What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is an holistic therapy which works on the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands corresponding to all the glands, organs and parts of the body. Stimulating these reflexes properly may assist well-being in a safe and natural way.

Reflexology may help reduce everyday stresses and strains, aid relaxation, improve circulation, thereby revitalising energy levels. It may also be used to aid the restoration and maintenance of the body's natural equilibrium, encouraging natural feelings of well-being. Reflexology can also be incorporated into a preventative healthcare lifestyle, which is becoming more important in modern life.

Reflexology is an ancient therapy, and was first practised by the Chinese and Egyptians more than 4,000 years ago. It was introduced to the West in the early 20th century, and has grown tremendously in popularity since that time.

 

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Reflexology may help bring relief to a variety of conditions including:

  • stress and anxiety
  • muscular and joint pain
  • sleep disorders
  • skin problems
  • fertility issues
  • breathing disorders
  • digestive problems
  • hormonal imbalances
  • clients living with a long term debilitating illness

and many more health problems – both physical and emotional.

Benefits of Reflexology

Reflexology may 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.

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

FAQs

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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