Integrative Reflexology

Reflexology is a healing art that dates back to Ancient Egypt. It evolved into the system we use in the U.S. around 1913 based on the work of Dr. William H. Fitzgerald, a U.S. ear, nose and throat surgeon. Reflexology is considered to be a holistic healing technique that aims to treat the individual as a whole, in order to induce a state of balance and harmony in body, mind, and spirit. It is a gentle therapeutic treatment based on the theory that there are reflex areas on the feet, hands, face and ears that correspond to all the parts of the body including major organs and body systems. Theory holds that by applying pressure to these reflexes (on the feet, hands and ears) you can affect internal organs and body systems, and therefore promote good health and bring the body back into balance.  It is thought that manipulation of reflex points can identify where calcium deposits have formed in certain areas of the feet thereby indicating health imbalances in the body organs, joints and soft tissues.  Continued manipulation of these areas is believed to stimulate the body to effect a healing response in these areas.

A typical 60 minute session begins with a hot foot soak and exfoliation. During this session your therapist will stimulate and work reflex areas by applying pressure to the feet, hands and possibly ears with thumbs, fingers and knuckles.  This pressure is applied with the intention of clearing out congestion in the body and restoring normal functioning and health.

Integrative Reflexology, developed by Claire Marie Miller in the 1980s, integrates four complimentary theories; Zone Theory, Meridian Theory, Structural Integration Theory and Proprioceptor Theory to provide a more comprehensive approach to Reflexology.

Joan Woods attends an Integrative Reflexology course in October 2010, taught in Richmond, VA by Claire Marie Miller.