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History at a Glance:
Some suggest that Reflexology had its origins in China some 4,000-5,000 yrs ago but no concrete proof has currently been provided. In Egypt on the other hand, a pictograph was unearthed dating back to 2,500-2330 BC. In the US, the most notorious of Reflexology practitioners are The Bear Clan from the Cherokee Tribe in North Carolina. They've been practicing for centuries. Some say that it was passed to them by the Incas in South America. Bottom line, this is not something new, and it works.
In closing we should add that there's a European and American influence as well. The European influence comes from two doctors, Dr. Adamus and Dr. A'tatis who wrote a book on zone therapy in 1582.
What does it Do?
There's little doubt that Reflexology has its roots in Acupressure and Chinese Meridian theory as they both emphasize the importance of the hands and feet as part of well being.
The emphasis in Reflexology lies in the fact that when working on the hands and feet, as shown in illustrations 2, 3 and the ear as shown in illustration 6 is the emphasis on the zones.
At our clinic, we use Reflexology as part of our overall treatment plan. It is incorporated into our general practice, along with acupressure.
Another important point that needs to be made is in regards to the bottom of your feet where you a have major gate that plays a part in receiving Qi from the earth. The other deals with the gates located in the palms of your hands. These are also important as they receive Qi from the ambient.
In Qigong theory, all 12 principal meridians are connected to a major organ on one end, and to a point on the hand or foot (Illustration 1).
Acupressure comes to play when working the acupoints shown in illustrations 4 and 5.
How Long is a Session?
Depending on the extent of the situation, a session can last approximately one hour. This includes pre and post treatment discussions.
Keep in mind, should we discover additional health issues, when we can,we will deal with those as part of your treatment
What to expect after a treatment Session?
Depending on the extent of your needs, at the end of the session, relief and the return of circulation to your hands and/or feet is usually the result.
The extent of how your relief, depends of course, on the extent of the initial reason for treatments.
Why Choose Us?
Because of our experience and whole body approach, we don't just treat a certain area of the body and ignore the potential or affect one area has on another.
Should your foot pain for example, be the result of another injury of health concern (Diabetes for example), we will take the necessary steps and include additional treatments in order to address the major issue.
Reflexology for Preventive and General Wellness
Reflexology practiced for Preventive and General Wellness is recommended for everyone. Keeping your hands and feet healthy is paramount to offsetting illnesses.
Are there any Contraindications to Reflexology?
To the best of our knowledge, there is not! Because reflexology deals with the restoration of the natural circulation of Qi, there shouldn't be any issues.
Consult with your primary health provider.
The 12 Major Meridians
Hand Reflexology Zones
Feet Reflexology Zones
Ear Reflexology Zones