Reflexology

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a deeply relaxing, safe and non-invasive complementary therapy suitable for all ages. It was first practised by the Chinese and Egyptians more than 4,000 years ago, and was introduced to the West in the early 20th century. It works on the principle that reflex points on the feet represent every organ, gland and structure of the body and stimulating these reflexes can help specific problems and restore and maintain the body’s natural balance.

Sometimes the body is in a state of ‘imbalance’ following illness or injury, disease or stress and energy pathways are blocked preventing the body from functioning effectively. Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances from touching the feet and by working on the reflex points can release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body.

adultreflexologyReflexology can help bring relief to a variety of conditions including:

  • stress
  • back, shoulder and neck pain
  • sleep disorders
  • anxiety
  • headaches
  • asthma
  • digestive problems
  • PMS
  • hay fever

and many more health problems – both physical and emotional.

Benefits of Reflexology

Reflexology can help calm and soothe; improve circulation; encourage the body’s natural energy pathways to become more efficient; help the elimination of toxins and impurities; and restore balance in the body. Reflexology can help the body to heal itself.

What happens at a Reflexology treatment?

At a first treatment a consultation is carried out. This is completely confidential and includes taking a medical history and health and lifestyle details. It is also to establish there are no contra indications to treatment and if there are areas when caution should be exercised; to discuss the reason for treatment and to establish that Reflexology is the most suitable treatment; establish client expectations; and to answer any questions prior to treatment the client may have.

The client is seated in a very comfortable reclining chair and the feet are then cleaned with distilled witch hazel. The feet are examined and then they are relaxed using a number of massage techniques before the Reflexology treatment begins.

The actual treatment works over the whole of the body on the foot with very precise movements mostly using the thumb or index finger. Most people find Reflexology very relaxing and often fall asleep during a treatment. Sometimes there may be a reason why a part of the foot cannot be treated e.g. injury and so the treatment is continued on the corresponding area of the hand. The treatment ends with a relaxing foot massage.

The client is given a glass of water and after-care advice is given. This can include some self help Reflexology techniques to perform on the hand.

FAQs

What happens at a Reflexology treatment?

At a first treatment a consultation is carried out.  This is completely confidential and includes taking a medical history and health and lifestyle details. It is also to establish there are no contra indications to treatment and if there are areas when caution should be exercised; to discuss the reason for treatment and to establish that Reflexology is the most suitable treatment; establish client expectations; and to answer any questions prior to treatment the client may have.

The client is seated in a very comfortable reclining chair and the feet are then cleaned with distilled witch hazel. The feet are examined and then they are relaxed using a number of massage techniques before the Reflexology treatment begins.

The actual treatment works over the whole of the body on the foot with very precise movements mostly using the thumb or index finger. Most people find Reflexology very relaxing and often fall asleep during a treatment. Sometimes there may be a reason why a part of the foot cannot be treated e.g. injury and so the treatment is continued on the corresponding area of the hand. The treatment ends with a relaxing foot massage.

The client is given a glass of water and after-care advice is given. This can include some self help Reflexology techniques to perform on the hand.

What reactions might I experience during and after a Reflexology treatment?

During the treatment there may be some areas of tenderness or sensitivity on the foot. In people with acute conditions a little sharp pain may be felt, and in chronic conditions a dull pain may be experienced in some areas. Sometimes reactions can be felt in other parts of the body e.g. a feeling of warmth or coldness.

In the 24 hours after a treatment, there is often an increase in urination; there can be an increase in bulk, volume and frequency of the stool; there can be an increase in nasal secretions. There can be a feeling of tiredness as the body is working overtime to bring about healing and elimination. You can feel very sleepy and relaxed, and sometimes you can have restored energy and feel wonderful.

How often and how many treatments are needed?

The number of treatments needed depends very much on the specific problem presented and health of the client. Chronic conditions may take several sessions before the client sees a real positive benefit. Sometimes it can take three sessions before the client sees any changes and sometimes changes can happen very quickly following just the first treatment. Children and pregnant women can often respond more quickly to treatment. Treatments are generally given on a weekly basis.

Are there any circumstances when you would have more than one treatment a week?

Yes. A very fit client who suffers a sprain/strain would benefit from two or even more treatments in the space of one week. An otherwise fit/healthy client who is suffering from PMS can benefit from a twice weekly treatment.

Are there any contra indications to having a Reflexology treatment?

Yes, if the client has any of the following: an acute undiagnosed pain; cellulitis; contagious or notifiable disease; under the influence of drugs or alcohol; will be undertaking imminent medical tests or procedures (within 72 hours) as having Reflexology may affect the result; unstable heart condition; thrombosis.

Does Reflexology hurt?

No. Reflexology should not hurt but some areas on the foot may feel tender or different or a little uncomfortable depending on the health and specific problem presented of the client.