Yesterday a charity thanked me for my voluntary work by giving me a one hour Reflexology slot. But what is reflexology? How does it work, if at all? What other therapy is it related to?
Reflexology: an overview
A reflexologist is a person who is trained in anatomy and physiology, a little business and reflexology, of course! They study our hands and feet, and argue that regions of our hands and feet pinpoint to individual organs in our body.
Reflexology therefore claim that parts of our feet and hands feel rough, or gritty. That is, as a trained reflexologist works on these points on our hands and feet, they feel areas that might indicate a disorder or physiological problem related to that organ. By using special techniques, they try to remove (or unblock) these rough areas.
A complementary therapy room
I guess it is fair to say that most complementary therapies (massage, reiki etc) all use the same type of room. There is a comfortable couch, pillow, knee support pillows, and clean towels often wrapped in disposable white tissue paper to prevent germs / infections etc.
But without looking too much at what therapy does, it is important to note that as a person enters the treatment room they are just about to embark on a self-reflecting journey. That is, the worry of work, family and friends are often parked for an hour: treatment for reflexology lasts for 60 minutes.
The bigger picture
No matter what anyone says…
- …reflexology allows people to have self-time, a worry free moment
- …rubbing muscles may help us to take a moment to be with ourselves, rather than worrying about our trouble / anxiety
- …complementary therapy focuses on time itself, it does this by devoting time to ourselves
Recently I learnt that complementary therapies are being used in fairly new developments within medicine. In particular, with oncology / cancer patients. Now it is doubtful that rubbing someone’s foot is going to get rid of cancer, but it might allow them to have time to themselves. Does this help us in our fight? Does this enable us to remain strong, even though we might have heard that our lives are limited? Self-time is important, no matter how you get it, make sure you do. Having time with yourself will help you retune with a wonderful instrument — our very own body!