instance tennis elbow, you would work the arm area on the foot, but you would alsowork that area on the matching limb. Therefore for someone with tennis elbow intheir right arm you would work the corresponding joint on the right leg, which is theknee (see Illustration 2). These reflexes found on the limbs are referred to as crossreflexes (working across from one limb to the other on the same side).
In this way, all the various parts of the body fit onto the feet — the left and right feetmirroring the left and right sides of the body. Wherever there is illness in the body wecan find a corresponding area in the foot that may be tender or painful, and wherewaste materials have collected in the form of deposits. Reflexology works bymassaging the feet to break down these deposits, dispersing the pain, and restoringthe energy flow to a state of balance. Tension is relaxed throughout the muscles andthe nervous system, and circulation is increased, releasing or reducing the strain fromwhich the body is suffering.
How Reflexology Affects the Body
When the energy is flowing freely around your body you are physically, mentally, andemotionally well, balanced, and in harmony with your environment. The functioningof the organs is improved by releasing tension held in the body. Muscles control theworkings of the organs (each tiny hair on your skin has its own muscles, for example,and your digestive system can only function through its own set of muscles) as well aslarge movements of the body through activity of the limbs. Treatment stimulates thecirculation of the blood and lymph so that the removal of waste products and toxins isincreased and the supply of nutrients throughout the blood supply is improved. Byreleasing long-term muscular contractions the constrictions they have imposed on thenerves are relieved and the nerve supply is freed. These are the physiological effects of reflexology treatment.
What Does it Feel Like?
Patients receiving reflexology treatment often feel tenderness as certain points areworked, and they usually experience an immediate release of tensions (some willexperience an initial reaction or healing crisis). This can be seen as well as felt when aperson who comes in tired and depleted changes their whole attitude with the relaxingof tension. A glow of vitality can be seen as the energy flow begins to restore balanceand well-being.
The number of treatments needed vary according to the type of disorder and thelength of time it has been suffered. Usually the trouble yields more quickly when it isof recent origin. When a great deal of repair and healing is needed, the time requiredfor recovery is longer.
Reflexology is an ideal way of treating children. They invariably enjoy it and it is non-invasive (therefore not threatening). It is also very effective. But the pressure usedmust be much lighter than for adults. Babies, too, can be treated by an experienced