For example, imagine you're really angry (doesn't matter whether it's righteous anger or not), you will be out of balance on an emotional level. But that emotional imbalance will create a physical imbalance - your blood pressure will increase; your breathing will become shallower; your adrenal gland will pump your body full of adrenaline and cortisol; your body temperature will rise and your brain will move blood away from the gut and towards the muscles, in preparation for physical exertion. Also, your anger will take you away from a spiritual balance in which you can be detached enough to choose your response to external events and exist in a flow.
All too often clients will come in the hope that Reflexology can help resolve physical problems without realising that the added power of a session is in the holistic benefits it can bring.
For example, many years ago, one lady reported back after a treatment that she had been really angry. When I asked her about it, she recognised that prior to the treatment she had been "biting her tongue" about things that had been irritating her. After the Reflexology session, the anger was a way of her letting go of those niggles.
The relaxing effects of reflexology can help some clients to tap into a more spiritual side of themselves. The act of stopping and listening to your body can help some people to access a more intuitive side of themselves. It can help quieten the noise of the brain and calm and centre body and emotions.
For example, I had one client who was in the habit of solving problems while having her Reflexology session. Her head would clear, her body would become relaxed during the treatment and the solution to the problem she had been struggling with would just pop into her mind. Honestly! (And this happened on more than one occasion!)
And of course, Reflexology is wonderful for helping bring the body back into balance. Our physical bodies are in a constant state of flux as temperature, hormones, blood pressure, breathing and all other systems change for minute to minute. And the body is constantly trying to balance all the systems to create a whole that is much more powerful that any of its parts: trying to get the perfect balance for the job in hand, but also for the good of the body. After all, marathon runners need rest and equally meditators need activity! Reflexology is a wonderful support for the body in this regard because it is designed to bring the body (mind and spirit) into balance.
So, certainly as far as I am concerned, and I'm sure most of my colleagues would agree, Reflexology is not just about fixing the bits that aren't working that well. Reflexology is about supporting an individual in being the best they can be in body, mind and spirit.
And that's why I love Reflexology so much.