Integrative Reflexology® is application of pressure and small movements by the practitioner hands to the client’s feet, hands and/or ears. Reflexology is based on the principle that there are reflexes which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure and movement on these reflexes, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body. In addition to this traditional reflexology work, Integrative Reflexology® incorporates:
* the meridian theories from the oriental medicine energy systems;
* work with the Proprioceptors in the feet. (Proprioceptors are the nerves that give the body feedback about where it is located in space and are part of the body intelligence which can tell where the body is out of balance. The nerve endings in the feet are being understood as pathways for the “feel good” hormones that can balance emotional state as well.);
* myofascial tissue in the feet. (Structural alignment is the fascial model from Ida Rolf, the creator of Rolfing®. Ida Rolf called the feet “the tattle-talers”. They let you know where in the body there is fascial tension. The feet play directly into the back muscles with the shape of the arch. A collapsed arch or swollen inner lower arch generally indicates sacrum alignment problems.)
* integration in the brain, and right-left communication. Typically one side of the body or foot is massaged completely, and then the other; in Integrative Reflexology®, both feet are worked on during the entire session, which promotes integration, and strengthens the communication pathways between the right and left sides of the brain.
If you choose an Integrative Reflexology session with me, rather than massage and body work, I will work with your feet, hands and forearms, and/or head and scalp. You will remain fully clothed except shoes and socks. And if we are at your location, we will use a special (portable) chair rather than the massage table. The chair allows you to lie back in a comfortable position with your feet elevated. If you are at my location in Silver Spring/Burtonsville, we will use the massage table and you can choose to have the table warmer on and essential oils.
I am certified by Claire Marie Miller in Integrative Reflexology®.