relieves pain by stimulating predefined pressure points on the feet and hands. This controlled pressure alleviates the source of the discomfort. It is also effective in promoting good health and for preventing illness and relieving symptoms of stress, injury and illness.

Reflexologists work on predefined pressure points that are located on the hands and feet. These points connect directly through the nervous system and affect the bodily organs and glands. By means of this touching therapy, any part of the body that is the source of pain, illness, or potential debility can be strengthened through the application of pressure at the correct foot or hand location.

Prior to a reflexology treatment, the therapist and patient would typically have a preliminary discussion prior to therapy, to enable the therapist to focus more accurately on the patient's specific complaints and to determine the appropriate pressure points for treatment.

A session normally involves pressure most commonly administered on the foot for approximately 40–45 minutes. This may be followed by a brief 15-minute hand therapy session. No artificial devices or special equipment are used. The human hand being the primary tool used. The therapist applies controlled pressure with the thumb and forefinger, generally working toward the heel of the foot or the outer palm of the hand.  Reflexology is not massage and it is not a substitute for medical treatment.

Reflexology is a complex system that identifies and addresses the mass of 7,000 nerve endings contained in the foot. (and nerves in the hand.) It’s a completely natural therapy that affords relief without the use of drugs. The Reflexology Association of America (RAA) formally discourages the use of oils or other preparations in performing this hands-on therapy.

Although its origins are not well documented, the concepts of reflexology have been traced to pre-dynastic China (possibly as early as 3000 B.C.) and to ancient Indian medicine.


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