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How long is a session and what does it feel like?

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Is there an age requirement?

Reflexology can be a wonderful experience enjoyed by all ages; from newborns to the very old, the ill and frail to the healthy and well, reflexology can be integrated into your lifestyle and used to complement modern medicine and well as a preventative measurer to maintain good health.

The History of Reflexology.

The oldest documentation depicting the practice of reflexology was unearth in Egypt. It was a wall engraving that was found in the tomb of an Egyptian Physician, dating back to 2500 BC. Some theories were that reflexology originated in China over 5000 years ago and others say it was passed down to the American Indians by the Incas.
 
In the early 1900's Dr. William Fitzgerald, referred to as the father of reflexology, found that the application of pressure to various parts of the body deadened pain in other areas and reduced  the need for anesthesia in surgery and other procedures.

What should in expect in a reflexology session? Will I Have sensitive areas?

In a typical session you would take off your shoes and socks and you are ready for your entire body to reap rewards. Each session soothing and relaxing techniques' are use on the feet in preparation for the more specific reflexology pressure techniques (suggest pressure is between 2-5 pounds) which are systematically applied until the session is complete.
 
 Not everyone will have sensitive areas, there are a variety of things that can affect the sensitivity of the foot they are as follows:

How many sessions are needed for results?

Weekly sessions may be required is some cases, to encourage a quicker return to balance and health. Monthly for session may be required fro preventative and maintenance program. Any periodic session will rejuvenate and enhance your overall sense of well-being and your feet will love it. This will all depend on your personal goal for wellness.
 
Some results from a session:
Most people feel relaxed, re-energized and renewed, some feel a sense of incredible well-being, others feel like they are walking on clouds. You as a result may feel calm and relaxed or you may experience a feelin of energy and rejuvenaton. 

How long is a session and what does it feel like?

A Reflexology session on both feet will usually take 40-45 minutes. Less time is usually an incomplete session or too fast can be over- stimulating. Reflexology is relaxing and enjoyable. Some reflex points my be more sensitive than others, this sensitivity may be the deposits mentioned in How does Reflexology work? these deposits have settled in the feet and created energy blockages. 

Is a Massage the same as Reflexology?

Reflexology is not the same as a massage. Reflexology works through the stimulating of the reflex points or nerve endings to evoke an autonomic nervous system response which helps create balance throughout the entire body. Reflexology is considered a form of body work.

In general what does Relfexology do?

Reflexology persuades the body to balance and heal itself, helps to prevent further deterioration, strengthens and reinforces all systems in the body and promotes overall good health. It is used to complement modern medicine, not to replace current therapies and treatments. If you have been diagnosed with any desease, injury or other physical or mental conditions, it is advised that you inform your medical doctor or any other licensed healthe care professional that you will be receiving reflexology. 

What can it do for my Health other than relaxation?

Reflexology has been known to do the following:
  1. Relieve Stress
  2. Reduce tension and tightness
  3. Improve circulation/blood supply
  4. Improve Lymph drainage
  5. Improve nerve functioning
  6. Build up the body's immunity and resistance to disease
  7. Release toxins and impurities
  8. Rejuvenate tired tissues/cells
  9. Help to restore a proper fluid balance in the tissues
  10. Speed the elimination of waste products
  11. Clear emotional debris
  12. Provide grounding
 
In addition Reflexology creates an over all sense of well-being. When this happens it also helps with the following:

Why does Refexology promote well-being?

Reflexology promotes well-being, due to the fact that the feet have 7200 nerve endings and have immense sensitivity, second to the lips. 

How does Reflexology work?

As we go about our daily routines, minute amounts of waste containing Lactic acid, uric acid, calcium and other by-products build up as the nervous system communicates with the body. When the body is overstressed these waste products are carried along the nerve paths to the extremities. Where they cause blocked energy and circulation. When pressure is applied to the nerve endings (reflex areas) messages are transmitted to the brain through the nervous system and the body responds by working towards a biologically balanced state.