Reflexology is a non-invasive complimentary healing therapy that applies the use of finger, thumb and hand techniques to mapped reflex points located on the hands and feet. These reflex points correspond to glands, organs and other parts of the body. It is a science that encourages the body to function better by balancing the systems of the body.
Modern day reflexology is largely based on the work of Dr. William Fitzgerald (the founder of Zone Therapy, 1917) and subsequently Eunice Ingham who built on Dr. Fitzgerald’s work by mapping reflexes on the feet (1938) in relation to the zones defined by Dr. Fitzgerald.
Other branches of reflexology history come from European physiological and psychological studies in the late 1800’s on the connection between stimulus and response. Some believe that reflexology started in China 5,000 years ago. But the oldest documentation showing the practice of reflexology is an Egyptian pictograph dated around 2330 B.C. that was found in the tomb of an Egyptian physician.
WHAT DOES IT TREAT?
Reflexology has numerous benefits: induces relaxation, helps reduce pain, increases circulation, eases symptoms of illness and disease, encourages the opening and clearing of nerve pathways, and increases flexibility of hands and feet.
Reflexologists never diagnose illness/disease, prescribe or adjust medications.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A typical reflexology session lasts between 30 to 60 minutes. At the first session you are given an explanation of how reflexology works. After completing a health intake you will have a consultation with Trieste about your health goals. A care plan will be developed for your specific wellness goals.
Usually the first session is highly interactive as you become accustomed to the sensations and sensitivities that reflexology produces. Questions can be asked and answered throughout the session. After the session is over you can experience feelings of calm, relaxation and increased energy. It is possible to become fatigued and have other detoxification effects as your body balances itself. These are signals that the body is in the healing process.