What is reflexology?
Reflexology has been practised for over 5000 years and introduced to the western world 100 years ago. By using a series of finger and thumbing techniques, pressure is applied to reflex points on both feet which represent every part of the body including organs and glands. Approximately 7000 nerves are stimulated by reflexology techniques. When tender or congested areas are felt the reflexology works to unblock them.
If the feet cannot be worked the hands or face can be worked instead.
This holistic approach works on the health of the whole person, rather than one particular symptom, to restore balance to the entire body, emotionally, mentally and physically.
There have been some positive research projects carried out with reflexology.
With ever increasing levels of stress in everyday life, it is important for people to recognise the detrimental effect that this can have and to take action to address their own healthcare needs. As such, reflexology could be one of the ways you might employ to ease the stresses of modern life.
Improved wellbeing is much more than simply the absence of illness. It also includes an improved frame of mind, better relationships with those around you and increased happiness.
How will I benefit from reflexology?
As a professional reflexologist I am there to support you as a whole person and promote your wellbeing.
It is not possible to know in advance how you will react to a treatment. However people often do feel very relaxed, may sleep better and notice a feeling of improved mood and general wellbeing. You may notice that other things improve too.
Potential benefits of reflexology can include:
• Release of tension
• Reduced stress
• Feelings of deep relaxation
• Mood improvement
• More restful sleep
• Increased energy levels
• The release of endorphins, the body's feel good hormones, which can also provide pain relief
• Improved circulation
• Stronger immune system
• A deeper sense of harmony and balance
Reflexology encourages the body to rebuild its energy resources and recover from illness and disease.
Anybody of any age, young and old alike, who simply wishes to promote and maintain good health may benefit.
The only way to know if reflexology will help you is to try it!
What happens when I go for reflexology?
The treatment itself is safe and non-invasive.
For some conditions where you are being treated by your GP, Consultant, Specialist or other Complementary Therapist it is advisable that you seek their permission before commencing reflexology.
A full medical and lifestyle consultation will be taken and you will be asked to sign a consent form agreeing to the treatment. All information will be kept confidentially.
A reflexology session lasts for approximately an hour. As it is just the feet being worked on, you remain fully clothed, simply removing shoes and socks.
You will be invited to relax on a reclining chair or treatment couch. Your feet will be cleansed at the start followed by a warm up massage and a series of thumb, finger and knuckle techniques adapted to suit your individual needs.
Some areas of the feet may feel tender or sore but this will pass. The general experience should feel relaxing.
How will I feel after the reflexology session?
After one or two sessions of reflexology, most people feel an improved sense of wellbeing and experience a feeling of deep relaxation.
If you have never had reflexology before it is not unusual to experience mild symptoms such as tiredness, needing to go to the toilet more often, headache etc.
These are normal reactions and explained to you together with an aftercare handout. These symptoms should pass within 24-48 hours and are eased by drinking plenty of water.
PLEASE NOTE: Good hydration is key to the success of reflexology. To gain the most benefit from your reflexology session it is beneficial to ensure that you are well hydrated prior to your reflexology appointment. Aim to drink 1 to 2 litres of water and avoid alcohol the night before and after your session.