What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a safe and natural therapy that can induce deep relaxation, help boost the immune system and aid the body’s own healing process. Reflexology encourages the body to relax, enabling all the functions and systems in the body to work more efficiently.
Reflexology uses the technique of applying gentle and firm pressure to precise reflexes on the feet (hands can also be worked). These areas correspond with other parts of the body. Working these areas stimulate the body’s own natural healing process as well as providing deep relaxation and aid the body to restore health and well-being.
Reflexology is based on similar principles to acupuncture and some types of massage, in that our bodies are mapped by channels of energy, or “qi”. By putting pressure on one part of these channels the reflexologist sends an impulse or message all the way along it, which unblocks it and encourages the energy to flow freely again. This in turn aids us to bring us back into good health and a sense of balance and well-being, and stimulates our body’s own healing responses.
What is reflexology good for?
Many people go to see a reflexologist as they might go for a massage: to help with their general health and to make them feel relaxed and calm. But because it is such a comprehensive treatment, reflexology can help you in many other ways, with anything from a trapped nerve to depression.
Reflexology may help a range of conditions and symptoms such as:
- back pain and muscle strain
- anxiety and depression
- sleep and insomnia
- poor circulation
- irritable bowel syndrome
- migraine and headaches
- pre-menstrual tension
- symptoms of the menopause
- general wellbeing
What should i wear to have a treatment?
It doesn’t really matter what you wear when you go for reflexology, as we will focus on your feet. Shoes and socks are removed in order to work the feet. Out of courtesy and kindness of course, it is a good idea to make sure that your feet are clean and fragrant!
There are some conditions where we are unable to treat or I need to be aware:
- of any medical conditions you have, and treatment or medication you are receiving
- if you are, or think you might be, pregnant
- if you have recently had an operation or surgery
- if you have had any injuries that might affect your treatment – such as a recently healed broken ankle
- Any infection or injury to the feet or lower legs and feet.
What to expect from Reflexology
On the first visit, I will chat with you about your general health and lifestyle what you would like to achieve and some medical details.
Reflexology is not a foot massage. I may massage your feet a little to relax you before they start, but the technique itself is about applying medium to firm pressure to specific points on the foot, which should be very relaxing to receive.
A treatment session usually lasts for about an hour. You will probably get a lot out of a single session, but you may want to have several more.
You are likely to feel very relaxed after a session, you may feel like having a snooze or a long bath, and luxuriating in the feeling a bit longer. On the other hand, depending upon your treatment, you may feel really energised.
Your reaction is not always predictable, but the likelihood is that you’ll feel much better when you come out than you did when you went in. As with other treatments, it’s a good idea to arrange a session when there aren’t too many demands on you afterwards.