What is Reflexology?
Reflexology, an integrative health practice, maps a reflection of the body predominately on the feet, hands and outer ears. It uses unique manual techniques to deliver pressure to neural pathways assisting the body to function optimally ~ ARBC
What is the Science-Based Manzanares Method of Reflexology™
“Reflexology can be defined as a reflex technique that is based on the neurobiochemical action produced by stimulating a specific area of the foot that results in a general or partial repercussion (a reciprocal action or effect) in the body. This is possible because of the somatotopic representation of the human body on the foot called foot mapping, which is the point-for-point correspondence of an area of the body to a specific point on the central nervous system, where every organ and parts of the body are reflected”.
~Jesus Manzanares, MD www.manzanaresmethod.com
By using this precise reflexology technique, the nervous system is stimulated. Physiological changes take place as the body’s own healing potential is supported.
Dr. Manzanares' research in the field of reflexology began with a focus on three primary goals, which he has accomplished:
to explain the neurophysiological basis (the nervous system pathways for reflexology);
to determine specific anatomical locations of the reflex areas of feet (developing precision mapping of the foot-to-body connection for over 35 years on 70,000 clinical cases);
and finally, to establish reflexology protocols for pathologies.
This definition has considered the autonomic structures and mechanisms that cause the beginning of the stimulus – a reflex arc. The reflex arc is the neural pathway that mediates a reflex action. It involves receptors, sensory nerves, spinal cord, reticular formation, thalamus, hypothalamus, cerebral cortex, spinal reticulum and fasciculi and the autonomic nervous system.
"The effectiveness of reflexology is recognized worldwide by various national health institutions and the public at large as a distinct complementary practice within the holistic health field." (RAA 2016)