Reflexology benefits are holistic – body, mind, and spirit all benefit. Reflexology is an excellent complement to traditional medical care. Reflexology is gaining more visibility and acceptance in medical settings.
- Improves circulation
- Normalizes gland functions
- Remove toxins from the body
- Pain management
- Strengthens immune system
- Revitalizes energy
- Promotes restful sleep
- Promotes overall well being
- Provides nurturing touch
The healing art of Reflexology works from the inside out to restore wholeness to the body. Reflexology is believed to work on many levels. Among the theories are:
- Nerve Impulses - Parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system. Reflexology works through the nerve endings to relax and calm the body. Manual pressure applied to the feet or hands stimulate the nerve endings through the neural pathways to the central nervous system and back.
- TCM Meridian Theory (Chi or Ki) - energy pathways are stimulated during Reflexology, helping to clear blockages along these channels.
- Gate Control and Endorphin release - for pain management.
- The intrinsic need for nurturing human touch - to give a sense of overall well-being and improve the quality of life.
The beauty of Reflexology is that it is safe for just about anyone. Young and old can benefit. It is important that you seek the services of a qualified practitioner. Your practitioner will take a brief health history upon your first visit, discuss your health goals, and suggest a plan of therapy. Generally, a full session lasts about 1 hour. For very young, elderly, those in frail health, the sessions are shorter and a lighter touch is used. There are some contraindications where Reflexology should not be considered, or to be used with extreme caution - among those are:
Families can use Reflexology as a means to comfort, bond, and communicate with each other. Visit our Calendar of Events page to find Introductory Reflexology classes in your community. Introductory classes will give you an overview of Reflexology and some hands on techniques you can use on yourself and your family members.
- Infections of the foot or contagous illness.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis, Severe Edema.
- High-Risk pregnancy or history of miscarriage.
- Trauma to the feet (broken bones, open sores or wounds, osteoporosis).
- Any serious health condition – consult your physician.
- Error on the side of caution, if not sure.
There have been many recent studies to validate the effectiveness of Reflexology in the U.S. and around the world. China, Denmark, Japan, and Great Britain, for example, are a few countries where Reflexology is widely used as an accepted form of medical treatment. Some recent studies include:
- One of the first published studies in Obstetric and Gynecology Journal for Premenstral Symptoms (PMS) by Bill Flocco of the American Academy of Reflexology.
- East Carolina University School of Nursing – Has conducted controlled studies using Reflexology.
- Other topics of study include: Reflexology in the workplace, Diabetes, Oncology, Birthing, Post-op Cardiology, Asthma, Multiple Sclerosis, Lower Back Pain and Mental Health.
- A 1998 study by the American Cancer Society showed that 1/3 of cancer patients have used Reflexology as an alternative therapy.
- Visit our Reflexology Footnotes page often to view current articles on the benefits and effectiveness of the healing art of Reflexology.
- For more information on Reflexology research, visit: www.reflexology-research.com
Frequency of visits depends on the health and wellness goals of the client. Clients with chronic conditions can benefit from bi-weekly or weekly sessions. Usually, the time between visits increases, as the body begins to regain a state of natural balance and vitality. Monthly visits can help keep stress in check and build immunity. The duration of each session depends on the age, and condition of the client. As a rule of thumb, sessions are shorter for elderly, very young or frailer persons.
Locate a professional practitioner by visiting our Practitioners Referral List on this website. RACT Professional Level II practitioners have successfully completed Reflexology training at an approved Reflexology School. Study includes: a minimum 110 hours of clinical hands-on practice and documented case studies. Minimum of 48 hours of classroom studies in Anatomy and Physiology, Business Practices and Ethics, Documentation, Reflexology Theory, and History of Reflexology. Testing encompasses – written and practical examinations, and proof of 110 hours documented case studies. RACT Professional Level I practitioners have achieved National Certification by an independent, non-profit testing agency, such as ARCB – American Reflexology Certification Board. Testing involves additional 90 hours of documented case studies, and written and practical examinations.
Many people confuse Reflexology with Massage. There are many differences between these two modalities – each having its own strengths, application, techniques and educational requirements, for example. Massage is performed to the soft tissues of the body. Reflexology is performed on the feet, hands or ears. Only shoes and socks are removed. Massage and Reflexology have different bodies of knowledge, training, certification, and legal boundaries. Reflexologists are not subject to current Massage laws in the State of Connecticut. Reflexologists stay within their scope of practice and adhere to RACT Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.