Reflexology & Acupressure


What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a healing art of ancient origin. The concepts of reflexology have been traced as far back as 2000-4000 B.C. as practiced in pre-dynastic China, Egypt, India, and Incan civilization. Reflexology is based on the premise that there are reflex points in the head, hands, feet and ears corresponding via nerve pathways of the nervous system and meridians to every part, organ and gland of the body. Today reflexology is available to people in the Newmarket, Markham, Toronto and surrounding area by simply booking a session at The Cedar Cabin.

How Reflexology Works:

Through systematic pressure the therapist uses their hands to apply pressure. In the process endorphins (natural pain-killers) are released, parasympathetic relaxation of the nervous system takes place, and increased blood and lymphatic circulation results causing increases in oxygen and immune levels. Combined, this helps to restore balance to all the systems of the body.

Benefits of Reflexology:

Patients in the Newmarket, Markham, Toronto and surrounding area can experience how the gentle and restorative nature of reflexology is beneficial to maintaining the overall health of the body and prevention of disease. Reflexology works very well as a compliment to conventional medical treatment. For this reason it is also beneficial in pre- and post-natal care, children, babies, the elderly and individuals experiencing terminal illness.

What to expect at a reflexology session:

When you come to The Cedar Cabin for reflexology treatment, you and the therapist will have a discussion prior to the session in order to assist the therapist in determining the appropriate pressure points for treatment. To receive treatment, you will need to remove your shoes and socks. No other preparation is involved. The therapist will then apply controlled pressure using their thumb and forefinger to the feet. A reflexology session is approximately 60 minutes in duration.


Acupressure Therapy
Markham, Aurora, Newmarket, Richmond Hill and Toronto

If you live in the Markham, Aurora, Newmarket, Richmond Hill or Toronto area and you’re seeking acupressure therapy you don’t have far to go. The Cedar Cabin specializes in acupressure, one of the most ancient methods of healing. A component of traditional Chinese medicine that originated in the orient over 5,000 yrs ago, acupressure therapy is based on one of the primary concepts of Qi (pronounced chee), the primary life force permeating all living things.

The theory behind acupressure therapy

In the Chinese model, Qi is a subtle energy that is absorbed through entry points in the skin that are formed by acupressure points. Modern electromagnetic imaging technology has confirmed the presence of these pathways by measuring the electrical resistance in the skin overlaying these points. Acupressure points demonstrate a lower electrical resistance then the surrounding skin distinguishing them from the surround epidermis. Acupressure points act as doorways or entry points along specialized channels called meridians that run deep below the surface of the body to underlying organ systems. Through 12 pairs of meridians, Qi flows into these organ systems to provide life-giving and life-sustaining energy. When there is a disruption in the flow of Qi there can be an imbalance of excess or deficiency of energy in the meridian circuits indicating the presence of blockage in the form of disease or illness.

How acupressure therapy works

The primary goal of acupressure therapy is to reestablish and maintain the free flow of life-sustaining Qi through the meridian channels of the body in order to create balance and optimal functioning in all the organs and systems of the body as a whole.

By using the hands or a laser to apply topical pressure to the acupressure points, new energy is stimulated to enter the meridian system and directed to correct the flow of Qi where an energy deficit exists. Through the same application, excess energy present in the meridian can be redistributed and thus, rebalanced to alleviate an overloaded meridian circuit.

What does acupressure therapy treat?

Whether you live in Markham, Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Toronto or the surrounding area, it’s worth the short drive to The Cedar Cabin, as acupressure therapy is a time-proven treatment for a wide variety of ailments. Here are just a few of the issues acupressure therapy can address:

Allergies, asthma, sinusitis, headaches, TMJ, back pain, sciatica, musculoskeletal problems, insomnia, anxiety, dizziness, depression, kidney stones, gallstones, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, addictions, indigestion, insomnia, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, sexual dysfunction, post-operative recovery and palliative care

Menstrual Irregularities, menopause, infertility, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation difficulties, postpartum, ovarian and uterine problems.

Prostate, infertility and impotence.

Asthma, cough, digestive problems, behavioural problems, ear infections and sleep problems.

Prevention, stress management, wellness and seasonal attunement.