There are ten reflex zones on the foot each corresponding to a different body area. There are additional specific reflex points that correspond to internal organs, glands, and sense organs. For example, in the center of the pad of the big toe there is a reflex point that corresponds to the pituitary gland; on the ball of the left big toe is a reflex point to the heart, and on the ball of pinky is a reflex zone to the shoulder. There are over 50 reflex points such as these on the feet. When these reflexology points are stimulated with specific massage techniques, the body’s natural healing abilities are stimulated. Pain is reduced; organ function improves, and in some cases, diseases are resolved. While massage therapists who perform Foot Reflexology are not medical practitioners with the training to either diagnose or treat, the practice of Foot Reflexology over recent decades shows, again and again, the healing potential of this modality.
Research in the 1890s by Henry Head and Charles Sherrington shows us the neurological relationship between the skin and the internal organs, and that the nervous system as a whole adjusts to stimulus. By applying pressure to the feet, the calming message to peripheral nerves is carried through the central nervous system signaling the body to relax. This enhanced relaxation allows increased blood supply to the internal organs and their systems. This relaxation allows, additionally, the body to move naturally toward homeostasis and more optimal functioning.
The neuromatrix theory of pain helps us to understand how Reflexology reduces pain levels in the body. According to the neuromatrix theory, pain is a subjective experience created by the brain. The brain does this in response to not only physical stimuli but also in response to emotional or cognitive factors. Thus, your moods or stress levels can also affect your experience of pain. Reflexology may reduce pain by reducing stress and improving mood.
Lastly, Reflexology is recognized as a specific type of massage developed based on Zone Theory. Zone Theory, developed by Dr. William Fitzgerald in the early 1900s, understands the body is divided into 10 vertical zones, each zone corresponding to fingers and toes all the way up to the head. In Reflexology, every organ, gland, or body part that lies within a zone can be accessed via a reflex zone or point on the foot or hand. For example, if you work on the horizontal reflex zone at the base of the ball of the foot, you are affecting the solar plexus and diaphragm. These pathways between reflex zones and other parts of the body are thought to be connected via the nervous system, as described above.
A Healing Touch practitioner offers healing touch as a complementary therapy, designed to enhance traditional treatments rather than be used as a cure, to treat a number of physical and emotional concerns. It is widely used in the medical field, in diverse settings including nursing homes, hospitals, private practices, and hospice facilities, used to treat pain, cancer symptoms, post-operative recovery, cardiovascular disease, and endocrine dysfunction. Healing Touch is also often used in the fields of psychiatry and psychology to address concerns such as anxiety, stress, and post traumatic stress. Recipients of this therapy approach have also reported experiencing a deeper sense of connection to the spiritual self.
This technique is grounded in the same principles as Asian traditions such as acupuncture and Qigong, which are based on the concept of life energies and the necessity of maintaining a balanced flow of these energies for good physical, mental, and emotional health. Providers of Healing Touch therapy work to assist those seeking treatment by attempting to correct, through this method, any deficiencies in the energy field.
A biofield (magnetic field) therapy belonging to a larger group known as energy therapies, Healing Touch is a non-invasive technique, the hands techniques used in the process are believed to restore balance to the flow of energy in a person's body, when this flow has been disturbed by illness or other concerns.
Client lies on a massage table or sits comfortably in a chair, fully clothed, while the practitioner becomes focused and calm through a process known as "centering." Through this process, the practitioner enters a type of meditative state in order to reduce distractions and better connect with the person being treated.
The Healing Touch practitioner then assesses the energy field with hand motions and scans the energy field of the person in treatment to detect sensations and imbalances.
Next, the practitioner will typically use off-body touch (near the body, but with no actual contact) or gentle touch over various areas of the body to clear the energy field. The practitioner then performs another scan to ensure the energy imbalances were corrected.
Finally, the practitioner “grounds” the person receiving treatment, helping the individual return to a fully alert state.
Hand-selected for size, the shells are sanded down so no rough or jagged edges remain, industrial epoxy applied to the edges of the shell sealing them together. A hole is drilled into the shell’s top, so a ‘lava gel sachet’ and ‘activator liquid’ can be inserted inside the shell, closed with a plastic removable cap. Composed of all-natural calcium carbonate, and epoxy designed to weather many heating and cooling cycles, the shells last indefinitely unless accidentally damaged.
Boost circulation of blood and lymph.
Soothe aches, stiffness and pains.
To accelerate healing, and to aid mobility.
Reduce swelling, bloating and water retention
Tense muscles and knots are smoothed away from the heat of the Lava Shells which owe their magic to a mix of minerals including dried sea kelp, dead sea salt, algae and essential oils. The heated shells also give off calcium ions, transferring to your skin during the massage. Calcium can help to firm and regenerate the skin - a nice bonus.
The therapist begins the treatment with an application of massage oil to help make the Lava Shell’s strokes smoother.
The heated Lava Shells are pressed with deeper pressure onto stiffened muscle points, before using the smooth part of the shells to massage the client’s torso and limbs, using slow, gliding pressure to calves and arms.
The therapist can use different areas of the Lava Shells to complement particular massage strokes.