A BIT ABOUT REFLEXOLOGY FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH

reflexologyINTERVIEW WITH ILLONA METCALFE ABOUT REFLEXOLOGY

Illona, what is reflexology? Reflexology is a science and an art – of working on the reflexes on the hands and feet which affect other parts of the body to bring it to a state of balance. This means it can be used to bring relief from pain and improve functioning of that part of the body.

So it can help with things like headaches? It can help all sorts of things including headaches and back problems. A reflexology treatment would usually work on reflexes for the whole body covering the entire feet, so it’s a bit like giving the body a once over or an MOT. But you could also do a little bit for yourself on your own hands or feet for things like a bad attack of sinusitis or back pain or a headache if you knew where the reflexes were and the technique. I used to teach a class in self-help reflexology to empower people to take their health into their own hands. It can make SUCH a difference.

Would you do both the hands and feet in one session? Usually, reflexologists use the feet because the hands are a lot smaller than the feet – you’ve got a bigger surface area to use with the feet – people don’t realise that the hands and feet mirror the body so closely. Think of your foot: your toes represent your head; the balls of your feet represent the chest; the arch of the foot represents your torso and your digestive system; the heel is more the pelvic area while the outside of the feet reflect the arms and legs. In addition, the inside of the feet contain all the reflexes for the head. It is important to note that the right foot reflects the right side of the body while the left foot reflects the left side of the body with the inside of the feet reflecting the spine.

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