What is reflexology? I was recently asked to write about what it is and how it can benefit you? The standard definition is a non-invasive, complementary modality (therapy) involving the use of thumb and finger techniques to apply alternating pressure to reflexes shown on reflex maps of the body located on the feet, hands, and outer ears. Reflexology reduces stress and induces deep relaxation. It improves circulation, cleanses the body of toxins and impurities and balances the body creating homeostasis. It revitalizes the body and is used as preventive self-care. It also stimulates creativity and productivity. Reflexology is a relaxing therapy that can be used alone, as a complement to, or in conjunction with integrative healthcare therapies.
Okay, so that is what reflexology is as the standard definition. Now I am going to tell you what I see and do when I am working with a client.
Before you arrive, I prepare the space ahead of time tuning into your energy. I prepare the space by clearing the energy using sage. Often times I ‘ll spritz the room with my Always Love aromatherapy spray. And then I’ll sit and meditate and say a prayer.
When you arrive you’ll fill out some paperwork, I’ll explain what reflexology is in a little more detail and then we’ll discuss what it is you’d like to achieve during our session together. Some of the things that you could experience are relaxation, stress relief, pain relief and healing.
One thing to remember is that your feet represent your past up to the very moment you lay down on the table. Everywhere you have walked or everything you have been through in your life is reflected in your feet. Because I am an intuitive reflexologist I will provide you with a very relaxing session and I’ll tune into your energy to assist you with your goals and hold space for you to release energy in a healthy way.
As you enter the room you’ll notice that the room is softly lit. You’ll hear the sounds of relaxing music and of water running over stones. You’ll lie on the table on top of a Bio-Mat that is warm and relaxing. The Bio-Mat is an infrared healing mat. It puts off negative ions and deep heats the tissues. The Bio-Mat is filled with amethyst crystals that clear your aura and produces a healing environment.
As I begin I look at your feet I am looking for skin color changes, calluses and dry areas. I feel for changes in the skin, bumps, crackles and soft or hard places. Each area of the foot represents a part of your body and your chakras. You have energy or meridian lines in your feet that correspond with different parts of your body. All of the areas in your feet should have a certain feel or look to them that represent health. If the skin is discolored, red or hot it can represent dis-ease in the body, mind or spirit. If there are hardened or mushy spots in the feet they also represent dis-ease. Next I’ll begin to warm the tissue of your feet and stimulate blood flow. I’ll ask you if you to tell me if you feel any pain or discomfort. While stimulating this area with acupressure I will activate homeostasis. What this does is send a message to your system to look for imbalances that may be present. Once your body recognizes the imbalance it will rebalance itself.
Once the session is complete we will meet in the “Welcome” room to discuss any questions you may have and I’ll explain how your body may be feeling over the next few days.
So, there you have it. An insider’s view of what it looks like when I facilitate a reflexology session. I love doing this work. I do work in the healthcare field but I don’t have a lot of opportunity to do much hands on care. One of the many reasons I became a reflexologist was to give myself the vehicle to work hands on with clients to help them heal in mind, body and spirit.
Editor’s Note from Robin: I have had sessions with Ginger and she is really is a gifted healer. Ginger has been a practitioner at Ladies Healing Day and the ladies love having sessions with her.
Ginger has over 200 hours of training in Western and Eastern Reflexology of the feet, hands and face. She is also trained in Auricular Therapy (accupressure on the ears). She is a Clinical Aromatherapist with training in both Foundations and Ayurvedic Aromatherapy. Ginger incorporates aromatherapy into her practice and also makes personal blends on request. Her background in the medical field, intensive training in Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Western Herbalism permits her to have a different approach. Ginger’s office is located in Glendale, Arizona. You can reach her at 623-476-1861 and you can learn more about her by visiting her website.