There are two types of touch healing therapy - reflexology and shiatsu self massage. This form of therapy is extremely simple and very useful for people of all ages who would like to practice and learn self healing methods. Knowing every aspect of reflexology and shiatsu self massage; the different kind of massages, the pressure points, benefits of massage therapy and the like is very important.
Reflexology, also known as acupressure, is related to the theory and practice of stimulating the reflex points in the feet and the hands for the purpose of tapping the life force called the 'prana' in the body for healing itself. Reflexology is a complementary therapy, which works on the feet and hand and it helps to heal the whole person, not just the prevailing symptoms. The main concept of reflexology is ‘Self-Healing’.
Reflexology follows the principle 'Heal Thyself' and induces the body by pressure massage at specific points in the feet just to do that. This energy flows in specific predictable pathways in the human body. It is premised that there is a definite relationship between the reflex points in the feet, muscles, internal glands and organs etc. it is believed and experience have proved that with pressure message on these reflex tender points, the internal organs can be regulated and rectified.
'Shiatsu' is a Japanese term which means ‘finger pressure’. Shiatsu Self Massage uses the same philosophy as acupuncture and it not only incorporates the use of finger pressure, but also that of the thumbs, palms, knees, forearms, elbows and feet. The pressure is applied to the different areas of the human body for the purpose of promoting good health by 'stimulating the body's total energy flow'.
In Reflexology it is very important to know the different pressure points all over our body, which are associated with different ailments. Whenever the body or any of the body parts become diseased or disordered, whatever may be the causes, the entire blood circulation becomes sluggish leading to the formation of crystalline deposits at the nerve endings which at a later period become tender and painful.
Pressure message or acupressure is applied on these points called the reflex points, to break these deposits for elimination by the blood. These points are also the diagnostic indicators of the corresponding malfunctioning of the internal organs. Thus you can many a time predict impending internal disorders and prevent malfunctioning of body's systems and cure diseases. Apart from the normal healing effect, Reflexology also provides relaxation to reverse the effects of our regular life stress and strains. Relaxation and stress reduction techniques therefore are very important.
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