What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a natural therapy that aims to promote the body’s own natural healing ability and to restore a natural state of balance or homeostasis. It is based on the theory that there are reflexes in the feet that correspond to every organ and gland in the body, for example, the big toe reflects the head and the ball of the foot reflects the lungs and chest. These reflexes mirror the body and the feet can be referred to as mini maps of the body. Therefore, by treating the feet it is possible to treat the entire body as a whole. This is important as it means that it is not just particular symptoms that are addressed but the causes too.
The systematic application of pressure applied by the thumb or fingers to these reflexes stimulates nerve pathways and it is estimated that over 7000 nerve endings are stimulated during a reflexology treatment.
Reflexology is a very relaxing therapy that may relieve tension and provide stress relief. Many people come for reflexology treatments to help them relax their mind and body. The functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system is enhanced by a reflexology treatment therefore producing a feeling of calm and relaxation which may help you cope better with stress.
Reflexology as with most complementary therapies focuses on a person as a whole thereby working on physical, mental and emotional levels in order to provide a state of balance or equilibrium.
How can reflexology help?
Reflexology does not claim to cure or diagnose particular diseases or conditions. However, it may help some people in the following ways:● Improve mood ● Alleviate stress and tension ● Help with sleep disorders ● Help with hormonal imbalances ● Help with headaches and migraines ● Assist the body in maintaining a natural state of balance ● Help with aches and pains ● Help with some digestive problems ● Promote a sense of wellbeing of the body, mind, and soul ● Clear energy blockages to enable the free flow of energy throughout the body
Who can have reflexology?
Reflexology can be enjoyed whatever age you are, from children to the elderly, whether you are looking for relaxation, have minor complaints or are suffering with chronic illnesses. There may be circumstances in which consent from your GP or specialist may be required prior to a reflexology treatment taking place. If consent is needed this will be identified during the consultation that is carried out before reflexology treatment is given.
What happens during a treatment?
During your first appointment a detailed consultation will take place where you will be asked about your health and medical history and the treatment will be explained to you. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.
If you are having a foot reflexology treatment you will be asked to remove your shoes and socks . Your feet will be cleansed and a reflexology balm will be applied to them. If you are having a hand reflexology treatment a moisturising cream will be applied to your hands. Your feet or hands will then gently be relaxed and massaged before each reflex point is worked on.