For thousands of years, reflexology has been practiced in different cultures around the world–especially in Asia. However, it is only in the past couple of centuries that the science of massage has caught on in the Western hemisphere. The word ‘reflexology’ certainly gets thrown around a lot in the medicinal world–specifically in homeopathic medicine–but what does it mean and how does one go about learning it?
WHAT IS IT?
Reflexology is essentially a form of massage. The main idea behind this ancient art is that reflex points in the hands, feet and head are connected to other areas in the body, and by massaging these areas, you may be able to soothe different pains and illnesses. A lot of people seek reflexology treatments to relieve stress as one of the key benefits of this treatment is the ability to activate a response of the parasympathetic nervous system–the part of the nervous system responsible for slowing heart rate and other functions to a relaxed state.
HOW DOES ONE LEARN REFLEXOLOGY?
In order to learn this skill, an individual must first complete a reflexology program and be certified if they wish to practice. Each state may have their own stipulations on what kind of training someone needs in order to be certified, but in general, most programs last from half a year to a full year. Although certain colleges may offer reflexology programs, there are also specific schools and massage courses in Perth as well.
Learning reflexology means two things: actually practicing the application of it and learning the history behind it. Although there are many skeptical individuals out there unwilling to believe that massaging certain pressure points can activate body functions, too many people have had success with the treatment to deny its effectiveness. It is certainly not a cure for diseases and conditions, but as many have found, it can certainly mean functioning better in general.