Reflexology, a therapeutic practice with roots common to shiatsu and acupuncture, has been practiced for over 4000 years.
Treatments involve pressure applied to specific points on the soles of the feet and lower legs corresponding to organs and tissues of the body.
The objective of reflexology treatment is to optimize flow of the body’s internal energy (described in traditional texts as “qì”) to improve physical, psychological and emotional health. Repeated studies using Doppler sonography confirm that reflexology treatment increases blood flow (the basis of tissue healing and recovery) to target organs.
Benefits of Reflexology
Research published in peer-reviewed medical journals has confirmed that reflexology is effective in treatment of:
- Anxiety and perceived stress
- Pain and fullness associated with indigestion
- Fecal and urinary incontinence
- Premenstrual syndrome symptoms
- Menopausal symptoms
- Shortness of breath
- High blood pressure
- Quality of life of patients with cancer
What to Expect
Reflexology treatments are typically 30 to 60 minutes in duration, and involve gentle, but firm pressure on specific points at the soles of the feet and lower legs.
Treatment frequency is determined by your response to treatments, usually beginning with weekly or bi-weekly treatments, and progressing to monthly maintenance treatments or treatments ”as needed”.
Reflexology at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine
Reflexology treatments performed at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine are performed by Melissa Dunseith, RMT.
Reflexology treatments provided at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine are covered by most extended healthcare plans.
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