What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive healing art that is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears that correspond to every part of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes – with hands only – reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural functioning of the body.
Essentially, reflexology helps to balance the physical, mental and emotional aspects of your whole body. If an organ or gland is underactive or overactive, reflexology can help return it to a normal level.
How can Reflexology help You?
Following illness, stress, injury or disease, the body is in a state of “imbalance” and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively.
When one part of the body is not functioning well, the effect is felt throughout the entire system.
Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet and by working on these points, the reflexologist can release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body. Tensions are eased. Circulation and elimination are improved. The body’s own ability to heal itself is encouraged and natural balance is restored.
This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace, often counteracting a lifetime of misuse.
What Happens in a reflexology session?
The client is relaxing in a comfortable position. Although most therapists work on the feet, some also work on the hands or ears.
Beginning with the right side, all reflex points on both sides are stimulated as the body is considered to be a whole unit.
Sessions usually last from 45 to 60 minutes.
Reflexology is safe for everyone, although pressure and session length may vary depending on the age, sensitivity or health of the client.
Choosing a Therapist…
Professional therapists are certifed (have proven that they have attained high standards of training), registered (are committed to following established standards of practice; necessarily maintain and further their education) members of a recognized reflexology organization.
Make sure that your therapist is a professional!
Therapist registered with the Reflexology
Association of Canada carry the letters “RCRT” (Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist) as part of their credentials.
To learn Reflexology…
Certified RAC teachers offer reflexology training, based on both theory and practice, across Canada. To find out about a course near you, please contact us or consult our web sites.
To Join Us…
To join either RAC, the RAC Ontario Chapter, or RAC in your Region please consult the appropriate web site.
The Reflexology Association of Canada
Web Site: reflexologycanada.org
Ontario Chapter – Ottawa Region