What is Reflexology
Reflexology is a wonderfully relaxing holistic therapy which has a positive effect on your whole body and has its origins back in ancient times in many cultures, including India, China and Egypt where drawings of foot massage where discovered on ancient tombs!
By stimulating or relaxing various reflex points and zones on your feet or hands, reflexology can improve energy flow, restore balance to your body and help activate the body’s natural ability to heal itself and improving vitality and energy levels. It also leaves your feet or hands feeling great!
For more information about reflexology, take a look at this link from the Association of Reflexologists. As a member of the AoR, and having undertaken advanced training in all of the techniques detailed below, you can be assured that you are in expert and knowledgeable hands.
Can Reflexology help you?
Everyone can benefit from Reflexology! Whether you are feeling out of sorts, are looking for a complementary therapy to support you alongside conventional medicine for a chronic condition, or just because you enjoy it!
Reflexology has been proven to:
- Aid relaxation
- Improve mood
- Help release tension
- Aid sleep
- Improve wellbeing
Reflexology does not claim to cure conditions. However, many people find reflexology a vital tool in managing their health and well-being. Some of the more common symptoms that people find reflexology beneficial for are listed below:
- Stress and Anxiety
- Digestive issues
- Headaches and migraines
- Insomnia and poor sleep
- Hormonal imbalances
- Women’s health issues
- Fertility issues (male and female)
- Pregnancy-related issues such as fatigue, nausea, digestive issues etc
- Back pain and other muscular-skeletal and postural issues
- Pain associated with chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis
How Does Reflexology Work?
There are many theories as to why reflexology works, but in general, our feet, hands, face and even ears can be used as a map of our bodies. Within this map, there are reflex points which represent the various organs and areas of our bodies.
Reflexology is not a foot massage, however it is a deeply relaxing experience. During the treatment I work in a systematic way to stimulate or relax the various reflex points and gently encourage the body to balance and heal itself and to improve the flow of energy throughout the body. Particular focus and advanced techniques can also be given to work on problematic areas.
What to expect at your first session
Using the information given in your consultation form and any discussions we have, together with a foot reading, I will carry out a tailored treatment, also taking into account what I pick up on during the session. Subsequent sessions will include a mini-update on how you have been since the previous treatment.
The therapy is a gentle non-invasive treatment which should not cause discomfort, however you may notice tender areas which may relate to imbalances in your body. The treatment takes place in an extremely comfortable reclining chair and most people find the therapy so relaxing that they may even fall asleep during their session!
How frequently should I have reflexology?
The aim of reflexology is to restore balance, harmony and energy flow to the body so that it can work optimally. Therefore, many people have reflexology regularly to maintain good health or to treat particular condition or imbalance.
For best results, I would initially recommend weekly or fortnightly sessions for the first 4-6 weeks, to help restore balance to the body followed by monthly sessions for wellbeing if required. However if this frequency is not viable for you, please don’t be put off as less frequent sessions will still give positive benefits.