Reflexology for better health. Balancing body, mind and spirit.
Roz founded the Heal Center in 1992 creating a unique space for the community, a home to talented groups of practitioners, and providing training courses in Reflexology, Aromatherapy. Roz continues today further developing her nationally recognized training programs for BodySystems™ Method of Reflexology and the Aromatherapy Practitioner Courses, while also working with clients in private practice.
Roz’s Reflexology sessions are based on working the feet or feet and hands. She approaches her treatments on her over 35 years of experience and continued study, looking not only at the physical aspects of her clients, but also the body-mind connection as well as her innate intuition.
Roz offers private consultations using aromatherapy which includes the consultation and a custom essential oil blend with thorough explanation and directions for usage.
She also formulates and refines the Heal Center’s line of professional aromatherapy blends for reflexologists, massage therapists, energy practitioners, and general public.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a holistic science using the feet (and hands) as a mini-map or microcosm of the body. It is a safe, non-invasive art of stimulating reflex areas in the feet (or hands) that correspond to our organs, glands and body parts. A Reflexologist works with a type of compression massage or thumb walk on the feet, following the reflection of the body systems. By applying a firm (yet sensitive) pressure on these reflex areas, the practitioner can assess stressed or imbalanced areas in the body.
A 1-hour session (or 75-minutes if one works both feet and hands) is a wonderful way to reduce stress, improve circulation and function while restoring balance. Reflexology is such a nurturing and relaxing experience! The goal of reflexology is to assist the body to return to a state of homeostasis, or healthy balance.
Roz Zollinger founded the BodySystems Method™ of Reflexology which is a unique approach whereby the practitioner works systematically through the major systems of the body via the feet. The premise of reflexology is that all parts of the body are connected to the feet via energy zones or pathways (Similar, but not the same as the Acupuncture Meridians) By using a type of compression massage, the body’s innate energy flow is supported and the nerve supply to the body is stimulated. Over 28 years ago, Roz also created the concept of “Aromatic Reflexology”, incorporating the use of highly therapeutic essential oil synergies (blends) with her work on the feet and lower legs.
As reflexologists, we believe that the body has a unique ability to heal and restore itself through a holistic approach, taking into consideration the physical, emotional and spiritual well being of the person. It is important for reflexologists to recognize that they are not medical practitioners, therefore they cannot diagnose, rather they can assess various “stress areas” or energy blocks in the body and work the feet to stimulate the body’s natural forces. Reflexology cannot take the place of medical help when needed. We can simply work to complement orthodox medicine.
The history of Reflexology has been traced back thousands of years, having originated in China, but also can be traced from India, Japan and Egypt. It was modernized in the late 1800’s and especially early 1900’s. There is tremendous growth of this modality around the world, and countries like South Africa, Denmark,Israel, the UK and Japan, to name but a few, have brought the standard of practice to a very professional level. Currently, there are more than 300 research studies worldwide, documenting the effectiveness of reflexology.
- Stress related issues:
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Improving Digestion
- Sinus / Respiratory Issues
- And much more.
Feel free to contact us to discuss your unique situation with our Reflexologist.
Reflexology is a nurturing, centering and therapeutic experience. The client takes off their shoes and socks and lays comfortably on a massage table (or zero gravity chair) , covered with a light blanket and propped slightly up with pillows under their head and a bolster under the knees. The experience of the room is nurturing, yet professional, with gentle music and a soft ambience. The practitioner may choose an essential oil blend that is suitable for the needs of the client and begins by applying gentle pressure to both feet. Once the general warm-up is complete, one foot is covered with a towel and one would proceed to work all the body systems on the one foot, while assessing problem/stressed areas in the client. A routine is followed, starting with the Nervous System. After completing one foot, the same routine is repeated on the second foot. By this time, the client is very relaxed, sometimes in a light sleep. After completing all the systems with the finger walking routine, the reflexologist goes back and works on areas that have shown up to be out of balance. This is followed by some relaxation techniques, the Metamorphic Technique and finally the feet are wrapped in warm moist towels.
Clients have described a Reflexology session as an hour or more of total relaxation and bliss. Apart from the therapeutic effects of Reflexology with the added benefit of essential oils, there is also the spiritual/emotional component of this work. One cannot isolate just the physical issue; there is always an emotional or spiritual component that may be out of balance.
A professional Reflexologist at the Heal Center’s Wellness Collective brings all facets of the work combining Reflexology, Aromatherapy and energy work together in order to help clients create health and wellness in body, mind, and spirit.
Aromatherapy – Essential Oil Therapy
Aromatherapy, in the true sense of the word, is the systematic use of highly therapeutic essential oils or plant essences to maintain and promote physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It was identified in the early 1920’s as a form of complimentary medicine. Essential oils are highly volatile substances that are found naturally in aromatic plants, flowers, roots and trees. Each plant essence is extracted from its botanical source through many different methods, the main and most effective method is distillation or cold expression. One could think of essential oils as we do our blood, they contain the life-force and hormonal elements of the plant and assist in carrying oxygen, making them extremely powerful.
Aromatherapy is a word that is mis-used and rather abused today as a marketing ploy, especially in the USA. As an Aromatherapist, one has to be very selective when purchasing essential oils, making sure that they are completely natural, therapeutic and un-adulterated. There is definitely a trend towards using organic essential oils.
Aromatherapy operates on two fundamental sensory levels, the tactile (topical) and the olfactory. Via Olfaction, inhalation allows the essential oils to enter through the nose, which in turn has a direct connection with the Limbic system of the body. They bind with the nerve cilia, linked directly to the Olfactory bulb in the brain, thus producing an immediate emotional, mental or physical reaction.
The primary tactile application is through topical absorption via the skin. Essential oils can easily pass through the upper layer of the skin (rich in lipids) due to the fact that they are fat-soluble. From the skin, they travel around the cells until they are absorbed into the capillaries and blood vessels and the lymphatic system. This allows the oils to travel through the body and into the different organs, as needed. Essential oils are seldom used topically without first diluting them in a carrier vegetable oil base. Another form of topical application is using some essential oil in the bath or shower, with care and knowledge.
Specific applications may be used to administer the oils, such as massage, reflexology, lymphatic massage, skin care. Essential oil blends may be used on specific areas of need. As essential oils perform a wide variety of physiological and psychological functions, a practitioner would select the appropriate oils to address and enhance the application that is needed.
Foot Reflexology: $70 (1-hour)
Foot and Hand Reflexology: $85 (75 minutes)
Aromatherapy Consultation: $135
M-F by appointment only
- By appointment ($70 – $85)
- Paid in advance – Program packages (see below)