By Kris Anderegg, Reflexologist
Reflexology is an ancient therapy that has been used around the world for thousands of years. It can be traced back to ancient Egypt, China, India, Japan, and Korea. Today Reflexology is used in the healthcare systems of many countries including Great Britain, China, South Africa, Denmark and the United States.
Reflexology is described by many people as hand or foot massage, but actually it is not a massage at all. Reflexology is a therapy in which the reflexologist applies varying degrees of pressure, using different thumb, finger and hand techniques on specific areas of the feet, hands or ears in order to stimulate nerve endings and reflex points for the entire body (organs, glands and body parts). When stimulating these nerve endings it helps to improve nerve function in the whole body, to improve circulation, and to detoxify the body. In general, reflexology brings the body into balance so it can work better.
Each reflexology session is customized for the recipient. A health history is taken so the reflexologist can focus on the areas that will benefit that person the most. This will help each person to get the maximum benefit from their session. Reflexology is not a cure-all, a reflexologist does not diagnose but instead work with doctors to help alleviate the symptoms of many conditions. Reflexology has very few side effects and can be integrated with your medical care to help you have an optimal quality of life.
Reflexology is a therapy that builds upon itself. You may receive your first session and feel relief from your particular problem, but normally it takes a few sessions to feel the effects of reflexology, and regular maintenance sessions are recommended.
Reflexology can help relieve the symptoms of many acute and chronic conditions such as pain, arthritis, anxiety, migraines/headaches, fibromyalgia, depression, diabetes, neuropathy, Parkinsons, allergies & sinus, high blood pressure, lymphedema, constipation, edema, insomnia, stress and more…
Reflexology can also be used to stay healthy. It decreases stress and can also help to boost your immune system. When the reflexologist works on you, they normally work entirely both hands or feet or ears and then go back and focus on the areas that are problem areas for that person.
I have been trained in Feet and Hand Reflexology, Ear Reflexology, Face Reflexology, and Reflexology Lymph Drainage (this therapy was developed to help women who suffer from lymphedema after breast cancer, but has also been found to be helpful in alleviating some of the symptoms of arthritis and fibromyalgia). Always check with your physician before starting any new therapy.