Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears. Reflexologists believe that these areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them has a beneficial effect on the organs and person’s general health.
Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure health disorders, millions of people around the world use it to complement other treatments when addressing conditions like anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, headaches, kidney function, PMS, and sinusitis.
Where are the reflexology points and areas?
In reflexology theory, points and areas on the feet, hands, and ears correspond to specific organs, bones and body systems. Practitioners access these points on the feet and hands (bottom, sides, and top) and the ear (both inside as far as the finger can reach and outside) to affect organs and systems throughout the entire body.
Maps of reflex points have been passed amongst practitioners across the globe. Understandably, there is no agreement among all reflexologists on all points; however, general agreement does exist on major reflex points. Some scientific documentation of linkages between the skin and internal organs also exists.
To represent how the body systems correspond to. one another, reflexologists use reflexology ‘maps’. A good example of a reflexology map exists for the feet. Each foot represents a vertical half of the body:
- The left foot corresponds to the left side of the body and all organs, valves, etc. of that side are found there.
- The right foot corresponds to the right side of the body and all organs of that side are found there. For example, the liver is on the right side of the body, and therefore the corresponding reflex area is on the right foot.
Whatever the specific technique, reflexology theory holds that the practitioner is working to release congestion or stress in the nervous system and balance the body’s energy.
Benefits of Reflexology
- It stimulates nerve function, relieves pam
- Boosts circulation & increases energy
- Induces a deep state of relaxation
- Eliminates toxins
- Stimulates the central nervous system.
- Prevents migraines.
- Cleans up urinary tract conditions.
- Speeds up recovery after injury / surg
- Helps relieve sleep disorders.
- Reduces depression.
Furthermore, it can help ease the treatment of various cancers and even may soothe the pains of pregnancy, including those occurring after the baby is born.
Reflexology at JNI
Reflexology track at JNI is a good example of an ideal track. It has 3 circles in it.
First is a pebble track. Walk slowly on this track for one round.
The second a sand track. Walk on the dry sand next for two rounds.
Third round is hot and cold water track. Three times alternatively hot and cold water track are to be walked through. Walk very slowly, spending 1 minute in hot water and 15 seconds in cold water track placed in rows, taking 3 minutes 45 seconds for one round. Walk for 3 rounds.
Feel the pressure and water temperature consciously while walking, taking more care of the tender points on the feet.