What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is an ancient art of gently massaging areas of the feet (or hands) known as reflexes to bring balance and harmony within the body, improve circulation and to stimulate the body's natural healing abilities. It is a technique that dates back thousands of years with evidence indicating it was practiced in ancient Egypt around 4000 years ago.
How does it work?
It is a system based on the principle that the whole body is mapped out on the feet and hands. Thousands of tiny nerve endings link to different parts of the body, organs and glands and when gently massaged will send a signal to the corresponding area to stimulate and rebalance that part of the body.
What are the benefits?
Reflexology is well known for its relaxation benefits. It is a soothing and calming therapy that can help reduce stress and create an overall sense of wellbeing. It can be used to help improve many conditions and ailments including:-
It can also help to:-
What will happen during a treatment?
A treatment will last around 45 minutes and will be done within a one hour appointment. The session will begin with a short discussion about your medical background and lifestyle and what it is you wish to improve. You will then be asked to remove shoes and sock and lay comfortably on a treatment couch, (those that are unable to have foot reflexology may be treated using the hands and will be seated with their hands and forearms resting on the couch). Your feet will be fully cleaned using hygiene wipes and a water-based cream will be applied to the foot using a relaxing massage technique. The whole foot area will then be checked for reflexes using pressure techniques and areas of imbalance will be worked on.
Reflexology is suitable for people of all ages including mothers to be after the first trimester. There are some contraindications that may prevent you from being able to receive a reflexology treatment. A contraindication is a condition or factor that serves as a reason to withhold treatment because it may cause further problems or pose the risk of passing on infections. Your health and medical background will be discussed at the start of your first appointment and if there is any reason you cannot be treated you will not be charged for the appointment and a later appointment may be arranged following any necessary medical treatment and with your doctor's permission.
Examples of contraindications are:
What will happen after a treatment?
Following your treatment you will be given simple aftercare instructions which you must follow in order to get the most benefit from your treatment. This will include drinking plenty of water and avoiding toxins.
Generally people tend to feel very relaxed and rejuvenated after a treatment, however you may experience a temporary increase in symptoms or you may encounter new ones such as feeling very tired or having to use the toilet more often. This is completely normal and is a sign that the body is rebalancing itself and removing toxins and waste product. These effects are usually mild and should not last any longer than 24 hours.
How many treatments will I need?
A single Reflexology treatment may be taken for general relaxation; however a course of treatments may be required in order to help improve a condition or illness. Long-term conditions such as arthritis or asthma may require ongoing treatments in order to help manage symptoms. A course of treatments are usually taken with three to four weeks between each session. I will suggest a number of sessions depending on your needs and this can be reviewed and changed in line with progress. You are free to discontinue treatments at any time; ultimately you are responsible for your own health and well-being and following the advice of any health professional is at our own discretion.
Please be advised that although Reflexology has been shown to help improve many conditions, it should only be used in complement to your doctor's advice and treatment. It should never be relied on solely as a treatment and you should always first seek medical advice from your GP if you feel unwell in any way.