Reflexology has been around since the days of the Ancient Egyptians and has been used for thousands of years. In the 1930s this almost forgotten art was reintroduced in England. Now with a resurgence of holistic practices reflexology is once again being taught to many people. If you have ever experienced reflexology you will realize it is not a passive modality.
Although the roots of reflexology go back to ancient Egypt and China, William H. Fitzgerald, an ear, nose, and throat doctor, introduced this concept of "zone therapy" in 1915. American physiotherapist Eunice Ingram further developed the zone theory in the 1930's into what is known as modern reflexology.
There is currently no regulation of reflexology in the United States. Your health care provider may be able to recommend a therapist. You may want to choose a therapist who has been certified by the American Reflexology Certification Board and has at least 200 hours of education at a recognized institution.
A typical treatment is 30 to 120 minutes long and begins with a health history form and consultation about your health and lifestyle. The reflexologist will use the information to customize the therapy.
Here is a short video demonstrating an evaluation for back and muscle pain.
The underlying theory behind reflexology is that there are certain points or "reflex areas" on the feet and hands that are connected energetically to specific organs and body parts through energy channels in the body also known as meridians. By applying pressure to these reflex areas, a reflexologist is said to remove energy blockages and promote health in the related body area. The reflexologist applies firm pressure to the feet. Some areas may be tender or sore, and he may spend extra time on these points. The soreness should decrease with pressure.
The reflexologist will assess the feet and stimulate various points to identify areas of tenderness or tension. Brisk movements and massage may be used to warm the hands and feet. Finger or thumb pressure is then applied to the foot using reflexology techniques. Lotion or oil may be used, and the reflexologist may also use instruments like balls, brushes, and dowels.
Body Reflexology / Shiatsu
Shiatsu strives first of all to prevent illness and, by enhancing self curative energies, in order for the body to develop restistance to sickness. The body has five rivers of energy on each side of the body called meridians and along these you will find the Chakras. When the energy does not flow in a balanced form these are referred to as energy blocks.
Polarity / Quigong / Reiki
Polarity Therapy is the art and science of stimulating and balancing the flow of life energy within the human being. The human body is an energy system like a battery or magnet. It has positive, negative and neutral poles and currents of energy that flow through them. Polarity Therapy concerns itself with the flow of a very subtle high-frequency energy which in the East is called prana or chi, but which is perhaps best referred to in this context as life-energy.
The 7 Chakras are the energy centres in our body. Chakra Balancing improves your health and well-being, physically, emotionally and mentally. It enables you to be more present in the world. Charkras are energy centres located along the spine from its base to the crown of the head. Our meridians are energy pathways which flow through the chakras bringing its life force energy around the body. The 7 chakras spin generating the patterns of the auric field.