Reality and healing – using reflexology

The conventional theories of reality that we have been taught by society and school are not the whole story. Alterantive healing systems are a big clue to this. Reflexology, for instance, is an alternative healing system that works by putting pressure on specific areas of the patient’s feet or hands. The origins of reflexology go back a very long way. It has been practiced historically within Egyptian and Chinese medicine for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Native Americans also practice some form of it.

What actually is it? According to Wikipedia, the Reflexology Association of Canada defines Reflexology as “A natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears and their referral areas within zone related areas.  These correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes, without the use of tools or lotions, the feet being the primary area of application, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body.”

There are several slightly different systems of reflexology, but generally it is believed that areas of the feet and hands can be divided into zones. These zones correspond to areas of the body . For example, In some systems at least , the liver, pancreas and kidney zones, or points, are in the arch of the foot. Pressure on these points treats any problems with the area. Manipulating all areas on the feet can then bring the body back into balance and health.

How does it work?
There are several different theories on how it actually works:

*Some practitioners believe that it works though tuning the energy, or electrical body that is supposed to be embedded within the physical body, to help it function efficiently.

*Some practitioners believe that the blockage of an energy field, invisible life force , also known by the Chinese as Qi, can occur within the body and prevent healing. Pressure on specific points of the foot or hand  can cure this. Releasing the Qi thus can allow the bodies’ natural healing system to function.

*Others say that practitioners can relieve stress and pain in other parts of the body through the manipulation of the feet. The pressure applied  to the feet may send signals that ‘balance’ the nervous system, or release chemicals such as endorphins help to alleviate the stress and pain. This then allows the body to heal itself. There may be  no energy body involved.  It certainly helps you feel better anyway.

 Medically, there seems to be no real consensus, as far I can see, as to the actual mechanism by which reflexology works. Can it be by manipulation of pressure zones, somehow connected to parts of the human body? Could it be using the Chinese body meridians, as in acupuncture? Or could just foot massage, relieving tension and pain and allowing a natural body re-balance be all there is to it? Or could there be an even bigger picture here? The healing community would say that it is the human spirit/ subtle body being manipulated and thus re balancing the physical body? Or vice versa.

Anyway, although the medical profession can be dubious, practitioners and clients just know it works. The truth is that, whatever the mechanism, it has been used successfully for thousands of years by thousands of people.

Aspects of Reality

Why should reflexology work? It’s successful use is a prime indicator that we are not just biological beings. We almost certainly have a subtle body that is being manipulated to re balance the physical.

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