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A little about Reflexology:

Reflexology is the practice of stimulating reflexes in the hands and feet, affecting other parts of the body in a therapeutic way.

Specific techniques using the hands and fingers facilitate relaxation responses in corresponding parts of the body.

Relaxation is the first step to a body's return to a state of balance, allowing circulation to flow freely, supplying nutrients and oxygen to the cells, and reducing the amount of residual tension carried by the body. This return to a healthy balance allows the body's organs and muscles to return to a normal state of function.

This act of applying pressure to the feet with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques is done according to the model of "zone theory". According to this theory, the body is divided into ten equal longitudinal zones running from the top of the head to the tips of the toes. Each finger and each toe falls into one zone, with the left thumb occurring in the same zone as the left big toe, and so on. Direct pressure applied to any part of a zone will affect the entire zone. In addition to longitudinal zones, lateral zones are used to help "fix" the image of the body in the proper perspective and location, creating a map that a therapist can use to specifically address a certain part of the body.

Reflexology is a soothing treatment that reduces stress and pain, stimulates the body's healing response, and brings about an overall state of relaxation. Over the long term, reflexology helps the body to learn new, positive responses to stress, bringing about a sense of well being and increased energy. Reflexology can be combined in a session with other types of bodywork, or can consist of an entire session.

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