Gibson Massotherapy offers reflexology in Fairlawn, Ohio. Reflexology and zone therapy involve the stimulation of specific areas on the body called reflex areas. These reflex areas are connected neurologically and/or energetically to muscles, organs, glands or systems in another part of the body. We can use these reflex areas to treat problems in that distant but connected muscle, organ, gland or system.

How it works

The autonomic nervous system monitors and regulates every aspect of our physiology. This involuntary, automatic response network insures that if the room we are in gets too hot, the body begins to cool itself down. If we start to fall, the muscles in our feet and legs react instantly to regain balance. If our hand touches a hot stove, our arm muscles instantly pull it away. These automatic reactions (reflexes) are designed to protect us and keep our system in balance. Some areas of our bodies are particularly sensitive and reactive to external stimulation. These are called reflex areas. Each individual reflex area, when pressed or rubbed, sends nerve impulses to a specific part of the brain or spinal cord which in turn activates other tissues or structures. Those tissues or structures then become stimulated. More blood may flow through them and their activity increases. That is a reflex effect.

Why we use it

Sometimes a bodyworker may not be able to touch some injured area of the client’s body. Maybe it is in a cast or located deep in the body where it is difficult to reach. Reflexology allows us to treat that structure through reflex work. I have one client who only comes in when she can hardly move her neck. I found through trial and error that the quickest (and possibly the only) way to get her neck to relax is to work the neck reflexes on her feet. Only after a certain period of time on the feet can I go directly to the neck and get the therapeutic results that I want.

Of course, some people ask for it just because they love the experience. Find out why! Call now to schedule 30 minutes of energetic reflexology in Fairlawn.

Conditions Reflexology can address:

  • Infertility
  • Back pain
  • Headache
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Tiredness
  • Recovery from injuries
  • Stress
  • Arthritis pain
  • Poor digestion
  • Constipation
  • Depression

Research

I was skeptical for a long time and only a few years ago began to experiment with reflexology. When I did, I saw more and more evidence of its usefulness and effectiveness. I now use it in combination with Polarity Therapy and have found that an energetic approach (Polarity Reflexology) provides powerful options for assessment and treatment.

If you are interested in research into reflexology, here are some places to start:

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