Reflexology

Reflexology

Reflexology is a holistic therapy that massages the feet to treat the whole body. Imbalances can be detected & eventually broken down. The aim of reflexology is to release any blockages and restore the free flow of energy and blood circulation to the whole body. A very relaxing treatment, call us and find out more.

Reflexology works on the principle of applying pressure to specific points on the feet (or hands) known as reflexes. These reflexes correspond to particular tissues, organs and systems throughout the body and by stimulating these reflexes the body is encourages to heal itself. The result is a great feeling of relaxation, well-being and restored equilibrium.

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Reflexology is a non intrusive complementary health therapy. A reflexologist works on points on the feet known as reflex points, and should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice. It is a relaxing or stimulating treatment. It may help heal, relieve tension and stress of the mind, body and spirit. In times of illness, disease, stress, or injury the body enters a state of 'imbalance'. Reflexology may help return the body's natural equilibrium and encourage healing.

Reflexology is a great way to help the body relax, releasing tensions, and assisting in the removal of toxins within the body, in so doing may assist in the healing process. A treatment that is so soothing and yet so beneficial to your health and wellbeing.

Reflexology is believed to date back to Ancient Egypt, India and China. But it wasn't until 1913 that Dr William Fitzgerald introduced reflexology to the western world, as zone therapy. He showed that applying pressure to a specific part of the body could have an anaesthetising effect on a related area. Building on his findings, Fitzgerald divided the body into ten equal and vertical zones, ending in the fingers and toes. He concluded that pressure on one part of a zone could affect everything else within that zone.

In the 1930s and 1940s Eunice Ingham, a nurse and physiotherapist, further developed and refined zone therapy into what is now known as reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot mirrored congestion or tension in a corresponding part of the body. Thus, for example, treating the big toes produces a related effect in the head, and treating the whole foot can have a relaxing and healing effect on the whole body.

Reflexology is a very easy therapy to receive, the most clothing that will have to be removed for a treatment to take place will be your socks and shoes. The therapist will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet and lower leg. You may feel areas of transient discomfort during the treatment, but generally the experience should be relaxing.

The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. Typically, you may feel relaxed and tension maybe reduced after a treatment; you may sleep better and you may notice a feeling of improved mood and general wellbeing. Reflexology maybe one of the ways combat the stresses of modern life.

After one or two treatments, your body may respond in a very noticeable way. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation. However, sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous, tearful or experiencing headaches. This is usually transitory and is believed to be part of the healing process.

Reflexology has been shown to be effective for pain (eg, Back pain), headaches, migraines, infertility, arthritis, sleep disorders, injuries, hormonal imbalances, digestive problems, and stress related disorders. Aswell as:

  • It helps the receiver to relax

  • It cleanses and detoxifies the body

  • It helps promote energy flow

  • It releases endorphins

  • The body is encouraged to heal

  • Mental stress is reduced

  • It helps to treat many ailments

  • It helps clients cope with their illness

FAQ's of Reflexology

1Does reflexology tickle?

The simple answer is no. Most people who are new to reflexology ask this question and are surprised to find that it doesn't tickle.

2Is reflexology painful?

Some areas of the feet are naturally more sensitive than others. You may find that some reflex points feel slightly sore or tender when pressed or scratchy. This is an indication that the corresponding part of the body is tense and congested and therefore out of balance. The reflexology routine includes lots of very pleasant, relaxing techniques that far outweigh any discomfort!

3How is Reflexology Different from a Pedicure?

Pedicures are more about the beauty of the feet and focus on removing layers of skin cells, trimming the cuticles and nails and applying polish to the nails. It incorporates lower leg and foot massage strokes intended for relaxation.

4What can I expect during a treatment?

You will be asked to remove only your shoes and socks and will sit in a very comfortable reclining chair. The therapist will then apply cream to your feet to start the treatment which follow a sequence working all reflex points. The most common comment from clients is that they feel a lightness in their feet after a treatment. As it is a deeply relaxing treatment, people may find they fall asleep during the treatment.

5How long is a reflexology session?

Typically, each session is up to one hour.

6Can a reflexologist determine what is wrong with me?

The answer is NO! Reflexologists do not undergo any medical training and therefore cannot diagnose any medical conditions.

7Is reflexology safe if I am pregnant?

Yes, however it is recommended that you should avoid treatments during the first 12 weeks, when your body is adjusting to hormonal changes.