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  1. 1. ReflexologyBy Melissa Joy Okeen
  2. 2. What is Reflexology?Reflexology is the technique of manipulating reflex points that correspond to specific organs and body parts found within the feet and hands.The art of reflexology teaches that the energy, or life force of every individual circulates between organs of the body and flows through every living cell and tissue.Many cultures believe that if this energy or life force is blocked, the organ or part of the body that corresponds to that area becomes affected. These energy blocks can be detected in zones located on the hands and feet.
  3. 3. The Origin of ReflexologyReflexology has been traced back to ancient Egypt, as well as to China, Japan and ancient Peru.Once known as Reflex Zone Therapy, Reflexology is a holistic healing method that focuses on pressure points and massage techniques.The knowledge of reflexology has been known in India and China for over 5,000 years, though Egyptian tombs that date back 2330 B.C. depict drawings of people being treated with foot and hand massage techniques.Traces of Incan knowledge of reflexology date back even further and are believed to have been passed down to Native American tribes who still use this treatment today. Zone Therapy was documented as being used by Italian Renaissance sculptor Benvenuto Cellini in the 1500s.The translation of the hieroglyphics are as follows: "Don’t hurt me."The practitioner’s reply: " I shall act so you praise me. "
  4. 4. Benefits of Reflexology The primary goal of any session is to offer relaxation. When you relax, you release tension, which better enables your body to work to heal and detoxify itself.Cleansing - Reflexology often results in helping your body eliminate toxins that build up within us.Improved Circulation - By working with prominent reflex areas, you can improve the bodys circulation of not only blood, but also vital lymph fluids.Improved Nerve Pathways – Increase in circulation improves not only blood flow to every cell in the body, but along nerve pathways as well.Homeostasis - Reflexology restores the body to a dynamic state of balance.Increased Energy - By revitalizing your bodys organs and glands, reflexology increases the bodys available energy.Prevention - By targeting the overall health of the bodys 10 zones, reflexology serves to prevent blockages and congestion that can lead to serious health problems.Its non-invasive - Non-invasive therapies can prove quite helpful for chronic or acute conditions that may not be suited for other therapies.Efficiency - What could be more efficient than addressing all of the systems of the body via the hands and feet?Simplicity - Unlike many other types of therapy, reflexology is a simple yet powerful system that just about anyone can learn to use.
  5. 5. There are four main factors that Also Helpful For: draw clients to a Constipation Reflexologist: DepressionHormonal problems Digestive Problems FatigueImmune System Disorders Fluid RetentionStress Glandular ImbalancesMuscle Aches and Pains Headaches High Blood Pressure Kidney Disorders Menstrual Problems Prostate Conditions Respiratory Conditions Sinusitis Skin Problems Sleep Disorders
  6. 6. ZonesThe study of reflexology divides the body into energy zones, five of each located on each side of the body. These zones incorporate the torso, legs, arms, fingers, and feet. The 10 zones of the body and found on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet correspond in a linear or vertical pattern through every aspect of the bodyReflexology practitioners view the body as though its been divided into ten different vertical zones. Each of these zones corresponds to one of your fingers and one of your toes. Within these zones, energy is moving through your body in much the same way that electricity runs through the wiring in your house.
  7. 7. Full Hand Reflexology Interactive Hand Charts Full Foot Reflexology Interactive Foot Chart
  8. 8. Reflexology Charts
  9. 9. Fun Stuff!
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  11. 11. My Certificate of Completion!