Reflexology, or Zone Therapy, is an alternative medicine involving the physical act of applying pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of
oil or lotion. It is based on what reflexologists claim to be a system of zones and reflex areas that they say reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical and emotional change to the body.
What to Expect
The practitioner may choose to work only on the feet, or the hands, or the ears, depending on your specific issues. Some problems respond better to work on the feet, others to work on the hands; yet others respond better to the reinforcement of work on all three – hands, ears and feet.
If the reflexologist chooses to work on your feet, you will lie or sit down, remaining fully clothed except for your shoes and socks. The practitioner may wash your feet and soak them in warm water, then position them at his or her chest level.
The practitioner will begin by assessing your feet for open wounds, rashes, sores, plantar warts or bunions and will ask you about any foot or leg pain that could hinder treatment. Generally a session lasts between 30-60 minutes. You can rest or talk during the session at your discretion. If you fall asleep during the session, you will still receive the benefits of the treatment. Feedback during the session is encouraged, and of course, you can request that the session stop at any time.
The Complete Guide to Reflexology by Ruth Hull
Energy Medicine by Donna Eden
La Stone Therapy Manual by Mary Nelson
An Introductory Guide to Reflexology by Louise Tucker
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Better Health with Foot Reflexology by Dwight C Byers
Reflexology The Definitive Practitioners Manual by Beryl Crane
The Reflexology Handbook by Laura Norman