Limbic Reflexology is concerned with the limbic brain network which monitors what’s happening both within our body and our reaction what’s going on around us, making the necessary adjustments to maintain balance throughout our bodies; this is known as homeostasis.
The limbic brain generates emotional, physiological and behavioural responses, determines our experience of pain, facilitates learning and memory processes and generates the motivation that underpins our behaviour.
Where there is temporary or ongoing disruption of the limbic networks, the natural homeostasis is not achieved and networks can become oversensitive, as in chronic pain conditions, or hypervigilant as in the case of anxiety. Limbic Reflexology enhances conventional reflexology by specifically targeting the reflex areas of the feet corresponding to the limbic regions and networks of the brain.
Subcortical structures and nuclei of the brain which are largely responsible for filtering information from our external and internal world and for generating our autonomic and behavioural responses to that information including our emotional responses and responses to pain are commonly referred to as the limbic brain.
Historically, reflexology which dates back to 2330 B.C. by a wall painting in an Egyptian Tomb and other evidence ancient China and India. The modern foot maps of Eunice Ingham in the 1930’s identify the Pituitary Reflex in the brain, but through the work of Hamish Edgar, a mental health worker for 40 years and reflexologist, collecting evidence and applying the anatomy and physiology of neuroscience to reflexology; 25 new limbic brain areas have been identified.
Using a reflexology technique called Limbic Reflexology, areas of the limbic brain such as the Hippocampus, Insular Cortex and others are worked as part of a reflexology treatment encouraging a Parasympathetic response. The testimonials speak for themselves; see how this treatment has helped two people living in Edinburgh.
- Relaxation and Stress are reduced and energy revitalized.
- The body is cleansed and detoxified.
- The immune system is boosted, and the lymphatic and circulation systems are stimulated and improved.
- The nervous system is triggered and the endocrine system balanced.
- Muscular tension and pain are eased or released.
Hypothalamus Pituitary Gland Amygdala Hippocampus
The Amygdala, Insular Cortex, Hippocampus, Hypothalamus, Thalamus, Cingulate, Prefrontal Cortex, Locus Coeruleus, Periaqeductal Grey, Raphe Nucleus, Nucleus Accumbens and Straitum are some of the reflex areas.
What to expect from a Treatment
Ideally treatments last from 75 – 90 minutes but can be restricted to an hour. As well as the initial consultation there is often additional paperwork each week to help the practitioner and the client monitor change. The limbic reflexes are often a little sore when worked but treatments are always within the persons range of comfort. Six weekly treatments are recommended to start and frequency is reviewed after this, quite often with a reduction to fortnightly and later in the ‘maintenance phase’ 3 – 5 weeks apart.
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