Adrienne C. Caldwell, Bodyworker & Teacher

Rebalance, Renew, Rebloom

Reflexology

 

Reflexology:  Balancing Mind and Body through Relaxation

Frequently asked questions about Reflexology:
What is reflexology?
What does reflexology do?
Is reflexology safe?
How is reflexology different from massage?
How long is a reflexology session?
May I try reflexology with my massage?

What is reflexology?
Reflexology is an ancient art and science dating back to prehistory.  It is thought to have originated in China, India, and Africa simultaneously.  Reflexology evolved through history in the area of neurological study.  It arrived in the United States with Dr. William Fitagerald who developed zone therapy techniques that are grounded in neurology.  Eunice Ingham further honed the zone therapy into what we practice as reflexology today.  Her nephew, Dwight Byers, continues her practice and teachings through the International Institute of Reflexology.  

The techniques of reflexology involve specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques that apply alternating pressure to the feet, hands, or ears.  This is based on the premise that each of these areas reflect a map of the body.  For example, in the feet - the head is reflected in the toes, the chest in the ball of the foot, the abdomen in the arch of the foot, and the pelvis in the heel.  
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What does reflexology do?
The first and foremost effect of reflexology is deep relaxation.  With deep relaxation, stress levels drop.    Through a deep state of relaxation the body is able to begin the process of rebalancing itself.  Regular application of reflexology has been shown to reduce pain, help sleep disorders, and eliminate symptoms of chronic disorders. 
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Is reflexology safe?
Yes, most of the time.  There are few circumstances where reflexology is absolutely contraindicated.  If you have a chronic or life limiting condition a release from your primary care provider will be required. If you are unsure about your situation please contact Adrienne and we can discuss your case.
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How is reflexology different from massage?

  1. The work is isolated to your hands, feet, or ears.
  2. You only need to remove shoes, socks, and jewelry.
  3. The technique application is not rubbing and kneading.  It is alternating pressure and relaxation techniques combined to create deep relaxation.
  4. The history and body of knowledge are separate from massage.
  5. Reflexology and Massage have separate professional training and federal recognition. 

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How long is a reflexology session?
The session can last as long as 60 minutes.  
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May I try reflexology with my massage?
Yes, absolutely!  Reflexology integrates very well with massage and bodywork.  We can put a sample anywhere in your massage session so you may get a taste and decide if you would like a full length session of reflexology at a later appointment.
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