What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a systematic procedure of applying pressure to the feet on specific points to elicit a healing response through the nervous system in corresponding parts of the body. There are approximately 7,000 nerve endings in the human foot and each of them is a reflex point that corresponds to a body part.
The most used, abused, and neglected part of the body is our feet. They are always in motion and over time can make us miserable with pain and discomfort.
Benefits of Reflexology
Reflexology increases relaxation, blood circulation, reduces stress and toxins in the body and boosts metabolism and energy levels.
It can improve memory, nerve and brain function and enhance the body’s ability to heal itself.
Reflexology can also help reduce headaches and migraines and help relieve pain and discomfort from menstruation and pregnancy. It has shown to help induce labour and reduce pain during childbirth.
What to Expect
Experiences with reflexology sessions vary from a general feeling of relaxation to a sense of “lightness, like walking on a cloud” or tingling in the body, as well as feelings of warmth, a sense of “opening,” or “energy moving” from the practitioner’s pressure to the specific body area or organ.
Normal reactions during the session range from physical to emotional and may include:
- Perspiration of hands or feet
- Sensation of being cold or chilled
- Feeling light-headed
- Sighing deeply
- Overwhelming desire to sleep
- Disappearance of all pain and discomfort
- Loose, relaxed muscles and organs
- Rarely, contraction of muscle groups (pain)
Kristina Will, RMT
Reflexology certification is taken through an accredited institution. The costs, dates, length and format of the course will vary depending on the school/course.
The practice of reflexology is not regulated in Alberta. However, reflexology therapists must be registered with a recognized professional association for their clients to be reimbursed for the cost of reflexology services through extended health-care benefit plans.