientific principle of reflex points. A reflex is an involuntary response to a stimulus. Simply put, the hands and feet have points on them which when stimulated create an involuntary response in other parts of the body via energy pathways.
For example, gentle manipulation of the tip of the toes corresponds to a reflex point in the head and brain. Or, the reflex point in the palm of the hand corresponds to a stomach reflex point.Thus by applying small purposeful movements and pressure to the hands and feet, the entire body can be affected. To find out more about Reflexology visit www.reflexology-usa.org. Reflexology is thought to:
Benefits of Reflexology:
• Relieve stress and tension
• Improve circulation and lymphatic flow
• Gently creates balance in a hyperactive or sluggish system
• Boost immune system
• Unblock nerve impulse pathways
• Increases flexibility in feet and ankles
• Promotes proper postures
• Aids in elimination of body waste
Melissa Jarufe, LMT