What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a non intrusive complementary health therapy that has the ability to stimulate the body’s own healing powers. It is a modern science and art which deals with the long-established principle that there are energy zones which run throughout the body and reflex areas in the hands and feet, that are associated with or connected to all the various systems, organs and glands of the body. It is the belief that the body is divided into ten vertical energy zones, and the correct application of therapy to a single zone will influence every part of the body within that zone. For more information on Reflexology points click on the interactive AoR foot map.
Benefits of Reflexology
Potential benefits of Reflexology are believed to include:
If you have been ill or injured, under stress, or if you are suffering from a chronic condition, your body will be in a state of imbalance. Vital energy pathways will be blocked and, in short, your body will be unable to function efficiently. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium and encourage healing.
Hot Stone Reflexology
Hot stones can be incorporated into a Reflexology treatment to further enhance the benefits of the treatment. It is estimated that one stroke of a hot stone is worth five strokes with the hand. It is also believed to yield five times deeper and five times longer lasting effects compared to a 'normal' Reflexology session. The heat helps to relax the muscles in the feet allowing the therapist to work deeper into the reflex areas.
The stones are composed of basalt, a volcanic rock, which due to its high density retains heat well. Stones are firstly used to massage the lower legs (below the knees) relieving any tension in the calf muscles and helping to enhance energy flow. Smaller stones are then used to work the reflex areas and points of the feet. The heat from the stones quickly opens the reflex pathways bringing about a much deeper level of relaxation than Reflexology alone.
click on the interactive AoR foot map below.