What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a pressure therapy applied to the feet, hands, face or ears.
Reflexology is based on the principle that the body can be mapped on the feet with each part of the body (body systems, glands, organs and other body parts) relating to a part of the foot (reflexes and reflex point).
It is also based on the theory that there are 10 energy pathways that go from each toe up to the head and then down to the fingers.
The great thing about reflexology is it can address issues all over the body in one session.
How Does Reflexology Work?
If you have any sort of ache, pain, illness (emotionally or physically) etc this can mean that there is a blockage in one of these energy pathways. By stimulating a reflex point on the foot, reflexology aims to push out that blockage. This might mean that symptoms could get worse before they get better (for example, a cold) but this might also mean that you get through it quicker. Even if you have no ailments or complaints, you will still benefit from reflexology as we work the body and will help to boost all the bodily systems both on an emotional and physical level.
Reflexology as a Natural Healer
Reflexology also helps to promote and restore the body’s natural healing process. Reflexology can work the body on many different levels including emotionally and physically and can help to relax the body and mind.
Reflexology does not claim to cure or eliminate medical conditions, it can be used in a complementary way to support your body on a holistic level and promote the body’s natural healing process.
Who is Reflexology Suitable For?
Reflexology is pretty much suitable for anyone and sessions can be adapted to your needs (for example the hands can be worked instead of the feet). You will be given self-care advice/techniques to help support your sessions.
How to Prepare for a Reflexology Session
Before the session:
You must complete a medical questionnaire.
This helps me to build up an overall picture of your health/lifestyle etc so that the session can be really targeted to your needs. Like all holistic treatments, reflexology is designed to work on the whole body and not just one area, so it’s important that you fill out the form to the best of your ability.
You’ll also be asked about your reasons for trying reflexology – whether it’s to address a specific health concern or for your overall health and wellbeing.
Before you come to your treatment, here are a few things to avoid: –
- Do not to eat a heavy meal before a treatment
- Do not drink alcohol before your visit
- Wear loose, comfortable clothes
- Try and feel relaxed!
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How Does a Reflexology Session Work?
There’s nothing to be nervous about when you have your first reflexology session; it’s a gentle, safe therapy that’s designed to relax, rebalance your body and kick start your body’s natural healing process
- Don’t worry if you have ticklish feet, the pressure can be adjusted accordingly
- You don’t need to undress for a reflexology session – you will only need to remove your shoes and socks so that the therapist can get to work on the soles of your feet
- I examine your feet to see if there are any obvious issues that need addressing
- Then I will cleanse your feet with warm mitts and an aromatherapy-based foot spray
- Next, I gently press around different areas on the soles of your feet, toes, heels and ankle areas
- I work on one foot at a time but I will cover both feet during the course of a full treatment.
- Sometimes, I may go back to an area more than once if they feel more work is needed there.
If you feel any discomfort from the pressure, you should let me know. The sensation should be firm and you might feel a little discomfort in areas that are being worked on but it should never be painful.
How Long Does a Reflexology Session Last?
A reflexology treatment usually lasts anything from 30 – 60 minutes and should leave you feeling relaxed and with a renewed feeling of energy.
I always give clients some self-care techniques including points to work on hands themselves in relation to certain ailments, whether it is something emotional for example, problems sleeping or anxiety related issues or physical pain such as back pain, headaches, fertility and menstrual issues.
How You Will Feel After the Session
You may experience a slight reaction within the 24 hours after a session so I just wanted to point a few things out so you know what to expect.
During the body’s natural healing process after a therapy session, which massage and reflexology speed up and stimulates, toxins and waste are released. This can lead to mild symptoms such as stuffy nose, headache, an increase or decrease in bladder and bowel movements but severe reactions are very rare. These are all positive signs that your body has responded to your therapy session and is trying to balance itself.
Afterwards, drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and stick to light meals for 24 hours if you can.
If you would like to see how a reflexology session could help you then get in touch today for an informal chat.